Freedom in America, she claimed, is for white people.
When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people.
This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 4, 2021
“[W]hen they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people,” Bush wrote. “This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.”
She has also backed movements across the country to defund the police.
Bush’s tweet has received much backlash from conservatives, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who denounced it as racist.
Says a black woman, who is one of only 435 people in all of America currently elected to serve in Congress.
You can stop with the racism now Cori and put your race card back in your pocket.
4th of July is freedom for all from a tyrannical government.
Happy Independence Day!?? https://t.co/blWHhJd8TX
— Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) July 4, 2021
Former Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik, who is black, tweeted: “I could say something rude, but I think it’s best to make sure we have someone running against her & ensure that individual has our full support along with access to every resource necessary to take her seat in 2022.”
“I’m a 40-year-old American descendant of slaves,” wrote black author Thomas Chatterton Williams. “The year is 2021, and I have been ‘free’ my entire life.”
Yet other Democrats joined Bush in attacking 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!” wrote Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
Others on the Left pushed Bush’s claims even farther, claiming that America fought for independence so that slavery would survive.
“F–k Independence Day,” tweeted former MSNBC host Touré Neblett before citing the debunked 1619 Project to make a false claim about America’s founding.
“Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery,” he said, without evidence. “Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement?”