Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Hillary Gaffe

"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run - it has been run like a plantation... You know what I'm talking about."

- Hillary Clinton, MLK day speech to Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem

(from the NY Sun's Senator Likens House to Slavery, Drawing Rebukes From Some)

which goes on to quote the following counterpoint:

A government professor at Dartmouth College, Linda Fowler, said while the senator received applause from yesterday's largely black audience, she might have offended some black Americans who feel the comment was less than sensitive.

"The question is whether you trivialize the suffering that people experienced on plantations by applying that word to a different setting," she said. "It's just really a question of appropriateness - making a connection between the badly treated Democrats in the House of Representatives and people who are enslaved against their will. It just seems like a stretch."

H/T: Captains Quarters


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