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Trump Insists He Can’t Be Racist Because He Signed a Criminal Justice Bill

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The second and final presidential debate Thursday night featured some changes that were supposed to make tonight’s event less chaotic than the first shoutfest was. And even though there was less interrupting and less shouting from the two candidates, the segment on race still managed to be a mess.

NBC’s Kristen Welker opened up the race portion of the debate with a pointed question for Trump and former vice president Joe Biden. “Do you understand why Black parents give their children ‘The Talk?'” Welker asked referring to the necessary conversation Black parents have with their children about the dangers of racism. In fact, “The Talk” is more of a series of talks. I remember a lot of mine vividly. Don’t wear a hat in the car at night if you’re with a group of Black people. Keep your hands out of your pockets. Always refer to police officers in polite terms.

Biden responded with a story about his daughter Naomi Biden, who is a social worker, and someone he didn’t have to warn about being racially profiled at a traffic stop. Unlike most Black parents who, regardless of their circumstances, must have that conversation.

Trump, unsurprisingly, appeared to know nothing about The Talk at all. On cue, when the conversation turned to race, Trump’s old talking points were at the ready—and nearly all of them focused on crime. “He’s been in government for 47 years and never done a thing, except for the Crime Bill,” Trump said referring to the massive legislation championed by Biden as a senator that, among other things, created mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug........

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