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In Detroit, Hillary Clinton calls for tackling racism, gun violence as "American problems"

Student performers at the Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.
Sarah Cwiek
Michigan Radio
Student performers at the Detroit NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President took her through Detroit this weekend.

Clinton was the keynote speaker at the Detroit NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund dinner.

She said the kind of suffering seen in cities like Detroit and Flint are symbolic of communities across the country that are being “left out and left behind.”

Clinton, who has been vocal about the Flint water crisis since it started drawing national attention, called it “unacceptable.” But she also said there are “too many Flints in America.”

Clinton went on to call for a united front tackling problems like systemic racism, intergenerational poverty, and gun violence.

“These aren’t somebody else’s problems, these are our problems. These aren’t urban problems, these are American problems,” the former Secretary of State said.

Clinton didn’t mention her rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But she did condemn her chief Republican rival, Donald Trump, accusing him of stoking racial and religious hatred and “inviting violence.”

“We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands,” Clinton said.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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