When “Politician” Just Isn’t Descriptive Enough

Most candidates for office are described on the ballot as “politician,” “businessperson,” or “community activist.” But not Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate for a seat in the Milwaukee state Assembly. She wants to use the phrase, “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’.” The state’s Government Accountability Board voted not to let her use that description, not because of the overuse of caps or because “whiteman” isn’t one word, but rather they thought the phrase was disparaging. They did say, however, that it would be okay if she used “not your average racist,” “you got a problem with that?”, or “at least I’m not Alvin Greene of South Carolina.”

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