How will Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand win over suburban women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election? During Wednesday night’s primary debate in Detroit, Gillibrand said it would be simple: She would wander off into the suburbs and teach these women all about the concept of white privilege. That, she suggested, would be enough to win them over to the Democratic cause.
“I can talk to those white women,” she said. “When their son is walking down the street with a bag of M&Ms in his pocket, wearing a hoodie, his whiteness is what protects him from not being shot.”
It was Skittles, Kirsten, get it right.
Also, we’re pretty confident that in the years since Trayvon Martin, many, many black teenagers have managed to walk down the street with candy in their pockets without being shot. What protected them?
Well, we know better than to ask stupid questions about stupid sociology concepts.
“I think as a white woman of privilege who is a U.S. senator running for president of the United States,” she said, “it is also my responsibility to lift up those voices that aren’t being listened to.”
Seems to us the only voices that “aren’t being listened to” are those who think this whole white privilege thing is a scam meant to divide us by race.
This isn’t the first time that Gillibrand has positioned herself as THE one to bring racial education to white America. At a campaign stop in Ohio last month, the New York Democrat answered a question from a woman who questioned the importance of “white privilege” issues in places where opioid addiction and manufacturing woes were of much higher concern.
Gillibrand said that she sympathized with communities ravaged by drugs and economic malaise, but “that’s not what that conversation is about.”
“What that conversation is about is when a community has been left behind for generations because of the color of their skin, when you’ve been denied job after job after job because you’re black or because you’re brown or when you go to the emergency room to have your baby, the fact that we have the highest infant mortality rate in this country, and if you are a black woman, you are four times more likely to die in childbirth,” Gillibrand said.
While Gillibrand assured the (white) woman asking the question that her “suffering is just as important as a black or brown person’s suffering,” the black community required “far more transformational efforts” in order to eradicate racism.
Well, we’ll see how that message goes down in communities that voted for Obama and then Trump. We’re guessing: Not too well.