Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He’s White?

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

“President Obama embodies and embraces tough questions about race like few others. His ever-evolving racial identity questions the construction of the color line.

Wouldn’t it be real progress to admit that an increasing number of people who identify with monoracial identities like black and white might also be mixed?”

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Obama Has Ties to Slavery Not by His Father but His Mother, Research Suggests | Mixed Race Studies

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“WASHINGTON — President Obama’s biography — son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — has long suggested that unlike most African-Americans, his roots did not include slavery.

Now a team of genealogists is upending that thinking, saying that Mr. Obama’s mother had, in addition to her European ancestors, at least one African forebear and that the president is most likely descended from one of the first documented African slaves in the United States.”

“The company said records suggested that Mr. Punch fathered children with a white woman, who passed her free status on to those children, giving rise to a family of a slightly different name, the Bunches, that ultimately spawned Mr. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham…”

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The Emotional Tug of Obama

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“David Axelrod, one of the chief architects of Obama’s political career, told Calmes: “It doesn’t take a big leap to think that child could be thinking, ‘Maybe I could be here someday.’ This can be such a cynical business, and then there are moments like that that just remind you that it’s worth it.”

 

Axelrod’s words, meanwhile, are a reminder that more than three and a half years after Obama made history as the first black man elected to the presidency, he still presents more than a résumé and an agenda. He still personifies the hope, to borrow a noun that he has used, that we really might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want. His own saga taps into the larger story of this country’s fitful, unfinished progress toward its stated ideal of equal opportunity.”
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When a Boy Found a Familiar Feel in a Pat of the Head of State

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“WASHINGTON — For decades at the White House, photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot. But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.”

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The Multiracial Advocacy Blog: Walking While Black

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

 “When President Obama came into office, he said he self-identifies as black. That is his right, his choice, and he has that option. What bothers me is the reason he gives for choosing to be black—because that is how people see him. Yes, it makes me feel less comfortable with a world leader who is so easily swayed by what other people think.” -Susan

 

“I find it quite acceptable that as a world leader, President Obama is swayed by what other people think. We live in a democracy.” -Steven F. Riley

Via projectrace.blogspot.fr

A First Family Christmas

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“Check out how the first family gets down for Christmas in the White House.  Sasha and Malia hanging out with some adorable elves.”
Via mymixedlifeatl.com

When It Counts—More On Obama and the Census

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“When it counts, stand up for the people who need you. Based on his experiences, Obama judged this was the time to count as an African American.”
Via www.mixedracestudies.org

Barack Obama 1991 TBS Black History Minute

Via Scoop.itCommunity Village World History

A TBS Black History minute from 1991. Featuring future President Barack Obama.
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