NEW YORK — In a series of Instagram stories Friday night, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a rare appearance with her boyfriend to discuss tips on how to talk to white people about racism.
Ocasio-Cortez asked Riley Roberts to provide viewers and her Instagram followers recommendations he had for “combating racism as a white person.”
“I think it’s helpful and important to talk to other white people about racism,” Roberts starts off, “I think a lot of people — they don’t want to be racist, they don't think that they’re racist, but they also don’t know some of the things that they believe or say are and can be racist.”
“I think one of the effective ways is just to talk and kind of help teach them about why some of the things they believe or say or think are wrong. Not necessarily racist, but that they are wrong and that will sort of, like, chip away and contribute to some development in this area,” he continued.
Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged people’s viewpoints won’t change after one conversation, but it’s a start.
Ocasio-Cortez also added that everyone should be open and continue to learn about one’s own mistakes and admitting faults, including “racist things that we may have said or done” in the past.
“The more you can do it, the more you can help others,” she wrote on her Instagram story.
Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts met and started dating when they attended Boston University together, the New York-native said in an interview with Vogue Magazine.
Ocasio-Cortez serves as the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, which including portions of the Bronx and Queens