Ocasio-Cortez urges Americans to 'go deep' and 'love bigger' to break grip of white supremacy

Ocasio-Cortez urges Americans to 'go deep' and 'love bigger' to break grip of white supremacy
Image via Screengrab

In now viral footage of remarks from a Monday night vigil for victims of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this past weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appealed directly to the growing number of Americans who are "falling into the grips of white supremacy" in an effort to combat divisiveness and hatred with a message of love.


"What I have to say to the young men and increasingly some of the young women in this country... that find themselves getting radicalized in a funnel of vitriol towards Latinos, towards immigrants, towards African Americans, towards all people black, towards all people Jewish, towards all people of different faiths, what I have to say to you is, come back," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Because there is a mother waiting for you. I know it."

"I know there's a teacher waiting for you, saying, 'What happened to my kid? What happened to my friend?'" the New York congresswoman continued. "And we will always be here and hold space for you to come back. We will love you back. You are not too far gone."

Ocasio-Cortez's speech spread quickly online, with nearly two million people viewing the clip since it was posted Tuesday.

The New York Democrat also spoke bluntly about President Donald Trump's hate-filled rhetoric, saying there is no reason to ask whether the president is a racist.

"When we allude to people as an invasion, as an infestation, we are directly pulling from the language of white supremacy," said Ocasio-Cortez. "So I don't want to hear the question, 'Is this president racist?' anymore. He is."

Watch:

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.