Black Congressman Hakeem Jeffries delivered a tongue lashing to his counterpart Republicans yesterday for standing in the way of a bill proposal that would remove the Confederate flag from National Park Service grounds. Standing on the House floor, fighting tears, Rep. Jeffries repeatedly questioned the morals and ethics of his fellow congressman, all while remaining positive and professional in the face of speaking directly to the voters who voted his bill down.

“What exactly is the tradition the Confederate battle flag is meant to represent? Is it slavery, rape, kidnapping, genocide, treason, or all of the above?”

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“I get chills standing here next to it, because the red in this flag is a painful reminder of the blood that was shed by Africans who were killed when they kidnapped and thrown into the institution of slavery. The red on this flag is a painful reminder of the millions of Africans who died in the Middle Passage.”

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