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Gillibrand on How She’ll Fix Baltimore: I Can Talk to White Women in the Suburbs About ‘What White Privilege Is’

‘It is my responsibility to lift up those voices that aren’t being listened to’

EXCERPT:

GILLIBRAND: "So I don’t believe it’s the responsibility of Corey and Kamala to be the only voice   that takes these issues of institutional racism, systemic racism in our country. I think as a white woman of privilege who is a U.S. senator running for president of the United States, it is also my responsibility to lift up those voices that aren’t being listened to. And I can talk to those white women in the suburbs that voted for Trump and explain to them what white privilege is. When their son is walking down the street with a bang of m&m in his pocket wearing a hoodie, his whiteness protects him from not being shot. When his — when her — when their child has a car that breaks down and he knocks on someone’s door for help and the door opens and the help is given, it’s his whiteness that protects him from being shot. That’s what white privilege in America is today. So my responsibility is to not only lift up those stories but explain to communities across America, like I did in Youngstown, Ohio, to a young mother, that this is all of our responsibility. And together we can make our community stronger."

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