When Hillary Clinton made the comment that she as a “white person didn’t know what it was like to live in their shoes” as so many African Americans experienced in the audience — Bernie Sanders had one way to respond.
- “When you are 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 are walking down a street or dragged out of a car.” (Here’s the video.)
His, er, wording of the word Ghetto has critics up in arms.
- “Saying ‘ghetto’ is … not a great moment,” writes Maggie Haberman in the New York Times debate blog. “It’s also not that far off from Trump saying ‘the blacks.'”
- “He knows that all Black people don’t live in ghettos, right?” tweets Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post.
- But it wasn’t all bad: The Hill notes that Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson was sympathetic. “Besides Bernie’s comment about ‘living in the ghetto,’ I thought his answer re: white privilege was solid,” he tweets.