Face the Nation host did not ask Thomas-Greenfield to point to exact places slavery wove white supremacy in our founding documents.
UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield doubled down on her remarks about how the “original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.”
She stressed that acknowledging this supposed truth is our strength.
What ticks me off is that Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan did not challenge Thomas-Greenfield. You know, “Exactly where do you find this white supremacy?” and “Why are you preparing Chinese Communist propaganda?”
In my post, I explained how our founders should have outlawed it but knew it would happen eventually.
Brennan lobbed soft questions to Thomas-Greenfield, basically opening the door for any excuse (emphasis mine):
MARGARET BRENNAN: This past week, you gave a speech that I want to ask you about, because it’s gotten quite a lot of attention. You said, “The original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” You talked about white supremacy being linked to the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor continued discrimination against Muslims and Asian-Americans. America likes to think it provides moral leadership to the world. Are you saying we’re deluding ourselves?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: No, I think we’re being tremendous leaders, our country is not perfect, but we continue to perfect it. Those imperfections are part of our history and we have to talk about them. It’s- it’s our strength that we can talk about our imperfections to the world and call out other nations for those same imperfections. So it’s not a- a criticism. It’s an acknowledgement of our history. It’s an acknowledgement of where we started. But we need to look at where we’ve come. The fact that I came from a segregated high school and I’m now the permanent representative of the United States in- at the United Nations says everything about what our country is about. And I look forward to continuing to engage with other countries, to use our example, to show those other countries what they might achieve. But we still have a lot of work to do and we have to acknowledge that. But we also have to work to continue to improve our country. (00:08:16)
MARGARET BRENNAN: But it is precisely because of the- the role you have as a cabinet member, that it drew so much criticism. I mean the Wall Street Journal editorial board called you the “Ambassador of Blame America First” saying, “It sounded like you were reciting Chinese propaganda about America and that you believe your job is to bring critical race theory to the world with a focus on criticizing your own country.” To be clear, were you comparing bigotry in America to mass atrocities carried out against minorities around the world?
AMB. THOMAS-GREENFIELD: I was acknowledging what is a fact in the United States. Racism does exist in this country and I think it was a powerful message. Imagine any other country doing that. Our country, the uniqueness of our country, is that we can self-criticize and we can move forward and our values are clear. And the purpose of that speech was to lay out our values, but also acknowledge our imperfections and acknowledge that we are moving forward. I don’t think you will see a Uyghur -a Chinese Uyghur getting on the national stage acknowledging China’s issues with- with human rights. I am not comparing our situation. I am acknowledging that we’ve come a long way and I’m very proud of what we have been able to achieve. But I’m realistic about what we have to do moving forward. And I think if we are going to be a voice around the globe for raising issues of human rights, we cannot whitewash our own issues in- in our own country.
I found an article from 2018 with interviews of thosee who escaped the concentration camps.
Second, Thomas-Greenfield specifically said white supremacy is in our founding documents and principles. I do not deny racism still exists in this country. No one should deny it.
Third, Thomas-Greenfield can spin it all she wants, but she did not say this to encourage others to admit their racist past and present.
Thomas-Greenfield said the U.S. could not join the UN’s Human Rights Council until it acknowledges its failures. It has nothing to do with other countries and their racism.DONATE
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