Nevertheless, They Will Persist

Nevertheless, They Will Persist

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Nevertheless, she persisted.

For now, it's done. But no this is not over. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General Wednesday evening by a Neanderthal GOP Party willing to silence Elizabeth Warren, Coretta Scott King, 10 defiant members of the Black Caucus led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas who stormed the Senate to protest a racist good ole boy leading "a department of the vulnerable," the million people who signed a petition declaring Sessions unfit, and all the other principled souls voicing righteous indignation at the racism, sexism, bullying and political cowardice that has become our country's "leadership."

The shutting down of Warren by spineless charlatan and human turtle Mitch McConnell - based on an arcane rule with a grossly racist backstory - sparked a furious, chaotic, day-long spectacle the clueless GOP likely lived to regret.  Warren stoically moved to the hallway where she promptly recorded a reading of the letter they wouldn't let her read on the Senate floor: "They can shut me up but they can't change the truth." Soon after, four, count 'em four, male Senators, including Bernie Sanders, proceeded to read it on the floor, somehow without censure - providing a textbook example, many noted, of what  patriarchy looks and sounds like.

Meanwhile, there was widespread outrage online. There was circulation of the 10-point strategic words of advice for moving forward from King's daughter Bernice King; primary among them, to stay peaceful: "Those who oppose peace and justice want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow." There were avowals of ongoing opposition: "The resistance is female." There were, instantly, rebellious t-shirts.

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And there were the hashtags #LetLizSpeak and #ShePersisted, both flooded with images of mutinous, high-achieving, persistent women. They stemmed from the inflammatory words of McConnell that, many determined resisters vow, will be both a rallying cry for the future and hopefully, ultimately, the sorry epitaph for a retrograde GOP that's outlived any conceivable usefulness: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Wednesday night, a group of Washington women still persisted: They gathered in front of McConnell's house and read Coretta Scott King's letter out loud. With a bullhorn.

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