How far we’ve come! Last night Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to run for President with a major party. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that parts of the U.S. considered this unthinkable. (It’s the same, of course, for blacks, and yet our President is black. But we won’t see an atheist President in our lifetimes).
Matthew Cobb pointed out a tw**t by Nick Kapur, professor of Professor of Japanese and East Asian History at Rutgers University. It’s unbelievable that nearly 20 years ago, a major retail chain removed an innocuous tee-shirt because the notion of a woman President was so offensive. It was, of course, in the South—in Florida and Arkansas.
The link is above, and I’ll reproduce the newspaper article after I show the offending garment:
The article. What’s even worse than people complaining is Walmart capitulating to the complainers!
Remember, this was 1995, only 21 years ago. I wonder how all those offended Floridans feel now?
The next step, of course, is to make tee-shirts saying, “Someday an atheist will be President.” I have a feeling those would also be pulled from the shelves.