90 Miles From Tyranny : Ayanna Pressley’s toxic identity politics

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ayanna Pressley’s toxic identity politics

Ayanna Pressley is the newest member of “the squad,” the rag-tag group of far-left congresswomen feuding with Democratic Party leaders and President Trump. She’s also a representative of my home state, Massachusetts. She hasn’t exactly represented us well: Pressley has made a name for herself with her bombastic rhetoric, like when she refers to Trump as “the occupant” of the White House, rather than the president.

But Pressley has officially gone too far. Speaking at the left-wing Netroots Nation conference this weekend, Pressley spoke about minority representation in politics, in light of the flare up between her “squad” and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Here’s what the freshman congresswoman had to say:
If you're going to come to [the political] table, all of you who have aspirations of running for office. If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don't want to be a black voice. We don't need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don't want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don't even show up because we need you to represent that voice.

Of course, Pressley’s “squad” cohorts and House colleagues Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sat alongside her and nodded approvingly throughout this tirade, in which the very ability of people of minority races, religions, and sexual orientations to think for themselves was essentially denied.

The Commie squad's acquiescence to Pressley’s blatant racism and homophobia is bizarre and disturbing, but revealing: It shows the toxic nature of identity politics and how it can make bigots out of those who claim to be "progressive."

Think about the implication here: If you are not the right kind of black person, Pressley does not want you in politics. In fact, if you don’t represent blackness in the way she approves, you are not even really...

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