Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who doesn’t seem to have much of an identity beyond those that she gets from her religion, her skin color, and her gender, told The New York Times this week that she has a tough life because she is constantly dealing with the bigotry inherent in her adopted home country. The Minnesota congresswoman, who has virulently anti-American and antisemitic (as well as legally and morally corrupt) since coming to Capitol Hill last January, was asked by the paper about a line in her new autobiography.
The line reads as follows: “I am, by nature, a starter of fires. My work has been to figure out where I’m going to burn down everything around me by adding the fuel of my religion, skin color, gender or even tone.”
The Times asked her, “Couldn’t that kind of language be interpreted as a form of demagoguery?”
“It’s metaphorical,” she replied. “There are many times when people will say, ‘Something you said has agitated this space.’ And it’s like, no, it’s me just showing up that did it. There are times when I will choose to not show up, because I know that my presence brings about intensity that isn’t going to be helpful.
“There’s no one else that exists in a space where they have to deal with the hate of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-blackness, but also with sexism,” she continued. “People will say it’s my ‘tone.’ I’m like, you’re agitated by my tone because you think people like me should be sitting in a corner, not heard and not seen. Everything that comes out of my mouth is going to be filtered through the lens of you despising my existence.”
Ugh. This is what people like her actually believe!
It is this mindset – growing and spreading at an astronomical rate throughout the country – that gives us diminishing hope for the future of these United States. Yes, there are bad actors. Yes, there are grifters. Yes, there are people on social media who are bullying and canceling and virtue signaling for the sake of giving themselves a feeling of inflated importance.
But what’s really concerning is that there are a lot of other people – blacks, Muslims, women, etc – who are actually internalizing these awful, counterproductive narratives. In every encounter, in every conversation, every day and in every way, they are looking for the racism. And, because they interpret everything through that lens, we’re sure they find plenty of what they’re searching for.
When this twisted psychology takes over, how can we ever move forward as a nation?