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Missouri State Senator Decries 'White Privilege' in a Tweet

By    |   Monday, 05 January 2015 08:07 AM

Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been using social media to make what some conservatives see as incendiary comments about race.

Chappelle-Nadal, who is black, began 2015 with a burst of tweets against what she termed "white privilege." She wrote: "LET ME BE CLEAR When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don't think I'm not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?"

The lawmaker first drew national attention following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer, by talking of a race war. Her district covers Ferguson.

Brown, an  African-American,  was unarmed when he was killed while resisting arrest. The incident unleashed pent-up frustration by many in the African-American community against what they see as heavy-handed and prejudiced policing.

Chappelle-Nadal has spoken out against violence and looting. Her Twitter portrait shows her with a white woman identified elsewhere as Patricia Wolff.

After the Ferguson shooting, she initially urged patience so that Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown, had "a chance to explain himself," according to Fox News. She subsequently introduced legislation that would require police officers to wear body cameras.

As the protests wore on, however, she accused cops of being "overzealous" and said she was herself exposed not only to tear gas used by police against protesters but to unidentified shots fired in her direction, The Huffington Post reported.

On Jan. 1, illustrated by a sculpture of a fist, she tweeted: "My dad's Black Power fist is going with me to the Missouri Capitol for the 2015 legislative session. #DecadesOld."

"The system has literally failed the people I represent," she tweeted on Jan. 4. "There is no hope that anything will change. We go through the motions bc we have to."

That same day she tweeted: "#RealTalk on FB right now. The wounds are deep. The biggest loss will be to the state. The oppressed have already lost everything. #Despair."

She also tweeted an illustration that showed two hands — presumably symbolizing white America — dripping in blood.

According to Fox News, she has employed obscenities in denouncing Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's attempts to calm the situation in Ferguson.

An anonymous blogger who goes by the handle El Sooper collected Chappelle-Nadal's latest "crazed" tweets and posted them on the Right Scoop.

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Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been using social media to make what some conservatives see as incendiary comments about race.
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Monday, 05 January 2015 08:07 AM
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