This article blew my mind, if it is true, I have lost any respect for Obama. He should be proud of his multi-race. Isn't the census supposed to be done accurately? Opinions?
It’s official: Obama is black President checks black, not black and white, on census form
msnbc.com updated 5:01 a.m. ET, Sat., April 3, 2010 He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama gave only one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African-American.
The White House confirmed Friday that Obama did not check multiple boxes on his U.S. Census form, or choose the option that allows him to elaborate on his racial heritage. He ticked the box that says "Black, African Am., or Negro."
Obama filled out the form on Monday, supplying information for himself, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as for Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, who lives with the family in the White House.
For Obama, whose mother Ann Dunham, a white woman from Kansas, married his father, Kenyan native Barack Obama Sr., the question of his racial identity has been a lifelong struggle. His first memoir, "Dreams From My Father," is an account of a difficult journey of discovery.
Obama the community activist and then politician always self-identified as African-American, and he now wears the mantle of America's first black president with pride.
On a visit to Ghana last year, he took his wife and daughters to see Gold Coast Castle, the one-time slave trading depot from which thousands of Africans were sent in shackles to a life of toil in the New World. The First Lady is descended from a South Carolina slave.
'Half-white guy?' The president's multiracial heritage has been a subject for oceans of commentary in America and around the world. But it's also been a cause for teasing, and even satire.
"The first black president!" exclaimed comedian Wanda Sykes at a dinner last year of the White House Correspondents' Association.
"I'm proud to be able to say that. That's unless you screw up. And then it's going to be, 'What's up with the half-white guy?'"
I'm surprised that MSNBC would report anything about the POTUS that's the least bit negative, and they gave this a negative spin.
I don't remember - is there even a box on the census for "mixed race"? I don't think this is a big deal, but I'm sure some will see it that way. I don't care if he's purple - I'm more interested in the type of leader he is.
It is not a matter of what race he is. He is the leader of this country. He sets an example for all. If he cannot be proud of who he is, then what message does that send to the rest of the country. Especially others of mixed race.
pack it's because he is a communist ,socialist,christian,muslim ,shape shifting,left-handed,evil, anti-christ that wore tennis shoes sometimes, and they always put african american on their census forms, because their baaadd and not human!it's standard.
hey sab oh if you read the thread then you will see exactly why i wrote it. and why do you hide behind that mask. and how did you see me over there were you there too? look sab my "opinion" is not going to be like yours and vice versa. if thats what you want then you are in the wrong place and if anger strikes you everytime you meet an opposing view, then you will be mad the rest of your life. i thought that was the fun of this place!the sparring!
But isn't race socially constructed? It is what you identify with/as. Or what people see you as. What do you think Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, Ann Curry, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, or Dwayne Johnson put?
It doesn't matter. Race is a stupid question to ask anyways. I suppose I understand why it is asked, but still a dumb question.
"So who came up with the terms "white" or "black" or "African American"?"
Who came up with the terms "apple" or "desk" or "purple"? They're words. Pretending that race doesn't exist solves exactly nothing at all. It's beyond childish to imagine that ignoring words that describe different races will solve even one racial problem. Would MLK or Malcolm X say they were black or would they say they were not because there is no such thing as 'black'?
I'm not gonna sit here and say that it isn't important to recognize that we are all different and to acknowledge our heritage and cultures. But race is a little different.
The reason why I asked about the words is because race is based on how others see you and on how you see yourself. Maybe which "race" you identify yourself more with. It is just up to the person if they want to identify with the skin color or the heritage. Most people just see skin color, and thats pretty dumb. So most people just identify with skin color.
I will try to make it simple, if you own 51% of your company you are the majority owner, this basically means you have more stock then the others do, right. Now Obama might have a majority of African American, due to family bloodlines so he goes with that, and what is really crazy about this is, it is the Presidents choice, it does not affect me, I have no problem with it. However people look for reasons for the President to fail, and who really cares he is the President, voted in by the people, and does anyone really think that if something was not right with him they would of did something about it before the election, and if they didn't that would mean that the Democrats and Republicans, wanted Obama to be our President, and that would change what everyone thinks about Health Care. Think about that.
Please do not think that I am making fun, I am just giving my thought. with respect always
What you find to be cute in your sign I find to be sarcastic with a racial undertone; I am not sure who you are directing your meaning towards, or maybe I am reading it wrong, but I will respect your thoughts and what you have to say.
I do not pretend anything my friend, it is not always about race, it is about morals, which I have , and yes I did vote for Obama and proud of it, so please try not to judge every book by its cover, like so many people do. with respect
Well, the fraternity I belonged to in college had in its national constitution or bylaws something known as "the clause" which prohibited any one from joining who had 1/8 or more Negro or Jewish ancestry. For many years the chapter I belonged to introduced a motion at the national meeting to delete "the clause." Finally, in the 1960s it was deleted from my fraternity's constitution and that of others as universities threatened that they would be banned if they didn't stop discriminating. (I'm ashamed of the fact that I joined the organization.)
I am mixed race (half white, half Asian) and would personally choose to check the box "mixed race" if it were available. Last time I had to fill out a form where they ask about race, I put Asian/Pacific Islander because I feel (and look) more Asian than I do white (strictly racially speaking because I am a proud US citizen). I don't remember having the option of checking more than one box, but if that were an option, I would have checked one box for white and one box for Asian.
I don't know why Obama chose to only check Black. I guess he only identifies with his Black ancestry? It doesn't really matter to me, though. There are many, many other things to not like about him!
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