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Teresa Heinz Kerry: 'I'm an African American'
Newsmax ^ | 2/24/03 | Newsmax

Posted on 02/24/2004 9:45:36 AM PST by paltz

Teresa Heinz Kerry: 'I'm an African American'

First lady-wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry sometimes describes herself as an "African American," even though she grew up amidst segregated privilege in colonial Mozambique.

"My roots are African," she told a reporter in 1995. "The birds I remember, the fruits I ate, the trees I climbed, they're African."

Throughout the 1990s, Heinz Kerry referred to herself as "African American," the Baltimore Sun revealed on Tuesday. And when her use of the term set off a firestorm of controversy in 1993, she defended the claim.

"African-hyphen-American belongs to blacks," Heinz Kerry's spokesman told reporters, insisting that it was proper for his boss to call herself African American as long as no hyphen was used or intended.

The one-time Republican's depiction of herself as African rankles some who knew Heinz Kerry in the days when her father ran a medical clinic in Mozambique.

Some say the wealthy "African American" has snubbed blacks in her homeland, because she has done next to nothing with her vast Heinz Foods fortune to improve living conditions there.

"We are proud she is a daughter of the land," Neo Simbine, 75, a retired black nurse who worked with Heinz Kerry's father, told the Sun. "But you have to live what you say. If she really loves Mozambique and has lots of money, why doesn't she build us a hospital?"

Heinz Kerry's fortune is equal to nearly a quarter of Mozambique's annual Gross Domestic Product.

But aside from a contribution to her homeland's Save the Children Fund, the woman who repeatedly invokes her Mozambican roots has limited her generosity.

A spokeswoman for the Heinz Foundation said the prospective first lady would give more if she were more confident the money would be managed properly.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2004; africanamerican; johnfkerry; johnkerry; kerry; massachusetts; mozambique; pennsylvania; teresaheinz
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1 posted on 02/24/2004 9:45:38 AM PST by paltz
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To: paltz
If she really loves Mozambique and has lots of money, why doesn't she build us a hospital?

Interesting question... but why don't *you* build yourself a hospital?

2 posted on 02/24/2004 9:48:29 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe ("Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." -Abraham Lincoln, 1862)
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To: paltz
Psssst... Tuh Ray Zuh....

It IS about skin color.

3 posted on 02/24/2004 9:48:31 AM PST by MrB
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To: paltz
Those that must have labels to define themselves will occasionally be hoist on their own petards...
4 posted on 02/24/2004 9:49:51 AM PST by sauropod (I'm Happy, You're Happy, We're ALL Happy! I'm happier than a pig in excrement. Can't you just tell?)
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To: paltz
Let's get absurd! She should of known that the term belongs only to, ahem, "Negroes", just as the term "Asian" belongs to the "Orientals". Geography, common sense have nothing to do with political correctness!
5 posted on 02/24/2004 9:50:06 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: paltz
She is more African than most 'African Americans' over here.
That doesn't make her black or mean she has soul or is superbad.
6 posted on 02/24/2004 9:50:59 AM PST by conserv13
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To: paltz; TaxRelief
"African-hyphen-American belongs to blacks,"...

Says who?
My wife is an African-American.

7 posted on 02/24/2004 9:51:03 AM PST by Constitution Day (CarolinaSucks.com)
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To: paltz
>>"African-hyphen-American belongs to blacks," Heinz Kerry's spokesman told reporters, insisting that it was proper for his boss to call herself African American as long as no hyphen was used or intended<<

What a load of hooey.
8 posted on 02/24/2004 9:51:06 AM PST by SerpentDove (Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Don't louse it up.)
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To: paltz
Well if that is the case, shouldn't that put her on the preferential list to government assistance for starting a business? You know, the "minority" set asides. Some people just have all the luck.
9 posted on 02/24/2004 9:51:26 AM PST by sinclair (Government is like any other entity - it's number one goal is self-preservation.)
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To: paltz
I hope this spoiled brat is taken to task by the black community in America. In fact, I hope she repeats it....in a black church.
10 posted on 02/24/2004 9:52:07 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: paltz
"Teresa Heinz Kerry: 'I'm an African American'"

Can hardly wait for her equally phoney husband to declare that he is an Hispanic of Jewish lineage who converted to Catholicism, but is now considering Islam as a life force. That should pretty much cover it, right John?

