Congresswoman Yvette Clarke On The 1898 Dutch Enslavement Of Brooklyn (That Never Actually Happened)

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Congresswoman Yvette Clarke weighed in on the Dutch enslavement of Brooklyn last night. Only problem is, that never actually happened.

Democratic Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke attempted to re-write history last night during an appearance on the Colbert Report, during which she struggled with the details of hypothetical time travel and then claimed that slavery existed in Brooklyn in 1898, where the Dutch kept people in bondage more than 30 years after the Civil War.

Then, after ironing out the details of the aforementioned hypothetical time travel, she decided -- after some lengthy internal debate -- that if she were around in the 1930s and 1940s, she probably would have tried to stop World War II.

Good call, congresswoman.

The whole thing was dizzying, and would be hilarious -- if the Dutch hadn't lost control of New York in the 1660s, slavery hadn't ended in the United States in 1865, and -- most importantly -- Clarke wasn't a sitting congresswoman.

Clarke's office didn't immediately respond to our request for an explanation of her take on history -- and time travel.

See the video of Clarke's history lesson after the jump.



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Hopefully, she'll be taking more time off from the hizzouse. 

Three terms... WoW.

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OMFG. I thought she was joking?!? o_0

jteplitsky
jteplitsky

@steinberg 1898 was a rough year for freedom.

steinberg
steinberg

@jteplitsky why did they put that one year's exception in the emancipation proclamation?

hasefardi
hasefardi

@brianoflondon if obama can give lessons about Al-Andalus Inquisition...

senseofhumor
senseofhumor

Except that she was clearly hilarious and speaking off the cuff, not giving a history lesson to Colbert's audience. 

JPMcMahon
JPMcMahon topcommenter like.author.displayName 1 Like

Oh, she was hilarious all right. That was as funny as finding out that your heart surgeon was a cosmetology school graduate.  

JPMcMahon
JPMcMahon topcommenter like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Clarke's office didn't immediately respond to our request for an explanation..." I think the only acceptable explanation from her office would be that the Representative was using drugs and alcohol heavily before the broadcast, because the only other plausible explanation is too horrible to think about.

Webfoot
Webfoot like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is not the first time that Yvette has made a mistake in stating something.  When she first ran for office she made a Paul Ryanesque mistake.  She claimed to have graduated from Oberlin, but it turned out she did not graduate.  At the time she claimed that she simply had "forgotten." 

guest
guest

As a white person, I get uncomfortable when other white people point out black people making intellectual and factual errors.  Don't know why...

AmunRa
AmunRa

This just goes to show you anyone can make a mistake. Mr. King you didn't have a camera in your face and got the fact wrong. Dutch occupation ended after the 3rd Anglo-Dutch War in 1674 under the treaty of Westminster.

JamesKing
JamesKing like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @AmunRa You're really gonna try to defend this? This wasn't just a gaffe, this shows she is completely oblivious to history -- sort of a "was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!" type things...only worse.

possums9000
possums9000

Ladies and gentleman, the next chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

heleenadam
heleenadam

Saw it last night. Had no idea that the person who represents me in Congress is a complete idiot. Now what?

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