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Hillary: ‘Implicit Bias Is a Problem For Everyone,’ ‘Too Many of Us’ ‘Jump to Conclusions About Each Other’

During Monday’s presidential debate, Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other, and therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, why am I feeling this way?”

Clinton stated, during one of her responses, “[I]t’s just a fact, that if you’re a young African-American man, and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated. So, we’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system.”

She was then asked, “Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?”

Clinton answered, “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police. I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other, and therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, why am I feeling this way? But when it comes to policing, since it can have, literally, fatal consequences, I have said in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by re-training a lot of our police officers. I’ve met with a group of very distinguished, experienced police chiefs a few weeks ago. They admit it’s an issue. They’ve got a lot of concerns. mental health is one of the biggest concerns, because now police are having to handle a lot of really difficult mental health problems on the street. They want support. They want more training. They want more assistance, and I think the federal government could be in a position where we would offer and provide that.”

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