Should The Race Talk Have Been A Gender Talk Too?

Pretty interesting discussion going on over at Feministing. Some folks are arguing that Obama should have tackled gender issues also. That point springs from Wright's argument that Hillary had not been called a nigger. A lot of folks took umbrage with that, because they saw it as another entry in the Oppression Olympics. I can see that. Though to say that someone has never experienced racism, isn't the same as saying sexism doesn't exist.

More to the point, I think it would have been a bad idea for Barack to have included gender in the discussion. The case he was making was complicated enough. Too complicated, according to some folks. I don't subscribe to that school of thought, but I just don't know why you have to tie in gender at this point. If Barack was addressing homophobia, I wouldn't expect him to address Affirmative Action also. Still, it's a good convo. Go over and get some. Knowledge, that is.