Shutting down the stereotype.
On Monday night, Hofstra University welcomed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for the first presidential debate of 2016. The moderator, Lester Holt, posed an important question to the candidates regarding how they would heal the racial divide in America.
Former Secretary of State Clinton answered the question by addressing criminal justice reform, increased police training, and improved gun safety laws.
Trump, on the other hand, spoke about law and order. The Republican presidential nominee defended stop-and-frisk practices in New York City — a method proven to be unconstitutional — and talked about America’s cities.
“We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African-Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot,” Trump said. “And I’m saying, where is this? Is this a war-torn country?”
As soon as Trump said that comment, many Blacks and Latinos found it to be insulting and completely false. So they took to social media and issued several empowering responses. Here are seven of those responses:
Sorry, i missed a couple of tweets. I was busy living in hell and getting shot. #debatenight
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) September 27, 2016
— Viridiana Carrizales (@viricarrizales) September 27, 2016
"Living in hell." "Stop and frisk worked." "Super predators." This is not a fun part of the debate if you're a person of color #DebateNight
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) September 27, 2016
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) September 27, 2016
Hi! My name is Lisa, I'm an African-American and I don't live in hell.
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) September 27, 2016
By the way, I'm black and I don't live in hell. People walk down my street every day and they don't get shot. #debatenight
— Solomon Jones (@solomonjones1) September 27, 2016
"African Americans Hispanics are living in hell because it's so dangerous" Trump doubling down on his Inferno vision of POC life
— Daniel José Older (@djolder) September 27, 2016
Watch the full debate: