Minnesota legislator slammed her colleagues to show solidarity with female politicians of color.
“I have no intention of apologizing. I am so tired of watching Rep. Susan Allen give an amazing speech, Rep. Peggy Flanagan give an amazing speech, watching Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn give an amazing speech, Rep. Rena Moran give the most heartfelt, incredible speech I’ve heard on this House floor, as long as I can remember, watching Rep. Ilhan Omar give an amazing speech… and looking around, to see, where are my colleagues? And I went in the retiring room, and I saw where a bunch of my colleagues were. And I’m really tired of watching women of color, in particular, being ignored. So, I’m not sorry.” This is how Melissa Hortman, the state House’s minority leader, tried to shame her white male colleagues who tended to skip the speeches of the of Black female politicians.
Hortman got so angry after she noticed several legislators vanish from the hall while Rep. Ilhan Omar, the nation’s first Somali-American legislator, was speaking at a Monday debate.
“I hate to break up the 100 percent White male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” Hortman said.
We applaud Ms Hortman’s words. She demonstrated real solidarity not only with Ilhan Omar but also with Black Lives Matter Movement she was speaking about. But sadly white supremacy and white ignorance will not so easily abandon the rooms where serious decisions are made. That is why we urge her colleague of color to learn to stand for themselves and be persistent in delivering their points of view to whatever audiences they might have.