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Barack Obama is not black!!!



January 20, 2009 – Comments (30)

I am so sick and tired of news outlets and correspondents referring to Barack Obama as 'black' or African-American. It is completely irresponsible to refer to him this way. The thing that I find funny is that it's being hailed as a historic triumph by US media sources — the first black president in the history of the United States — and Barack Obama isn't black.His mother was white!!!! He is bi-racial! It's ridiculous to call Barack Obama black (or Negro) when he's only half black, but it's a common occurrence in the US where racial quotas have been instituted over the years. The truth is that he's no more black than he is white.

For those of you who read the title of this article and skipped to the end (right here), I'll repeat the gist of the message: Barack Obama isn't black. His mother is white and his father is black. The election is a victory for people who aren't completely white, but it's not a victory for people who are completely black.

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#1) On January 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM, StuckBroker (70.85) wrote:

This is a white perspective.  His skin is black. His entire life he has been treated by society as a black man.  The entire African slave race was diluted with white semen.  There is no such thing as a totally black man, unless he was an African immigrant, in which case he would not be eligible to become president. So your point, while technically correct, has no utility and is nothing new to the American public as his mixed race parents are common knowledge. 

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#2) On January 20, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Harold71 (20.05) wrote:

Meet Barack Obama.  The World's Whitest Black Man.

It's just one guy's commentary that I find kinda amusing/interesting.

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#3) On January 20, 2009 at 2:41 PM, cbwang888 (25.39) wrote:

He looks and was treated as black. That is what matters.

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#4) On January 20, 2009 at 2:49 PM, blake303 (28.49) wrote:

"it's not a victory for people who are completely black."

Yes it is. Whether or not you like Obama or not, it is a victory for anyone that believes in equality. His election is evidence that many people in this country have moved beyond racism and intolerance. Unless you believe that his skin color has an effect on his ability to run the country, which would make you racist, why do you care?

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#5) On January 20, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Seano67 (23.42) wrote:

His race is irrelevant to me. Be he referred to as being black, white, mulatto, mixed-race, who cares? His race is simply not part of the equation, and Obama (to his great credit) throughout his entire campaign consciously chose not to make race an issue, realizing how divisive it can be and how beside the point it ultimately is.

 The election is a victory for people who aren't completely white, but it's not a victory for people who are completely black.

 Well hopefully it'll be a victory for all of us as Americans, eh? The bottom-line, we're all brothers, and we are all in this fight together.  

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#6) On January 20, 2009 at 4:13 PM, outoffocus (22.87) wrote:

Stuckbroker is right.  You'll be hard pressed to find an african american in this country that is purely black.  I would bet that at least 90% of us are mixed with something.  Even within blood relatives you will find mixtures of all shades and hues (my family included).  So that fact that he has white blood in him is irrelevant.  If we defined each black person in this country by their actual ancestral breakdown, we would have a never-ending list of nationalities. 

Simple fact is if you had an ounce of blackness in you in this country (unless you could pass off as white) you were treated as black. Further, 40 years ago, it would not have mattered if his mother was white. If Barack Obama had even THOUGHT of running for president he would have been in trouble.  He would have had not chance in heck to win any presidential nomination. His nomination shows that after hundreds of years this country has moved past its former demons. To ignore that fact would be a major folly.  

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#7) On January 20, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Nainara (< 20) wrote:

Would it help at all if he spent some time in the tanning booth?

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#8) On January 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM, RandolphFL (20.66) wrote:

>>>The election is a victory for people who aren't completely white, but it's not a victory for people who are  completely black.<<<</p>

'People who are completely black' are also 'people who aren't completely white'.

I don't know anyone 'completely' white or completely black.  My coloring is off-pink with spots (where's my parade?). 

The world really isn't black or white, it is many wonderful shades and hues.  There is more delight in Poli's Beard than Occam's Razor.

