It is remarkable how supremely confidant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on issues she knows literally nothing about… like this guy who gave his life in the service of helping lepers and is the literal patron saint for anyone afflicted with HIV.
What will she do for an encore, AOC? Rip on Mother Theresa’s work in Calcutta?
AOC decided it was very important that she defame the memory of a Catholic saint who’s been dead for over a century. By today’s definitions, he was a wonderful example of a ‘Community leader’… prioritizing the wellbeing of others before himself. He contracted leprosy, lost his hand to it, and died less than 20 years after beginning his work.
“Even when we select figures to tell the stories of colonized places, it is the colonizers and the settlers whose stories are told — and virtually no one else. Check out Hawaii’s statue,” she wrote on her Instagram story as she taped the statue of Damien, a missionary who ministered to lepers in an isolated colony until he succumbed to the disease himself.
Ocasio-Cortez said that she would prefer a statue memorializing Lili’uokalani, the indigenous queen who ruled Hawaii until being overthrown in an 1893 coup backed by the Dole fruit company. Ocasio-Cortez said she was using the statue of Damien, who is considered a “martyr of charity,” to point out “the patterns that have emerged” in which people are honored in the Capitol: “virtually all men, all white, and mostly both.”
“It’s not radical or crazy to understand the influence white supremacist culture has historically had in our overall culture and how [it] impacts the present day,” she said. —WashingtonExaminer
She never gets tired of looking for ways to demonize more than half the country.
Does it ever occur to her that there might be a reason this man was not merely celebrated in Hawaii but canonized, too?
Of course not. What honorable thing could a white person possibly have done to overcome AOC’s loathing of him?
Well, how about this, for starters?
St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, said Dallas Carter, a native Hawaiian and a catechist for the diocese of Honolulu, in an interview with CNA.
“Any Hawaiian here who is aware of their history–which most Hawaiians are–would absolutely, Catholic or not, defend the legacy of Damien as a man who was embraced by the people, and who is a hero to us because of his love for the Hawaiian people,” Carter said.
“We did not judge him by the color of his skin. We judged him by the love that he had for our people,” Carter told CNA.
Is it at all possible that AOC could be the one blinded by her racial assumptions and devout belief in ‘systematic oppression’?
Let’s look at who St. Damien really was.
— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 31, 2020
Shortly after that, the Hawaiian government and King Kamehameha V passed a law mandating that lepers quarantine themselves in an isolated colony on the island of Molokai. The local bishop asked for volunteers to minister to the leper colony, and Fr. Damien presented himself, beginning his work there in 1873.
Carter noted that the Hawaiian government of the time “did not know how to deal with leprosy,” and that “no one wanted to deal with Kalaupapa [colony].”
Damien himself was afraid to go and minister to the lepers, Carter said, but “over a period of time—his journal is very clear, and the writings of the Hawaiian people in that town are very clear—that he fell in love with the people.”
Eventually, Damien was given an ultimatum by his religious superior to either leave the colony or remain there permanently. He chose to stay.
The priest served the colony for the rest of his life, attending to both spiritual and temporal needs of the lepers. By 1884 he had contracted leprosy, and he continued to minister until his death in 1889. —NCRegister
Yeah. A real ‘colonizer’. The Wiki page lays out some of his projects.
During this time, he taught the Catholic faith to the people of Hawaii. Father Damien also cared for the patients himself and established leadership within the community to build houses, schools, roads, hospitals, and churches. He dressed residents’ ulcers, built a reservoir, made coffins, dug graves, shared pipes, and ate poi by hand with them, providing both medical and emotional support.
Even Obama knew the story and spoke well of him.
On the occasion of the canonization, U.S. president Barack Obama expressed his “deep admiration for the life of Blessed Damien De Veuster.”
“Fr. Damien has also earned a special place in the hearts of Hawaiians. I recall many stories from my youth about his tireless work there to care for those suffering from leprosy who had been cast out,” Obama, who was born on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, said.
“Following in the steps of Jesus’ ministry to the lepers, Fr. Damien challenged the stigmatizing effects of disease, giving voice to the voiceless and, ultimately, sacrificing his own life to bring dignity to so many.” —NCRegister
And Obama hardly EVER misses a chance to make allegations of systematic racism.