“This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America!” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shouted as she slapped her notebook against the podium in the House of Representatives last week, speaking out against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to remove Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush, all gave fiery speeches denouncing Speaker McCarthy’s decision. It is strange that none of these women spoke out against McCarthy when he removed Congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their intelligence committee positions. There was no outrage from any of them in 2021 when Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Green was removed from her committees. There was only outrage when a woman of color was removed.
It is interesting that none of these women of color have spoken a word about Eunice Dwumfour, the black female politician from New Jersey who was gunned down in her car this past Wednesday – the day before Ocasio-Cortez’s speech. Eunice Dwumfour was described as “a beautiful soul, who loved everybody… She never said no. She would take her jacket off to give it to you.” But no one seems to care about her death. Barack Obama and Al Sharpton will not give eulogies at her memorial service. We would have thought that Representative Ocasio-Cortez would have at least mentioned Ms. Dwumfour’s death because she was a woman of color who represented a community which is a mere 45 miles away from her district. But none of these women of color who were giving speeches about the targeting of women of color in this country mentioned the assassination of another woman of color politician the day before.
They did not speak out against this tragedy because Eunice Dwumfour was a Republican, and that doesn’t fit their narrative. It is not a tragedy to them when a Republican politician is assassinated. These people do not care about other people. They only care about attaining power, so preserving the narrative that Democrat women of color are always the victims is primary to achieving more and more power. Showing compassion for Eunice Dwumfour would have compromised that narrative, and their narrative is more important than people. If a black female Democrat politician was shot 14 times while sitting in her car, these same people would be claiming MAGA Republicans were responsible, Donald Trump should be thrown in jail, and riots are justified.
It is not really about race or gender to them; it is solely about political ideology and power. They only use race and gender when they can exploit them to attain more power. On Thursday, a 9-year-old white girl was brutally beaten on a school bus by two older black boys while the school bus filled with majority black students cheered it on, and two black adults did nothing to stop the beating. Looking at the video, the beating that young girl took was equally as brutal and vicious as the beating that Tyre Nichols succumbed to in Memphis. Imagine if two older white boys pummeled a younger black girl on a school bus while two white adults and a bus filled with white kids did absolutely nothing to stop it. That incident would be framed as definitive proof that the United States is still systemically racist. But when a 9-year-old white girl is pummeled by two older black boys on a bus, nobody cares. No outrage, no protests. It doesn’t fit their narrative.
In her speech, AOC charged that the removal of representative Omar from her committee was an example of the “targeting and racism against Muslim Americans” in this country. They expect us to believe that Ilhan Omar was kicked off of her committee because she is black and a Muslim, and not because of her history of unapologetic antisemitism. On Monday, in Omar’s home state, a black Muslim, Mohamed Bakari Shei, from Rochester, was sentenced to a mere 180 days in jail for the rape of two young girls, age 4 and 9. Rochester is less than 80 miles from Ilhan Omar’s district, yet, she made no comment, and showed no outrage about this clear injustice. There was no moral ambiguity to what this man did, no mitigating factors, yet he was treated with such a lenient sentence that it made the statement that raping young girls is practically legal in the state of Minnesota.
Ilhan Omar refused to stand up for these two young female victims of rape and demand a much longer sentence most probably because the rapist was a black Muslim like herself, and in her narrative, black Muslims are always the victim: they never the perpetrator. That is why in 2019, she tried to minimize the pure evil of the attacks on 9/11 by Muslim extremists by referring to the attacks as “some people did something.” To her, when a Muslim commits a crime, it is never because they’re Muslims even when the motivation of their crime is their religious extremism, but when a Muslim is harmed, it was solely because they were Muslims. If the rape victims had been black Muslims and the rapist had been white, representative Omar would not stop talking about the crime being another example of the social injustice and oppression in America. It appears that the people who are always claiming to be the victims of racism, are usually the most racist because in this day and age the only way you can see as much racism as they see is if you view the world solely through the lens of race.
In Southern California on Wednesday, Dr. Michael Mammone, 58, was riding his bicycle on scenic Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point when a Lexus struck him from behind. The driver, Vanroy Evan Smith, 39, of Long Beach, got out of his car and viciously stabbed Dr. Mammone in the back multiple times until he died. His co-workers said, Dr. Mammone was an "amazing doctor" who “saved so many lives”. Where is the outrage? Where are the protests? Imagine if a white motorist ran down a black doctor riding his bike, and then got out of his car and stabbed him to death. How many of our cities would have been burned to the ground this weekend? But when a white doctor is murdered by a black motorist, there are no national news stories, no protests. Nobody cares because Dr. Mammone’s tragic death does not fit the approved narrative.
We saw this with the death of Ashli Babbitt. 6 months after George Floyd’s death while in police custody that ignited over 500 riots, Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed white woman, was shot in the throat by a black police officer standing 20 feet away. There was no formal investigation into the killing, the officer’s name was concealed for 6 months, and when it was finally revealed, he was called a hero and received a medal for killing an unarmed woman. Imagine if a white cop shot and killed a 135-pound unarmed black woman to death, would anyone protect the police officer’s identity for 6 months? Would anyone call him a hero? Would anyone give him a medal? Ashli Babbitt was the wrong skin color and had the wrong political ideology. So, her death did not matter.
Over the last 8 to 10 years, we have heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, etc. But the best way to determine whose life actually matters and whose life doesn’t, is to simply look at the level of outrage toward that person’s death. And based on that criterion, a Republican black female politician who would give you the coat off her back, her life doesn’t matter. A conservative white woman who served our country in the military, her life doesn’t not matter. A white doctor who saved many lives, his life doesn’t matter. A 9-year-old white girl’s life doesn’t matter. But a black heroin addict, multiple-felon, arm robber, his life not only matters, he deserves two funerals, and statues and murals erected throughout the country. But in reality, nobody’s life matters to these people on the left. The only thing that matters to them is their narrative, because their narrative is the source of expanding their power.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.