Hillary says, “Tomorrow this campaign goes national”. Maybe I’m missing something but hasn’t it been national for a long time? Hasn’t everyone known she’s been running for president for the last 25 years?
‘Grass roots donors are powering this campaign.’ That’s rich, given her big donor backing is the bulwark her campaign. She then begs for people to go to her website and donate money.
“This victory is for the parents and teachers in rural South Carolina”, she says with affected accent.
She’s clearly positioning herself as the ‘unifier’. “We’re going to start by working together, with more love and kindness in our hearts and more respect for each other, even when we disagree.” And she’s already telegraphing how she would attack Trump, if he were the nominee. “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again, America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”
She then went on to lie about the facts in several high profile deaths of black young people.
Now, breaking down all the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than a half a century (after) Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind.
We have to invest in communities of color, reform our broken criminal justice and immigration system. We have to guarantee opportunity, dignity and justice for every American. And tonight I want to pay tribute to five extraordinary women who criss-crossed this state with me and for me.
Sabrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, shot and killed in Florida just for walking down the street. Lucy Mcbath, mother of Jordan Davis, shot and killed by someone who thought he was playing his music too loud in his car. Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre, shot and killed by police in Milwaukee.
Mother of Eric Garner choked to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes on the street. And Geneva Reed, mother of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody in Texas. They all lost children, which is almost unimaginable. Yet they have not been broken or embittered. Instead, they have channelled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement. And they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the American spirit.
Trayvon Martin was of course not ‘shot and killed just for walking down the street’. He was shot by George Zimmerman in self-defense after he was beating Zimmerman’s head into the concrete. Dontre Hamilton was a paranoid schizophrenic who attacked a police officer, the DA declined to prosecute calling it self-defense. Eric Garner was not ‘choked to death’. Sandra Bland killed herself after her family and activist friends failed to bail her out and she was despondent over that, according to a nearby cellmate. No police officer had anything to do with her death.