As Republican Run From The Confederate Flag, Hillary Clinton Calls Out Racist Terrorism

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While Republicans are running away from the Confederate flag that they spent decades defending and embracing, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking the truth about racial terrorism.

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Former Sec. of State Clinton said:

That night, word of the killings struck like a blow to the soul. How do we make sense of such an evil act, an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God? How do we turn grief, anger, and despair into purpose and action?

Those of us who are Christians are challenged by Jesus Christ to forgive seventy times seven — a daunting, even impossible task for most of us.

But then we have seen that scriptural admonition in action.

Isn’t it amazing, remarkable even, when fear, doubt, desire for revenge might have been expected, but instead forgiveness is found? Although a fundamental part of our doctrine, its practice is the most difficult thing we are ever called to do.

But, that’s what we saw on Friday, when one by one, grieving parents, siblings and other family members looked at that young man who had taken so much from them and said: “I forgive you.”

Wanda Simmons, the granddaughter of Reverend Daniel Simmons, said, “Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone’s plea for your soul,” she said to the killer, “is proof that they lived in love so hate won’t win.”

Their act of mercy was as stunning as his act of cruelty.

Hate cannot win. “There is no future without forgiveness,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu taught us, and forgiveness is the first step toward victory in any journey.

I know it’s tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today’s America, bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists.

But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished.

We can’t hide from hard truths about race and justice. We have to name them and own them and change them.

Hillary Clinton’s strong statements since the Charleston shooting demonstrated true leadership, especially when compared to the wishy-washy back peddling flip-flops of the Republican presidential candidates. In a matter of days, Republicans went from claiming that the Confederate flag was a “states’ rights” issue to crumbling under a tidal wave of public pressure and calling for the flag to be taken down.

Clinton’s bigger point was that it isn’t enough for Republicans to take the flag down. The country must also do something about the racism and raced based terrorism that continues to take innocent lives.

It would be foolish to claim that racism can be defeated through physical action, just as it was absurd for Republicans to claim that Muslim terrorism can be defeated with military intervention. An idea can only be defeated by stronger hearts and minds that are willing to fight.

While Republicans are fumbling, Democrats are leading. The moral center of this country has moved left, and the real leaders are those who don’t have to test the political winds, but take a stand because it is the right thing to do.

14 Replies to “As Republican Run From The Confederate Flag, Hillary Clinton Calls Out Racist Terrorism”

  1. When either Bernie Sander or Jill Stein give as impassioned a statement of unity and acknowledgement of racism, MAYBE I will pay attention to them. They speak to and for the already privileged. They express outrage over Wall Street, not over the horrors done to Black people, to immigrants, to blue collar labor.

    Not ever. And if Progs cannot care, then whey the hell should I care about them?

  2. Hillary – better hire better researchers for your clerks. I’m amazed that such a brilliant lady has never heard of “Southern Democrats” — the devoted bearers of the Confederate flag who stood firm against integration until it became the law of the land. I’m not saying the Republicans’ hands are clean, but if you’ve suddenly become a populist, please get your facts straight.

  3. Verna, go to Google.com, type in “southern strategy” and read. It’s not hard not to be ignorant. Try it.

  4. Republicans have used their Southern Strategy and used racism to win elections and now the chickens have came home to roost!

  5. For someone telling others to take down that symbol of racism, she and her husband certainly used it plenty in many elections. What has changed since 2008, 1996 and 1992? Nothing, except she sees an opportunity to score a bit of political advantage.

  6. Proverbs 6:16-19

    16″These 6 things does the Lord hate and seven are an abomination to him:

    17A proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 A An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that is swift in running to mischief,

    19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he thats sows discord among brethen.

    People often think Father does not hate, but it is clear He does, and since He does it is ok to hate these kind of evil acts, and any other evil acts done in this society of vipers.

    Everyone has to answer for themselves, so you evil people need to repent and get right. Whether you believe it or not, when the time comes, that will be awful times, as vengence is mines says the Lord, I will repay, and whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

  7. You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye

    Matthew 7:5

    I am right with your God, with all gods. All of which are lies.

  8. Proving that the MORAL COMPASS of the country is in the DEMOCRATS’ hands.

    I believe two of the so called Republican upright, Christian candidates Huckabee and Santorum said: “This debate/issue/Question about what to do with the Confederate flag in South Carolina should not be thrust upon Presidential contenders. WHAAAAAAAAAT!
    Hey guys…a President does not choose what topics, issues he does NOT want to talk about, when it is a national issue or topic of concern to the country. Candidates ought to show that THEY have opinions and ideas from: Should Marijuana be legalized? To should Cuba be removed from the terrorist watch list?, etc. Or is climate change a man made phenomena or not? ANSWER THE QUESTION ! Act Presidential, IF you want to be President.

  9. Hillary speaks about “Racist Terrorism” with all the passion of a wet sock.

    She’s just trying to suck in votes from blacks and some of the Obama coalition.

    Bernie wants to do something.

    Hillary just wants to be something.

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