In a video released Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) addressed ongoing riots in the United States as an "uprising over centuries of racial neglect and oppression."
"As we speak, we are in the midst of an ongoing uprising over centuries of racial neglect and oppression… We can't talk about the protests in Minneapolis or Kenosha … without first looking inward," she said.
Omar went on to suggest the United States has a "system" that locks millions in poverty and fails to supply basic necessities like food, shelter, and medicine.
"We need to fundamentally change the way our society treats its most vulnerable because this has gone [on] long enough," she said.
The outspoken representative drew criticism from some quarters for lamenting a system of oppression when her personal story seems to contradict that claim. Omar is a Muslim immigrant from Somalia who arrived in the United States at 17-years-old and was elected to Congress less than two decades later.
? Omar's characterization of the riots as an "uprising" contrasts with the majority of media reports that have designated them "mostly peaceful protests."