The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 3


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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 3rd study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of a small number of black female mainstream journalists, and she frequently her platoform as a journalist to address Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's segment, Ifill covered the differing black opinions on Obama's 2008 presidential campaign as well as the senator's daunting task of "straddling" the "racial divide." She catalogs how Obama had to appease White voters by rejecting Louis Farrakhan, admonishing Rev. Jeremiah Wright, periodically castigating black people, and "stiff arming" Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Ifill also discussed how Racist Women weaponized feminism to upbraid those who would support a non-white candidate over Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, Ifill references a myriad of black scholars and journalists - Melissa Harris-Perry, Alice Walker - and even Admitted White Supremacist Timothy Wise, who all recognized how a significant population of White Women were, as Wise wrote, "Not thinking and acting as women," but as White Supremacists. It's stunning that eight years later, after President-elect Trump's victory we are again "surprised" that White Women's allegiance to White Supremacy made a substantial impact in the voting booth. Listeners should contrast how Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#

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