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jacksongilliam

10 months ago (edited by jacksongilliam 10 months ago) Administrator

This is the long version of my article that was published in the Tulsa World. That link can be found here

You've seen the same headline. Time and time again, in every newspaper, on every talk show, from every reporter, regardless of political affiliation. Headlines are supposed to draw in an audience, but every time I see a headline like “She could become America's first black female governor” I physically cringe. Headlines like these are designed to represent a change in the diversity of American politics, but end up conveying a darker message. The beauty of our republic is that we are given the right to criticize our press, without legal consequence. So with that stated, here is a criticism, stop with the identity politics. I do not care what color your skin is, what political party you belong to, or which, if any, religion you follow. I do care, however, when members of the media categorize someones importance based on their physical traits and cultural beliefs.

When you cast your vote in November, you should not let the physical characteristics of a candidate be the deciding factor in your decision. I believe that it is imperative that we all remember that voting for someone based on circumstances that they can not change is somewhat immoral. I will vote for the candidate who's policies I agree with, not someone who looks like me. Unfortunately, both sides of the isle, as well as their respective media outlets, have created a new type of endorsement, not to promote someone's politics, but instead to show that they are the party of diversity in the United States. You can see this with the never ending cycle of identity politics. Describing a candidate as an “African American Woman”, rather than Stacy Abrams, further illustrates this claim. Congresswoman Abrams, the democratic nominee in the Georgia gubernatorial election, is a qualified, educated politician, with years of experience at the state level. To deny anyone, no matter who, the value of their accomplishments, is to deny them their humanity, and judge them only on their physical traits.

I will never support the use of identity politics, even if they are used in my own party. I believe that judging a candidate by their ethnicity, religion, or the gender that they identify with, is morally wrong, and brings back memories of a time in which people were indeed judged by the color of their skin, but only to evaluate the amount of money that they could fetch at an auction, rather than the votes they could receive at a ballot box. To evaluate someone based on their appearance is to ignore any achievements that they have worked hard for, and categorizing people into groups, based on any trait is morally and fundamentally wrong, without exception.


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jacksongilliam

10 months ago (edited by jacksongilliam 10 months ago) Administrator

Next weeks column will tackle the wonderful topic of sex in the "Kavanaugh Age". :)


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4 weeks ago Administrator

We never got next week's column. :(


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