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Quote of the day, “Obama’s blackness” edition

Yeah, I’m gonna go there:

The story of Barack Obama’s rise is familiar enough not to warrant repeating. What is unusual about Remnick’s version is that he tells it through the lens of race. As an American boy growing up in Indonesia and Hawaii in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, Obama was in a confusing position. He looked black, but he didn’t know any blacks. He was descended from slave owners but not from slaves. Most disorientingly, Hawaii—where he was brought up by his white grandparents—lacked even those lingering remnants of racism, the exposure and expunging of which was, by the 1970s, the main preoccupation of the burgeoning establishment that had grown out of the civil rights movement.

In a way that strikes Remnick as both “touching” and “awkward,” Obama began “giving himself instruction on how to be black.” He wrote letters to his father that went unanswered. He sought out military servicemen to play basketball with, in hopes of learning their slang. In college, Obama read deeply in black literature and history. He gravitated towards community organizing in poor black neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. At law school he took a lot of classes in civil rights law, and then spurned a lucrative career track to take up civil rights work at Davis, Miner, which Remnick calls “a classic liberal ‘good-guy’ firm.” As a lecturer at the University of Chicago, he taught a course (by all accounts superb) called Current Issues in Racism and the Law. He sought out as a mentor the fiery advocate of “black-liberation theology,” Jeremiah Wright.

As Maetenloch puts it:

He was born only half black, didn’t grow up in a black family, and didn’t really know any black people until he was nearly an adult, yet now he’s considered the epitome of the successful American black man. This was not an accidental transformation.

Yet 53% of the American public were duped, especially the 95%+ of black Americans who voted for him, thinking “He’s one of us.  He gets us!”  I have never understood why skin pigmentation had anything to do with fitness for public office in any capacity.


January 7, 2011 - Posted by | bigotry, Obama

1 Comment »

  1. I’m black and I never give blind loyalty to people based on skin color. There are some black folks I’ll never support because they perpetuate misogynistic views about black women. I happen to believe life begins at conception so I’ll never support anyone like Obama point blank.
    Some black people are mean as all get out towards blacks who embrace their individuality.

    Comment by SojournerLove | January 8, 2011

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