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Ocasio-Cortez proposes extra voting rights for black Americans

In a recent Instagram Live stream, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) doubled down on her criticism of the Electoral College and suggested giving minorities, including African-American communities, more voting privileges as part of reparation efforts, reported Mediaite.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks: “I talked about how bogus the electoral college is, and Fox News got really mad, but it’s true, I’m not taking it back, it’s bogus, it’s a scam,” said the congresswoman before going into detail about why the Electoral College is unfair to many, including Republicans in blue states.

” Why don’t we give Indian reservations an electoral vote? Why don’t we give Puerto Rico and US territories, hundreds of thousands if not millions of US citizens have zero representation, why don’t we give them electoral vote?”

“Why don’t we accommodate our democracy for black Americans who were disenfranchised, and in many ways continue to be disenfranchised, for hundreds of years? We don’t do any of that. We only consider fairness for a very, like, small band, and frankly this original compromise was to accommodate slave owners,” she added.

Comments: Tommy Christopher in an opinion piece for Mediaite called the idea “intriguing,” adding that “it could be a revolutionary breakthrough on the issue” referring the reparation-for-slavery debate for African-Americans. “Nothing could seem fairer than, say, giving each black American two votes in every presidential election for the next 150 years, and economically anxious Republicans could be content in the knowledge that it wouldn’t cost them a dime. The proposal would be worth it just to see Mitch McConnell counter-offer three-fifths of an additional vote.”

The congresswoman has called for the abolishment of the Electoral College several times before and has drawn criticism for it.