Race, sex, and principle

Race, sex, and principle

Is there any way next November, if Barack Obama is the Democrat candidate, that if he loses the mainstream media won’t agonize over the question, “Is America still racist?”

And is there any way, if Hillary Clinton is the candidate, that if she loses the meme won’t be “Is America still sexist?”

Can America decide against either of those two candidates based on principle and their stances on the issues and not have their reasoning perverted?

Probably not, since the modern electoral process has become a beauty contest perpetuated in the first place by the media themselves. Too many voters make their decision based on emotion rather than logic, like this Boston voter quoted in today’s Boston Herald: “I voted for Obama … I’m attracted to his charisma and personality. He’s more charming than Hillary.”

This is the result of our television culture. Since about 1948 and the emergence of TV news, presidential elections have become more about style than substance. Now it’s more about themes—the first black president, the first woman president, the first Mormon president—than substance.

So come November, if the Democrat candidate goes down in defeat, I fully expect to pick up my newspaper in the following days and read that America still has a long way to go to shed its racist/sexist ways. And it won’t be true.


Written by
Domenico Bettinelli