ok white guys the long version:
Identity Crisis For White Men
By Crispin Sartwell
Black women face a profound choice of identities in the contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Do they keep faith with their gender or their race? During the beauty-shop interview, you're not a real woman if you don't vote for Hillary; and you're not black enough if you don't vote for Barack. It's like being drawn and bifurcated.
What's more rarely appreciated is that we white guys face precisely the same existential crisis around the inverse question: whom do we oppose? Do we go with our sexism (and reject Hillary), or do we go with our racism (and ditch Obama)? If you vote for Hillary, you're not a real man. If you vote for Barack, you're not white enough.
Where, in short, does our fundamental loyalty lie, to our gender or our race?
Here's how my demographic in small-town Pennsylvania are thinking about this profound dilemma, in which the political becomes all-too personal. We ask ourselves:
To which group of incomprehensible Others do we owe more of our economic/social/political privilege? From which have we drawn greater profit and prestige: the exploitation of black people, or (e.g.) the unpaid homemaking labor of women? It is, of course, a matter of honor that our wealth, such as it is, is built on a heritage of slavery and sexual slavery, i.e. marriage. We kicked your ass!
No demographic segment can be expected to vote against its own interest, so it is axiomatic that we white men should fight to preserve the more profitable of our oppressions. I wish there were reliable statistics on this matter.
Perhaps more to the point, who, black men or women in general, do we ultimately regard with more condescension, or dismiss as more parochial, ignorant, and concerned with trivial and reprehensible matters?
Which do we regard with more derision and contempt: women or black men?
Whom do we loathe more?
I personally have a bigger gripe with women. But perhaps that's just because I don't hang around with black men.
Who fills us most fully with an almost supernatural quasi-Freudian phobic fear? This would be an easy question of there were an (openly) gay candidate. But no.
Our dilemma is made even harder to come to grips with because both our racism and our sexism are entirely unconscious; this whole electoral dynamic happens only in the deep interminable sub-conscious of the beer-swilling male American. Yet it is likely to determine the future of America.
We wish black folks and women well, but the prospect that we'd be ruled by them is, obviously, absurd. And devastating.
Crispin Sartwell is Director of Polling at crispinsartwell.com.