By Sandra Rose  | 

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Rhode Island's youngest Black senator embarrassed and humiliated her ancestors by releasing a TikTok video of herself twerking for votes.

Most insulting to many was the fact that Mack did such a horrible job twerking. Now she's complaining about the public backlash on social media.

Mack defended her actions on Twitter.com by blaming the news media for her problems.

"Damn. Twerking upside down really makes the conservative, unhinged internet accounts pop off on a Monday. can the media cover any policy wins had by the youngest Black state senator in Rhode Island? can the media also cover the 10+ bills I sponsored that the @RISenate never scheduled for a hearing? As a Black, queer woman you all should know the answer. It’s no. Let's them carry on their narrative. Me? I'm going to be joyful, free, and unbothered."

Who is Tiara Mack? And why did she think releasing a twerking video was a good idea in this political climate?

Ms. Mack is an educated 28-year-old Democrat who was among a group of young Black LGBT+ lawmakers who made history when they were elected to public office in 2020. She assumed office on Jan. 5, 2021.

Other LGBT+ lawmakers elected in 2020 include Kim Jackson, a lesbian in the Georgia State Senate; Mauree Turner, a lesbian Muslim elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives; and Michele Rayner-Goolsby, a lesbian in Florida's House of Representatives.

Mack, who is openly lesbian, was raised in Georgia and South Carolina by a single mother who worked as a teacher and struggled financially.

Mack moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2012 and earned a BA in public health in 2016.

Check out more responses to Mack's video below.