July 27, 2021

‘Backhanded racism’: Biden supporters weigh in after GOP senator mocks Kamala Harris’s name

After Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., mocked Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’s name, supporters of the Democratic ticket responded with a viral Twitter campaign that decried Perdue’s comments as “backhanded racism.”

The social media push included a tweet from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Biden, a coalition of grassroots groups backed by the campaign, that blasted Perdue and encouraged supporters to share the stories of their own names with the #MyNameIs hashtag.

“We can all relate to this kind of backhanded racism — which is still racism and wrong,” the Biden coalition wrote. “KAMALA means Lotus Flower in Sanskrit. Our names have meanings. We matter.”

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