The PBS NewsHour interviewed 18 Black women who either currently hold office or have run for office to speak about the racist and sexist abuse they experience as part of their public-facing roles.
Twelve of the women currently hold office, four are former candidates and two are former office holders. Their positions range from representatives in the U.S. Congress to city council members across 14 different states. All but one recounted racist and sexist abuse, ranging from public attacks of their physical appearances to death threats. They described how policy disagreements and valid critiques of their work often turn into threatening or violent behavior.
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