OK, I am absolutely unqualified in every way to address the subject of racism, because I am white, I grew up in a white neighborhood, attended almost completely white schools, and know hardly any non-white people at all. Having said that, I just cannot understand why a person would vote for someone based on his skin color. It’s almost as bad (but not quite, I admit) to vote for someone because he is black as it is to not vote for him because he is black. (The reason I say it’s almost as bad is because of the historical aspect of it. There’s something to wanting to see the course of history changed.) And whether or not I voted for Obama (and you’ll never know, will you?), I have to say that I’m very very glad that we finally have our first black president, mostly for the fact that hopefully from now on it won’t be an issue! We’ll have gotten all that out of the way and it won’t interfere with what really matters—right?
Similarly, I didn’t like feeling that the people who chose Palin to run with McCain did so because they thought people would vote for him BECAUSE of the gender of his running-mate. (And I’m sure that some people did just that, so the logic of choosing her was sound, much as I dislike it.) I don’t think gender should matter.
(I also don’t think that whether or not someone is a parent should matter—UNLESS that person is using his/her parenthood as a reason I should vote for him/her, emphasizing the effect that parenthood will have on his/her decisions. IN THAT CASE I think it is not unfair to examine what KIND of parent he/she is and whether I approve of that kind of parenting. In other words, if someone is thinking that I, as a mother, am more likely to vote for another mother, they are underestimating my intelligence—unless she’s the kind of mother I believe people should be has made it part of her campaign to include issues that affect that kind of mothers. But that’s another kettle of fish that I will keep [mostly] closed on this blog.)
And just because my friend had a horrible experience with people commenting on her own Facebook Wall when she expressed a political opinion, I’m going to ask you to comment only if you agree with me or want to tell me how smart I am (or beautiful). (Also you could compliment my children. Or my poetry.) So there!