|President Barack Obama awards The Medal of Freedom to poet Maya Angelou. She passed away in 2014.|
When Maya Angelou passed away in 2014, many in America praised the poet for her upbringing towards greatness. Her dynamic stories of growing up in a racially-divided South have become literary masterpieces.
Her praise was going to be notarized on a post office. Although it passed through the Congress without much controversy, the Huffington Post notes that a handful of insurgent lawmakers voted against it.
The post office was going to be named in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The lawamakers who voted against the naming were Andy Harris (R-MD), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Ken Buck (R-CO), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Glen Grothman (R-WI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS), and Rep. Don Young (R-AK).
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QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
BILL TITLE: Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office
|Pro-confederate lawmaker Mo Brooks|
The so-called party of Civil Rights once again at work, trying to destroy itself.
The reason to why they opposed the naming of a post office is because Maya Angelou said positive things about Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba.
As NBC points out, the bill was debated just after the House unanimously voted to rename a California post office. The 114th Congress has voted to rename at least two dozen other public buildings.
One of the congressmen who voted against the Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office called the poet "a communist sympathizer."
"His parents escaped communism and he feels that he cannot vote to name a post office in the United States in honor of someone who supported the communist Castro revolution in Cuba," a spokesperson for Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) told NBC. According to his campaign website, Harris' father was born in Hungary and his mother's birthplace was Poland.
In 2015 a United States Postal Service stamp was issued commemorating Maya Angelou with the Joan Walsh Anglund quote "A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song", though the stamp mistakenly attributes the quote to Angelou. The quote is from Anglund's book of poems A Cup of Sun (1967).
The Republican revisionist history says that Ronald Reagan was friend of Black America.
The Republican revisionist history says that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.
The Democrats passed the Jim Crow laws. The Democrats founded the Klan. Even with a Democratic President like that "racist" Lyndon B Johnson, the Democrats didn't passed the Civil Rights Act. It was the Republicans.