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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:42 PM

Rep. Yvette Clarke from Brooklyn wants the Dutch slaves in Brooklyn to be freed in 1898

Last edited Wed Sep 5, 2012, 08:50 AM - Edit history (1)

She's a little historically challenged. She was just on Colbert. She said that if she went back to 1898 she would want to be set free. Colbert asked from what. She said "slavery." Colbert asked who would be enslaving her. She said "the Dutch."

Her idiocy will get headlines soon.

Edit: Village Voice is already on it: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/09/yvette_clark.php

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Reply Rep. Yvette Clarke from Brooklyn wants the Dutch slaves in Brooklyn to be freed in 1898 (Original post)
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kestrel91316 Sep 2012 #1
Confusious Sep 2012 #3
kestrel91316 Sep 2012 #4
foo_bar Sep 2012 #6
eShirl Sep 2012 #2
Renew Deal Sep 2012 #7
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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 11:11 PM

1. Oh, dear. I take it she's a Republican? Perhaps even a teabagger??

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Response to Confusious (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 12:31 AM

4. Well she needs to be replaced. There ought to be a law against

anyone that stupid running for political office, let alone holding it.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 12:54 AM

6. naw, she's really one of the good guys

I haven't seen the Colbert clip, and I can't speak to her familiarity with US history, but... I voted for her in '06/08 so I'm a little biased, but she's among the most progressive voices in Congress:

Born the child of Jamaican immigrant parents, Clarke has lived all her life in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. Upon graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School, she earned a scholarship to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she completed most of her education, before transferring to Medgar Evers College for her final semester. She is also a recipient of the "Prestigious APPAH/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis".

Clarke is an advocate for the empowerment of women and minorities and introduced legislation that resulted in the Council's Minority & Women-Owned Business Empowerment (MWBE) study that that found women and minority-owned businesses are not awarded their fair share of city contracts. This finding forced New York City to end its system of economic discrimination. As co-chair of the New York Council's Women's Caucus, Clarke secured $9.5 million in funding for organizations that addressed the issues of domestic violence prevention, breast cancer awareness, housing and HIV/AIDS counseling for women.


“Twelve million Americans owe more money than the actual value of their homes. My constituents have been waiting on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take the leadership role and work with state Attorney Generals to write down mortgage principals, particularly on subprime mortgages. The American people have been duped, lied to, and kicked out of their homes and now it’s time for Mr. DeMarco to stand up and do right by them,” stated U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke.


Representative Clarke received an “A” rating from the Drum Major Institute, TheMiddleClass.org, and 100% ratings by Peace Action, The Brady Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also named After-School Hero by The After-School Corporation for her work on the House Education and Labor Committee.


There is overwhelming evidence of official misconduct, deliberate fraud and an attempt to suppress voter turnout by unlawful means that were used to produce George W. Bush’s false victory. The preponderance of the available evidence points to Vice President Al Gore as the actual winner of the most votes in Florida and he should have been awarded the state’s electoral votes.


Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), during a press conference with lawmakers from different minority caucuses in the House and Senate, condemned a tough, new Arizona law meant to crack down on illegal immigrants.

"It's akin to apartheid," Clarke said. "And that tramples on the civil rights and civil liberties of everyone."


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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 11:18 PM

2. Did she mean to say the 1600s?

I think it was English by 1698 though.

great,now I have that song in my head...
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam...

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Response to eShirl (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 08:48 AM

7. That was great.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 08:56 AM

8. Tad mixed up in her facts; off by 200 years, but................

the Dutch did have a hand in bringing slaves to New York:

"The British took over in 1664, and control of the colony passed to the Duke of York, who, with his cronies, held controlling interest in the Royal African Company. The change of name from New Netherland to New York brought a crucial shift in policy. Whereas the Dutch had used slavery as part of their colonial policy, the British used the colony as a market for slaves. "The Duke's representatives in New York -- governors, councilors, and customs officials -- were instructed to promote the importation of slaves by every possible means."

From 1701 to 1726, officially, some 1,570 slaves were imported from the West Indies and another 802 from Africa. As it had under the Dutch, the colony continued to import relatively few slaves from Africa directly, except occasional cargoes of children under 13. The actual numbers were much higher, because smugglers made liberal use of the long, convoluted coast of Long Island. In some years illegal shipment of slaves on a single vessel outnumbered the official imports to the whole colony.

As a result, New York soon had had the largest colonial slave population north of Maryland. From about 2,000 in 1698, the number of the colony's black slaves swelled to more than 9,000 adults by 1746 and 13,000 by 1756."


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