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4 November 2008 - blog

About seven years ago, I said something to the effect of, "we'll see a black president long before we see a woman president." Today, I was proven right. Barack Obama won the US Presidential election. I said the phrase, because I felt that the US is fundamentally less racist than sexist; I still feel that way. For most liberals, being racist is taboo. Many champion minorities based on their minority status, feeling that the support is warranted by current or past injustices. In contrast, it is acceptable and common to be sexist, holding significantly different standards for men and women. Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primary due to these prejudices. Of course, we'll elect a woman President long before we elect an openly homosexual President. And, the latter will happen before we have an openly atheist President. That summarizes my insights on American prejudices.