Most lawmakers commemorated Independence Day with patriotic or at least positive messages, but Democratic Representatives Cori Bush and Maxine Waters did not.
The two progressive brands blasted the country’s history of slavery and decried the current political climate in Sunday tweets, with Bush saying “black people are still not free.”
âWhen they say July 4th is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they refer to is for whites,â tweeted Ms. Bush, a representative from Missouri for the first term. “This land is stolen land and black people are still not free.”
Ms. Waters, the veteran California lawmaker, challenged the Declaration of Independence’s statement that “all men are created equal.”
âJuly 4thâ¦ and so the Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men? Only white men? Isn’t that something they wrote in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved? They didn’t think of us then, but we think of us now! she tweeted.
Ms Waters also criticized the recently enacted election laws, claiming that “17 states have enacted voter suppression laws” and listed the names of five black people killed by police, including George Floyd.
“Do I need to say more? # July 4, âshe concluded.
Alternative Tweet for @RepMaxineWaters – “On July 4th, I’m sorry for being a Democrat – the KKK and Jim Crow Law political party.” https://t.co/dwN1kbYqIG
– Tom Borelli, Ph.D. (@tomborelli) July 4, 2021
Even the notoriously progressive members of the “squad” were more positive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Democrat of Massachusetts, tweeted that “dissent is patriotic,” while Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, reprinted the poem from Langston Hughes who begins “me too, sing America.”
The Conservatives were quick to denounce the critical comments on the occasion of the celebration of the declaration of independence.
Rep. Byron Donalds, Republican of Florida, said on Monday that “What Cori tweeted is ridiculous.”
âBlacks are free in America. This is what has happened since 1865. It is the state of play in 2021 in America, âMr. Donalds said onâ Fox & Friends â. “So I look at his tweet, I shake my head, I don’t agree, and to be honest, most black people just don’t agree with that and most people don’t agree. with that.”
Mr. Donalds said that the success of black Americans should be applauded.
âWe live in the biggest country in the world,â Mr. Donalds said. âMore black people have accomplished and achieved more wealth here in the United States than in any country in the world. We should really celebrate this.
Rep. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also spoke, who advised Ms Bush to “stop racism now Cori and put your race card back in your pocket.”
“Says a black woman, who is one of 435 people across America currently elected to serve in Congress,” Ms. Taylor Greene tweeted, adding that “July 4th is freedom for all from a tyrannical government” .
Says a black woman, who is one of 435 people across America currently elected to serve in Congress.
You can stop racism now Cori and put your race card back in your pocket.
July 4th is freedom for all from a tyrannical government.
Happy Independence Day! https://t.co/blWHhJd8TX
– Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) July 4, 2021
Commentator Tim Acheson responded to Ms Waters’ tweet: “If you hate America so much, why are you still living here?” Rep. Claudia Tenney, Republican from New York, added: “And take a government paycheck and millions in benefits.”
Meanwhile, Ms Bush received cheers from activist Shahid Buttar, who unsuccessfully showed up to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the 2020 Democratic primary in her district of San Francisco.
“It’s almost as if our whole country has been brainwashed to ignore our history – and how its worst elements continue today – despite our self-righteous rhetoric,” Mr. Buttar tweeted.