NY Congresswoman Yvette Clarke thinks there were slaves…in 1898

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Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents New York’s 11th district in Brooklyn, had a chat with Stephen Colbert in her office and the two discussed about rap, time machines, and history. Unfortunately, Clarke might have missed the series of classes highlighting the end of slavery when she was in school. When Colbert asked her what she would say to the Brooklynites of 1898, Clarke responded, “I would say to them ‘set me free’.” The Huffington Post reports:

History can be hard, even for a Congresswoman.

That’s the message many late-night television viewers came away with Tuesday night after watching an interview on Comedy Central’s satirical news show “The Colbert Report” in which a New York representative stumbled through basic American history.

During Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know A District” segment, the comedian-cum-political commentator interviewed U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents New York’s 11th District. The results were both humorous and painfully awkward, as the Democratic politician took a hypothetical trip back in time with Colbert, only to claim slavery would still have existed in New York in 1898.

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