Do check out Gail Collins' thoughtful oped in today's NYTimes, "What Hillary Won," and Bob Herbert's too (thank you Catherine!). I'm moved by them both. Herbert reminds us not to overlook the wonder of this moment:
"Racism and sexism have not taken their leave. But the fact that Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, and that the two finalists for that prize were a black man and a white woman, are historical events of the highest importance."Indeed, we should not overlook this moment. Nor should we take it for granted. Doing a search for this t-shirt just now made me crazy. I found SO much anti-Obama propaganda online -- xenophobic stickers, racist cartoons, and worse. As of today, I stand with Obama. And we have so, so much work to do.
Part of our work, of course, is to continue to analyze the impact of race and gender on this campaign. And I hope those of you in the area will join me at a forum on June 17th, "From Soundbites to Solutions: Bias, Punditry and the Press in the 2008 Election," from 9am-noon, sponsored by The White House Project, The Women's Media Center and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The forum is free of charge and open to the press and the public and will take place at the Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street (Between 5th & 6th Ave). Register here.