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Mitt Romney: The Whitest Man in the Room? [English professor Li presents her evidence]
The American Thinker ^ | October 8, 2012 | Gary Jason

Posted on 10/08/2012 2:55:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

..........Romney's whiteness has been hit by various super-PACs, including the organization the Obama campaign set up called "African Americans for Obama." But Obama's allies in the academic world are really stepping up to the plate. One of the loopiest attempts to attack Romney's race is from one Stephanie Li,an English professor.

Her vicious little hit piece on Romney has a truly stunning thesis. It is that Romney isn't merely white--simple observation reveals that, surely, even to the uneducated. No, it takes some kind of scholar such as Ms. Li to discern that he is "the whitest man to run for president"! Now, the fellow obviously is not an albino, so Li is compelled to explain to us what she means.

Li invokes what she regards as a well-established--what? scientific?--theory called "Critical Race Theory." She avers that "scholars" in this "field" have "demonstrated" that "whiteness" is a "social identity built upon unearned entitlements." Demonstrated! Like physicists have demonstrated quantum theory!

Li quotes another race theorist, one Peggy McIntosh, who claims that "whiteness" is "an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks." Li does not indicate the evidence McIntosh offers for this bizarre claim.

Amazing, isn't it? If you are white, you automatically have all these tools at your disposal that apparently guarantee your success -- tools that no other races have, of course. The tools are there -- but invisible! (Maybe the reason the vast majority of whites don't know about all these tools, and remain poor or middle-class, is that the tools -- like little fairies! -- are invisible). Now we know where Obama came up with his mantra, "You didn't build that!"

This is nonsense -- the sort of nonsense that, as Orwell observed, is so silly that only intellectuals can believe it........

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: election2012; elitism; progressivespin; racism

Ms Li has won a lot of awards and acclaim:

Honors

* Provost’s Fellowship, Cornell University
* Alice Cook Hanson Award
* Liu Memorial Award
* Multicultural Alliance Fellow
* First Place Best Short Fiction, MARY Literary Journal
* First Book Prize in African American Studies, SUNY Press * 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Teaching

Professor Li teaches classes primarily in 19th- and 20th-century American literature as well as creative writing.

Recent undergraduate courses

* Race in American Fiction (fall 2011)
* Toni Morrison and Critical Theory (fall 2011)
* The Radical Narratives of Toni Morrison (spring 2011)
* Race in Fiction, the Fiction of Race (fall 2010)
* Survey of American Literature (fall 2010)
* Narratives of Immigration and Assimilation (spring 2010)
* Introduction to Creative Writing (spring 2012)

Recent graduate courses

* Slave Narratives and Neo-Slave Narratives (spring 2012)
* Studies in the American Novel (spring 2010)
* The Radical Narratives of Toni Morrison (spring 2009)

Stephanie Li - Associate Professor of English - PhD Cornell University - MFA Cornell University.

"Stephanie Li's research focuses on the ways in which issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality influence conceptions of freedom. Her 2010 book from SUNY Press, "Something Akin to Freedom": The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women, which won the First Book Prize in African American Studies, examines how the decision to remain enslaved represents alternative forms of agency which include the protection of personal relationships and the development of community bonds. This analysis not only introduces reproduction, mother-child relationships, and community into discourses concerning resistance, but it also expands individual liberation to include the courage to express personal desire and the freedom to love. Li proposes that black women operate upon "intra-independence," a form of freedom that works through and within relationships rather than upon the valorization of individual achievements.

Li's third book, Signifying Without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama, was published this fall by Rutgers University Press. This study of contemporary political rhetoric and 21st-century literary texts argues that American politicians and writers are using a new kind of language to speak about race. Challenging the notion that we have moved into a "post-racial" era, she suggests that we are in an uneasy moment where American public discourse demands that race be seen, but not heard. Analyzing contemporary political speech with nuanced readings of works by such authors as Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Colson Whitehead, Li investigates how Americans of color have negotiated these tensions, inventing new ways to signal racial affiliations without violating taboos against open discussions of race.