11 posted on 02/24/2004 9:52:17 AM PST by fuzzthatwuz
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To: paltz
"African American" is now different from "African-American"?
12 posted on 02/24/2004 9:53:04 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Who would a terrorist vote for?)
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To: paltz
DUMocrats is not an idle term. Bill Gates and his wife have helped more than this "African-American"
13 posted on 02/24/2004 9:53:19 AM PST by marty60
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To: paltz
"'I'm an African American' "

Why yes she is. That's why some in the Pittsburgh area call her "The African Queen".
14 posted on 02/24/2004 9:54:15 AM PST by Varda
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To: fuzzthatwuz
You forgot gay. ; )
15 posted on 02/24/2004 9:54:32 AM PST by maggief
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To: conserv13
Ha, funny.
16 posted on 02/24/2004 9:54:50 AM PST by Guillermo (It's tough being a Miami Dolphins fan)
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To: paltz

So What, I'm the Easter Bunny

17 posted on 02/24/2004 9:55:08 AM PST by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: paltz
What about that white guy from south africa who entered the Africian american contest in some high school before they found out he was a white africian american. Why isn't that ok??
18 posted on 02/24/2004 9:55:27 AM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: paltz
aahh...oo, ok. i see it. technically, she is. but, hey, so would any apartheid-pushing white transplant from Southie who decided to make America his home be 'African-American' by the same logic.

these people are reaaaaaaaally stretching it.

19 posted on 02/24/2004 9:55:40 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: paltz
I'm sure she is not the only hyphenated American that Kerry is stooping.
20 posted on 02/24/2004 9:56:02 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: paltz
Assuming the theory of evolution is correct we are all decedents of Africa, thus we are all African-Americans.
21 posted on 02/24/2004 9:56:14 AM PST by Always Right
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To: anniegetyourgun
In fact, I hope she repeats it....in a black church

Oh, me too. I hope she says it often. All summer long on the campaign trail would be nice.

Again we're to the obvious question -- can you imagine if Kerry were a Repub running for prez while his wife made this claim? Do you think we'd be reading it from Newsmax or on page 1 of the NY Times (for 6 mo. running?)

22 posted on 02/24/2004 9:56:28 AM PST by workerbee
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Though her description is accurate, who will take bets that the Soul Patrol will give her a pass when they'd take anyone else to task?

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23 posted on 02/24/2004 9:56:53 AM PST by mhking
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To: paltz
It's like that African-American kid who was suspended for running for "Distinguished African-American" in his school. He was born and raised in Africa, but he made the mother of all mistakes in the PC world: being white.
24 posted on 02/24/2004 9:56:53 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: paltz
I live in Florida, but I'm really an Irish-French-Germanic-Illinoisan-Floridian-American, and don't anybody forget it, by golly!

Leni

25 posted on 02/24/2004 9:57:25 AM PST by MinuteGal (Enjoy the FRN "FReeps Ahoy" cruise for a week of fun and freeperistics. Bargain fares! Register now)
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To: paltz
"First lady-wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry sometimes describes herself as an "African American," even though she grew up amidst segregated privilege in colonial Mozambique."

She also was schooled in South Africa.

She may well have lived in bad old South Africa most of the time she was in Africa.
26 posted on 02/24/2004 9:57:33 AM PST by Hon
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To: paltz
"I was born a poor black child..."

Steve Martin, The Jerk.

"I was born a poor black child."

Theresa Kerry, The Jerk's Wife.

27 posted on 02/24/2004 9:58:38 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
I was thinking along the same lines as you, except more like, "why does everyone who doesn't have money think that those that do are suppose to give them some?"
28 posted on 02/24/2004 9:58:39 AM PST by beachn4fun (Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors are Rumors)
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To: sauropod
I had to be lassoed into a "diversity" indoctrination for work. I declared myself African-American much to the chagrin of the black instructor - - when asked to explain, I said, "sure, my grandmother was an Egyptian Coptic Christian who came to America as a young girl." I was more attached to the "motherland" than she sure was.

I did point out that not all Africans are black - - and you could see the light dawn in her eyes. I think I was a hero to some of the others made to attend this awful course.

Pat
29 posted on 02/24/2004 9:59:15 AM PST by duckbutt (Sadaam Husein - biological WMD - 300,000+ killed....and rising)
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To: paltz
Some say the wealthy "African American" has snubbed blacks in her homeland, because she has done next to nothing with her vast Heinz Foods fortune to improve living conditions there.

Apart from giving them ketchup to improve the taste of their missionary.

30 posted on 02/24/2004 10:01:12 AM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: paltz
And when her use of the term set off a firestorm of controversy in 1993, she defended the claim.

Funny how when she was married to a Republican it "set off a firestorm of controversy," yet now you don't hear anything about it.

31 posted on 02/24/2004 10:01:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: workerbee
The blatant media bias is stunning.
32 posted on 02/24/2004 10:01:41 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: paltz
Actually she's not an 'African American'. She's an African.

But so is Ghadaffi.

33 posted on 02/24/2004 10:02:51 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: paltz
The lady seems to be inclined to bait the pigment worshipers and have a little fun with the PC crowd. Good for her.
34 posted on 02/24/2004 10:03:17 AM PST by sphinx
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To: beachn4fun
"why does everyone who doesn't have money think that those that do are suppose to give them some?"

