AOC Shredded for Falsely Claiming D.C Was First U.S Territory To Abolish Slavery
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes a huge gaffe
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that Washington D.C. was the first US territory to abolish slavery while making the case that the District of Columbia should be a state.
The socialist congresswoman tweeted Thursday that D.C. was the first territory to “free the enslaved."
But that isn't true.
“DC was the 1st territory in the United States to free the enslaved,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“It’s where Black Americans fled the tyranny of slavery & towards greater freedom, to DC. Yet today it’s where 2nd class citizenship reigns and the right to vote is denied.”
But the fact is Vermont became the first U.S. territory to abolish slavery in 1777.
But Pennsylvania was the first state to end the practice in 1780 officially.
It wasn't until 1790 that Washington D.C. officially became a territory.
One of the last territories in the U.S. to abolish slavery was Washington D.C.
DC was the 1st territory in the United States to free the enslaved.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 19, 2019
It’s where Black Americans fled the tyranny of slavery & towards greater freedom, to DC. Yet today it’s where 2nd class citizenship reigns, and the right to vote is denied.
It’s time to recognize DC statehood. https://t.co/AkfaRHw38C
The slave trade ended in D.C. in 1850 as part of the Compromise of 1850, and it became illegal to own slaves in the district in 1862 after the passage of the D.C. Emancipation Act.
Democrats have used the historical points of slavery to help their campaigns
In June, Beto O’Rourke met with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina.
The voters will play a significant role in next year’s Southern presidential primaries, so Beto is pulling out all the stops.
The Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants.
The descendants, otherwise known as Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida as Gullah, is based on farming and fishing and has its own Creole language, history, cooking, and crafts.