Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson was expelled from her position on Wednesday, the first time in history that an elected member of the Legislature was expelled from office. This vote came after her conviction on federal wire fraud charges.
Speaking on Wednesday before the vote, Robinson claimed that the move was racist and misogynist and was a “procedural lynching”. She made no mention of the fact that she was now a convicted felon and could not even vote for herself in an election. Robinson took no responsibility for her actions, but repeatedly patted herself on the back for how she kept fighting through the discrimination towards her.
Unfortunately, this is a blatant example of what has become too common: that people of a certain political leaning throw out charges of racism or sexism or some other discriminatory charge toward anyone who disagrees with them and for no other reason than that. Those who flippantly make such charges are dangerous, yes, dangerous. With Holocaust Remembrance Day just last week, we are reminded how there is real discrimination and hatred in our world that we must fight when we find it. But when those become buzz words to use when you have no other argument to make and you are just desperately trying to lash out for your own selfish purposes, it diminishes the impact and over time becomes “the boy who cried wolf”.