In 2018, the US Census Bureau estimated that sixty point seven percent of America’s population was white. When you include white-identifying Hispanics, that number jumps to seventy-six point six. If you’re one of them, then Rep. Ilhan Omar has a message for you.
You’re not welcome here.
While speaking on Capitol Hill, Omar declared, “This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of white people.” First off, it’s curious that she would link the terms “xenophobics” and “white people.” After all, the FBI reports that whites are actually underrepresented when it comes to committing hate crimes and interracial violence in general. But to suggest that an entire race of people simply don’t belong in America would be shocking—if it came from anyone else. For Omar and her friends, it’s par for the course.
Omar received praise for a series of anti-Semitic comments from both David Duke and Louis Farrakhan. Duke is a former KKK leader, while Farrakhan has called Jews “wicked,” “Satanic,” “termites,” and “my enemy.” What’s more, she isn’t the only one to catch Farrakhan’s eye.
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Long-time member of Congress Maxine Waters has physically embraced the Nation of Islam Leader and Rep. Rashida Tlaib has written articles for his organization. The latter also subscribed to an instagram account that that compared Jews to rats.
But it’s not just members of Congress who associate with bigots--Democratic presidential candidates do as well. Below is a video of Beto O’Rourke calling for reparations at an event organized by Al Sharpton.
Sharpton once lead protests against a Jewish-owned business during which he labeled the proprietors as “white interlopers” and pledged to “make that cracker suffer.” The protests ended when a demonstrator fire-bombed the establishment, killing seven people. Four years earlier, rioters murdered a Jewish man and left others beaten. Sharpton comments were, shall we say, less than helpful: “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
While Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are billed as "fresh new faces," the truth is, they're actually part of a long tradition: from Woodrow Wilson resegregating the federal government to Lyndon Johnson complaining about “n—ers,” Democrats have a history of exploiting racial animus. The good news? Republicans have traditions of our own.
The GOP is the party that demanded abolition of slavery, civil rights and fought the Ku Klux Klan---a legacy that President Trump continues to embrace. In his inaugural address, he declared, "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."
It's a message America needs to hear.