The 21st century is a time of change, defying old rules, and exploring new opportunities. Just a few months ago, gay marriage was finally legalized in the United States of America. Marijuana will soon be legalized in Canada. Radical changes are being made, and previous minorities in the sectors of race, religion, colour, and a variety of other categories, are being rightfully accepted. The question to be asked is, “what are the factors that help one win presidency, and is it fair?”.
What we always pretend to make the largest majority of our decisions in an election on are the policies. How will you help me? How will you help our country? But does a candidate being a minority help influence our vote in such a way that we want to vote for that minority in the thought that we may otherwise be considered “racist” or “______phobic”?
In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States of America. Although a lot of the news was typical…”New president, this is how much he won by, and so on”, a large focus was on the fact that he was African-American. Why mention such a fact if it wasn’t important to the outcome of the election? This gives us insight into the fact that minorities can use things previously thought of as disadvantages to their advantage in politics. It could be said that Obama was an average to above average president of the United States of America, so the debate doesn’t lie within the quality of his service of presidency. However, either Obama’s campaign was genius, or people decided to vote for the minority, ignorant of policies, just looking to show that they are “new”, “changed”, and “not racist”. The minority-advantage concept pertains directly to present day with Hillary Clinton.
It’s hard to argue that women’s rights internationally haven’t been an issue in the past. Unfair male dominance and power-presenting gender roles have greatly influenced this. However, as society has advanced, in certain areas like Canada and the United States of America, feminism has become a huge thing. What many suspect is that Clinton will gain the votes of many feminists, portraying herself as an advocate for women’s rights. However, will Clinton really have a chance at winning because of policies pertaining to the equality of women, or will it simply be due to the fact that she is a woman, and would then be the first female president of the United States of America? In this sector relating to minority advantages, she certainly stands out more than someone like the typical rich, white male candidate like Donald Trump.
The question is, will the United States of America vote on policies or on the basis that by electing a minority. We can make all the guesses that we want, but only the final election outcome will tell us the truth.