Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Pres Obama, the census and being Black

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I came across an article the other day in which some people were a little upset at President Obama and his decision to mark himself as African American on the census. In all honestly, Pres. Obama is as much White as he is Black and many people felt this would be a great opportunity for the president to show that people don’t have to be “either/or” but can be a combination of many races, which would send a positive message to many multiracial people who could be struggling with identity. Do you think Pres. Obama should have chosen both the Black and White box? Personally, I think it is a little unfair to start sying someone should suddenly begin claiming “bi-racial” when they are in a prestigious position of power when he is “just Black” when he was a “nobody.” I think the most important thing is self-identity, and that is obviously how he identifies himself.

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Written by mzlisarenee

April 8, 2010 at 2:47 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Obama and many other bi-racial (black and white) people go by black. Most of the time their black side is what they can relate to more. If Obama just said that he was a black man people would believe it because that is how he looks.All his life has been treated poorly simply because of the color of his skin. He has a black wife and to black kids. Bi-racial people have always gone by just black in census or whatever survey, I don’t know why people are making such a big deal with Obama.

    medusmango

    April 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

  2. You said something that definitely caught my attention. He simply marked the title that he had been labeled as for years. So how can people be upset at him for embracing that and being proud of who he is.

    elianita514

    April 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

  3. my question is why are people making big deal of the fact that he labeled himself as African American? It’s funny how people always pays a tons of attention to the smallest things possible and ignore the big ones.

    jobyjob

    April 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm

  4. Most of this is because the majority of the people who don’t approve of Obama’s actions while in office or dislike him as the President of the United States are too ignorant to form opinions based on relevant issues, so they have to default to things like racial discrepancies and illustrate just how narrow-minded they actually are as these are the same ignorant citizens who dislike Obama simply because of the fact that he identifies himself as black. If President Obama were to identify himself as white or multiracial on a census, these people still would not approve of him any more than they do now because they would still judge him by the color of his skin, sadly the most complex thing that they are capable of comprehending.

    iAnsw3R

    April 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm


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