The Democratic presidential race is bringing this age-old question up again.
The Associated Press reports:
Clinton's camp has perceived sexism in comments about her appearance and emotions. Supporters of Obama have complained about racial overtones in remarks about his Muslim-sounding middle name, Hussein, and his acknowledged drug use as a young man. Beyond the back-and-forth between a white woman and a black man seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, the situation has created a snapshot of the nation's sensitivity — or lack thereof — to certain kinds of comments.
It’s interesting to note this debate dates back to the late 1800s.
Freed slave Frederick Douglass and women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton sparked it. Stanton was outraged that black men were able to vote after the Civil War (even though the “privilege” didn’t last long) and women weren’t.
Stanton declared it to be a “serious question whether we [women] had better stand aside and see Sambo walk into the kingdom [of civil rights] first.” Douglass fired back arguing the horrifying treatment black men endured as slaves entitled them the right to vote before women.
None of the scholars or intellectuals of that time or this have been able to definitively settle the debate. But political correctness has certainly shunned one more than the other leaving us with the question: Is it more acceptable to make a sexist remark than a racist remark?