By Anthony Scannella
Photos by Andrew Martin
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a large African-American Baptist church on Wednesday, urged the crowd to break down barriers in the United States, “including the barrier of systemic racism.”
Clinton spoke at Brookland Baptist Church’s Community Resource Center in West Columbia as part of a luncheon put on by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
The event was a part of her week-long series focusing on “Breaking Down Barriers” in advance of Saturday’s S.C. Democratic primary.
According to Clinton, politicians have missed the rise of the African-American middle class and the strength of the black church.
She also spoke about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, saying that the state government there has ignored and dismissed the concerns of residents.
“Would this ever have occurred in a wealthy white suburb in Detroit? We know the answer. Absolutely not,” she said.
She also focused on the social inequalities African-Americans face compared to other groups, such as the fact that black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
“I’ve been asking people to imagine that world reversed,” she said.
Clinton, who was headed to Sumter later in the day, finished her speech by urging people to vote and asked them to hold her accountable for her promises.
Clinton leads her party opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 57.4 percent to 33.3 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.