AOC: Priest Who Served Leper Colony Represents ‘White Supremacist Culture’

“This is what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like!”

July 31, 2020

National Review – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez singled out a statue of Father Damien, a Catholic priest who ministered to a Hawaiian leper colony, as an example of “white supremacist culture.”

Father Damien arrived in Hawaii in 1864 when the islands were an independent kingdom.

The priest conducted missionary work on the islands and for the last 16 years of his life ministered to a leper colony, until he died after contracting leprosy himself.

A statue of Father Damien stands in the U.S. Capitol.

Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Facebook story in which she lamented the absence of statues of female figures in the Capitol:

“It’s not Queen Lili’uokalani…the only Queen Regnant of Hawaii, who is immortalized and whose story is told. It is Father Damien.

“This is what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like!”

While still a princess, Lili’uokalani visited Father Damien at the colony to present him with honors from the Hawaiian royal government.

In 2009, then-governor of Hawaii Linda Lingle proclaimed October 11 Saint Damien Day … Read more. 


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