March 20, 2008

 Does Race still Matter? How Barack is rewriting…. (U.S. News & World Report’s)…No…How the Media is rewriting the rules.If I see another magazine cover with Barack Obamas’ face plastered all over it… I may just throw up…don’t you think the public is sick of the over exposure of Barack Obama and the under-exposure or cover up of world history- political pioneer Shirley Chisholm’s contributions to this country. let us not get into the issues of the dummying down of America by the media, but let us get into having the media publish the realities of the political history of this country.On the Issue of Race, let us not just publish the latest political celebrity on the cover page for the hopeful sake of sales.Let’s give America – the new generation,  a political leadership/history lesson on the person who was the original Change Agent and Broke down all of the barriers which Black Americans and women face and changed America forever…Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm.Now I know white America likes to live in denial of many things.But Shirley Chisholm took the old America of the past 50’s and 60’s and created a NEW ERA in American politics.Let us give credit and justice where credit is due….Although Barack Obama is the latest Black American political figure, he is very, very, very, very far from being the greatest…Shirley Chisholm gave America the change to become a united country so let us not keep the country divided covering up her magnificent, ground breaking and unprecedented campaign.She was the underdog who changed the Presidential Completion of America Forever and made world history, She brought Black America and Women into the world of Presidential and World Politics.. and let us admit and not forget that she may have not won the nomination but she was still a winner for those who were looking for change in the American political Landscape. 

 Senator Clinton Honors Shirley Chisholm – Sponsors Senate Resolution Honoring Her Legacy and Service to the Nation:

Link to Resolution (see below): 

Joseph Edgecombe, Boston 

“Candidate of the People of America”

In announcing her presidential campaign on January 27, 1972, at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, Chisholm said: I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I am equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or fat cats or special interests. I stand here now without endorsements from many big name politicians or celebrities or any other kind of prop. I do not intend to offer to you the tired and glib cliches, which for too long have been an accepted part of our political life. I am the candidate of the people of America. And my presence before you now symbolizes a new era in American political history. ( Edgecombe,



Senator Clinton Honors Shirley Chisholm

Sponsors Senate Resolution Honoring Her Legacy and Service to the Nation

Washington, DC — On the occasion of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Memorial Service celebrating the life and legacy of the late Shirley A. Chisholm, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sponsored a Senate resolution in her honor. Senator Clinton’s resolution calls on the United States Senate to pay tribute to her service to the Nation, her work to improve the lives of women and minorities, her steadfast commitment to demonstrating the power of compassion and her dedication to justice and equality.

“I add my voice to so many in New York and Washington who are mourning the loss of Rep. Shirley Chisholm of New York. Shirley Chisholm was a bold pioneer who fought for civil rights and equality with an energy that forever changed the way American politics deals with matters of race and gender,” said Senator Clinton in her statement for the Congressional Record accompanying the resolution.

The Senator today also honored the legacy of Shirley Chisholm with members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, of which Shirley Chisholm was a member. Senator Clinton met with members of sorority, including National President Dr. Louise Rice, as part of their 16th Annual “Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital.” The members met with Senator Clinton to discuss issues of common concern to African American women, men, and families, including their concerns about the privatization of Social Security, the need for election reform, and the need for greater support of the United Nations and efforts to improve the lives of those living in African nations.

“It was wonderful to meet with members of Delta Sigma Theta to discuss these important issues and to acknowledge the amazing legacy of someone who has inspired generations, Shirley Chisholm. Shirley always made a notable impression on everyone she met and she would have been proud of the great turn-out from the Delta Sigma Theta sorority members in her honor,” Senator Clinton said.

In further tribute to the life and legacy of the late Representative Chisholm, Senator Clinton will make remarks in Washington this evening at the CBC memorial service. A copy of Senator Clinton’s statement for the Congressional Record honoring Shirley Chisholm is attached.

Senator Clinton Statement for the Congressional Record Honoring Rep. Shirley Chisholm

I add my voice to so many in New York and Washington who are mourning the loss of Rep. Shirley Chisholm of New York. Shirley Chisholm was a bold pioneer who fought for civil rights and equality with an energy that forever changed the way American politics deals with matters of race and gender.

When she was elected to Congress in 1968, Rep. Chisholm became the first African-American congresswoman. She overcame the twin obstacles of racism and sexism to win election. But she didn’t stop there. When she reached Congress she spoke with a loud, clear voice, and she quickly lived up to her slogan of being “unbought and unbossed.” She was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969, and she fought to improve the lives and opportunities of inner city children and families. She opposed the Vietnam War and the military draft. And she bravely declaimed the sexism and racism she encountered in a political world that, prior to her arrival, had been exclusively white and almost exclusively male.

Her positions on the issues and her statements about race and gender made her a lightning rod for criticism. But despite the intense pressure of being both outspoken and a “first,” Rep. Chisholm continued to blaze a path to greater equality. In 1972, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite being largely ignored by the media, her committed run for the Presidency, and the 152 delegates she won, proved to the entire country that a woman was up to the task of taking on a serious run for national office.

Rep. Chisholm was a powerful symbol, an “historical person” as she put it. But perhaps her greatest achievement was reminding us that the purpose of fighting for equality is not to simply make a point or become a symbol; it is to work for that day when we can all enjoy the quiet responsibility of being equal. As she explained in her 1969 speech to the House in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment: “A woman who aspires to be the chairman of the board or a member of the House does so for exactly the same reason as any man . . . She thinks she can do the job and she wants to try.”

Arthur Ashe said that heroism “is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Rep. Chisholm was a heroine. She knew that “there is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.” She paid that price in order to serve Americans who were not being served by the political establishment. She fought injustice and discrimination and refused to be cowed by a history of exclusion. And in so doing, she served not only the constituents of her time but all Americans for all times.

Shirley Chisholm’s legacy is undeniable; thirteen African-American women served in the House in the 108th Congress. We are grateful for her life, and we are grateful for the doors she opened and the barriers she brought down on behalf of us all.

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