Jennifer Epstein, at Bloomberg Politics:
Less than a week after a mass shooting at a black church situated in one community with a history of racial tensions, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday visited another black church in another community struggling with racial relations.
Speaking at Christ the King Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri, Clinton welcomed the new push to abandon the Confederate flag but said it must be paired with renewed efforts to confront the deeper issues at the core of racial divisions, from policing to jobs to health care. That, she said, is the way to honor memories of the nine people killed last week at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.
The shooting was “an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God,” Clinton said from the pulpit here, in a St. Louis suburb that neighbors Ferguson. “Let us be resolved to make sure they did not die in vain. Do not be overcome by evil but let evil be overcome by good.”
“We have a moment of opportunity right now and shame on us if we don’t seize it,” she later added…
Since Wednesday’s shooting, Clinton has spoken more extensively on race relations and gun violence than any other presidential hopeful (former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has focused his energy solely on arguing for stronger gun control laws, saying that the shooting “pissed” him off). Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco on Saturday, Clinton called for “common sense” gun control and added that the election of the first black president had not brought “America’s long struggle with race” to an end. “Our problem is not all kooks and Klansmen,” she said. “It’s also the cruel joke that goes unchallenged. It’s the offhand comment about not wanting those people in the neighborhood.”…
Hillary Clinton was raised Methodist — as the Wikipedia has it, “characterized by… emphasis on helping the poor and the average person… ideals put into practice by the establishment of hospitals, universities, orphanages, soup kitchens, and schools to follow Jesus’s command to spread the Good News and serve all people.” They’re not charismatic, but they’re dogged.
Speaking of which…
A scattered number of attendees stood up to applause Hillary Clinton when she called for gun regs pic.twitter.com/pANtCOx91E
— Joy Lin (@JoyLinFN) June 20, 2015