The Jezebel of the republican party was at it again. Truth be told, when is she not! Just when you thought that she could not get any more disingenuous and despicable, MAGA Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., engaged in some of the most scurrilous examples of intellectual dishonesty when she accused Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., of equating her calling her with a term that is the equivalent of the N-word. Given the fact that she is “Mad Marjorie,” she was not done yet! She further accused him of being “physically threatening,” and deviously concocted an entire slew of falsehoods.

For those of who are unaware, (though most politically abreast news watchers likely are) a few days ago both Bowman and Greene engaged in what could be most aptly described a verbal political spitfire on the steps of the US Capital.

The party’s hanging by a thread!” Bowman repeatedly cried out.

Impeach Biden!” Greene said in response at one point.

At another point, Bowman demanded, “No more QAnon,” and Greene replied, “No more CNN.”

Later Bowman pleaded, “Do something about guns!” Greene retorted, “Right, so close the border!”

To be sure, the language was heated (as is the case with most political rhetoric) today. That being said, Greene’s hyperbolic comments about the exchange with Bowman suggested that something awful had occurred. Later, at a news conference, she said Bowman was, “yelling, shouting, raising his voice, he was aggressive, his physical mannerisms are aggressive,” and she added that “I feel threatened by him.”

The real truth that anyone who has seen video of the exchange quickly realizes is that it betrays Greene’s blatant falsehoods. Both parties were engaged in volume at roughly the same decibels. Yes, congressman Bowman was heckling her. Could his behavior be seen as somewhat annoying, yes, but the same could be said for Greene. Was he trying to physically intimidate her? Absolutely not!

Soon afterwards, Greene went “full speed, apocalyptic Karen” and had the audacity to make this absurd statement: “I will tell you what’s on video is Jamaal Bowman shouting at the top of his lungs, cursing, calling me a horrible  -  calling me a white supremacist, which I take great offense to,” she said. “That’s like calling a person of color the N-word, which should never happen. Calling me a white supremacist is equal to that. That is wrong.” Lady (I am being polite using this term,) please!

This should be offensive to any reasonable person, but her comments are an acute affront to Black people. As someone who has written on this topic before, the fact is that the word NIGGER is the most heinous slur in the English language! It serves as the signature, linguistic lexicon of White oppression of Black Americans. In fact, there is not another word that has its equivalent degree of degradation, denigration, demoralization and dehumanization!

The word was employed mercilessly by those who often harbor deep-seated hatred and enmity to men and women of African descent. It was a term used by others as they arrogantly and disgracefully exploited a group of humans. Depriving these same humans of their basic human dignity and culture. The same people were treated as subhuman and in many cases not much better than animals. They were viewed as human chattel. The results of such lingering indignities remain with us today in the 21st century.

The fact is that being a white woman, an upscale, professional one (indeed a US congressperson at that), congresswoman Greene was strongly aware that her reaction(s) would quickly be believed by her many, if not most, of her far-right-wing MAGA supporters and would immediately garner sympathy for her and intense racial hostility to congressmen Bowman.

Indeed, images of her presumed status as a vulnerable white woman in direct danger who needs protection from a large, violent, and possibly predatory and rapacious black man all too eager to physically intimidate, or possibly, even violate her body. The fact that Greene is a blond White woman and Bowman is a larger, darker skinned black man reaffirmed such stereotypes and assumptions.

No reasonable person can dispute the fact that this is an incident about racism. But it is also a story that represents white bigotry toward black and other non-white people. It is an incident that vehemently personifies how some white people can  -  and often  -  manipulate and exploit their social stations in life in an effort to put people of color “in their place,” so to speak.

And this, knowing full well that their description of events, no matter how distorted or outright and blatantly false, will likely be believed over the words of their non-white counterparts. It is the classic, unfiltered, textbook definition of White supremacy and White privilege. Pure and simple.

BlackCommentator.com Guest

Commentator, Dr. Elwood Watson,

Historian, public speaker, and cultural

critic is a professor at East Tennessee

State University and author of the recent

book, Keepin' It Real: Essays on Race in

Contemporary America (University of

Chicago Press), which is available in

paperback and on Kindle via Amazon and

other major book retailers. Cotnact

Dr.Watson and BC.

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