The core of the argument is that those who now back Peter Phillips are simply prejudiced against her because she is woman of modest origins and black. In a most stunning display of her signature irrationality, Simpson Miller has drawn a straight line from the treatment of the slaves to the treatment of black Jamaicans in colonial times to the treatment of herself by the inheritors of the Drumblair heritage – the supposed elitists. Black against white. Rich against poor. Man against woman. Those who have a different view of the future of the PNP are against Simpson Miller.
Mark Wignall, Sunday Observer, August 31, 2008
The above quote by Mark Wignall in his Sunday column is meant to chastise Portia for her “signature irrationality” in contending that many of her detractors are motivated by her “pedigree” more than they are motivated by her performance.
Whereas I would never indict ALL supporters of Phillips with the charge of racism and sexism, is there any doubt that many, if not the majority of them, are motivated either by their own sexism and racism or what they percieve to be the racism and sexism of others? Is Wignall that blind?
Least we forget:
It was the Jamaica Gleaner that depicted Simpson-Miller as a “virago” as a reminder of her class origins. And let no-one pretend that if Portia had asserted that the PM is not responsible for crime strategy, in the way that Bruce did, both the Observer and Gleaner would have been braying for her resignation. If Bruce had to contend with the raw-deal-press that Portia was given he would have resigned or called an election already.