Hillary Clinton Calls Charleston Shooting an 'Act of Racist Terrorism'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a rally on Roosevelt Island, New York, on June 13. (a katz /

Hillary Clinton made a definitive statement Tuesday that will no doubt set the tone for much of her latest campaign for the presidency, calling the June 17 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church an “act of racist terrorism.”

What’s more, she made that comment while speaking at a church in Florissant, Mo., just north of Ferguson.

And as The Guardian noted after her address, Clinton made her stance clearer on a few other hot-button issues as well, including whether the Confederate flag should be flown on government property of any description in Southern states:

Clinton called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from South Carolina statehouse grounds and elsewhere. “It shouldn’t fly there,” she said. “It shouldn’t fly anywhere.”

Clinton joined a panel of community leaders to discuss early education, child welfare, and racial disparities in health care, jobs programs and other social programs.

Clinton reiterated calls for universal pre-K education and universal voting registration.

The former secretary of state called for policing reform as the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson approached.

The presidential candidate called for new gun laws: “We need to come together for common-sense gun reforms that keep our communities safe.”

No doubt Bernie Sanders’ campaign team was taking careful notes during Clinton’s stop in Florissant. And no doubt just about everything she said will be the focus of obsessive dissection on Fox News—where the usual suspects are probably already experiencing the telltale signs of sudden-onset moral indignation—not to mention CNN.

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

Kasia Anderson
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Dr. Kasia Anderson is Truthdig's executive editor. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1997 with a degree in English literature and sociology, she worked as a Web journalist in San Francisco until…
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