I’m not a big fan of accusing people of cultural appropriation. If you want to eat a taco on Cinco de Mayo, have fun. If you like orange chicken, by all means, let’s do this thing. But there’s a difference between casual partaking of other cultures, which is one of the awesome things about America, and trying to appropriate the lived struggles of oppressed people for political and personal gain.
That’s what makes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so insidious. Over and over, usually through the “people of color” canard, she’s tried to equalize her upper crust, pampered upbringing with those who fought for civil rights for black Americans and have the battle scars to prove it. For more on why this is such an issue, be sure to check out the great Kira Davis’ viral op-ed entitled Kira Davis: The Term People of Color Hijacks Black America’s Hard Earned Legacy and I’m Sick of It.
Apparently, AOC didn’t get the memo because she found the shark and did a double back flip over it today.
Tom Elliott @tomselliott .@AOC: “Latinos are black … We have to have conversations around ‘colorism,’ and we have to have conversations around the African and indigenous roots from which we come and how that’s reflected in systems of power.”
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