Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, June 6, 2023
During a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing on environmental, social, and governance, or ESG, topics, Bush pointed to the extremely frequent use of “wokeness” among Republican leaders.
Bush said those who fixate on establishing themselves as anti-woke are actually saying, “I don’t want black people to speak up for themselves. I don’t want equality and justice for black folks.”
The comments from Bush follow a recently introduced resolution in the House of Representatives in support of federal reparations. A group of Democratic legislators led by Bush proposed a $14 trillion resolution titled Reparations Now last month for black people to receive compensation for the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.
Bush highlighted the connection between wokeness and black people’s effort to fight the long-lasting impact of racial discrimination in America during the hearing, speaking out on the lack of support to call the ESG movement a progressive maneuver.
“This is not wokeness, what we talked about in here,” Bush added. “And you should be on the side of folks who are woke because we’re saying — no more oppression against our community.”
“So, whatever else is being thrown around, unless you are saying, ‘I’m racist, white supremacist, and I’m bigoted,’ stop talking about wokeness,” Bush concluded. “Don’t let a fascist tell you what being woke means.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to Bush’s team for comment.