Politrix: Tug of War

Is it just because I’m an Aries who doesn’t like being told about herself, or is every woman of color tired of the pundits’ talk during this election cycle? For real, if I have to hear another white cat pontificate about how as a black woman, I “have a tough choice to make” in deciding between the woman and the black man, I’m gonna put a stiletto through my television screen (okay, maybe not for real ‘cause I need that joint to watch the Pennsylvania primary results come in tonight, but you feel me).

These are not new sentiments, these assertions that women vote based on emotion and non-whites vote out of a perceived sense of kinship, but this is the first time the two have come to the forefront together, intertwined like twin poisonous snakes shoved in a dark sack and blind with rage. (Some trivia for you: Victoria Woodhull was actually the first woman to run for president back in 1872, the same year Frederick Douglass was nominated for the VP spot-he declined to run.)

harold and kumar\'s mariaBut the fact that it’s not new doesn’t make me feel any less insulted. It’s as if I’m not intelligent enough to make judgments independent of the amount of melanin in my skin or what I have (or is it what I don’t have?) in my pants. What if I want to examine the issues at stake in this election (healthcare, the economy, the war, anyone?) and read up on the candidates’ stances on each as they relate to me? Or God forbid I vote based on who I think will make the best leader. Maybe I don’t want a president who thinks crying is an acceptable response to a question about “how she does it” everyday. Hell, maybe I don’t even want to follow a cat who poo-poos the current political fund-raising system (not likely, but there must be someone out there doesn’t respect a candidate who avoids PACs, or political action committees).

I’m not saying that I don’t love the idea of little brown girls running around the White House (!), but I didn’t start sending my little donations to Barack Obama’s campaign because he reminds me of my Daddy. I didn’t even make him my candidate because I worry that women can’t make rational decisions or play hardball when it matters most (personally, I think Hillary’s balls are bigger than Bill’s right about now). I pulled the lever for him during the New York primary because of his stance on the issues, his activist background, his vision of the future and his ability to unite rather than divide when describing the America I wish to see. And I have faith that those of you who are supposedly stuck at this crossroad will look beyond the simple politics that are being foist upon you and make the best decision for youself. Happy voting.

-Kenrya

If you like Kenrya’s perspective, check out her first post here.

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  • Derek

    Yeah. And how come they’re always asking if Obama’s black enough but not if Clinton is woman enough?

  • Julie

    Ugh, my dear friend,
    as a black woman, you have a tough choice to make… Aaaaaa, the shoeeee is coooooming… save yourselves…

    Nah, just kidding! I do think it is obnoxious to make such statement, it undermines every black person’s (who happens to be a woman) intelligence — and I don’t like that!

    I identify with Barack not because he’s a “minority” by default (I kind of consider myself a sort of minority in many ways other than defined by my skin color), but rather bec of his intelligence, fresh perspective on politics & life in general and his well rounded worldly upbringing (that makes him a capable candidate to fix our international relations).

    Just because Hill and I are both females, we do not automatically belong to a special girlie sisterhood – we cannot be more different from one another! Furthermore, the fact that both of us are females makes me not understand her actions in the situation she found herself in when her husband was publicly admitting his indiscretions. And the fact that she stood by him with such a conviction makes me very uneasy (but of course, we all know the reason for it – it helped her political advancement!). So, in my book she’s at disadvantage for being a woman bec she’s a woman who disrespected herself by selling out.

    No doubt she has a pair (of big ones, I might add), actually I give her props for turning her pathetic situation around and come off as a serious presidential candidate – it cannot get any more of a public arena than that – but that doesn’t make her a good president. Great strategic planner – yes, but competent president – I am not so sure. Besides, when push comes to shove, I really think that Barack can play a hard ball. The difference is – he does it with an integrity and grace of a respectable candidate, proving his worthiness by reasoning his points and discussing REAL issues and potential resolutions and not playing the “smear the opponent’s character” game.

  • krankin

    Wow, Julie. Tell ’em why you mad, son! Thanks for the comment.

  • Diane

    I know I’m late to this party (or is it a reunion?)

    Remember, we vote for one person, but it is who they surround themselves with that will create the ‘presidency’ going forward – and that bit of information is not a known as yet (and let me just say Cheney as an example).

    I wasn’t thrilled with some of the cronies in the previous Clinton admin., and I do believe Hill had something to do with some of that (Foster…)

    I ponder how some nations will react to a female world leader (though the US is in decline, we’re still quite powerful) when they themselves treat their women like chattel, or worse. Will they listen to her? Will they respect her? (Rice is a mouthpiece, not a leader.)

    Woman to woman I cannot relate to Hill at all. So there’s no bonding on that front. I don’t find her warm. And it’s most irritating when she tries to be ‘female’ (welling of tears, or choking up for the cameras).

    We all have tough choices to make in November (and not a one of them deserves me ruining a shoe of mine…): an elderly statesman, and either a young-ish black man who some say doesn’t have enough experience, or a calculating woman who has spent decades grooming herself for this.