By Zola Jones on May 31, 2008
As an urban African American almost-college-educated single mother, under age thirty, I don't fit snugly in the Hillary Clinton demographic, according to the polls.
I'm betwixt and between the racism, sexism and ageism divides. While I don't like any "ism" much, I've been more offended by the sexist remarks I've heard about Clinton than I have been by the alleged racist remarks about Obama. Why? I've heard far more sexist talk than I have racist talk. I hear it on the news and out of the mouths of all kinds of people - children, men, white, black, brown and, yes, women too. The sexist remarks, sexist jokes and sexist hate speech seem to go largely unnoticed and unremarked by those around me - as if a large percentage of our society doesn't even recognize or acknowledge sexism as real. People are not sensitized to the damage of sexist language and attitudes, like they seem to be about racism. Ignoring sexism doesn't take the sting out of its effects.
It seems to me that our society is far more sexist than it is racist. It's no surprise to me that polls say that more Americans are amenable to having a generic African American male president - and fewer would vote for a generic Caucasian female president.
Even so, this isn't why I'm a supporter of Hillary Clinton. I support Clinton because Obama is not adequately addressing my concerns about health care.