By Sam Frizell
In a call for unity in the face of national grief, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the country must heal after the killing of five Dallas police officers and two recent police shootings of black men, delivering remarks in the same chamber in Springfield Illinois where Abraham Lincoln famously declared that a “house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Clinton’s remarks were a labored attempt to address deep racial divisions facing the country. In the last week, police were filmed killing two black men, one in Louisiana and a second in Minnesota, and five police officers died in a mass shooting in Dallas.
“Despite our best efforts and highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished,” Clinton told her audience. “I believe that our future peace and prosperity depends on whether we meet this moment with honesty and courage.”
Standing in the Springfield, Illinois Old State Capitol Building where Abraham Lincoln stood on June 16, 1858, her speech was rich with carefully planned historical parallels. She spoke at an elaborate wood podium in the Capitol rotunda, encircled by Corinthian Greek columns and in front of a portrait of George Washington.