Hillary Clinton: Feminism Incarnate

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At least that's what some of her people would have you believe. What else are we to make of comments such as the following:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said "we feel abandoned by this organization today."
Rep. Shelley Berkeley called the endorsement "extremely unnecessary" and "inappropriate.
Rep. Jane Harmon called it "a betrayal."

That would be reactions to NARAL's endorsement of Barack Obama. I don't know what to say to this. I think I won't say too much because I bet there are a rack of feminists out there who would take umbrage at the idea of this somehow being representative of all feminism. And frankly, it's not like I'm working in an area of expertise. But so much of this, as a black person, looks familiar that I almost feel like I'm watching the story of my life. Dig the "respect" and "disrespect" meme that's begun to rear its head. Whenever, I hear people talking about "disrespect," I think of 1-15 football teams, or more aptly, brothers on the corner going to war over an alleged wrong look. The "Disrespect Card" is the marker of the man--or woman--who's got nothing else in the tank. In my life, it's been the instigator for more ghetto-ass insanity than I care to remember. Not quite the same, I know, but the requisite foolishness, and element of perceived slight is still there. For more on this, I think I'll hand the mic off to my betters.

I'll also schill a bit more for Obama. Here he is in front of Planned Parenthood:

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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