By Doshon Farad
Despite a recent health scare and doctor’s orders to rest Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is still blazing the campaign trail. On Friday in Washington, D.C. she addressed the 39th Annual Symposium of the Black Women’s Agenda. The program was held in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus’ 46th Annual Legislative Conference.
The former Secretary of State wasted no time in addressing her recent illness, using it as an opportunity to take a shot at the GOP. “My pneumonia got some Republicans to finally care about women’s health.
Clinton was is enjoying a tremendous lead over Donald Trump among Black voters and Black women in particular made it very clear that although women in America face astronomical challenges, “Black women have it tougher . . . Yet you remain fierce in the face of this challenge.”
She flattered her predominantly Black woman audience when she said, “Black Girl Magic is real.”
The Democratic nominee acknowledged one of her mentors, Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman. “I am here today because of her example. She also mentioned other prominent Black women who inspired her. “I also want to recognize Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisolm, who sacrificed and struggled so that I and so many other women running for office could soar.”
Black women who have made many historical strides according to Mrs. Clinton “goes to show they deserve more than a seat at the table. It’s past time you had a fair chance to run the meeting.”
She credited Black women’s support with her current status. “And let’s be clear I would not be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States were it not for Black women like all of you who made noise at the polls this year in support of our campaign.”
Even before her days as presidential candidate, Secretary of State, senator, and even as First Lady, Clinton worked for the Children’s Defense Fund as a child and woman’s advocate. She has always made clear that children were her primary focus. In the 1990s, she wrote a bestselling book, It Takes A Village -borrowing the title from the popular African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”
During her very brief remarks she reiterated her commitment to children and women. “I am going to close my campaign the way I began my career all those years ago at the Children’s Defense Fund . . . I will be focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families.”
And of course, she used this time to sell her platform. “Together we will make this a freer, fairer, and stronger nation. We’re going to fight for the parents struggling to balance family and work. Push for affordable child care, paid family leave, and finally equal pay for all women.”
She reiterated that she would establish “universal Pre-K so that every child no matter what they look like or where they live can rise up and be prepared to fulfill their academic destiny. We’re also going to do a lot to emphasize STEM education particularly for girls and women.” She credited the Black Women’s Agenda group with helping in the initiative.
She briefly addressed GOP rival Donald Trump’s past controversial statements acknowledging that for a short time, “He tried to restrain himself.” But, “For five years this man led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president.” Continuing on by saying, “Donald Trump is unfit to be president”.
Clinton concluded her remarks by reaffirming her commitment to African-American women who have by and large offered unwavering support for the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to increase access to capital. We will help African-American women continue to represent the fastest growing segment of women who own businesses in America. And she also promise that if elected her administration will invest in poor communities that “have been left behind and left out.”