U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has joined the chorus of leftists calling for the burial of our nation’s history by removing the Confederate flag. But the Maryland Democrat said even that’s not enough.
“I applaud the folks in South Carolina for doing that. I also applaud the governor of Alabama for doing what he’s done, taking down the flag,” Cummings told CBS News host John Dickerson on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “But that is simply is not enough.”
He called the the Confederate flag is a symbol of bigotry, racial hatred and inequality.
“Now we must begin to address racial disparities and inequalities themselves,” he said.
Cummings’ district includes much of Baltimore, which has recently seen looting, arson and racially charged violence following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man in police custody.
Baltimore was the recipient of $1.8 billion in stimulus funds in 2009.
Cummings said local and federal officials as well as community leaders have followed up on promises to keep working toward racial equality after the April riots.
“They have not slipped back as business as usual,” Cummings said. “I think the mayor [Stephanie Rawlings-Blake] has worked very hard to pull us together.”
After his appearance, one Twitter user observed:
@thehill When it comes to destroying America’s heritage, nothing is ever “enough” for the left.
— CO Conssrvative (@Colorado_Right) June 29, 2015
— Joe America Radio (@JoeAmericaRadio) June 29, 2015
Others recalled Cummings’ role in the targeting of the conservative group True the Vote, and tweeted:
— ProudAmerican (@1776BetsyRoss) June 29, 2015
— Harrold Smith (@HarroldWSmith) June 29, 2015
And the election of a black president was supposed to have brought the races together.
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