Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not AOC

I have tried to repeatedly argue with friends, as I am known to do, that we need to say Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not AOC. To use #AOC is helpful in places like twitter with a word limit, but monolingual English speaking newscasters in the United States will say “AOC” because it is easier than stumbling over any part of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  However, they are seem able to easily say “Schwarzenegger” .

It also upsets met when newscasters only say “Cortez”—that isn’t how surnames work in Spanish. You know Spanish, that language that has more speakers in the USA than in Spain?  In Spanish, if you were to only use one surname it would be the surname Ocasio.

Newscasters need to try harder.  The exact opposite of what they are doing, for example here where the newscasters mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying her own name correctly:

‘She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, ’Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez,’ diGenova said, using an exaggerated accent and misstating the lawmaker’s name, He then said his own name with an exaggerated Italian pronunciation. –  From Huffington Post.

Let’s demand people say our names fully and correctly.  Otherwise their raciolinguistics is showing.

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