The latest of the hacked emails to hit Wikileaks on Saturday showed that the Hillary Clinton campaign worried over the question of how to address black voters, especially because of her “super predator” comments in the 1990s that many feel helped to contribute to mass incarceration and the criminalization of black youth.
The emails, which were taken from the email account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairmen, showed a debate over whether or not Clinton should give a speech specifically on the state of race relations in the country.
Chief speechwriter Dan Schwerin said that such a speech would demonstrate Clinton’s “sustained and comprehensive commitment” to helping members of minority communities.
In responding to the suggestions, both Bill and Hillary Clinton noted that the speech should not be “a big mea culpa,” with former president Bill Clinton noting, “We shouldn’t try to defend the indefensible.”
Adviser Minyon Moore also questioned whether or not such a speech would be wise, worried that it could “unintentionally end up elevating questions that aren’t yet being widely asked and introduce new damaging information, especially super predator, to a lot more voters.”
In closing, Schwerin’s memo read: “If we’re slipping fast, maybe it’s worth rolling the dice and doing the speech. If we’re holding relatively steady, maybe we see if we can ride this out without doing the speech.”