Black Women Are Not Feeling the Feminists’ Pain

Is the sisterhood in peril?


The sisterhood, at least your version of it, has been unmasked. You have proven you will do and say whatever it takes to win, even if that means doing irreparable harm to your political party and the good relationship you once had with black women. Honest and fair political discourse is being hijacked by your hypocrisy and that is certain to hurt the genuine efforts of white and black women working hard to form alliances on common and larger feminist causes.

Geraldine Ferraro, you said that Obama was “lucky” to be where he is and should “thank” you.

“In all honesty, do you think that if he were a white male, there would be a reason for the black community to get excited for a historic first?” You asked. “Am I pointing out something that doesn’t exist?”

What you fail to point out is that black people overwhelmingly voted for Bill Clinton for president not once, but twice. And we did the same for John Kerry, Al Gore, and other white candidates that came before them. Over the years, black voters have also supported plenty of white female candidates for Congress – including Hillary Clinton – and in statewide races.

When many Americans turned their backs on BillClinton after Monica Lewinsky and impeachment, black people stood by him as steadfastly as they would any member of their family. That’s because we believe deeply in the power of forgiveness and redemption, but if you and other Clinton cohorts keep this up, we won’t be so forgiving at the polls, even if Clinton is the nominee.


We remember, Geraldine, that you also derided Jesse Jackson when he ran for president in 1988. “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” you said then. Your comments then, and now, seem to consistently imply that no black male candidate can legitimately run for office or engage voters with his ideas, policies proposals or vision for a better America. We can probably guess what you think of black women candidates.


And by the way, what’s wrong with the black community getting excited about a historic first? Aren’t you in fact excited as well about the possibility of a historic first female president? Or did this point elude you even though you once tried to become that historic first?