On Monday, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke at the 107th NAACP Convention in Cincinnati Ohio.
(Introduction is at 3:49:06, Hillary at 3:54:55)
Secretary Clinton on the criminal justice system:
We must reform our criminal justice system because everyone is safer when there is respect for the law and when everyone is respected by the law.
And let’s admit it, there is clear evidence that African- Americans are disproportionately killed in police incidents compared to any other group.
And African-American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men convicted of the same offenses.
These facts tell us something is profoundly wrong. We can’t ignore that, we can’t wish it away. We have to make it right. That means end-to-end reform in our criminal justice system, not half measures, but a full commitment with real follow-through.
And the next president should make a commitment to fight for the reforms we so desperately need — holding police departments like Ferguson accountable.
Requiring accurate data on in-custody deaths, like Sandra Bland.
Creating clear national guidelines on the use of force, especially lethal force.
Supporting independent investigations of fatal encounters with the police.
So, I pledge to you, I will start taking action on day one and every day after that until we get this done.
And you know what? When the 24-hour news cycle moves on, I won’t.
This is too important. This goes to the heart of who we are. This is about our character as Americans.
On income inequality:
Rosa Parks opened up every seat on the bus. Our challenge now is to expand jobs so everyone can afford the fare.
And let’s ensure that the bus route reaches every neighborhood and connects every family with safe, affordable housing, good jobs and quality schools.
Now, I know none of this will surprise those of you who know me. I do have a lot of plans. You can go to my website, hillaryclinton.com, and read our full agenda. Because you see, I have this old-fashioned idea: if you’re running for president, you should say exactly what you want to do and how you will get it done.
I do sweat the specifics, because I think they matter, whether one more kid gets health care, one more person finds a job, or one more woman entrepreneur gets access to capital to follow her dream — those just may be details in Washington, but it really matters to those people and their families.
And the truth is, we need to plan how we’re going to address the complex set of economic, social and political challenges we face. They’re intersectional; they’re reinforcing. We’ve got to take them all on. We can’t wait and just do one at a time.
On bringing us together as a nation:
I’ve been saying this for a while now. I’m going to keep saying it because I think it’s important. We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day.
We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. We all need to try as best we can to walk in one another’s shoes, to imagine what it would be like to sit our son or daughter down and have the talk about how carefully they need to act around police because the slightest wrong move could get them hurt or even killed.
Let’s also put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to a dangerous job that their families pray will bring them home safe at night. Empathy works both ways. We’ve got to try to see the world through their eyes, too.
When you get right down to it, that’s what makes it possible for people from every background, every race, every religion to come together as one nation. It’s what makes our country endure, and in times like these, we need a president who can help call us together, not split us apart.
I will work every single day to do just that.