Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reminds Code-Switch Critics: 'I’m From the Bronx'

Cortez Attends National Action Network Annual Convention
Cortez Attends National Action Network Annual Convention
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has an answer for her adversaries on the right who dissed her for supposedly faking a “Southern drawl” while speaking Friday at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention in New York City, according to HuffPost.


“Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up,” she tweeted. “My Spanish is the same way.”


When Forever President Barack Obama famously switched from formal handshakes to the dap seen round the world, there were no claims of pandering to black folks—because it’s called being a part of The Culture. Like Obama, Ocasio-Cortez (along with the rest of the House of Representatives’ legendary freshman crew of Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar) already has her invite to The Cookout.

The first-term congresswoman also noted in a tweet how “hurtful” it was to see “how every aspect of my life is weaponized against me, yet somehow asserted as false at the same time,” according to HuffPost.

AOC is loved by many, and folks criticizing need to find something better to do because there are several more important issues to focus on…her dancing might still be up for debate, though.

Correction: Sept. 22, 2019, 6:40 p.m. ET: This story has been edited to remove unattributed text and to add fuller sourcing.

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For those of you saying she may have been born in the Bronx but she grew up in Westchester, who gives a shit? Who cares if she’s “hood”? Shes a sitting member of Congress who says some pretty accurate shit and seems to be trying to cut through exactly that type of identity politicking bullshit.

Instead of picking apart her upbringing, background, dancing, wardrobe, etc., refute what she says. If you can’t, shut the fuck up about it.