Sanders: 'White People Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor'
Asked about race, Sanders said white Americans don’t understand what blacks go through in this country.
“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” he said.
Actually, there are far more poor whites in the U.S. than poor blacks.
Here are the figures on Americans living in poverty from 2014, the most recent data available from the Census Bureau:
Whites (Non-Hispanic): 19.7 million
Blacks: 10.8 million
Asians: 2.1 million
Hispanics (of any race): 13.1 million
The share of blacks in poverty (26.2%) is much higher than the share of whites (10.1%). But there are certainly many whites who know what it’s like to be poor.