CNN’s Kirsten Powers: ‘All White People,’ Including Me, ‘Need to Examine’ Internal Racism

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers talks with Anderson Cooper about being sexually assaulted as a teenager, and why she did not report it at the time.
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JUSTIN CARUSO

After calling all white women who support President Trump “racist,” CNN commentator Kirsten Powers doubled down on her remarks about white people in a tweet Sunday, declaring that all whites–including herself–have to “examine their own racist assumptions/white privilege.”

“For those upset abt my comments about racism+Trump supporters, I also said that ALL white ppl (not just Trump supporters) need to examine their own racist assumptions/white privilege that are the result of living in a society that privileges white people. That includes me,” Kirsten Powers said Sunday.

She also told her Twitter followers, “you can’t support a racial demagogue and then claim to not be racist.”

Powers said this following her claim on CNN Friday that white women who support Trump are “racist.”

“They’ll say, ‘Well, I’m not racist. I just voted for him because, you know, I didn’t like Hillary Clinton. And I just want to say that that’s not–that doesn’t make you not racist. It actually makes you racist. If you support somebody who does racist things, that makes you racist,” she said.

She continued, “White patriarchal system actually benefits white women in a lot of the ways, and they’re attached to white men, who are benefitting from the system that was created by them, for them and their fathers and their husbands and their brothers are benefitting from the system, and so they are also benefitting.”

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