Ulster unionist (now ‘crossbench’ peer John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney since 2001, has tweeted describing new US vice-President Elect Kamala Harris as ‘the Indian’:
The tweet, made barely an hour ago, has already seen hundreds of replies. Some have described it as racist and misogynist, while others have wondered whether he is trolling to wind people up:
But when challenged, Kilclooney has responded to say he considers describing Harris as ‘a black person’ is racist and that he wants to ‘keep colour out of it’:
Harris has mixed Tamil and Afro-Caribbean heritage.
Kilclooney is a former Ulster Unionist politician who became a ‘crossbench’ peer in 2001 under Tony Blair.
Harris referred to “generations of women — Black women, Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history” in her speech following the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election.
Kilclooney has been contacted for comment, but as noted above he has already responded publicly to challenges over his tweet.
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