Rep. Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday, Aug. 15, refused to condemn Black Lives Matter protesters who walked through a Seattle neighborhood this week demanding that white residents “give up their homes.”
A video showed a crowd of dozens of demonstrators chanting “Black lives matter” as a woman yelled that white residents should give up their homes, reported the New York Post.
“Give black people back their homes!” she screamed at residents in the neighborhood. “You’re sitting there comfortably—comfortable as [expletive] as if they didn’t help gentrify this neighborhood! I used to live in this neighborhood, and my family was pushed out, and you’re sitting up there having a good time with your other white friends!”
Seattle BLM protesters march through residential neighborhoods and demand white people give up their homes.
“Give up your house. Give Black people back their homes.” “what are you going to do about it? Open up your wallets.”pic.twitter.com/btRzqos0IR
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) August 14, 2020
“Do you know that before your white [expletive] came here this was all black people?” a man in the video yelled. “Do you know people like you came in here and basically bought all the land from the black people for less than what it was worth, kicked them out so you could live here?”
“Do you know that? Cause if you don’t, now you [expletive] do. Now do something about it!” the man continued.
During a stop at the Woodside Houses, a NYCHA housing complex in Queens on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the Seattle protest, saying that she doesn’t “have as close of a view on what’s happening.”
“Of course I represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, so I don’t know the details of the protests that are going on, but I think what’s really important is that we make sure people are safe and it’s important for us to enact legislation and policy that actually addresses the core reasons behind why all of this kind of disruption is happening,” she said, according to Fox News.
“Until we do that, this is going to keep occurring, whether we want it to or not,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
In June, violent protests started in Seattle following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Protesters had taken over its Capitol Hill district and renamed it the Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP).
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) in July ordered police to dismantle the CHOP zone. But as the violent protests escalate, Durkan is facing a legal battle to get her removed from office. She is accused of “misfeasance, malfeasance, and violation of the oath of office” over the police response to riots, reported the Seattle Times.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, announced this week that she is stepping down as the City Council approved reducing the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition.