New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chalked up anger and frustration from white people as merely a side effect of what is known as "white fragility"—a sociological term for white people who allegedly get defensive when confronted with racial inequity.
The Hill posted a snippet of AOC's take on white fragility via Twitter on Saturday.
Ocasio-Cortez said that she thinks "even the term 'white fragility' can really set a lot of people off, and saying 'what do you mean I'm fragile?'"
The congresswoman pointed out that white people getting frustrated about being accused of white fragility is "ironic," in that white people are getting frustrated about being accused of being frustrated or angry.
She continued by saying that "the term is kind of self-evocative in that way."
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the United States Congress as being "about 90% white" until recently, which "means that there are a lot of blind spots." She added that she had "seen a lot" in congress since she took her post.
The congresswoman concluded the segment that it is "really, really difficult to confront" the idea of white fragility among her colleagues in office, adding that some people's "political comfort" is prioritized above other people's "ability to survive."
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