Reason 2 #WhyHillary: An Advocate for Civil Rights
Guest columnist: Lorna Mae Johnson | @LornaMaeJohnson
The United States of America was founded on the principle that men are created equal. Our Bill of Rights is a testament to the freedoms our founding fathers dreamt we could enjoy, so we would live our truths without persecution. We have used this American experiment of freedom to constantly redefine and update our definition of all men to continue a tradition of ever-growing Liberty, the unofficial namesake of our country.
Unfortunately, the wheel of progress is slow, but making America great isn’t difficult when you have a passion for defending the proverbial little guy from hate and discrimination, and a voting record to back it up.
Hillary Clinton has used her career in the political arena to fight for women, racial minorities, and the LGBTQ community. She has not forgotten the core reason our country was founded, and she will not stand for a person to face hatred or discrimination because of their gender, the color of their skin, or who they love. Hillary is a candidate for the people, and by the people, tirelessly working to create an America where everyone can live freely without persecution â€“ and she did not do it for the politics.
Most recently, America has been grappling with excessive force by police officers, and a pattern of implicit bias that has led to the police-involved shooting deaths of several unarmed black citizens, often when they are complying with orders. Public outcry over the disturbing patterns led to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Blue Lives Matter counter-movement resulted to support our country’s officers. Candidates early on were pressured to pick a side.
While supporting Black Lives Matter could have alienated her moderate constituents, Hillary knew the right thing to do, and the numbers are hard to ignore, with black men 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men. This has been a polarizing issue, but that didn’t stop Hillary from doing what she knew was right in her heart.
She will fight for consistent police training with an emphasis on de-escalation and bias education, combat the destructive pattern of mass incarceration, and create policy to build the communal relationship between police officers and their neighbors. Hillary isn’t afraid to talk about our country’s issues with race – she wants to work together to find a solution to violence and bias.
Hillary has also fought for the LGBTQ rights, and not just marriage access. Hillary wants to ensure that LGBTQ people are protected while serving our country, that they will be equally considered for employment, and be able to enjoy the full benefits of married life with whatever spouse they fall in love with. In 2002, Hillary voted for sexual orientation to be added to the hate crime law, so that LGBTQ people could be protected.
Hillary is an agent for the voiceless, and has used her career to create an America where you aren’t persecuted for who you are. While she has dedicated her time in office to addressing the inequalities women, LGBTQA, people of color, and people with disabilities face, with a resume of successful legislation to show for it, she knows the work is far from over.
Hillary will continue redefining All Men to be ever more inclusive, this time, as President of the United States.
Lorna Mae Johnson is a successful Afro-Latin entrepreneur, business leader and real estate investor.
Appointed by President Obama to The Kennedy Center President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts; President’s National Advisory Board; President’s Advisory Committee on Health Care; she is the Honorary Consul General for Jamaica, Founder of Compassion for Teen Life (501c3), and as a health care professional, Co-Founder of the Advanced Family Care Medical Group in Los Angeles. Johnson is a Surrogate/Hillblazer/National Finance Committee member for Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.