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#9) On January 20, 2009 at 5:49 PM, ThoughtfulFool (< 20) wrote:

It is my understanding that someone who is half of this and half of that - their ethnicity is determined by how they chose to associate themselves - they get to chose.  I believe I read somewhere that Obama chose to consider himself black at one point in his life when he grew curious about his Kenyan father who left his life when he was 2.

I heard it reported last night how important Obama's mother was in his life, and how his values were formed by her.  I wonder where they get this information.  His mother abandoned him to his grandparents care when he was just 10!

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#10) On January 20, 2009 at 7:52 PM, IntegrityDemands (< 20) wrote:

Dear President Obama: President Obama, first and foremost, congratulations on being our 44th President of the United States of America.

During your campaign, I agreed with your call for change; a change in our economy and a change in how things are done in Washington.   

You are the epitome of what positive things can happen from change. A change from the racial divide of miscegenation that so deeply swept our country decades ago to a country known today for accepting people of all cultures, backgrounds and colors. However, I am waiting for one big change…to accept who you truly are…the God made biracial man, our President-elect of the United States.  I and my family have been disappointed about the message you give to millions of people throughout our great country by saying if you are biracial you can choose to be of ‘one’ race.

Those who believe that a person who is one part black should identify ONLY with that race support the bigoted one-drop rule created by a racially prejudiced government at a particular point in history. Despite that rule being held illegal (U.S. Supreme Court outlawed Virginia's ban on inter-racial marriage in Loving v. Virginia (1967), it declared Plecker's Virginia Racial Integrity Act and the one-drop rule unconstitutional) there are some who want to hold to that intolerant and discriminatory rule.

This naive thinking underlies the attack often faced by biracial people that they are trying to deny or are ashamed of who they are.  Being biracial does not mean denying the colorful heritages we possess. Personally, I understand the difficulty you may have encountered growing up as a biracial young man, especially having a brown complexion.

Yes, biracial people from the time they are born to the time they die are constantly asked to choose their "primary" race, or others will do it for them. We are called offensive names like; yellow banana, oreo, mutt, etc., all meant to hurt who we truly represent, a nation of one blood. However, this is a new day, a changed day where we can finally embrace who we really are. 

To be the 44th President of the United States, who is biracial, should be a proud statement of equality that exemplifies and represents what the United States is known for; a nation that embraces all shades, colors, and cultures of people. 

Other well-known people, who are biracial, have expressed their sentiments when asked the question, what are you; Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees said “I’m not black or white but both of these things.”  Vin Diesel refuses to segregate himself to one race and identifies himself as biracial. Growing up, he had many questions about his ethnic origins and what they made him. Although most people guess he's part Italian and African-American, he said "I'm hoping I can show kids where you came from isn't as important as what you can make of yourself."

Like you Sen. Obama, I am the blending of two races. My mother is black and my father is white. As with your mother and father, my parents were able to see and experience a love that bridged racial divides.      

Throughout the years, as I got older and like you, I faced some extremely difficult and joyful times. Early in my life, I experienced both the harsh reality of my mother and father divorcing and then I witnessed the wonderful blending of new stepparents.  

As a biracial child, I remember telling my father about a time when I was in the third grade my teacher asked for the children to stand up based upon their race. When she told all the white kids to stand up, I stood up. When she told all the Hispanic kids to stand up, I sat down. Then she told all the Black kids to stand up and I stood up. My father said that was a defining moment for me in being biracial that I still stand up for today. When I was 15, I saw a movie with Halle Berry and thought the world of her, as did most teenage males my age. However, I saw her as someone like me, biracial. On my sweet-16 birthday, my father arranged for Ms. Berry to surprise me with a telephone call. From that point on the two of us exchanged letters and referred to each other as big sister and little brother. I believed Ms. Berry was a face of hope for biracial people. I looked up to her because she embodied the blending of races. However as I got older and much to my dismay, I heard Ms. Berry claim that she was black not biracial. This caused me to see the woman, who I once called my big sister, a runaway from all who are biracial. Then another face of hope showed up, you President Obama, only for me to again experience disappointment.

