Shouldn’t we be talking about Hillary Clinton’s startling proclamation during Monday night’s debate that every American has “implicit bias” on race relations?
When asked by moderator Lester Holt (the only time he asked a direct and exclusive question of the Democratic Party’s nominee) “Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?” Clinton didn’t just throw cops under the racist bus, she threw us all under:
Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone. Not just police. I think unfortunately too many of us in our great country, um, jump to conclusions about each other. And therefore I think we need all of us to be asking ourselves hard questions about, you know, why am I feeling this way.
This startling accusation comes just weeks after referring to “half” of Donald Trump supporters as members of a “basket of deplorables” who are “irredeemable” in her eyes. And yet, the comment has largely gone unnoticed.
Our Salem colleague Hugh Hewitt jumped on the comment immediately and made a prediction:
"I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone." That's going to launch quite a long debate tomorrow.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 27, 2016
Yet, the debate never came. Barely even a discussion.
More people are talking about her smarmy shimmy during the debate than her outrageous accusation against every American.
Heather MacDonald at City Journal blasts away at Clinton’s assertion that “implicit ias” exists in our criminal justice system and is somehow inspiring police officers to randomly gun down innocent black men:
Clinton reiterated her call for “implicit-bias” training for officers. The premise of such training is that police officers are shooting black males out of such bias. Yet,four studies have come out this year alone that demolish this charge. They show that if there is bias among police officers in their shooting decisions, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. “Implicit-bias” training, based on a lie, is a grotesque waste of resources at a time when officers are desperate for more hands-on tactical training that will help them make those crucial shoot/don’t shoot decisions in the field, or avoid being put into such an excruciating situation in the first place.
But, on closer parsing of her remarkable statement, it’s important to note that she made much more than an accusation in this pandering response to Holt, she made an admission.
Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone… I think we need all of us to be asking ourselves hard questions about, you know, why am I feeling this way.
She’s including herself in these sweeping generalizations.
Is Hillary admitting that she's a racist? "Why do I feel this way?" What? #debatenight
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) September 27, 2016
She is, after all, the person who referred to young black men as “super predators,” that she intended to “bring to heel” isn’t she?
It’s nice to see Hillary admitting to her own “implicit bias” on race issues, but I wish she’d speak for herself.