I live in New York’s 11th Congressional District, and so my proxy in the House of Representatives, the champion responsible for advancing my interests in the august councils of this great Republic, is a woman by the name of Yvette Clarke.
Ms. Clarke recently appeared on The Colbert Report. During her brief interview, she was asked: if she were able to go back and speak to the Brooklynites of 1898 (the year Brooklyn was annexed to New York City), what would she say to them?
A partial transcript (starting at 3:54 in the linked clip):
Yvette Clarke: “I would say to them: set me free!”
Stephen Colbert: “From…?”
SC: “Slavery. Really. I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898.”
YC (knowing nod): “I’m pretty sure there was.”
SC: “Sounds like a horrible part of the United States, that kept slavery going until 1898!”
SC: “Who would be enslaving you, in 1898 in New York?”
YC: “The Dutch.”
SC: “The Dutch. Those sneaky Dutch bastards!”
YC (nodding again): “Exactly.”
SC: “Okay! Excellent.”
Again: that’s New York’s 11th District, folks, if you aren’t satisfied with the representation you’re getting elsewhere.