While you were sworn-in as our 44th President and my Commander and Chief, I am preparing to be mobilized to the war in Afghanistan. For the past 10 years, I have faithfully with love and honor served in our Armed Forces.  I serve not for myself but for the love of the United States of America.    

On election night, you said “This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change.  And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.  It cannot happen without you. For that is the true genius of America – that America can change.”

Therefore, President-elect Obama we cannot go back to the one-drop of black blood rule. With you as President, America has come a long way.  However as you said, “there is so much more to do.”  As with your children I to want my future children to live to see the next century and be as fortunate as Ann Nixon Cooper; to see a change for all races of people including biracial. 

The question for you President Obama is what progress will we have made?   Identifying to one race, clouds the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wished for 45 years ago when he said;   “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation that will not judge them by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.   

In your speech "A More Perfect Union" you said that race is an issue that you believed this nation could not afford to ignore right now and I agree. I am part of that next generation of young people you spoke to who possesses the attitude, belief and openness to change that gives you the greatest hope.   

I can only ask that during your administration you renew the discussion about race and stand up for me and all of us who are biracial as I stood-up in the 3rd grade. President Obama, now is your chance for your children and all of us who are biracial to clear the clouds about race by answering the call.  This is your moment.  This is your time. 


E C J,  United States Army 


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#11) On January 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM, tomnv87 (< 20) wrote:

 I don't have a problem with the media calling him "African American" b/c thats what he is, i have a problem w/ black people voting for him b/c they are under the misconception that he is one of them. He is not "black" he is "afican american." His father was african who did not raise him. He did not set foot onto the continential US until after high school. He was raised in hawii by a white mother born in Kansas of Irish background. why don't they embrace that side of him. his african father was out of his life by the time Obama was 2 years old. He may be dark, but he is not black. He is biracial, white and african, not black.

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#12) On January 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM, ThoughtfulFool (< 20) wrote:


Thanks for a very moving and well thought-out post.  You make some very good points and helped me understand the difficulty for those who are biracial.  Sometimes I think that we should just forget the labels of white, black, biracial, etc. altogether - it often aggrevates me to have to mark on a form whether or not I am white, black, or whatever - what difference should it make?!  I'm an American - I'm a human being, and that...and my character...should be all that truly matters.  Labels and categories of such arbitrary nature make no sense to me.


"African-American" became a substitute term for "black" several years ago, so I don't understand your statements differentiating them.  It is a term that the black leadership (Jesse Jackson, etc.) came up with (think it was sometime in the 90s).

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#13) On January 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM, unitedwestand (< 20) wrote:

This topic is why we have issues today. I agree we should not focus on the first African-American President, but we should focus on the NOW. The Change. If we focus on skin color, than yes he should end it and address it up front. This is a chance for all to come together as Americans. But we argue about “is he white? Is he Black?" Nothing will ever change if we continue to do this. This is a day of celebration, hope and change for AMERICANS! History is History, we learn from it. Great things are in our future. I have served our country for over 20 years in the military and still serving, today is an example of why I serve!

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#14) On January 21, 2009 at 3:48 AM, taklabulus (< 20) wrote:

I agree Obama is not black! Obama's wife looks to be 100% black but Obama is not black and should not be refered to as a black person. He's white/black/asian.
Who's black?
- Oprah is black
- Samuel H Jackson is black
- Woopy Goldberg is black
- Mr. T is black
- ja-z is black and his wife beyonce

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#15) On January 21, 2009 at 4:08 AM, taklabulus (< 20) wrote:

Jesse Jackson is black not Obama 


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#16) On January 21, 2009 at 6:27 AM, outoffocus (22.87) wrote:

By challenging Mr. Obama true ethncity, you call into question the ethnicity of almost every "black" person in this country. It would probably be best to see this event for what it is: the end of the racial glass ceiling in the white house.  Regardless of what % of white or black Mr. Obama is, the simple fact is there was no other time in American history that he could have ran for president and won.  During the Jim Crow days, Mr. Obama could have been 90% white and still not have a chance at running for president.  If anything, Mr. Obamas parentage probably signifies the unity that should have been between black and white people from the beginning.  So yes, as previous posters have pointed out, this is a victory for black people.  But more importantly it is a victory for all races in this country; showing us that we should put a vices behind us. 

