Is socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez getting really out there?
She’s out promoting urban farming by selecting the kinds of crops she thinks her constituents should be growing. And naturally, those crops to be grown are viewed through the prism of “colonialism,” not the actual growing climate, which ironically, she claims to be an expert on.
According to Fox News:
The New York Democrat, who introduced the proposal to tackle climate change by radically transforming the economy, posted a series of Instagram videos filmed in her home state talking about community gardens as a “core component” of her proposal.
“What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important,” she said as she filmed a community garden in the Bronx.
“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.'”
She went on to add that growing cauliflower in such gardens is a “colonial approach” and the reason communities of color oppose environmentalist movements.
“But when you really think about it — when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows [yuca] instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism,” Ocasio-Cortez 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.”
There are so many things wrong with this I almost don’t know where to begin.
For starters, like yuca, cauliflower most certainly is a staple of Caribbean cuisines common to the Bronx and Queens, starting with Jamaican, which has lots of cauliflower recipes if you look. Cauliflower is most frequently found in cuisines influenced by India, and guess what: the Caribbean is loaded with such influences, from Jamaica to Trinidad to Guyana, or most any place the colonial Brits cast anchor. The Brits, however, didn’t introduce the cauliflower; the colonized Indians with them were the ones who did, and the Caribbean islands made the cuisine their very own. Jerk cauliflower? Not a British invention. V.S. Naipaul (notice the name), from Trinidad and Tobago, certainly would have understood this. Since I have lived in Ocasio-Cortez’s represented Bronx, near the Elder Avenue subway stop, I can tell you Guyanese and Jamaican immigrants are well represented in the area.