Far-left Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), dismissed Independence Day Sunday as a holiday meant for white people before claiming: “This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.”
“When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people,” tweeted Bush, a member of the progressive “Squad” of lawmakers that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist who unseated longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay in a primary to represent her heavily Democratic district last year, previously used last month’s signing of legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday to push for reparations for slavery and defunding law enforcement.
“It’s Juneteenth AND reparations. It’s Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs. It’s Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It’s Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country,” she tweeted on June 17. “Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized.”
Bush’s July 4 tweet drew immediate backlash from social media users on the right and on the left.
“You make $175k a year of taxpayer money to rip the country’s people that pay your salary,” tweeted radio host Clay Travis. “Show me any unfree country in the world where that’s possible. You can’t.”
“I’m a 40-year-old American descendent of slaves,” tweeted author and cultural critic Thomas Chatterton Williams. “The year is 2021, and I have been ‘free’ my entire life.”
“America is so awesome even people who aren’t free can get elected to the United States Congress!” chimed in Georgia radio host Erick Erickson. “America F— Yeah!”
Also Sunday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) posted a rambling tweet diminishing the holiday.
“July 4th… & so, the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men? Only white men? Isn’t it something that they wrote this in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved? They weren’t thinking about us then, but we’re thinking about us now!”
In a follow-up tweet, Waters wrote: “Further, the Dec. of Ind. says we hold these truths to be “self-evident”… yet: -17 states have enacted voter suppression laws -Supreme Court gutted Sec. 5 of the Voting Rights Act -George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice. Need I say more?”
Former MSNBC host Toure echoed Bush’s statement, tweeting: “F–k Independence Day. Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery. Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement?” Toure included a link to an opinion piece he penned for the website The Grio headlined: “F–k Fourth of July: The only independence day I recognize is Juneteenth.”
Even The New York Times cast aspersions on one of the most important parts of the holiday Sunday, publishing a piece provocatively suggesting that Trump supporters have embraced the flag “so fervently” that liberals have “all but ceded the national emblem to the right.”
The Times published the piece weeks after editorial board member Mara Gay told MSNBC that she was “really disturbed” to see flags with slogans knocking President Biden, supporting Trump “and [in] some cases, just dozens of American flags,” flying from pick-up trucks during a weekend trip to Long Island.
The Times defended Gay’s remarks, saying, “Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag.”