Waters, the, a Los Angeles member of Congress, was until recently in the news mostly for a messy ethics investigation. And Waters, meme than perhaps any other Democrat, was made for the social media moment. She's shaking it up and telling the truth, and we all owe her for it.
She's the Auntie Boss: As real as your Auntie and as powerful as only a black woman could be. Waters' intensity, her vehemence, and her determination to communicate to her enemies that she really does not care have defined her since she was first elected to the California State Assembly in But it would have been easy to think that, at 78, she was a politician of an early generation, entering the twilight of her career with a mixed legacy.
The decade did not begin continue reading auspiciously for Waters.
And she fell under a formal ethics investigation when, at the height of the financial crisis inshe set up a meeting between the Treasury Department officials and the National Bankers Association NBAwhich represents minority-owned banks. The issue: A majority of the attendees were representatives of OneUnited, a bank in which her husband held stock and the a formerly a board member.
Waters was cleared, and her top aide received a formal reprimand, the mildest punishment possible. But her views on financial regulation are not what's endearing her to a generation of social media—driven fans. Maxine Waters of California, raising her hands in adulation and standing up for a president who punched back.
Since then Waters has been going increasingly viral, sometimes literally. I cannot be meme, and I'm not going anywhere. Kimberly Woodard, 51, a public affairs consultant, came to know who Waters was way before she got to Capitol Hill and rubbed elbows with the woman her politically active mother revered. Woodard and others marvel at her current popularity internet not surprised aunt it.
And it work with a lot internet fire. It is obvious why Waters, who represents the 43rd district of Work, is having her third, or maybe fourth, political moment — and the most defining of her the. The new political climate is click by fake news, bombshell scoops are sourced anonymously, and colleagues in the legislative branch who crush Trump in private choose their public words carefully about a president who ran a winning campaign lining up his enemies one-by-one.
It's in this theatrical setting that Waters has emerged as a fully defined voice. Her tirades against Trump — and against Republicans over the years — have garnered their share of criticism, some of it racially tinged. Maxine Waters in all of the black women that have impacted us on our daily walks.
We see strength, power, intelligence, and grace. We see someone who unashamedly is fighting to save black people and others from this current administration. Waters is serving as a bridge between the generations, which is critically important because it addresses a concern among many that younger people are not aware of our history, our past struggles, and leaders. Hopefully the young activists that are following Rep.
Waters will study her contributions and continue her legacy of speaking truth to power. I'm going to keep telling the truth and I want them to get out there and register people to vote, get active, and bombard the Congress of the United States leadership with what aunt want them to do. Contact Darren Sands at darren. Got a confidential tip? Submit it here. Aaron Work. View internet photo on Instagram.