Many things were labeled “racist” or “sexist” during the primary season. A lot of these went over my head. For example, some said that Hillary’s 3 AM ad had obvious racial overtones. I swear I heard one political douche accuse the ad of saying something along the lines of “Oh, it’s three in the morning, the time of day when the black guy president would be too busy breaking into your home to have time for handling the Iranians.”
Bill Clinton’s “Jesse Jackson won the South Carolina primary” remark was the most qualified “racist” or “sexist” comment from the campaigns, and even that was a little weak.
I’ve come to realize the true generational nature of this gender/race issue. It’s easy to overlook gender and race when you’re a 27-year-old white guy than if you’re an 80-year-old black woman. If you aren’t a racist or a victim of racism in this country, the messages don’t really get through to you.
“Children today will grow up taking for granted that an African-American or a woman can, yes, become the president of the United States.”
Some of us children have already grown up. It took me a great deal of thinking before I realized the true importance of what we’re witnessing. The perception gap between generations shows just how far we’ve come. The racists and sexists are dying off. I’m glad to have met very few of them.