Not every one. Democrats and liberals tend to think this way.

35 posted on 02/24/2004 10:03:32 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: paltz
Why not just say she's African, and drop American altogether. If I moved to Germany, would they call me an American German? No, they'd call me an American, and skoff at my claim to be German. Even though I am of German heritage, German's don't consider me German but American. She can keep her claim to Africa, and we can keep her out of our White House.
36 posted on 02/24/2004 10:04:22 AM PST by man of Yosemite ("When a man decides to do something everyday, that's about when he stops doing it.")
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To: paltz
Reminds of Clinton's "depends on what your definition of 'is' is" statement.........

Since she doesn't use a hyphen it shouldn't be offensive....LOl

But if you weren't born in a place you shouldn't refer to yourself as being a native of that place. Just ask any Texan they'll tell ya!
37 posted on 02/24/2004 10:05:47 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{---><)
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To: Varda
"'I'm an African American' "

And if she wasn't worth $600 million, Kerry and the rest of the Rats would take her for granted too!

38 posted on 02/24/2004 10:06:08 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: paltz
Reminds of Clinton's "depends on what your definition of 'is' is" statement.........

Since she doesn't use a hyphen it shouldn't be offensive....LOl

But if you weren't born in a place you shouldn't refer to yourself as being a native of that place. Just ask any Texan they'll tell ya!
39 posted on 02/24/2004 10:06:16 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{---><)
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To: paltz
A spokeswoman for the Heinz Foundation said the prospective first lady would give more if she were more confident the money would be managed properly.

Too bad the liberals don't have the same philosophy when they're spending wasting the taxpayer's money.

40 posted on 02/24/2004 10:09:00 AM PST by AlaskaErik
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"African-hyphen-American belongs to blacks," Heinz Kerry's spokesman told reporters, insisting that it was proper for his boss to call herself African American as long as no hyphen was used or intended.
Thanks for posting this piece of liberal comedy.

I'm still chuckling.

41 posted on 02/24/2004 10:09:10 AM PST by george wythe
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To: paltz
"We are proud she is a daughter of the land," Neo Simbine, 75, a retired black nurse who worked with Heinz Kerry's father, told the Sun. "But you have to live what you say. If she really loves Mozambique and has lots of money, why doesn't she build us a hospital?"
_____

What have you done for me lately?
LOL--sorry, I have no love loss for Kerry's wife, but one has to get tired of those who won't do for themselves all over the world.
42 posted on 02/24/2004 10:10:57 AM PST by cupcakes
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To: Lunatic Fringe
As long as she doesn't call herself: "The First Lady".
43 posted on 02/24/2004 10:15:32 AM PST by IrishCatholic (Liberals are proof that public education has failed.)
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To: man of Yosemite
Unfortunately, the Constitution only requires the President to be a native born citizen. Even someone married to Osama can be elected, and would, if Demoncrats had their way.
44 posted on 02/24/2004 10:17:20 AM PST by Kazuki
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To: beachn4fun
"why does everyone who doesn't have money think that those that do are suppose to give them some?"

Because we live in a socialist state?

45 posted on 02/24/2004 10:17:51 AM PST by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: paltz
A spokeswoman for the Heinz Foundation said the prospective first lady would give more if she were more confident the money would be managed properly.

Is she a Republican after all ?

46 posted on 02/24/2004 10:19:55 AM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: paltz
Some say the wealthy "African American" has snubbed blacks in her homeland, because she has done next to nothing with her vast Heinz Foods fortune to improve living conditions there.

To be fair, she married that money rather than earn it. Just like her present spouse did.

47 posted on 02/24/2004 10:25:17 AM PST by gundog
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To: af_vet_1981
"African-hyphen-American belongs to blacks," Heinz Kerry's spokesman told reporters, insisting that it was proper for his boss to call herself African American as long as no hyphen was used or intended."

So does "-" mean black? Is Michael Jackson an "African-(hypen) American" or "African American" or "white American"? Where DOES color fit into all this?

This all goes to show the absurdity of labeling just as the students at Roger William were trying to show.

48 posted on 02/24/2004 10:30:29 AM PST by Notasoccermom
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To: MrB
"It IS about skin color."

Not really. Are blacks born & raised in Europe; European or African?
49 posted on 02/24/2004 10:30:42 AM PST by familyofman
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To: marty60
Teresa Heinz Kerry, and Bill Gates should NOT give any money away to lost causes. They should start businesses, that will make a product and profit, hire individuals to work there, and pay them wages. In such a way, people are allowed the dignity to help themselves, and feel proud at the same time. Gates giving millions is like me giving my teenaged kids money, it is spent, mostly unwisely, and does not enrich anyone but the local stores.
50 posted on 02/24/2004 10:31:07 AM PST by jeremiah (Sunshine scares all of them, for they all are cockaroaches)
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