Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says her white privilege has ensured that police haven't victimized her over the 70 years she's been alive.
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In Thursday night remarks at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Warren said that because she's not a "woman of color," she has never been "thrown across the hood" of a car or a police cruiser.
In remarks that seemed a ploy to win over minority voters, Warren said, "I get it. I am not a woman of color. I never got thrown across the hood. I have the privilege of never having been slammed into the wall by a police officer."
“But I tell you this: I listen to people who have," she insisted. "I listen and I say, when I am president of the United States, that is not going to happen here."
Warren placed fourth in Nevada Saturday with 9.7% of Nevada's county convention delegates.
Sen. @ewarren in Las Vegas: “I am not a woman of color” so I’ve never been “slammed into the wall by a police offic… https://t.co/X5eis29EHT— Tom Elliott (@Tom Elliott)1582227060.0
This is hardly the first time that Warren has used police brutality to make a point about racial disparities.
In August — on the five-year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death — Warren honored Brown, whom she said was "murdered by a white police officer."
She tweeted, "5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on."
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he… https://t.co/GV5UIiMiTr— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1565377180.0
Warren's remarks sparked controversy on the internet, with many social media users pointing out that the Obama administration's Department of Justice investigated Brown's shooting death and determined that Brown was not murdered.
"Murdered"? False. Here's the key conclusion from the Obama DOJ: https://t.co/uOpP4k4MLp https://t.co/XJUzqMmWAk— David French (@David French)1565390693.0
Other social media users insisted that Brown — a robbery suspect — was killed after attacking police Officer Darren Wilson.
Investigators eventually cleared Wilson of any wrongdoing in Brown's shooting death.