Missouri's First Black Congresswoman: GOP Colleagues Called Me 'Breonna Taylor'

Written by on November 14, 2020

Democratic Rep.-elect Cori Bush made historical past final week by changing into Missouri’s first Black congresswoman. However on her first day of labor, GOP colleagues mistakenly known as her “Breonna” as a result of she wore a face masks with Breonna Taylor’s title on it in reminiscence of the Black girl killed by police in her personal house in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bush has spoken concerning the challenges of being a girl of coloration on the job and tweeted Friday that “it hurts” to come across individuals who seem to not find out about Taylor. However, she added, “they’ll come to know her title [and] story due to my presence.”

Bush is Breonna Taylor solely within the sense that she “might be a Black girl murdered in [her] mattress tonight,” she informed reporters.

“This Breonna Taylor was murdered in her mattress at evening, and he or she doesn’t have justice,” Bush stated, pointing to the title on her masks.

She added: “Now we have to stretch ourselves and take note of what’s occurring in different elements of the nation. … Folks have protested within the streets with this title, and it simply saddens me that individuals in management — people who wish to be in management — don’t know the struggles which can be occurring to Black individuals on this nation. And it was hurtful, completely hurtful. I didn’t hear it as soon as. I didn’t hear it twice. I heard it a number of instances.”

Bush is a St. Louis native, Ferguson activist and former nurse who unseated Republican Rep. William Lacy Clay in August and defeated Republican Anthony Rogers on Nov. 3.

She beforehand tweeted that she was the primary nurse attending Congress from Missouri in the course of a pandemic and supposed to champion working class individuals who “want representatives who appear to be them and who’ve skilled their struggles.”


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