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OpinionAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problem

14:06  15 july  2019
14:06  15 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

AOC renews public feud with Pelosi

AOC renews public feud with Pelosi Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snapped at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for criticizing her and a few other left-wing Democrats, renewing a war of words between a rising liberal star and a veteran congressional leader. "That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country," the New York Democrat said Saturday about Pelosi after the New York Democrat said Ocasio-Cortez and her inner circle of liberal freshman Democrats were just "four people." "I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swears in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , D-N.Y., on Jan. 3, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo These women of color have a national platform that empowers them and indeed demands of them that they speak up for themselves and their constituents.

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (/oʊˌkɑːsioʊ kɔːrˈtɛz/; Spanish: [oˈkasjo koɾˈtes]; born October 13, 1989), often referred to by her initials, AOC

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No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not a racist. Yes, she has been an ally of women of color for her entire 31-year career in Congress.

I have seen her up close and personal, when she spoke at an event my Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority held last year in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress to honor a historic black woman. She is all in on black women’s advancement and policy issues. To argue otherwise would be untrue.

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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of "singling out newly elected women of color " in Ocasio - Cortez responded on Twitter, " That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve

Share Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is already pressuring Nancy Pelosi on climate change. Pelosi had signaled that she planned to revive the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global communities of color , indigenous communities, rural and urban communities and the front-line

Yet freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has it right — Speaker Pelosi is old guard. She does not like her new, high-profile women of color members nipping at her heels. She paid her dues. She worked her way up through the male dominated congressional system for decades to become the nation’s first female Speaker of the House.

The daughter of a powerful Baltimore Mayor, Pelosi was raised in the 1950s and came of age in the early 1960s. She remembers a time when women were like "Leave it to Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” moms, known for their pearls and perfectly coiffed hair.

Bold young women demand change

Pelosi remembers an America where women were largely silent, and could advance in politics, but only through steady party loyalty, staying in their place, waiting their turn, and never running their mouths to the media. This is Pelosi’s formation as a politician and to a large degree as a person.

AOC accuses Kellyanne Conway of using 'sexist' language

AOC accuses Kellyanne Conway of using 'sexist' language Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Kellyanne Conway "sexist" for saying the New York Democrat's feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a "catfight." "'Catfight' is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other," Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday in response to Conway. "The reason they find it so novel &exciting is bc the GOP haven’t elected enough women themselves to see that it can, in fact, be a normal occurrence in a functioning democracy." “Catfight” is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other.

Ocasio - Cortez said that she originally believed that the Speaker ’s actions were understandable. However, the D.C. transplant continued to add that she has since reevaluated her stance, and now has come to wonder if Pelosi ’s resistance to Ocasio - Cortez is indicative of a deeper problem .

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez of New York suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been "singling out" freshman congresswomen of color The House speaker made similar comments about Ocasio - Cortez in an April interview. “While there are people who have a large number of Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problem© Hannah Gaber, USAT House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swears in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , D-N.Y., on Jan. 3, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Enter New York’s 29-year-old "AOC,” a she is known, and her Democratic colleagues Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. These bold, young women of color — unbought and unbossed in the spirit of the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm — have turned the Democratic caucus on its head. They are unafraid to speak out, to call out, and demand the change that we are so often asked to delay or deny as women of color.

The current tensions erupted after the four women opposed a border spending bill they said failed to protect migrant children from President Donald Trump's policies. Pelosi criticized them in interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the women fought back, and AOC told the Washington Post that Pelosi had been "outright disrespectful." She accused her of "the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color."

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez 'being very disrespectful' to Pelosi

Trump: Ocasio-Cortez 'being very disrespectful' to Pelosi President Trump criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez amid a dispute between the freshman congresswoman and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez and U.S. Senator Ed Markey. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of neutering a climate change committee earlier this year

Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to address claims by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez that she’s singling out women of color for criticism, saying Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, actually have . Ocasio - Cortez fired back, first in a series of tweets and then in an interview with the

The issue here is NOT that Pelosi is a racist. In fact, Trump's Twitter attack Sunday on “'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" and his suggestion that they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" drew a strong defense of the four women from Pelosi, who called his comments xenophobic and evidence that he wanted to make America "white again."

Women of color are lagging behind

No, the real issue here is what we academics call “intersectionality" — the combined impact of racism, sexism and other types of discrimination on people and groups. In practice, it means that white women in power often take on the same characteristics of white men in power toward women of color.

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The effect on women of color is widespread. White women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to white men. Hispanic or Latina women earn 53 cents on the dollar. Black or African-American women earn 61 cents.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problem© Sophia A. Nelson Then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., at the Library of Congress on Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

White women have made notable advancements in industry, politics, academia and corporate America, whereas women of color make up only about 5% of corporate executives and there is only one woman of color heading a Fortune 500 company. In medical schools, law schools and law firms, while women overall have achieved parity or better, women of color lag far behind. I could go on and on with data points, but that is not the issue at hand.

Omar: 'We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead'

Omar: 'We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead' Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) sought to energize progressive activists on Saturday, telling a crowd that lawmakers shouldn't "ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead." 

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez says Nancy Pelosi is picking on newly elected women of color . Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , right , greeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before a ceremonial Ocasio - Cortez told The Washington Post that Pelosi 's criticism of her and other members of the

Ocasio - Cortez backs Pelosi for speaker as long as she 'remains the most progressive candidate'. Washington (CNN) Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez on Wednesday backed House Democratic "And I think when it comes to the leadership of the party that 's a conversation that I have , you know

When you need Trump to defend you as not being a racist, you must stop and consider why. What do I mean? On Friday, Trump told reporters that AOC had been "very disrespectful" to Pelosi. "I don't think that Nancy can let that go on," he added.

Trump, Pelosi should listen and learn

What the heck? What Trump really meant to say is that older white people like him, Biden, and yes, Pelosi, simply do not yet know how to deal with women of color being in power and holding their feet to the fire.

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Black women are deemed “angry.” Latina women are deemed fiery. And Muslim women are “radical.” These words often used to describe us are meant to marginalize and silence us.

The solution here is not for Speaker Pelosi to silence AOC or condemn her. It is to listen and learn and find a way to work together. This is not Congress in 1978, 1988 or 1998. This is 2019. People of color have a voice. Women of color have a voice.

These women are members of the United States Congress. These women of color have a national platform that empowers them and indeed demands of them that they speak up for themselves and their constituents.

Sophia A. Nelson is an MSNBC commentator, journalist and author of multiple books. Her most recent book is “E Pluribus One: Reclaiming Our Founders' Vision for a United America.” Follow her on Twitter: @IAmSophiaNelson

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