Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Race or gender?

I'm afraid I'm travelling so much in the early part of this year that unless there's an election, I'm not going to be finding much time and energy to post anything you can really sink your teeth into. But here's a little tidbit about the U.S. Democratic primaries that might amuse you in the meantime:

CNN did a story about how South Carolina black women are facing a tough decision between Obama and Clinton. "For these women, a unique, and most unexpected dilemma, presents itself: Should they vote their race, or should they vote their gender?" A unique dilemma...because of course, no voters have ever had both a race and a gender before, and so this is the very first time anybody's ever had to make a decision like this, right?

The best part, though? Readers got pissed off by the story (you think?) and so CNN did a story on that, too. The best quote is: "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!"