Democrats Criticized For Kneeling For George Floyd While Wearing African Kente Cloth
What started out as a gesture of remembrance has turned into quite the controversy. On Monday (June 8), members of the Democratic Party joined together to remember the life and loss of George Floyd amid the multiple memorial services that are taking place nationwide. American citizens continue their peaceful protests against police brutality and socio-economical injustice, and to show their solidarity, Democrats took a silent knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and around two dozen other Democratic members of Congress participated in the event, all wearing African textile Kente cloth stoles. “The significance of the Kente cloth is our African heritage,” Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said. “And for those of you without that heritage, we’re acting in solidarity. That is the significance of the Kente cloth — our origins and respecting our pasts.”
Even so, not everyone received the gesture and look with open arms. People stormed social media to criticize the politicians with accusations of cultural appropriation for wearing a traditional African print for political gain. Check out a few responses below and let us know if you think people are overreacting.