The White Chick versus the Black Dude
January 25, 2008
This is an exciting moment in history whereby one of two glass
ceilings are positioned to come crashing down, shattering our
nations history of shameful gender and race inequality.
America - a country that once did not even recognize a black
person as a complete individual, and for more than half of its
existence did not allow women the right to vote.
Never before, however, has it been more critical to be wary of
selecting a president using race or gender as your main barometer.
When Clinton teared up shortly before the New Hampshire primary,
women apparently changed their votes in large enough numbers to
overturn Senator Obamas considerable lead over his female
challenger. Is this what weve been fighting for? A woman
who cries because she fears shes going to lose, and we feel
sorry for her?
Hillary turns on the crocodile
tears for the cameras
before the New Hampshire primary.
A recent poll revealed that most women see Senator Clinton as
experienced, yet a majority of them also see Senator Obama as
honest. Since women nevertheless are - so far - aligning themselves
with Clinton, it appears that they are partial towards a seasoned
prevaricator. Just because its a womans prerogative
to say one thing and mean another?
In her victory speech, she thanked New Hampshire for helping
her to find her voice. But as comedian Bill Maher pointed out,
how come this woman who brags about her thirty-five years
worth of experience hadnt found her voice until that very
day? Whose voice was she using until that moment?
Further, is anyone wondering how Senator Clintons campaign
would dare question Obamas suitability for president because
he used drugs as a youth? Her own glass house should have silenced
her from reminding us about a former president who didnt
In the South Carolina debate Hillary declared that she is better
positioned to take on a GOP nominee, because "Ive been
there. Ive done that. Theyve been after me for sixteen
years, and much to their dismay, I am still here." By her
very words, she is expecting a fight from Day One. But the presidency
is not a basketball game where you win or lose; in Washington,
the result is stalemate. Remember the Clinton White House, with
her chronic complaints about those right wing conspirators always
out to get them? I dont see a President Obama walking into
the Oval Office suspicious of a subversive attack squad at his
These are perilous times, made horrifically worse by the policies
of the last eight years. None of us will select a candidate who
aligns with everything we value, but two things should be tops
on everyones list. One is the ability to bring to the world
stage a level of diplomatic skills that speaks to the global community
in ways that can begin to defuse the hateful rhetoric spewing
forth towards us. The other is a willingness to listen and to
reach out across the aisle to bring consensus, and who doesnt
equate cooperation with weakness.
Its not about just voting for the first woman or the first
black; its about voting for the one who will best serve
the interests of both genders and all races.
Thats why this white chick is voting for the black dude.
If anyone is still yearning for the nostalgia of the Clinton administration,
we should remember Dorothy telling Toto that they werent
in Kansas anymore.
Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois)
Were not in the nineties anymore either.