CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) -Presumptive democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton spoke Monday at the national NAACP convention.
“Our lives matter and our votes count” was the theme.
Race relations was a topic that no one shied away from at this civil rights gathering.
“We yet believe that having defeated lynching in the last century, that form of racial violence, that we can defeat a form of racial violence called police misconduct or lynching in the 21st century.” said NAACP President & CEO, Cornell William Brooks.
“This madness has to stop,” said Clinton, “We have to change. Many police officers across the country agree with that but it can only happen if we build trust and accountability and let’s admit it, that gets harder, every time someone else is killed.”
Clinton wasted no time addressing the tense situation our country is facing after the deaths of both police officers and African American men by officers.
“We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. Let’s also put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to a dangerous job,” said Clinton.
Organizers say Donald Trump did not accept the invitation to speak at this year’s NAACP convention, a move that gained Clinton favor in the eyes of some attendees.
“It would be hard pressed for me to vote for the other guy being that I haven’t heard a positive word out of his mouth and then not to even show up here at the convention,” said attendee, Reginald Willis Sr.
Clinton said, as president, she’d make sure a national guideline is developed that would define use of force for all police departments and she says she would also help the country understand how often people are being hurt or killed in police custody by collecting better data. The thought of coming together to fix the issue was appealing to some.
“The fix is for us to get involved and not saying that’s someone else or that’s them or that’s us. It’s all of us together,” said NAACP convention attendee, Monica Houston.
But others wanted to hear more.
“What happens to those police officers who are not doing the correct thing when it comes to black young men and black older men that are being murdered for a reason that they should not be? She never addressed that as to say there should be consequences and what the consequences for that should be,”said Scott.
Clinton’s time in Cincinnati didn’t stop at the convention. After she spoke there, she went to meet with Ohio volunteers about getting more voters registered. Her campaign announced a new effort to get 3 million more people registered.