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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Runs Emotional Race to Knock Down The House

On Election Day in 2016, I was so proud to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton alongside my Mom. Needless to say, we now know the repercussions of those results as America faces an administration preferring to  build walls separating humanity, major cuts to health care and taxes that adversely affect the working class. Women all across America were fired up and mad as hell. As a result, a record number of women were elected to Congress in 2018. Director Rachel LearsKnock Down The House follows the journey of four women – Nevada’s Amy Viilela, Missouri’s Cori Bush, West Virginia’s Jean Swearengin and the scrappy young chick from the Bronx – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

As a female film critic of color, I get all sorts of dehumanizing, insulting comments. They pale in comparison to what these women had to endure in the political lane. Being called stupid, young, inexperienced, brave and told you gotta be “bitch” to make an impact is just plain ridiculous. Like one of the candidates say in the film. I’m not a dog. In each instance, these woman ran against established politicians, some of which were political dynasties like the Clay family in St. Louis or one of the most powerful democrats in Congress – Representative Joe Crowley from New York.

While running against Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley couldn’t even be bothered to show his face at an early debate. Why? This is someone who was elected to a political seat representing the Bronx, Queens and Rikers Island that lived in Virginia. Let that sink in for a minute. Organizations like Brand New Congress elevated these women to work and support each other instead of tearing one another other down and apart all in the name of “Making America Great Again.” Women all over the country are accomplishing that task by placing the power back into the working class and away from the same old political status quo – middle-aged white men who have become complacent, lazy and more interested in lining their pockets with corporate PAC money than caring about what’s best for the American people. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “The time is always ripe to do right.”

Watching this film was particularly emotional for me. I was watching history, proud women were taking a stand, making a difference and not backing down. Knock Down The House made me proud I live in a country where women have the freedom to pursue any type of professional we choose. The road isn’t always easy depending on the lane, but at the end of the day, for every ten rejections – you get one acceptance and that’s when you win everything.

At the Q&A afterwards, when Cori Bush was asked if she would run again, “I gotta represent my community, but I gotta represent myself first. Yes, I’m a woman of color, a black woman with big hips and I plan to take these hips to Congress.” We need a machine to make a movement and it has already begun with the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the documentary Knock Down The House produced by Netflix and will be available for streaming on May 1st.

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  • Aubrey Brown

    I’d like to start off with that this post is absolute garbage. If I had to summarize this entire article it’d go something like this, “Uhhhhh she’s a woman and uhhhhh I’m a woman and uhhhhh I think it’s pretty great that she’s a woman because more women is good”. And was it really necessary to point out that you’re a woman of color and that you get mean comments? Get over yourself. You mentioned that you were for women building each other up but you weren’t so generous towards middle-aged white men who are lazy and greedy based upon what exactly? Cortez has intention to do good but has no real idea of how to do it. I don’t understand why women (of any race) pretend that we don’t have equality. We are all human beings, we all have the same capability of doing something great regardless of our gender, race, or beliefs. You don’t contribute anything positive to our society by making yourself the victim any chance you can get.

    • Carla Renata

      First…let me say that I am by no means a victim nor do I claim to be.

      As far as the middle aged white man who was too lazy to show up for a debate and didn’t reside in the jurisdiction he represents…that is the truth illustrated in the doc. I didn’t have to call him out or be “generous” toward an individual who felt so privileged that he couldn’t be bothered to show up for the people that voted him in office regardless of their race or gender.

      You have the right to your opinion and just because my ideology is not yours doesn’t make it garbage nor give you the right to come to MY page and bully me.

      You are right. We are all human beings who bleed red regardless of race or gender. Yet, we navigate in a world that doesn’t recognize that as a reality. I contribute something positive to society by standing in my truth and not being afraid to communicate it knowing people like you will always have something negative and non-uplifting to say.

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