- The seven candidates running for Democratic National Committee chair met in D.C. last night for a candid discussion on the party’s handling of race
- The most surprising outburst came from Sally Boynton Brown, a white woman from Idaho, who suggested that white people needed to sit back and listen
- She argued that the leaders of the Democratic Party had failed, pointing to how DNC chair candidates had to discuss how to deal with Black Lives Matter
- Brown suggested that members of the Democratic Party were prejudiced and that white people needed to learn more about what minorities experienced
- ‘Until we shut our mouths,’ she argued at the forum, ‘We’re not going to break through this’
The sole white woman running for the job of Democratic National Committee chair said part of her job would be to shush other white people up, so that voices of color could be heard.
Sally Boynton Brown, who’s currently the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party – a state she joked was ‘so white, right?’ – suggested that those volunteering and leading the party needed ‘training’ to have hard conversations about race.
‘We have to teach them how to communicate, how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white,’ she said last night at a forum on race with the other six DNC candidates led by MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid.