Ahead of a slate of primaries in states with large Black populations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dropped by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem yesterday (February 16) to talk about how she would address racial inequality in America.
Clinton focused on her plan for dismantling systemic racism, touching on environmental racism, the school to prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, job investments, equal pay for women of color, and homeownership as a pathway to generational wealth.
“These are not only problems of economic inequality. These are problems of racial inequity, and we need to say that loudly and clearly,” Clinton said. “These inequalities are wrong, but they’re also immoral. And it’ll be the mission of my presidency to bring them to an end. We have to begin by facing up to the reality of systemic racism.”
Clinton has added some specific initiatives to her racial justice plan aimed at tackling those issues, including $2 billion to reform schools that send Black kids to jail at alarming rates, a pledge to halve mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, the creation of a $20 billion program to create jobs for young people of color, $25 billion investment in entrepreneurs and $5 billion in funds for re-entry programs for the formerly incarcerated.
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have previously faced criticism for pushing policies that undercut the progress of Black Americans.
(H/t The New York Times)