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CNN seems to think that voters give no thought to the issues when choosing a candidate... or is that only if the voters are black women?

Just look at this story

Here is a sample:

Analysts say black women this year never have been more engaged in a political campaign or held such power in determining the Democratic nominee.

Recent polls show black women are expected to make up more than a third of all Democratic voters in South Carolina's primary in five days.

For these women, a unique, and most unexpected dilemma, presents itself: Should they vote their race, or should they vote their gender?

What on earth could CNN have been thinking? Obviously, what they were thinking during the debate tonight.  With questions such as "Was Bill Clinton the first black president?" and "Who would Martin Luther King Jr. have endorsed for president?" they show that they just don't get it.  

Fortunately, their online readers have had
enough

An e-mailer named Tiffany responded sarcastically: "Duh, I'm a black woman and here I am at the voting booth. Duh, since I'm illiterate I'll pull down the lever for someone. Hm... Well, he black so I may vote for him... oh wait she a woman I may vote for her... What Ise gon' do? Oh lordy!"

Tiffany urged CNN to "pull this racist crap off" the Web site and to stop calling Hillary the "top female candidate."

"Stop calling Barack the "Black" candidate," she wrote.

Thank you, Tiffany.  It's about time that someone said it.

I also liked this quote from a reader:

"Since Edwards no longer officially exists, as a white male I face the same choice - either I vote my race (Clinton) or my gender (Obama). Or I could just pick the candidate based on who I think would be best," wrote Michael.

See, being a woman isn't that strange.  Being a minority isn't "different".  It is time for the punditocracy to stop acting like a wild animal just wandered into the living room and start treating everyone with respect.  That means talking to us like we are up to the task of choosing the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.  All of us.

Originally posted to Jonathanonymous on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 09:08 PM PST.

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