New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used a southern accent while delivering a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organization in a Manhattan hotel.
Critics slammed the inauthentic nature of her accent.
Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living. pic.twitter.com/FIbIAPokt0
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 5, 2019
This is not the first time Democrats tried to connect with a black audience by deviating from their normal speaking pattern.
Hillary Clinton, the former State Department head and former presidential candidate, also used a southern accent while speaking to a black audience.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ain’t nothing wrong with that,’ the freshman Democrat drawled while speaking on Friday at Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in the Sheraton Times Square in Manhattan.
‘I’m proud to be a bartender. Ain’t nothing wrong with that,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy.’
In her speech, Ocasio-Cortez addressed reparations for black American descendants of slaves.
Ocasio-Cortez called for “pursuing an agenda of reparations,” and received a lot of criticism on Twitter:
This is what pandering to black people looks like @AOC
As a young black male from Harlem, your speech was not for me and my community
Video below of AOC changing her vernacular to pander to black people
The left has never cared about black people, only votes pic.twitter.com/5uf4cSW0CM
— Khaliq Rodriquez?? (@khaliqrodriquez) April 6, 2019
Responding to the criticism, Ocasio-Cortez defended herself on Twitter:
Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same.
Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up.
My Spanish is the same way.
These conspiracy mills are ?. https://t.co/8li33Jd6DL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 5, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s southern accent was insincere and she was indeed pandering to black voters.