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Oh, My

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 14, 2008

Gerry Ferraro’s current comments on how easy blacks (like Barack Obama) have it in politics compared to women (like her good friend Hillary Clinton) are the exact opposite of what she was saying as recently as December of 2006:

“All evidence is that a white female has an advantage over a black male – for reasons of our cultural heritage,” said the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, the civil rights leader who ran for president in 1984 and 1988. Still, he said, for African-American and female candidates, “It’s easier – emphatically so.”

Ms. Ferraro offered a similar sentiment. “I think it’s more realistic for a woman than it is for an African-American,” said Ms. Ferraro. “There is a certain amount of racism that exists in the United States – whether it’s conscious or not it’s true.”

Oh, my.

One Response to “Oh, My”

  1. CMike said

    What exactly were Jesse Jackson and Geraldine Ferraro speaking to in 2006? The way I read it is that they are talking about whether a white woman or a black would be more likely to win a general election. Ferraro’s recent remarks referred to Sen. Obama’s success in the Democratic Party presidential nomination campaign not the general election.

    Jackson was quoted in the 2006 Times article as saying, “All evidence is that a white female has an advantage over a black male…” I’m not sure of the year but the economist John Maynard Keynes was quoted as having said, “When the evidence changes I change my mind; what do you do?” I doubt people who think like Tim Russert could think very highly of Keynes after hearing that quote.

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