Hillary Clinton condemned the arson of a historically black church in Greenville, Mississippi that had been vandalized with graffiti reading “Vote Trump,” vowing at a rally Thursday to combat “systemic racism.”
Clinton referenced the blaze, which is now being investigated for possible civil rights crimes by the FBI, as she was speaking about loving your neighbor and treating people with respect. She said she wanted to disrupt the “status quo” and pledged that her administration would not be complacent in systemic racism.
“We’re going to take on systemic racism with a real commitment and real follow through,” she said. “We’re not going to accept the status quo. What happened to that church in Mississippi yesterday should not be normal.”
After Clinton explained the details of the church blaze, she linked it to police shootings of black people as well as the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, saying that none of those things should be normal. Clinton disputed the notion that nothing would change with her presidency, arguing America would get to work on its problems if she were elected.
“Who would do that to a house of worship?” she asked. “In America, that can never be acceptable.”
“We are gonna get to work, I’m just telling you,” she said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be your president, we’re going to roll up our sleeves and get to work because that’s when we’re at our best.”