Rebecca Walker


Monday, February 11, 2008

It's Monday so I must be in San Francisco

Hey you guys,

A couple of things I noticed today while in SF doing a very fun event with Peggy Orenstein, author of Waiting for Daisy. For all you bi-racial or bi-curious people, here is an interesting article by her on the subject of being a white mother of a mixed race daughter.

1. Hillary replaced her top aide with Maggie Williams, a woman of color. I'm not hearing it on mainstream news, but the woman of color vote is clearly growing in importance. It's the real swing vote. Obviously, Ms. Williams has been brought on for more than her race, but still, from where I sit, women of color have never had so much electoral power. We need to claim it, flex it, and not let anyone delude themselves into thinking we don't have a major impact on the national psyche. On the other front, if HRC wants to win, and I'm not saying she should, I hope Ms. Williams gets good council on HRC's pitch. Talk about needing a good writer...

2. I walked around a bit today, wandering through the stores at Union Square, peeking into the new Museum of the African Diaspora, resisting the urge to go into the Apple Store to gape at the new Air laptop, eating at my favorite Japanese restaurant, and so on. I grew up in this city and in twenty years, I have never seen so many empty stores. Never seen so many of the stores I've had to elbow my way through in the past completely without traffic. I asked one salesperson if business was slow. He told me, at four pm, that I was the first potential customer he'd spoken to all day. Tonight on Lou Dobbs, a few analysts opined that we may be sliding into a possible recession but indicators still look good. Uh-huh.

3. My dear friend Bruce and cousin Howard are in town shooting a film about assassinated gay City Supervisor Harvey Milk. Milk was, according to Time Magazine, "The first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet." I can't wait to see their film about one of the most important figures in the gay rights, and thus, human rights struggles of the 20th century. What I gleaned? Be heroic. Your actions will inspire others forever. No really, I'm serious. Oh, and always give your nearest and dearest big bear hugs on cold SF corners (which is what Bruce, Howard and I did), no matter what time it is. You never know how long it will be until you see them again.

More from Philadelphia.



Anonymous nicole said...

Hi Rebecca,

Re your comments about the women of color vote: a few weeks ago I was totally frustrated with the election coverage, which either focused on analyzing women voters or black voters, but never the choices of black women, who obviously fall into both categories. I think the New York Times actually had an article on the topic at some point. I am also annoyed at the media in the way they just assign the women's vote to Hillary and the black vote to Obama, as though voters can't think for themselves. It's such an insult to our intelligence.

I just needed to vent about that! Peggy's article was really interesting...

Blogger LiteraryAquarian said...

Safe to say, sometimes home ceases to look like home. Have the Mom's and Pop's corner candy stores closed down as well?


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