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Published On: Tue, Sep 27th, 2016

Hillary Clinton perpetuates the ‘everyone is racist’ myth during debate

Following Lester Holt’s shift from jobs and the economy to race during the first presidential debate Monday night at Hofstra University between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Holt let Clinton make a bold and brash allegation: everyone is racist.

After being asked “Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?,”  the former New York Senator responded:

“Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. And therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, you know, why am I feeling this way?”

photo/ donkeyhotey

photo/ donkeyhotey

A problem for everyone?

A black police officer shot a black criminal in Charlotte and it’s a race problem? 

An April 2015 study by Peter Moskos, assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, found that white Americans are significantly more likely to die at the hands of police than blacks.

“If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks,” he said.

“Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police,” Moskos said. “Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.”

A 2015 Washington State Study found that officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects — and take far longer to decide whether or not to shoot armed black suspects than armed white ones.

Check out the full transcript from the debate, including the counter by Donald Trump

 

HOLT: Secretary Clinton, last week, you said we’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias. Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?

CLINTON: Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. And therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, you know, why am I feeling this way?

But when it comes to policing, since it can have literally fatal consequences, I have said, in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers.

I’ve met with a group of very distinguished, experienced police chiefs a few weeks ago. They admit it’s an issue. They’ve got a lot of concerns. Mental health is one of the biggest concerns, because now police are having to handle a lot of really difficult mental health problems on the street.

CLINTON: They want support, they want more training, they want more assistance. And I think the federal government could be in a position where we would offer and provide that.

Racist poster from 1866  - Library of Congress

Racist poster from 1866 – Library of Congress

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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