Previously published in Examiner
Part 6 of the congresswoman series
Shirley Chisholm visits a political opponent
Like any politician Chisholm was criticized for some of her actions. She was criticized when she visited her political rival George Wallace after he was shot in 1972. Though political views should never come before being human, however, it seemed to be an issue for some of her critics.
Examiner note: Before individuals are politicians they are human. The politics is their career, their political philosophy, but it is not their entire humanity. To think of a person as simply a politician, objectifies the person and takes away their humanity. As you know this is a woman’s issues area. Women have always been objectified; first treated as property by fathers in husbands just a hundred years ago, and treated as sex objects even in this day and age. Politicians are human, they are sons and daughters, husband and wives, fathers and mothers, mentors and coaches, church goers, Rotary club members and so on. They should be treated with kindness when a personal tragedy happens just like anyone else. They should be treated with a modicum of respect even if their personal politics differ from your own. So why would George Wallace be any different?
Montrealers are not that fanatical about political divisions and would not criticize a Canadian politician for visiting another one of an opposite political view who was hurt. In fact Montrealers would call it “paying respect.”
Shirley Chisholm’s humanitarianism did not go unnoticed; for George Wallace later rallied enough southern congressmen together to give her the extra votes she needed to put through legislation that would give domestic workers minimum wage.
Secretary of the House of Democratic Caucus
From 1977 to 1981, Chisholm served as the Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus. Chisholm’s goals throughout her career in Congress, was to promote and aid inner city residents to improve their lives. She promoted health care, education and social services while opposing the draft and military spending.
Shirley Chisholm’s retirement
After she retired from politics, she went back to her roots and so in 1983 – 1987, she taught at Mount Holyoke College in Mass and was named to the Purrington Chair of the College.
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