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Brooklyn’s Rep. Jeffries rebukes colleague on Jim Crow era

June 5, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CAPITOL HILL AND CROWN HEIGHTS — HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAKEEM JEFFRIES of Brooklyn had a strong rebuke on Wednesday for a fellow Congressman, also originally from Brooklyn, who claimed that Black people were better off under America’s Jim Crow laws than they are now. That Congressman, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Florida), was addressing a campaign event for former President Trump. Congressman Donalds, who was born in Crown Heights where his single mother raised him and his two siblings, stated his belief that family cohesion among Blacks “eroded” and that more Black people “voted conservatively,” according to The Hill. However, Rep. Jeffries (D-8) declared, “…It has come to my attention that a so-called leader has made the factually inaccurate statement that Black folks were better off during Jim Crow. That’s an outlandish, outrageous and out-of-pocket observation. We were not better off when a young boy named Emmett Till could be brutally murdered without consequence because of Jim Crow. We were not better off when Black women could be sexually assaulted without consequence because of Jim Crow. We were not better off when people could be systematically lynched without consequence because of Jim Crow. We were not better off when children could be denied a high-quality education without consequence because of Jim Crow. We were not better off when people could be denied the right to vote without consequence because of Jim Crow. How dare you make such an ignorant observation? You better check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

If the House of Representatives flips Blue in November’s nationwide elections, Rep. Jeffries could conceivably become Speaker, the nation’s third top job.

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