AOC says Planting This Common Veggie is a sign Colonialism
House Dems are constantly going on about impeaching Trump or bashing him in one or another. In an odd change of pace Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought something new to the table. She was at a community garden and pumping up her plans for the new green deal when she decided to bash a particular vegetable for the oddest reason.
She recorded herself talking about the garden and at first, it seemed like a pretty innocent video, as she was giving props to the people that had taken the time to grow their own food. But then things took an odd turn when she got to people planting cauliflower.
“What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important. So that’s really how you do it right. That is such a core component of the Green New Deal is having all of these projects make sense in a cultural context, and it’s an area that we get the most pushback on because people say, ‘Why do you need to do that? That’s too hard.’”
“But when you really think about it — when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows Yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism,” AOC said.
“That is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them.”
“If I went to a predominately white community and said ok you guys are going to be growing plantains and yucca and all these things you don’t know how to cook and that your palette isn’t accustomed to. Its gonna be like cute for a little bit, but it’s not easy. You need to make it as easy as possible to flow into these communities and make it work.”
Watch The Video Below.
What did cauliflower ever do to her…It looks like this is just another case of a AOC confusing the message or at least I hope so. She rambled quite a but for what appears to be a two-sentence point. She was just trying to say it is important to connect with communities and understand their culture as opposed to forcing your own on them. If there is more to what she is saying then she really needs to be more clear.
As far as cauliflower she’s being ridiculous. People can plant whatever they want wherever. I think the plant selection in a community garden is going to depend on who is running it and what plants are available. No one chooses a plant as a political statement. All races like cauliflower last time I checked.
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