Clinton at Charlotte Church: ‘My Worries Are Not the Same as Black Grandmothers’
Hillary Clinton spoke to Black voters in a Charlotte, North Carolina Church on Sunday, to talk about race relations in America.
The Hill reports:
Hillary Clinton called for a healing of racial divides Sunday, speaking from a church in Charlotte, N.C., the city where Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police just a few weeks ago.
“Our entire country should take a moment to really look at what’s going on here, and across America, to imagine what we see on the news, and what we hear about, imagine through our children’s eyes,” Clinton said to the congregation at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church.
“I’m a grandmother and like every grandmother, I worry about the safety and security of my grandchildren. But my worries are not the same as black grandmothers,” Clinton said, adding that every child, regardless of race, “deserves the same sense of security” and “deserves the same hope.”
Clinton was invited to visit Charlotte after Scott, a black man, was shot and killed by police earlier this month.
Joining Clinton was Zianna Oliphant, who made headlines with a tearful speech about police brutality in front of the Charlotte City Council last week.
“When I read what she said, I had tears in my eyes too,” Clinton told the congregation. “What courage and clarity that young lady showed to the world, but can you imagine? Nine years old. She should be thinking about happy adventures, dreaming of all the wonderful things her future holds for her.”
“It makes my heart ache, when kids like Zianna, are going through this and trying to make sense of the absolutely senseless.”
Toward the end of her remarks, Clinton called Oliphant up the the front of the church where the two shared a moment.
“You know, God loves us all, right?” Clinton said, after complimenting the girl’s dress.
“We are called to care for and cherish each other. It’s not easy, it is not. But that is our mission and that is what we are called to do, not only as Christians but as Americans, as human beings to understand and respect each other. To fight for each other’s children, each other’s dignity, each other’s opportunity as if they were our own. “
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