Sen. Clinton: GOP Erasing Century of Civil Rights Progress

By Marc Morano | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

Washington ( - New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton Thursday warned that Republican conservatives were on the verge of erasing a century of "progress" on civil rights, feminist and worker-related issues.

"So much of what we built in the 20th century is at risk," Clinton said at the National Urban League's annual conference in Washington D.C. She spoke to a crowd of several hundred at a panel discussion entitled "The Black Male: Endangered Species or Hope for the Future?"

"There are people -- unfortunately too many of them in this town -- who believe the progress that we celebrate -- that the Urban League was part of creating in the 20th century -- was not in the best interests of Americans," Clinton said, apparently referring to Republican-elected officials.

"I don't know who they're talking about because it sure was in the best interests of women and of African Americans and of Latinos and Asian Americans. It sure was in the interests of workers and people who wanted a fair shake and a better life," Clinton said.

"I think it's fair to say that your government is not holding up its part of the bargain right now," she added.

Clinton accused the Bush administration of budget "cuts" in a variety of federal programs, including food stamps, Medicaid, welfare, Pell Grants, higher education, and Head Start.

She also called for "racial justice empowerment" and asserted that the "promise of America" was "still missing for millions of our fellow Americans.

"We still have too many of our children who are being left behind ...You know, I do think it takes a village to raise a child. A village needs strong families, it needs good schools," she said to applause.

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