Biden: 'I've benefited' from being white, offers stark contrast to Trump on race

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President Donald Trump says he does not imagine there’s an issue with systemic racism in policing as he wraps up a tour in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He toured injury there that occured after the police capturing of Jacob Black, who’s Black. (Sept. 1) AP Home

WASHINGTON – Democratic nominee Joe Biden stated Thursday that he has benefited from the privileges of being white, a sentiment that differs from President Donald Trump, who has consistently denied the existence of systemic racism.

“Positive, I’ve benefited simply because I don’t need to undergo what my Black brothers and sisters have needed to undergo,” the previous vp advised CNN’s Anderson Cooper throughout a televised city corridor occasion in Pennsylvania.

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Biden’s response got here after journalist Bob Woodward launched a number of recorded interviews with Trump, together with one the place the president dismissed questions on benefiting from white privilege, saying Woodward had “drank the Kool-Support.”

“Simply hearken to you. Wow,” Trump scoffed at Woodward. “No, I don’t really feel that in any respect.”

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Biden additionally pointed to his working-class roots whereas making an attempt to distance himself from the sort privilege Trump has been accused of getting, saying that “Guys like Trump who inherited all the things and squandered what they inherited are the those that I’ve at all times had an issue with, not the people who find themselves busting their neck.”

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The contrasting commentsbetween the 2 candidatescomes because the nation has been going through a reckoning this summer time over racial injustice in policing, leading to protests and requires reform. 

Trump has adopted sample of dismissing systemic racism inside numerous establishments of the U.S.

In July, CBS Information’ Catherine Herridge introduced up George Floyd, a Black man who died pleading for breath earlier this 12 months as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, asking “Why are African People nonetheless dying by the hands of regulation enforcement on this nation?” 

“So are white folks. So are white folks,” Trump replied. “What a horrible query to ask. So are white folks. Extra white folks, by the way in which. Extra white folks.”

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Lately, labeling it “divisive, anti-American propaganda,” Trump additionally moved to halt worker coaching at federal businesses on matters that embrace “white privilege” and “important race concept.”

Thursday, Trump attacked schooling tasks dedicated to the nation’s historical past of slavery and racial discrimination as Democrats trying a “liberal indoctrination of America’s youth” by different views of the nation’s historical past.

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Contributing: Sweet Woodall USA TODAY Community Pennsylvania Capitol Bureau; The Related Press

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