Gillibrand told voters it was her responsibility as a white woman 'to lift up those voices that aren't being listened to.'
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) laid out the specifics of white privilege and its role in propping up systemic racism during the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night.
"I don't believe that it's the responsibility of Cory [Booker] and Kamala [Harris] to be the only voice that takes on these issues of institutional racism, systemic racism, in our country," she said. "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 actually is."
"That 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. 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 is what white privilege in America is today."
"And 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 responsibilities and that together, we can make our communities stronger.
Gillibrand acknowledged racism and its impact on millions of Americans while discussing what she would do to combat it.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.