"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," Ferraro said. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"
Since, given her biography, one would be hard-pressed to accuse Ms. Ferraro of ignorance, we have to assume that the woman is stupid.
Let's look at some facts:
As of Monday morning there will have been three black Governors of States in this country since Reconstruction, only two of whom have been elected to the office. On the other hand, there have been 29 women governors, eight of whom currently serve.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, 13 of whom are women and one of whom is Senator Obama. There are 73 women in the House, including those 13 African-American and including the woman who is Speaker of the House.
There have, since Reconstruction, been three black members of the Senate, one of whom was a woman and one of whom is Senator Obama who is the only one currently serving. There have, since 1922, been 35 women in the Senate (including one who served only one day), 16 of whom currently serve.
Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, and the rest of Hillary's hitwomen need to put away their bubbling cauldrons of bitterness and anger and look to the future of their party and their movement. Young women are already reluctant to call themselves feminists... this kind of behavior is going to make that reluctance even more understandable.