Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attempting to clear up confusion surrounding his comments at the Flint Debate where he said white people don’t know anything about living in the ghetto.
“What I meant to say is when you talk about ghettos traditionally, what you’re talking about is African-American communities,” Sanders told a gaggle of reporters on the runway just outside of the campaign’s charter plane.
“I think many white people are not aware of the kinds of pressures and the kind of police oppression that sometimes takes place within the African-American community,” Sanders added.
Sanders comments, made during Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, drew sharp criticism on social media and was a part of a longer answer from Sanders at CNN’s Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, after being asked if the candidate felt he had any “racial blind spots.”
“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car,” Sanders said at the debate.
This response came after he emotionally recalled a story of an African-American colleague of his in the House choosing not to hail a cab fearing humiliation that cab drivers would “go past him because he was black.”