During a recent panel discussion on “racial justice” on Capitol Hill, Ilhan Omar claimed American History is “built on the oppression of black bodies.”
During the 2016 GOP election, Michelle Obama also argued at least one part of American history was built on the oppression of blacks.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Obama said. “And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
Breitbart reports Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Capitol Hill Thursday that people should accept that American power comes from racism and that “our history is built on the oppression of black bodies.”
“From slavery to Jim Crow to redlining to mass incarceration to voter suppression, racism is part of the foundation of American power,” Omar said at an panel discussion she hosted focused on “racial justice.”
Omar began he remarks by quoting activist Angela Davis, who just happened to be among Time magazine’s 100 Women of the Year, published on Thursday.
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist,” Omar said. “We must be anti-racist.”
“Angela Davis spoke those words nearly 50 years ago, but they continue to echo today,” Omar said.
“Our task as organizers is not only to all out the specific incidences of racism,” Omar said. “It is to recognize that our history is built on the oppression of black bodies.”
Like the panelists at the event, titled Five Reasons to #ProtectBlackDissent, Omar said blacks have been targeted by the FBI, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X.
Omar also referenced Fred Hampton, a leader of the Chicago Black Panthers who was killed in a police raid in 1969.
And this targeting continues today, Omar claimed.
“We might think this type of surveillance was a thing of the past, but as William Faulkner said, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past,’” Omar said.
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