Shelby Steele despre alegerea lui Obama

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    Shelby Steele spune că Barack Obama a cîştigat alegerile presidenţiale bazîndu-şi cu succes candidatura pe rasă. Ştim foarte putin despre caracterul lui Obama, vom avea ocazia să aflăm mai multe cu ficare decizie pe care o va lua. Obama a reprezentat oportunitatea alegătorilor albi de a contrazice stigmatizarea Americii ca ţară rasistă. Alegătorii negri au votat cu Obama pentru a contrazice ideea că sînt inferiori. În orice caz, alegerile din noiembrie arată măsura în care rasa încă este un subiect în America, un subiect întreținut de partidul care a creat KKK, Partidul Democrat.



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    1. vecinadeblog:

      Splendid, inspirat comentariu–desi scurt. M-as fi bucurat sa elaborezi. Si eu vad misoginism cit cuprinde in SUA, nemilos, neincetat, nerusinat:

      „10 Most Powerful American Women”

      What is power? Who holds the most? These questions are impossible to answer definitively; power is too fluid, and opinions are necessarily subjective. But one thing is certain: Women today are in positions of greater power, in a wider variety of fields, than ever before.

      Encarta pays tribute to 10 American women who are shaping the world today. And we’re not forgetting the past: We’ve also compiled a list of 10 American women who changed the world.

      Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House.
      Pelosi can claim two firsts in U.S. history. She was the first woman ever to lead a political party in Congress, serving as minority leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for five years. Now, she is the first woman ever to be third in line to the presidency as Speaker of the House. She has been an outspoken critic of Bush administration policies in Iraq, saying in response to the president’s 2004 State of the Union address, „America must be a light to the world, not just a missile.” Her role positions her to help define a new generation of women in leadership.
      Condoleezza Rice, United States secretary of state.
      As national security adviser during George W. Bush’s first term, Rice soon established herself as a trusted member of the president’s inner circle. Her position in Bush’s second term, as a wartime secretary of state, will cement her place in the history books.
      Sandra Day O’Connor, retired U.S. Supreme Court justice.
      O’Connor began her Supreme Court career in 1981 as a strong conservative, but her subsequent move toward the center established her as a wild card on a Court sharply divided between conservatives and liberals. O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, but was quoted as saying, „The power I exert on the Court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.” She retired in January 2006.
      Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. senator.
      Clinton is the only former first lady ever to become a United States senator. She represents New York, the nation’s third most populous state, and her prominence has grown greatly in the Democratic Party — she is currently one of the top two Democratic candidates campaigning to be the party’s nominee for the 2008 presidential election.
      Margaret „Meg” Whitman, president and chief executive, eBay.
      To the fledgling online company, Whitman brought deep „traditional” business experience from corporations including Procter & Gamble, Walt Disney Company, and Hasbro. Since being named president and CEO in 1998, Whitman has grown revenues and solidified eBay’s dominance in the fiercely competitive online auction space.
      Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice.
      After graduating from Columbia University at the top of her class, Ginsburg struggled to find a job in the traditionally male legal profession. Her experiences helped to shape a career often devoted to ending institutionalized discrimination against women.
      Anne Sweeney, cochair of media networks, the Walt Disney Company; president, Disney-ABC Television Group.
      Sweeney achieved a high profile for jump-starting the struggling Disney Channel, quadrupling its subscriber base. Her success at ABC Television has been no less dramatic. Since Sweeney became president in 2004, the previously last-place network has climbed into frequent contention for the top spot in terms of viewership.
      Oprah Winfrey, media executive and personality.
      When her talk show was picked up for national syndication in 1986, Winfrey made the fateful decision to form her own production company and take over distribution rights, and a media empire was born. Her book club became the most powerful force in the publishing world; the „Oprah effect” instantly placed her choices atop national bestseller lists. In 2004 Forbes estimated her net worth at over $1 billion.
      Martha Stewart, media executive and personality.
      Stewart built a media empire on her expertise in cooking, gardening, and home improvement. In 1999, Stewart consolidated her expansive television and print enterprises to form Omnimedia, a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Omnimedia weathered her five-month incarceration in 2004-2005, stemming from a dubious stock trade. Stewart emerged from prison to host new television shows and expand the scope of Omnimedia’s ventures. With Stewart’s track record of professional evolution–from model to stockbroker to caterer to media executive–expect the next chapter of Stewart’s career to be at least as interesting as those that came before.

      Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
      Gerberding has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) since July 2002. She currently heads the CDC’s efforts to prepare for and counter bioterrorism. Prior to her current posts, Gerberding led the CDC’s response to the anthrax attacks of 2001 as acting deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID). She first joined the CDC in 1998 as director of health care quality promotion for the NCID, developing patient safety initiatives and other programs to prevent infections, antimicrobial resistance and medical errors in health care settings.”

      Alte dovezi de misoginism american care musai trebuie infierat:

      „CNN Politics 2008:
      Women gaining political power
      Women’s progress in this election „creeping and leaping,” analyst says

      74 women will be in 435-member House; 17 female senators out of 100

      „Do we have equal representation? No. Are we closer to it? Yes.”

