Awesome post about Obama, Clinton, and South Carolina at Jack and Jill Politics.
What upset me was the dismissiveness towards the South Carolina Primary.
A prevailing attitude comprised of, if Barack Obama wins South Carolina:
1. He only won because he’s Black
2. It doesn’t REALLY count as a win because of the sizeable Black population in South Carolina.
The press has not been subtle about what they think the real, true voter looks like. They’ll talk about Clinton automatically getting the women’s vote as though that’s an extra, marginal bit that gets added on to the real vote, and the same with Obama and the black vote. Bring up the fact that Ronald Reagan, say, couldn’t have won without the white, male vote, and prepare either for a blank look or to have it taken as a joke.
Just as an aside, I may have talked about privilege before, and I probably will again, and the above is an illustration of privilege – being the default, never having to think of yourself in terms of “the black vote” or “the woman vote,” you’re just a voter.
(via Spencer Ackerman)