And this time, the 29-year-old congresswoman is being blasted for her accent. Yes, really.
Footage of the New York representative speaking at the National Action Network convention on Friday drew criticism from people who were claiming Ocasio-Cortez was using a "fake African American accent" or a faux "Southern accent" at the convention, which reportedly had an audience made up largely of African Americans.
During her passionate speech, Ocasio-Cortez was reflecting on her days as a "proud" bartender, declaring that there "ain't nothing wrong with that". She continued by saying:
There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy.
There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.
There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America and there is everything dignified about it
But people were not happy about it.
@AOC To change your accent to sound like black people is sick and insulting on so many levels and racist. The impli… https://t.co/U8mKHkh26p
@tomarnolds @PrisonPlanet @AOC No, do you? I’m offended by the stupidity. Black folks should be insulted by her pho… https://t.co/k2ctGKs1Fy
— Giovanni Sammartino🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@Giovanni Sammartino🇮🇹🇺🇸)
But now the young congresswoman, who has had to defend herself a lot over the last few months, has come out and addressed the comments. Taking to Twitter, she expressed her proud Bronx roots, saying she would never change her accent.
Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same.
Any kid who grew up in a… https://t.co/v6Wfj9CTOj