Thank you Hillary

Hillary Clinton gave a great speech today, and she deserves our thanks. If she had been as gracious a campaigner as she was in affirming her support for Obama I might have been a supporter. There’s no doubt she has accomplished a great deal for women with this campaign, and for that reason I applaud her effort, her strength, and her persistence—even when it bugged the hell out of me.

Women have come a long way since I was a teenager in the 50s, and like every American woman I could cite a few hundred examples from my own life to prove that sexism is real and enduring and awful. I abhor and deplore it and I agree we have a long way to go. But sexism does not wreak havoc on society the same way racism does, and for that reason I think the first black candidate will have a far more dramatic affect on American culture than the first female.

For four hundred years racism has spread violence across a huge swath of American life. It has unknit the fabric of countless families, leaving women and children without support and men hopeless and despairing. It has perverted our politics and corrupted our politicians. Indeed, it infects us all. Barack Obama’s candidacy offers us a chance to think differently about ourselves, and most important, it offers hope to people who have lived without hope far too long.

Through Senators Obama and Clinton we have been blessed with the opportunity to see and confront sexism and racism (and through McCain—agism). If we try hard, maybe we will someday enjoy the blessings of not seeing them at all.

(I promise this is the last time I’ll write about politics for awhile. Thanks to those who inquired about Tea & Bee’s Milk. has corrected their problem and it’s now available for Kindle users. We are looking for other ebook outlets and may offer a PDF. I’ll keep you posted.)