Jamelle Bouie, who writes for Slate, thinks that this was the right place for Clinton to make her comments. I am not so sure. If Nexenta paid the going rate, Clinton's "Captivating Keynote" cost the corporation something like $275,000 to $300,000 dollars, which is probably why she ended her talk about the killing of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri (and what happened afterwards, as members of the community tried to speak out) with this stirring tribute to how Nexenta and the Clinton Foundation will forge a better future:
At Nexenta, you say, better living for a better world. At the Clinton Foundation, we say, we're all in this together. If you put those together, it comes out to a pretty good road map for the future. We need all of you, your energy and your efforts, your innovation, your building, your creating to help us achieve that better world.
The political, and economic, and social changes we need will not be discovered, I think, on a high-tech platform. The next great thing from Apple, or from Nexenta (and I am not really clear exactly what this company does, though I am prepared to believe that it's fabulous) isn't going to be our salvation. The place where new apps, and gadgets, and high-tech solutions are invented isn't where we will forge the democratic and revolutionary changes that our nation so desperately needs, changes that can prevent the continuing oppression and betrayal of black men and women, all over this country. Check out what Jon Stewart said on The Daily Show. He got it right.