Here’s one that caught my attention: apparently in Wisconsin, if you’re an independent candidate for legislature, state law allows you to choose up to five words describing yourself.
So, meet Ieshuh Griffin, who signed up to run, and wants to use the following descriptive phrase:
NOT the “whiteman’s bitch”
In a close vote, Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board ruled that she can’t use it, but Ms. Griffin may go to court to force the issue. Interestingly, the vote was 3-2 in favor, but under the board’s rules, she needs 4 votes.
Personally I’m cheering Ms. Griffin on. Free speech is free speech, and I think the phrase conveys a highly political concept in which a stand is taken. If that’s not highly-protected political free speech, what is?
I wonder if the Wisconsin board would be so concerned about the phrase if it wasn’t so utterly catchy? Depending on other race dynamics, if the courts allow her description onto the ballot, she could actually win the race. Even if she doesn’t, the phrase is certainly food for thought.
If that’s the way Ms. Griffin wants to describe herself, that’s how it should read on the ballot. If the delicate flowers constituting Wisconsin’s electorate can’t take it, well tisk tisk – there is nothing in that phrase that wouldn’t make it into a prime time television network’s script in many contexts.