White American Women had been waiting a long time for the chance to be president and, suddenly, they’re having to queue up behind Harris. What happened?
The riots did.
Of course, they can look back on Hillary Clinton’s effort and find consolation there, saying that in the very first try by a white woman as presidential candidate for a major party, she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
That will have to do for now, though, since if all goes well, it will be Harris going up as party favorite once Biden chooses to step down (Yes, Biden will win the election, unless we’re insane)
To the credit of White American women, there has been widespread support for the Harris choice. That should give us men inspiration in the struggle against racism.
Come 2024, Kamala may end up being challenged for the presidential nomination by other women, as they are entitled to, but if she does a good job supporting Biden it will be a Democratic woman versus a Republican one in that presidential contest.
A man running on the Republican side would have a harder time beating Harris.
The problem of racism in our land is viewed by most of us as a critical matter. Addressing it fully cannot be postponed without additional damage to our moral fabric.
Obama projected an image of conciliation that has gone a long way to start the process of healing in our land but it now seems clear that it will be up to an African/Asian American woman to carry the task further.
Men are more conflicted than women on matters of dominance. They are more easily wounded by it and less forgiving.
This opens the way for women, of any color, to lead us for the next few decades until we resolve our racial differences.
Overall, the feminine psyche appears more likely to evoke forgiveness and understanding in the rest of us.
The fact that women had to struggle so hard to get out from under the oppression of men has much to do with it. It has helped them develop empathy.
So what do we have to lose?
Since inception we have been governed by men and we have not settled the racial issue. Imagine a Senate, supreme court or cabinet composed mainly of women?
It is time.
Are there qualified women today, in every field of endeavor, in politics, banking, science, medicine, etc.?
Well, we need to open the doors widely for them to enter politics and let them govern. And when it happens, it will be a gigantic step toward uniting the country.
We have great women leaders in the world now. Germany and Europe have benefitted enormously from the unique leadership Angela Merkel has provided. Her courage, wisdom and even handedness have set a standard to emulate. What other world leader has governed for as long as she has with such aplomb?
Sex alone won’t make for gifted leadership, but a combination of ability and sex may work wonders in challenging long held misconceptions about race that have stood in the way of our full evolution as a nation.
Oscar Valdes is the author of Psychiatrist for A Nation and other books. Available on Amazon.