“We need to really realize a lot of people don’t really get it. When you talk in the way he has talked, we have to remember that race is still a factor in America,” Mrs. Lee said on MSNBC.
Speaking about poverty in American on Wednesday, Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said there are generations of men — particularly in inner cities — that never learn the value of work, CNN reported. After the backlash, Mr. Ryan clarified his remarks, saying that he was speaking about the culture of society as a whole, not for a specific group of people.
“The broader point I was trying to make is that we cannot settle for this status quo and that government and families have to do more and rethink our approach to fighting poverty,” he said in a statement, CNN reported.
“We need a debate about poverty, not to blame those who don’t have opportunities,” she said.