Forty years ago, the idea of having a woman as the Lt. Governor of Florida was a silly notion that few would entertain. Take it one step further and make it a black woman? That was unthinkably blasphemous to many.
Yet over the past few decades, the citizenry has come to better accept and understand that women deserve an equal place in society and politics as men. And further, that race should have no bearing on a person’s abilities to do their job well.
Recently Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was accused of having an inappropriate office affair with a female subordinate. Carroll rebuffed “black women who look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”
Though Carroll has broken through the glass ceiling to become the state’s first African-American female Lt. Governor, she kept her prejudices with her when she walked into the Capitol.
It’s ludicrous that anyone, particularly someone who has the job she does because we’ve overcome prejudice, would make such a comment disparaging women, gay or straight.
Carroll’s ought to be the photo parents point to when telling their children who not to be like.