by Fleaflicker, Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 06:33:54 AM EDT
Reprinted with permission from the author.
I would like to respectfully point out that the mainstream media is missing a huge aspect of what is offensive about Rev. Wright's message.
I'm a woman, and like every woman I've discussed this with, I was astounded by the Rev. Wright's assertion that women have never had to work twice as hard to prove themselves, have never been considered less than persons, have never suffered any discrimination at all. He says Hillary Clinton "fits the mold" of a U.S. President because she's white.
No woman has ever been President of this country, as we all know. Women only gained the right to vote in the past century. And it's only been in my lifetime that university doors and career opportunities have been fully opened to women.
And as for cabs whizzing by a black man, this is true and shameful -- but women are afraid to be on the streets, period, because of the threat of rape. Women are subjected to sexual and domestic violence in huge numbers. And women all over the world are struggling for the most basic of civil and human rights.
Rest assured, my voice is only one of countless women who are appalled by Rev. Wright's misogyny. The anger is bubbling up all over the internet. It isn't only white women whom he insults. All women bear the brunt of sexism, and African-American women suffer doubly from both racial and gender prejudice. To ignore this, as Rev. Wright does, belittles us all.
Please cover this. The women of America deserve to hear this.
I encourage EVERYONE to copy this letter and send it to every news outlet in the country. The truth of it could not be any plainer.