Add "communist" to the list of terms that might be racist, according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that term had a "long" and "rich history" tied to white supremacy in the United States.
"It was one of the preferred smears against integrating schools, & one of the main attacks segregationists used against [Martin Luther King Jr]," she said, referring to the civil rights hero.
Ocasio-Cortez linked to a tweet calling out a conservative publication for allegedly justifying racist attacks directed toward a socialist.
"Credit where credit is due: the argument that it's okay to be racist against a socialist who is critical of America was pioneered in the 1960s by National Review in their many attacks on Martin Luther King, Jr.," Jeet Heer, a correspondent for the left-leaning magazine The Nation, tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez's tweets came as she faced criticism that her ambitious policy proposals resembled those of communist regimes. Specifically, the "Green New Deal" and "Medicare-for-all" would vastly expand the government's involvement in the economy, prompting conservatives to compare her agenda to socialism.
The New York congresswoman has a history of finding bias in apparently neutral activities. She, for example, previously released a video in which she suggested that New Yorkers took a "colonial approach to environmentalism" when they grew something like cauliflower instead of Yucca -- a plant often found in Mexico and Guatemala -- because doing so was "too hard."
“That is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them," she said.
She also accused a journalist of perpetuating the "legacy of colonization" by favoring statehood for Puerto Rico.
"PR was colonized by the US, & deserves a BINDING process of self-determination. Imposing one’s status opinion on PR, instead of committing to uphold the results of a plebiscite, perpetuates the legacy of colonization," she tweeted FiveThirtyEight editor Nate SIlver.