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Why Hillary Doesn’t Fit In With My Feminism

Feminism’s struggle with intersectionality brought me to this place: a place where I’m supposed to rally around a cause and a figurehead that ignores my daily struggles. A cause that views me as an afterthought and a political chess piece, and I’m only used every four years and then stored away. A place where white women are able to beam with pride at seeing themselves represented in Hillary and then have the audacity to chastise me for not being on board. The same people who claim to understand white privilege and decry male privilege suddenly forget all that when they want me to get lock step behind them in “uniting the party”.

Question: When is “the party” going to unite behind me?

Also, I’ve got a newsflash for you, a bit of a surprise, as it were. The surprise is that a lot of disenchanted, disillusioned, still disenfranchised black voters found out over the past 7 years. Having someone who looks like you in the Oval Office does NOTHING for changing the state of your circumstances. Not one thing.

No, I never had any fairy-tale beliefs that having President Obama in office would magically fix all that was wrong with race relations in America; no one person could have done that. But many of you did harbor such fantasies and you became and remain disappointed. You were disappointed because the status quo requires that you play by their rules; their field, their ball, and their referees. So while you cheer, jumping up and down braless, tears streaming down your face, breathing a sigh of relief, while thinking that your grandmother’s and mother’s feminist dreams have been realized, you have already forgotten about me.

You have ignored the fact that Hillary is playing by their rules, on their field, using their balls, and their referees. She had to become them to join them and that isn’t going to change a damned thing for us in the long run.

My feminism says that there are too many intelligent, capable, accomplished women out there for me to be wowed at Clinton’s “breaking the glass ceiling”. That ceiling has been chipped at for centuries, just because you hear some glass breaking doesn’t mean that the hole made will be big enough for all of us to climb through.

You can not tell me that you truly understand that just because we have Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams that racism isn’t over and then turn  around and cheer “We did it, ladies!! We’ve dismantled the glass ceiling!!” just because of whatever Hillary has accomplished. Seriously?

The only things of note any Clinton supporter was ever able to bring to me when I asked “Why should I vote for Hillary?” are DESTROYED in this video. She is no friend of Black America and no champion of children (as she is so fond of bringing up her work with the Children’s Defense Fund, check out Edelman’s statement in the video.)

Do NOT deign to instruct me on how I have to unify the party with my vote when the strongest point your candidate has is, “We can not allow Donald Trump anywhere near the White House!” This lesser of two evils political strategy that we have been operating under for far too long has us circling the drain in a constant downward spiral, as we fall further and further behind other first world countries.

No appeal to my womanhood, no appeal to my blackness will make me not know what I now know.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.


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  1. My *guess* is that Ms. Elaine and I could find no end to the things we could disagree about.
    But credit is due where credit is due. And she’s *definitely* on the right track on this one.
    It seems more and more to me that even folks from the most extreme reaches of BlackLivesMatter to the KKK can agree on that what as become “par for the course” in both national politcal parties and Washington, D.C. generally is FUBAR (“fouled” up beyond recognition) and MUST change. Maybe it’s time for this muttly mix of people we call America to set our differences aside for a while, band together, and “throw the bastards out”. (Our ancestors did it. I figure we can do it, too.)
    *Then* we can get back to arguing loudly with another — before going out for a beer together afterwards.
    I’ll flip to see who covers the tip.

    • I beg to differ. YOUR WHITE MALE, property owning, ancestors “did it”..sir. AND – THAT is the problem – a system made for the same.. we need a total inclusive overhaul – not more wht male property owners setting the rules… was terribly FLAWED from the get go, and UN-Democratic. WE are United today, WE are the majority, WE demand OUR places at the table, OUR RULES now. TY.

    • Cindy Craig Fully half of my ancestors are female, Ms. Craig. And only in the last couple of generations would they be considered “property owning” beyond a home (if that) and maybe a 40-acre “homestead” farm in the middle of nowhere.
      Apparently you did not really read my post, since I call for “everybody” to get together to clear the system of undue influence by the “elite” (which you apparently presume consists ONLY of white people).
      Your post also seems to imply that those you consider “they” and not “we” — apparently based exclusively on things like race and class (a decidedly UN-American viewpoint) — should now have no say in how things move forward, only your “we”.
      By definition, madame, your comments are racist and oppressive.

  2. From Ricky Ray Rector through Sister Souljah, “the end of welfare as we know it,” the 1994 Crime Bill, Hillary’s turn as the ur-Birther, and a Clinton surrogate’s characterization of Obama as an Affirmative Action hire, to the “hardworking white people” who stood with Hillary in opposition to the black upstart who usurped “her turn” in 2008, the Clintons have played a game of toxic, racialized national politics for 25 years, to the detriment of millions of black lives. It’s gratifying to see them finally called on it. But it is also frustrating to see that so many black people are willfully blind to the truth about this fundamentally dishonest, deeply corrupt, greedy destructive and all too powerful couple.

  3. I feel as if this election cycle has demonstrated the utter powerslessness of the “American People” like no other set of events in history. Certainly, there have been other events that have shown helplessness of ‘groups’ of people, wether they are identified by race, religion, color or creed. But, in my opinion, this entire election cycle shows why we need other-than-career policticians in government. Now, I’m not advocating for Trump but, with him as a possible big-mouthed exception, we probably need to look at throwing out the entire crop of Senators and Representatives in office. Of course I’m just venting but, today, that my position on it. Great article Pamela.

  4. I’m a white middle-aged woman and so much of this article speaks for me as well – tho I’m not black, I do not feel that Hillary Clinton in any way represents me. I am from a working class background, I’m struggling to pay my bills, I struggle to pay health benefits for myself & my kids, I’ve had to make sacrifices on food & health costs & clothing. I don’t give a damn if Hillary is a woman-she doesn’t give a damn about women like me. Nor the poor women in Central America or the middle east who’ve suffered under her policies. And I deeply resent the parade of privileged elite white liberal feminists scolding me for not supporting her. I don’t choose politicians based on whether or not they’re female. If that were the most important criteria, then why not support Carly Fiorina or Margaret Thatcher in the 80s?

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