Sally Boynton Brown is the executive director of the Democratic Party in Iowa, but she has much bigger dreams — she recently announced her bid for Democratic National Committee Chair, a position that was left vacant by a disgraced Debbie Wasserman Schultz and has been filled in the interim by former CNN commentator Donna Brazile.
During a recent candidate forum, Brown made a mark for herself by claiming that “shutting other white people down” was going to be a part of the job — a part of the job that she was uniquely prepared to handle.
Real Clear Politics reported her saying:
“We pull people in and they are volunteers. They don’t know anything and then we send them out to have conversations with people, hard conversations. We promote them to chair of a party where they have power and they have no clue what they are doing. We have to, at the DNC, provide training. We have to teach them how to communicate, how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white. So I think I made my point.”
The Blaze noted some of her more incendiary remarks:
“Black lives matter and it makes me sad that we’re even having that conversation, and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed.
My job is to listen and be a voice. My job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. My job is to shut other white people down when they say, ‘Oh, no, I’m not prejudiced; I’m a Democrat; I’m accepting. My job is to make sure [white people] ‘get’ that they have privilege.”
The irony, of course, is that Brown herself is white.
And she’s presenting herself as a better voice for minorities than Minnesota Rep Keith Ellison (who is both African American and Muslim), former Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene (an African American woman), South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison (who is also African American), and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez (who is Hispanic).
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley round out the list of DNC Chair candidates. Both are white.