Please forgive the title of today’s article, but yesterday I heard a discussion on the radio of the 2008 Democrat race for president and the topic was: “The Bitch or The Black?”
The conversation fast degraded from the title topic into gender discrimination and Race baiting that suggests there is a wider, deeper divide in America — and the world — where gender and Race define us before anyone even begins to determine our greater worth in the world based on good deeds, perseverance and character.
“The Bitch” was Senator Hillary Clinton, and while she is wildly loved and adored, she is also deeply despised and hated. Is she hated because she stood by her husband in many hours of distress? Or is she hated because she is a woman who stands a great chance of becoming the first female president in the history of the United States?
Why is the idea of a woman leading a nation such a terror in some minds? Other nations like Israel, Germany and the UK have had female leaders and survived.
Why should America be any different? “The Black” was Senator Barack Obama, and while he is currently “hot” and “on fire” in the political arena as a future presidential candidate, there is also great despise shot at him from those who live behind microphones and those who cannot bear the idea of having a Black president of the United States.
I understand that even though Senator Obama has yet to declare his intentions to run for president, he already has Secret Service protection because of Racist threats made against his life. Are we a nation of guns and fears or are we a nation of ideas and values?
Why is Barack Obama so feared and despised?
Will his candidacy die in the same sort of Race baiting advertising smear that ruined Representative Harold Ford, Jr.’s chances in the recent Tennessee senatorial race?
Is scraping candidates against the lowest common expectation the only barometer of presidential fitness?
How can we begin to have a discussion beyond gender and Race?
Will that sort of intelligent dialogue only happen after “the first one” in each minority category finally becomes president?
How does the rest of the world see this folly-as-political-discussion where — “The Bitch and The Black” — are used to describe those who only wish to lead us into brighter futures?