Opinion

Politics and sexism

Q. The primaries for the Democratic nomination for president are over. But many of Hillary Clinton's supporters think she should have been the nominee. They say she has been the victim of sexism. What do you think?

Sean Keady, 11, Sandy Ridge Elementary, Waxhaw: Hillary has been given unfair treatment by the media. Time magazine declared Obama the nominee on May 6, weeks before Obama secured the nomination. The media let his former pastor's anti-American comments slide. The media should only give us the facts, not take sides. I hope that in the future, the media will stop taking sides. It was not sexism that lost Hillary the nomination, it was the media.

Mary Lyle, 14, home-schooled, Charlotte: Hillary Clinton is not a victim of sexism. The media have carefully abstained from comments about race or sex. I think the democratic voters just don't think Hillary's the best person to be their candidate. Sexism and racism have been problems in our country but we have tried to live up to the promises made in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. These issues are much less of a problem than they were in the 20th century but we can still become better at not discriminating against people.

Khevna Desai, 15, School of Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science @ Olympic High, Charlotte: If Obama has enough votes and he won, then he won. That is not an issue of sexism, her supporters need to understand that she didn't win the amount of delegates needed. I believe the media have tried to attack her because she is a female. Gender discrimination is still a problem in society today. Men may get higher paying jobs then women. In today's society we still believe that women can only do certain jobs like nurses, or secretaries and men can only do certain jobs like running for president. It is the 21st century! Women can do anything that men can. Sexism and racism are both equally big problems in society.

Robert Peele, 15, homeschooled, Charlotte: It's possible that Hillary Clinton lost due to sexism. But if so, what should be done? Surely, the nomination should not be handed to her simply due to her gender – that would be far more unfair than the injustice initially claimed. So then, should the election be held again? No doubt the voters will simply repeat their original ballots. Or should each vote be analyzed for possible bias and discrimination?

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