The Republican majority is literally disqualifying the King family’s legacy as cultural heroes by silencing powerful women’s voices – a slap in the face not only to minorities and women, but every American and non-American who was raised to believe in decent humanitarianism and equal rights for all.

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Earlier this week, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) effectively shut down a recitation by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) of Coretta Scott King’s damning 1986 letter of now-confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Warren’s intention was to bring to light the many controversies surrounding Sessions’ character, a man whose confirmation means he will oversee the nation’s civil rights initiatives.

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters,” read the letter by King.

Since his nomination by Donald Trump, Sessions has been on the defensive to hide and misrepresent his notoriety surrounding race relations; he was once denied a federal judgeship under President Ronald Reagan for being too racist.

McConnell – backed by a Republican majority – saw to it that Sessions’ past was kept in the dark by literally not allowing it to be brought up.

Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King

The Kentucky Senator’s actions – though undoubtedly calculated – are a compound detriment to his party’s self-defined, “equality-friendly” visage: he silenced the ever-impactful and outspoken Elizabeth Warren – a Democratic champion for the working class and major detractor of the Trump administration – whilst condemning Coretta Scott King, widow of the universally revered Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights icon in her own right.

There is no possibly way to spin that – not believably, anyway, despite the Republican party’s historical assumptions of MLK’s ideological likeness when it fits their narrative best – compounded with the GOP’s adamant stance against most minority-focused and empowering social programs and economic legislation.

Symbolically, though, it seems even worse. Here they are literally disqualifying the King family’s legacy as cultural heroes by silencing powerful women’s voices – a slap in the face not only to minorities and women, but every American and non-American who was raised to believe in decent humanitarianism and equal rights for all.

As evident in our most recent election cycle, the side of righteousness does not always reap its just reward.

But what and where is the tipping point? Republicans seem to still be in denial that – now and in the future – the rights of women and issues faced by multiple minority groups are in fact real defining issues.  They cannot continue to depend on the resonance of middle America when their biggest win – their most ideology-defining victory – “won” office by the narrow margin of negative 3 million votes, and whose approval ratings have been in rapid, steady decline the likes of which the country has never seen.

Such unjust stances by the Republican majority stand defiantly against every value that they pretend to want to preserve. And if the currently building and growing resistance is any indication, these actions – symbolic or tangible – will have consequences.

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Meghan is a Staff Writer at MosaicPlanet.org with a focus on Healthcare, Education and Civil Rights. She currently resides in Staten Island, NY, and is a graduate of The New School in NYC. Her two, four-legged roommates - twin beagles Mika and Mattias - keep her grounded.