>Voting for Obama because he’s black? Voting for Clinton because she’s a woman?

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I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard a few people point out why they were supporting Sen. Obama. Among the reasons, some of the callers said they felt the need to support him because he’s black.

Several proclaimed (white) feminists have voiced their support for Sen. Clinton because, foremost, she’s a woman.

For the Obama supporters: Do you feel an “obligation” (conscious or subconscious) to support Obama because he’s black?

For the Clinton supporters: Do you feel an “obligation” (conscious or subconscious) to support Clinton because she’s a woman?

Why has this race-gender divide become so prominent in media coverage and in our political discourse? Does it make for a good story (and ratings)? Or is the focus a reflection of what voters are feeling?

Are you feeling the pressure to choose a “side?” Have you experience scolding from fellow (white or black) women or blacks (men or women) because you aren’t choosing the “right” side?