Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reportedly told a black student at South Carolina’s Benedict College to “respect” law enforcement to avoid getting “shot in the back of the head.”
The presidential hopeful’s remark was in response to a male student, who asked, “If I was your son, what advice would you give me the next time I would be pulled over by a police officer.”
Sanders told the young man that he should ask the officer to identify himself, and “respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”
“I would also be very mindful of the fact that, as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit,” Sanders added.
The comments were made at South Carolina’s Benedict College, a traditionally black school.
Other Democratic candidates -including former Vice President Joe Biden- also made strange comments during the university forum.
When, oddly enough, asked the exact same question by a black female student, Biden took the conversation into an awkward direction.
“If I were your daughter, what advice would you give me the next time I am stopped by the police,”Biden said responding with a laugh/ “If you were my daughter, you would be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over.”
“No, but here’s the deal,” he continued. “What I would tell you is that’s what’s wrong. That is what’s wrong. There is institutional racism that still exists.”
According to the New York Post, the school hosted the candidates during the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum on Saturday.
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