Hillary Rodham Clinton praised South Carolina leaders for removing the rebel Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds but said Americans must “dig deeper” against racial injustice.
Clinton will be meeting with Mayors and local officials from across the state.
“Women who want to work should be able to do so without worrying everyday about how they are going to take care of their children or what happens if a family member gets sick”, she said. “Every day you see schools and neighborhoods that are segregated”, she said, pointing out disparities in education, housing access, infant mortality rates and a “far from balanced” criminal justice system.
“We have so many blessings, but we need to be honest enough to face our problems”, Clinton said.
In Thursday’s speech, however, Clinton appeared to contradict herself by saying that equal pay and child care are “not women’s issues”. Her approach to the issue could have a big impact on whether she can turn out African-Americans near the numbers that President Obama did in his historic race and make a difference in some key swing states in the general election.
Clinton also reiterated her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
It was Clinton’s first campaign appearance in South Carolina, which holds the South’s first presidential primary, since the massacre at a black church in Charleston prompted the rebel flag’s removal by Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican-run Legislature.
“The media doesn’t treat her in a kind way”, Bailey said. Clinton has been in the spotlight since her husband was elected president in 1992.