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Published On: Sat, Jan 28th, 2017

DNC chair candidate Sally Boynton Brown defends racist comments to ‘shut other white people down’

At George Washington University, theDNC held a forum for candidates hoping to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Monday. Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party, urged Democrats to provide “training” to teach people to be “sensitive” and “how to shut their mouths if they are white.”

The Democrat how now defended her racist comments in a new interview. Check out those remarks at the bottom.

Yes, that’s right: here’s her exact racist remark.

“My job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt,” Brown said.

“Black lives matter and it makes me sad that we’re even having that conversation, and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed,”

“I need schooling, and I depend on you and the other people around our community to do that, so I can go school the other white people. We need it,” she pleaded.

SALLY BOYNTON BROWN: I’m a white woman, I don’t get it…

My job is to listen and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want to interrupt…

We pull people in and they are volunteers. They don’t know anything and then we send them out to have conversations with people, hard conversations. We promote them to chair of a party where they have power and they have no clue what they are doing. We have to, at the DNC, provide training. We have to teach them how to communicate, how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white. So I think I made my point.

In a phone interview with KTVB, Boynton Brown said the backlash has given her a first-person perspective on what many Americans deal with every day.

photo Jennifer Moo via Flickr

“If this is what people of color experience every day in our country, this is really atrocious and it makes me even more glad that I spoke up,” she said. “It is time that people feel safe and not scared in our country. Everybody. And I think that that is kind of the notion of white privilege. I’ve never been attacked like this and it does make me scared and it makes me sad that we’re so divided as a country.”

Boynton Brown says she stands by her remarks, and that they were widely taken out of context, in particular, by the alt-right.

“The reality is, I was at a forum talking to people of color about how we lift more people of color into our party leadership, very specifically. (My comments) have been completely blown out of proportion.

“We’ve got a lot of people of color in our party who don’t feel like they are being heard or that they have equity in our own party and we need to make sure that we’re addressing that,” she added.

She said she has been attacked personally and viciously on social media, and her children have even been targeted.

“I’ve gotten so much hate mail over this, it’s been really disturbing and upsetting that, you know, fake news would take a comment really designed for a specific audience around a specific conversation and turn it into something that it’s absolutely not.”

COMMENTARY:

“People of color experience every day”?

“This is really atrocious”?

You make racist remarks about white people and they need to be schooled and your job is to SHUT THEM DOWN and it’s “really atrocious” you are being called out for your racist remarks?

You’re being attacked because it’s an AWFUL THING TO SAY and you’re making it worse.

Taken out context? By the alt-right? How about we just watch the video again. This is NOT fake news, it’s you trying to find cover for making heinous remarks.

Now, if you and your family have been targeted, that is WRONG and we support you contacting the authorities with those threats. THAT SHOULD BE HAPPEN.

I appreciate the free speech of this country and the right to know what you really thing and feel.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. Cecil Brayboy says:

    If that’s what it takes that’s what needs to done.

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