A black Republican and former NAACP chapter president slammed Democrats’ divisive rhetoric demonizing all white people as oppressors and marginalizing all black people as victims.
Ruth Edmonds, an ordained minister and congressional candidate in Ohio, said the left’s race-hustling narrative encourages a grievance-mongering mentality that ignores the key principles of self-actualization, such as hard work and personal responsibility.
“Caucasians are not villains and they’re not oppressors,” Edmonds told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday. “And brown-skinned people are not victims and we’re not oppressed.”
The former president of the NAACP’s Columbus chapter is a self-professed patriot who unabashedly “loves the United States.”
She said her own life story disproves the left-wing myth that all black people are helpless victims who cannot rise above their circumstances because of “white oppression.”
Edmonds was born and raised in Baltimore by her grandmother, who taught her to take responsibility for her own life and not blame other people when navigating obstacles.
“I’m from the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland, raised by my grandmother, who only had a fourth-grade education,” she recounted.
“And yet she taught me the principles and values and ethics of hard work and perseverance and, you know, faith in God and taking advantage of opportunities when they come and not allowing barriers to be excuses. So, yes, I can say that brown-skinned people are not victims. Because we’re not.”
When Carlson asked if her Christian faith informs her empowering, uplifting worldview, Edmonds said it does.
“I make no excuses for having a biblical worldview, and I absolutely believe that this country was founded on a biblical worldview, you know, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. Among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” she said, quoting from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. “Absolutely.”
Edmonds said she is appalled by the left’s nonstop attacks on the United States and urged all patriots to push back against this divisive campaign to destroy the country.
“It is terrible how there’s an evil attack by the left to tear up who our country is, what our country is, and how we were founded,” she said.
“And we have to stand up and speak out against it at every opportunity that we can. We have to defend this great nation.”
Edmonds said she joined the NAACP in the late 1980s, when it was under the leadership of Benjamin Hooks.
It was then that she realized her own values aligned with the GOP and not with the Democrat Party, which patronizes and disempowers black people by telling them they’re helpless victims who must always depend on the government.
While the NAACP was once a legitimate civil rights organization, it has since devolved into a race-grievance grift. Carlson said if more people at the NAACP were like Edmonds, he’d gladly donate money to support them.
“I’m running for Congress to end the left’s lie that all white people are villains and all brown people are victims,” Edmonds said on her website. “We are one country.”
Edmonds joins a growing movement of black Americans who are rejecting the left’s frivolous weaponization of the race card to gain and maintain power.
Despite the best efforts of Democrats and their media puppets to gaslight the public, millions of Americans see through their shameless scam to divide people by race.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.