AOC: 'Latinos Are Black, We Are Afro-Latina'
Far left Democrat responds to questions about racism
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has claimed that "Latinos are black" in response to questions about racism within the Latino community.
The far-left Democrat then called for "conversations around 'colorism'" during an interview with Telemundo.
"What do you think the Latinx community should do to stop racism among them and among other races?" AOC was asked.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez replied:
"A lot of times I'll hear people say, 'OK, this is about Black Lives Matter, what about Latinos?' and I always say, Latinos are black!"
"We are Afro-Latina, and we run an entire racial spectrum."
"We have to have conversations around 'colorism,' and we have to have conversations about the African and indigenous roots from which we come and how that's reflected in systems of power, wealth inequality, and frankly, our political system."
.@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.” pic.twitter.com/ki1lDDNhKS— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 22, 2020
But the AOC's comments attracted attention on social media after she seemingly suggested all Latinos are black.
But this isn't the first time Ocasio-Cortez seemed to be confused about race.
Last year, she called for all Latino people to be exempt from immigration laws because they are "native" to the United States.
The Congresswoman made the comments during a speech vowing to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"We are standing on Native land, and Latino people are descendants of Native people," she said.
"And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity and our status."
Cop Blasts Pelosi & AOC: ‘Defund Your Protection First, You Hypocrites’— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) June 16, 2020
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On Monday, President Donald Trump urged AOC to run against Sen. Chuck Schumer, saying she would be a “big improvement” and likely win.
Ocasio-Cortez faces her own primary challenger this year for her House seat.
But Trump critics argue that the president's call for Ocasio-Cortez to run is a strategy to divide the Democrats.
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez was dropped from the progressive union-backed Working Families Party (WFP) ballot line by a Queens judge.