Unfortunately we will still have a few that cannot see for forest for the trees (hence the originator of this post) but for the most part race isnt the issue that is was during MLK's day.

We actually have bigger problems to worry about in this country that go beyond race.  And in order to come up with a solution we will have to work together.  Anyone still focusing on race will be left behind once the solution comes around. 

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#17) On January 21, 2009 at 1:32 PM, mrindependent (35.29) wrote:

I read that Barack Obama is 6.25% black, 43.75% Arabic and 50% caucasion.  The 50% caucasian is from his mother and his father was supposedly 87.5% Arab and 12.5% black.  His father's birth certificate specifically states that he is Arab.  

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#18) On January 21, 2009 at 3:16 PM, mj39212 (< 20) wrote:

In doing research on weither Barack Obama is black or white, I ran across a articile that read,  in Africa he is concedered white.  I do not see America as having a black president.  We have a half white president.

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#19) On January 22, 2009 at 1:57 AM, redneckdemon (< 20) wrote:

I can't consider this a 'victory' when so many americans voted for a guy based on his skin color alone.  I'm not talking about a specific group of people in this country, I'm talking about all of us.  A lot of people voted for the guy with no idea what his history was beyond his ethnicity, and not a clue about his political views beyond change.  The few times I tried to point of that change can be for the better OR the worse, I was shouted down.  When I tried to have a valid political discussion and even hinted at not supporting him, I was called a racist.

If you want someone in office, and the color of thier skin affects your choice at all, that makes you a racist and completely defeats the purpose of electing them to combat racial discrimination.

And he's multi-racial, not black.  If people want political correctness, the double standards have to go.

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#20) On January 23, 2009 at 5:12 PM, mamaof7 (< 20) wrote:

girl u sound stupid and white..let me break it down so u can understand something about black culture and why OBAMA is black. i'm a white mother of 7 bi-racial kids. now when i take my kids out why do you think white people r always starring? because they're so well behaved? NO it's because i have a lot of black children. in slavery days when the white master and his sons inpregnated their black slaves, did they allow these new born babes and stake in the family wealth and a chair at the dinner table! HELL NO! they were denied and stayed slaves themselves. have u ever heard it said...that if a person has a drop of black blood then they r considered black? who came up w/ this? the slave masters and those in authoirty. in my opinion, i know that my kids r half of me..swedish, irish and so on. but people r very color conscious.if your skin is brown or black then u r not considered to be caucasion.also, it's a known fact that whatever your father is then so is the child....if your daddy is black then you're black. i see my kids as my kids..i know they're mixed, but i don't see color..they're my kids and that's all i see..but i have told them that white america will see them as black and that they should be proud of their black's a symbol of strenght and honor. now, black america knows that OBAMA is half white but because of what i just said..this is why he's considered as black. i'm proud that a BLACK MAN FINALLY BECAME PRESIDENT.

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#21) On January 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Mary953 (85.32) wrote:


Your post was extremely moving.  I realize that you are preparing to leave for Afghanistan so this may not be possible, but if you have the time to do so, would you consider copying that post into a new blog?  It is simply too compelling to be buried in the thread of another blog.

FYI, I have not made this request of anyone before.  There are a few times that I have wished that a comment had more exposure, but this is the first time I have actively encouraged.  I will be praying for you and for your safe return.

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#22) On January 24, 2009 at 1:54 PM, IntegrityDemands (< 20) wrote:


I do not know how to start a new blog. So, if you could assit me I would post it. I just happened to search for discussions about the topic and found this web address.

Thank you!


