Hillary on the Verdict: “George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’”Posted: July 16, 2013
Hillary Clinton has been regaining her mojo on the speaking tour after a few months rest from retiring as a rock star SOS. Last night, she spoke out on the miscarriage of justice that saw the release of a man who should’ve–at the very least–be charged with reckless manslaughter.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the “heartache” of the Trayvon Martin case in D.C. Tuesday evening while speaking to an African-American sorority group.
“My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence,” she said in an almost 30-minute speech. “No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America.”
She said she knew this week has “brought heartache, deep painful heartache” to families in the wake of the not guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial last Saturday.
Exactly. We all fear hearing that some stalker has followed our child as he or she walks home from school, from their job, from their activities or friends’ house. We teach stranger danger. Yet, in this instance, the stranger that ended a teen’s life was acquitted. What message does this send? And please, who gets to stand their ground or claim self defense when you’ve basically been stalking a kid fully knowing you have a loaded gun on you? And, of course he was racially profiling.
Clinton also referenced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Monday that the Justice Department will review the case.
“Yesterday I know you heard from the Attorney General about the next steps from the Justice Department and the need for a national dialogue,” she said. “As we move forward as we must I hope this sisterhood will continue to be a force for justice and understanding.”
Clinton’s comments came in a speech to the 51st annual convention of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest African-American women’s organization in the country. Organizers said that more than 14,000 people were in the room to hear her speak.
There have been some many stabs deep into the laws that protect rights it’s hard to know where to start. However, Clinton spent time on what it means to have the VRA crippled. She also spoke to the abhorrent attacks on the rights of wome.
“The Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Voting Rights Act,” Clinton said. “For more than four decades this law has helped overcome constitutional barriers to voting. Again and again it has demonstrated its essential role in protecting our freedoms.”
She urged attendees at the convention to push Congress to take action on restoring and rewriting Section 4 of the law.
“Unless Congress acts, you know and I know more obstacles are on their way,” she said. “They’re going to make it difficult for poor people, elderly people, minority people, and working people to do what we should be able to take for granted.”
She spoke, as she’s done recently at other women-centric events, about the need for more women to take up positions of power — and about Delta members like former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and Rep. Martha Fudge who have advanced the cause of women in leadership.
“As you know, women still comprise a majority of the world’s unhealthy, unschooled, unfed and unpaid,” she said, adding that there’s been “a lot of progress” on women’s rights but that more needs to be done.
As has been the case in many of her speeches this year, Clinton’s potential 2016 bid wasn’t far from people’s minds. As she exited the stage, audience members cheered, “Run, Hillary, Run!”
Yup, RUN HILLARY RUN!!!