Clinton made her case to African-American voters in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, a city that is still reeling from the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Speaking at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, the Democratic nominee made a strong case for her campaign in a critical swing state.
Clinton shared a message of sympathy and promised criminal justice reform – “not half-measures, but full measures.”
The former secretary of state acknowledged that her family will never face the worries and challenges that African Americans face. “I’m a grandmother, but my worries are not the same as black grandmothers who have different and deeper fears about the world that their grandchildren face.”
Clinton added, “We need to fix a system where too many black parents are taken from their kids and imprisoned for minor offenses.”
Clinton’s visit to Charlotte is crucial to her effort to win over the swing state. Recent polls show her trailing Donald Trump by three points.
The Democratic nominee is attempting to follow Obama’s trail in 2008, when churches and campuses of historically black colleges were a major part of his campaigning efforts.
While Clinton has spoken out about racism and the need for criminal justice reform, the Democratic nominee has failed to inspire African-American voters.