A Critical Analysis of AOC’s Claim: “Latinos Are Black”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently made a bizarre comment regarding race during an interview with Telemundo. She was asked, “What do you think the Latinx community should do to stop racism among them and among other races?” (For those who do not know, Latinx is a gender-neutral word invented by the far-Left in attempt to eliminate sexual differences; Latino means male, Latina means female). Following the question, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez replied:
…A lot of times I'll hear people say, 'Okay, 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!’ And so 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 first thing I should mention is how laughable Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s sudden accent change is when she says the word “Latino”. She speaks very clearly and articulately throughout the interview but then goes out of her way to give this one word a Spanish twist. But of course this is not the first time Ms. Ocasio-Cortez modified her accent to appeal to viewers.
Ignoring her deliberate accent however, I wish to offer a critical analysis of her claim because racial clarity is especially crucial during this time of political division. Firstly, what does it mean to be black? It is important to know that the word “black” has actually referred to different races over the course of history, including that of Italian immigrants who were also subject to the Jim Crow laws, and who suffered the largest mass lynching in the history of the US (but you won’t learn that in school). In present time however, it is widely known that the word “black” only ever refers to people of African descent.
Now we will shift our attention to the meaning of Latino to see if there is any connection. A “Latino” simply means a person who descends from Latin America. Latinos are a relatively new race to humanity that was birthed into existence following the discovery of the Americas. They are the genetic mix between Spaniards and the indigenous Native American tribes. Separately, “Hispanic” is the demonym of Hispania, which is the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal). To give an example, an individual from Mexico is both Latino (of Latin America) AND Hispanic (ancestral descendance from Spain), whereas an individual from Spain is ONLY Hispanic because Spain is not part of Latin America.
Now that we have explored the history of these races, I would love for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to explain how Africa fits into the picture. The word Latino is not short for “Afro-Latino” as she implies; Africans have nothing to do with her race. So sorry to burst your bubble, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, but in the words of Joe Biden, “You ain’t black!”
Secondly, she states Latinos are part of a “racial spectrum”, presumably in which anyone with non-white skin is labeled “black”. The irony of this however, is that if we classify all races into only two groups—white and black—then we fail to have a spectrum; instead we have created a binary system.
The truth of the matter is that Latinos are NOT black. They do not descend from “African roots”. There is no intercontinental genetic affinity between Latin America and Africa. They are separate races and separate peoples. To state otherwise would be an insult to both, as both races have their own customs and traditions. Claiming they are the same people would undermine everything that makes these two races unique.
Upon witnessing her statement, my Latina girlfriend had a one-word reply to her: pendeja!
Adam LeDuc is the Executive Editor for The National Times