Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) classified the word "rioting" as a racist term Wednesday in an interview with The Cut titled, "Don't Call It Rioting."
"A lot of negative language gets used against black people, describing what whites often believe is true about us: that language includes 'lazy,' 'criminal,' and 'rioting.' It's all negative language used far too often in a description of black people by folks who fundamentally don't see black people the same way they see whites and others."
The representative and staunch Trump critic went on to say she prefers the term "insurrection," saying:
"... people who had been cooped up because of COVID-19, who have lost jobs, whose family members have been getting infected, and then you have this police officer put his knee on the neck of George Floyd and hold it for eight minutes-plus, while his life drained out on the sidewalk … that was the straw that broke the camel's back. So yes, I said 'insurrection': People acting out of frustration and hopelessness and understanding that they don't have an establishment — political or otherwise — that really cared about their ability to work or have good health care. Yes, I choose to call it an insurrection."
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