Rep. Green Complains About Lack of Diversity Among Impeachment Experts – ‘Not One Person of Color’

By Melanie Arter | December 4, 2019 | 12:33pm EST
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) took to the House floor Wednesday to complain that “not one person of color” is represented among the constitutional scholars testifying at the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry hearing.

“I rise because I love my country, but I also rise today with heartfelt regrets. It hurts my heart, Mr. Speaker, to see the Judiciary Committee hearing experts on the topic of impeachment – one of the seminal issues of this Congress, hearing experts, Mr. Speaker, and not one person of color among the experts,” the congressman said.

“What subliminal message are we sending to the world when we have experts but not one person of color. Are we saying that there are no people of color who are experts on this topic of impeachment? What is the message that we’re sending?” he asked.

“Mr. Speaker, if I am wrong, I will apologize, but if the committee is wrong, if the Congress is wrong, what will it do? Mr. Speaker, people of color for too long have been ignored by one party and taken for granted by the other. Too often this happens, not always, but too often it happens. Mr. Speaker, I refuse to be ignored and taken for granted. I came here to represent the people who are ignored and taken for granted. Not one person of color among the constitutional scholars,” Green added.

“It seems that there’s a desire among some to have the output of people of color without input from the people of color. It seems to me that we have reached the point wherein we’ve got to have this debate about what these committees are going to do when we have our various persons appear before us as witnesses,” the congressman said.

House Republicans have complained about the fact that there are three witnesses testifying on behalf of the Democrats but only one testifying on behalf of the Republicans. 

Green did not mention this political imbalance, saying only, “We ought to have balance as it relates to all aspects of society, and that would include people of color. So Mr. Speaker, I rise today with great regrets. I rise today to say that this is not about Democrats. It’s not about Republicans. It’s about fairness.”

“It’s about whether or not we have matured to the point in this country where we’re going to treat all people equally. It’s about whether we have metamorphosed to a point where we won’t have persons appear without the richness of diversity within this country. I support people of color. I do so, not because I am a person of color. I do so because I believe that in this country, the words of the Pledge of Allegiance are important, that we should have liberty and justice for all,” the congressman concluded.


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