Friday, November 03, 2006

Meant to post on this awhile back...

So a while ago (10/22) Kevin Drum linked to a piece about Barak Obama written by Ben Wallace-Wells back in 2004. The piece is about young, black, potential-superstar politicians, what they have in common, where they've misstepped, and how this all relates to Barak. It's generally well-written and relatively informative, but there's one HUGELY idiotic bit. When discussing Cory Booker, a black superstar-until-he-lost-a-mayoral-bid-politician with Stanford, Oxford and Yale Law on his resume, as well as a couple of terms on the Newark NJ city council, Wallace-Wells drops this tidbit:
After Oxford, Booker went to Yale Law, but rather than live in New Haven, chose to commute each day from a run-down housing project in Newark, a mostly-black, heap-of-junk port city in which Booker had never lived. “It's hard to not feel some responsibility towards the community,” Booker told me, “like my generation should move things forward.”
Um, a mostly-black, heap-of-junk port city in which Booker had never lived. Gosh, that sounds absolutely nothing like...fucking NEW HAVEN, you know, the city where Yale Law is.

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Interesting Fact: Noah H. worked for Booker one summer in high school

11/03/2006 4:54 PM  

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