Congressman Al Green Calls for War on Racism and Invidious Discrimination, Cabinet-Level Department of Reconciliation to Eliminate Racism and Invidious Discrimination from American Life

Jun 3, 2020

(Houston, TX) – On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement, calling for a war on racism and invidious discrimination:      

“As a son of the segregated South, I grew up in a world where racism was more than a word – it was a way of life for people of color. I know firsthand what racism feels like. It’s that feeling a little black boy gets when he’s reprimanded in public places for things his white counterparts are coddled for. I know what racism smells like. It’s the stench of trash when entering theaters and restaurants through ‘COLORED ONLY’ backdoors in alleyways. I know what racism sounds like. It’s hearing an 80-year-old black man being referred to as ‘boy.’” said Congressman Al Green following an interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “Given the tragic and untimely demise of George Floyd as well as the fact that we still have a president who has weaponized racism, I am calling for a war on racism and invidious discrimination in all its forms.”

Green added, “On June 4, 2020, during the House of Representatives’ Pro Forma Session, my office will file a resolution declaring unconditional war on racism and invidious discrimination and providing for the establishment of a Cabinet-level Department of Reconciliation charged with eliminating racism and invidious discrimination. In the spirit of President Lyndon B. Johnson who declared the War on Poverty in 1964, my aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of racism and invidious discrimination, but to cure and – above all – prevent racism and invidious discrimination in American life.”

“American history is replete with examples of systemic racism and invidious discrimination that has emboldened far too many bad actors. We are in a state of unrest caused by an explosion of long-suppressed, justified rage that was triggered by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Mr. George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as outraged onlookers recorded. As we seek justice for Mr. Floyd’s senseless killing, we must also seek justice for America’s original sin – racism – so that there are no more instances like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or Ahmaud Arbery.”