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Black Twitter Users Mock Democrats for Kente Cloth Photo Op: “Don’t Treat Africans Like We’re Children”


Turns out voters don't like being pandered to. 

Democratic leaders staged a photo op where they wore Kente cloth and kneeled for almost 9 minutes in the capital.

Though the Democrats were most certainly trying to appear "woke," the photo op backfired on them.

Most black voters suggested that this was a "publicity stunt," not solidarity with the movement.

Both House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were among the Democrats kneeling and wearing Kente cloth.

One of the most pointed criticisms came from bestselling author Obianuju Ekeocha.


She said:

Excuse me, dear Democrats. In your tokenism, you didn't wait to find out that this thing that you're hanging around your neck is not just some African uniform — it's actually the kente material. The kente belongs to the Ghanaian people, mainly the Ashanti tribe.

Excuse me, Democrats. Don't treat Africans like we're children. These fabrics and these colorful things that we have within our culture and tradition, they all mean something to us. I know you look at us and you say, 'Oh, Africans are so cute in all of your colorful dresses.' Well, some of those dresses and patterns and colors and fabrics actually do mean something to us.


See Ekeocha's stinging rebuke as well as other criticisms from black voters below:



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