While delivering a speech at Clark Atlanta University, protestors disrupted 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
During this speech, Warren was honoring the legacy of black women protesters.
“The fighters I want to talk about tonight are Black women,” Warren said. “As a white woman, I will never fully understand the discrimination, pain, and harm that black Americans have experienced just because of the color of their skin.”
30 minutes into the speech, a group of protesters crashed the speech.
The group started loudly yelling “Our voice, our choice!”
However, Warren’s supporters quickly came to her defense by chanting her name louder in order to drown out the protester’s chants.
Protesting happening now at @ewarren’s rally
Warren supports tried to drown out the protests by chanting pic.twitter.com/P0ypW7280X
— Rebecca Morin (@RebeccaMorin_) November 21, 2019
The Massachusetts senator tried to carry out her speech despite the protesters making noise.
“I’m not here tonight to tell you about a painful history that Black Americans experienced and know all too well. I am here today for a different reason,” she added while the hecklers continued disrupting her speech.
The protesters started to chat again, with the crowd responding again with chants of “Warren, Warren!”
Warren tried to calm down the protesters saying “Alright.”
But that was not enough to keep the protestors from chanting.
The crowd then made a stronger response “Let her speak! Let her speak!”
Warren made another attempt to continue her speech, saying “We’re good.”
The Massachusetts senator was able to continue her speech for the time being.
However, the protesters were never satisfied, which prompted Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to intervene on Warren’s behalf.
“I want to say something – no one is here to quiet you, least of all this black woman who knows what it is when people try to put me in a corner and tell me to be silent,” Pressley stated. “You are welcome here.”
The senator is here to talk about the contributions fighters like you have made to history. So, in this moment … there are many people who do not know this story, because we have been rendered a historical footnote in history. So, I am going to appeal to you to not dishonor that history. We are grateful for your activism and your voice, and we would love to convene after this about the issue that you are here to stoke our consciousness about. But when these women have been ignored this long, this is their moment and we are going to hear the story.
The speech continued.
The group who interrupted Warren’s speech was the Powerful Parent Network.
PPN is an activist group that represents the interests of low-income and minority parents across America.
In a news release, the group stated that they attended Warren’s speech in order to send her a “message that she has it wrong about school choice and education policy.”
Elizabeth Warren is the presidential candidate who has taken the strongest stance against choice and high quality public charter schools,” the group said. “But these parents will send a clear message: black and brown families want more educational choice and more quality public schools– not less!”
Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn Calls on Ilhan Omar to Resign After Minnesota Democrat Calls to “Dismantle” U.S. “System of Oppression”
Omar appeared to refer to the American economy and political system as “oppression.”
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn called upon Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to resign from office on Tuesday, hours after Omar had appeared to endorse the “dismantling” of the American “economy and political systems,” calling them a “system of oppression.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 7, 2020
“As long as our economy and our political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shutout, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work to dismantle the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Omar had made the remarks in the context of arguing that Democratic “criminal justice reform” was insufficient to answer the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for a more dramatic and wide-ranging restructuring of American society.
Blackburn called on the Minnesota freshman Democrat to resign hours after the anti-American speech in a tweet, stating that Omar could no longer credibly follow her oath to preserve the Constitution after referring to the American system broadly as a “system of oppression.”
Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.https://t.co/ujBGxbWXtR
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 7, 2020
Omar’s grandfather Abukar Omar had served as a government official in the dictatorship of Siad Barre in Somalia, and the Omar family sought political refuge in the United States when the Barre dictatorship-known for its human rights abuses and a mass killing of minorities thought of by some as a genocide- was overthrown in a civil war.
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