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– Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 26, 2021
Bush posted on Twitter more than a dozen messages of hateful and threatening language that she received. “White racists wanted me dead before I got to Congress, ”she tweeted in a description. “And the threats to my life from white racists have only increased when Black Women speak the truth in the Halls of Power. Just know: you won’t stop us. You can not.”
In a message shared by Bush, she was told to “tone it down, b — h”. “You will be murdered if you keep running out of that big old gorilla muzzle,” wrote the nameless writer. “Have you ever seen what you look like when you spit that shit out? You have to be put in a fucking cage at the zoo. Instead of a police reform, how about an N —- r reform You say in the country: “The only good n —- r is a dead n —- r.” In another message, the congresswoman was referred to as “bed maid” and “porch monkey n —-“. R. “And in another of the inhuman messages someone wrote,” I hope someone clears your head from your body. “
It will take all of us to eradicate and confront the hatred of white racists in this country. I am grateful to my friend @CoriBush for her guidance and belief in telling her truth. https://t.co/MH0qHrHGiB
– Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 23, 2021
While the disgusting messages prompted Democratic MPs like Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Jamaal Bowman to make statements of support for Bush, Republicans instead criticized Bush for feeling he had to protect himself and their employees. And they have often relied on their misinterpretation of the Defund the Police movement, author Chris Boutté pointed this out even before Bush revealed the specific hate messages she had received. “Here’s my question: is the definition of the article of ‘defund the police’ the same as Cori Bush’s?” He asked on Twitter. “Hit pieces give the impression that defund abolition. It actually means spending SOME money on better community service. “
Here is my question: is the definition of the article of “defund the police” the same as Cori Bush’s?
Hit pieces make it look like defund means abolition
It actually means using SOME funds for better community services https://t.co/AlXd9Swf1v
– Chris Boutté (@TheRewiredSoul) July 16, 2021
The movement to demilitarize or demilitarize the police is pushing government officials to rethink how cities use police departments and use some of the police budgets on mental health, education and social services. It gained traction after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when the officer kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes. In response to former President Barack Obama’s criticism of the phrase “defund the police,” Bush replied in a tweet telling the stories of Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor, other blacks killed by the police.
“With all due respect, Mr President, let’s talk about the loss of people, ”said Bush in her tweet. “We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We lose our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It is a mission to keep our people alive. Defund the police. “
Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was shot at least six times and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite popular accounts of Brown being suspected of robbing a grocery store, officials admitted they had no idea Brown was a robbery suspect and only stopped him because he was walking on the street. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old paramedic, slept on March 13th after Kentucky police, who received a “no-knock” drug warrant, slept pounded on her door and shot her eight times, even though no drugs were found in her home and was the person the authorities were looking for already in custody in Louisville that night.
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