The Rev. George C. Gilbert, Jr., founder of the Center for Racial Equity and Justice, made the remarks at a rally in favor of the For the People Act, a Democratic-backed bill in the House that scholars say raises First Amendment concerns.
Gilbert invoked the history of American slavery in warning that “every time we come to a place of progress, to a place where we can stand on our own feet, we run into a downpour — lightning and thunder — of the power of White rage, whose job is to push progress back.”
During his speech, Gilbert said the crowd was assembled to “demand” that America clean “her filthy garments,” which he said have been “stained by the hatred of racism, the love of money and the lack of concern for the least, the lost, and the left out.”
“We are here today in this historical moment in time deeply disturbed by the