Ilhan Omar Claims Racism Fuels American Power
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made a provocative statement once again. Speaking on Capitol Hill, the controversial representative said that people would have to accept that the power of the United States stems from racism and that American history itself was built upon the exploitation of black people.
Omar was hosting a panel discussion on racial justice, and she started by quoting Angela Davis, an activist who was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Women of the Year, which was just published. She said that when one lives in a racist society, being a non-racist is not enough and that one has to actively fight racism by being an anti-racist.
She told the people who came to the discussion that their task as an organizer is not just to call out specific racist incidents but to recognize that the history of the country is actually built on racism. She said that black leaders had been targeted by the FBI, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Fred Hampton, leader of the notorious Black Panthers in the Chicago area who was killed during a raid. Omar claims that the targeting is going on even until today and that police surveillance is still happening.
The panel discussion had several purposes, including calling on the FBI to get rid of the “Black Identity Extremist” category for terrorist organizations and to put a stop to its “Iron Fist” program, which allegedly targets black activists. They were also calling on Congress to revoke Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Omar has been called out for being critical of everything that is American. She has also repeatedly called Americans “racists.”
But the congresswoman from Minneapolis is facing allegations herself. She is facing accusations that she had married her brother to get him into a school into the United States. This was revealed by a member of the Somali community in Minneapolis who is supposed to have personal knowledge of the Omar family affairs. She has also been accused of being anti-Semitic because of many statements she has made in the past.
Omar’s family is from Somalia, one of the poorest places on the planet. Civil wars racked the country for a long time, which is why Omar’s family fled and came to the United States as refugees. Somalia continues to be an unstable country with no strong central government.