Civil rights and urban issues take a back seat at Clinton’s press conference at NABJ/NAHJ
WASHINGTON, DC — During a debate early on during the presidential election season U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders exclaimed that the country was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.”
A similar sentiment was expressed during Clinton’s question-and-answer session before hundreds of journalists of color at the joint National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists joint convention on Friday.
In response to a question about her trustworthiness in light of the FBI investigation of a private email server during her days as Secretary of State, some journalists got a bit antsy.
“Can we get some black and brown questions,” freelance writer Lauren Victoria Burke posted on Twitter.
— Lauren Victoria (@LVBurke) August 5, 2016
“I would like to hear about Hillary Clinton’s stance on civil rights today and the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement,” tweeted Valeria Fernandez, an independent multimedia journalist from Phoenix.
But instead, Clinton’s 40-minute conversation with members of NABJ and NAHJ largely focused on her plan to “immediately” tackle immigration policy if she is elected president in November. There was also discussion about her email controversy.
Clinton said she is optimistic that the next session of congress will hold a Democratic majority in the Senate that will make it easier to pass immigration reform.
She also said that if elected she would create a White House office for “immigrant affairs” and announced that her campaign has launched a Spanish-language Twitter feed.
Clinton also told journalists of color that during her first hundred days in office she will focus on creating jobs for Blacks and Hispanics as well as more opportunities to support entrepreneurs.
Asked how she would accomplish these goals, “I’m going to do what I’ve always done, build relationships,” Clinton said.