U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) appeared on the Senate floor wearing a denim vest and outrage followed on social media, with many Twitter users noting how people of color would never get away with such a wardrobe in a professional setting.
Political commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas was among the many people who became furious after seeing the senator's casual outfit.
"I really don’t care who gets triggered by me bringing race into this," Navarro-Cárdenas tweeted. "The truth is, no woman of color could possibly dress like this, and act like this, and be taken seriously, much less elected. I suspect every Black woman and Latina reading this knows what I’m talking about."
I really don’t care who gets triggered by me bringing race into this. The truth is, no woman of color could possibly dress like this, and act like this, and be taken seriously, much less elected.
I suspect every Black woman and Latina reading this knows what I’m talking about. https://t.co/J7HuxPkba9
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 27, 2021
While some people disagreed with the pundit, saying the incident doesn't have anything to do with race, several others supported the sentiment.
I was thinking that. If this was a person of color this would be at the top of the news. And everyone would say the person was disrespectful to the Senate Chambers…. There are no words for Sinema. I am beginning to think she is suffering some major issues.
— djconn ????????????️☕️????️???? (@djconn) October 27, 2021
It was not only the denim jacket that bothered some people but also the senator's poor body language and lackadaisical attitude.
Yes, it's not just the denim jacket. It's the silly, mean-girl hair flips that most grown women, regardless of race, would assiduously avoid, knowing they would instantly undermine her authority at work.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 27, 2021
????And the whole “thumbs-up” to someone—how do I look?—Check my look in the mirror????of my compact. Oy????!
You’re supposed to check yourself in the Ladies’ washroom mirror, then go & take on the world, not doing it on the dais like you couldn’t care less what that said to others.
— David Pearce (@Alpine_Joy) October 27, 2021
Sinema's approach appeared to most people to be an intentional and egregious defiance against the dress code.
Senate dress code requires business attire and specifies NO denim. So she's flipping the bird again.
— Skip Jordan (@skipjordan) October 27, 2021
While Sinema appears to be enjoying the freedom to wear whatever she wants, Black women, in particular, still have to fight to wear their natural hair. In 2019, Senator Cory Booker passed The CROWN Act to ban discrimination based on hair texture and hairstyles, Blavity previously reported.
The bill was first passed in California and New York. New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New Mexico and Nebraska have also followed suit, according to Now This News.