Today, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that recent violence and civil disturbances related to Black Lives Matter protests against police shootings of black civilians is an indication that the United States remains divided over racial issues. She argued that Republican candidate Donald Trump promotes racial division. 
 
Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin) and Hillary Clinton
 
Clinton said that Trump "fans the fire" of inter-racial division and violence.
 
Speaking in the chambers of the Illinois state legislature, where Abraham Lincoln once pronounced his famous "House Divided" oration in 1858 before the Civil War, Clinton said that the "struggle with race is not finished." Along those lines, Clinton said "In times like these we need a president who can help pull us together not split us apart," adding, "And that's why Donald Trump is so dangerous."
"This man is the nominee of the party of Lincoln, we are watching it become the party of Trump," Clinton the Democrat said. "And this is not just a huge loss to our democracy, it is a threat to it."
 
Clinton's speech came on the day after President Barack Obama delivered a stem-winder in Dallas at an interfaith memorial service for the five police officers who were shot to death by a black racist who had vowed to kill white people. The shootings occurred that happened at a demonstration organized by the Black Lives Matter movement to protest against the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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