Anything but That

I remember standing in the beautiful National Building Museum in Washington DC  on Saturday June 6 2008 surrounded by Hillary supporters crying my heart out as Hillary suspended her campaign. I was listening for a line or a few words I could cling to and I did but truthfully – the words that she and others kept saying over and over rang hollow. Every time I heard ‘her race proved women could do anything’ every time Obama said ‘Hillary’s race proved to his daughters that they could be anything’  all I could say was “anything but President of the United States.”

 

There are video’s of me all over the internet crying my eyes out – I am not one given to crying easily but I knew that day that something big was dying, just as I knew on May 31st that Democracy died at the RBC dog and pony show.

 

Still I forged ahead to Denver and fought for Hillary to be on that roll call even while she was out fighting for Obama tooth and nail. We still held out hope and hung on every unsaid word waiting for the weight of 18 Million of us to come crashing through those cracks but we never did. Today I read a piece that may explain why we didn’t break through- perhaps there were no cracks at all!

The Glass Ceiling Holds Strong

By Marie Cocco

WASHINGTON — It is time to stop kidding ourselves. This wasn’t a breakthrough year for American women in politics. It was a brutal one.

The glass ceiling remains firmly in place — not cracked, as Hillary Clinton insisted as she tried to claim rhetorical victory after her defeat in the Democratic nominating contest. It wasn’t even scratched with the candidacy of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee — unless you consider becoming an object of national ridicule to be a symbol of advancement. As divergent as these two women are ideologically and temperamentally, as different as are their resumes, they both banged their heads — hard — against the ceiling. Both were bruised. So was the goal of advancing women in political leadership. 

 

Yet American women are a majority of the population and a majority of the electorate. They earn more than half the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a level of educational achievement far exceeding that of women in developing countries. There must be some reason we don’t do any better than women in impoverished, rural regions of the world where cultural norms oppress women.

Maybe it is because our culture isn’t so different after all.

 

I know now that this was not our year, after all, to put a women in the White House but it was the year to wake up and come to our senses. We have not come that far BABY! We still have a long way to go and we didn’t even know it!

 

Free US Now Radio comes to you two nights a week and we are devoted to democracy, equality and human rights. Please tune in Monday at 8 PM  Eastern
when we welcome Idella Moore for the full hour.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FreeMeNowCall-in Number: (347) 838-8011

 

Idella Moore is founder and Executive Officer of a national, single-issue, non-partisan organization whose mission is to finish ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  This amendment would guarantee legal equality to men and women and should it be ratified it would become only the second constitutional guarantee for women.  The only other right that women are explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution is the right to vote.

 

Idella’s support for the Equal Rights Amendment began in the 1970’s but it was in the early 1980s, while a student at Florida State University, that she became an active grassroots participant during the last intense efforts to get Florida to ratify the ERA.  Like millions of others, Idella was devastated that the amendment was not ratified by the deadline, June 30, 1982.

 

It was in protest of that ratification that Idella moved to England in 1982 and remained there for the next decade and a half.  She and her family returned to the US in the late 1990’s but it wasn’t until 2002 that she learned there was a renewed campaign to ratify the ERA.  Within a few months, she formed her org. Initially founded as a Georgia group, because of overwhelming demand, a year later hers became a national organization.  It is the only, national single issue ERA membership organization.  It now has an online membership representing men and women in 49 states, from all political parties and across all age groups. 

 

Idella does a great deal of research and writing about the ERA and gives presentations to organizations at the local, state, regional and national levels.  Today, hers is either leading, guiding or giving technical and advocacy assistance to campaigns in 13 of the ERA unratified states.

 

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Twisted Logic Celebration

Dedicated to Gerri, Hillary and Sarah

Tears were shed in the streets, throngs celebrating in Times Square could be heard from 1st. Ave., the media was in a frenzy, Obots were in heaven, black leaders were lined up to tell us how proud they finally were of America (Michelle was thinking it to herself no doubt) and headlines read “History” was made on Nov. 4th 2008 in America because a black was elected to the White House. I was in tears too but I scratched my head and asked what the hell is so historic about placing yet another man in office?

 

Hold your celebrations folks. We are not there yet- history was not made – we did not overcome- and Martin Luther King’s dream was not realized. Wasn’t it King who said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”? Weren’t some of those little children daughters?  

 

So now all of a sudden skin color became the factor that everyone is judging how we make history? Was it because his face was black and for a short blip in our history blacks were kept as slaves? Or maybe some would say we are celebrating a black man reminds us of slavery and somehow this partially black man with no slavery background transcends that dark part of our history? Well that may be quite a stretch but we are still not there yet!   

 

Women’s slavery has yet to be resolved – it is not a blip in history — it is a fact of a life for woman, and it’s been going on since the beginning of time. Women have been ignored, blamed, talked down to,  laughed at, held  back, paid less, worked harder, kept down, smacked around, humiliated, degraded , victimized, beaten, raped and are  murdered at the hands of men — their own husbands and fathers and are still daily victims right now.

 

This so-called historic Black candidate was not a product of the civil rights abuses of this country; he did not suffer mistreatment by during his candidacy as did both the female candidates. So I ask again what was so euphoric that millions were crying – some for joy and some from the release resulting of shedding their white guilt. Guilt they willingly accepted as their responsibility and obligated the rest of us to carry with along with them while they turned a blind eye to those of us who have been enslaved since the beginning of time and who were left behind yet again.

 

No- I maintain as do up to one half on this nations citizenry who is taxed yet not fully represented, history will not be made until every enslaved, mistreated or otherwise unrepresented citizen is equally represented, until Jeremiah Wright does not call anyone a nigger, until no women is ever again called a cunt, until women support other women whether they fully agree on every issue or not and until a woman is elected as president of the United States of America.

 

Then let there be dancing in the streets and celebrations in every home and tears of joy to celebrate a truly historic accomplishment to be proud of. In stead you stand there with tears in your eyes as if you accomplished some great feat you damned so-called civil rights leader hypocrites! Civil rights include human rights!