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#23) On January 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM, Mary953 (85.32) wrote:


I would be very happy to assist.  I am going to suggest that you open a second Internet window so that you can go back and forth between instructions and the screen you are working from.  (If you have the ability to print these instructions, that will be easier, but I don't know what the situation is where you will be.)

1)  Put the cursor at the top of the entry you have posted here and drag the cursor down over the entire entry so that you have highlighted the entire text.  Go over a little if necessary. You can always delete a bit once you have the text in place.

2)  Hold down the CTRL key and hit the C key.  This will copy everything you had highlighted which is a good deal faster than typing it all again.  Until you put something else in the computer memory (Ctrl + C), the post that you just copied will remain there.

3)  You may want to store a copy in Wordpad, Notepad, MS Word, or some other spot where you can "park" this text.  To do this, open a new page in the program of your choice.  Next, put your cursor on the spot where you want the first letter to be.  Hold down CTRL and hit V.  The text should copy to the place you chose.  The text will also still be in the memory, but now you have a backup copy.

4)  Go to your CAPS page.  You have tabs that say Stats, Profile, Sectors, Best/Worst, Favorites, Blog, etc.  Hit the tab that says BLOG.  This will take you to a blank page.     To the side on this screen, you can choose either Blog Home (with a cottage icon) or Add New Post (with sheet of paper icon).     You want to click on the Add New Post.   You will get a setup (okay, a template) where you can put a subject for your blog and a section for the message portion.

5)  Type in a subject.  (I know -- Duh! - right? )  Now all you need to do is put the cursor at the first space in the message section and hit Ctrl + V just like step 3.  YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOG YET SO DON"T STOP HERE!!!

6)  Scroll down on the page and below the box for the message, you will see a place for  Preview Your Post.  Click on that.  You are now looking at your blog the way it will appear.  You may want to change it or see something that needs correcting.  You may like it just as it is.  (Keep in mind that if you have copied it from this blog, you have already proofed it).  So -

7)  Scroll to the bottom of your preview page.  You will have two options.  Edit Your Post  will allow you to make changes.  If you need to change something, go back and forth between #6 and #7 until you have the blog the way you want it. THEN --

8)  Take the other option which is  Post Message .  This will post your message for others to view and comment on.  All recs and comments will then appear under your username. 

You have expressed yourself very eloquently.  Your blogs would be a great addition to this site.  I hope I have not insulted you by being so basic with the instructions here, but the last time I wrote procedures as part of a job, I was writing them for engineers - a very detail-oriented group.  Also, computers are the dumbest tools in the tool box.  They can be very unforgiving.

I will be watching for your blog and remember that there are CAPS members who will not send comments but will show their agreement or support by recommending your blog. 

Thank you for your service to keep our nation free.  May God watch over you and bring you home safe.


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#24) On January 25, 2009 at 7:45 PM, IntegrityDemands (< 20) wrote:


Thank you for the kind and supportive comments and guidance on how to start a new blog. It is greatly appreciated. It has been suggested that now is the time for there to be moore media attention given on this topic. Some have even suggested if the media read my letter it would result in greater discussions and hopefully a move away from the racial categories that exist today. However, I do not have the means to communicate my letter to any news media outlet, nor would know how to do it. In two weeks I will be leaving for overseas.

Mary, if you have any suggestions to get my letter out to the new media outlets as you did with this blog, or contacts with the media to share my letter please email my father at

Once again, thank you and take care,

Eric J., U.S Army

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#25) On January 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM, Mary953 (85.32) wrote:


I know who to ask.  I am a member of a small church (30 on Sunday is a big group for us) and our pastor has a second job.  He is the editor of the newspaper.  I will ask his advice.  May I also put you on our prayer list?

I will get in touch with your dad in any case and give him my email.  God bless and keep you safe.


