Congressman Al Green: “We Cannot Have the Output of People of Color Without the Input of People of Color”

Dec 4, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Congressman Al Green spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives regarding the congressional impeachment inquiry, which explored the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment:

“Today, as Congress examines the constitutionality of impeaching President Donald John Trump, I have noticed a grave oversight. While erudite and experienced, none of the witnesses are persons of color. To see the committee hearing experts on the topic of impeachment with not one of color is both regrettable and disrespectful.

What subliminal message are we sending to the world about the intellect of people of color? Are we indicating that there are no experts of color on one of the seminal issues of this Congress?

“This is not a case wherein the witnesses necessary are the heads of agencies, and as a result, the only choice is the agency head.

“For too often, people of color have been ignored and taken for granted by partisan politics. It’s not about Democrats. It’s not about Republicans. It’s about fairness. It’s about reflecting the richness of diversity in our Nation.

“We cannot have the output of people of color without the input of people of color. I support people of color, not only because I am a person of color, but because I believe that the words of the Pledge of Allegiance are important: we should have liberty and justice for all.