The current political arena is new to most Americans, at least according to the media… I keep hearing how Obama has made history as being the first Black Presidential candidate. Again I emphasize that Obama is also half white.
Obama keeps trying to say that it is not about race, his camp attacks anyone that brings up his race, however he is completely reliant upon his race, the black part, if he is to stay in this election. If he were to come out and identify himself as a white man he would surely loose the prized Black vote he has worked so hard to garner. Look back to January when political pundits questioned if he was black enough to get the black vote…
Obama’s story in this election reminds me of an old joke…
A zebra dies and goes to heaven, he makes his way through the pearly gates, and he soon runs into Gabriel. The angel turns to the zebra and says welcome to heaven. “Thank you says the zebra but I have one question for you. Am I white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?” The angel ponders this for a moment, then replies “I am sorry, but I cannot answer this, you must take the question to god himself.”
The zebra sets out to talk to god. When the zebra arrives before god, he has a troubled look upon his face, and as such god asks “What is troubling you my child” to which the zebra replied “am I white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?” God leans back and thinks about this for a few minutes, and then leans forward and says “My child, you are what you are.”
The zebra didn’t find this answer to be enough, and leaves disappointed and runs into Gabriel again. The angel asks the zebra what god said, and the zebra fills him in. The angel thinks about it for a moment, then turned back to the zebra and said, “well your obviously white, cause if you were black he would have said ‘you is what you is’ “
All joking aside, CNN has an article that lays it out pretty clearly…
The 2000 U.S. Census was the first time Americans were allowed to identify themselves as “multiracial,” and more than six million people checked more than one box in the race and ethnicity category.
Included in the multiracial category is the Democratic presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama. With a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, Obama is the nation’s first biracial candidate for president. The media, however, have continually called Obama the nation’s first major party “black candidate,” saying he could make history as the first “black president.” But is that accurate?
For me, that said it all.
There are some who point out Obama is just as white as he is black. He may be the nation’s first black president, but he would also be the nation’s 44th white president.
“He can’t say, ‘I’m a white guy named Barack Hussein Obama,’ nobody’s going to buy that,” says cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis. “We’re not ready for that.”
This is an issue that has sparked debate not only in our newsroom, but also among my friends and family. Most Americans see Obama as a black man, and he identifies himself as a black man. But there are some who will argue that by labeling Obama as a “black candidate,” we are all ignoring a vital and legitimate side of his life.
I spoke with a group of young professionals who are part of a biracial support group called Swirl. Swirl was started by a woman named Jen Chau whose father is Chinese and mother is white. Chau says this debate over Obama’s racial identity is very familiar and she’s been dealing with this issue her whole life.
Chau identifies herself as a mixed-race person as do the other members of Swirl we spoke with. Lynda Turet says she could never identify herself as a white person in America because she is also half-Filipina. Both women support Obama’s choice to identify himself as a black candidate, but they also understand why he emphasizes his white roots.
David Mendell, author of “Obama: From Promise to Power” says there’s an idea of a “post-racial” candidate, a candidate who transcends the labels of race to appeal to all races. He says though most Americans view Obama as black, he has been able to use his own experiences to appeal to both black and white audiences and that has translated into political success.
This is a debate that will continue as we watch the presidential race. It seems with an issue like this there’s no right or wrong answer. As Michaela Angela Davis says, it’s a step in the right direction that we are even having this discussion as all.
And Obama Who? brings out some interesting facts from Obama himself regarding his race and where his allegances are...
‘I will stand with the (Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.’ Quote by Obama: From Audacity of Hope. Once again he back tracks on what he says as it is not what he means in this new Republican attack ad
This is Memorial Day weekend where we honor those who have fought for us and died in the wars. This is how Obama treats Vets:
Yet he had the nerve to stand on the Senate floor and attack John McCain for his treatments of Vets? Obama was way out of line here with this one. McCain is a true American Hero who took a trip to Hades and back in Vietnam and Obama doesn’t know the first thing about war let alone about our troops.
By Obama from Dreams of My Father: ‘I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela.’
I watch him out on the campaign trail and I think. I hear the words of his wife and have read the racist and hate filled thesis that she wrote. I heard her anti American words and it amazes me that a single person would stand behind this man who is truly a racist and Anti-American. In his books, if you can stand to read them, BO shows his loyalty to other nations and states plainly his racist attitudes. In his own words:
From Dreams of My Father: ‘I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.’
From Dreams of My Father: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.’
From Dreams of My Father: ‘There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.’
From Dreams of My Father: ; ‘It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.’
Let’s hear it again, taking snippets and out of context. The thing is why are there so many snippets to take? Barack Hussein Obama is who he is. He has said what he has said, he has written what he has written and his name is his name so why does he react violently when people address what he himself has stated or use his proper name? He says it is a scare tactic for people to use his name? Why, he chose it, he had his name changed from Barry to Barack so if he was ashamed of his name then why not have his middle name changed to meow or something? So Obama’s name is frightening? Actually there is a lot more about Obama that is frighten. I honestly believe with how under experienced Obama is that the following video has a lot of merit. Many people fear Obama in his stupidity with foreign affairs could land us into World War 3 or cause a civil war in the US. As they call for riots in Denver has Obama ever once said there will be NO riots?
Paul F. Villarreal
Still more troubling is the wife of Obama, Michelle. NoQuarter ask, who is she and what message will she bring? I’m asking if Barrack is elected then who is actually going to be running the White House. Everyone know Obama can’t make a move without Michelle’s approval so who will actually be making the decisions that affect our country? Maybe we will know more when the tape of her ranting about “whitey” comes out from the republicans in October.
These are not small issues to consider, these are major issues. This is not about how a person looks it is not about how they talk or how well they can/can’t give a speech. This is about our future and the future of our children in America. Can one person destroy a country? Look at the last 8 years for the answers to this one. Obama has nothing to offer but a bunch of things he copied from Hillary and changed a few lines on. The price of oil is sky high and going up so will it be like they say in the bible “people will not be able to buy or sell a loaf of bread” Some heavy things to think about…