Hillary Clinton talks about racial issues at event near Ferguson
FLORISSANT - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chose a location close to last year's unrest in Ferguson for a campaign appearance Tuesday, but focused largely on events in South Carolina, where a gunman killed nine people in a black church last week.
At a community meeting at Christ the King Church in Florissant, Clinton said the killings in Charleston "struck a blow to the soul."
Clinton called alleged shooter Dylann Roof a "racist terrorist" and said the attack shows "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."
She noted the family members of the victims have publically forgiven Roof.
"Their act of mercy was as stunning of his act of cruelty," Clinton said.
Speaking hours after the South Carolina Legislature took its first steps towards removing the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds, Clinton said, "It shouldn't fly there. It shouldn't fly anywhere."
She also commended Walmart, eBay, Amazon and Sears for their decisions to stop selling items with Confederate flags on them, saying all sellers need to do the same.
Clinton made only a passing reference to the unrest in Ferguson which followed the death of Michael Brown, at the same time mentioning West Baltimore, where protests erupted after Freddie Gray died in police custody.
She said no matter where people live, they "deserve a chance to get ahead and stay ahead."
Clinton said the government should work on building an economy designed for tomorrow rather than yesterday. She said women and people of color need more support as they start up new businesses.
"Talent is universal," she said, "But opportunity is not."
Clinton also called for universal voter registration, saying everyone who turns 18 years old should automatically be registered to vote, unless they say no.