This is meant as an intellectual exercise which popped into my brain meats as I had the misfortune of pondering this unfortunate election cycle. I highly encourage you to chime in with your own thought and opinions and be open to others who may disagree with you. I especially encourage those who disagree with what I put forth. I’m interested in hearing what you guys have to say, especially those outside the U.S.
America is both sexist and racist. Women and minorities still earn less per dollar than their white male counterparts. Both groups are still labeled when they run for political office (first woman President, first Black President, etc.). Both groups are exploited and marginalized in various forms of entertainment. And while it’s true that women and minorities have all the legal rights and privileges as anyone else in the eyes of the law, things are far from equal.
Now to the heart of the matter. We have come to a happy point in our short history when a woman and a minority have a real chance at becoming the next President of the United States of America. Regardless of the polls, regardless of the fact that the convention hasn’t happened yet, regardless of all the rhetoric, the policies, the rumors, the fighting, and all the other bullshit that has become the election process, who do you think has a better chance of becoming President, Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama?
Well, maybe it’s a bad idea to associate names with this discussion. Both have quite a lot of baggage that has to be dealt with before you even consider the question of who would have a better chance. So let’s break it down further. Two candidates, both equally qualified for the position. Great family lives. Amazing policies, policies that would take America into a new golden age. In fact, they’re basically the same. The only difference is that one is a white female and the other is a black male. Who do you think is more likely to win the Presidency?
Asked myself this question a few years ago and it was difficult for me to come up with a satisfactory answer. I figured that America was slightly more racist than sexist, but then I figured that it would almost be impossible for a woman to be elected without comments about how sexy she was looking or her wardrobe or a myriad of other things that really have no bearing on the job at hand. Statistically, there are far less women in Congress and only one on the Supreme Court. Going by that, it seems more likely for a minority to win the Presidency. But we now also have the first woman Speaker of the House. The time could be right for a woman President.
I invite you all to chime in with your opinion. In the end, we’re going to have to wait a while anyway. Anything could happen between now and the convention. For all we know, Edwards could get the nomination making this truly just an intellectual exercise. My sincere hope is that either Hillary or Barack get chosen. I know, I know, to root for someone based solely on gender or ethnicity is just as racist or sexist as rooting against them. But I’ve completely lost faith in the system and this is the very last stake that I have the energy to hang on to. So true believers, what say you?