AOC Says ‘Environmental Racism’ Is A ‘Preexisting Condition’ During COVID-19 Crisis


Last week during an interview, far-left Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that “environmental racism” is a “preexisting condition.”

AOC told the progressive program “Democracy Now!” that the coronavirus has hit hardest in places like New York where the many minority residents might have suffered the worst because of inequality.

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AOC Goes Straight to the Race Angle

“Inequality, environmental racism, these are preexisting conditions. And when you have a pandemic, similar to what we saw with Hurricane Maria, when you have a, a natural disaster or an event like a pandemic hit communities that have already been ravaged by weakened healthcare systems, weakened infrastructure — the South Bronx has one of the highest childhood asthma rates in the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“When we talk about environmental racism, we’re talking about illegal dumping,” AOC continued. “We’re talking about concentrating waste sites and concentrating highways and trucking zones through the poorest communities in the country, and the blackest communities and the brownest communities.”

‘COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations’

“And so, we already have an issue of extreme and acute concentration of respiratory illnesses in the Bronx,” she said. “That is largely due to the trucking that comes through here, through the environmental inequalities that come through here.”

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted last week that “COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations” due to the related deaths “disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.”

“Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions,” she added. “Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”

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We are in a global pandemic that threatens our health and economy and the Democratic congresswoman insists on somehow making this crisis about race.

Did you expect anything less?

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