Where do You Think They Come From?
Where do you think they come from? This is a rhetorical question in response to Trump’s tweet about Ayanna Presley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib — who have come to be known as “The Squad”. Of course Ilhan Omar is from Somalia but the rest are natural born citizens, but still the President took the opportunity in Greenville to reinforce parts of his message, and stood by approvingly as the crowd shouted, “send her back” in reference to Omar. Unfortunately, while countless individuals still suffer in concentration camp like conditions at the border, this story and its facets need to be hashed out.
Surprisingly enough it starts out between Nancy Pelosi and “The Squad”. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Pelosi for “singling out newly elected women of color”. While its arguable that the differences between the squad and Pelosi have to do with substance or policy rather than race or seniority, this is a fight that could have played out naturally within the party — that is until Trump found a way to make it about him.
Trump tweeted that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was wrong for calling Ms. Pelosi a racist, which is a false statement, but one that helps further the narrative that progressive liberals loosely throw out the label racist against those they disagree with. Saying that “The Squad” is being singled out is beyond question. In his defense of Ms. Pelosi Trump singled them out and used one of the oldest and most divisive racist tropes telling them to come back where they came from.
After the event in Greenville Trump said that he did not approve of the crowd shouting, “send her back” but at the same time called the crowd, “incredibly patriotic”. The Pluralism Project supports free speech, which includes the right of people to question that they are being singled out for their race, but we believe it is wrong to judge them for race bating. If anyone in this scenario is race bating it is Trump not “The Squad”.
On the other side of this issue is “The Squad’s” criticism of this country. According to Trump their views make it so that they can’t love this country, but anyone with children knows very well that criticism does not stop one from loving what they are critical of. We at the Pluralism Project love this country, its values, and its ideals, and everything we have heard from “The Squad” suggest that they feel the same way; however, there are no doubt many times that we fail to uphold our values and ideals. It is our duty as patriotic Americans to recognize this and work to correct it. We see a future for America where diversity is seen as a strength rather than a weakness.
By Nicholas Detweiler
Chief of Staff of the Pluralism Project
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