Last Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) A parody of itself in a video "story" on Instagram. She proposed to tell Spanish communities in New York to grow cauliflower instead of yucca constituting "colonial environment" and that climate change approaches should involve working with local leaders rather than introducing one size fits all – all solutions (* ahem * as green new deal) . Yes, it was a real video from Ocasio-Cortez and not a conservative parody. She's parodying herself.
"What I love is to cultivate plants that are culturally familiar to society, so important," Ocasio-Cortez says in his stream of short videos. "It's such a core component of the Green New Deal that makes all these projects make sense in a cultural context, and it's an area we get the most recall of … because people say why do you? It is too difficult. "
She then attacked a very rational scientific complaint about horticulture that was inherently bigoted.
"But when you really think about it when someone says it's too hard to make a green room that grows yucca instead of I don't. You don't know cauliflower or anything you're doing is that You take a colonial approach to environmental science and therefore many color communities are resistant to certain environmental movements because they come with a colonial lens on them and it should be no surprise that some of these projects sometimes do not pull out sometimes because our communities, of course, are able to live in an environmentally conscious manner, "Ocasio-Cortez said.
"Many of us are one or two generations removed from living in the country. My family in Puerto Rico lives in many ways out of the country," she added, as if this should make her an agricultural authority.
"But if I went to a predominantly white community and said," Okay, you're going to be growing plantains and yucca and all those things that you don't know how to cook and your palate isn't accustomed to, & # 39; it gets a little sweet for a little bit, but it's not easy, and you have to do it as easily as possible to just float into those communities and to make it work, "Ocasio- Cortez.
"So you have the same thing that you do not come into a community and impose what you think is right. That's what so many community development projects get wrong, "she said. What you need to do is plug and find leaders in these communities and support them and just pay attention when talking about these things. "[1
This is the exact opposite of the Green New Deal, which sets impossible standards for decarbonization and calls for mandatory rebuilding of each building in America imposes a "right" for "safe, affordable, suitable housing", but Americans should be tragically aware of the types of housing that the government gives and considers "safe, affordable, and adequate." Let's just say pe Ople won't Be content, and Ocasio-Cortez's idea that the government should determine what housing counts as "appropriate" will hit most community leaders in the wrong way.
If the claims of colonialism are these, they are both absurd and recurrent. 19659002] First, New York is scientifically much better suited to cauliflower planting than edible yucca. Cauliflower comes from the Mediterranean and grows in moist soil conditions. Yucca comes from Mexico and grows in dry conditions – just as far north as Canada, but still in a dry climate. There is a major reason why yucca does not grow on the coasts, and especially in New York.
When someone says it is difficult to grow yucca in New York, they do not spit colonialism but science. Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez should renovate the subject if she wants to force America into a new dark age by weaponizing the pseudoscience of climateism and scaremongering. Perhaps an interest in the actual science will convince her that the models of the alarms should not be trusted.
Secondly, Ocasio-Cortez's suggestion that traditional ways of cultivating from native societies should be the model of America's multicultural economy should be ridiculous. Not only do people of Mexican heritage live in New York, but they are able to buy plantains and yucca shipped from Central America. Although yucca could grow in New York, it would be wiser for New Yorkers to grow food like cauliflower and sell them to buy yucca grown elsewhere.
In addition, Americans are learning to make different foods all the time, and as the economy makes more types of food more widely available, millennia are branched out in taste and cooking.
As a white man who loves yucca and plantains, I found Ocasio-Cortez's discouraging attack on white people's provincial tastes quite disgusting. Does this democrat who would restore the US economy seriously believe that only Latinos should enjoy yucca and plantains? Is it cultural grants to enjoy food from other cultures? When some foods are American – Chinese food, for example – cultural tastes are lost, but millennia are increasingly looking for authentic flavors in other parts of the world.
Tragically, the Ocasio-Cortez anti-science rant fits well in the narrative of cross section. Based on the idea of indigenous people being repressed, some have argued that science itself is a suppressive Western structure to be eradicated. It is ironic, however, to see a democrat – in the name of science – pushing something as unscientific as this "original agriculture" for growing yucca in New York. Even with a changing climate, it is quite straightforward.
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