House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under criticism by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who complained in an interview that she is being given too much work to do:
“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees… So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.” -AOC
Pelosi responded with this statement:
“So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it… But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.” -Nancy Pelosi
Ocasio-Cortez responded in an interview with The Washington Post:
“…the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” -AOC
These comments suggest that Nancy Pelosi is racist and sexist for being critical of the junior representative.
Should racism be defined as political discourse between white and non-white politicians? That seems preposterous.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw took to Twitter making the point that Pelosi has fallen victim to a political culture that allows for these kind of racial low-blows:
Madam Speaker, welcome to the true nature of identity politics – where you’re accused of being racist for no reason at all, and where intellectually lazy insults are used against you as a way to replace substantive debate of your argument or idea.
The political culture among Democrats has become increasingly toxic for some time. If you are criticized for any reason, blame racism. If you don’t get your way, blame sexism. The racist-sexist-bigot-homophobe defense has run its course and has become tiresome.
It isn’t just wrong to falsely claim racism because of normal political disagreement. There are situations where real racism exists, but when so many ridiculous, false claims or made, it adds to the noise, making it more difficult to discern when a claim of racism is made legitimately.
Falsely making these grandstanding claims, encourages racism and bigotry to occur. AOC not only had an adolescent episode over not getting what she wanted, but she increased the threshold at which rightful claims of racism are taken seriously. It is analogous to falsely crying wolf, or shouting fire in a crowded theater.
There are real fires in the world. There are real wolves among the sheep. By making these lazy, dishonest claims, AOC enables bad actors lurking in the shadows to come out, and when they do, will anyone notice?