While Kamala Harris is nearly deified for being the first “woman of color” to run on a presidential ticket, do not make the mistake of calling her “colored.”
That will get you fired, despite the fact the largest African-American civil rights organization calls itself the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
A 26-year-old broadcaster at an Ohio radio station learned that the hard way on Aug. 19, when he said, “The U.S. officially has its first colored vice presidential candidate.”
He was fired the next day by WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, reported WTAM, after a social media backlash.
“We are aware of the reference made on WTAM by Kyle Cornell,” said Ray Davis, the station’s program and promotions director. “The term used is extremely offensive and does not align with our station’s core values and commitment to the communities we serve. He is no longer with WTAM.”
Audio of the clip was posted to social media, and just as with a Hockey commentator who was booted off the air for a “disparaging” remark about women, the broadcaster was thrown under the bus amid a storm of anonymous criticism.
“Hey @WTAM1100 it’s racist to use the term “colored” when describing Kamala Harris,” tweeted one listener.
Another described Cornell as an “ignorant bozo.”
Colin McMahon, editor in chief of the Chicago Tribune, also piled on, tweeting: “I thought I must have heard it wrong during the @Indians broadcast.” Cornell has apologized for “making a judgement in error,” and said he did not intend to offend