Rebecca Walker
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Seeds : The Political Mama: Five Questions for HRC

 
Seeds : The Political Mama: Five Questions for HRC

Hey! Here's my root blog for the day--my favorite response so far:

"Your CNNPolitics.com commentary (Best Woman for the Job Could be a Man) was spot on. It was one of the best comments on the Democratic Primary that I have read or heard. It's too bad that many of the folks who wrote in think you are a feminist Obama apologist. I think that a huge part of Clinton's problem is that her politics are a generation too old. It is a politics of division (women versus men). Obama offers a vision of women and men working together. Second, old school feminism continues to ignore its own internal racism. It is very middle class and college educated. One does not hear much from or about lower income, less educated, or women of color.


All of this came out in the comments by baby boom feminists against you and Obama. Your article (like Obama's rhetoric) publicly credits Clinton for her huge accomplishment. You articulate a post-gender feminism of inclusion that the baby boom feminists -who are divisive- attack as apologist. They lost because people who are different are into working together instead of apart. Rather than consider your on time observations, those pro-Clinton, anti-Obama, pro-McCain feminists choose to cling to the 20th Century and attack you. Remember the angry white male? America, don't be confused. The angry white female finally came out of the closet!"


Here's the strangest and most disturbing:


"i have no idea who you are and i wager most americans haven't a clue either, i do know that men and women, gays and straights, transgenders, all colors, all economic backgrounds have voted...18 million of them for a woman. they did not vote for a guy who made it a prime point to tell everyone he was black.


if this interloper had come on with experience and truth that he could actually bring people together maybe we would care for him. he has divided families, races, friends, communities. his followers act as thugs all over the country. they seek to deny delegates for hillary their place at the convention. they are abusive if you say you will not vote for obama. i have spoken to hundreds in dozens of states and have heard the horror story of the obama vols as they threatened any who opposed obama. this man is scary and we definitely do not want him as president. he offers ice in the winter. he can't keep a promise, he has an inordinate capacity for disloyalty. he is a control freak. one has only to research and learn how he denied any opposition to his personal appearances across the country. very nazi like. now, after selling his brand of snake oil to gain his position he is now changing it pell mell.


change? obama puts forth change that will be injurious to the people of this country. he is to be avoided. thus, as a core democrat, i will vote for a republican for the first time in my life."


Wow.


I'd love to hear your thoughts, here or on theroot.com.


xo



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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Viva el Fox!

 
Hey!

Yesterday I spent the morning with the students of the Kingswood-Oxford School in Connecticut. I was invited by Yom Odamtten, a beloved English and History teacher there, and hosted by the Head of School Dennis Bisgaard and his wife Monica Bisgaard. I spoke about identity, what it is, where we get it, and when and how we can change it. Then students in Yom's literature class asked me tough questions about Black, White, and Jewish. I enjoyed my time there, and am so glad to have K-O on the mental map I carry with me everywhere. Wonderful place.

Today I participated in an incredibly powerful women's conference in Charlotte. I did a talk on the New Face of Feminism and afterwards had the opportunity to spend some time with former President of Mexico Vicente Fox and his brilliant and passionate wife, Marta Sahagun de Fox. Together, they spoke about the tremendous social reforms they are working on through their new Presidential Library. One of the four items on their agenda: Gender Equality.

It was a delight to hear President Fox talking about his deep love and admiration for his wife, and how together they believe that the 21st Century is destined to be led by women, who have the compassion, love, and efficacy the future demands. They were deeply inspiring. Having grown up part-time in Mexico, I feel a particularly strong bond with the couple responsible for bringing greater transparency to the Mexican government, at least attempting to resolve the stand-off in Chiapas, and more attention to education and health care in the country.

Also, I'm usually not one to gush over corporate sponsors, but the conference was sponsored by Wachovia, an extremely woman and mother-friendly company. After spending some time with Shannon MacFayden, head of Human Resources for Wachovia and her co-workers, I'm thinking of switching banks! Also, Marie and the rest of the folks at the Tribble Group did an AMAZING job of making it all flawless.

More news from the next stop: Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. I'm looking forward to the sunshine.

Hope you're happy where you are.

Peace and love,
Rebecca

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Getting (more) serious about blogging

 
Okay, well. I've been reading blogs for the last three hours, which means that either the baby is napping or it's four in the morning. 4:15 am to be exact.

I know I say this every six months or so, but I can't believe how MANY blogs there are, especially about motherhood and womanhood and sex and sexuality and, well, I guess anything you're looking for. And what I can't believe even more is how much blog-surfing is like going fishing in the universal ocean, or shopping at the Barney's Warehouse sale. You start one place not knowing where you're going or what you need, and then you end up somewhere absolutely essential and feel so grateful you made the trip.

Tonight I started at mamazine and from there went to hipmama which of course led me to ArielGore, who just had a baby boy after at least a decade and a half of writing about her first baby, Maia. Then I found the blog of Gayle Brandeis, which included not only an important article about the writer Taslima Nasrin being attacked, but a beautiful, haunting, resonant Grace Paley poem.I was glad to find the poem, because Grace just died and I already miss her. I saw her last at a reading from Black, White and Jewish during a residency at Dartmouth; I remember that it was cold, and that her presence warmed me tremendously.

There were many others blogs along the way, like Object, that spoke to me, but I think for tonight, I was supposed to find Grace and say goodbye to her myself, in the quiet space of night-time tapping and tired-mama dreaming.

Goodbye Grace.

With love and gratitude,

Rebecca

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