During Sunday night’s Democratic debate, socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — in an apparently desperate attempt to pander to minority voters — uttered the most outrageous racial statement of the entire 2016 presidential race.
And critics pounced immediately.
“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in the ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor, ” said Sanders, implying that poverty only afflicts people of color.
Of course, there are millions of people of all ethic backgrounds living in poverty, and Sanders is facing a backlash for his insensitive — and some say racist — comments.
— voteDEM2016 (@JSoltis) March 7, 2016
— Nihil (@Ex_nihilo_0) March 7, 2016
If you were puzzled as to why the Black vote is so solidly behind Hillary, Bernie’s commentary on ghettos should provide clarity. #DemDebate
— Propane Jane (@docrocktex26) March 7, 2016
The Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, covering 2007 to 2011, found the white poverty rate was 11.6 percent. In 2013, there was an estimated 18.9 million low-income white people in the United States.