By Angela Wyatt Braden
In wake of the Tulsa, OK police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton speaks out about what she calls “systemic racism.” She said that this issue needs to be addressed not only in the Black community, but directly addressed with white Americans.
Clinton chose the Steve Harvey Morning Show as a platform to weigh in on the shooting of Terence Crutcher, who was fatally wounded by a white police officer while clearly complying with the officers demands. According to the police footage, Crutcher’s vehicle had stalled on the freeway. When approached by officers, Crutcher was seen with his hands up. Even still, Crutcher was shot dead by a female officer, who claimed that Crutcher seemed to be reaching for a weapon. Crutcher was later discovered to be completely unarmed.
Clinton expressed her strong disapproval for the officer’s actions while speaking to Harvey on his international syndicated morning show, stating, “This horrible shooting—again. How many times do we have to see this in our country?” Clinton asked. “In Tulsa? An unarmed man? With his hands in the air? I mean, this is just unbearable, and it needs to be intolerable.
“You know, maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, ‘Look, this is not who we are.’ We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias,” Clinton said. “There are good, honorable, cool-headed police officers. … We can do better. We have got to rein in what is absolutely inexplicable, and we’ve got to have law enforcement respect communities and communities respect law enforcement because they have to work together.”
Here’s the interesting thing about Clinton calling into the Steve Harvey Morning Show to address “systemic racism” in the United States… She says that this conversation of “systemic racism” needs to be addressed directly to white people in America.
How many of those white people she thinks need to confront systemic racism are listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show? It’s clear that Clinton was simply pandering to her voting base, telling them what she thinks they want to hear.
If she feels that strongly about systemic racism and feels that “her people” need to stop engaging in “systemic racism,” she needs to call in to one of those radio shows that caters to that population. Just a thought…