AOC links racial injustice to climate change while promoting Green New Deal, dubbed 'dumb chick from New York'

AOC was mocked for her speech at the Capitol, where she promoted the Green New Deal and brought race into the issue

                            AOC links racial injustice to climate change while promoting Green New Deal, dubbed 'dumb chick from New York'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez connected racism to climate change while re-introducing the Green New Deal on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

Is the climate crisis caused by racism? That may be hard to believe, but it is, according to New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). Speaking to the press in front of the Capitol, the Congresswoman was promoting her Green New Deal (GND) policies on Tuesday, April 20. That's when she made the claim that racial justice is linked to climate change. 

Talking about the climate crisis, AOC said, "The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice, and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost". She went on to add, "which means that we must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change, that the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change".


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a news conference held to re-introduce the Green New Deal at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)


Critics and trolls were quick to latch on to her words, especially the part where she mentioned racial justice. The phrase caught the attention of many on social media on April 22, after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was trolled for saying she hadn't read AOC's bills. The Georgia Rep. challenged AOC to a debate, "after I finish reading all 14 pages". AOC didn't respond to the tweet. 

Over the last week, AOC has unveiled two major pieces of legislation that she intends to bring before the House for a vote. The first is the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act. Introduced by AOC along with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the bill aims to modernize the country's housing units to make them more energy-efficient. She also introduced the Green New Deal for Cities Act of 2021, along with Rep Cori Bush. 

The speech she made was part of her push for the two acts to reach the House floor. She relaunched the GND, first introduced in 2019, as President Joe Biden is set to host the Earth Day Climate Summit virtually on April 22 and 23. While Biden has signaled strong support for more environmentally friendly initiatives, he hasn't yet publicly stated support for AOC's controversial GND proposals. 

As of reporting, many social media users have begun resharing the clip from that speech and trolling AOC for her comments. 

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listen during a news conference held to re-introduce the Green New Deal on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

'You can't make this crap up' slams Twitter

One person tweeted, "AOC says “climate change is a result of racism”. You can’t make this crap up. And MANY people on the left are applauding this stupid woman." Another tweeted, "AOC said: "Stomping on racial justice is the cause of climate change because we allow people to deprive themselves of their human rights..." I think AOC farts too much and carbon dioxide levels are too high"





One user joked, "Today, we were told by AOC that climate change creates racial inequality. Now, we're told by Cathie that $BTC solves the climate crisis. Therefore, using deductive reasoning, I conclude that $BTC solves racism! Of course, Greta, Cathie, AOC and I will share the Nobel prize."



"Somehow racism and covid have caused climate change which is causing a new world order? Nothing weird going on here just insane AOC leftist liberal logic hiding communism" one person commented. Another user tweeted, "@AOC you gotta stop making up shit!!! How the hell climate change got to do with racism? You're st... d green new deal is not gonna go through!!! Do me a favor make your self useful for american people. Stop ruining America!"





Another slammed her and said, "AOC is only good at acting. She has no debate skills and knows nothing of substance. AOC: “Climate Change is RACISM”. How could you even think about debating an idiot that says somethinglike that!!!?" One user tweeted, "@AOC Your understanding of climate change is the dumbest and most idiotic statement I have ever heard. Thank GOD we don't give BA's to dumb people. Grow up and get a brain. For ever in history you will be known as the dumb chick from New York."





Progressive Democrats are pushing heavily for more eco-friendly policies under the banner of the GND. Republicans meanwhile, have hit back calling the proposals "a disaster" and claiming they would adversely affect the American economy. On the campaign trail, Biden promised to make climate change a key focus of his presidency. His website still says, "Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face." He stops short, however, of endorsing the proposals and offers an alternative, dubbed the 'Biden Plan' instead. 

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