Sheila Jackson Lee invokes slavery while criticizing Trump's budget
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Sheila Jackson Lee is discussing how she dislikes Donald Trump's budget proposal that reduces social help programs. She invokes slavery and compares it to times of the past, then a bit of verbal bickering ensues at the end of this video in which she raises her voice.
A partial transcription of what she said:
"This spring, over 700,00 people will likely lose food assistance, as states begin to implement the Trump administration’s expanded SNAP time limit.... And what they’re gearing it toward is, that in slavery, they began to characterize the descendants of enslaved Africans as ‘lazy.’ That’s all the stereotypes... And there were laws that were put in place, you were picking cotton, you couldn’t get assistance. And so this document is trying to uproot the long belief that poor people, particularly African-Americans and now immigrants are lazy..."