Women of color have brains!

// 28 January 2008

Remember that whole business of black women having to choose between their race or their gender? CNN readers have been up in arms about it too:

An e-mailer named Tiffany responded sarcastically: “Duh, I’m a black woman and here I am at the voting booth. Duh, since I’m illiterate I’ll pull down the lever for someone. Hm… Well, he black so I may vote for him… oh wait she a woman I may vote for her… What Ise gon’ do? Oh lordy!”

Tiffany urged CNN to “pull this racist crap off” the Web site and to stop calling Hillary the “top female candidate.”

“Stop calling Barack the “Black” candidate,” she wrote.

If you are reading this, Tiffany, you kick ass.

Margaret Cho has been none too pleased about this either:

I too am insulted at the idea that just because I am a person of color and a woman that I should be expected to automatically vote for Obama or Hillary. Why are white men allowed to look at the issues and judge for themselves and the rest of us are expected to take sides grade school style? That is racist and sexist and dumb. That is like if all the stupid people voted for Huckabee (please God let this not happen). Guess what America! People of color and women think! Just like white men! For reals!!!

Oh bloody hell…it’s the 21st century and people still need to have the fact that non-white women are capable of genuine engagement with politics spelled out for them. Something is so very wrong with the world. Oh, and I love Margaret Cho. Keep getting pissed off about crap like this Margaret, we love you!

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