Stop Questioning Kamala Harris, It’s Sexist

If you feel the need to constantly question Kamala Harris' qualifications, it just means that you are afraid of strong women.


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She’s Historic

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Because Kamala Harris is such a historic vice presidential candidate, the media needs to change how they cover this historic election. As the first WOC VP, she has to be treated differently. For example, word choice is very important when dealing with a candidate from a marginalized group. When talking about Kamala is it important to avoid words like phony and unqualified because these words work to reinforce negative stereotypes. Furthermore, even questioning her qualifications does a disservice to the black community. As allies, we have to trust black voices.

She’s Qualified

Kamala Harris | U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaking with att… | Flickr

Despite what the alt-right talking heads may say about her, she is fully qualified for the presidency. The fact that major news outlets have to report on this shows the uphill battle that Kamala has had to face her whole career. Kamala Harris is qualified to be president. The fact is, she literally went to Harvard, while protesting on the weekends. She has extensive experience in law enforcement, which she can use to help guide the reformation of the police. Despite being clearly overqualified, her credentials are under constant scrutiny.

Asking Her Questions Is Sexist

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If you need to ask if she is qualified, than you are bigot. The fact is, you would not apply the same scrutiny to a male politician. So many young black women look up to Kamala. As a result, any attack against her is a hate crime. However, all this does not mean that you can’t ask her any questions. It just means that you need to have a certain reverence when asking them. Think about why you want to ask the question in the first place. Is the question designed as a “gotcha“, to catch the person off guard? The alt-right will often use bad faith questions as a way to try and delegitimize  marginalized voices. It is important to ask questions, but not to question.

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