Democrat Says Reaction To Notre Dame Inferno is 'A Prime Example Of Privilege'
Democratic Cincinnati City Councilwoman faces uproar over Twitter post
Democratic Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard faced massive backlash after she branded the reaction to the burning of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris "a prime example of privilege."
Dennard drew comparisons to the outpourings over sympathy across the globe for the burnt cathedral to that of the burning down of three churches in Louisiana over the last several weeks.
"I’m saddened that the beautiful cathedral in France was damaged. But this is a prime example of privilege. White people don’t have to see me if they don’t choose to. Black people don’t have a choice. Please read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison," she said on Twitter Tuesday.
"It’s possible to hold multiple truths. I’m also saddened that Black churches in Louisiana were burned down. I’m sure they held significance as well. They were barely acknowledged."
But her remarks didn't go down to well on Twitter.
One user wrote:
"Ms. Dennard, I fail to see the comparison. Should there be more attention in the US regarding black churches being set on fire? Yes, absolutely. But I don't feel this is an accurate comparison to Notre Dame because this is on a global level. Don't make it something its not."
Dennard was reminded by another use that Notre Dame was the site where the first black priest was ordained.
It’s possible to hold multiple truths. I’m also saddened that Black churches in Louisiana were burned down. I’m sure they held significance as well. They were barely acknowledged.— Tamaya Dennard (@TDennard) April 16, 2019
Here's something culturally significant for you. In 1854, James Augustine Healy was ordained in Paris, France, thus becoming the first Black priest in the Catholic Church.— Adam Koehler (@apkoehler) April 17, 2019
"Here's something culturally significant for you. In 1854, James Augustine Healy was ordained in Paris, France, thus becoming the first Black priest in the Catholic Church," he tweeted.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also faced backlash after tweeted a seemingly vague response to the news.
Omar did not use the words 'church,' or 'holy ground,' instead, she termed the Catholic Cathedral as "Art and architecture," which didn't go down too well on Twitter."
Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways," posted Rep. Omar.
"Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder."