Its only about 20 years ago that it was practically unheard of that someone who announced his candidacy for the president of the United States would be anyone other than a White male. However, today not only do we have two African-Americans seeking the nomination one male: Corey Booker and one female Kamala Harris, the field consists of four women: Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris. Furthermore, there is also one Latino male: Julian Castro who has also announced his candidacy. Yes, to quote Bob Dylan: “The Times, They Are A Changing.”
Nevertheless, today with the racially divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump and the country largely divided, and even as Trump succeeded the first African-American President, Barrack Hussein Obama; I question the progress we have made regarding equality and justice for all. Ultimately, although I remain optimistic, I wonder if electing another minority or a woman might still be out of reach.
On the other hand, while there has been speculation that elements surrounding Russian interference contributed to Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, part of the loss was largely because America was not ready for a female president. But although this might have been so at that time, woman were so put off by Donald Trump that thousands, possibly largely democrats took to the streets in the march on Washington in early 2017, to show their solidarity and outrage at Trump’s election. This march of outrage and the Me Too Movement have made a statement, and because of this I am optimistic that 2020 might be the year a woman gets elected POTUS. I am hoping that in spite of the stench of our political climate right now, and our cowardice in the past regarding the election of a woman as POTUS, that this time America will send another woman to ‘beat’ Donald Trump in the up coming election.