Democrat Mandela Barnes says America was never a great nation

Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes has claimed the United States is not a great nation, according to a 2020 video discovered by the Republican National Committee.

“We are still waiting for our moment for America to be great,” he said. “We still don’t understand this campaign slogan because it doesn’t make sense to us as a community.”

“It doesn’t make sense to us as a race,” he added, addressing black participants at the University of Wisconsin.

Citizens of the United States have achieved great success in just over 200 years as a nation. Successes include creating the Internet, defeating Germany in World War I and World War II, inventing automobiles, stealing and landing a man on the moon.

This is not the first time that Barnes has denounced the nation in which he has held public office as lieutenant governor. of Wisconsin. Barnes has repeatedly suggested that the founding of the United States is rooted in racism.

“Things were bad,” Barnes said in 2021. “Things were terrible. The foundation of this nation? Terrible.” He added:

But you know, we’re here now. And we must commit to doing all we can to repair the evil because it still exists today — the evil the damage — whether it is colonization or slavery. The impacts are being felt today. And they will continue to be felt unless we address them in a meaningful way.

Barnes went so far as to criticize national parks as part of the systemically racist fabric of America because “the parks are on land that was indigenous.” He claimed:

It’s important to create more welcoming spaces because things haven’t always been welcome. And that’s historic, just that perspective, given that national parks weren’t created for the enjoyment of non-white people. National parks are on lands that were indigenous.

Barnes even used the theory of global warming to push for “equitable and inclusive” measures to end the “long pattern of environmental racism we have witnessed in this country.”

The radical candidate further compared schools teaching critical race theory to schools teaching hard science.

“I assimilate [CRT] to learn science — like that’s it, and people should know that,” Barnes said in 2021 of school curriculum. “My answer is, you know, are you so ashamed of reality or so ashamed of the story you want to make out of it [CRT] illegal for people to learn about it? »

Barnes is campaigning against Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who leads in the polls by about four points. The midterm election is 41 days from Wednesday.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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