Hillary Clinton was confronted Monday night over her “white privilege” at an Iowa Democratic forum hosted by Fusion.
“White privilege is a term that more people are talking openly about these days,” a questioner told Clinton. “Certainly people like me have long understood what it means. Secretary Clinton, 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?”
Clinton replied, “Look, where do I start?”
“I think it is hard when you’re swimming in the ocean to know exactly what is happening around so much as it is when you are standing on the shore just watching,” the former secretary of state added.
Clinton went on to cite her “strong supportive family,” “great experiences growing up” and going to “good public schools” as examples of her “white privilege.”
“I never really knew what was or wasn’t part of the privilege,” she said. “I just knew I was a lucky person.”
The Democratic forum took place in Des Moines, just weeks ahead of the Iowa caucus which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 1.