Racism and gender inequality in America are two of the primary reasons why America has never been a great country. Old, white men would like you to believe that we are the ‘greatest country in the world,’ but the truth is that the United States is rated as the 17th country in quality of life.
Representative Katie Hill gave a final speech to the House as she offered her resignation. Although she admitted her failures, she condemned the segregation between men and women in our government. She denounced the fact that bigotry remains a dominate attribute in America’s culture.
This afternoon, Hill, who was the first openly bisexual congressperson from California, called out the “misogynistic culture” that quickly “consumed” and “capitalized” on her sexuality. She also said that she no longer wants to be used as a “bargaining chip,” in reference to the risk that additional photos will be released, as she said, “bit by bit.”
“I wanted to show young people, queer people, working people, imperfect people, that they belong here,” she noted.
All racism, bigotry, and prejudice from the right wing begins at the top. From Trump down to a supporter who is a coal miner in West Virginia they are the party of prejudice. They are judgmental and arrogant. Republican politicians in Washington do not work for the people who elected them; they work for themselves, special interests, and their party.
Her final statement was definitive and offered support for real Americans.
“Today, as my final act,” she stated, “I voted to move forward with the impeachment of Donald Trump on behalf of the women of the United States of America.”
“I will yield the balance of my time for now,” she said in conclusion. “But not forever.”
Americans must grow up and join the rest of developed nations. There is no room in our country or on this planet for bigotry in any form. We are one people. The very idea of extreme nationalism and white supremacy is revolting and ignorant. We can and must do better. If all Americans reject all forms of prejudice, we may finally become a great country.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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