You, the person reading this story right now, are up on the news. You’re “in the know” as it were. But not everyone is a news junkie. Some people have forgone Twitter for a life filled with so much more than hashtags. As such, these people may not know the bug-eyed face of socialism’s newest supermodel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was asked for ID (because security in Washington DC is kind of a big deal), and has turned this ID check into an anthem for WOMEN OF COLOR:
– Dem Spouse + Member luncheon were at the same time today. I was sent to spouse event.
– Last night I was stopped bc it was assumed I was an intern/staffer
– Next time try believing women + people of color when they talk about their experiences being a woman or person of color https://t.co/xXwAUegQNI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 15, 2018
Unless the person stoping Alexandria specifically said “you look like an intern/staffer” then it sounds like Alexandria is assigning a sexist motive. Here’s another theory:
There are more interns/staffers than there are congressmen and congresswomen. Most of those interns/staffers are young. Alexandria Nina Pinta Santa Maria Cortez is a young woman, not even thirty-years-old. Ergo, going by the numbers, it’s a safer bet if you’re not obsessed with Twitter, to assume Nina Pinta is an intern/staffer.
There’s an easy fix for this: “Oh no, I’m actually not a staffer. I’m newly elected Congresswoman Cortez from New York. I’m actually one of the youngest people ever elected, so I can totally understand the confusion. Can you please direct me to the member luncheon?”
It’s called polite diplomacy, a necessary skill for politicians/human beings. Because a man who’s not yet thirty, white, black or green, would likely be assumed to be an intern/staffer.
Does racism/sexism exist? Of course. Was this an example of it? Probably not. Sounds like a case of “You’re young, new, and kind of an entitled brat.” Read also Alexandria Cortez Can’t Afford a DC Apartment. Wants an ‘Electoral’ Fix?
Get over yourself, Cortez.