It’s an interesting thing. Personally, I’d generally refer to him as an American. Now, if I was attempting to describe him physically, I’d say he was “black” with no more gravity than saying someone has red hair.
But, in this case it’s more complicated than that. He does attend a Church heavily steeped in “Black” liberation theology. If you self identify, can you blame others ofr indentifying you as the same? Do I offend him and his pastor because I don’t respect them AS “black” men?
Confusing times for the “white” (I’ve never seen a “white” person actually) guy. Do we recognzie “black” culture and heritage? Or, do we not out of fear of offending someone because we dropped the label bomb on a portion of American history?
Remember the “African-American” craze? I didn’t know what the hell to say in situations where I needed to physically describe someone. I’ve had people get offended because I hyphenated their Americanism. Yet, I’ve had people offended because I didn’t.
I’m fine with not labeling someone as a “black man” in a way that has anymore meaning than a quick descriptive refrence. But, at the same time, I have a feeling that someone would probably turn around and talk about “black” history or culture. I mean, we do have a “Black” history month, after all.[/quote]
You’re right about one thing…you are very confused. There is Black History Month because without it, most would attempt to erase our contributions from the history books. “Our” in this case refers to Americans who have an ancestry that includes Africans brought to this country as slaves OR those who have dealt historically with the massive amount of racism directed at those with darker skin and facial features that resemble those of African descent.
None of that erases the fact that claiming Obama isn’t black is like saying the same about most of us…since most of us are mixed to some degree. If he isn’t black, then neither are the rest of us unless our ancestry ONLY involves African descent.
Obama is Black AND White. If this causes a huge issue for you, the only one to blame is yourself. Acting as if he should avoid embracing the Black culture in this country is about as retarded a concept as this thread.