“We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform,” Omar said on Tuesday. “We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, [and] in the air we breathe.”
Omar, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), has been referred to derisively as a member of “the Squad” by President Trump and his allies. Her political positions often draw fierce criticism from right-wing politicians and media outlets, and her comments on Tuesday will likely only add more fuel to those critiques.
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” Omar said at the press conference. “So we cannot stop at [the] criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
Omar’s comments come at time when the nation is gripped with protests over police violence, as well as the broader debate about the role racial inequality plays in American society. In a matter of months, the country has grappled with evidence of systemic racism in politics, business, sports and entertainment, sometimes with deeply polarizing results. As a result, U.S. attitudes related to police reform are dramatically shifting, with a vast majority of Americans agreeing that at least some police reform is necessary. Nonetheless, Omar’s comments will no doubt challenge Americans’ opinions of just how far they are willing to go to address systemic racism.
Its ....I am mad as hexx and I am not going to take it anymore ....with not one objective solution.