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At Northeastern, Bill Clinton talks discrimination, division

Former president Bill Clinton addressed the audience at the opening session of a Clinton Global Initiative event held at Northeastern University. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Former president Bill Clinton took on the politics of discrimination and division in a panel discussion in Boston Friday night, never naming President Trump but pointedly addressing recent controversies that have been associated with the president’s rhetoric and the views of some Trump supporters.

Speaking on a panel before a crowd of more than 1,000 at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena, Clinton said that racism, sexism, homophobia, religious bigotry, and other biases are nothing new. “It’s just all hanging out there now, for obvious reasons,’’ he said, drawing applause from the crowd.

The root of the problem, Clinton suggested, is that people are not talking to one another and listening to those whose experiences and views differ from their own.

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