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Should I Feel Guilty About Judging Kamala Harris?

By: Kate Manne
The Atlantic
August 19, 2020

As a woman running for vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris will inevitably face attacks on her attitude, ethics, and even the tone of her voice, writes Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy, in an op-ed in The Atlantic. Voters must undergo the process of trying to hold her accountable without being unfair.

“Many people will want too much, and too much of the wrong things, from Harris, and will hold her to an unattainable standard because of her gender and race,” Manne writes in the piece. “Given her identity, her talents, and the barriers she is breaking, she will be subject to an ugly morass of biases—an embarrassment of misogyny and racism.”

Read the story in The Atlantic.