Calico Jack reminds us of Shirley Chisholm’s birthday.
On 30 November 1924, Shirley Chisholm was born. She was always a personal hero of mine. Her election to the House of Representatives in 1968 somehow made it through all the childish fog and mishegas of that year and into my awareness. When she ran for president in 1972, I was a fan and hoped that she’d win, not quite getting that not only was it impossible for her to win, but that wasn’t the point.
Her run for president really opened my eyes to the inequities of the system. It wasn’t anything she did or said, but it was the way that the people around me reacted to her candidacy that clued me in. It was the idea of an issues campaign and that campaigns could be used for purposes other than winning that clued me in.
It all got me…
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