By Doug Cunningham, July 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton showed up to speak to the NAACP convention in Cincinnati, an invitation Donald Trump declined. She reminded the NAACP audience that Donald Trump's company was once federally investigated for racism in how apartments at his properties were rented.
[Hillary Clinton]: "It was one of the largest federal cases of its kind at the time and when federal investigators spoke with Trump’s employees, they said they were instructed to mark rental applications from black people with a ‘c.’ A ‘c’ for ‘colored.’
By now, we’ve heard a lot of troubling things about Donald Trump, but that one’s shocking. This man is the nominee of the party of Lincoln and we are watching it become the party of Trump and that is not just a huge loss to our democracy. It is a threat to our democracy."
Clinton announced a drive to register three million new voters in battleground states and she shared her thoughts with the NAACP about moving to end systemtic racism as she called for an end to the madness of police killings of African Americans and murderous random rampages against police officers.
[Hillary Clinton]: "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."
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.