Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Hillary Clinton ‘doesn’t really answer’ question about ‘her white privilege’ from Drake University student

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Hillary Clinton was asked at an Iowa Democratic forum to give an example of how her “white privilege” has benefited her in life.

“Can you tell us what the term white privilege means to you, and can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefited from it?” a Drake University student asked the Democratic presidential front-runner at Fusion’s 2016 Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines.

Clinton responded, “Look, where do I start?”

“I was born white, middle-class, in the middle of America,” the former secretary of state said. “I went to good public schools. I had a very strong, supportive family. I had a lot of great experiences growing up. I went to a wonderful college. I went to law school.”

She said that she knew she was “a lucky person,” but didn’t understand how privileged she was until an experience she had when she was 11. She said she babysat children of migrant workers and quickly noticed they had a much different life than hers.

Thalia Anguiano, the student who asked Clinton the question, later told Fusion that she was was “a little disappointed” by the candidate’s answer, saying she missed the mark with the story about the migrant family.

Anguiano explained that Clinton “started pretty good” by detailing her personal history, but went off the rails when she described babysitting for migrant farmers on the outskirts of Chicago. The Drake student said that her initial reaction to the anecdote was: “I don’t know where you’re going with this.”

“I feel like she didn’t answer it,” Anguiano said.

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