Friday, August 10, 2007

Two Peas In a Pod: Race or Gender, That is the Question

Clinton or Obama? We keep hearing the question and debates as if the two are SO different from each other that the American public is really called to be critical thinkers on this one.

After six long years of war, market inflations, and governmental differences, Americans have become pessimistic and disparaging towards the 2008 presidential elections, and voting as a whole. In fact, people have become perturbed about having a new president all together.

Based on the uncertainty of what’s to come or the effects the next president may have on our lives, most Americans have turned to the Democrats for change. Will they lead us down the path of righteousness or drag us further down into hell?I’ve come to discover when people begin to talk about the presidential election, they resort to a method or philosophy that is contaminated with both fear and hope; race and gender biases.

Some choose Clinton, the more experienced, while others choose Obama, the revolutionist. But both Clinton and Obama have criticized Bush and his actions towards the war in Iraq, they both voted against this year’s Senate Immigration Bill, have raised funds for the people in Darfur, and they even have similiar visions for education reforms. According to their platforms, one could consider Clinton and Obama “two peas in a pod.” Therefore, when it comes down to making a decision, such things as gender and race will play major roles, and the people of the United States will not only separate the two candidates, but the 2008 presidential decision may end up being dependent simply on these differences.

Truth be told, with two candidates so similiar, we will no longer see Clinton as a “master of political tactician” or Obama as a “sign of youthful change.” No! Clinton will be judged according to her gender and Obama according to his race. In all, I truly don’t believe America is debating over the quality or experience of the two candidates. America is really trying to decide if they’re ready for a woman to be president or a black man.

Which one would you choose?

Based on race, I would choose Clinton to be the 2008 president of the United States. Although America feels that they've "allowed" the black community to come so far, they still believe we (as a majority) may still be incompetent, ignorant and unfit to fulfill certain duties. I strongly believe Obama would make a great president. However, I feel as soon as he makes a mistake (which is probable considering the state boy George will likely leave the country in before heading out), many are going to point their fingers and snicker for allowing a “black man” or “Negro” to take control. For this reason, I prefer Clinton.

Based on gender, once again I would still choose Clinton. America needs a change (not only physically, but mentally and idealistically), and a good way to get it is to put someone of a different gender in office. Women uphold both ends of the stick. They say we’re packaged with compassion, understanding, standards, domination, diligence, and structure. And even if the former is false, at least the American public will expect something different. And what if Clinton is faulted for being a woman? After considering the possiblity of America blaming Clinton’s gender for the wrong and probable judgments she'll make (in an attempt to clean up boy George's past 8 years), and how many will point fingers and snicker for allowing a "madamme" or "post-menopause" to run the country, I still think she'd get less slack than Obama.

One year to go. Clinton or Obama. Which this much variation of choice, what is a pre-menopause negro to do?

~ Briana Henderon


Wendi Muse said...

great first post --welcome!
btw, what i am more curious about is not which one will end up president...i've been freaking out about vp...let's say either one of them makes it past the primaries, can you imagine the other stepping down to be a vp (much like edwards did with kerry last time around)? and where does edwards factor into all of this? i have written about the poor handling of his campaign (i.e. the esquire cover, the stuff his wife says), but i really wonder about whether or not his role will change in a few months...

The Kaiserist said...

I am thinking a Hillary Obama ticket would take the win. Personally I am no fan of either party and think we will be equally screwed either way. But I could be wrong wouldn't be the first time.

Also I have been enjoying this blog, hope no one minds me leaving comments. It's nice to see something besides BET, which I attempted to watch, but didn't last 5 minutes. (no offence to those who like BET, its just not my thing)

Olufunke said...

Awesome post!!!Bravo!I can’t wait to read the many more to come. In response, I believe the election is more of a race issue than it is that of gender. I agree that the two candidates are in fact similar when evaluating their democratic tenets. Furthermore, they share in the burden of having to prove their capacity to govern the country regardless of physical appearance. However, while amid these similarities, each candidate is fighting his/her personal battle. In one side of the ring, Clinton must prove that she is the worthy candidate because she is the right man for the job. On the other end, Obama must speak through the obvious excess melanin to attest that he is in fact the more worthy candidate. In consideration of race-based eugenics, which began in England and nonetheless made its way to the United States, there’s an imminent obsession over the preservation of “good genes” and keeping the right people in power. Thus, I believe that America as a whole will lean closer to giving the job to a Caucasian woman than an African American man, regardless of his aptitude to get the job done. Having mentioned that, in the wake of new medical technologies,a decision on the future structure of health care is a hot topic during this election. And being that I am a student of the health field, I am concerned about what will be the direction of health care reform… will steps really be taken to ensure universal healthcare? or is that too idealistic in our free market society?

This is election is pivotal to the country’s history as it marks the first of many changes. On a personal note, this election is historical in my fifteen years of being in the United States because it will be the first of which I am able to take part. Oh sweet citizenship! I am eager to exercise this entitlement of citizenship and my plan is to continue to study both candidates closely and vote for the candidate I feel is the more capable candidate.