Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) complained about racism in the criminal justice system on Tuesday ― in reference to the mostly white defendants jailed for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 insurrectionAt the U.S. Capitol
In a press conference, the far-right lawmaker made several accusations against fellow extremist Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Louie GohmertTexas Paul Gosar(Ariz.), to draw attention to conditions in the District of Columbia prison, where 40 of the people accused of the Capitol Riot are currently being held while they wait for trial.
A small percentage of 1,400 prisoners are held in the facility by Jan.6 defendants. the large majority of whom are Black.
Local officials and activists have long been aware of the jail’s inhumane conditions, and Greene’s report describes human feces and other bodily fluids on the walls of cramped cells. Not surprisingly, the jail’s inhumane conditions are still a problem. only recently received attentionTrump supporters remain in custody after the riot and their right-wing alliesThey were complained of.
Greene claimed that this small group of mostly white men is being discriminated against “because of the color of their skin.”
“They were isolated in a separate wing of the jail, where they are abused, where they are ridiculed, where they are mocked because of their political beliefs and because of January 6, and because of the color of their skin,” she claimed. “So there is a two-tiered justice system, and these are the things that need to end.”
She also claimed that the defendants are being forced to undergo “critical race theory training” by court-appointed lawyers in order to be represented by them.
“They’re being represented by public defenders that call them white supremacists, tell them they have to denounce President Trump, tell them they have to denounce their political views, want them to watch videos and read books that basically is critical race theory training, in order for them to have this public defender represent them,” she said.
It’s not clear which defendants, attorneys or materials she’s referring to. H. Heather Shaner is the D.C. defense lawyer assigned to representing indigent Capitol defendants. told HuffPost in June that she had recommended historical books and films like “Schindler’s List,” “Just Mercy” and “Slavery By Another Name” to her clients to help educate them on ugly parts of U.S. history some of them said they weren’t aware of.
Greene’s report, “Unusually Cruel: An Eyewitness Report From Inside It DC Jail,” her claims about critical race theory did not center on public defenders, but rather, on the reading materials available to inmates.
“Other parts of the facility revealed an overt and callous education curriculum which emphasized the supposed cruelty and racial prejudice of the U.S. prison system,” the report said, criticizing books appearing to highlight issues similar to the ones she was raising.
The two books cited were “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander, and “Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism” by Marc Morjé Howard.
The first book explores Alexander’s argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it,” an assertion that does resemble the tenets of critical race theory that racism is entrenched in U.S. systems and institutions.
The second book ― which Greene appears to have titled her report after ― explores the harshness of the U.S. criminal justice system.
Over the last year, conservative politicians and media made critical race theory, an educational system that was at university level for many decades, into a common culture war talk point. Fox News celebrities and politicians such as Greene were involved in this. conflated it at times with any teachings about history and race in AmericaOr even training on equity and diversity in the workplace.