A progressive social justice warrior-community organizer has labeled the entire State of Tennessee as racist with the aid of The Tennessean, which ran her ranting op-ed Wednesday.
Aftyn Behn describes herself as the statewide organizer of Indivisible for Tennessee and Kentucky. Her op-ed blaming the state – especially the General Assembly – for a host of social ills is available here.
Let me be clear: Tennessee is a racist state. Racism is in the air we breathe, permeating the State Capitol, codified in the legislation being passed at the detriment of women, communities of color, and the working poor.
Our problem with racism in this state is wild and untamed, and Justin Jones has turned a mirror to the legislature and the gubernatorial administration, inviting them to look inward and prompt introspection towards their ideologically destructive agendas.
Lawmakers are responsible for rising black maternity rates, not allowing ex-felons to vote and is “the motivation behind undermining years of tireless organizing efforts from women of color to pass Nashville’s Community Oversight Board,” among other social ills, she said. Not expanding Medicaid is also a part of her complaint.
The Tennessee Star has reported on Justin Jones, who allegedly threw coffee at Tennessee Speaker of the House Glen Casada.
This begs the question, who is Behn and what is Indivisible?
Indivisible seems to be a decentralized progressive grassroots network. There are multiple national and state websites and Facebook pages.
One Indivisible Facebook page says, “Leading the resistance.”
One website says:
“Too much time is taken up debating big government versus small government, but what we need to be discussing is how our government works well when it is working for US—the American people—and when it fails to do so, how WE correct it.
So let’s do it. Indivisible is working to inspire a cultural shift in how Americans think about the role of government in America by training the next generation of civic-minded leaders, disrupting and reframing negative media discourse about government, and creating a network of champions to change the conversation about government in their communities.
According to a biography on a story Behn wrote for The Daily Yonder castigating President Donald Trump for making cuts to Obamacare, the Knoxville native previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Switzerland.
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