WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Donned in Kente cloth, Democrat lawmakers led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took a knee at the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall on June 8, an act many are seeing as a political stunt.
They knelt — on one knee — for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd's neck.
"We are here to honor George Floyd," Pelosi claimed, adding, "and so many others who lost their lives and were abused by police brutality."
In a press release, Pelosi noted that Democrats, under the leadership of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif, traveled to Ghana — the traditional home of the Kente cloth — last July to observe the 400th anniversary of the first slaves coming across the Atlantic.
"That tragedy, that tragedy, that hour of history ... slavery in our own country and then all the consequences of that," Pelosi said. "We are here to observe that pain. We are here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that, specifically manifested in police brutality."
Despite Pelosi's pathos, many are seeing the Dems' minutes of silence in Emancipation Hall as tokenism and an act of cultural appropriation.
"I had to say something about the American politicians ... shameless and ignorantly using the Kente fabric as a prop in their virtue signaling," Ekeocha remarked.
"A bunch of Democrat politicians kneeling down ... were all having around their necks ... this colorful fabric which I am sure they [wore] as some kind of mark or show of unity or solidarity with black people ... to show that they are not racist," she said.
"Excuse me, dear Democrats," she continued, "in your tokenism, you didn't wait to find out that this thing that you [have] hanging around your necks is not just some African uniform ... the Kente belongs to the Ghanaian people, mainly the Asante tribe ... these fabrics mean something ... ."
"Why are you using it as a show of non-racism? Why are you using the Kente material to signal your virtue?" she asks the Democrats.
"Stop it. ... Leave our tradition and our culture to us," she concluded.
Candace Owens also weighed in about the Dems stooping ever lower for votes, tweeting:
I have to say — I thought there was at least one or two things that the Democrats wouldn't stoop to for the black vote, but there is a apparently nothing. Dressing in African garb and getting on their knees for a photo op because it's Monday and only four months to November.
On June 4, Owens posted a video in which she rejects not only the notion of systemic racism in U.S. society but also the narrative of George Floyd as a hero — both widely disseminated by Democrats.
Speaking specifically, she says, to "the heart of Black America" during these "times of tremendous deceit," she cites the work of accomplished authors Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele, who are often derided as "coons" and "Uncle Toms" by leftists.
In Steele's 2006 book White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, in particular, she found something that "hit her like a truck" that she hopes might help "fix" what's "ugly and broken" — the propensity of African Americans to cater to the "bottom denominator."
Paraphrasing Steele, she said: "We are the only community that will get outraged and get up and organized, picket and protest, defend the bottom denominator of our community, meaning criminals, burglars ... ."
The white community is not celebrating Derek Chauvin, she noted, adding, "When you rally behind the people who are doing good things in your society, as opposed to those who are doing bad things, you raise your average."
CBC chairwoman Karen Bass justified the wearing of the Kente scarves — even bequeathing the privilege on those who support her cause: "The significance of the Kente cloth is our African heritage and for those of you without that heritage who are acting in solidarity," Bass told reporters.
But the taking of the knee while wearing Kente cloth by the Democrats was seen by many, judging by the number of comments trending on social media, as a photo op, a culturally appropriating stunt to garner favor as well as votes.
"Don't treat Africans like we're children," Ekeocha told the Kente cloth-wearing Dems in her video, a comment many more blacks in America may be saying come November.