Can Hillary's Defeat Be Blamed on Sexism?
It's a measure of how far we've come -- and how far we have to go -- that the opposing Democratic campaigns are debating whether her gender helped or hurt
Gender was always a double-edged sword for her. While she's clearly capable and a worthy presidential candidate, she wouldn't have been a viable candidate if she hadn't been married to Bill. At the same time, being married to him helped bring her down.
The effect of racism on Obama is more obvious. Clearly, it's hurting him among many white voters, many of whom don't feel comfortable with Obama and some of whom admit that his color is the reason. At the same time, Obama has won over 90% of the black vote, and blacks turned out in massive numbers, giving him at least a few victories he wouldn't have otherwise claimed.
Arguing about whether sexism was a net winner or loser for
And it doesn't really matter. The discussion itself distracts us from addressing the multiple problems plaguing the country. Moreover, it does nothing to advance our ability to overcome one of the most stubborn of those problems -- the fading but still potent stain of prejudice that allows racism and sexism to hold people back at all levels of society. The debate over why