CNN’s Angela Rye calls out the racism driving the conservative defense of concentration camps at the southern border
Rye: "There is a fear that white people are losing their power in this country. That is the bottom line. It is white fear. That is what is driving this"
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From the June 18 edition of CNN's Cuomo Prime Time:
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ANGELA RYE: What I think is most important, Chris, as we do so often in these great debates, is -- I think it's critical that we define it.
I am a kid who, as a point of privilege, I had a set of encyclopedias, they were orange encyclopedias that I loved to read, and so I pulled the encyclopedia definition for concentration camps, and I would like to share them with your viewer.
"Internment center for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order."
And to that end, they are concentration camps at the border. To that end, whether we call them concentration camps or we call them detention, they are problematic.
I am telling you that we are irresponsible at this point, that whether we call them "concentration camps" or not, her point remains and the right is threatened by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she tells the truth, whether they can digest it or not.
And our bottom line here is, there's an inhumane crisis happening at the southern border and it is because of how these people look. It is because of difference, it is because there is a fear that white people are losing their power in this country.
That is the bottom line. It is white fear. That is what is driving this. It is racism at its core. It is what the foundation of this country is built upon, period.