Hillary Clinton hit Donald Trump in her address on racism in America to Al Sharpton's National Action Network. In New York City today, Clinton said America's long struggle with racism is "far from finished" and pointed to Trump's "bigotry" as a reason. Clinton cited Trump's "insidious birther movement" against Obama as an example.
"America's long struggle with racism is far finished," Clinton said. "And we are seeing that in this election. When the front-runner for the Republican nomination was asked in a national television interview to disavow David Duke and other white supremacists supporting his campaign, he played coy."
"This is the same Donald Trump who led the insidious birther movement to delegitimize President Obama," Clinton said. "He has called Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers. He wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States."
Clinton slammed Ted Cruz for wanting to profile Muslim-American neighborhoods.
"And not to be outdone by his primary rival, Ted Cruz would treat Muslim-Americans like criminals and religiously profile their neighborhoods. So, ugly currents that lurk just below the surface of our politics have burst into the open. And everyone sees this bigotry for what it is. Therefore, it is up to all of us to repudiate it," Clinton said.
Clinton also addressed white privilege and called on whites to do a better job of listening to the black community. The Democratic presidential candidate said whites "need to recognize our privilege and practice humility."
"White Americans need to do a much better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are everyone else's experiences," Clinton said.
Clinton, however, said Trump and Cruz aren't to blame for all the problems in the black community.
"Now, of course the problem goes far deeper than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz," Clinton acknowledged. "Race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind."