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"I'm not the white man's bitch"

I blame Obama for this... after all, hasn't he redefined race transcendance:

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While her catchphrase may not match the rhyming whimsy of "I Like Ike" or "Ross for Boss", Milwaukee Assembly candidate Ieshuh Griffin thought she had hit on a ballot slogan that best described her political expertise: "Not the white man's bitch."

Yesterday, however, Wisconsin election officials narrowly rejected Griffin's motto - not because of the phrase itself, but due to a lack of votes needed to pass the initiative. Three members of the Government Accountability Board - an all-white, six-person panel - ruled in Griffin's favor, but she fell one shy of the four-vote majority thanks to one board member's absence.

In Wisconsin, independent candidates - unlike their counterparts from the Democrat and Republican parties - are allowed a five-word "statement of purpose" on the ballot to explain to voters the gist of their candidacy.

According to an attorney for the Accountability Board, the panel can restrict the use of obscene, profane or discriminatory language on any candidate's ballot, but one board member - retired judge Thomas Barland - didn't object to the tone of the slogan.

"She says a lot in five words," Barland told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It wasn't pornographic, it wasn't obscene and I didn't interpret it as racial."

"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not," Griffin testified. "It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."

Donald Downs, a free speech expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the MJS that approving the ballot language would have made it difficult to reject a hypothetical case in which a white candidate said he was not beholden to the "black man."

Mike Maistelman, a Milwaukee elections attorney who represents Democratic candidates, disagrees, telling the MJS Griffin's slogan is "a political statement that should be protected by the First Amendment."

"It's a freedom of expression," Griffin told the panel. "It's not racial. It's not a slur."

It's not racial.  It's not a slur.

And Obama transcends race.

Case closed. 


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Comments (32)

Time for another beer summi... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Time for another beer summit, I guess.

"I didn't interpret it a... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"I didn't interpret it as racial"

This and then the reaction of so many to Shirley Sharrod exemplified by the unusually uninformed Ann Coulter who wrote: "what was, in fact, a commendable speech about racial reconciliation" (Had Ann listened to the whole speech she would have know that it clearly was anything but what she described it as.)

Eric Holder's statement was right. When it comes to race we are a nation of cowards. (Note I said the statement is correct. When placed in the context Holder used it, it was 180 degrees from the truth, but that's to be expected.)

How is this not racial? It... (Below threshold)
Brett:

How is this not racial? It explicitly points out race and that's the primary point of the statement. I guess its the same bizarre syntactical parsing that leads to not understanding "the right to bear arms" without repeated Supreme Court rulings, or finding the mysterious "right to privacy" in the bill of rights and interpret this mythical "right" to justify killing babies.

I have a feeling that unles... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I have a feeling that unless she is in a hand drawn voting district whitey isn't going to like this one bit.

It's all the fault of Bush,... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

It's all the fault of Bush, the Tea Party, Fox News, and iwogisdead.

We know what Leshuh isn't, ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

We know what Leshuh isn't, so who's bitch is she? Maybe I qualify.

Instead of telling people exactly who she is and what she will do, Leshuh tells us just a little about what she isn't. Honestly, I think the lady can go far in politics. She has the mind for it.

It's obviously racial. To d... (Below threshold)

It's obviously racial. To deny it is ridiculous. But, so what? U.S. citizens are free to make statements about race. Meeting the requirement for number of votes is a different matter, but Griffin has an inalienable right to have a stupid campaign slogan.

If it makes me -- a white m... (Below threshold)

If it makes me -- a white man -- more inclined to vote for her (if I lived there), what does that say about her slogan?

"She says a lot in five wor... (Below threshold)
914:

"She says a lot in five words,"


She say's even less in 6

Yawn. Yet another American ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Yawn. Yet another American black saying something that if the races were reversed and was said by any white person, would have howls of protest from all quarters and would have doomed whitey's campaign.

But she's black so only the right wingers will actually treat her like an adult and tell her she's out of line.

The 'black community' won't make a big deal out of it because they're too busy laughing up their sleeves at what they can get away with and whitey can't.
The white-guilt limp wrists and Libs will think "Oooooh, those darkies sure say some strange things. Better not say anything, though. Just pat her on the head and say 'there there, little Negro girl'. "

Could you please be careful... (Below threshold)
James H:

Could you please be careful with titles? Words like this in large type are hard to explain if somebody looks over a person's shoulder at work.

Time for "retired judge Tho... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Time for "retired judge Thomas Barland" to retire or pull his head out of his ass.

"Could you please be carefu... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Could you please be careful with titles? Words like this in large type are hard to explain if somebody looks over a person's shoulder at work."

Deal with it James H. We've been told by the liberal exstablishment that it isn't racial so anyone who complains must be a racist themselves.

After all, we know that blacks cannot be racists by definition so therefore this could not possibly be racial in its meaning.

Once again we see ample evidence that the most serious and public acts of racism come from the black community and no where else. Her statement is essentially a declaration that she will only represent the interests of one race in government.

