How could she do that to her own son…
Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke with reporters and further expounded on her argument about white privilege.
“We have a real challenge in this country with deep, systemic, and institutional racism,” Gillibrand said.
“It pervades all aspects of society, whether you’re talking about healthcare where our maternal mortality rate is as high as it is, especially for black women, four times higher, or education,” Gillibrand continued.
Gillibrand then discussed student debt, claiming women of color have to “borrow more” and do not “get paid equally.”
“Student debt is very high for people of color, particularly women of color, ’cause not only do they have to borrow more, but then they don’t get paid equally, so it’s harder to pay back,” Gillibrand said.
“The issue of white privilege is the absence of that constant, chronic, systemic racism that happens everyday,” Gillibrand said before using her son in an example to outline her definition of white privilege.
“My son, who’s white, if he breaks down in a car and knocks on a door for help, most people will help him,” Gillibrand claimed. “If my son was black and knocked on that door, he might be shot. His whiteness is what protects him. That’s all that white privilege is.”