Adding a “but” at the end of a sentence that begins “celebrating the end of slavery is always a good thing” is NEVER a good thing.
Someone should tell Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) that.
Rep. Greene was responding to this tweet from her Democratic colleague Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — a politician about as far away on the ideological spectrum as two lawmakers could possibly be — when she decided that there were, in fact, some qualifications to the positive nature of the end of slavery an occasion that is otherwise universally recognized as a major advancement in Western civilization.
Proud #Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.
As we reflect on the significance of what this day symbolizes, let’s keep fighting to address the lasting consequences of slavery.
Next step: reparations.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 19, 2021
While the idea of reparations as a method of recompense for the continued inequality and discrimination that freed slaves and their descendants have suffered since the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln has been around for a long time, the idea has found new impetus in the post-George Floyd era of Black Lives Matter marches and renewed outrage over unequal treatment of people of color.
Perhaps because, until recently, the very idea of passing a reparations bill was so remote that right-wing politicians didn’t even have to bother expressing their complete rejection of the concept, the issue hasn’t been at the forefront of GOP talking points.
Still, that didn’t prevent Congresswoman Greene from loudly proclaiming that she wasn’t about to let any of her tax dollars be allocated to right a historic wrong.
I guess that one’s perception of equality and whether the United States can still be characterized as the apex of modern Western civilization depends heavily on the perspective of one’s own current financial situation, and by that measure, there are quite a few people who would likely beg to differ with the QAnon-loving Georgia legislator.
Many of them turned up in the comments section of MTG’s tweet to correct the record and lambast the opinionated representative.
The trouble with your statement Marj about everyone being equal in the greatest country in the world is that some people are a lot more equal than others!
— AnneCresswell Cresswell (@AnnecresswellC) June 22, 2021
You will fight against reparations for slavery but China must pay reparations to the US for Covid.
You know we see right through you, right? pic.twitter.com/igugDKYbFg
— CHIDI®️ (@ChidiNwatu) June 22, 2021
"SEARATE BUT EQUAL" pic.twitter.com/llfs8hkfok
— STOP A. HAZARD (@stopahazard) June 22, 2021
While reasonable people can certainly differ on the issue of whether reparations for the descendants of the victims of slavery are appropriate in the current day and, if so, what form those reparations should take, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene can hardly be characterized as a reasonable person judging from the history of her statements and her erratic behavior.
No one should be taking advice on reparations from someone as closely associated with white nationalism and radical extremist ideology as this Georgia lawmaker.
In fact, the best advice would be to completely ignore her opinions on just about everything.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.