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Donna Brazile Is Fired Up And She's Not Taking It Anymore

Over the weekend Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker hosted a panel discussion, featuring insight from political strategists Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins, and Joe Trippi.

In her closing remarks, Brazile hit the refrain "I'm not going to the back of the bus!" when addressing concerns that Obama's race might keep him from winning the presidency.

Watch the clip here and/or read the transcript:

I'm gonna say it and get it off my chest, because for the next thirty days, I'm gonna be the best Catholic woman ever....As a child who grew up in the segregated Deep South, we've come so far in this country....But I remember when I used to get on the bus: my mother would tell me, "Donna, when you get on the bus, you and your brothers go all the way to the back, and don't look at anybody." We have changed. This is a more tolerant, open, progressive society. And yet, we're having this conversation because [Obama] is biracial. He spent nine months in the womb of a white woman. He was his white grandparents...He got out of school and went to Harvard, and all of a sudden he's "uppity" and there's something wrong with him? What is wrong with us?...You can vote against him, but don't ever put me in the back of the bus. I'm not going to the back of the bus! I'm not going to be afraid! My black skin does not make me inferior! And may I add: being a female does not make me dumb!