Clinton: Whites Should Walk In Shoes Of African-Americans

| by Lauren Briggs
Hillary Clinton giving a speechHillary Clinton giving a speech

Hillary Clinton said the deadly shootings of black men at the hands of police officers on July 5 and 6 should worry Americans, and called for white people to walk in the shoes of African-Americans to learn empathy and promote unity.

"I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about how to really protect themselves when they're the ones that should be expecting protection from encounters with police," Clinton said during a Jul y8 CNN interview, according to The Hill.

"I think we are the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens and we have so much more to be done and we have got to get about the business of doing it," said Clinton, who called on Americans to "look into [the] implicit bias" that might make a police officer more likely to pull the trigger on a black man faster than on anyone else.

At the same time, the Democratic presidential candidate said that as a society we must "respect" and protect our police.

"Look at what happened in Dallas," she continued, referencing the five police officers who died during a July 7 protest there. "Those police officers were protecting a peaceful protest ... That is a hallmark of America. And when the shooting started and everyone else was fleeing, the police were moving toward danger."

She called on legislators and political leaders to step forward and "bring people together," while fixing a broken system.

"As president, I would implement the very comprehensive set of proposals that I've been making for more than a year," she explained. "We must do more to have national guidelines about the use of force by police, especially deadly force."

Many other high-profile politicians, including Clinton's Republican rival, Donald Trump, condemned the violence as well.

"A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country, and an attack on our families," Trump said in a statement that also mentioned the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. "We must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos. Every American has the right to live in safety and peace."

Sources: The Hill, CNN (2) / Photo Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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