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AOC: ‘Latinos Are Black,’ ‘We Have to Have Conversations Around “Colorism”‘

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MAN: “The Latino community has been very affected by this pandemic, and Queens and Bronx are a good example of this. Why do you think that is, that Latinos are being so affected by COVID-19?”

OCASIO-CORTEZ: “Well, you know, there’s — there’s a lot that we learned from the impact of COVID. One is that that impact has been racialized, and the — the race that you are really determines a lot about how disproportionately impacted you are. African-Americans have some of the highest mortality rates in the country due to COVID, but in terms of our — our Latino community here in the United States, we are bearing some of the largest economic brunts of COVID-19. We are experiencing the highest unemployment rates and job displacement due to the mass layoffs. And the reason for that, a) is because we are vulnerable unessential workers, many of us are ITIN payers or we’re DREAMers or we’re TPS holders, which usually means that we’re the first up on the chopping block when people need to cut jobs. And it also means that a lot of us don’t receive federal relief. And so what we’re seeing now is just a crisis of economics, of health impacts, of structural racism that results in disproportionate impacts on Latino and black communities.”

MAN: “And now that you talk about race, what do you think the Latinx community should do to stop racism among them and among other races?”

OCASIO-CORTEZ: “Yeah. Well, I — the first thing that’s so important is for us to talk about racism within our community and how we fit — both — how we are both impacted by racism in the United States and across the world, but also how it exists within our own communities. And, you know, a lot of times I’ll hear people say, ‘Okay this is about black lives matter. What about Latinos?’ And I always say Latinos are black. We are Afro-Latina and we — we run an entire racial spectrum. And so 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.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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