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As Pelosi’s use of the kente cloth shows, symbols ultimately mean whatever Democrats say

The virtue signaling, moral preening and culture canceling by the lefty radicals claiming to be honoring the late George Floyd is early insufferable.

They’ve ruined a worthy cause that united Americans — halting police brutality — by further polarizing the nation along racial and ethnic lines by eradicating things like “Paw Patrol,” Uncle Ben and the University of Florida’s famed “gator bait” cheer. 

Yet Social Justice Warrioring can sometimes be entertaining — especially when their posturing backfires.

One good example comes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the longtime California Democrat who, oddly, still refuses to acknowledge her father’s support for the Confederacy as evidenced in 1948 when he was mayor of Baltimore and dedicated a statue of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

On June 8 during a well-publicized photo op that was well received by the wokesters, Pelosi led her fellow Democrats into Emancipation Hall before the unveiling of a police reform bill. There, they kneeled for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck before he died last month — as the names of black victims of police violence were read aloud.

Along with obligatory coronavirus masks, Pelosi & Co. sported long flowing, brightly hued kente scarves — a garment with a vibrant color scheme that, as Democrats saw it, paid homage to the African heritage of the black Americans, like Floyd, who were killed by cops.

Well, it turns out Pelosi got her signals crossed in her virtue-signaling. Even some of the cheerleaders in the liberal media were forced to admit as much.

The reason, as USA Today reported in a “fact check,” the kente cloth was worn by leaders of the Ashanti tribe, predominantly from the west African nation of Ghana, who were involved in the slave trade.

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As USA Today reported, “The Asante (an alternative spelling) supplied British and Dutch traders with slaves in exchange for firearms, which they used to expand their empire. Slaves were often acquired as tributes from smaller states or captured during war. Some slaves were brought across the Atlantic while others stayed in Africa to work in gold fields.”

But the newspaper, as other liberal outlets such as The Washington Post and New York Magazine did, excused the Democrats for their cultural appropriation by acknowledging their good intentions and how the cloth’s meaning has evolved with time. The left-wing PolitiFact nearly twisted itself into a knot to declare “false” the claim of the cloth’s connection to the slave trade. “Ghanaian leaders likely wore the Kente cloth in the 1700s and 1800s when they were part of the slave trade,” PolitiFact argued, “but it was not a mark of a slave trader.” Clear as mud.

USA Today itself areed with the original Facebook post it “fact-checked,” but then found the escape hatch: “We rate the claim that kente cloth was historically worn by the Asante people of Ghana, who were involved in the West African slave trade TRUE because it is supported by our research. Although kente cloth does have ties to slavery, it is more widely recognized as a modern symbol of pride in African American culture and pride in cultural ties to West Africa.”

Bottom line: symbols of slavery and racism mean whatever Democrats say they mean, history be damned. 

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7 Comments

  1. russell June 19, 2020

    this action was a pathetic Childs play

  2. russell June 19, 2020

    monitor is a pitiful democrat

  3. Gary Cranston June 19, 2020

    So for Southerns, the confederate flag has also evolved as the symbol for their pride in Southern culture. Hospitality, food and their advancement.

  4. Marcella June 19, 2020

    Pelosi and all her liberal democrats be damned are the biggest bunch of cry babies that this nation hasn’t seen in years. She handed a “service flag” to Floyd’s widow which should not have been done. Floyd was a FN criminal! I’m surprised as hell that Pelosi didn’t have him buried in Arlington. Now that would have started another Civil War in this country. Go crawl back under the rock from whence you came Pelosi!

  5. texaslady June 20, 2020

    HERE’S A GOOD QUESTION …”I just watched the Democratic leaders of Congress kneel in the halls of Congress for about 9 minutes, for the death of a black man named George Floyd.

    I have never seen them kneel for a fallen Police Officer. I have never seen them kneel for a fallen Soldier.

    I NEVER SAW THEM KNEEL FOR THE SOLDIERS THAT HILLARY AND OBAMA LEFT TO DIE IN Benghazi!!

    I have never seen them kneel for the thousands of (black and white) babies aborted EVERY DAY.

    I have never seen them kneel for a murdered white man or woman. I have not seen them kneel for the thousands of black-on-black murder victims.

    I have not seen them kneel for the thousands of elderly people that died in nursing homes due to the Corona Virus.

    I have to ask: WHY are Democrats putting the life of George Floyd as more valuable than the lives of everyone else?

    In fact, Democrats have put so much value on the life of George Floyd, they have allowed rioting, looting, arson, murder and mayhem in communities Nationwide…

    ASK YOURSELF – WHY NOW?”

  6. Stevon June 20, 2020

    The Democrat’s use of Kente clothe was to ensure their White Base that their ideals concerning Blacks had not change and that their kneeling was all a big show!

  7. James W Eginoire June 20, 2020

    The fact that Pelosi, Schumer Waters and other extreme leftists succeed in winning elections is very telling about their constituents. The truth doesn’t matter as long as they get their handouts from the government, city, state and federal.
    They don’t care about true righteousness because it doesn’t motivate their base.
    We can focus on these terrible representative of the people, but they are representing exactly what their base wants.
    We need to out more focus on educating the people who vote for these traitorous criminals.
    I protest any of my tax dollars being used for any other state without my consent.
    As long as there are ignorant voters, the general public is forced to tolerate the left’s true hate of freedom in the US.

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