It seems fairly clear to me that Obama is not the best candidate for women’s and LGBTIQ rights. He’s gaffed several times.
It seems fairly clear to me that Clinton is not the best anti-racist candidate. She’s gaffed several times.
Obama has employed misogyny against Clinton in the campaign.
Clinton has employed racism against Obama in the campaign.
…..so when I hear people say “I won’t vote for (candidate A) because s/he is (racist/sexist),” well… I feel a bit disheartened. Because it feels, to me, like one is saying “I’ll vote for Clinton even though she’s racist, but not Obama despite his sexism, because to me sexism is more important than racism.” Or vice versa.
I’ll note, though, that I don’t feel this way when I hear women of color declining to vote for one or the other candidate due to racist or sexist dogwhistles. To me, those comments don’t have the same undertone of “What’s important is that I get mine” since, obviously, women of color (particularly LGBTIQ women of color) will be screwed over by the beauty of intersectionality either way.
YMMV, of course, and I don’t mean to condemn anyone, and of course any given person may have motivations other than what I’ve described. It’s just — in total, as a trend — this is something that’s made me sad this primary cycle.
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