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Twitter sends new Biden-Harris ad full of Black folks drumming and dancing straight to Peggy Noonan

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Peter Burgess
Twitter sends new Biden-Harris ad full of Black folks drumming and dancing straight to Peggy Noonan Three young Black women dancing at a Biden-Harris campaign event in Georgia
Three young Black women dance in front of the stage at a Biden-Harris get out the vote event in Georgia. https://twitter.com/i/status/1321920996966830080 is a new ad posted to Twitter by Kamala Harris an epic 51 seconds of shade in response to the recent nasty diss of Harris by Republican columnist Peggy Noonan? The Harris-supporting Twitterati seemed to think so, because as soon as the tweet dropped, it was being forwarded to Peggy Noonan, who, in a Wall Street Journal column, described Harris as “giddy,” “insubstantial,” and “frivolous.” I reported on those slurs from Noonan earlier this week. The ad, which has no voice-over, has a Black drum line soundtrack. In her “critique” of Harris, Noonan also seemed to have a problem with drum lines, which are part of a long Historically Black College and University (HBCU) tradition. You be the judge. If Trump attempts to stop the vote counting, we need to take to the streets. The Protect the Results coalition has been preparing for this by organizing hundreds of post-election events across the country. Click here to find, and RSVP for, the Count Every Vote rally near you. Here’s the tweet. I dare you to try to sit still listening to that beat. Responses to the ad included comments specifically aimed at Noonan.
  • “Has anyone done a wellness check on Peggy Noonan?”
  • “Love it I see @Peggynoonannyc has gone silent—maybe the sight of diverse people joyously voting still pisses her off”
  • “Hey! Drums! Dancing! Fun! Excitement! Voting! Kamala! Better close your eyes, @Peggynoonannyc!”
  • “Hey @Peggynoonannyc what racist comments are you going to make today?”
  • ”@Peggynoonannyc You wrote a hateful column full of misogyny & racism about a woman you could never hope 2 understand.@KamalaHarris is brilliant, kind, thoughtful & joyous in the face of people like you. She’s qualified to be PRESIDENT one day. #SheDances #BlackJoy”
I threw in my two cents, as did Black Kos Editor Chitown Kev. The fallout from Noonan’s pontificatin’ rolled in immediately after it was published last week. https://twitter.com/i/status/1320865634855587847 “Kamala Harris is anything but embarrassing. She is uplifting, she is inspirational, she is strong and substantial and she’s going to be one hell of a vice president,” @clairecmc says, discussing criticism from WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan of Sen. Harris' dancing at campaign events WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart weighed in Thursday. Upon hearing what Noonan said about Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, a friend texted me, saying of Noonan, “She slipped the surly bonds of human decency.” Noonan’s offense was a column complaining about Harris not acting in a manner the conservative columnist deemed acceptable. “She’s dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with ‘Wassup, Florida!’ She’s throwing her head back and laughing a loud laugh, especially when nobody said anything funny,” opined Noonan. “She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous. When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Mary J. Blige’s ‘Work That,’ it was embarrassing.” No, what is embarrassing is a veteran political columnist who turns into a dance critic by ignoring what Harris actually said on the stump. And so what if she danced? As for Harris’s laughter, pity Noonan didn’t bother to zero in on what was said that led Harris to laugh in the first place. Sometimes a laugh is nervous energy. Sometimes it is in response to an asinine question. Sometimes it is the reaction to an inane assertion too ridiculous to be taken seriously. Harris must be a vexing conundrum for Noonan. After spending generations at the center of America’s political and cultural life, White Americans like Noonan can’t seem to deal with someone like Harris, who is an avatar of the emerging majority-minority America more resolutely stepping into the spotlight and into leadership. The drum lines that Noonan disparaged are nothing new for Harris, who graduated from HBCU Howard University—clearly a part of campaign territory. If you haven’t voted yet, dance your way down to the polls, all to the sound of joy. We got this!
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