Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on MSNBC Saturday morning:
REP. AL GREEN (D-TX): Well, it was yesterday in fact that we celebrated in a sense that we had something that was brought to the floor, maybe I shouldn’t say celebrated. Let me just say that we brought to the floor the articles for vote and we received some 50-plus votes and then the second time some 60 plus and a third time 95 votes.
I believe that the American people understand that this is something that we must do at this point. I don’t speak for all of the American people, but a majority seem to think so, and I think that we’re moving forward in a very cautious and prudent way, which is what is expected, but I also think that if we don’t include some of the things that are important to people of color then I think that our business won’t be finished with...
I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s insidious… racism, the president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.