Voters should not be stereotyped in election results

Tiffany Kelly

Tuesday marked the first primary election which held both a front-running woman and African-American candidate, who each have a high chance of becoming the next president. While everyone seems to be over this fact, politicians are now moving onto the demographics of the voters. Every news station and print publication I have read post-Tuesday are focusing on Latino/a voters. It seems that candidates are trying to persuade and then claim each race as they campaign.

Hillary Clinton is reported to have won the majority of the vote in democratic states like New York and California because she won the support among Latino/a voters. Obama is said to have support of the male population in most ethnicities.

Besides race, the media has been reporting on age demographics among voters. Obama is said to have captured support from those 29 and under, while those that were young during President Bill Clinton’s term are said to be supporters of Hillary.

Why are votes for a minority and a woman being stereotyped? Media is reporting the different support of different races by grouping them all in one category. We should not group races together by invisible lassos. By doing this, we are basically saying that everyone that is a certain race will vote a certain way, based solely on their race. I have never seen so many news stations and publications be so bluntly stereotypical and racist.

I did not vote for my candidate on Tuesday based on their race, or my race. I voted for the candidate that I thought should be the leader of our country. Race or gender had nothing to do with it. Though it is hard to predict what my thoughts will be in the future, I also believe that if I were older than I currently am, I would have still picked the same candidate. My choice, like other voters, was based on my vision in what a leader is supposed to be like. External factors did not ever enter my mind, and never will.