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#26) On January 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM, 123Deid (< 20) wrote:

Oh my goodness.  Thank you to whoever started this blog!  I am sick of hearing it too!  Barack Obama is NOT the first black President of the US, he IS the first Biracial President.  Some people say oh, there's no such thing as Biracial.  Whatever, just keep being ignorant.  Barack can't come out and say, look I am not Black, I'm Biracial.  Oh man, people would have a fit!  It is ignorant to consider him as "Black" when he's Biracial.  It's b/c people STILL don't want to accept that White people and Black people do have babies together!  Their not Black or White, their both!

Poor Barack and he just has to take it.

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#27) On January 30, 2009 at 7:47 AM, IntegrityDemands (< 20) wrote:


Thank you for the help on setting up the blog and getting the word, thinking and discussion out there on a topic that is very dear to me and many others in our country. You will be glad to know the blog has been established, thanks to my father (smile).

Go to It is entitled "President Obama - Biracial for Success".

Once again, thank you,

Eric CJ, U.S. Army

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#28) On February 23, 2009 at 11:56 PM, BagsOfSand (< 20) wrote:

So many people are missing the point here. I'm a student of culture, socialization, and ethnocentrism. So many of the comments posted here show concern that Obama be labeled in the media as he would be labeled on a census report - multi-racial. The fact remains that growing up in America with the appearance of a black person means you will be treated and thought of as someone of that ethnicity even were you to wear a ball cap all the time that says "I am multi-racial". He may be genetically half-white, but he never had the benefit of experiencing white privilege because of his pigment and features. Calling him the first black president is perfectly acceptable regarless of his parentage. Most white people won't see it that way because we can only guess at what being black feels like. I'm white. I know Obama has a white mother and a black Arab father, and I say call him the black president because that is what people are going to see. Why are people concerned over this anyway? Don't you whiney-baby always boo-hooing over nothing Americans have something interesting and relevant to worry about? Do something constructive for God's sake! Feed your poor, house your homeless, help someone out and quit getting your bloomers in a pinch over the dumbest topics.

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#29) On June 24, 2009 at 5:11 PM, zenbabe (< 20) wrote:

I read this, and LOLed. I mean, so what? People need to get over his RACE and focus on more important things, like the issues. I'm glad you posted this though, you really spoke out and told people what's what. Keep blogging.

-Lauren Madeline

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#30) On September 14, 2009 at 11:22 PM, JeffC123inNH (< 20) wrote:

Obama isn't the first alleged black prez.  Jefferson, Coolidge, Jackson, Harding and Lincoln all have had allegations (and some admissions) to black in their heritage.  So technically Obama ISN'T the first "black" president.

Then there is the whole debate and question people raise as to how much black is in Obama.  First, I'm offering facts here, not picking sides one way or the other.  

If you do more than a cursory search on the internet you will find Obama's heritage contains the least amount of black/african in the races that make up his family's heritage.  He is only 1/16th black and more Arab and white than black.  But because he looks black, that is the race he is playing up - more cred than being white; look black, act white, electable as president!  Personally I could care less what race any president is, US or any other country.  But don't make claims that aren't true.  If you go by heritage percents, black is the last claim he should make as to what he actually is.

Oh, and by the way, no one is 50% one race and 50% another race.  If you trace back every lineage/ancestry of any person, (yourself/myself included) the percentage amount of the races will never equal exactly 50/50.  Barack's mother wasn't pure white and his father wasn't pure black, that's the only way you get a 50/50 child!  

The odds of any one person being exactly 50/50 (only two races in their entire ancestry which is impossible) is well over the odds of you winning the Lotto in your state each and every week for the rest of your life! 

There are no "purebred" people on this earth.  Each and every person going back to the beginning of time for their family has a different ethnic race in their "wood pile".  To claim otherwise, or to claim an exact 50/50 split between only two races is absurd and ignorant.

 If Obama wants to call himself a black president, so what?  That doesn't change what he really is inside and in his ancestry.  Some sort of denial or political maneuvering is the safest bet.  EIther way, everyone - pick a race, or two, and claim it and move on!  Just keep it in your lineage.

That's just my opinion, heck I could be wrong! 

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