In case you haven’t heard, race is the big thing.
What we thought the world learned after Hitler? It didn’t so much take.
Lessons on the other side of segregation? They’re fading.
We’re now back to the 40’s — there are whites and non-whites, like the water fountains knew.
But enter a hip, new, and so totally altogether different term: instead of colored, “people of color.” Presto Change-O, Woke-O.
But how about Lie-O?
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar recently told a large group of youngsters at Richfield High School that about half a decade ago, she was serving as a city councilwoman in Minneapolis. And she learned a valuable lesson about the U.S. malady of systemic racism.
As reported by Fox News:
She recalled a “sweet, old… African-American lady” who was detained for a whole weekend for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter,” according to The Washington Post, and screamed an expletive in court after the woman was fined $80 for the crime.
“I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar told students, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”
But the Post called BS:
Omar’s story echoed the plot of Les Miserables. If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.
“She might have had a prior [arrest]. I’m not sure. … The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”
So what was her point? What did she want to convey to teens yet to form their concrete thoughts about the greatest nation ever to exist?
Well, she also told the kids this:
“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all. So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”
Back to a more 1940’s East Germany perspective, perhaps the students are learning that whole race thing well:
After the speech, the students, who were mostly minorities, swarmed the congresswoman. “It’s great to have a representative who looks like the people she represents,” a white student said.
Aaaand, we’re toast.