Supports say many Americans have an incomplete understanding of how our nation’s past traumas continue to disproportionately impact Black and indigenous people and that a caucus could create a single account. (Oct. 27)
DONALD TRUMP: I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world.
MARK BAUER: Some of our highest elected officials, like the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, echoed some similar sentiments, saying that he doesn't believe that the country has a systemic racist problem. I think it's important that we have this conversation at a federal level. It really kind of blew me away just how deep the systemic issues go when it comes to racial issues.
You know, I, growing up, I would have considered myself colorblind. That's something I definitely would have said about myself. And over the last few years realized that that colorblindness actually whitewashes so much of our history that contributes to our present, some of the present injustices that we continue to see perpetuated. I thought we were in a post-racial society, especially after we elected Obama.
DONALD TRUMP: You know, when I think of Somalia I think of Omar. Omar. Ilhan Ilhan Omar, who truly does not like our country.
MARK BAUER: If voters themselves are personally ignorant on the topic, then they're going to continue to elect people who are, also. When coming up with the idea for the caucus, we're really inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was set up in South Africa after apartheid.
So that we can get this on record, store it digitally in the archive, and then use that to produce some of the political will that is necessary, as I say again, to help pass some legislation that is currently being drafted by congressional bodies like the Congressional Black Caucus. It's going to be incumbent on voters to educate themselves on this topic so that we can elect people who are on the same page.