Hillary implicitly blames ‘white people’ for police shootings
The two police shootings, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina (where serious riots erupted overnight), seem to spell opportunity to Hillary Clinton. She desperately needs for African-Americans to be angry – angry at police and angry at white people. Following the Tulsa shooting and before the Charlotte incident, she took to a syndicated radio show aimed at black people and implicitly blamed white people for the shooting:
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential nominee said she wanted to speak “directly to white people” and let them know that “this is not who we are.”
“How many times do we have to see this in our country?” Clinton said. “In Tulsa, an unarmed man with his hands in the air. This is just unbearable. And it needs to be intolerable.”
“Maybe I can, by speaking directly to white people, say, look, this is not who we are,” she continued. “We have got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”
By saying that it is necessary for her to speak “directly to white people” and telling them, “this is not who we are,” she implies that white people otherwise would think that police shooting allegedly unarmed black people is exactly who we are. Can she find one white person who believes that police shooting unarmed black people is a good idea?
She seems to be implying that white people are collectively willing black people to be shot. Otherwise, why would it be useful for her to tell Caucasians that “this is not who we are”?
This is ugly racial stereotyping. For political gain.
By seemingly placing herself in the position of the powerful white person telling other whites to stop shooting blacks, Hillary demeans both races.