WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised her fellow millennials and the subsequent Gen Z for being more ‘informed’ and ‘willing to go to the streets’ than older generations.
- She lauded the younger generations for having discussions that ‘older generations sometimes struggle to have.’
- AOC seemed to present the youth as pioneers of political activism — omitting actual historic protests.
Outspoken Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might just have called millennials the true Greatest Generation.
The 29-year-old New York Rep. praised the young generation in her latest Instagram live video. She said that her fellow millennials and the subsequent Gen Z are more “informed” and “willing to go to the streets” than older generations.
“I think they’re badass,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “I think young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors.”
AOC also commended her generation’s familiarity with history: “They actually take the time to read and understand our history. The history of the labor movement, history of civil rights, history of racial struggles, history of economics, history of the United States, history of colonialism.”
She proceeded to call the younger generations “profoundly courageous” for having discussions “that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have.”
AOC declared, “I think this new generation is very profound and very strong and very brave, because they’re actually willing to go to the streets.”
She continued, “Previous generations have just assumed that [the] government’s got it.” She then advised the older generations: “Let me tell you something: You are the government. As a democracy, ‘we the people’ means you.”
While the Queens-Bronx Democrat said that she doesn’t “want to paint everybody with a broad brush,” she seemed to present the youth as pioneers of political activism — omitting actual historic protests.
Just to name a few: the Vietnam War protests, the push for racial equality of the 1960s, and the WWII generation that thwarted authoritarian rule. One might remember former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw calling the WWII generation “The Greatest Generation” in his 1998 book.
The freshman congresswoman has previously taken to Instagram to voice out her opinions, which usually end up offending several groups of people.
Back in June, she likened the Trump administration’s illegal immigrant detention on the Mexican border to “concentration camps,” which drew some backlash from Jewish groups and politicians.
Source: New York Post