I am an African American. I am a woman. I am a 20-year-old college student. I am a Democrat. What am I supposed to do when half of my demographic is on the Obama band-wagon with Oprah as the wing-man and the other half is riding the Hillary train with Bill honking the horn? I have an Obama sticker on my desk and a Hillary pin on my purse. I’m from Florida so I couldn’t even make the decision with a vote that would count. How do I decide?
Here is Whoopi Goldberg on the View supporting Hillary. While her reasoning may not be the best in the world, the fact is she’s black woman who is supporting Clinton. What do I make of it?
In the following clip, 6 women of color speak with conservative CNN contributor Amy Holmes (at a hair salon) about their preference between Hillary and Barack. (1:33 mark)
One woman says that the two are basically "the same candidate." Hmm, Not sure if that’s true. Another says that Hillary doesn’t speak enough about women. Again, hmm. If that’s criteria well then Barack doesn’t speak enough about blacks or race at all. Okay so one of the older women says "This is America." Take it [race] off the table. Let’s just be people."
So if we take race off the table and the two candidates are the same, then why do these 6 women like Barack better than Hillary? They say he’s a fresh start and a sign of change. He’s a sign of change because he has eloquently told us that he is.
Holmes asks "Is there anything Hillary can do to win your votes?" Silence. Point made. Race isn’t off the table. But I understand the need for a black woman to justify wanting the black candidate to win. She doesn’t want to be accused of simply liking Barack for the color of his skin.
More of my friends support Barack over Hillary. I’m torn. I like Hillary and the way I see her leading the country. Barack is something different and yes, okay, exciting! But Republicans got excited about their homeboy Bush back in 2000. Shouldn’t we let our minds vote on the presidency not our emotions? Right now, my head says Hillary and my heart says Barack. And my hour spent watching clips about the two on You Tube hasn’t made my decision any easier.