Sunday, July 14, 2019

USA Today: AOC is right about Pelosi

Opinion piece by Sophia A. Nelson. Excerpt:

"No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not a racist. […] Yet freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has it right — Speaker Pelosi is old guard. […] The real issue here is what we academics call intersectionality— the combined impact of racism, sexism and other types of discrimination on people and groups. In practice, it means that white women in power often take on the same characteristics of white men in power toward women of color. The effect on women of color is widespread."

"The solution here is not for Speaker Pelosi to silence AOC or condemn her. It is to listen and learn and find a way to work together. This is not Congress in 1978, 1988 or 1998. This is 2019. People of color have a voice. Women of color have a voice. These women are members of the United States Congress. These women of color have a national platform that empowers them and indeed demands of them that they speak up for themselves and their constituents."

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