New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently appeared on The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast, where she discussed her first weeks in Washington DC. During the discussion, she recognized the privilege she has being born a cisgender woman.
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In the conversation, the topic of acknowledging one’s privileges in order to correct past wrongs came up.
‘If you haven’t had a transition in your life where, you know, you were maybe born poor or born without certain privileges and then especially as you transition into having certain privileges in your life, you actually see and feel and sense and taste and smell all of the differences,’ she explained.
‘If you’ve never experienced different treatment in your life, you wouldn’t know what different treatment feels like or looks like. And it’s really, really hard.’
In her opinion, everyone in the United States should recognize the privileges they have that others may not.
‘I’m a cisgendered woman,’ she stated. ‘I will never know the trauma of feeling like I’m not born in the right body. And that is a privilege that I have, no matter how poor my family was when I was born. But it’s really hard for some people to admit that they — you know, it’s part of this weird American Dream mythology that we have, that for a lot of — in a lot of circumstances isn’t as true or isn’t as clearly communicated as we’d like for it, or we wish it was.’
Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s full statement on acknowledging her own cisgender privilege below:
.@AOC: I acknowledge my “privilege” in being born “cisgendered”
“I’m a cisgendered woman, I will never know the trauma of feeling like I’m not born in the right body. That is a privilege I have no matter how poor my family was when I was born.” pic.twitter.com/QkviNMtLmv
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 30, 2019