Why Black Lawmakers Wore Kente Cloth

Why Black Lawmakers Wore Kente Cloth to Protest Trump’s “Sh*thole” Comments at the State of the Union

“In the days leading up to Trump’s State of the Union Address, several black lawmakers announced plans to boycott the event in opposition of Trump’s racist and divisive rhetoric and policies. Representatives John Lewis, Maxine Waters and Frederica S. Wilson were among the several black lawmakers who chose not to attend the Tuesday evening speech. While the absence of these important figures was extremely symbolic, representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus who did attend made their own emblematic pledge against the chaotic state of the executive branch. In opposition of Trump referring to Africa and Haiti as “sh*thole countries”, members of the CBC signaled their allegiance to the nations by adorning their formal wear with traditional African kente cloth.”

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