As the sun rises at the pedestrian bridge at 75 and Russell in Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District, with a church steeple to the right and commercial businesses to the left, we are surrounded by spaces that don’t run without immigrants and people of color. Black people were once counted as 3/5 of a human being. Women only attained the right to vote in 1920. Black women didn’t receive the full right to vote until 1965 with the passing of the voting rights act. Fifty four years later black women and women of color decide elections. In a patriarchal society with ingrained systems of separatism and systematic racism Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley pose a real threat to the white male dominated power structure.
The “Leader” of the United States told four legislators who are women of color to go back to the crime infested places from which they came. To some that meant go back to Africa, to others it meant go back to Detroit or The Bronx. It’s strange how the same people who benefit from corporate welfare can look down their noses at the very people they steal resources from. It’s like telling someone to lift themselves by their bootstraps when they ain’t got no boots. It’s like cutting somebody’s nose off and wondering why they are bleeding out. It’s like designing a system where only certain people are allowed a seat at the table, while the others fend for scraps. The four women affectionately known as the squad scrapped their way to a table that was out of reach just 50 years ago. Their message to the president in hip hop terms “Hate it or love it the underdog’s on top and I’m gon’ shine baby until my heart stop” (50 Cent).
The Squad called the president out for being a master of distraction. The occupant of the White House puts on elaborate theatrics to deflect from the real issues concerning American People. Issues like poverty, healthcare, income inequality, education, police brutality, and mass incarceration. It is the responsibility of The People of the United States to hold the president accountable when no one else will. We have a lot of work to do.
“Still running with bare feet I ain’t got nothing but my soul, freedom is the ultimate goal” Talib Kweli.
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