Dems Tlaib and Pressley slam Declaration of Independence as sexist and racist on July 4th

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) each spent part of their Fourth of July holiday trashing the Declaration of Independence as “sexist” and “racist.”

The freshman congresswomen both promoted a Salon article titled “Fourth of July’s ugly truth exposed: The Declaration of Independence is sexist, racist, prejudiced” through their Twitter accounts.

Pressley created a Twitter thread when promoting the article.

“The impact of the prejudices, biases & contradictions codified by our founding fathers is still felt today. We continue to struggle as a nation to embrace our full history, one that includes family separation of black families at the auction block & today of migrants at camps,” she tweeted.

She continued, “A country that has yet to realize it’s full promise for every person that calls it home & indeed makes it great, & yet it is a free country, one where I can resist, offer dissenting & critical opinion & challenge with bold activist leadership.”

The congresswoman then added, “Dissent is the ultimate patriotism, & as such I will continue to be a patriot. On this day, I am grateful for the freedoms afforded me in this country to do so.”

The Salon article, which was written by Matthew Rozsa, attempts to partly discredit the Declaration of Independence by saying the document itself does not condemn slavery or limited women’s rights.

“Despite its overwhelmingly positive impact on history, the Declaration of Independence was also a product of its time — and bears some of the shortcomings of its era, including sexism, racism and prejudice against Native Americans,” the article partly reads.

While the piece seems to acknowledge the importance of the Declaration of Independence, it also points out that the Founding Fathers are not the “living gods” some believe them to be.

“It [the Declaration of Independence] was — and continues to be — one of the most eloquent and morally moving political documents ever penned. That said, we must also remember that our Founding Fathers were not the living gods that many believe them to be. They were fallible human beings, and some of their flaws had terrible consequences for people who were not fortunate enough to be born into privileged groups,” the article argues.

It’s the same sort of Fourth of July trashing that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tried when he posted a partial quote by Frederick Douglass on Twitter.

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour,” was the partial quote Kaepernick posted to Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to respond and to provide context to the quote.

Cruz then posted the full speech to school Kaepernick and others trying to ruin Independence Day.

Tlaib also asked people to donate on July 4th to funds that help bond illegal immigrants out of custody.

“This July 4th, please donate to local community bond funds, which help reunite migrant families by freeing caged migrant parents held on bond. This is how we fight back and demand a more compassionate loving country,” the congresswoman tweeted.


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