It was one thing when race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were in their heyday pushing racial division through the organizations they were a part of, but now we have race hustling activists in our Congress who are actively accelerating the racial divide even further.
That brings us to far-left Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.).
The House Oversight and Reform Committee was questioning Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron executives on climate change on Thursday, and when it came to Bush’s turn she didn’t hesitate to make the issue one of race.
“Mr. [David] Lawler [CEO, BP America Inc.], are the overwhelming majority of fossil fuel CEOs black or white?” Bush asked.
Lawler decided to placate Bush.
“I don’t have the exact numbers, but I would assume they’re white,” Lawler responded.
But, Bush wasn’t done framing her questioning to come to a radical conlusion.
“Ms. [Gretchen] Watkins [President, Shell Oil Company], is an oil refinery more likely to be situated in a black community or a white community?” Bush queried.
“I’m not sure how to answer that, honestly,” Watkins answered.
Bush cut off the rest of Watkins response by giving her the answer.
“It’s black. It’s black,” Bush interjected with a smile.
“Mr. [Michael] Wirth [CEO, Chevron Corporation], are the impacts of climate change more likely to hit a black neighborhood or a white neighborhood first?” Bush continued her questioning.
Wirth answered by saying that he hasn’t seen studies on that before Bush interrupted again.
“The answer is black,” Bush opined.
Bush asked all those she already had her answers to in order to get to her point of denigrating the fossil fuel and natural gas industries.
The facts are clear. A 2017 NAACP and Clean Air Task Force report found that black Americans are 75 percent more likely to live next to company, industrial and service facilities that directly harm us. For years you all have continued to promote fossil fuels despite knowing that promoting them means promoting environmental racism and violence in black and brown communities. You all are still promoting and selling fossil fuels that are killing millions of people. This is a striking example of white supremacy. Your profit-driven choices threaten my life, the life of my family, my neighbors and our communities every single day. I sit here as a black congresswoman with asthma, caused by fossil fuels and the tear gas you fund.
I’m just guessing that Bush as a career activist put herself in harm’s way in being exposed to tear gas.
How does selling energy promote violence in “black and brown communities?” Activists like Bush never expand on those platitudes that they spew out, because to get the change they want they have to make it a racial issue in the absence of an actual argument.
This is textbook race hustling, and it should be easy to see right through a tactic like that.
For video of Bush’s time, watch below: