Friday, December 9th, 2016

I am the white man’s bitch

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday on an independent candidate for state assembly, Ieshuh Griffin, who was not allowed to use the following description of herself on the ballot, “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ “. Independent candidates are allowed to use a five-word description on the ballot. However, the Government Accountability Board denied Ieshuh Griffin’s self-description on a 3-2 vote. The three votes were in Griffin’s favor, but she needed four.

I’m looking at the description and wondering why the GAB would find this offensive. In those five words, Griffin tells the voters everything they would need to know about her in order to make an informed decision. “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch'” is the perfect self-description for her.

I’m even willing to give her credit for not choosing language that is banned from on radio and television. I’m sure not using language made famous by George Carlin to describe herself must have been really difficult.

Even more disturbing is that it takes an 80% majority of the GAB to approve of speech by a political candidate. How ridiculous is that? How about reversing that ratio in favor of free speech? How novel would that be?

If anything, there shouldn’t be any restrictions at all. According to the newspaper, there were fears (fears!) that her self-description could be used as justification for some white racist. So they don’t have any objections to black racism, they just don’t want to give free speech rights to white racists.

I’ll have to check the law that created the GAB to see where is says they should decide which political and racial ideologies are acceptable.

But why should it matter what she said? If she wanted to use obscene language to describe herself, wouldn’t that help the voter make an informed choice on whether she’s a suitable candidate for public office? If she just used the F-word five times, wouldn’t you know all you need to know about her?

The newspaper quotes election attorney Mike Maistelman on the issue. I have not seen whether he is acting as her attorney. I hope that he is, that she pays him cash, and that he wins.

In the meantime, let me stand as say, “I am the white man’s bitch.” It’s the least I can do for free speech.

(I confess a conflict of interest. As a writer, having someone who describes herself, “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch,'” as a member of the state assembly would be fantastic. She would be a go-to source for outrageous quotes on every issue.)

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