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Hillary Clinton visits black church near Ferguson, talks race relations

FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Less than a week after the racially motivated mass murder of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Hillary Rodham Clinton visited another black church Tuesday in another community struggling with racial relations.

Speaking at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, near Ferguson, the Democratic presidential candidate welcomed the new push to abandon the Confederate flag but said it must be paired with renewed efforts to confront the deeper issues at the core of racial divisions, from policing to jobs to health care. That, she said, is the way to honor the memories of the nine people killed Wednesday in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church.

The shooting was "an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God," Clinton said from the pulpit here, in a St. Louis suburb next to Ferguson, where last year's shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer sparked unrest and prompted a nationwide debate about race relations. "Let us be resolved to make sure they did not die in vain. Do not be overcome by evil, but let evil be overcome by good."

Clinton said she appreciates the calls from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other politicians to stop flying the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state Capitol. "It shouldn't fly there," she said. "It shouldn't fly anywhere."

She commended Walmart, where she once was a board member, Amazon, eBay and Sears for announcing that they would stop selling products adorned with the flag.

Clinton has put America's struggle with race relations at the forefront of her campaign in recent weeks. Her staff said she had planned to discuss economic issues during her Missouri stop, but after the Charleston shooting she wanted to hold the event in a church and discuss race.


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