White people were the subject of much criticism during the Democratic National Committee Chair Candidates Forum Monday in Washington, D.C., with one candidate saying that Democrats need to teach Americans “how to shut their mouths if they are white.”
The candidates were there to discuss what went wrong in 2016 and how they can fix it going forward.
Early on, many of the candidates targeted political consultancies owned by white people as one of the reasons for the Democratic Party’s poor showing in November.
“We have to stop, particularly with the consultants,” said Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. “You cannot come to the DNC and get a contract and the only minority face you have is the person answering the phone.”
Fox News analyst Jehmu Greene, also a candidate for the chairmanship, said “the DNC did a piss poor, pathetic job” attracting minorities, adding that minority consultants “need to get the same resources that the white consultants have gotten.”
And Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party, said Democrats need to offer “training” that teaches Americans “how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white.”