House Republican majority leader Kevin McCarthy revealed that Chuck Schumer interrupted Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in the White House meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump. Congressional leaders are returning to the White House Friday after they failed to hear the entire briefing from Nielsen, due to Schumer’s interruption. Nielsen’s briefing was intended for national security purposes due to recent incidents at the southern border.
“I was a little disappointed with, I would say, some on the other side. Once the Secretary started, Senator Schumer interrupted her and they really didn’t want to hear it. They challenged some of the points the Secretary made,” McCarthy said.
“I think they wanted to go on, without going through the briefing, they wanted to go on with their bill,” McCarthy said, concurring with Steve Scalise that the Democrats were just not willing to negotiate.
“The President has been very clear that it’s not the bill he would support, and Leader McConnell has said that he’s not bringing anything up that isn’t going to become law,” McCarthy said, referring to Nancy Pelosi’s fatuous bills she is trying to pass through the House.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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