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Sanders: 'White People Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor'

Sanders: 'White People Don't Know What It's Like To Be Poor'

Tami Luhby | CNN Money

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.

Verdict: False.

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