From my commenter, Major, we learn that, in Madison, Wisconsin, a "legislative candidate from Wisconsin can't use a profane, racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot, an election oversight board decided Wednesday. Ieshuh Griffin, an independent running for a downtown Milwaukee seat in the state Assembly, wants to use the phrase, "NOT the 'whiteman's b----.'"" HERE is the link to the full article from which I pulled the italicized quotes below:
Griffin, who is black, argued her case to the five white, retired judges on the board that regulates elections. She said the phrase was protected free speech.
"It's a freedom of expression," she said. "It's not racial. It's not a slur."
Board member Thomas Cane, a retired state appeals court judge, said he didn't find the wording to be "particularly offensive."
Fellow board member Thomas Barland, who spent 33 years as a circuit court judge in Eau Claire, agreed.
"She says a lot in five words," he said. "It wasn't pornographic, it wasn't obscene and I didn't interpret it as racial." Who wouldn't find "whiteman's bitch" racial?
Roxanne Dunlap, a white woman from Sussex, felt compelled to speak up in the middle of the meeting, saying she was offended by the statement. She said if a white candidate wanted to have the statement "not the black man's b----" put on the ballot, it would be soundly rejected.
YATHINK? :-) The vote was 3 to 1 in her favor but one judge wasn't there and she needed 4 to succeed. Is this REALLY how bad things have become in decency and civility in America? Apparently so. She's an "Independent", by the way.