Racism is about white people and majority privilege

In 2016, Democratic candidates, under pressure from movement activists, began to talk more openly about systemic forms of racism. PHOTO: AFP

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made an important distinction when she talked about the problem of white privilege during the Democratic debate on Wednesday night in Detroit. One moderator had asked her what she would "do for Baltimore and other cities that need help" after President Donald Trump wrote racist tweets attacking both the city and one of its congressional representatives, Mr Elijah Cummings.

"I can talk to those white women in the suburbs who voted for Trump and explain to them what white privilege actually is," Mrs Gillibrand said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Racism is about white people and majority privilege'. Subscribe