Democrat forerunner Hillary Clinton condemned on Tuesday the Charleston Church massacre on June 17, labeling it an “act of racist terrorism” and agreeing to the removal of the Confederate flag wavering at the South Carolina capitol grounds, news said.
Clinton said the Confederate flag “has no place in American society today.” While delivering a speech at Christ the King Church frequented by Afro-Americans, the lady presidential contender asked, “How do we make sense of such an evil act?” She categorically described the massacre as an attack “in a house of God.”
She then urged parishioners to express their anger and grief into actions addressing inequality, racism and poverty. When South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the controversial Confederate flag from the capitol ground of South Carolina, the former first lady commended the governor.
According to Clinton, the Confederate should not be displayed anywhere because it symbolizes America’s “racist past” which deserves no place in the present or future. The crowd applauded on Clinton’s statement as it went beyond what the Republicans’ call on removing the flag from the state capitol and could put them in hot seat when asked if they would assent to do more to restrict the symbol, according to MSNBC news.
Second Presidential Campaign
Tuesday speech at the Christ the King Church marked her second presidential campaign, which was given a positive reception. Those who attended appreciated Clinton’s emphasis on more pressing local issues as well as her eagerness to listen to the people.
The church is significant as it is only four miles away from the crime scene of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American killed by a white police officer last summer. Clinton’s remarks against racism on Tuesday was her third time tackling the social cancer that continues to plague America.
Before handing over the microphone to the community leaders and incumbent local officials, Clinton spent 10 minutes talking about race relations, the need to have more efficient gun control laws and education.