By Taeku Lee and EunSook Lee
Dr. Lee is a political scientist who specializes in racial politics, public opinion and political participation. Ms. Lee is the leader of an organization that fosters civic engagement among Asian-American and Pacific Islander groups.
Conservatives tacitly recognize the political power of women of color when they try to discredit them through ridicule and harassment. Consider President Trump’s attacks on the members of “the squad” who have proven to be remarkably deft and savvy politicians.
Or recall that Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia played referee, scorekeeper and contestant so he could tip the scales in his favor in the 2018 election for governor against Stacey Abrams, whose voter protection efforts had begun years earlier.
Women of color, especially black women, are potent forces in progressive politics, both in office and as organizers who mobilize voters. It seems that conservatives understand this better than liberals