October 29, 2020

Report: One quarter of Kamala Harris announcement coverage included racist or sexist stereotyping

The announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential nominee – the first Black woman and Asian person on a major party’s presidential ticket – was met with more racist and sexist stereotyping in media coverage compared to both major parties’ 2016 vice presidential nominees, according to a new report.

One quarter of coverage of Harris included racist or sexist tropes, such as describing the senator as too “uncooperative” or “ambitious,” according to the report from Time’s Up Now, the political arm of TIME’S UP, which advocates to end harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

“It demonstrates with numbers how normal we think it is for white men to run for these offices, and how unusual or subject to criticism we think it is for a woman of color to run for those offices,” said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now. “You are therefore not talking about her actual qualifications for the job, or her position for the job, and that’s what handicaps women candidates, it’s what handicaps women leaders in multiple dimensions, not just in the political sphere.”

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