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Racism? Republicans expel Black lawmakers for protesting against gun violence in US

- White female legislator who also led protest was not expelled
Democratic lawmakers Justin Jones (middle) and Justin Pearson (right) were expelled last week for leading a gun control protest in March. Photo: Reuters
Political analysts said Ms Gloria Johnson may have been spared expulsion because she did not use a megaphone, unlike her colleagues. Photo: Reuters
Political analysts said Ms Gloria Johnson may have been spared expulsion because she did not use a megaphone, unlike her colleagues. Photo: Reuters
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA- A vote to expel two Black lawmakers from the Tennessee House of Representatives for leading a protest on gun control has been deemed controversial, as a White female legislator who also led the protest was not expelled.

Republicans had accused three Democratic representatives - Mr Justin Jones, Mr Justin Pearson and Gloria Johnson - of bringing "disorder and dishonour to the House" when they joined protestors at the statehouse on March 30, 2023, leading chants from the lectern on the House floor calling for stricter gun laws.

Republican colleagues voted out Mr Jones as well as Memphis Representative Justin Pearson last week.


The rare expulsion vote came just days after a school shooting in Nashville. Six people, including three young children, were killed in the shooting.

The vote drew further controversy, as Republicans, who hold a supermajority in the state, ultimately voted to expel Mr Jones and Mr Pearson, who are black, and not Ms Johnson, a white woman.

According to the BBC, Mr Jones said after the vote the Republican-controlled House of Representatives had silenced him and those who voted for him.

"We were calling for action so we can stop our young people and stop our children from being murdered and massacred," he said.

Together, Mr Jones and Mr Pearson represent about 140,000 constituents in Tennessee.

Several of their constituents expressed anger and, according to the BBC, they felt disenfranchised by the vote to oust the two Democrats.

The Tennessee House of Representatives has only voted twice since the Civil War to expel a member - one time for a sitting lawmaker who was convicted of soliciting a bribe, and another for a majority whip who was accused of sexual misconduct.

And, according to the BBC, Tennessee officials are expected to vote today on whether to reinstate Mr Jones.

23 Responses to “Racism? Republicans expel Black lawmakers for protesting against gun violence in US”

  • asura (10/04/2023, 11:10) Like (22) Dislike (19) Reply

    this is what ranking wants to do in the BVI?

  • Them right.. (10/04/2023, 11:33) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    Democrat is useless. What Good did Democrat done whenever the people give them full control of the house and senate...Naaada. whenever Republican get control they act..Good, or bad..
    • Kokane (12/04/2023, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Democrats Republicans whatever ....the problem is and will always be WHITE PEOPLE.
  • ... (10/04/2023, 12:20) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    this is sad lets pray for the good old USA
  • Yes (10/04/2023, 12:52) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
    she wasn't expelled as she didn't use a megaphone and just barely did not get expelled
    • Quiet Rebel (10/04/2023, 14:34) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply

      Bullsh**!!!! She was not expelled because she white. Wheel and come again. You can surely do better than that., Whites attitude is is that Blacks are inferior beasts and have no right s that they shoukd recognized and respect..

    • Roast (10/04/2023, 15:50) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      she wasn't expelled as she didn't use a megaphone.?

      But she did.
      We all know that whites in Tennesse, has mostly been rasict in the past and still is.
  • Agreeable One (10/04/2023, 13:04) Like (17) Dislike (23) Reply
    This is NOT racism at all. There are consequences for unruly behavior. They were disruptive and needed to be disciplined. Rules apply to all persons irregardless of skin color. Do not over emphasize the color and overlook the infraction to push a narrative. I really dislike race baiters!
    • January 6th (10/04/2023, 14:48) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
      I guess you are one of those people who said the January 6th Riot was a very peaceful demonstration.
    • @Agreeable One (10/04/2023, 16:08) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Then the consequences should have been imposed to all involved regardless (irregardless is not a word) of skin colour. According to the facts, that's not what happened.
    • Disagreeable One (10/04/2023, 16:36) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      The 1st amendment applies to everyone, and they were exercising their right. People like you that grasp on the talking points of right wing media to downplay racism. According to your logic, it’s never about race.
    • I am not a crook (12/04/2023, 07:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      One of them was reinstated after a UNANIMOUS vote. So more than half of those #???? had a change of heart within a few days? Well, what about reinstating the other one? THINK.

