“Some decided it was uncalled for and un-American especially on #MemorialWeekend when we are supposed to honor those who died serving our country. Didn’t realize that this day and age a simple 2 word phrase would upset some people. #WeAreAllAmerican #LetsStopTheHate #HispanicsAlsoDiedForAmerica”
Maybe someone needs to tell those disgruntled fans that Texas is 32 percent Latino, so they might want to get used to that phrase.
But if it’s offensive Spanish phrases they’re looking for, we have a truckload worse than “good morning.”
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a political figure who has risen on the national (and even international) political platform like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This powerful and hyper-smart Latina has taken the Washington establishment by storm through intelligent remarks, thorough knowledge of facts and policies, and a capacity for verbal sparring that verges on the prodigious. Since her successful and much-publicized campaign, she made her political platform clear: social, economic and racial justice. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a proud Puerto Rican from the Bronx.
Taboo topics like race were not swept under the rug by this New York Latina but rather spoken about loudly and clearly.
Regardless of your political beliefs, it is undeniable that since the rise of Barack Obama in 2006-2007 as a legitimate contender for the presidency, no person of color had gathered so much attention. She has even inspired a comic that portrays her as a kick-ass superhero! The US Representative for the 14th District of New York was elected on November 6, 2018, and since she took office has put forward promising policies such as the New Green Deal, a thorough plan to tackle climate change.
Her no-nonsense attitude has earned her the love and support of millions of Americans who are tired of the establishment.
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Alexandria is anything but reckless. Her arguments are well constructed and she has become an expert at cross-examining witnesses in congressional hearings. She is only 29-years-old but wise beyond her years, at least in a political sense. Most likely because she is non-white and because she is a woman, the conservative end of the political spectrum (and particularly the alt-right) has often gone on the attack on basically ANYTHING Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does. Really, it sometimes verges on the ridiculous, like when . Even within the Democratic Party AOC has raised some eyebrows. And really, if she was a man wouldn’t she be mentioned alongside other presidential hopefuls such as Beto O’Rourke?
Just like Barack Obama ten years before her, AOC has used social media as a tool to engage with her constituents and to engage with other politicians on both sides of the aisle. AOC has become famous for her Twitter takedowns, in which she uses irony and reason (a lethal one-two combination!) to counter her adversaries.
1. Andrew Pollack, school safety activist, founder of Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety
Policies towards Israel are always a touchy subject in American politics. In this exchange, AOC clearly sets her values: her vote is for protecting kids, regardless of their heritage.
2. Andy Barr, US Representative for Kentucky through an exchange with Sahil Kapur, political commentator, national political reporter for Bloomberg News
AOC has upset some colleagues who play it very traditional… she offered to debate Barr and he refused for personal reasons, so she offered to fly him and accommodate his every need. Owned.
3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
AOC has been described by conservatives as a socialist, a bad word in American politics (there are few cases of people who are openly socialist and successful in politics, like Bernie Sanders). In this tweet, AOC breaks apart propaganda efforts to discredit her.
4. Chris Cox, National Rifle Association lobbyist
It is no secret that AOC has a tough stance regarding gun laws: she thinks they need to change. Here, she totally owns an NRA lobbyist who told her that her district is not “real America.” Well, AOC argues, millions of American citizens would beg to disagree.
5. Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald Trump
Things recently got ugly between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kellyanne Conway, one of the most controversial faces of the Trump presidency. Conway questioned why AOC hadn’t voiced her condolences after the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks that targeted Christians. In a masterful stroke of political rhetorics, AOC did the following: critiqued Trump’s handling of relief efforts in Puerto Rico, unmasked Conway’s attempt to delegitimize AOC’s religious life (a textbook maneuver to discredit candidates and something that Obama also faced), and, finally, proposed that the administration be more welcoming of immigrants that are feeling religious prosecution all around the world. Ouch, eso duele.
6. The Judicial System
The recent college admissions scandal that rocked Hollywood brought to light cases in which other parents, particularly people of color, have been jailed for lying to the education system. Being consistent with her motto of achieving racial justice, AOC highlighted the contradictions of how Americans of different origins are treated by the law.
