Birds of a feather

Imagine if I were to vote for someone simply because they were homosexual – regardless of their political views. Even worse, what if I chose them simply because they were white?

Honey started a new job a few weeks ago and has been going through training with several other new employees. One black woman has been going around asking her coworkers about their picks in the upcoming presidential election. When someone asked her who she supported, she proudly announced Obama as her candidate of choice. When asked why, she replied, “Cause he’s my brotha!”

I can imagine what her reaction might have been if a white person had used such a line to explain their endorsement of McCain or Clinton. It amazes me that many of the same people who complain about being judged by the color of their skin will turn around and endorse someone just because they have matching pigment. Some recent news stories tell of black voters being pressured by family and friends to support Obama simply because he is black.

It might be natural for us to gravitate towards our own kind, but we all lose when we allow petty issues like race and gender to dictate how we pick our leaders.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

12 thoughts on “Birds of a feather”

  1. Well I’m a white middle aged woman and I really don’t have issue’s concerning the color of some ones skin OR whether or not it is a man or a woman. I want our country to be safe and the only way to do that is to vote for McCain on Nov 5th. AS time goes on, my belief in McCain gets stronger and stronger. AND just because I am a white middle aged woman DOES NOT mean I should vote for Hillary either because I AM NOT. Again,McCain will get my vote hands down. Maybe I have a chance of being a part of the white men bond, since I don’t have a bond with Hillary or Obama.

  2. I agree 100%. Sinec John is out, I don’t know what to do!

    I think my frustration is that they are all so SLICK. I read their position papers, I listen to what they say, and they aren’t saying anything I find authentic.

    I wish they would just say it, just tell me what they believe and process they use to make decisions and what they value and why! And I want it from each individual person, not their handlers, not the speechwriters.

    I just want them to TALK to us!


  3. Heather: I certainly agree with you about wanting a candidate that is authentic. I think most Americans want a candidate to be real and authentic, but I doubt it will ever happen.

    I thought that John Edwards was authentic, but I went to one of his rallies (actually it was just a few days before he dropped out of the race) and it was pretty obvious that he is just another “slick” politician too. I was positioned right behind his podium–directly in his path where he entered and left–I was pretty sure I’d get to shake his hand and possibly get my sign autographed and get a picture. As he was leaving, he was shaking hands and signing things and posing for pictures. I was standing in a group of other young, college-aged kids. There was a group of older (richer?) people and a veteran on the other side of the path that was cleared for him to walk through. He got right in front of us (the students), and turned around and shook the hands of everyone on the other side. We were calling his name and even touching him on the shoulder, hoping that he would turn around and shake our hands too, but he completely ignored us. There was also a lady with a baby a little ways down from us on our side. He went straight for the baby and stood there for about 30 seconds holding the baby and taking pictures. He was all about the photo ops. I was crushed. I had driven over 200 miles to get to that rally and get a chance to shake the man’s hand. I went out to my car and cried.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally condemning Senator Edwards based on this one incident–I know how busy he must have been and he doesn’t have time to stop and shake every single person’s hand, but it was pretty clear that we were snubbed in favor of the people who would make a better press photo. I probably got closer to him than I ever would have with Hillary or Barack, though. ALL THIS TO SAY: at the end of the day, they’re all politicians, some are just better at hiding it.

    (sorry for this extremely long comment!!)

  4. @ Doctor Drone: Haven’t white guys been bonding for far too long already? ;)

    @ MBMQ: I know!

    @ darciemay: I respectfully disagree with you about McCain being the only candidate who can keep us safe. The Republicans have been using that fear tactic ever since 9/11 and I’m surprised that anyone is still buying it.

    @ Heather: I’m sick of over-polished politicians, too. Have you ever thought about the first part of the word “candidate”? The definition of “candid” is exactly what we need.

    @ ashley: Thank you for sharing your story. I think Edwards should have taken the time to greet you and I know that you were terribly disappointed. I would have been, too. I still think that he had more integrity than any other person that ran during this election cycle, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

  5. Brian,

    I totally know what you mean – people assume that I am voting one way or another because of my skin or my ovaries. (Black and female, so apparently, my brain doesn’t matter at all.) I find it terribly offensive when someone asks me if I’m voting for Clinton just because she’s a woman – *grins* I should start asking if they’re voting for McCain because he’s white. Of course, then, they’ll start talking about the issues… but obviously, they’re secondary. Seriously, as if the election process could become any more superficial.

  6. I have a friend who is female, southern, black, and Mormon. She told me unequivocally that she would be voting for Obama, and when I asked her why, she said (to paraphrase): “Momma always said if there’s a black man runnin’ you vote for the black man.”

    Mind you, this is a woman whom I normally have great respect for, as she’s usually very intelligent. I think, however, that the ghosts of the civil rights movement are haunting our elections today–this is, quite frankly, a chance at realization of “the dream.”

    Once the novelty wears off, however, I think people are in for a sad, sad surprise. I’ll be voting for Hillary today in our primary. (The least of the 3 evils, IMHO).

  7. @ Lena B: I’m sure this election cycle will get alot more superficial before it’s over.

    @ Jamie: I’ve read other blogs by black authors who basically gave the same reason for choosing Obama that your friend did. I find it a repugnant and incredibly ignorant way of selecting a candidate.

  8. Brian,Regardless of how stupid you think I am,I have studied and researched all of the candidates.There were other GOP’s that I would have voted for as well AND I wish that I had had more time to research John Edwards,that was 1 of the DEM’s my oldest son was thinking about voting for.Even though I will be voting for a GOP,I do not force my views on my children.They are grown now and can vote for who they want to vote for and I appreciate the fact that they do the same for me.I DO NOT live in fear but I do believe in reality.I suspect that all of my children will do alot more research on the candidates as they grow older.This middle aged woman is voting for McCain.

  9. @ darciemay: I don’t think you’re stupid and I’m sorry if you feel that I implied you were. You said that the only way to keep our country safe is to vote for John McCain and I disagreed.

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