The Democratic Representative held a question and answer session on her Instagram when she received a terribly classist question.
Unlike other politicians on Capitol Hill, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is demystifying political processes for others to follow behind her. From how she plans her questions during Congressional hearings to her take on bias in the media, the Squad member uses her platform on social media to engage with constituents and beyond. On one such occasion, when she had a little bit of time as she traveled by train, she took to Instagram to hold a question and answer session. She was asked by an anonymous user, "Are you ready to bartend again when [you lose] your seat on November 3?" Of course, she had the best clapback to this troll's terribly classist question.
"I'm ready to bartend any day of the week because I am not a classist who believes that a person's job is reflective of a person's worth," she wrote on a selfie of her in a mask, posted to her Instagram Story. "And for what it's worth, my colleagues in restaurants were oftentimes much better people than many of the Congressmen I now work with. Smarter too." It's a good thing that Instagram user was anonymous because Ocasio-Cortez's response was definitely one for the history books. For too long, we have determined someone's worth on the basis of how much money they make or how "prestigious" their job was. The Democratic Representative showed us that everyone has a role to play in society and is deserving of respect.
This is just a reminder of how awesome a human AOC is. When asked if she's ready to bartend again, she responds, "I'm ready to bartend any day of the week because I'm not a classist who believes that a person's job is reflective of their human worth." ❤ pic.twitter.com/teHJFV9OYF— #blacklivesmatter (Just got out of 🐦 Jail) (@DChristakos84) August 22, 2020
It is no secret that Ocasio-Cortez used to bartend before she won her seat at the House of Representatives. She has also fiercely rejected classist notions that she was somehow a "better" human being simply because she now did a different job. The Democrat posted on Twitter last year in March, "I find it revealing when people mock where I came from, and say they’re going to 'send me back to waitressing,' as if that is bad or shameful. It’s as though they think being a member of Congress makes you intrinsically 'better' than a waitress. But our job is to serve, not rule." She has, therefore, become a role model for many folks in the service industry who take pride in their jobs.
Further to this, the irony of being mocked for having performed a job in the service sector and then becoming a vital member of the United States government is not lost on those who are critical of the "American Dream." After all, isn't Ocasio-Cortez's story precisely the embodiment of pulling one's self up by the bootstraps and envisioning more for themselves? This idea, that anyone can achieve whatever they set their mind to if they just "worked hard enough," is utilized by conservative ideologues in order to cut funding for social security programs. However, it is those same folks who cannot tolerate the fact that a bartender has made it to one of the highest offices in the land by doing just that. Hypocrisy at its finest, everyone. Meanwhile, AOC is the hero our government needs right now.