I have to admit that I'm pretty surprised that race and gender have not played a bigger role in the primaries. Could it be that our country has finally moved past the race and gender issues that have plagued us since the beginning of time?
Until we see equal pay, equal rights, and equal treatment, we're still stuck in the same "one step forward, two steps back" dance our country has perfected.
Personally, I just think no one feels comfortable talking about it.
Granted, I'm not a Rush Limbaugh listener, nor am I a Hannity & Colmes or Bill O' Reilly connoisseur, so I might have missed their terribly insightful rampages on the topic.
But from what I can tell, it seems as though the pundits are skirting around what I think is the big elephant (no, not that one) in the voting booth.
Will this country be able to elect a black president? or a female president?
Some might say that Obama's winning streak indicates that yes it's going to happen. And with Hillary still maintaining some steam that it might just be possible. But quite frankly, it's really not that surprising that in a male-dominated society that a black man is beating a woman (even though she's pretty dang white). Or, in a race-driven society that a privileged white woman is still in the race.
So I must say that I'm extremely curious to see what happens when the mano e mano (or womano) race is on. Will it bring out all the closet racists (or sexists) in our country? Will we begin to address what I believe people, pundits, and parents need to be open and free to talk about?
That we all have race and gender biases that affect how we live, how we react to others, and how we raise our kids.
Why is it so surprising that it might affect who we deem worthy to be our president?