A host and a guest on MSNBC claimed that only privileged white people are concerned about inflation and fuel costs, while black people have to worry about being shot by cops while going to work every day.
While conducting an interview with Kurt Bardella, a Democratic strategist and former Breitbart News publicist, Zerlina Maxwell heard the following statement:
“Inflation, it’s almost like a privilege to be obsessed with inflation as your top worry. Gas prices, or even the notion that it is the economy stupid,” Maxwell added, referring to Bill Clinton’s famous campaign slogan.
As a black person, I don’t want to be murdered on my way to work, so I always found that analysis insufficient.
“So I’m happy to have a job and make a good salary, but if I can’t be alive, what does it matter? Speak to the notion that some of these things are existential in the eyes of the Dems, in a way that isn’t for people in the middle or even the more conservative-leaning voters.”
Maxwell never explained what she meant by blacks being murdered on the commute to work, but Bardella specifically mentioned black people killed by cops and those affected by global warming.
“Sure, listen if you just lost your home as a result of a flood in Kentucky, if you’ve lost your job due to a fire, or if you’ve simply died because you’re not the right color and are pulled over somewhere,” Bardella added. “Inflation doesn’t matter to you or even to your loved ones if you’ve just lost everything.”
“There are so many more important things happening right now in this nation that affect a wide range of demographics, and the dollars to cents statement has been made over and over, such as you said, it’s the economy is stupid. There is a blind spot right there; you’ll notice that most of the people that make that claim are typically white,” he continued.
“There’s a genuine reckoning in America right now,” Bardella summed up.