• Backfire! The Dems’ Kente Cloth Gambit Doesn’t Turn Out as Planned

    Surge Summary: Democratic leaders dressed in “Kente Cloth” during a kneeling ceremony this week – a brazen, virtue-signaling stunt that even Liberals claim backfired. Their taking a knee was reminiscent of former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick who is also back in the news owing to the Drew Brees controversy.

    by Gary Bauer

    I suspect that quite a few Democrat leaders are nursing sore knees this morning!

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer and other assorted arthritic Democrats knelt for nine minutes in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall in a symbolic show of support for George Floyd.  But I also suspect they were imitating Colin Kaepernick.  [See next item.]

    But here’s the kicker:  They adorned themselves in Kente cloth, which is associated with a tribe in the west African nation of Ghana.  In recent years, it has become associated with the worldwide African diaspora.

    I’m assuming that Pelosi and Schumer didn’t have Kente cloth hanging in their closets.  So kudos to Jeff Bezos and Amazon for pulling off a rush shipment to Capitol Hill for [Tuesday]’s display.

    This is tokenism and virtue signaling at its worst, and what the left usually condemns as cultural appropriation, a huge offense in the bizarre culture the left is creating.

    Social media lit on fire.  Conservatives mercilessly mocked this pitiful attempt at identity politics.  But progressives weren’t happy either.  Even CNN and the Washington Post had to admit that the PR stunt backfired.

    I don’t know for sure, but I suspect some Democrat staffer has joined the ranks of the unemployed today.  Unless, and this is a real possibility it wasn’t a staffer’s idea, but a Democrat member of Congress who thought this was a really good idea.

    A Reminder

    Colin Kaepernick is back in the news, especially since New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was forced to apologize for his own patriotism and opposition to disrespecting our flag and national anthem.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also apologized, and some now expect him to take a knee too.  Others are insisting that the only way Goodell can demonstrate his sincerity is by forcing an NFL team to hire Colin Kaepernick.  Well, let me remind you what Kaepernick is all about.

    Kaepernick has dehumanized the police by wearing socks that depicted cops as pigs.

    He’s anti-American to his core.  He defended Fidel Castro.  He denounced the Betsy Ross flag that flew at Barack Obama’s inauguration.

    Some have defended Kaepernick by insisting that his kneeling has nothing to do the flag, the anthem or disrespect for our troops or country. That’s false.  Kaepernick was very clear when he said:

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. . .  There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

    For Kaepernick, one of the most prominent voices of the progressive movement, it has everything to do with the flag and the country.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen Shothttps://www.foxnews.com/media/ben-shapiro-pelosi-kente-cloth-kneeling-congress

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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