A war of words erupted on the House floor Thursday between Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democrat, and Reps. Matt Gaetz and Anna Paulina Luna, two Republicans.
The war of words concerned a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would remove racist, backward “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” initiatives from the Department of Defense.
Not surprisingly, Horsford, a black man, was very upset about this. Like many other black Americans, he believes “DEI” — a racist ideology that pits races against one another — is a good thing for the country. Conservatives disagree.
In defending the alleged need for “DEI” policies, Horsford cited examples of what he thought was the right’s alleged racism.
“Just this week, the sponsor of this amendment called Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the military a, quote, ‘failed experiment.’ He has called it ‘cancerous,'” he said.
It is a cancer …
“Just this week a senator from Alabama stated that it was his opinion that white nationalists are not necessarily racist and refused to denounce white nationalists serving in the military,” he added.
As previously reported, white nationalism is not the same thing as white supremacy.
“Just an hour ago, on this very floor, one of the members on the other side of this body said his amendment, quote, ‘had nothing to do whether colored people or black people can serve,'” he continued.
Like other black Americans, he takes offense to the term “colored people,” even though black Americans frequently refer to themselves as “people of color.”
He concluded his rant by defending the alleged need for “DEI” and yelling at Gaetz.
“This amendment does nothing to address the recruitment shortfalls that our services are facing and instead it will only make it more difficult to recruit Americans from diverse backgrounds representing the true makeup of our nation,” he said.
“What are you so afraid of?! Why do you keep bringing these divisive issues to the body of this floor!? You are out of order! You are exhausting, Mr. Gaetz!” he then yelled.
To be clear, Gaetz and other Republicans keep bringing anti-“DEI” bills to the fore because DEI is itself an extremely hateful, divisive, and morally repugnant ideology that seeks to define people’s worth by the color of their skin.
Moreover, most “DEI” advocates appear to be blatant racists themselves:
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Responding to Horsford’s rant, Gaetz argued that his radical zeal for “DEI” is a perfect indicator of why “DEI” must be completely eliminated from government.
“Mr. Speaker, the childish antics that we just observed indicate that we’ve got a lot of work to do, both in this House and the military, not to have radical racial ideology governing our discourse and governing the policy choices that we make in these bills,” he said.
“The policy choice that my amendment seeks to make ensures that we do not have the cancer of ‘DEI’ harming our military,” he added.
He then passed the mic to Luna, who proceeded to lecture Democrats about how race has nothing whatsoever to do with military readiness.
“I would just like to remind people that whether you’re white, black, brown, we all bleed the same. So to have this completely divisive ideology be pushed, to have members across the aisle making it about race, when some of these members have not even served, is completely to me … a foreign ideology,” she said.
“But I’d like to remind people … when my husband was shot in Afghanistan, do you think he was sitting there asking what color the person that was evacuating him was? Do you think he was sitting there wondering about diversity, equity, and inclusion? No, the only thing he cared about was making sure that someone that was evacuating him knew how to do their job. That’s what the military needs to be focusing on,” she added.
“So to have it be about race just goes to show that maybe more members, maybe more members across the aisle need to be serving in our military because that’s not something that we focus on. What we focus on is mission readiness. That’s what it’s all about,” she continued.
“I don’t care if you guys think that I’m racist. I’m a minority woman. Maybe I’m the wrong color minority for you, but I’m a minority woman. I support this for those reasons because I’ve lost friends,” Luna concluded.
Her lecture was VERY well-received on social media:
Well said! God bless you guys!
— The 2nd Coming of CHRIST is Near! (@Allr0adsL3ad21) July 14, 2023
You’re truly amazing. Thank you for doing this important work.
— aiartbro.eth (@aiartbro_eth) July 14, 2023
Powerful argument! Hopefully the other side will think for just a moment, understand your point and realize what is important?
— A New Day with Mr. J (@ReyesMarlonJ) July 14, 2023
Salute Ma’am!!! RAH!!! pic.twitter.com/VC0hTgzQiP
— #TDogg (@Tnyj21) July 14, 2023
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