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October 3, 2016

Prez Candidate Clinton promises “end to end reform in our criminal justice system — not half-measures, but full measures"

This new Politico article reports on the latest criminal justice reform promise by a vote-seeking politician under this full headline: "Clinton promises 'end to end' criminal justice reform in pitch to black voters: Visiting Charlotte less than two weeks after a controversial police shooting, the Democrat makes makes an appeal to the voters she needs to beat Donald Trump in North Carolina."  Here are excerpts from the piece:

In a humble church with a familiar name, Little Rock A.M.E. Zion, Hillary Clinton on Sunday made a passionate case for police reform and a direct appeal to the city's black voters, whose support she needs to win this swing state.

Less than two weeks after the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man killed by police, Clinton arrived here Sunday morning with a message of sympathy for a grieving community and political promises, including “end to end reform in our criminal justice system — not half-measures, but full measures.”

She acknowledged that when it comes to understanding the plight of black families in America, she will never be able to replicate the symbolic empathy of President Barack Obama. “I’m a grandmother, but my worries are not the same as black grandmothers who have different and deeper fears about the world that their grandchildren face,” Clinton said. “I wouldn’t be able to stand it if my grandchildren had to be scared and worried, the way too many children across our country feel right now."

Clinton’s visit to Charlotte was critical — she was so eager to visit that the campaign announced a trip last Sunday, when the city was still grappling with violent protests and looting. The trip was ultimately delayed by a week at the request of local lawmakers.  On Sunday, she was accompanied by her senior policy adviser Maya Harris, longtime aide Capricia Marshall and senior staffer Marlon Marshall, who is overseeing the campaign’s African-American outreach.

Clinton’s challenge in North Carolina, where current polls put her trailing Donald Trump by about 3 points, is boosting the African-American vote that landed Obama a victory in 2008, when he won a state that had gone to the Republican nominee in the previous seven presidential election cycles.  The key was Mecklenburg County, which includes the city of Charlotte, where Obama beat John McCain by more than 100,000 votes....

Clinton has spoken out on criminal justice reform and "systematic racism" consistently since she launched her campaign. But she is still struggling to inspire young black voters, who remain resistant to her message of reform and lack institutional loyalty to the Democratic Party....

In her remarks, Clinton was careful to couch her call for reforms with support for law and order. “We must not forget that violence has touched the lives of police officers,” she said.  “From Dallas to Baton Rouge to Philadelphia, the families of fallen officers have been dealt a great blow.”  But the focus of her address was to the hurting black community.  “We need to fix a system where too many black parents are taken from their kids and imprisoned for minor offenses,” she said.

October 3, 2016 at 09:27 AM | Permalink


¿ What about poly racial voters , suspects , defendants , shooters , shootees , etc. ?

Posted by: Moi , the Nemo ♠ Me Impune ♂ in OH | Oct 3, 2016 9:43:07 AM

Ironic that she would do this pandering to a black church when she and governor Bill accelerated the whole problem while . . . . pandering to black church leaders.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Oct 3, 2016 1:43:46 PM

"Pandering" here means addressing the concerns of a key long term ally, an ally who correctly understood that net she and her party advanced their interests. A politican who doesn't to that will be as successful generally as a lawyer who doesn't address the concerns of a judge or jury, which the usual puffery etc. natural to the profession.

Such cynicism, especially for someone who in her career actually did promote the interests of various of the groups in question (including charity and legal work), is on some level a bit tedious. Bill Clinton was part of a general ethos of the time, but yes, some blame can be spread around. The push there would be what was realistically possible for those who wanted to win state-wide and then nation-wide office. This is more than one governor's actions, so that only gets us so far. It is like calling out people in the 1960s for something they did in state politics on race in the 1920s as well.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 3, 2016 9:28:24 PM

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