      Obviously they are racist. But the media pressure was so unbearable, they put one of them back to make it seem like it was not a racist vote. My guess is, after the pressure bears down even harder, they will reinstate the other one and will never try such nonsense again.
  • Political analyst (10/04/2023, 14:05) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Racism is a major factor in America and is distinct from and plays a greater role in life’s journey than any form of gender, class, ethnic, language, or religious discrimination . Whites used legal, political, and economic influence to map -distribute America‘’s 199% wealth, power, natural resources, etc, which was passed on from generation to generation to generation. They used convenience scriptures to justify Blacks as being equivalent to field animals, permanent underclass, and lowly non-competitive state/status. Whites feel entitled to the unearned special privileges and feels threatened by the progress of Blacks. White grievance and fear are Donald Trump elixir, ie, they (Blacks) are working to replace you (Whites), they will take away your guns, they will move into your suburbs,
    Neighborhoods, they will fill the streets with illegals(people from Norway, Sweden, Finland, etc, are Trumps preferred immigrants) , they will take your jobs, they are getting uppity wanting to be president any other things, they will take your women, they will take our country, wanting to replace ( The Great Misplace Replacement Theory, etc, you . So what happened In Tennessee is no surprise, reeking with hypocrisy and bold face racism, 2 Blacks and 1 white protesting on the House floor but the 2 Blacjs were expell d and the white speared.

    Moreover, racism has always been about control, ie, slavery, Jim Crow and now mass incarceration. Racism and colonialism are one and the same. The US had/has Jim Crow; UK, John Bull. Racism and colonialism are group based power and economic control where one group exerts much control over wealth, resources, power over a subordinate, weaker group, rendering it to permanent bottom dragging state.
    • @Political analyst (10/04/2023, 17:55) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Politucsl Analyst, this unprecedented expulsion was Whites sending a message that they were not too thrill about Black men getting too uppity. Boi, get back, get back, and know your place. Boi don’t get out of out line. Do not try to get too big for britches. Just understand who has the power and in control by supposedly Divine will. Nothing tarl go so. This happens in TN, US, and the UK treat their OTs in a similar manners . They harbor the behavior and attitudes. Indeed, it is Jim Crow and John Bull; one and the same; racism and colonialism.
  • ccc (10/04/2023, 16:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is no difference between racism in the USA and the bvi
    • ccc (11/04/2023, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Oh No! It is MUCH worse in the USA. When is the last time a local guy was beaten to death after a traffic stop in the BVI?? How about police shooting locals when raiding their house?? Be glad you live in the BVI.
  • Socrates (10/04/2023, 18:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Many of these candidates are waxing socratically, talking, talking , talking.. I’m loving it. But the BVI needs more talk, self-chest beating, etc; it needs specific solutions to its array of problems. All this waxing in poetry is entertaining and does much for the ears bourgeoisie but does little for the lil mon. The lil mon, common mon, wants to hear some prose. Some of these politicians are like groundhogs who show up at the end of winter, living in hibernation the rest of the time.
  • Josiahsbay (10/04/2023, 18:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you upset or challenge people in power they will search, and research for any legal means by creating, and resurrecting any law that will help their cause no matter how archaic, forgotten underused it may be to attack you with as long as it fosters their objective and the irony is it is there and it's legal.
  • @POLITICAL OBSERVER (10/04/2023, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    • @@Political Observer (11/04/2023, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @@Political Observer. It is like you have a h…d on for Political Observer and could not wait to criticize him/her. It is important to note that Political Observer has comment on the commentary. Get ah life nah mon.
  • Forbidden Truth (11/04/2023, 14:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Racism is in the American psyche and DNA. THEY are a terrible people and country.
  • WEW (11/04/2023, 15:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The HOA should expel all the whites. OH there is none !
  • Jerry Teeler (11/04/2023, 18:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why always the race card? I’m in Tennessee and it was about being disruptive in the building. Now as far as race goes, yes they were probably 30 decibels louder than everyone else.

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