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The Democrat Party continues to sustain defections because of its increasing radicalism and blatant racism.
On Friday, two local Democrat Party officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, jumped ship after they and two other Palm Beach County School Board members were censured for pushing back specifically on the party’s growing anti-white racism.
Their censure was the brainchild of state Rep. Omari Hardy, a radical left-wing activist and racial essentialist who buys into critical race theory propaganda.
The hubbub began last month when the board posted a statement vowing to eliminate racism and so-called “inequity” by “dismantling structures rooted in white advantage.”
The patently racist statement provoked massive backlash from parents of various races.
Anger and frustration fuel outrage over Florida school board effort to undo ‘white advantage’ https://t.co/TdXD7Mdviz
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 23, 2021
“Being a parent of both a Hispanic and a Caucasian student, this equity statement leads me to believe you’re viewing my children’s academics by the color of their skin or their ethnic background,” one parent, Jessica Martinez, said during a board hearing late last month.
In response to the backlash, the board held a vote to remove the racist phrase “white advantage,” and four of the seven board members — Marcia Andrews, Frank Barbieri, Karen Brill and Barbara McQuinn — voted “aye.”
This outraged Hardy, who responded by drafting a resolution claiming the removal of racist language from the board’s statement “runs counter to our Democratic values” and he called for the four to be censured, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Apparently, racism is a “Democratic value” …
“These four board members, all of whom are registered Democrats, have lost the trust and confidence of many activists and leaders of color whose enthusiastic support for the Democratic Party has been – and will continue to be – critical to (the) party’s success in Palm Beach County and in Florida more broadly,” the resolution stated.
In a vote Friday, an overwhelming majority of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party then voted in favor of the resolution, and thus the four were censured, much to Hardy’s pleasure:
What happened at last night’s DEC meeting?
Black power happened.
Latinx power happened.
Asian-American power happened.
People of color banding together to hold fainthearted politicians accountable happened.https://t.co/Pp4qDfGoB2
— Rep. Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) June 4, 2021
“Eighty-one percent of an estimated 200 committee members voted for the resolution at a meeting Thursday evening, while 14% percent opposed it and 5% abstained, said Alex Berrios, the executive committee’s acting chairman,” the Post reported.
“The decision to publicly sanction four elected members of its own party is all but unprecedented in local party politics, Berrios said, but it showed the upsurge of concern about racial justice in the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.”
To the left, so-called “racial justice” increasingly means support for racist, discriminatory policies that benefit some races at the expense of others.
“I’ve never seen a censure introduced in a local party, and I can’t say I’m surprised. This is a sign from the members of the Democratic Party about how they want their representatives to show up. They want them to show up in support of black and brown marginalized communities,” Berrios said.
Specifically, they want them to “show up in support of black and brown marginalized communities,” even when that means smearing an entire race — namely white people.
“[W]e – as individuals and as a body – expect all elected officials who are registered Democrats to have the courage required to actively combat systemic racism, even when doing so may be politically disadvantageous,” the official censure statement reads.
Their rhetoric suggests that the late legendary conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh had a point when he once said, “The Democrat Party is the largest hate group in America.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 17, 2021
In response to the censure, two of the board members, Barbieri and McQuinn, announced that they were quitting the party.
“I do not answer to the Democratic Party simply because there is a ‘D’ after my name. Since the Democratic Executive Committee members by their vote apparently believe I answer to them simply because of that ‘D,’ I will make it less stressful for them when I don’t dance to their drumbeat,” Barbieri said in a text to the Post.
“I am replacing the ‘D’ with an ‘I’ and will continue to do what I’ve always done – make my decisions independently of partisan politics,” he added.
“Just changed to independent. Words can’t describe how disgusted I am with bipartisanship! I believe the school board is not party-specific because our students live in homes of all parties. We are supposed to do what’s best for students to (the) best of our ability,” McQuinn reportedly said in her own text.
The two are among a growing number of disgruntled former Democrats who’ve abandoned the party because of its radicalism.
“Marcia Andrews, Frank Barbieri, Karen Brill, and Barbara McQuinn are heroes,” Jack Furnari, founder of BizPacReview and local Palm Beach County strategist said in a statement. “But, unfortunately, the other three school board members are willing to disenfranchise and discriminate against some of our children to curry political favor with the left.”
Earlier this week BizPac Review ran a report about three influential voters from Virginia — Sheriff Chip Shuler of Smyth County, Sheriff John McClanahan of Buchanan County and Sheriff Brian Hieatt of Tazewell County — who’ve also left the party.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 4, 2021
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