As a black Haitian-American Mormon and new member of Congress — from Utah, no less — Mia Love is the object of much Washington dissection as her credentials and image fail to square with ongoing stereotypes of what she should be and where she should align, The Washington Post reports
"When it comes to black women, adjectives and images — born in our nation's past and reinforced by continuing media caricature — are placed on them at birth," writes Mary C. Curtis in the Post's "She the People" blog. "In this context, the fact of a Mia Love does not compute. It's much easier for all sides to see symbol rather than human being."
Some Democrats have dismissed Love, who won a midterm race against Doug Owens, as a token, noted the Post, even as headlines can't seem to classify her, with the Chicago Tribune
describing her in an opinion piece as "baffling."
Some Republicans call her fresh blood and new-found hope that the party's tent is becoming more inclusive as it seeks to broaden its base in a world where the demographic is changing — and for more minorities, it becomes OK to align with the GOP.
One GOP official chastised the NAACP for not stepping up to support Love and Tim Scott, another black Republican who was successful in his South Carolina U.S. Senate race, The Washington Examiner noted
of a seeming double standard.
Noted GOP Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams in a series of Tweets: "It is unacceptable for an org that supposedly supports all blacks @NAACP to only acknowledge Dem blacks."
Williams also Tweeted: "I wish an org like the [NAACP] would support black ppl of ideologies. Unfortunately they are proving how out of date they are."
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