Christina Hoff Sommers says she will boycott US presidential election
Christina Hoff-Sommers, the former chair of the American Federation of Teachers, has said she will not attend the upcoming presidential election because it is “too sexist”.
“We need to have an equal voice in this country, and not the one that doesn’t allow women or anyone else,” she told the New York Times.
“It is a huge issue and it is the first time I am boycotting an election because I don’t think it is fair that a woman should be the only candidate,” Ms Sommer said.
The US has seen a surge in anti-Trump protests and demonstrations since Mr Trump’s inauguration, and Ms Sommer said she is concerned about the effect of this on the US women who have fought for equality under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter.
“I don’t want to see any more of that.
It’s too much,” she said.
Ms Sommars remarks come as she also called for more attention to the plight of Black women in the US.
In a recent speech at the University of Pennsylvania, she urged students to be aware of “the real reasons for what we are seeing”, saying that black women were being disproportionately harmed in the criminal justice system.
“What I would suggest is that there is a larger problem, and that the issue is not that the law is broken, the problem is that black lives are being taken away,” she was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“The reason black lives matter is because we are being systematically murdered in the streets of this country.
We are being denied basic human rights, and we are not being afforded the same amount of protection as we have in the past.”
She added: “I don, and I will not, accept that we are going to be treated like second-class citizens in this land.
I will fight for my rights as a black woman, and if we don’t have those rights then we are living in a dictatorship.””
We have to fight for ourselves and our lives, and let’s do it together.”