Much of American history has been about Americans of every color and creed rising up beyond the constraints of race, ethnicity, and background to become part of the great American story—an individual not beholden to his past.
But don’t tell this to Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
At the liberal Netroots conference on Saturday, the Massachusetts Democrat told the audience:
We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.
To Pressley, it seems, one’s political “voice” must conform to the collective “voice” of the group that one belongs to based on racial, ethnic, and sex traits—traits that are either impossible or very difficult to change.
She desires to exclude black people from her movement who would rather avoid the muck of contemporary racial politics, or who even speak out against it. Black people must be “advocates” for their own race, whether they feel the strong push toward social justice or not. Otherwise, they don’t deserve a seat at the table.
Read the full story from The Daily Signal
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