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View Poll Results: In your opinion, what is President Obama's race?
White 4 1.73%
Black 59 25.54%
Multiracial 142 61.47%
I don't believe in "race" 26 11.26%
Voters: 231. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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It's all about the politics of race. If you were Barack Obama and you had the prospect of being referred to as the "First Black President," would you even bring white into the conversation? Of course not. That's why he wrote extensively about his background.....so he could rightfully say he has broached the topic in his books and thus had little need to say it out loud on the campaign trail where the notion of a "First Black President" was Golden Political Capital.
Kind of like Rand Paul saying he supports changing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amemdment has poltiical capital, or him not being in favor of the certain parts of the Civil Rights Act has political capital with a certain segement of the population.

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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He calls himself Black because that's what this country demands of folk with one drop of black blood.

If the same criteria was used for the majority of Black Folk in this country most would be multi-racial.

Many White Folk would also be reclassified as Black or multi-racial.

Why don't more whites admit to being multi-racial or Black, their DNA would support that fact and according to some on this board there's no such thing as racism; or blacks get all the breaks.

Why don't more whites admit they have Black blood in them??


While defining race is controversial,[1] race remains a commonly used term for categorization. Insofar as race is defined differently in different cultures, perceptions of multiraciality will naturally be subjective.
According to U.S. sociologist Troy Duster and ethicist Pilar Ossorio:
Some percentage of people who look white will possess genetic markers indicating that a significant majority of their recent ancestors were African. Some percentage of people who look black will possess genetic markers indicating the majority of their recent ancestors were European.[2]

The elephant in the room the most White Americans will never talk about is that being White carries a certain measure of social, poltical and economic privilege in this country. Historically for a White American to admit he or she had a Black person in their lineage would deny them those privileges. It's been that why since this country was created. It just now starting to change but in many ways it still exists. White Americans KNOW that publically claiming any part of their heritage or lineage as being Black WOULD DENY THEM THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PRIVILEGES THAT COME WITH BEING IDENTIFIED AS A WHITE AMERICAN.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Well his skin is black so that might have something to do with it. Many multiracial people identify with the race they look like. Also you have the whole thing in how they were viewed by society as a whole. Those with one white parent and one black parent were often viewed by society as a whole as being black, and also they were generally even considered that by the government.
Many multi-racial people identify with THE RACE or CULTURE THEY FEEL MOST COMFORTABLE WITH.

The reality is because race tends to be such a polarizing and defining issue in this country in terms of how a person is perceived mixed-race people face a variety of dilemmas. In many cases a mixed race person may feel rejected by one group or another they belong to. In some instance a mixed race person may just feel more comfortable with one culture or another and chose to identify with that particular culture. What I see more and more mixed race people do is not taking any particular side and embracing the fact they are mixed race no matter what society tries to dictate to them.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Question Why doesn't President Obama acknowledge that he's half-white or multiracial?

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Race; census; Obama: Black and more so - latimes.com

The article quoted a political science professor who said that Obama identifies as black for political reasons. If he had called himself multiracial in Chicago, he never would have had a political career.

Why don't you acknowledge that it doesn't matter?
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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Interesting how some folks like to point out that Obama is half-White. What ever happened to that whole "one drop rule" ? I guess it doesn't count if that person becomes a success. If Obama was some bum on the corner, I guess he'd be Black?

Bottom line: Some biracial people identify more with their Black side for whatever reason. How Obama chooses to self-identify is his personal decision. Stop over-analyzing everything.
Plus who would believe him if he had said that he was white?
People in this country are physically race conscience, in otherwords you cannot claim to be something that you don't look like without some controversely
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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I think that it is funny, that folks are trying to make an issue out of something that was created through the racism of this country (one drop rule), and blacks (like everyone else) would have voted for ANYONE that was not like bush. Come to think of it why should whites care if for once the blacks and other poeple of color came together and voted in unison.......That is what is scary is'nt?
For the first time people of color came together against a common cause (to get rid of the bush elite) could that have meant that the BS of racial division pushed by so many might possibly come to an end?
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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This thread is yet another example of the (White) American obsession with "Blackness". These same questions are never asked about people who are half Hispanic, half Asian or half Native American EVER. Yet somehow the fact that people are walking around America who happen to be the offspring of relations between people of African and European descent drives some (White) folks "crazy".
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Who cares what he is? we need to stop seeing color as well as orientation. Study their character, their acts and what they accomplish not a reflection.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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The majority of those who voted for the first time saw no reason to vote before... its one thing to talk about understanding the struggle of minorities and its another to have been through it. I foresee a barrage of folk replying that Obama "never went through a struggle" because he had a white mom and went to private school. The reality is, no matter how rich you are the first thing people will see about you is that you're black. They'll always see you as a pig dressed in a tux regardless if the label is Armani... then they'll probably think you stole it. When you're black, you're guilty until proven innocent. That's a struggle no white political candidate will ever understand until they live it.

You're heart seems to be filled with bitterness and unforgiveness; the thing is, in the long run, that's only hurting you. People are people, regardless of skin color, all are broken and fallen and in need of forgiveness and a savior. Whatever is causing your hurt, I hope you deal with it. God bless.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I think that it is funny, that folks are trying to make an issue out of something that was created through the racism of this country (one drop rule), and blacks (like everyone else) would have voted for ANYONE that was not like bush. Come to think of it why should whites care if for once the blacks and other poeple of color came together and voted in unison.......That is what is scary is'nt?
For the first time people of color came together against a common cause (to get rid of the bush elite) could that have meant that the BS of racial division pushed by so many might possibly come to an end?

So you concede that many voted for him simply due to the color of his skin? And you're okay with that?
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