is not a failure to communicate but to Educate.
During Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know A District” segment, the comedian-cum-political commentator interviewed U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents New York’s 11th District. The results were both humorous and painfully awkward, as the Democratic politician took a hypothetical trip back in time with Colbert, only to claim slavery would still have existed in New York in 1898.
“If you could get in a time machine and go back to 1898, what would you say to those Brooklynites?” Colbert asked in the segment.
“I would say to them, ‘Set me free,’” Clarke responded.
Gamely pressing on, Colbert inquired from what would the Congresswoman wish to be free from. “Slavery,” Clarke replied.
“Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898,” Colbert said, perhaps in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to give the native Brooklyner a do-over.
“I’m pretty sure there was,” Clarke responded.
“It sounds like a horrible part of the United States that kept slavery going until 1898,” Colbert commented, struggling to keep a straight face.
“Who would be enslaving you in 1898 in New York?” Colbert pressed. According to Clarke, none other than the Dutch.
Wonder where she learned that bit.
United States Representative Yvette D. Clarke is a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage. A product of the New York City Public School System, Rep. Clarke received a scholarship to Oberlin College and was a recipient of the prestigious APPAH/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis.
Wonder if she can get her money back or more likely if Oberlin College will sue to make her stop using their name.
I hope she doesn’t sit on any important committees and is relegated to the “Committee to Insure Jelly Bean Jar Contests are fair”.
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
- Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
- Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Uh Oh — that might explain a lot. I struggled to understand why a person this dense would be elected. That is until I read this:
As a testament to what Representative Clarke has accomplished in her first term, she received an “A” rating from the Drum Major Institute, TheMiddleClass.org, and 100% ratings by Peace Action, The Brady Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
An unwavering champion for her native Brooklyn, she has worked with non-profit organizations, local community groups and appropriators to secure millions of dollars in essential federal support for the district. As a result, major institutions received funds, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Prospect Park Alliance and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT).
Isn’t it time to stop this nonsense? Turn off the free flow of other people’s money via the force of the federal government. I simply do not understand why a single federal tax dollar should go to the Brooklyn Botanic Gard or Academy of Music. If we don’t do it, I want to get in on the act — I hear by form the Bunker BS Home for Unwanted, Underappreciated, Unloved and Unused Firearms. With just a grant of say $100K, I promise to buy up those guns that are going under appreciated by other people. What is scary is my idea is not as ridiculous as some of the things paid for by our Federal Representatives.
And I really wish we could just blame this on one person Ms Clarke but I can’t. We, the voters, have put her or people like her in office time and time again. I hear people talking about not voting in the election and I shake my head. I used to be that way until I started seeing more and more how the people I didn’t vote for was taking the country down. We may still fail but it won’t be because I didn’t try.
The elections are coming up soon. There isn’t much difference between the candidates at the national level but we can make a huge difference at the local level. I think we really need to turn out this election and remind the politicians who they work for.
Please join the discussion.