I wrote a piece recently that ruffled a lot of feathers about Laura Moser and how her words over the years are based in racism and microaggressions. Initially the reaction to my post was negative and many White folks showed their cards by attempting to tell Black people what is or isnt racist. A new development occurred in the last hour or so, Laura Moser acknowledged what I called out and APOLOGIZED. Before I go any further, here is the apology:
"To all of my supporters, critics, and especially members of the black community, I want to address concerns raised about some of my past writing as a freelance journalist:
First, I want to apologize.
I now understand how my words – including those of my initial response – were hurtful and damaging to people and communities for whom I care greatly. Frankly, some of what I have written in the past demonstrated both my own privilege and my need for greater awareness of the full legacy of racism in America. I have no excuse, and I am sorry.
The reactions of many individuals close to me and of my fellow Houstonians have affected me greatly. As a result, I have taken time to listen before speaking out again on this issue. I have been meeting with members of my team, racial justice activists, and local community leaders about how best to move forward constructively.
All racism – whether it is intentional or unintentional – is a threat to our shared humanity. As a congressional candidate and as a human being, I have a responsibility to do better, and I will.
Going forward, I will be more deliberate about putting my values into practice. I will do more to educate myself, and I will continue to reach out to communities of color within my district and beyond.
I am fully committed to this work. This is only the start." - Laura Moser
SCREENSHOT OF APOLOGY BELOW:
While this apology is a welcome start, I now call upon Moser and any other candidate who is white to have conversation with constituents about racism whether it be overt or systemic. If we are to truly defeat Trump in Washington, WE must address the Trumps in our backyard. I am looking forward to speaking with Moser and any other candidate about REPRESENTATION on their staff(s) and in policy. Our votes are not free, and yes we want to live free from oppression, but to do so requires people to acutually address it head on.
This apology is a far cry from her previous one:
"Moser's words" (the original apology from her private page) "looked nothing like an apology to me. To be honest, saying "...I am sorry, full stop." sounds more and more like Moser is saying that she is sorry for how she made us feel and not about her actual words on video and in print. As of now, NO ONE from Mosers campaign has reached out to me or other folks in the community to addressed the issues raised by Kandice and I."
I will be updating as things develop. STAY TUNED!