Ruined by Reading

One step forward, two steps back

Posted in Politics by M on October 14, 2008

Before I get into the negative, I’ll point out the positive – it’s absolutely amazing that the US has made enough progresses to have a woman and a black man run for the Democratic nomination.  (I’ll point out that no one should be surprised it’s on the Democratic side of the aisle – I’ll probably have grandchildren or be dead before I see a woman or a black man run on the Republican ticket – running mates obviously excluded.)  The fact that Barack Obama has made it this far is wonderful and, if I’m to be honest, shocking as well.  It seems as though the US might finally be stepping into the civilized world.

However, I think this race has made it obvious that our society has a very long ways to go, and that we haven’t progressed as much as we thought we had.  We have not erased racism and sexism from our society by any means.  We’ve only managed to perfect the art of keeping silent and sweeping it under the rug.  The sexism, racism, and white privilege I’ve seen this election season is revolting.

Take Cindy McCain for example.  She’s a former junkie who stole drugs from a non-profit.  She’s committed several felonies.  Do you honestly think that if she weren’t rich and white, she would have escaped a jail sentence?  If she were black she’d be in prison.  If Michelle Obama had done what she had, Obama would have never come this far.

And, what do you think would happen if Obama had walked on stage with 5 kids and a pregnant 17-year-old daughter?  People would shake their heads, rolls their eyes, and say something along the lines of, “Well, what do you expect?  That’s what those people do.”  But since Palin is white, it’s just nice and cute that her family is so large and dysfunctional.

Then there’s the community organizer fiasco.  I can’t be the only one who thought that it had racist undertones.  I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch to say that McCain/Palin was trying to make people think that ‘community organizers’ was another name for a mob of scary angry black folks.  These kinds of people only know how to get ahead on fear and hate.

The hypocrisy of the sexism issue is bad as well, though not as shocking since sexism is very obviously still alive and well and was evident long before this election got underway.

If Joe Biden had been flirtatious and adorable with all the nicknames and winks like Sarah Palin had during their debate, people would say that it was his way of trying to take the focus away from his inexperience and the fact that he had no clue what he was talking about.  That’s exactly what it was, but when Palin does it people just say it makes her likeable and genuine.  If Biden had done it, people would have said he was just dumbing it down for a woman and would have never done the same if his opponent were a guy.  As it is, during the debate, Biden didn’t attack her and wasn’t nearly as aggressive as he could have been.  I don’t think it’s because he believes in double standards for the treatment of men and women, but because if he had been fair and treated her exactly like he would treat a man, the media would be all over him for being too mean and unnecessarily harsh with her.

The funniest part of all of this is that McCain’s campaign keeps screaming ‘sexism’, yet he and Palin are the most sexist out of any of them.  Is it really sexist to question the qualifications of Palin?  No, it’s not.  But is it sexist to choose a woman simply because you think American women are stupid enough to vote for her just because she’s a woman?  Yes, it is.  Also, a message to Sarah: you can’t be a maverick feminist when you oppose equal pay, discourage victims from reporting their rape, and are against the idea of family planning, birth control, and the right to choose.

John McCain, Sarah Palin, and all their supporters should go back to the Dark Ages where they belong.  Maybe Palin will see some of her Young Earth dinosaurs there.

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  1. Veens said, on October 15, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I don’t know what to say on this one!!

    But I would like you to know, that it is not just in US, it is there everywhere, in one way or the other.

    I hope for Obama to win too [ even some people here say that it is going to affect us badly]

  2. Katharina said, on October 18, 2008 at 10:32 am

    100% agree with you on every point you made.

    Obama/Biden ’08!

  3. Fatemeh said, on October 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    MAJOR cosign. Obama/Biden ’08!

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