Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics

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Chapter 7
Early Indicators
of Gender
Preference Shift to
Racial Preference

This is the most exciting election we’ve had in such a long time, because you have
an African American, an extraordinary man, a person of tremendous talents and
abilities, running to become our president; you have a woman running to break
the highest and hardest glass ceiling. I don’t think either of us wants to inject race
or gender in this campaign
.

—Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

When asked on a survey about the choice between presidential candidates Clinton and Obama, one African American woman replied:

I feel the Clinton family did a lot for America. I listen to the Obama cam-
paign and he’s a good speaker. I think that Obama would make a Great Presi
dent someday with more knowledge of how to solve America’s problems.
And the time will come when America will have both a Black and a Woman
as President one day. But at this time, speeches will not get America back on
her feet. Right now I feel that Hillary is the best Candidate.1

Another African American female Clinton supporter added:

I feel there is so much division between Democrats, that whoever is stand-
ing at the end will lose. The people that want the Black man to win and the
people who want the woman to win are going to be in for a rude awakening.
I feel that the person who loses, that their supporters will go Republican just
for spite. I want Hillary to win. I am an African American woman who thinks
Clinton has been around long enough to have a lot of experience in the land

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