- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton was asked at an Iowa Democratic forum Monday night to give an example of how her “white privilege” has benefited her in life.

“Can you tell us what the term white privilege means to you, and can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefited from it?” a Drake University student asked the Democratic presidential front-runner at Fusion’s 2016 Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines.

Mrs. Clinton responded, “Look, where do I start?”

“I was born white, middle-class, in the middle of America,” the former secretary of state said. “I went to good public schools. I had a very strong, supportive family. I had a lot of great experiences growing up. I went to a wonderful college. I went to law school.”

She said that she knew she was “a lucky person,” but didn’t understand how privileged she was until an experience she had when she was 11. She said she babysat children of migrant workers and quickly noticed they had a much different life than hers.

Thalia Anguiano, the student who asked Mrs. Clinton the question, later told Fusion that she was was “a little disappointed” by the candidate’s answer, saying she missed the mark with the story about the migrant family.

“I feel like she didn’t answer it,” Ms. Anguiano said.

She also slammed Mrs. Clinton for her answer regarding a controversial blog post, “7 Ways Hillary Clinton Is Just Like Your Abuela,” which sparked outrage in the Latino community.

Brown and Black Forum moderator and Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez asked Mrs. Clinton to “name one way in which you are not?” like my grandmother.

“Well, you know, I’m obviously running for president,” Mrs. Clinton responded. “Not every grandmother does that.”

Ms. Anguiano criticized the Democrat for not addressing the blog post’s “shameless Latino-pandering,” Fusion reported.

“That showed me that she does not fully understand what white privilege is and how oppressed marginalized communities are in our society,” Ms. Anguiano said. “I feel like I got more of a white privilege understanding from [fellow candidates Bernard Sanders and Martin O’Malley] than Clinton tonight.”

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