Yesterday, Florida's lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, laughed offaccusations
that she was caught in her office with a female aide between her legsby saying, "Usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."
That remark has enraged black women who engage in relationships like that. Twitter and Carroll's official Facebook page have been inundated with angry messages.
Though Carroll's accuser, Carletha Cole, a former aide who was fired and now faces felony charges for recording conversations in the lieutenant governor's office, has passed a polygraph test, no real evidence has surfaced to suggest that Carroll was carrying on a lesbian affair with another aide, Beatriz "Bibi" Ramos. If the claims are indeed baseless, the whole episode would have eventually blown over, but Carroll erred by making an offensive comment that fanned the flames. As the Atlantic Wire put it, she basically gave a master class in "how not to respond to a sex scandal."
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The Huffington Post's Gay Voice section has launched a #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike campaign on Twitter in which women who engage in "relationships like that" show what they look like.
Here's a sampling of the messages that have wound up on Carroll's Facebook page: