Six Women of Color Depart Warren’s Campaign, Accuse It of Sidelining Minorities

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Grimes, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Six “women of color” have left Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in Nevada over accusations that would classify as racist in leftist circles if the shoe were on the other political foot.

According to Politico, which stops just short of calling anything going on in Warren’s campaign “racist,” these women left due to a “toxic work environment” that left minorities feeling “tokenized”:

The women chose to remain anonymous out of fear of getting careers in the future.

According to Politico, these women reached out to complain but felt as if nothing was being done beyond shallow agreements and buzz words:

“During the time I was employed with Nevada for Warren, there was definitely something wrong with the culture,” said Megan Lewis, a field organizer who joined the campaign in May and departed in December. “I filed a complaint with HR, but the follow-up I received left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.”

Another recently departed staffer, also a field organizer, granted anonymity because she feared reprisal, echoed that sentiment. “I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,” she said in an interview.

She added: “We all were routinely silenced and not given a meaningful chance on the campaign. Complaints, comments, advice, and grievances were met with an earnest shake of the head and progressive buzzwords but not much else.” A third former field organizer who was also granted anonymity said those descriptions matched her own experience.

The other three women who recently left the campaign did not respond to requests for comment. One of the departed staffers declined to be interviewed because she feared professional consequences in an arena where it’s already difficult for women of color to advance, according to another ex-Warren employee who spoke with her about the situation.

Warren’s campaign didn’t say that the women were wrong, but that this isn’t a widespread problem throughout her campaign nationwide:

“We strive for an inclusive environment and work hard to learn and improve,” Warren campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman said in a statement. “We have an organization of more than a thousand people, and whenever we hear concerns, we take them seriously. It’s important that everyone who is part of our team has a voice and can be heard. That’s why we are proud that we have a unionized staff and clear processes for issues to be addressed.”

This isn’t the first problem the Warren campaign has had behind the scenes. Recently, a Project Veritas video showed campaign staff denigrating the LGBT community as being a side issue no one cared about.

(READ: New Project Veritas Video Shows Warren Campaign Staff Don’t Care About LGBT People As Advertised)

 

Brandon Morse

 


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