Last night on the U.S. House of Representatives floor, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) choked up with emotion as he apologized for being White. If you think this isn’t true, read on and watch the video below.
“Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) delivered a speech on the House floor Thursday night recounting his experience during the Capitol riot and said the ordeal helped him to understand his “privilege,” for which he tearfully apologized,” according to the DailyWire.
“Speaking during a special order hour that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) organized, Phillips joined several other Democratic members of Congress to reflect on the unrest of Jan. 6…
“‘But I’m not here this evening to seek sympathy or just to tell my story [but] rather to make a public apology,’ said Phillips. ‘For recognizing that we were sitting ducks in this room as the chamber was about to be breached. I screamed to my colleagues to follow me, to follow me across the aisle to the Republican side of the chamber, so that we could blend in — so that we could blend in.’
“Phillips said he then realized at the time that if he were a person of color, he would not be able to blend in by pretending to be a Republican, which moved him to realize the privilege he claims he has as a white man. [emphasis added]
“His voice shaking with emotion, Phillips apologized to his colleagues and the entire country for his white privilege. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said. ‘I’m sorry. For I had never understood, really understood, what privilege really means. It took a violent mob of insurrectionists and a lightning bolt moment in this very room. But now I know. Believe me, I really know.’ [emphasis added]
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This evening on the floor of the House, I shared reflections about the January 6th insurrection, a lightning bolt moment, and an apology many years in the making. pic.twitter.com/vS2WERQNz6
— Rep. Dean Phillips 🇺🇸 (@RepDeanPhillips) February 5, 2021