Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Welfare & Poverty
"So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were 'sucks' on our country," she said.
"And it's this whole tragedy of the commons type of thinking where it's like because this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that's not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "It gives people a logical reason, a 'logical' reason to say, 'Oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.'"
OCASIO-CORTEZ: There's so much focus on this endorsement [but it's just one part of a] broad-based coalition of people.
Q: What is your definition of democratic socialist?
OCASIO-CORTEZ: In a modern, moral and wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live. And to me, that means every working class American in this country should have access to dignified health care without going broke. It means you should be able to send your kids to college and trade school if they so choose. And no person should feel precarious in their access to housing.
Q: Older Americans hear "the S word" and they tie it to ugly governments from Europe and the past.
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Democrats are a big tent party. I'm not trying to impose an ideology on all several hundred members of Congress. It's not about selling an -ism or an ideology or a label or a color. This is about selling our values.
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