Appeals for preferential treatment on the basis of race or sex undercut the progress made by the civil rights movement. America has made substantial progress toward the creation of a color blind society. The advances in the area of women's rights have been dramatic. While we have not altogether eliminated discrimination on the basis of race or sex, Americans have made great strides. We will not end discrimination by advocating reverse discrimination. Imagine the howls of indignation that would rightly arise if a candidate advocated that he be elected because he was white and male.
Americans have done well in paving the way for a woman and an African-American to run for president. They will do better by ignoring the race and gender of the candidates and judging all of the presidential hopefuls on the basis of the content of their character and their qualifications to serve.