“Our founding fathers were not living gods…they were fallible human beings.” The Declaration of Independence “did not condemn slavery, protect the rights of women or include Native Americans.” https://t.co/RujjiopufJ
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 4, 2019
First-year congresswomen Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts retweeted a Salon article contending the Declaration of Independence is a racist and sexist document because it doesn’t address slavery or women’s rights.
Pressley commented on a piece by Matthew Rozsa titled “Fourth of July’s ugly truth exposed: The Declaration of Independence is sexist, racist, prejudiced”, noted the Gateway Pundit.
“Our founding fathers were not living gods … they were fallible human beings. The Declaration of Independence ‘did not condemn slavery, protect the rights of women or include Native Americans,'” she wrote.
Pressley, an African-American, further wrote that the “impact of the prejudices, biases & contradictions codified by our founding fathers is still felt today.”
“We continue to struggle as a nation to embrace our full history, one that includes family separation of black families at the auction block & today of migrants at camps.”
The reference was to the practice — also carried out by previous administrations — of separating children from parents who are incarcerated for illegally entering the country.
Twitter user Robert Page, whose avatar indicates he’s African-American, reacted to the Congress members’ condemnation of the founding document by Thomas Jefferson.
“Omg! This article is insulting & disappointing & the fact it is liked and/or retweeted by 2 members of Congress is sad. These 2 women, if they lived in S. Arabia would be celebrating being able to drive in 2019. No DEM can name a country that is better. They only tear us down.”