Just politickin’

I hate Jeanine Pirro . I can't even begin to try to disguise my venom for this woman. All it took was seeing her filling in a few times for Dan Abrams on MSNBC for me to despise her . Jeanine Pirro, to me, seemed to be the epitome of the "Post-OJ hysterical white woman." You know the type - Nancy Grace, Diane Dimond, Catherine Crier, pretty much everybody on-air at Court TV. With these women, virtually anybody accused (especially if they're male and of color) is automatically guilty, no trial necessary. When she announced her planned bid for Attorney General for the state of New York, I scoffed at her candidacy.

 

And then I found out she was Lebanese.

 

Pirro being an Arab doesn't change my opinion of her. I still think she's a lousy human being with a suspect record when it comes to convictions (she was formerly a Westchester County DA), but it did give me pause. Do we, as Arab Americans, have an obligation to support others of our ilk seeking public office? Is any representation better than no representation? Sure, I may loathe Pirro and her politics, but would a win for her mean a door slightly more ajar for other Arab American candidates?

 

I'm not sure, but the possibility won't stop me from voting for Andrew Cuomo tomorrow instead.

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About Josephine Zohny

Josephine Zohny was born to an Italian-American mother and an Egyptian-born father in Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and moved to New York City shortly before the September 11th attacks to attend college. She received a B.A. in Music Business, Writing (Creative Non-fiction) and Race and Ethnic Studies from NYU in 2005. She is currently the Director of Entertainment Publicity for WeRoqq Publicity and Promotion, primarily representing hip-hop and r&b artists. Her writings on music, pop culture and critical race theory have appeared on PopMatters.com, EURWeb and in Colorlines and Z!nk, among other outlets and publications. She is intensely interested in the issues of ethnic identity as it pertains to Arabs, both in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the diaspora. Her personal blog can be found at www.jzohny.com.

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