Democrats, Apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Ilhan Omar has been attacked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) for speaking plain truths about the influence of the Israel lobby on Congress and wider American politics. In a joint statement they said “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred.”

This is blatant racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Rep. Omar is a competent, adult, mature legislator who has broken major barriers. This paternalistic, condescending, self-righteous verbiage is demonstrable of the valuing of white over Black lives and continued disregard for the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination. We therefore call upon these Democrats to repudiate their statement, apologize, and begin to seriously interrogate how they perpetuate white supremacy on a daily basis both on the interpersonal and systemic level.