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Women Are Sharing Their “I’m Speaking” Stories After Kamala Harris’s Iconic Quote Took Center VP Debate Stage

In last night’s first Vice Presidential debate of the 2020 election, Kamala Harris added to her historical firsts as being the first woman of color in a presidential debate. Unfortunately, this moment that’s a cause for celebration also came with common stereotypes women are all too familiar with.

When Joe Biden chose Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, the social significance for women of color across America was undeniable as Harris became the first woman of color to be nominated for national office by a major political party.

Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and first person of Asian and Indian descent to be nominated for vice president and national office altogether. She is only the fourth woman in United States history to be chosen to be on a presidential ticket.

The VP candidate, whose record as a prosecutor, can be found problematic by many is nowhere near perfect, but the historical significance of her name on the ballot is undeniable.

Harris’s presence on the debate stage was a huge symbol of representation for women of color.

“Black women are sick and tired of being considered the backbone of the Democratic Party,” Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist stated. “We want to be recognized as leaders.”

While Harris removed herself from the presidential running bid earlier in the year, her presence on the Biden-Harris ticket is a timely representation of what this country converses about wanting to see in light of injustices of systemic racism and underrepresentation of people of color across the board.

Twitter reacted wildly to Harris’s facial expressions by either applauding her, criticizing her, or making memes.

Harris had multiple facial expressions while listening to Vice President Pence speak.

Many women across the United States found Harris’s expressions super relatable.

Women were connecting with Harris and sharing anecdotes of times they made those same faces.

On the other hand, other tweets were a clear example of utilizing the damaging stereotype of the angry Black woman.

What’s also not a good look is continuing to perpetuate these toxic stereotypes that only seem to apply to women of color, more specifically Black women.

Kamala Harris’s famous “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking,” was a phrase overwhelmingly trending and echoed by women.

Thousands of women took to Twitter and other social media platforms to discuss how they know all too well what it is like to be mansplained, talked over, or not given as much agency as men in meetings.

The relatability to this moment was abundant.

The debate was, for the most part, quieter and with less interruptions or talking over eachother than last week’s debate. However, Pence did interrupt or speak over Harris, almost twice as much as she did.

Despite countless interruptions, Harris asserted she wouldn’t stand for this lack of respect.

It was important to see Kamala Harris tell Moderator Susan Page “He interrupted me and I’d like to just finish please,” and demand “equal time.” This was a clear Calladita No More moment for the vice-presidential candidate.

Experts noted the pressure that fell on Harris to carry herself differently than Trump, Biden, or Pence would so to not fuel the “emotional woman” stereotype.

Bipartisan-wise, different people across the board shared their opinion on who was winning the debate as it was going on.

Yet, some comments undeniably pose the question if certain comments were an attack on her as a debater or her as a woman and woman of color.

While Vice President Pence didn’t interrupt Harris nearly as much as Trump interrupted Biden in last week’s debate, Pence’s ability to cut off Harris and the female moderator, Susan Page, is an indication of a commonly accepted norm, something that several people from all ethnicities commented on.

The gesture is all too common among women across all backgrounds.

But viewers cheered on Kamala for not taking a back seat and fighting the macho behavior.

Kamala is not one to stand for a mainsplainer. When Pence tried to lecture her about law and order, Harris responded with a reminder to her days as a prosecutor and attorney general. “I will not sit here and be lectured by the Vice President on what it means to enforce the laws of our country.” The irony of Pence bringing up her record as attorney general is that she was actually tougher as a prosecutor, something that some young voters criticize hurt many in the Black community and on the other hand you’d think both Trump and Pence would find favorable.

She also said she was insulted by both Trump and Pence pinning her and Biden as people who would attack someone’s Christian faith when discussing Judge Amy Barrett. “Joe Biden and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith,” Harris said. She wanted to set the record straight.

Kamala’s little anecdote on her mother immigrating to this country hits close to home for many women of color and their immigrant mothers. If you missed it, check it out below:

Kamala Harris’s mother Shyamala immigrated here from India.

“I thought about my mother who came to the states at the age of 19, gave birth to me at age 25 in Kaiser of Oakland, California. The thought that I’d be sitting her right now, would make her proud,” said Harris. She added she feels her mother, who died of colon cancer in 2009, is looking down on her.

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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