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Jehmu Takes On "Game Change"

January 22, 2010

With her political strategist hat on, WMC President Jehmu Greene was featured on Fox and Friends last week to comment on Game Change, a "tell-all" exposé of the 2008 presidential campaigns, authored by political reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Among a myriad of other things, the book quotes Senator Harry Reid in 2008, explaining the benefit of then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid as a "light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." No stranger to national campaigns and progressive activism, Jehmu offered an unflinching perspective on the eye-opening, albeit unsubstantiated book, underlying the need for more attention and outrage on racism and gender bias. "We're clearly far away from the 'post-racial society' that was thrown out in conversation when President Obama was running, and we're clearly far away from a post-sexist society," Jehmu said in her first appearance on January 9. "We have to move closer to racial understanding, and we have to move closer to being outraged when sexism happens. That also consumes me; it's not the same level of outrage...Sexism and racism both have to be equally repugnant in society. We're not there yet." Watch the video here: On January 12, commenting further on Game Change, Jehmu said, "I don't know if these are writers for New York Magazine and Time Magazine or The Young and the Restless." Gossip-laden books like this one, Jehmu said, "undermine the political dialogue, and make it more difficult for people to get into politics – and that's bad for public service." She went on to point out the overtly sexist remarks made throughout the book, which until then hadn't been addressed by Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy. "Look at the words that describe women," she said, reading: "'bitter,' 'befuddled,' 'freaky,' 'abusive,' 'condescending,' 'crazy women.'" Watch the video here: