For whatever reason, calling a group of women of color “the squad” is not to my liking. Maybe it’s my age and I keep thinking of the old TV show, “The Mod Squad”, (one black, one white, one blond..). That could be it but it’s really diminutive and does not give these women of color enough credit for being individuals as well as some sort of group that Trump wants to make the face of the Democratic Party — which hopefully will not happen. There are many faces of the Democratic Party, it’s what makes us interesting and to hopefully be all broad based. We stand for respect, diversity, strength and hopefully, kindness.
From FixthisNation.com we hear “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib have been outspoken in their criticism of Israel, often veering wildly into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in their zeal to demonize the Jewish state. As part of that effort, the Squad has put their support – both rhetorically and legislatively – behind the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which aims to punish Israel economically for “occupying” Palestinian territories.”
Omar did, however, say that if there is no outlet for nonviolent protest there is always the unfortunate possibility of violence. Omar also said “Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee”. This is what she thinks Congresspeople who support Israel are doing.
Sara Ehrman, one of the best people who ever lived, hoped that she lived to see peace in the Middle East. She did not. But most of her life was spent trying to find a way to achieve it. She talked about compromise and the in your face tactics of the Israeli government against the Palestinians. She always talked about the history and injustice for the people because the governments were ridiculous, ours included. Trump did not have Sara to explain why we shouldn’tn have moved our Embassy to Jerusalem. But people heralded the move even though it is a religious place, not only for Jews but Moslems and Christians. Sara was patriotic beyond reason, but she did not suffer fools, whether they are pro Palestinian or pro Israel.
Omar’s words are foolish as are so many words uttered by Congress people, but no different. She thinks things that she probably needs to be more careful about, because support for Israel is emotional for too many people. The Squad, and God knows why they determined how they wanted to be called something that lumped them all together like they represent one constituency, they do not. They all talked about how they were elected to bring change about, and that is true. But they are different people who represent people with different ideas, concerns and beliefs.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is my daughter’s Representative. Jordan loves her and is happy that she wants change. It’s what we all want — positive change. The right wing media like Brietbart, are writing all kinds of lies about these women. They are after all, female, young, and women of color. What right-wing idiot would target them as anti-everything. It is simply not the case. This blob will not defend any stupid and less than thoughtful rhetoric, no matter who blurts it. But we do “the Squad” a disservice (something I’m afraid they are doing on their own) if we lump them together and do not support them as diverse Democrats. As was said before,we are Democrats — we stand for respect, diversity, kindness and strength.
We’re just sayin’ Iris