Vermont’s only Black female lawmaker is not seeking re-election in the state’s House because of racist threats made against her during her time in office, HuffPost reports.
Rep. Ruqaiyah ‘Kiah” Morris (D-Bennington) won the Democratic nomination earlier this month to serve a third term but abruptly withdrew from the race, announcing the news on Facebook on Friday.
“The last four years of service have been incredible; an enormous honor and significant responsibility,” Morris wrote. “The last two years have been emotionally difficult for many. Political discourse, and in particular within the sphere of social media has been divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous.”
Morris went on to add that she hopes that that people can come together within the state and “demand greater support and protections for one another” from those wanting to sew discord within communities.
The state representative, who was elected in 2014, reportedly represents a district that is predominantly White and has faced online harassment ever since.
She will finish out her term and be replaced by the end of the year.