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Why I was offended by Geraldine Ferraro's comments on Barack Obama

by Veronica  |  5374 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Unfortunately, this is why I feel that what Ferraro said may be mostly true -- Obama is getting a lot of attention becuase he is a black man. Sadly, as awesome as this country is, we are amazed that a black man is this close to moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Hillary? Maybe since her run has been talked about since before she left the White House nearly eight years ago, we are not as much in awe.

At the end of the day, Ferraro's comments were insenstitve and offensive. I expect more from a longtime feminist leader who I am sure has been at the receiving end of these type of comments. I'm glad that she resigned from Hillary's campaign. Hillary has enough of an uphill battle without having her allies playing this anti-affirmative action slander game.

You can express your opinion on Ferraro's comments here or join an ongoing conversation in the Work it, Mom! groups.

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Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist living in Chicago with her husband & Mini-Me daughter. You can read more of her rants at .

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3 comments so far...

  • Awesome article. Very well stated. I thought I was the only one who believed it was necessary to say something about the back-handed slap Geraldine gave to Obama. I didn't appreciate it.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by caramelsugarberry38 on 31st March 2008

  • yes, i think it's kind of crazy that so much attention is being paid to skin color and gender. i just want someone with a brain in the white house - someone who can communicate in a manner everyone can understand and someone who can repair broken relationships with leaders in countries around the world. We need someone who can lead the country effecitvely. i dont really care about gender, race, religion, etc. unless the perfect candidate was being held from office because of those things.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 19th March 2008

  • "Lucky" to be black? You're right, that's a discriminatory statement right there. I'm excited about the choices we have this election, and I'm excited to see that we may (please please please) elect our first African-American or female president. But most of all, I'm excited to have a chance to get a forward-thinking liberal into office, male or female, black or white.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 15th March 2008