A Discussion With Kirsten Gillibrand on Race and ‘White Privilege’

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The term "white privilege" has become part of the conversation in the 2020 presidential election.

Some people believe white people have difficulty truly understanding what people of color experience and how being white has been an advantage in certain situations.

Channel 13 Political Director Dave Price sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss what can be a sensitive topic for some.

Gillibrand said part of white privilege comes from how people of different races are treated differently in situations like getting a loan or minor traffic violations. She said there is a reason why this topic is more prevalent now with a white president in office than it was ten years ago when there was an African American president.

“President Trump has really emboldened white supremacy. He is someone who during the Charlottesville uprising found moral equivalencies and said, ‘there's good people on both sides.’ Well, when someone is a white supremacist or someone is a racist or a neo-Nazi, they are spewing hateful rhetoric, anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, misogyny and we expect our presidents to be better than that,” said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand said if she is elected, she wants to tackle the divisiveness in America right now and bring the country back together.

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