"But that's too theoretical. There actually was a specific day and time I started to dismiss the term African-American as silly and misleading. It was after I heard Teresa Heinz refer to herself as an African American. Heinz, the wife of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, happens to be a Caucasian woman. But she also can credibly claim to be African-American: She was born and raised in Mozambique, a country in the southeast of Africa.
"As a naturalized U.S. citizen from an African country, Heinz has every right occasionally to refer to herself as an African-American. But for that reason, I will not do the same as it relates to me. If a wealthy, white, Bostonian — who shares little history or identity with me or people who look like me or from whom I am descended — can attached the appellation 'African-American' to herself, I think American black people should lay the term off to the side and move on."
"And you know, I remember that the first item on the You Cut website was to cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. And let me tell you what it does to women who cannot plan their parenthood: It derails their ability to complete education and training so they can get a job. The TANF is very harsh. It won’t even let women complete high school diplomas. It sends them into workfare programs in very low wage service industries, often in jobs without unemployment benefits, and of course they’re treated with contempt and disdain when they apply for any aid. They’re humiliated. And so I would beg my colleagues, I would beg them to not defund Planned Parenthood. Planned parenthood is healthy for women, it’s healthy for children and it’s healthy for our society.”
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