Humans of New York maintains a Facebook page where photos are posted of everyday people with their stories. September 8, 2016 saw a photo posted of Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton. What was interesting was the comments were extremely sympathetic to a story that explains Hillary’s personality in a way that we haven’t looked at it before.
The photo is a picture of Hillary sitting down in a chair, nothing unusual. The comment description is what makes it so fascinating.
Hillary was taking the LSAT, which serves as a Law School admissions test of sorts. She took the test in a room where the test proctor was gone and the other men there harassed her. They were chastising her to do badly on the test.
‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions.
Hillary has had a very difficult time portraying her likability to America. It’s interesting to consider the explanation that she provides, that she emotionally shut herself down in some ways so as to deal with sexism and stumbling blocks throughout her life.
[S]ometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.
The comments on the Facebook photo show that people can empathize with what Hillary is talking about.