Rep. Omar: America’s ‘Whole System of Oppression’ Must Be Dismantled, Even ‘In the Air We Breathe’

By Bailey Duran | July 8, 2020 | 10:20am EDT
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a left-wing Democrat who supports many socialist policies.  (Getty Images)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a left-wing Democrat who supports many socialist policies. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- During a press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-M.N.) said that the myriad “systems of oppression” that apparently exist in the United States, including “in the air we breathe,” must be torn down.

“But we can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform for that matter,” Omar said. “We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system.”

“We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in healthcare, in employment and in the air we breathe,” she said.

Omar then said white families in America have 42 times more wealth than black families and are two times more likely to own a home. She also discussed living situations before claiming, “We know environmental racism is real.”

To end her speech, Omar, a radical Democrat who supports many socialist policies, began talking about dismantling the political and economic systems “of oppression” in the United States.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of New York, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont, and Representative Ilhan Omar (L), Democrat of Minnesota, during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 24, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2nd R), Democrat of New York, speaks alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders (2nd L), Independent of Vermont, and Representative Ilhan Omar (L), Democrat of Minnesota, during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 24, 2019. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate inequality,” Omar said.

“So we cannot stop at the criminal justice system,” she continued, “We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

In 2018, Omar told The Intercept,  “the ideals of socialism is one that is deep in my values and so I think as Democrats, we all share serious socialism ideals about providing for people and caring about our communities and making sure that government is held accountable in providing for its citizens.”

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