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‘I. Am. Not. Finished:’ Why Angela Rye Goes So Hard

There are times when you’re watching TV and someone makes you so proud to be black that you feel a certain kinship. I actually don’t know what “kinship” so hold on, while I look it up.

Okay. It just means a “blood relationship.” That explains why we get excited when we see Angela Rye on CNN even though we know she’s one of their best political commentators. Angela Rye is Black America’s cousin. The smart one, who went to college and got straight A’s. You know we love seeing our cousin on TV.

The Root 100 honoree pulled a “reverse Kanye” on CNN Monday when, instead of Yeezy’s “I’mma let you finish, but…” Rye refused to be interrupted by Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen. Rye, the former Executive Director and General Counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus was busy pulling out receipts that showed four of the six congressional ethics investigations were against black members of Congress. “Are you going to tell me that black members are more unethical than white members?” Rye asked. “I would tell you no.”

Rosen tried to explain why she thought Conyers being accused of sexually harassing two women is totally different from Al Franken who is accused of inappropriate sexual advances by four women. Apparently unaware of the fact that you do not interrupt a black woman when she’s talking Rosen interjected with: “So what I would…”

“I am not finished!” Rye reminded Rosen. Rye went on to explain that the Democratic party’s leadership should be held accountable for throwing its black members under the bus:

“I’m not saying these women are wrong. But what I am saying is that the Democratic Party needs to take a hard look in the mirror and treat these situations fairly.”

Angela Rye is basically the cousin who we call when we’re engaged in any heated debate. If I was in a barbershop right now arguing about something and said “let me call Angela Rye,” everyone would accept her decision as final.

“There is a need to hear our voices,” Rye told The Root in an exclusive interview. “We (black people) aren’t booked on television and news shows. So I feel a responsibility to go hard in the paint whenever I get the opportunity to talk about certain issues.”

When explaining why she is so impassioned every time we see her, Rye revealed that she watches television and listens to radio talk shows like we all do:

“You know how you’re watching a news show and there’s always one person talking out the side of their neck? I know there are a lot of people like me who argue with the television or radio even though we know the people can’t hear us. That’s what I try to do when I’m actually in front of a camera. I want to represent us. I want to make sure our voices are heard exactly like we’d say it if we were there.”

Rye credits her ability to pull receipts to growing up in a home with a family who debated politics, culture, social issues and everything under the sun. She would often listen to her father call radio shows and break down any subject for the audience. “He has a much better memory than I do,” she said. “He could recall dates, locations, and everything. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I don’t drink enough ginkgo biloba.”

Just like our cousin, downplaying her smarts. I bet she even still remembers how to do long division. Probably algebra too. Strike that. No one is that smart, but I wouldn’t be suprised if she knew what a binomial equation was. That’s exactly why we chose her to host The Root 100 this year.

But even the dudes waiting to get a low ceaser at Dope Cutz would know not to interrupt her.

Trust me, she’s not finished.

source: the root

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