The swipe against the USA's 40th president was not the only controversial statement she made during the event.
This weekend saw Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claim that former President Ronald Reagan's certain rhetoric was used to turn White working Americans against the Brown and the Black working Americans. Moreover, she also slammed the political moderates when she was at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts capitalism as an 'irredeemable' system, during a speech at SXSW https://t.co/UC1SLshKhG— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) 10 March 2019
“A perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,” she said, as reported by the New York Post. She was speaking with The Intercept’s senior politics editor Briahna Gray.
“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were ‘sucks’ on our country,” she continued. “That’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature.”
However, the swipe against the country’s 40th president was not the only controversial statement she made while speaking to Gray. The self-identified democratic socialist also claimed that “where we are” as Americans amounts to “garbage.”
Bill Nye Crashes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's SXSW Appearance, Voices Support For Green New Deal: 'AOC Gets It' "She sees that fear is dividing us. We can address income inequality," Nye said. https://t.co/XRd5Myvnck #USRC pic.twitter.com/YAXkH9NxFZ— U.S. Reality Check🗽 (@USRealityCheck) 10 March 2019
According to the New York Post, AOC also slammed former president Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that helped the United States dig out from the Great Depression as “racist policy” that benefited whites over minorities. Her interview during the event was more than just a defense of her progressive politics.
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“So when someone’s talking about ‘our core,’ they’re like, ‘Oh, this is radical,’ but it isn’t radical. This is what we’ve always been,” Ocasio-Cortez said, arguing against the notion that her proposals are too radical.
“I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like 10 percent better than garbage, it shouldn’t be what we settle for.”
She said that the views of the moderates were misplaced when it came to politics. In the one-hour interview in front of a packed house, the New York Democrat also argued that the policies of former president Ronald Reagan “pitted” the white working class against African-Americans and Hispanics.
She blased the political moderates bringing the fact that they tend to only protect the status quo.
“All of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for. … It feels like moderate is not a stance, it’s just an attitude towards life,” she added, shrugging her shoulders.
“Moderate is not a stance. It's just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” the New York Democrat said Saturday during an interview with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor for the Intercept.
“We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when ... the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”
AOC referred to the 'redlining' - something that dates back to the 1930s, and has also been linked to the federal government-backed Home Owners' Loan Corporation.
According to the New York Post, the illegal practices that were going on at the time had made whole neighborhoods off-limits by not offering mortgage loans or by not showing the properties to the minority groups.
“The system has pitted white working-class Americans against black and brown working-class Americans to basically screw over all working class Americans.” @AOC #AOCintercept #SXSW2019 @sxsw @TrainDems pic.twitter.com/eV3Rb7aoSU— Ashby Fiser (@ashbyfiser) 9 March 2019
Furthermore, apart from her attack on Reagan, she also recounted the times when the minorities were discriminated against during the era of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Something that she went to claim was racist in its wake of operation.
Other topics Ocasio-Cortez discussed included the Green New Deal and capitalism, which she said could not be redeemed because it puts profit “above everything else.”
On Saturday, join our Senior Politics Editor @briebriejoy for a conversation with Rep. @AOC about identity, the race/class divide, and the future of progressive politics. Watch live starting at 6 p.m. ET on https://t.co/OYUCyw6Vu2. #AOCintercept pic.twitter.com/2Rn5ClQpxB— The Intercept (@theintercept) 8 March 2019
“The most important thing is the concentration of capital, and it means that we prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else, and we seek it at any human and environmental cost… But when we talk about ideas like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first; it doesn’t mean that the actual concept of capitalistic society should be abolished,” she said.