On Sunday, Hillary Clinton went to church and delivered a sermon about the upcoming election and the problems with racism in America.
“We are asked to love one another. We are not just urged, we are commanded,” she said. “Jesus said it was the greatest of his commandments.”
Clinton said that she once taught Sunday school, teaching students to love their neighbor as themselves.
"Love One Another." Hillary Clinton preaches at a Baptist Church -> pic.twitter.com/hcFY2U920h
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 23, 2016
“It’s a hard commandment to obey. Some days it’s really hard for me,” she said as the crowd laughed and applauded.
Clinton made her remarks at the Union Baptist Church in Durham, NC, where they gave her a standing ovation to welcome her.
She was joined by five women who were part of the “Mothers of the Movement” — mothers of black men who were killed by gun violence or police shootings.
“If we’re honest with each other, we know that we face the continuing challenge of systemic racism,” she said. “We know we face the continuing discrimination against African-Americans and in particular young African-American men and women.”
She called for everyone in the congregation to choose “hope over fear” in the United States and work to end racism in the country.
“There are many people in our country willing to reach across the divides, regardless of what you’ve heard in this campaign,” she said.
Clinton quoted civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois calling racism “a basic problem of humanity, of democracy.”
“Those words still ring true today,” she said, again referring to her commitment to address “systemic racism” in the country.
“I have plans for everything,” she said, “You know how we women are.”
Conversations about race, she admitted were “painful” but that they were important to heal the divisions in the country.
She called for more Americans to start interacting with people that they didn’t agree with so they could learn to work together.
“I do that all the time,” she said.
She called for “de-escalation” training for police officers, so that they would stop killing young people of color and more criminal justice reform.
“We are all safer when everyone in America respects the law and is respected by the law and that should be our goal,” she said.
Clinton quoted the book of Proverbs, noting that “Where there is no vision the people perish” before quoting her own “stronger together” campaign slogan from the pulpit.
She also cited St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart,” she said, urging them to vote in the upcoming election. “Let us have faith in each other and faith in our future.”