AOC Loses It, Uses Coronavirus To Push For Reparations
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went to the extreme on Friday, essentially suggesting that the deaths from the coronavirus are being spread disproportionally throughout “Black + Brown communities” due to inherent racism, all the while using the opportunity to demand legislation to address the issue “with a lens of reparations.”
Not long after the Congresswoman made the bizarre statement on Twitter, people were quick to call her out, citing her for blatant lies about the coronavirus being used to push irrelevant legislation.
Check out what Bongino.com reported below:
While Democrat Rep. Fredrica Wilson attempted to politicize the crisis by arguing that the virus was sexist against women (despite 70% of the deaths so far being men), AOC believes the virus is actually racist (a very important distinction!). “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” she wrote on twitter. “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”
Things like population density, and the fact that millions of illegal immigrants live in New York play a large role in the spread of the coronavirus, but the Congresswoman failed to mention any of these factors.
My first thought was that the racial disparity must be the result of population density – because minorities, on average, tend to live in more population dense areas such as cities.
But when I looked for the exact data to investigate my thesis, I only found a complete lack of it. Ibram X. Kendi, a “Director of Antiracist Research” at American University shares AOC concerns, but noted in a recent article in The Atlantic that the data just don’t exist (yet).
Check out what the "Director of Antiracist Research" said in the article while speaking with The Atlantic:
I worry the virus is disproportionately infecting and killing people of color right now—and we don’t even know. I worry the pandemic of racism is worsening the coronavirus pandemic right now—and we don’t even know. And Americans don’t seem to care to know.
I suspect that some Americans believe that racial data will worsen racism. But without racial data, we can’t see whether there are disparities between the races in coronavirus testing, infection, and death rates. If we can’t see racial disparities, then we can’t see the racist policies behind any disparities and deaths. If we can’t see racist policies, we can’t eliminate racist policies, or replace them with anti-racist policies that protect equity and life. Without racial data, we can’t see racism, and racism becomes like asymptomatic carriers—spreading the virus, and no one knows it.
No conservative, centrist, or progressive can say for sure whether race or class or even their intersection is the salient divider during the pandemic. We have data on neither the class nor the race of victims, let alone the intersectional data that would allow us to assess, say, whether poor Asian women are dying at higher or lower rates than poor white women; or whether white elites and Latino elites are being infected at similar or dissimilar rates. We just don’t know.
This means the numbers to back up the claims made from the Congresswoman are nonexistent, and Ocasio-Cortez pushed inherently false information to millions of people.
Although New York is in a critical moment for fighting the virus, many of its politicians have continued to politicize the pandemic just like freshman Democrat Ocasio-Cortez.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed “the fate of New York City rests in the hands of one. He is a New Yorker. And right now, he is betraying the city he comes from.”
Even governor Andrew Cuomo fired shots at President Trump, saying he operates on “opinion” rather than fact after being asked about his response to the coronavirus.
Now, as expected, the politicians continue to lie, and it seems like the liberal media has let the recent comments made from the Congresswoman go unmentioned, and a retraction of the statement does not look like it will be happening anywhere in the future.
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