LBJ Library Forum Watch Party: Group heard question, “is race a factor in America?” They heard Hillary Clinton say, there is a woman, a Latino, and an African-American contesting the presidency. Yes, we have come a long way but have a way to go. The march is not finished…work is yet to be done….be foot soldiers in that revolution to finish the job. Joe Biden said it is still a defining issue. We can do something about it. We are not tough enough on supreme court justices. Next president can determine how we go forward. You better pick the right person to do that. Bill Richardson said race is a major issue in the country and the president has to talk about it, not just establish laws and nominate justices. Next president has to lead and speak passionately, to have a dialogue with all people. They are not talking points, but facts of life. John Edwards said we can finally talk about equality in America via this debate. We still have “two Americas.” We have two public school systems, one for wealthy and one for poor. We still have health care disparities. All of us have work to do. Every single American’s voice should be heard, especially people of color, especially when we vote. Barack Obama said all of you have made me what I am. For us to achieve racial equality is not just good for African-Americans, but for America. The progress we have made is not good enough. Let us take responsiblity and rise up for the problems that we face and have political will to make things happen. Dennis Kucinich said racial equality is real and effects every quality of our life. We need to have policy guided by certain fundamental rights. Mike Gravel said racism has been with us in every century. He said 70% of people in jail are African-Americans. We need to do away with the war on drugs because it is a failure. When will we learn that issue of drugs is a public health issue not a criminal issue.