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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Clapped Back On Twitter After GOP Leader Refused To Call Her By Her Name

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently a congresswoman (the youngest ever, actually) representing New York’s 14th district. She is a Latina who is not afraid to speak her mind. But being outspoken has unfortunately put her on the receiving end of a lot of hate. 

She is one of the most well-known politicians of our time, yet her colleagues want to pull a Mariah…

According to John Bresnahan on Twitter, GOP Leader, Kevin McCarthy is acting like he doesn’t know Ocasio-Cortez and refers to her as Congresswoman AOC. Reminder, she has been working in her current position for seven months, soon to be eight and is constantly on national headlines.

McCarthy did not respond to Bresnahan’s tweet, but Ocasio-Cortez replied with a smart remark and poked fun at the situation while also highlighting the immense amount of disrespect.

For those who do not know, Ocasio-Cortez’ initials are AOC, which she uses as her Twitter handle. However, you wouldn’t refer to your colleagues by their username on social media.

When you’re in public you don’t just say, ‘hey @[insertusernameyouthoughtofinhighschoolandneverletgoofhere], how’s it going?’ 

Users on Twitter came to laugh about the whole ordeal with Ocasio-Cortez.

But, just in case it wasn’t obvious that AOC is NOT her real name.

TBH, he probably has trouble rolling his Rs.

Pssst, the reason so many people call Ocasio-Cortez AOC is because they can’t pronounce her full name. 

If you’re going to refer to her by her initials, then at least get them right. It makes you wonder if she’s ever been in the same room as someone who has called her that. Imagine being in a meeting with her and referring to her as Miss OAC. Yikes. Awkward, right? 

It’s honestly not a very difficult name to say or pronounce. People were able to pronounce Daenerys, just saying.

Users slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter for giving the tweet any attention.

No matter what she says on twitter, she will always be met with pushback. Even through Ocasio-Cortez was trying to make light of the situation, many people replied to her rudely and claimed she was complaining about it and asking for attention. 

The joke completely went over this person’s head. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think she’s important. She KNOWS she is a force to be reckoned with. You know you’re doing something right when you have a bunch of trolls in your replies trying to bring you down. 

Wow, I didn’t know that being referred to your actual name was a privilege.

Many of the replies under Ocasio-Cortez’ subtweet were also vile and rude. These comments claim that there are much “better” names to call the young politician, such as bartender and other derogatory names. 

Ocasio-Cortez once stated in a tweet that “ words matter, and can have consequences for safety.” Although no comments directly threatened her, it is important to remember that many of them are rooted in misogyny and are inherently violent. 

One thing I have learned is to NEVER let anyone butcher your name or take its pronunciation for granted. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about your name. Whether it be in an academic setting or at the workplace, always stick up for your name, you deserve that. If people can take the time to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, then they can say your name. 

*When you make a joke online and people come to bully you about it because they don’t know it’s a joke*

Twitter users came to Ocasio-Cortez’ side and defended her against the trolls. 

Twitter handles aren’t names. We aren’t that deep into our social media that we call each other by our internet names (at least not yet.) 

But the situation is so much more than just a string of 3 letters. 

Yes, AOC is what Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to as on social media and by the press. Her initials are instantly recognizable and we know exactly who they are referring to when see the letters, AOC. After all, referring to someone by their initials can be cool and fun sometimes because you can bring out a whole new persona out of them that you never knew existed. Let’s take RBG, for example. The initials stand for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Many people call her RBG and have even nicknamed her notorious RBG, but you would not go up to her and call her that. She’s worked too hard her whole life to not be called Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by her colleagues. 

No one can deny the importance of a name. Names represent who we are. When you refer to someone by their name, whether it be the one given to them at birth or not, it is letting them know that you see them. You are acknowledging their presence, what it took for them to get to where they are today, and most importantly that they are welcome there. 

In this case, calling Ocasio-Cortez by her name would mean to recognize her worth as more than just the new person in Congress. Even though others in Congress might not support her views or agree with her completely, she managed to get a seat in the government despite her age, background, and lack of income because people believed in her vision for a better future. It’s like when you and a co-worker hold the same position in a job and they still baby you because of your age. She is not a child, nor is she a naive newcomer who doesn’t know what she got herself into. She is a fierce Latina fighting for what she believes in and should be treated with respect. 

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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