Li also published a short biography of Toni Morrison in 2009 and is co-editing a special issue of American Literary History entitled "Writing the Presidency" which examines the intersection of politics and literature through a variety of narrative forms............."

1 posted on 10/08/2012 2:56:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
These morons are the racist prix they supposedly vehemently fight against. Stunning idiots!

Academia has become a loser's paradise!

2 posted on 10/08/2012 3:06:00 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Logic, scholarship, accomplishments: white racial characteristics? I know of plenty whites exhibiting none of above. Ms. Li needs to explain how Obama became President with only half as much whiteness to prove her thesis.


3 posted on 10/08/2012 3:07:10 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I disagree. If the definition of “whiteness” is a “social identity built upon unearned entitlements,” then the totally undistinguished and inexperienced Barack Obama in 2008 must have been the “whitest” person we’ve ever had run for president.


4 posted on 10/08/2012 3:09:58 AM PDT by FenwickBabbitt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry research team has discovered that Romney is 1/32nd black and hence qualify as the 3rd black POTUS. :)


5 posted on 10/08/2012 3:12:06 AM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And just think, some parents are paying a king’s ransom in tuition for their children to attend Cornell and have complete flaming idiots like this professor teach them. I WOULD DEMAND A REFUND!


6 posted on 10/08/2012 3:14:31 AM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: All

Get ready to foot the bill for all the “forgiven student loans” - $$$Billions paid out to institutions that passed off this socialist, racist crap as “education.”


7 posted on 10/08/2012 3:17:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is my explanation posted earlier this morning in a slightly different context of why liberals can blithely march into a welter of contradictions on these issues of race:

What's the Real Race Issue Here?


8 posted on 10/08/2012 3:39:42 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I couldn’t be sure, but from her full CV, it appears as if she herself may identify as a black, Asian Latina (all the while, by the appearance of her photo she could as a white woman as well as Elizabeth Warren):

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:DYwBncC99kkJ:rochester.edu/College/eng/faculty/stephanie_li_cv.pdf+Stephanie+Li’&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESihKPllB1BQCeFo18bAp7TsvD6YyVsAthA_2jYDHN7IMF74pXwC7WRD-Iqtjo3AkWO6Fy9iuwoPI4_yZpTzLbo25gKwBy4qjLEXdUHtGhTDeHC9Gj99rWDY-TyDIr0N3Gxzn5VP&sig=AHIEtbQdVG61oqcw2E1Y24BJdJzpIT5qig


9 posted on 10/08/2012 3:39:46 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: FenwickBabbitt
“I disagree. If the definition of “whiteness” is a “social identity built upon unearned entitlements,” then the totally undistinguished and inexperienced Barack Obama in 2008 must have been the “whitest” person we’ve ever had run for president.”

Winner!

10 posted on 10/08/2012 3:50:51 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
There's not much English being taught, but she is sharing the secrets of brewing kick-ass Critical Race Theory. Well worth the price of tuition.

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11 posted on 10/08/2012 3:53:10 AM PDT by niteowl77 (Getting stuck with other peoples' just desserts good and hard for over 50 years.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Her whole life seems to be focused on race

I think she needs to get laid.


12 posted on 10/08/2012 4:05:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Where’s that pictures of the little black kid screaming “That’s Racist” when you need him???????????


13 posted on 10/08/2012 4:11:23 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: nathanbedford
Reflections of a Diaspora Jew on Zionism, America and the Fate of the Jews ".......In the household I grew up in, I was not brought up to be a Zionist because my parents were Marxist progressives who looked to a socialist future to provide an earthly salvation, and an end to the persecution of the Jews. My parents and their comrades believed that mankind’s conflicts would be resolved by a universal class whose revolution would abolish all nations and unite all peoples, and thus remove the distinctions that made them Jews......" - David Horowitz
14 posted on 10/08/2012 4:12:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MrDem

I’m sure most of Professors Li’s students are REQUIRED to purchase her books - like her biography of Toni Morrison:

http://www.amazon.com/Toni-Morrison-Biography-Greenwood-Biographies/dp/0313378398

“The first African American woman to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature and the last American to receive the award, Toni Morrison has produced some of the most unforgettable writing on the African American experience ever published. In awarding her the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, the selection committee noted that Morrison ‘gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.’”


