Ocasio-Cortez has said many things but this one definitely takes the cake…
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday in an interview that under certain circumstances marginalized groups in the U.S. and around the globe “have no option but to riot.”
“I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized, then you create a … like, once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot,” the New York representative said during an interview on “Ebro in the Morning,” a radio show on the New York hip hop station Hot 97.
“And it doesn’t even have to be that way,” she added.
When she made the remarks, Ocasio-Cortez talked about Israel and Palestine, but included poor communities in the U.S. and around the world.
“I’m not even talking about Palestinians,” Ocasio-Cortez said about halfway through her almost hour-long interview, which The Hill flagged. “I’m talking about communities in poverty in the United States. I’m talking about Latin America. I’m talking about like all over the world.”
She noted the 1968 riots that took place in various U.S. towns following the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
“Social destabilization is what happens when people do not have a plan or feel like there’s no vision for their future,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez did not tackle other U.S. protests, such as protests in Baltimore in 2015 following Freddie Gray’s murder. Gray died after suffering injuries while riding in the back of a police van following his arrest. Baltimore’s prosecutor charged six police officers with manslaughter and other charges, but they were ultimately acquitted due to lack of evidence that they caused Gray’s death.
Former President Barack Obama addressed the riots at the time, saying that riots occur when “you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunities, where children are born into abject poverty.”
Obama was not entirely sympathetic to the Baltimore rioters, lamenting the “criminals and thugs who tore up the place.”