Anchor Kyle Cornell, the anchor of the WTAM radio broadcast described Kamala Harris as the nation’s “first colored vice presidential candidate,” according to reports, were fired soon after the statement. A radio station in Cleveland fired a news anchor this week after he referred to Democrat Kamala Harris. Anchor Kyle Cornell, 26, used the description of Harris in a news promo spot that aired during WTAM radio’s broadcast of a Cleveland Indians baseball game. Many baseball fans quickly posted negative reactions on social media.
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“The U.S. officially has its first colored vice presidential candidate. More coming up after the game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 Cleveland,” Cornell announced, according to the news site. “Colored” is considered an abusive term by several people who associate it with slavery and the Jim Crow era of racial segregation and disenfranchisement. But the description continues to be used by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), a prominent civil rights organization that was founded in 1909.
Kamala Harris formally accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination at the party’s convention earlier this week. The junior U.S. senator from California is of Indian and Jamaican heritage and is the first woman from a racial minority to be nominated to a major party’s presidential ticket.
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“That was never the goal and for that, again, I am truly sorry, For the station of WTAM too, I feel awful for putting them through what they’ve had to go through over the past 24 hours. … I just want them to understand it was a rough choice to make and that I accept my punishment.”
After his firing, Cornell told WKYC that he meant no disrespect to Kamala Harris in using the word. His phrasing “wasn’t meant to be malicious or in any sort of way trying to insult the ethnicity of anyone, “Ray Davis, WTAM’s program and promotions director, issued a statement announcing Cornell’s dismissal.
“We are aware of the reference made on WTAM by Kyle Cornell,” Davis said in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously and addressed it immediately. The term used is extremely offensive and does not align with our station’s core values and commitment to the communities we serve. He is no longer with WTAM.”