Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Close Call

"President Clinton was often known as the first black president. I wouldn't be upset if I could earn the right to be the second," he told the American Urban Radio Network.

John Kerry on the American Urban Radio Network, March 2, 2004

...this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.., his unpoliced sexuality became the focus of the persecution...

Toni Morrison in the New Yorker, October 1998

Which one of these traits would Toni Morrison attribute to John Kerry?


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