1. She’s a woman.
We all know that there’s a special place in hell for women who do not support eachother. So of course I’d prefer not to go to hell. Hilary Clinton’s candidacy is a prime example of why white feminism is so incredibly naive. Our need for conversation and intersectionality is so critical when it comes to discussing issues of class, race, and gender. I don’t care if Hilary Clinton is a woman; her failure to recognize police brutality and the sexual assault of women of colour is exactly why I shouldn’t be expected to vote for her. Am I supposed to abandon my position on brutality, war and class to support a woman who can’t even form her own opinions? I don’t think so. Of course, white feminism cuts people of colour from the equation; so when Madeleine Albright told us we’d be going to hell for not supporting Hilary Clinton, I knew she wasn’t talking to me. She was talking to her cult of white feminists who believe all women are entitled to some sort of blind loyalty.
2. It’s About Damn Time
She played a critical role in Bill Clinton’s administration and knows what it’s like to be a woman behind a man. “She’s capable of so much political success!” They say. And yes, she’s qualified– but that doesn’t make Bernie Sanders any less qualified. “We need a female president!” They say. Sure that’s true, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to settle for just any woman. It doesn’t make me less of a feminist for not supporting Hilary Clinton.
3. She’s a neoconservative.
While she’s interesting in her own right, I do see a few similarities between Hilary Clinton and George Bush. For example, their views on foreign policy: something inside of me knows Clinton would send more troops to the Middle East if she were elected. While Bernie Sanders firmly opposed the Iraq war. I also admire Bernie Sanders’ racial justice platform and his grasp of social change. His language is accessible and truthful: he doesn’t wrap his rheotic in euphemisms or disregard death. Clinton’s All Girls Club politics is outdated and based on wishful thinking. We don’t need a woman in the White House, we need a human with goals instead of just vision.