Ilhan Omar: I’m Going To Unmask The System Of Oppression In The U.S.

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Ilhan Omar
In this March 12, 2019, photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Debate in Congress over Israel and anti-Semitism is providing President Donald Trump an opening to appeal to Jewish American voters (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

After being a repeated target of President Donald Trump and his supporters’ racist attacks, Rep. Ilhan Omar is not backing down. Last week at the inaugural ‘Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy,’ the freshman congresswoman said she is dedicated to unmasking systemic oppression, reported Aljazeera.

“We forget the system of oppression that continues to build and … vilify so many of us to almost eliminate our existence in many aspects of society,” Omar said. “At least for me, it’s not going to distract me, but I’m going to unmask it. If we don’t push people we’re going to be stuck here for another generation or two.”

She was given a standing ovation upon entering the conference, which was organized by the Muslim Caucus. At a recent Trump Rally, attendees began chanting “Send her back” when Trump mentioned Omar.

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Trump has told Omar, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, to go back to their countries, despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in America and Omar is a naturalized citizen.

As one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, Omar has been the subject of calls for her removal from Congress and other attacks. Supporters say white supremacists are afraid of the four women – who have been nicknamed “The Squad” –  because they have the ability to bring real change and upset the balance of power they’ve always enjoyed.

Omar didn’t hesitate to point out the lingering presence of what she called Trump’s “inherent racism.”

“When we are talking about the president, people will say his remarks are racist and forget the inherent racism that has always been part of him,” Omar said.