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DNC Candidate: ‘My Job Is To Shut Other White People Down’ When They Oppose BlackLivesMatter
CSPAN

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Sally Boynton Brown

Name: Sally Boynton Brown

“And it makes me sad that we’re even having that conversation and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed. We have to accept that there is prejudice that exists within our own party and we have to be able to have a conversation. We cannot sweep it under the rug, we cannot continue to hide it. We cannot smash voices down when they are trying to scream, ‘Listen to me, you don’t get it.’ I’m a white woman. I don’t get it. I am pleased and honored to be here today to have the conversation. I am so excited that we’re here. And I am listening. Because that’s my job. My job is to listen to the issues. My job is to listen and be a voice and my job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say, ‘Oh, no, I’m not prejudiced, I’m a Democrat and I’m accepting.’ My job is to make sure that they get that they have privilege. And until we shut our mouths and we listen to those people who don’t and we lift our people up so that we all have equity in this country, so that we’re all fighting alongside each other, so that we are all on the same page and we clearly get where we’re going, we’re not going to breakthrough this. This is not just rhetoric. This is life or death. This moment in our country, the Democratic Party has the opportunity to do something different. We have the opportunity to really confront the fact that we have not been in alignment with our values. We’ve been talking a lot of smack. We need to make sure that our actions and our words and our values all match and around the issue of race we are so far out of alignment, I don’t even know the way back, but I am listening and I am asking and I am talking to people. I am talking to people of color because you have the answers, you can tell me as a leader what I need to do and that’s exactly what I’m going to do, is continue to have those conversations and continue to talk to people and make sure that every single system in our party is designed to give power back to the people. All people but especially those people who have been disenfranchised in our country since our country started. So please, please, please, please — this is a conversation I want to have and I am from Idaho. We are so white.
(Laughter)
So white. Right? I have been reaching out and trying to connect to anybody of color that I can find to be honest with me.
(Laughter)
“I am not a politician. I am a human being trying to do good work and I can’t do it without y’all. So please, please, please, get ahold of me. Sally at wethednc.org. I need schooling and I depend on you and the people around our community to do that, so that I can go school the other white people.”
(Laughter)
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