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Leisa's picture

While today is an historic day with the first viable Black Presidential candidate clinching the Democratic Party's nomination, I can't help but wonder if there isn't a hint of sexism in this historic victory. I am an Obama supporter but I support him because of his position on issues and his lack of machine mentality. I can't help but wonder, though, if some of his supporters do so because they would rather a man in the white house than a woman. It's just a sneaking suspicion, not a hunch or even a hypothesis, just that leery feeling in the back of your mind that you can't shake. Certainly I am hopeful that I am wrong just as I am hopeful that Clinton's supporters were not doing so simply because they wanted a woman in the white house, but rather because they agree with her position on issues. Yes, I'm happy that Obama will be the democratic nominee, and I am confident that he can beat McCain in November (with or without Clinton as his VP.) But again, its just a creepy crawly feeling on the back of my neck that says, look how far we've come, yet look how far we still have to go.

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jeff's picture

Hmm...

Hanging around too many liberal activists....

We're picking between a black man and a woman and we still have to find where the problems are with that?

If this were really an issue, we'd've just opted out of both and went with Edwards... ahh, white male, that's what we like.

I guess your options tonight are that you can either think it's amazing we've come this far, or you can think the country must be more sexist than racist. But I think the answer says more about the person asking that question than the actual campaigns. :-)

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