Hillary Clinton pulled out all the stops in her award acceptance speech at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights gala in New York Tuesday. In her remarks Clinton decried the “brutal” tactics of the CIA and the “excessive force” of law enforcement, and assured the audience that she believes “black lives matter” and grieves with those “mothers who’ve lost their sons” due to racial injustice.
Saying she was proud to have been a part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations,” Clinton said that now we can say in a “loud and clear” voice that America doesn’t condone torture:
Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice that the United States should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world. That should be absolutely clear as a matter of both policy and law, including our international treaty obligations.
The 2016 presidential hopeful also touched on police brutality and racial injustice, saying, “yes, black lives matter” and asking what Kennedy would say about the thousands “demanding justice for all” and to those “mothers who’ve lost their sons.”
What would he say to all those who have lost trust in our government and our other institutions, who shudder at images of excessive force, who read reports about torture done in the name of our country, who see too many representatives in Washington quick to protect a big bank from regulation but slow to take action to help working families facing ever greater pressure.