News'Say Her Name' Phrase Stolen By GOP Leader

‘Say Her Name’ Phrase Stolen By GOP Leader

This is for Sandra Black, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson…and many others.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) didn’t just try to steal the show wearing MAGA paraphernalia during the State of the Union address. She also stole the phrase “Say Her Name,” created to raise awareness about Black women mistreated by police.

Greene boldly sported the phrase, even shocking President Joe Biden upon his arrival, on a white T-shirt that read, “Say Her Name, Laken Riley.”

Her statement was about a University of Georgia nursing student allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant in Georgia and a ploy from Republicans to criticize Biden’s handling of border patrol. Greene posted a video on Twitter of her SOTU attire, blaming Biden for what she calls a “national security crisis.” “Joe must go,” she said. 

Her rhetoric is added to a long list of Black-owned phrases stolen to reiterate something else, like “Black Lives Matter” – now used for “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” to “woke” – used for anti-Black legislation. 

Crenshaw released a statement after seeing Greene mocking the term. In her eyes, her usage “undermines civil rights movements and pushes our democracy closer to the edge.” “Last night’s use of #SayHerName by Marjorie Taylor Greene during the SOTU Address reflects a deeply offensive trend in right-wing politics – the intentionally misleading appropriation of justice-seeking demands from those who have historically been rendered voiceless,” she wrote on Twitter. 

“The #SayHerName campaign was founded ten years ago to break the silence around Black women, girls & femmes whose lives have been taken by police. Tanisha Anderson, Korryn Gaines, Shelly Frey, Kayla Moore & Atatiana Jefferson are just some of the many names we uplift.”

Last night’s use of #SayHerName by Marjorie Taylor Greene during the SOTU Address reflects a deeply offensive trend in right-wing politics – the intentionally misleading appropriation of justice-seeking demands from those who have historically been rendered voiceless.— Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks) March 8, 2024

While civil rights advocates uplift Riley’s need for justice, they point out GOP usage as being disingenuous. “If they were, they wouldn’t be using language they claim not to favor,” author Tamika Mallory said. “They demonize our language, they demonize our organizing style, but they co-opt the language whenever they feel it is a political tool.”

Source: Black Enterprise

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