What the Candidates Are Not Saying About Race

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Sunday's Presidential Town Hall in St. Louis, Missouri. October 9, 2016.

To many who watched Sunday's presidential town hall, the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wasn't just notable for the issues it addressed — such as Trump's recently revealed comments about women — but also for an issue it didn't: race and racism in America.

Its near-absence was especially glaring because the event took place less than 10 miles away from Ferguson, Missouri, where, in 2014, the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, sparked a national conversation about police brutality in communities of color.

According to Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer with The New York Times Magazine, policing was not the only topic that got short-shrift. Both candidates, she told WNYC's Jami Floyd, have failed to address racial inequity in schools, housing and income: "We have not heard specific platform issues from either candidate that are going to address these big systemic issues," she said.