‘We Don’t Talk Like That!’: Ocasio-Cortez Receives Huge Backlash After Using ‘Black Accent’ At NAN Conference

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Freshman Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez infuriated many in the Black community when she adopted a ‘Black Accent’ while speaking to a majority-black audience at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention. Social media was especially harsh at her cultural appropriation, which was rather stereotypical and demeaning. Ocasio-Cortez immediately got defensive and angry that her offensive behavior was questioned.

“Folks talking about my voice can step right off,” Ocasio-Cortez shot back at critics on Twitter.

“Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up,” she added. “My Spanish is the same way.”

Then she went on to list a number of low level jobs, in the service industry, using her time as a bartender as a jumping off point.

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”

The National Action Network is a nonprofit civil rights organization founded by Sharpton based in New York City. It advocates for criminal justice reform and police accountability and against voter ID laws, among other issues.

The response on social media was deafening!

“In case you’re wondering, this is what blackface sounds like,” John Cardillo wrote.

Campus Reform’s Lawrence Jones had a few choice words for AOC:

“Hey, @AOC I wore the vest because CBP told me to but, what’s your excuse for talking like this?! #WedontTalkLikeThat”

Black Activist Jamarcus Dove-Simmons seriously called her out on the blatant stereotyping.

She trying too hard. The accent is so obvious😂 “Ain’t nun wrong with dat”

Every African-American does not talk in this way. I guess you’re trying to “win the black vote.” This ain’t it, @AOC

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Jorden Goodwin responded: “Why do y’all think you have to speak anything but proper when addressing black people??? Disgusting. No excuse.”

Then followed up with:

This embarrassment of a woman @AOC really got up there and did that raggedy accent in front of all those black people. PSA: Not all black people are improper. Not all black people fold clothes and drive buses.

Khaliq Rodriquez, the National Director of Advancement for @BCMAmerica het her hard as well:

“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”

He also hit Ocasio-Cortez on her stereotype:

“Dear @AOC

Me and every other black person can do more than just a bartender, a retail worker, a waiter or a bus driver If this is all you think black people can do you have a serious problem”

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It went on..and on…and on…

“@AOC I am a conservative black female veteran and received backlash from the left by calling me a coon etc…but it’s okay for YOU to talk this way? are you going to wear blackface next?


“#WedontTalkLikeThat @AOC Appropriating Fake “black dialect”. I mean how about “yussuh,” or “no maam,” or “dees ride heeya””

Black High School Activist CJ Pearson also chimed in.


If a conservative, or worse, President Trump, had used the same abhorrent behavior, they would have been excoriated for weeks in the media. Thankfully, Ocasio-Cortez seems to not be getting a pass.

Hillary Clinton was also widely mocked for adopting what some called a “blaccent” before a mostly black audience in Selma, Ala., in 2007. The Drudge Report dubbed her “Southern Fried Hillary.”

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