Don't Pivot Away From Race Talk, Hillary Clinton
DEMOCRATS DON'T TALK ENOUGH ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE DURING THE GENERAL ELECTION. CLINTON MUST NOT AVOID IT.
by Jamil Smith | 6.14.16 | Source: MTV
Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination, and she will likely win the presidency. I don’t make that prediction carelessly or because I’m excited about her historic achievement. It’s just difficult to envision another outcome at the moment.
Clinton has amassed more than 15 million votes, the most of any candidate in either party. As a Democrat, she will have undeniable demographic advantages over any Republican in the fall, considering the increasingly brown and black electorate nationwide and the continued Democratic strength in Obama’s 2012 states. Add to that the fact that Donald Drumpf’s campaign is a dumpster fire — one that even those Republicans who’ve endorsed him aren’t rushing to put out — and it’s clear there’s no real need for Clinton to “pivot to the general,” as they say. Especially when it comes to race and racial justice.
For Democrats, such pivoting doesn’t simply involve turning one’s attention away from defeated challengers. It usually means adopting more conservative policies than the candidate held or advertised during the primary. It can also mean distancing the party from black radicalism, hinting to white, working-class voters and suburbanites that the party’s leftism only goes so far.