15 posted on 10/08/2012 4:20:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
PhD Cornell University - MFA Cornell University

Cornell, big suuuuprise.

16 posted on 10/08/2012 4:28:38 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I find the fact that this woman is sitting on the faculty of a major American University, and using that as a soapbox to perpetuate this bs, very offensive. Ms. Li would do well to acknowledge to herself and her readers that Asians far outnumber Caucasians in the world, and make up over 50% of the world population.

The high-water mark for Caucasians was around 1950 when they were ~28% of the world population. It is projected that Caucasians will be less than 10% of the world population by 2060 (and remember - not all who count as Caucasians are ‘white’).

I'm so sick of hearing about ‘white privilege’. The one overwhelming privilege whites now have is the privilege of being blamed when things don't go as well as desired for non-whites.

17 posted on 10/08/2012 4:52:27 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What the authors of these racist comments should be asked is :
“You mean I can’t complain about what someone is doing to me who happens to have a black outer covering if my outer covering some other color”.”


18 posted on 10/08/2012 5:06:29 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great para/p)
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To: Progov
Oh, he's easy to pull up -

of course, in Li's case, she might prefer

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19 posted on 10/08/2012 5:15:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mosesdapoet

One of their standard replies would be, “People of color don’t have power” - white people have power - thus whites have no right to complain, while being of non-white ethnicity [historically oppressed] entitles one to different standards of fair, accountability, as well as extra credit [”leg-ups”] for advancement (and as we’re seeing, freer speech).


20 posted on 10/08/2012 5:22:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mosesdapoet

And judging from the spectacle of the Romney-Obama Presidential Debate of October 3, 2012 [a bell that cannot be unrung], it’s painfully obvious how “well” this kind of pandering works. It doesn’t work and it is ruining good minds and productive lives, and destroying our country.


21 posted on 10/08/2012 5:27:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Venturer

“I think she needs to get laid.”

You volunteering?


22 posted on 10/08/2012 5:34:17 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Professor Li teaches classes primarily in 19th- and 20th-century American literature as well as creative writing.

Recent undergraduate courses

* Race in American Fiction (fall 2011)
* Toni Morrison and Critical Theory (fall 2011)
* The Radical Narratives of Toni Morrison (spring 2011)
* Race in Fiction, the Fiction of Race (fall 2010)
* Survey of American Literature (fall 2010)
* Narratives of Immigration and Assimilation (spring 2010)
* Introduction to Creative Writing (spring 2012)

What a rigorous discipline! If I had a kid at Cornell.... well, they wouldn't be at Cornell anymore!

23 posted on 10/08/2012 5:54:17 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So now the very act of “being white” is a liability for a political candidate?

How is that not as racist a theory as any ever levelled against blacks?

Dr. Li is a bigot, plain and simple. That she spews her vitriol from an ivy-draped hall instead of the corner barroom doesn’t make her and her hatred any less repulsive.


24 posted on 10/08/2012 5:55:29 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: FenwickBabbitt

She ought not be hatin’. Being a white male is genetically predetermined, just like sexual orientation...


25 posted on 10/08/2012 5:57:16 AM PDT by rusty millet
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let’s talk about the racist Maoist female in the room.


26 posted on 10/08/2012 6:01:23 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: sergeantdave

Some people have self hate because they aren’t white.


27 posted on 10/08/2012 6:10:41 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey,sweetie, can you get your slave relatives in the olde country making IPhone5’s again,so I don’t have to wait for
my new phone!


28 posted on 10/08/2012 6:11:09 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Not more of this critical race theory crap...

So their saying he "King of the WASP's"

Except he's not a WASP...He a Mormon and that has a history of not being "entitled"...

The morons can't even get their own theory right...

29 posted on 10/08/2012 6:14:03 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Critical Race Theory

One of the crap theories to come out of the 1960’s when macro theories had to make excuses for the reason why minorities were not as successful as caucasians

Personal responsibility wan’t allowed


30 posted on 10/08/2012 6:21:57 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: MrDem

My mother and father in law both work for Cornell and they are extreme liberals.


