Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) for saying on the House floor that Black Lives Matter “doesn't like the old-fashioned family” and called for his remarks to be stricken from the record.
During debate on Democrats' sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Grothman took aim at what he says is a marriage penalty in the expansion of the earned income tax credit, pointing to the Black Lives Matter movement while making his case against the bill.
“First, one of the things that hasn't been mentioned, the increase in the earned income tax credit for single people has a marriage penalty in it. I bring it up because I know the strength that Black Lives Matter had in this last election. I know it's a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family — disturbed that we have another program here in which we're increasing the marriage penalty,” he said on the floor.
Second thing, we have loan forgiveness on farms based on ethnicity," he went on. "OK. Some people are going to get forgiveness. Some people aren't. I think that's incredibly divisive. I think we started out with a divisive inaugural speech right off the bat. And to go down this route is only going to create divisiveness in America.”
Plaskett shot back at the Wisconsin Republican’s comments, noting the discrimination and hurdles the Black community has faced in the past and slamming Grothman for alleging supporters of Black Lives Matter aren’t supportive of families.
“I hope my colleague from Wisconsin will not leave at this time, as he's talked about Black Lives Matter. How dare you, how dare you say that Black Lives Matter, Black people do not understand old-fashioned families despite some of the issues, some of the things that you have put forward that I've heard out of your mouth in the Oversight Committee, in your own district,” she said.
“We have been able to keep our families alive for over 400 years, and the assault on our families to not have Black lives or not even have Black families. How dare you say that we are not interested in families in the Black community. That is outrageous that should be stricken down.”
It would in fact have been a disgusting remark if Grothman had said that the black community is not interested in families. Obviously, though, he did not because in addressing the (alleged) marriage penalty in the earned income tax credit in the coronavirus relief package, he maintained
I know the strength that Black Lives Matter had in this last election. I know it's a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family — disturbed that we have another program here in which we're increasing the marriage penalty,
Grothman was not referring to the black community but to Black Lives Matter. Understanding this, Plaskett began her rebuttal "Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I hope that my colleague from Wisconsin will not leave at this time as he's talked about Black Lives Matter."
And inconveniently, Black Lives Matter is opposed to the nuclear family- or once was, as I found when viewing the website last summer. The video below, not professionally produced, may be of little value generally but its creator gets at least one thing correct. Scroll ahead to 2:27 and view from the "What We Believe" section from the summer's racial bias protests the following:
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and "villages" that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
That excerpt, expressing hostility to the nuclear (sometimes referred to as "traditional") family was removed several months ago from the BLM website. Plaskett could have maintained that the organization has changed its opinion. Better yet, she could have demonstrated independence from this (generously speaking) questionable outfit and emphasized that whatever it might advocate, she and the black community in general are devoted to strong families.
However, she did not. Plaskett herself is only one individual and as a representative for the Virgin Islands, of lesser status than a United States Representative. But Democrats face a choice. They can distinguish between Black Lives Matter and black lives matter, stressing the importance of the latter while beginning to separate themselves from the former. Or they can continue on their present path and accept the consequences. Regrettably, they seem to prefer the latter.