Fury as Squad member Cori Bush blasts July 4 by saying holiday 'celebrates white freedom’ and 'black people aren't free'July 5, 2021
LIBERAL firebrand Rep. Cori Bush has sparked outrage by dismissing Independence Day as a holiday for white people and claiming "black people still aren't free."
In a tweet penned on Sunday, Bush wrote: "When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people.
"This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free," she wrote.
In a follow-up post, Bush, a member of the progressive group of lawmakers known as the "Squad", wrote: "We know what our own freedom looks like. End the slavery permitted under the 13th amendment.
"End the War on Drugs. End police violence. End health care, housing, and educational apartheid. WE are the experts on our own liberation. And we won't stop until it's won."
Bush's remarks sparked a swift backlash online.
Leading the charge was staunch Trump supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who accused the Missouri Congresswoman of being racist.
"Says a black woman, who is one of only 435 people in all of America currently elected to serve in Congress," Greene blasted.
"You can stop with the racism now Cori and put your race card back in your pocket. 4th of July is freedom for all from a tyrannical government. Happy Independence Day!"
US Air Force veteran Rob Maness called Bush a "sad excuse for a sitting elected official."
"This land was conquered and tamed by individuals of all colors and you dishonor them," he added. "You are free, free to live in any other country you wish traitor."
"If White supremacy was really running the show, you wouldn't be allowed to post this – much less a Congresswoman!" former Trump administration worker Kyle Hooten added.
Journalist Kyle Becker wrote: "There are plenty of black Americans who have taken advantage of Freedom to succeed: Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Clarence Thomas, to name a few.
"How is there 'systematic racism' when we had a black president, VP, SCOTUS justice? Because of hard work & opportunity. Stop lying."
Buzz Patterson, a Republican running for congress in California, added: "Singlehandedly, @coribush has dishonored every Black person who ever fought for this nation, sprinkled a little Marxism into the mix, and lied about the history of America. Well done, Democrats. Well done."
Travis Wines tweeted: "Black people aren’t free? Your district hasn’t had a white representative in over 50 years. You, a black woman, went from being a nurse to being elected to one of the highest offices in the country. How much more freedom are you looking for?"
"You’re one of the most powerful people on the planet. The blood of so many of every color was spilled to provide you that opportunity. How sad to not recognize their sacrifice and, instead, promote racial division," blasted Douglas Karr.
Radio host Clay Travis waded in: "You make $175k a year of taxpayer money to rip the country’s people that pay your salary. Show me any unfree country in the world where that’s possible. You can’t.”
Bush, a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, is no stranger to controversy.
In May she was mocked for referring to mothers as "birthing people," in a speech before congress. The following month, she called for reparations after the House approved a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
However, she wasn't alone in her thoughts, with Democratic congressional candidate Shahid Buttar writing: "Speak it, @CoriBush! It's almost as if our entire country has been brainwashed to ignore our history—and how its worst elements continue today—despite our self-congratulatory rhetoric."
Democratic California Representative Maxine Waters also shared a similar condemnation of the July 4th holiday.
"July 4th… & so, the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men?
"Only white men? Isn't it something that they wrote this in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved? They weren't thinking about us then, but we're thinking about us now!"
Former MSNBC host Touré tweeted: "F**k Independence Day. Not only were we not free, but the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery.
"Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement?" he said. He also shared an op-ed written by him for theGrio, in which he said the event "wasn't Independence Day for Black people."
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