I’m not going to beat around the bush: I do not want another old white man as my president. And Joe Biden is just too damn old.
Before you call me a racist or an ageist, hear me out.
Biden is 76 years old. He has a wealth of experience — he was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and has been in politics ever since.
He was a great Vice President to President Barack Obama and has done some good for the country, there’s no denying that.
But your perspective is built on your position in life — your race, age, gender, sexuality, ability, and socioeconomic status. Your experiences inform your decisions and your opinions.
You can learn as much as possible, you can become as woke as possible, but your identity will always be the basis of who you are and what you think.
We need someone with a different perspective, with different life experiences than our current representatives. Because what we currently have just isn’t working.
There are some amazing people out there running for office with fresh, new ideas on how to run things. They haven’t become jaded by the political system. I don’t think that Biden is jaded, per se. But I do think he’s too ingrained in the system to think outside the box.
And there’s another, very obvious issue, with Joe Biden that we cannot ignore: his mishandling of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991. At the time, Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He refused to let witnesses and his colleagues testify, claimed the FBI findings were only a “he said she said” and inconclusive, and overall handled the entire situation wrongly.
You can accuse me of holding a grudge, but what Biden did affected Anita Hill for the rest of her life. So why, 27 years later, shouldn’t it affect his?
You can also say, “oh, but that was a different time!” Well, yeah, that’s kind of the point. Biden was raised in a different time. He was a white teenager in the late 1950s, early 1960s.
Listen, I don’t “hate all white men.” My grandfather is an old white man and he’s a total badass. He’s completely up-to-date on politics and pop culture — he even read Lindy West’s Shrill before I did. But that doesn’t mean I want him to be president.
What I want is fresh blood, fresh energy, and fresh perspectives. And that’s something that dear old Joe just can’t offer me.
READ THIS NEXT
Photo: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.