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Ocasio-Cortez says statue of Catholic priest who served lepers is ‘white supremacist culture’

Kaylee Greenlee on July 31, 2020

The statue of a Catholic saint who served people with leprosy in Hawaii is an example of colonialism and white supremacy, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested an Instagram story Thursday.

In the video, one of several posted several Instagram stories criticizing the number of white, male figures represented in the U.S. Capitol on Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez refers to the “patriarchy and white supremacist culture” and pans to Hawaii’s statue of Father Damien, a Belgium-born 19th century priest who dedicated his life to a leper colony on the island of Molokai and eventually died with the disease, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

“This is what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like! It’s not radical or crazy to understand the influence white supremacist culture has historically had in our overall culture & how it impacts the present day,” Ocasio-Cortez said.


“It’s not Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawaii, the only Queen Regent of Hawaii, who is immortalized and whose story is told. It is Father Damien. This isn’t to litigate each and every individual statue, but to point out the patterns that have emerged among the totality of them in who we are taught to defy in our nation’s Capitol: virtually all men, all white, and mostly both,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

While serving the colony, Father Damien built six chapels, heard confessions, held Mass daily, constructed coffins, and dug graves until he contracted the disease, according to the Architect of the Capitol. He became Saint Damien after the Vatican was canonized him in October 2009.

“Even when we select figures to tell the stories of colonized places, it is the colonizers and settlers whose stories are told – and virtually no one else,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Hawaii’s other statue in the Capitol is of King Kamehameha I, who became king after unifying the Hawaiian islands in 1810, according to the Architect of the Capitol. The two statues were gifted to the National Statuary Hall Collection from Hawaii in April 0f 1969.

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  1. Lacee August 1, 2020

    Occasional Cortex is a complete moron with the IQ of a rock.

  2. Bonnie Wallace August 1, 2020

    AOC is morally, mentally, and intellectually challenged. She does not deserve to be a member of Congress.

  3. JC August 1, 2020

    AOC is an evil twit that can’t find her way out of a paper bag. She has a one way understanding..I’m not white so they must be supreme beings…whatever that is! She is a confused dummy and should not have been elected.

  4. Barbara August 1, 2020

    I guess it wasn’t enough that Father Damien died of leprosy serving brown lepers for decades. AOC is a shamefully ignorant, arrogant and destructive woman.

  5. CJ Fitzgerald August 1, 2020

    Is there anyone in the entire US Congress that is as stupid as AOC. I know there are many contenders for the statues that AOC holds in regards to low intelligence and lack of literacy, but she is the current holder of being the stupidest member.

  6. Skillet56 August 1, 2020

    AOC is showing her liberal privilege

  7. Mike Lenahan August 1, 2020

    AOC is a very dangerous woman who wants to destroy this country . She is a Marxist and opportunist who doesn’t care about anyone but herself.

    We all need to pray for her.

    May God have mercy on her soul.How can someone criticize a man who dedicated his life to the least of his brethren. In essence he gave his life “literally” for his fellow man.

  8. Ted August 2, 2020

    Her war on Christians continues

  9. Don August 2, 2020

    Just a gum flapping child who’s parents were failures.

  10. Bob Bryant August 2, 2020

    Is she not a racist instigator?

  11. PEGGY FACKRELL August 2, 2020

    I wish the media would quit putting the drivel this idiot spews out where anybody can see it! If they ignored her she would go away!!

  12. Bob Bryant August 2, 2020

    OK. I have been an avid reader of yours a long time. No longer. I have blocked you and have added you to my spam file. I think my white opinion matters too. Go ahead and cut this one too.

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