Is everyone in Wi stone col... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Is everyone in Wi stone cold brain dead?

"I'm not the white man's... (Below threshold)
914:

"I'm not the white man's bitch"


If She dropped the 'man's' part of the slogan. She would have been 100% accurate.

Jim: "Once again we see ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Jim: "Once again we see ample evidence that the most serious and public acts of racism come from the black community and no where else."

It's not that it's no where else, it's just that it's excused if the perpetrator is of a minority race. There's plenty of examples of this in every race. But the new rule in America is: if you're a member of the majority race you can't say anything, whereas if you're a member of a minority race anything goes. So you Latinos better watch out--you're time is coming. Bwahahahhahahaha

Seriously though, I'd like to live in an America where a person's words and actions were judged equally no matter the race of the person who said or did them. The simple test of that being: if you took the words or actions of a person of any minority race and then imagined a person of the majority race saying or doing the same, but from the perspective of their race, would those words or actions then be racist? If so then they were racist when the minority person said or did them.

Really, in an ideal world race would be irrelevant. You don't need to do away with "black" and "white", but those terms should be like "blonde" and "brunette" and convey no more meaning than such words. For example, the election of the first blonde-headed President wasn't considered historic, nor the election of the first short President. (Note: I'm not saying Obama's election wasn't historic, but that it is the prevalence of racism in our society that made it historic)

The ONLY way to get there is to stop teaching racism. Humans are not born racists--it's a learned behavior. I think the reason it sometimes seems like what Jim said is true is because whites are held accountable in today's America for being racists and so they've vastly improved, while no other race is held to the same standard, or any standard, really. The simple fact is that it will never stop until everyone stops. Everyone. Not just stop being racist, but stop excusing or ignoring racism if the perpetrator is of a minority race. Condemn it. All of it.

No more: "I didn't interpret it as racial."

No more: "a commendable speech about racial reconciliation" (Sorry Ann. I love you. I'd have your baby if I could, but you're just playing along with the charade there.)


You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.

Deal with it James... (Below threshold)
James H:
Deal with it James H. We've been told by the liberal exstablishment that it isn't racial so anyone who complains must be a racist themselves.

To elaborate -- I am in a workplace where reading a Web site with a headline that contains the phrase "white man's bitch" can create issues with my co-workers and where I don't have a lot of privacy around my workstation. I personally don't care about the headline, but I'd hate to get in trouble in the workplace because of a Wizbang headline.

If you're in that environme... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

If you're in that environment you should constantly be ready to scroll rapidly.

Which I do, Bunyan. Which ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Which I do, Bunyan. Which I do.

Then, James, you must've <i... (Below threshold)

Then, James, you must've plotzed the day I published this article...

(And yes, Kevin yelled at me about it...)

J.

I was at a different workpl... (Below threshold)
James H:

I was at a different workplace then, Jay Tea.

James,I'll keep yo... (Below threshold)
Rick:

James,

I'll keep your comments in mind for the next time...

I did struggle for a moment as to whether to quote the woman completely in the headline and in the end, I thought I needed to...

"I'm not the white man's bi... (Below threshold)
apb:

"I'm not the white man's bitch"

No, but dang, she's an ugly one...

"I'm not the white man's bi... (Below threshold)
914:

"I'm not the white man's bitch"


Dont flatter yourself.

Donald Downs was also heard... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Donald Downs was also heard to say;And we have always been at war with Eastasia.

"All animals are equal.... (Below threshold)

"All animals are equal.

But some are more equal than others"

--George Orwell, Animal House

I will vote for her!... (Below threshold)
Sydney:

I will vote for her!

Rick, I blame you! Rick, y... (Below threshold)
Sydney:

Rick, I blame you! Rick, you are my BITCH!!

Leshuh? Parents couldn't s... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Leshuh? Parents couldn't spell Lisa?

Stevie The K, while both fi... (Below threshold)
Spike:

Stevie The K, while both fine movies, I think you meant Animal Farm, not Animal House. Unless I've got Harold Ramis and George Orwell mixed up.

im a black person and not o... (Below threshold)
ziggy the wolf:

im a black person and not only am i offended by her stupidity but she sets back black people a good ten years. she tried to spin it as dont be the whiteman's bitch, stating white and man as the same word which is just as freaking stupid. if you dont want to someone's bitch you make yourself better and work at it dont just say it. man if i saw her i would punch her in the freaking head

For those who truly wish to... (Below threshold)

For those who truly wish to pretend that the only actual racial is coming from those of the nimority are either blind, stupid, or just plain lying to them selves and others. I am not of a minde to even acknowledge most of this insanity, but to say that i never did understand how one person or group of people could become so irate at the variance if skin pigmentation that has resulted from generations of living in the same climate becouse if you are truly honest with your self and payining attention to any form of actual education on physiology you would understand that the only difrence in the races is 99% skin pigmentation as a result of living in a diferent climate. I have said and continue to feel that i do not understand it and censerly hope that i never do fully understand the racist mind set that exists on all sides of the debate




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