Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Two Things

It's always bothered me a bit that President Obama is referred to as a black man, for the simple fact that it's inaccurate. He has one black parent, one white (and was raised and socialized by whites). I also think that by rushing to call him the first black president, rather than the first biracial president, we miss out on the true significance of his race, put so eloquently by my favorite blowhard Kanye West in last week's VH1 storytellers:

"In a country full of immigrants, where no one really was born here, but separated here; it's a beautiful thing that in a country that was so divided by the concept of black and white we now have a black and white president. And this is what the future is to me. The juxtaposition of two things that you don't think go together."

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