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2019-08-08 Home Front: Politix
‘The Squad' Is the Future of the Democratic Party You can credit social movements for that.
[NYT] Representative Ayanna Pressley broke with traditional diversity politics last month when she said at a conference in Philadelphia, "we don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice." Instead, "we need you to represent that voice."

The members of the so-called squad who were also on the panel nodded in agreement. They are the defiant and unapologetic voices of the communities that produced them. Since being elected last fall, these four progressive Democratic congresswomen have pushed the limits of what most liberals mean by the contested term "diversity. "

Some of their colleagues may have preferred that they simply come in and add color to the room ‐ but in every other way behave as their long-established white predecessors have.

But they have a different agenda. They have a transformative notion of diversity that comes with a different set of expectations and metrics. They insist on bringing the concerns of historically marginalized communities into the rooms where decisions are made, even when that is seen as impolite or inappropriate.

This is evident through their politics, priorities and style ‐ not only their presence. Consider Rashida Tlaib’s "Lift + Act" bill, which comes as close as any to advancing the radical economic principle of universal guaranteed income that Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently advocated some 50 years ago.

They’re exposing the false belief that American foreign policy is infallible. This is exemplified by their critique of Washington’s unconditional support for Israel. And recall the memorable hearing in February when Ilhan Omar challenged Elliott Abrams, a Trump administration official, over his role in supporting Central American death squads in the 1980s.

All of them, along with some other Democrats, have called for the outright abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of its widely publicized mistreatment of migrant families and children.

The squad understands that "diversity" is meaningless if the measure of success is "sameness." The congresswomen are choosing to do politics a different way because they recognize that Congress has never worked for their communities.

Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-08 06:22|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6462 views ]  Top

#1 Young Pioneers? Red Guard?
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-08-08 07:59||   2019-08-08 07:59|| Front Page Top

#2 Hitlerjugend.
Posted by AlanC 2019-08-08 08:05||   2019-08-08 08:05|| Front Page Top

#3 Two Muslimas masquerading as reds, a black racist, and an empty headed one.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-08-08 08:08||   2019-08-08 08:08|| Front Page Top

#4 Great, thousands more idiotic statements ahead.
Posted by chris 2019-08-08 08:26||   2019-08-08 08:26|| Front Page Top

#5 The democrats are for non-americans.

That is gonna go over soooo well with the center-left that actually loves America.

Posted by DarthVader 2019-08-08 09:17||   2019-08-08 09:17|| Front Page Top

#6 Darth, they are betting that an America loving left does not exist...center or otherwise.

They see everyone through their own hate.
Posted by AlanC 2019-08-08 10:33||   2019-08-08 10:33|| Front Page Top

#7 The future of the Dem Party is no future.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-08-08 11:03||   2019-08-08 11:03|| Front Page Top

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