English grammar question here. First of all, I have no political stance on this excerpted piece. The sentence is ‘The Sesame character Rosita gave high fives to a white child and woman.’
‘a white child and woman’ is supposed to be two persons. Shouldn’t there be ‘a’ in front of woman then? For instance, if a person has two jobs, he/she is a teacher and private tutor, not a teacher and a private tutor. ‘a white child and woman’ sounds like a woman who is a white child due to the omitted ‘a’ in front of woman, which doesn’t make sense.
Enlighten me, please. Thank you so much.
I think they were trying to say "a white child and a white woman".
To be more precise they probably should have written
a child and a woman who were white,
but that seems a bit clumsy, and being so exact might not have been absolutely necessary in the given context.