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February 20, 2003

Is there Room for Two Black Candidates?

From Slate:

Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, the former House minority leader, announced that he was taking steps to run for president...reporters had a different subject on their minds. "John Kerry is already in the race and is raising a lot of issues about the Democratic Party's record" on matters important to white voters, one journalist told Gephardt. "What are you going to be bringing to the race that he hasn't already been pointing out in terms of that issue?"

Of course, this exchange never happened. Or rather, it did, but not to Gephardt...The presidential contender who endured the racial grilling at the Press Club was Carol Moseley-Braun, the former Democratic senator from Illinois."

The offensiveness of this kind of questioning of Moseley-Braun is unbelievable. Yes, it's reasonable to ask if she was deliberately asked to run to undercut Sharpton's vote, but once that question was out of the way, the press has just shown its incredible racism by acting as if the only black Democratic Senator of the 20th century (and the only black female Senator in history) has to explain what she brings to the table.

Posted by Nathan at February 20, 2003 11:46 PM

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