“They said ‘send her back’ but Speaker [Pelosi] didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me,” Omar wrote in a tweet. “So grateful for the honor to return to Mother Africa with the [Congressional Black Caucus] and commemorate The Year of Return!”
They said “send her back” but Speaker @SpeakerPelosi didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me ✊🏽
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 1, 2019
Omar and Pelosi, along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, were part of a congressional delegation to Ghana to mark the Year of Return, a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the shipment of the first African slaves to early American colonies.
But the trip also comes after President Donald Trump launched a racist attack against a group of progressive congresswomen, including Omar, and told them to “go back” to their countries. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, noted that timing with the caption of her photo.
Yesterday, we visited the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles and saw the cruelty and inhumanity that enslaved people were subject to when they were ripped from their family, community and land.
We must always remember the horrors of the past if we are to shape a better future. ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/odbMQXwDqm
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) July 31, 2019
“It was an honor to return to Ghana with the Congressional Black Caucus as we mark ‘The Year of Return’ and the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The sites we’ve seen in Ghana are an inextricable part of America’s heritage and will forever be seared in our hearts and minds.”
To travel to Ghana with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus led by the Speaker, the most powerful woman in America, says a great deal about the historical ties between our countries and reaffirms our commitment to Ghana and to the continent of Africa.
We have returned. pic.twitter.com/4nTfp7W5Yg
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) August 1, 2019
“America was plagued by the scourge of slavery for over 250 years and the injustice of Jim Crow for another century,” Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said. “This commemoration provided the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to learning the lessons of history and renewing our efforts to building ‘a more perfect Union.’”