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.