Tlaib: ‘People hear you differently’ when you’re a woman of color and a ‘first’ in Congress

Democratic Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Kamala Harris's facial expressions during debate go viral MORE (Mich.) said in a tweet on Tuesday that the "hardest part of serving in Congress" as a woman of color and one of the first Muslim women to serve is that "people hear you differently."

"No matter how much we take on the hate & stay true to who we are through our experiences, our voices are shushed and reduced," she wrote. "We aren't perfect, but neither is the institution.”

Tlaib didn't write about what triggered her tweet, but it follows a storm of controversy on Monday surrounding Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarKamala Harris and the stereotypes we place on Black women Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? MORE (D-Minn.), the other Muslim woman elected to Congress last fall. Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. 


Omar apologized Monday under a torrent of criticism from fellow Democrats — including a statement from the Democratic leadership team — for tweets that suggested U.S. lawmakers are pro-Israel because they are motivated by money. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democrats criticized her for using "anti-Semitic tropes and and prejudicial accusations."

Both lawmakers have come under criticism since joining Congress. 

Tlaib has captured a slew of critical headlines since being sworn into office, starting with her vowing to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE hours after being sworn in, saying: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf---er.”

She later received criticism over comments she made about Israel that critics have argued are anti-Semitic.

Tlaib represents Michigan's 13th Congressional District and is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress. Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress.