13 January 2008

Thought for the day

It seems to be widely assumed that black voters will tend to prefer Obama because he's black, and pretty much everyone considers this perfectly acceptable. But if some women voters prefer Clinton because she's a woman, this is somehow less legitimate. It seems to me that the standard should be the same in both cases.

It is also regularly observed that electing our first black President would be a historic event and would send an important message to the rest of the world, and this is undoubtedly true. However, I do not see why electing our first woman President would be any less historic -- and this, too would send an important message to those regions of the world where women are still treated as something between second-class citizens and domestic animals.



Blogger Unknown said...

I completely agree.

I think it's best though to chose the most qualified candidate that represents the voter.

I guess maybe women feel like a woman would best represent them, just as black people think that a black man would best represent them.

14 January, 2008 12:49  

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