Like many left-radical voters during this election season, I find myself conflicted. I like Hillary Clinton and unequivocally think she is the most qualified candidate to sit at the head of American empire. But my like for her has far less to do with policy and far more to do with something more ephemeral and affective. I like bawse chicks and badass women. I like a woman who can roll into a room full of ego-driven, testosterone-fueled dudes, and tango like she was born for it. Call it the feminist in me. Call it the badass in me. I see this in Hillary and game recognize game.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times – February 26, 2016
The four, all black women in their late 60s or early 70s, counted themselves among Mrs. Clinton’s most ardent supporters eight years ago. But whenBarack Obama emerged as a leading candidate during the 2008 primaries, Mrs. DeBose and her friends had to make an agonizing choice between supporting a candidate who could become the first female president, or the one who might become the first black one.
Fast forward to today, and I’m trying to make sense of my own ambivalence to the political process, not just as a journalist who’s trying to cover a national election, but also as a black woman who was taught to think critically about allegiance to my country.
Elizabeth Chmurak, Fox Business – February 24, 2016
The countdown is on to Election Day 2016 with 258 days remaining on the calendar in the presidential race. One group of voters expected to make a big impact at the ballot box are women. Historically since 1980, females have outnumbered and outvoted their male counterparts in every presidential election cutting across race, ethnic and generational groups
Over the last few months, Sanders has incorporated a great deal about race into his stump speech. His discussion of racism in America is abstract—it deals with arrest rates and incarceration figures, wealth gaps and unemployment rates. Though Clinton is often described as a policy wonk and derided for her (very real) failures as a retail politician, she has cleverly chosen to focus more on concrete and personal stories as a means of addressing race, a strategy that was on display in the Palmetto State this week.
For weeks, Sanders and Clinton and their allies have tussled over who is the genuine progressive, whose policies are more feminist and who can make the most meaningful difference in black Americans’ lives. So far, as the primary has shifted from majority white states to more diverse ones, the feminist mantle and the black vote have been talked about as if they are separate silos. “An emphasis on not only black women, but black feminists, is long overdue,” said Lori Adelman, co-executive director of Feministing. “So often, black women’s support is taken for granted.”
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seeking to appeal to their core constituencies — she to women and he to young people — as they seek votes from African-Americans in South Carolina. The divide was on vivid display Monday afternoon at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church here, as five mothers in the Black Lives Matter movement spoke powerfully about their support for Mrs. Clinton – including one who had some words for her granddaughter, who is backing Mr. Sanders.
Nia Malika-Henderson and Jeff Zeleny, CNN – February 8, 2016
As Hillary Clinton seeks to break that “highest, hardest glass ceiling,” she is finding that — at least in this state — women voters aren’t so eager to help her shatter it. And it’s not just young women. At rallies across New Hampshire, women from every generation have flocked to Bernie Sanders’ events.
Janell Ross, The Washington Post – February 8, 2016
Sanders’s pitch to women is largely about young white women whose primary political concerns may include things such as college debt load and costs. These are legitimate issues that the Sanders campaign has long put front-and-center in its platform and campaign appeals. But Clinton has put different issues or different frames on issues that have helped her do well with women of color — across the age spectrum.
Hillary Clinton, looking ahead to the South Carolina primary, is strategically mobilizing black voters during a critical stretch in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that more than 170 prominent African American women leaders have endorsed the former Secretary of State in her bid to become the nation’s first female president.