Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is doing the most to court the Black vote, and her most recent comments on race in America address the issue of white privilege.
During a Facebook chat hosted by The Grio, she was asked by MTV news correspondent Jamil Smith about her recent speech in Harlem, when she “made a special note to call upon white Americans to be more humble and attentive to Black concerns.” Smith asked, “How will you be continuing to engage white voters, specifically, on issues involving racial justice?”
In response, Clinton mentioned the need for an overall paradigm shift in the United States, writing, “White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers that you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experience.”
Clinton has been battling it out with Senator Bernie Sanders for the favor of the Black community, which undoubtedly plays a fundamental role in who ends up representing the Democratic party when the general election gets underway. Clinton has always had very strong connections to Black voters, and 2016 seems to be no different. At last week’s Nevada primary, which Clinton won, she took home 76% of the Black vote.
Recently, BET sat down with Hillary Clinton to discuss the situation in Flint, Michigan. During the interview, Clinton mentions racism, as one of the reasons the neglect was able to on, unnoticed, for so long.
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