Clinton: White people need to walk in the shoes of African-Americans

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday called for “white people like myself” to walk in the shoes of African-Americans after shootings by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana left two black men dead. 

{mosads}”I will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about how to really protect themselves when they’re the ones that should be expecting protection from encounters with police,” Clinton said Friday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. 

“I think we are the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens and we have so much more to be done and we have got to get about the business of doing it.”

Police officers killed two black men this week in separate incidents captured in graphic videos posted on social media sites.

That spurred protests throughout the country, including one Thursday night in Dallas where a sniper killed five police officers and wounded seven others.

“I want white people to understand how African Americans feel everyday. The anxiety and fear, particularly sending off their children, particularly young men, not knowing what’s going to happen to them,” Clinton said on MSNBC on Friday. 

Clinton again called for the end of “hateful rhetoric” and incitement of violence in her CNN interview, a veiled shot at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“We can’t be engaging in hateful rhetoric or incitement of violence. We need to bring people together,” Clinton said.

“I’ve said on the campaign trail repeatedly, we need more love and kindness and I know that is not usually what presidential candidates say but I believe it.”

– Updated at 4:55 p.m.

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