31 posted on 10/08/2012 6:27:25 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Please keep reminding white people that we are white. Please? I’m begging you. Keep reminding us that we are part of something. Please? Please? I’m sure the result of such reminders are going to be EXACTLY what you hope to achieve Ms. Li.


32 posted on 10/08/2012 6:28:18 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My definition of white privilege:
You grew up in a 2 parent family.
At least 1 of your parents had a steady job that supported the family.
Your parents taught you right from wrong.
You worked hard in school and got good grades.
You have not been arrested or have a police record.
You don’t do or sell drugs.
You have no children out of wedlock.
You graduated high school or college.
You have a steady job.


33 posted on 10/08/2012 6:31:58 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: autumnraine

Your Thanksgivings must be interesting.

Or do they “do” Thanksgiving?


34 posted on 10/08/2012 6:31:58 AM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obviously, Cornell has an Affirmative Action program to employ racists. She is cut from the same cloth as the old KKK, only she hates whites instead of blacks.
I certainly would never send a member of my family to that abusive environment.


35 posted on 10/08/2012 6:33:34 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a bunch of gobbledygook.


36 posted on 10/08/2012 6:46:54 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Venturer

“I think she needs to get laid.”

Sorry. I can’t look at her picture without imagining her in a Mao jacket, without the smile. A big turn off. Besides which, I’m certainly the wrong race for her, and probably the wrong sex [”gender” for all you post-sanity intellectuals].


37 posted on 10/08/2012 6:50:47 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Creative writing... clearly...


38 posted on 10/08/2012 6:53:45 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If “whiteness” is basically undeserved privilege, then a Chinese English professor who gets paid good money to spend her days thinking and talking about crap must be white too.


39 posted on 10/08/2012 6:56:05 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

She can write all the drivel she wants, I will gladly vote for “whiteness” over incompetence and socialist aspirations any day.


40 posted on 10/08/2012 6:58:35 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What these incredibly overeducated nitwits perpetually fail to grasp is that they became rich and famous in a country founded by virtually all those evil white guys. It’s hysterical...liberal academics might be the most dense people in the world. And the more degrees like phds they put behind their names, the higher it gets piled.


41 posted on 10/08/2012 7:25:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Should we discuss Chicom Li yellowness? She needs to go back to China with her own inferior race of slaves.


42 posted on 10/08/2012 7:43:05 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tuanedge

Oh yes, we have Thanksgiving, but they live up there and and I am down in Florida. They are traditional, just liberal. Former hippie types.


43 posted on 10/08/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

Interesting! And I’ll bet some of your discussions are worth listening to.

Just talking about Thanksgiving, and now my mind is making the image of turkey with gravy all over it...making me hungry!


44 posted on 10/08/2012 10:35:01 AM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Guess she wasn’t bright enough for medicine or the sciences, so she took a race baiter gig.


45 posted on 10/08/2012 10:59:39 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wonder what would happen if you took standardized Stanford-Binet tests just before, and then immediately after, reading that passage and citation.

Wonder what the IQ point beatdown would be?

46 posted on 10/08/2012 11:15:40 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican; Cincinatus' Wife
If “whiteness” is basically undeserved privilege, then a Chinese English professor who gets paid good money to spend her days thinking and talking about crap must be white too.

Now that Asian-Americans dominate admissions to the University of California system and consistently average IQ's of 104 (compared with ~110 for American Jews), perhaps we can look forward to a Li monograph on Yellowness: signifying, representing, subverting lesser races' discourse, and populating their institutions and cultural messages with the more-celestial intentions of the overseas descendants of the Middle Kingdom.

Yeah, I'll wait for that one.

47 posted on 10/08/2012 11:22:57 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I sent a note to ms Li asking if Hillary was the whitest woman to ever run for the presidency.


48 posted on 10/10/2012 4:56:53 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (We have grieved the Holy Spirit, with our Dark hearts and dark minds turned against God!)
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