First, the quote from “To Women, So Much More Than Just a Candidate”:
As Wagner and other NOW executives toured Ohio last week, they repeated a resounding message: Clinton has been mistreated by an opponent who subtly demeans her, by a mainstream media that ridicules her, by voters too threatened to vote for a confident woman, by young women who no longer feel the urgency of the women’s movement, by African American women for whom race is more important than gender.
Next, the rant:
by voters too threatened to vote for a confident woman, by young women who no longer feel the urgency of the women’s movement, by African American women for whom race is more important than gender.
Here’s the problem, the repeated problem, with white-middle-class-women-centered movements–there always, always comes a point–no, multiple points when black women are pointed at and told to choose sides or be bad women who are “blinded” by race. This is not the way to get my vote. And NOW, don’t try advancing “my” cause for me with manipulative, self-serving, half-truthy-and-half-false barkeater bullshit.
Are women important to me? Fuck yes. Will you use that to bludgeon me into doing what you say because you say it? Fuck no. Am I going to vote for a candidate because of his or her gender or race? I’d be a fool if that were the main characteristic I felt made a good president or person.
What has HRC done for women lately other than get herself elected to office? “Role model” and “confident woman” don’t do shit about health care, what’s left of the social safety net, test-score-driven and largely punitive education “reform,” the Iraq miasma, or the butt-shaking, straight-haired, navel-ringed ethos of BET.
End of rant.
I just had to get that out.
And the comments still don’t work.