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Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) said Monday that “Latinos are black,” while calling for “conversations are ‘colorism'” in response to questions about racism in the Latino community.
During an interview with Telemundo, the self-described democratic socialist was asked, “What do you think the Latinx community should do to stop racism among them and among other races?”
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez replied, “A lot of times I’ll hear people say, ‘OK, this is about Black Lives Matter, what about Latinos?’ and I always say, Latinos are black! We are Afro-Latina, and we run an entire racial spectrum.”
She continued, “We have to have conversations around ‘colorism,’ and we have to have conversations about the African and indigenous roots from which we come and how that’s reflected in systems of power, wealth inequality, and frankly, our political system.”
The comments grabbed the attention of many on social media, because of the appearance that the congresswoman was suggesting all Latinos are black. The Daily Caller reached out to Ocasio-Cortez seeking clarification, but did not receive a response.
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, faces her first re-election primary Tuesday against three challengers in the 14th District’s Democratic primary. According to a report from The Independent, the outspoken young congresswoman “has spent more campaign money this cycle than any other Democrat up for re-election,” shelling at least $6.3 million with another $4.6 million in the bank.