AOC Makes Mistake of Defending ‘Racist’ Accent, Instantly Slammed by Minorities Who See Through Her

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a new excuse for her strange accent at the National Action Network conference last week: Code-switching.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the controversy, here are the basics: At the predominantly black conference last week, the New York Democrat seemed to adopt a Southern drawl when talking about menial work.
“I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin’ wrong with that,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”




Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living.



Once the incident garnered attention, Ocasio-Cortez quickly went on the defensive.
“As much as the right wants to distort & deflect, I am from the Bronx. I act & talk like it, *especially* when I’m fired up and especially when I’m home,” she wrote in one Twitter post. “It is so hurtful to see how every aspect of my life is weaponized against me, yet somehow asserted as false at the same time.”
People still didn’t seem to buy that, so we got a new explanation: She was just code-switching.
If you’re not familiar with the linguistic concept, a crude description would be to say that it’s switching between two different dialects or languages during a single conversation or sometimes within the wider context of a certain milieu. In Ocasio-Cortez’s case, she was just taking on a Southern accent in front of black people because she was … a black person from the South? Oh well, let her explain it:
Next time you‘re told straight hair is “unprofessional” & that speaking like your parents do is “uneducated,” then you can complain about code-switching.

Code switching is a tool communities learn when they’re told their voice, appearance, & mannerisms are “unprofessional.”


“Next time you‘re told straight hair is ‘unprofessional’ & that speaking like your parents do is ‘uneducated,’ then you can complain about code-switching,” she tweeted when someone questioned the argument being made for her. “Code switching is a tool communities learn when they’re told their voice, appearance, & mannerisms are ‘unprofessional.’”

We see the perceived “costs” to not code-switching all the time.

Can’t tell you how many young people in our community don’t have the confidence they should bc they didn’t grow up learning secondary speech.

Their talents get stifled by “respectability,” despite enormous gifts.
The good news is that we can improve this easily w/ honest reflection.

For ex, are certain hairstyles discouraged in your workplace?Why?

Can you think of someone who didn’t advance bc of how they spoke? Why?

Examine what’s deemed “unprofessional” around you & adapt it to 2019.



AOC Makes Mistake of Defending ‘Racist’ Accent, Instantly Slammed by Minorities Who See Through Her AOC Makes Mistake of Defending ‘Racist’ Accent, Instantly Slammed by Minorities Who See Through Her Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 13:45 Rating: 5

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