Hillary Clinton Admits her fear of Black Men in Hoodies…where’s the outrage?

I am currently making final edits on my book so I must admit I missed this Hillary Clinton tidbit. A few days ago she admitted that a lot of well meaning white people fear the black man in a hoodie. So should she be applauded for her honesty? Would this be a non-story if Ted Cruz or Donald Trump made the same remark? Clinton feels she has the black vote on lock and comments should give black folks pause.

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  • Deb Porter-Jones  On July 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    The reason why this didn’t get a lot of attention may have to do with her comments following, which, conveniently, were omitted from the video that has gone viral at this point. They are:

    “…Let’s be honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.

    And news reports about poverty and crime and discrimination evoke sympathy, even empathy, but too rarely do they spur us to action or prompt us to question our own assumptions and privilege.

    We can’t hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them, and own them, and then change them…”

    I’m not much of a fan of HIllary Clinton, by any means. But let’s be careful with sound bites that don’t always tell the whole story, in its full context.

    • Bill  On July 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Irrespective of the context of the statement, what she did was acknowledge that she racially profiles black men in hoodies. Any Republican candidate who had committed that unforgivable sin would have seen it broadcast on every news outlet in the country and their campaign would be aborted.

      • Spanish Inquisitor  On July 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        Could you expand on that Bill? Tell me how you got from

        “… for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”

        to

        “…what she did was acknowledge that she racially profiles black men in hoodies”

        In other words, how did you get from her third person plural to your first person singular?

        The nexus plum evades me…

  • Bill  On July 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    SI, you are so right. How foolish and presumptuous of me to make what is likely an erroneous assumption that she would include herself among well meaning open minded white people. Her history suggests she is anything but. MY BAD!

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