      Obama may appoint women; Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin made strides

      By Ashley Fantz
      CNN

      (CNN) — Shirley Chisholm, elected in 1968 as the first black woman in the U.S. Congress, once said: „I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being black.”

      The U.S. Senate gained one more woman this election in New Hampshire Senator-elect Jeanne Shaheen.
      Slightly more than three years after Chisholm’s death, Barack Obama will be sworn in as president, a huge step forward for African-Americans.
      But for women, progress this election year was defined by „creeping and leaping,” said CNN contributor Hilary Rosen, the Washington editor-at-large for Huffingtonpost.com.

      Rosen favored Hillary Clinton, but she and other influential women pundits and activists note that Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin’s loss at the polls does not diminish the strides they made for their gender.

      „Women are about 54 percent of the vote,” Rosen said. „Do we have equal representation? No. Are we closer to it? Yes.”

      In the House, 10 new congresswomen will join the 64 incumbents who were re-elected, according to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, bringing the number of women in the 435-seat body to a record 74. The 100-member U.S. Senate gained one woman, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who became the 17th female senator.

      And several women could be appointed to prominent roles in Obama’s administration.

      Shaheen will be New Hampshire’s first female senator. She won in a bitter battle against Republican incumbent John E. Sununu, tying him to the unpopular President Bush.

      „It was an extraordinarily hard year for Republicans,” said Leslie Sanchez, a CNN contributor, Republican strategist and former adviser to President Bush. „You didn’t have to go much further than relying on how unhappy people are with the administration.”

      North Carolina elected Beverly Perdue, who becomes the state’s first woman governor. Perdue is the first pro-choice female governor of a Southern state since the late Ann Richards of Texas, according to Emily’s List, which raised $43 million in 2007-2008 to help develop the candidacies of Democratic women.

      Don’t Miss
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      „This is the state of Jesse Helms!” said New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat, referring to one of the most polarizing figures in American political history. Helms opposed civil rights and a holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. „It’s always a big deal when a woman is elected to high office, but this was a significant shift,” Maloney said.

      Perdue and North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan, who beat Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, are strongly pro-Obama and pro-public education. North Carolina Association of Educators mobilized a massive get-out-the-vote campaign for them.

      Perdue was the subject of a GOP ad that pictured Obama with his arms around her as his former pastor Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary sermons play in the background. In the closing days of the campaign, Dole ran an ad that insinuated Hagan was „godless.”

      „Women generally don’t react favorably to campaign smears and mudslinging,” said Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organization for Women. „We elected the women who talked about issues that we care about — child care, minimum wage, health care, equal pay.”

      Both Hagan and Perdue were overwhelmingly favored by women voters, according to exit polls.

      Perdue headed up a commission that spent money from a settlement with tobacco companies on health care. In the days before the election, Lilly Ledbetter appeared at a Hagan event.

      A jury awarded Ledbetter $3 million in damages when it found that Goodyear had discriminated against her by giving her smaller raises than male managers. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court threw out that award and said the complaint had been filed too late. Obama supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; McCain said it wasn’t necessary. Democrats passed it in the House but Republicans blocked it in the Senate.

      „Lilly Ledbetter has come to symbolize so much to women,” NOW’s Gandy said. „That issue alone will change votes.”

      Among the women expected to play a key role in the Obama administration is Karen Kornbluh, who served as a policy adviser and was the principal author of the Democrats’ party platform. Kornbluh used to direct The Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation, served in the Clinton administration and was an adviser to Sen. John Kerry on the Senate Commerce Committee.

      She’s well-known in D.C. for her essays „The Mommy Tax” and „The Joy of Flex,” which addressed the needs of the „juggler family,” or the household where two parents are working and no one is at home full-time. She argues for federal support for child care and after-school care, and control over flex-time for employees whose long hours usually come at the expense, emotionally and financially, of their families.

      „In Washington, she is really considered Obama’s brain on so many policies,” said Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and writer of the Washington Note blog. Read exclusive interview with Kornbluh

      „Her ideas are fresh and applicable to real life, real Americans.” Clemons said. „She’s been quoted all over Washington from Joseph Lieberman to John Edwards since the [presidential] race in ’04.”

      Also, Susan Rice is believed to be under consideration for national security adviser. She is Obama’s chief foreign policy adviser, a former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and protégé of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

      Valerie Jarrett has also been mentioned for White House postings and as a possible appointee to fill the Senate seat that Obama will vacate. She is the Obamas’ closest friend and has served as a political adviser.

      „The consultants will drag you through the mud so Obama was brilliant in putting Valerie in that role,” Sanchez said. „Her counsel was very grounding for him and she protected him as a candidate.”

      Biata Caroline Kennedy, care tocmai si-a anuntat pofta de a fi numita in scaunul de senator de New York al lui Hillary, cu experienta zero dar DNA de clan Kennedy. Nu stie ce misoginism inversunat o asteapta…

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