08 February 2008

Politics of prejudice?

Like many others, I was angered when CNN suggested a couple of weeks ago that black women don't know whether to vote for Obama because he's black, or Clinton because she's female. Surely, black women can find more substantive criteria on which to base their vote.

I was therefore doubly disturbed when the New York Times indicated this week that Democratic votes are, in fact, splitting largely along lines of race, gender and age: blacks and young voters to Obama, women and older voters (and Hispanics) to Clinton. What's the deal?

I would like to find an explanation other than the obvious, that people only vote for someone who looks like them. Are politics of prejudice truly fated, even among the self-styled politically correct?

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