March 27, 2009


Last June, Patricia Scotland became the first black woman to be appointed to the position of attorney general in Britain. Here she is doing what no US attorney general would ever lower themself to do:

And this is where things get a little weird for me. Because Mrs. Scotland has a life peerage or something like that, she is generally referred to in the press not as Mrs. Scotland but as Lady Scotland (her full title is Baroness Scotland of Asthal). Does that strike anyone else as weird. Lady Scotland? Take this headline from the News of the World for example:

Lady Scotland is a black woman who might become Britain's man in the US? I always imagined Lady Scotland as a women of myth who rides down from the sky on a cloud carriage and gifts hungry children with hagus from her enchanted shovel.

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