7. Andy Barr, again…
Ocasio-Cortez retweeted this story by Michael Deibert, an author and scholar. In the story, he points out that Barr had no idea there were no coal miners in his district. This was after he invited AOC to meet them and see for herself how “damaging” her Green New Deal would be.
8. Her Opponents
Remember Obama’s famous photograph with his feed on the desk showing off the beaten down soles of his shoes? Well, this political trope was replicated by AOC, who posted this photograph of her shoes. The message is clear: it was her work ethic that got her the election, and nothing else. Get of your traseros if you wanna beat her!
9. John Cardillo, journalist
When this dude questioned her electorate, she not only defended them but also took a stab at a certain type of conservative (el tio conservador).
10. Charlie Kirk, conservative and founder of Turning Point USA, who first posted this, after AOC did a photoshoot with a magazine:
Bam! AOC totally owned this dude. First, she let him know how menso he is. Then, she name-dropped two of the issues she fights for (a fair living wage and public health for all) and then she presumes her shopping skills. Dolor!
11. Ryan Saavedra (and Ben Shapiro for good measure)
The message is here: her politics are action, not reaction. Women do not have to dance at the beat of men or just make themselves available when dudes wish to. You go, AOC!
12. Eddie Scarry, journalist for the Washington Examiner
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received all sorts of banal critiques during her short but high profile political career. How dare she dance? Who does she think she is, right? Look at her, look at her.
13. Fox News
Fox News published this screen to point fingers at AOC. Her reply: yes, that is pretty much what I believe in, which her supporters, such as online journalist Liz Plank, applauded.
If there is anything we can all agree on is that AOC is not shy about putting people in their place on social media.
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Who can forget the moment Conservatives thought they caught AOC in a scandal because of a dancing video form college? Somehow, the GOP thought this was the scandal that would end the Congresswoman. It backfired spectacularly.
For those that believe Latinos automatically do well in Spanish class think again. The Spanish language among Latinos continues to decline. According to Pew Research, 73 percent of Latinos spoke Spanish at home in 2015, which has dropped from 78 percent in 2006. That’s to say, the younger generation of Latinos do not go hand-in-hand with Spanish as it is believed to be, and that’s what makes this story so extraordinary.
A 17-year-old Chicago student got a perfect score on his Spanish AP exam.
Before you think, well, of course, he got a perfect score, he’s Latino. That assumption that young Latinos understand Spanish and write it perfectly is entirely ridiculous. Speaking Español with mom and dad is not the same as writing comprehension in Spanish.
Out of 189,658 students, Arturo Ballesteros from Chicago was one of 100 to get a perfect score.
“I saw I had gotten a perfect score and was like, ‘Oh my God,’” the high school junior told NBC News. “I was blown out of the water.”
Ballesteros was in shock because he didn’t believe he did that well on the test.
“On some of the sections, I felt like I could’ve done better,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
His teacher, Benita Arguellez at Back of the Yards College Prep and Principal Patricia Brekke, knew Ballesteros had it in him.
“He has an incredible level of humility,” Brekke told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Yes, he’s incredibly smart, we all know that. But he’s a really good person, and that’s what makes him great.”
“Everything comes natural to him. He’s able to elaborate with the richest vocabulary,” Arguellez added.
So what exactly does this Spanish AP test cover? Lots.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the exam includes 65 multiple choice questions, a written persuasive essay that must outline “the value of digital library resources over physical texts,” a business email response, “an impromptu two-minute presentation comparing the cultural norms around keeping pets in Mexico and the United States, and discuss the merits of a career in law with a hypothetical acquaintance. All in conversational, college-level Spanish.” Holy cow.
Ballesteros credits embracing his Latino culture and the Spanish language for his perfect score, and of course, his parents.
“Spanish is a really great language. It’s the second most spoken language in the world,” Ballesteros told NBC News. “So I would say to students and young people who come from Spanish-speaking families to embrace that and learn from a young age, because it will be useful in your professional and academic life.”
He added that it is because of his parents that he will hopefully attend the University of Chicago when he graduates.
“I told my parents because I owe my accomplishments to them, but I don’t like to randomly talk about myself like that or come off as arrogant.”