Let’s put it this way, Maxine Waters is not here for your foolishness

Behold, the face of the strong, independent, truth speaking, shade throwing, Black Congresswoman Maxine Moore Waters. Making news headlines following the unprecedented November election of Donald Trump, Congresswoman Waters has appeared in newspapers, blog sites, and social media platforms for her genuine determination, straightforwardness, and honesty directed at the American people.

The top Democrat in the House Financial Services Committee and most senior of 12 Black women serving in congress, Waters has served the 35th, 29th, and now, 43rd congressional district of California since 1991. Other accolades include being among the 45 Democratic House members who announced plans to boycott Trump’s recent inauguration.

“There’s nothing about him that I would want to be involved with…I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him, and I don’t want to be involved with him.”

Following the inauguration, Press Secretary Sean Splicer’s delivery of alternative facts, and reports of alleged widespread voter fraud, Congresswoman Waters decided to give us some much needed, “don’t come for me unless I send for you” vibes. Earlier today, CNN, MSNBC, and other news outlets highlighted Trump’s belief that 3–5 million people voted illegally. In an interview with by MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Water’s remarked sternly, “We all should do a better job of challenging him, pushing back on him…we should press him on all the lies that he’s telling.”

So why have I decided to begin this current events blog with Congresswoman Waters? I bring her up because unlike many, she is not new to this agenda. In fact, in some sense, I would consider her a beacon of modern social justice advocacy.

She is the same Congresswoman who delivered relief supplies during the LA riots, following the verdict of Rodney King, a Black man nearly beaten to death by police in 1991. She viewed the subsequent verdict violence as, “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice.” She is also the same Congresswoman who spoke up against mandatory minimum sentencing, a process that has disproportionately imprisoned men of color. Waters even supported investigations during the 1980s crack epidemic.

Opting for a quick trending topic search on Twitter, I’ve seen negative comments about Waters ranging from “laughable” to “serial racist,” both statements which I and others may view as unnecessary. As with most politicians, she’s made some mistakes and questionable statements during her 25 years of service to the American people; however, her current, continual check of Trump’s tactics and ongoing plans should be praised for years to come.

Interested in more on Congresswoman Waters? Let’s see how the rest of the week goes.