It's simply important to say, although I think it is well understood and embraced by I'm certain everyone in this room, that we all know hate is not an American value. Nowhere is it an American value. We do honor, protect and defend freedom of speech. And allowing people the right of expression, but these are good things.
But we do not honor, nor do we promote or accept hate speech in any form. And those who embrace it poison our public discourse, and they damage the very country that they claim to love. So we condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms. Racism is evil. It is antithetical to America's values.
In his second inaugural address in the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called on Americans to bind up the nation's wounds. What Lincoln knew and that we are sadly reminded today, that painful racial tensions are part of our experience as a nation. We too today should seek to bind up the wounds.
We need a state department that reflects the American people, reflects who we are. Every time we have an opening for an ambassador position, at least one of the candidates must be a minority candidate.