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My Question for Barack Obama:

January 7, 2008


If elected, would you consider yourself as a President of the United States who happened to be Black, or would you consider yourself as a Black Man who was President of the United States? And more importantly, do you reckognize any significance in the distinction? 

I would like all my readers to chime in with how you think Obama would respond, and your thoughts on the question.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2008 11:51 am

    I think the only way that he can answer that question is to say that he would be president of the United States who happens to be Black. I want him to be president because he’s the most qualified candidate and because he has proven that he cares about the African American community. His experience in our community means that he understands what we go through and that he is less likely to cause harm than an utterly clueless candidate of a different background. But it is unreasonable, and honestly not fair for us to try an get a president who only cares about our community. Besides whites, there are Hispanics, Natives, and Asians who deserve to have a president who thinks of them as well as African Americans. If all we want to do is gain a position of power for our own people, we don’t deserve to have an African American president.

  2. January 7, 2008 2:13 pm

    This is how I put it, Thought Merchant.

    Most of the time, he has to be the President of the United States who happens to be Black. But, sometimes he has to be the Black man who is President.

    I do, however, believe Michelle Obama is the Black First Lady, if you understand what I mean.

  3. jessica permalink
    January 7, 2008 3:29 pm

    You have seen his church?

    It ain’t the Church of England.

  4. Chesapeake permalink
    January 7, 2008 4:26 pm

    I kinda agree with Rikyrah, but I’d take it further. Obama would answer that he will always at the same time be both. I would agree with him.

  5. Johnston permalink
    January 7, 2008 5:29 pm

    I don’t even like the question since it perpetuates racist notions of hypodescent. But playing within its limited boundaries, Obama would answer the former. Not only has his entire campaign been about mollifying whites, let’s not forget he told us there is no Black America in 2004 at the Democrats convention, and race played no part in Katrina or Jena. You just posted a clip from last years State of Black Union about his absence. Guess who’s not on this year’s roster (despite the masturbatory irrelevance of the event)? Distancing himself from Blackness is not only politically expedient, I’d argue it’s where he’s most comfortable (despite what most seem to think and some of his own statements).

    I’m not sure what his church has to do with it except it reminds me, didn’t he disinvite the minister from some event b/c he was too outspokenly Black?

  6. January 7, 2008 6:44 pm

    Hypodescent – what does that mean? I agree with Brandon. He has no choice but to come across as a Pres. who happens to be blackand at times (maybe only once or twice) he’ll be a Black Pressie. Can he really be the best President that black folks will ever have?

  7. January 7, 2008 7:27 pm

    Trinity is a Black activist church in the best of those traditions. Nothing’s wrong with Trinity. Jeremiah Wright, nor Otis Moss are Prosperity Gospel Preachers.

  8. oldgitsalesp permalink
    January 8, 2008 1:20 pm

    Something as obvious as race will not need additional clarification or discussion. On the world stage … those of color (the majority) may secretly applaude. Yet the nature of American politics and foreign policy will be the greater impediment to radical change.

    Once elected, it will be necessary for him to be able to lead and govern … immediately, the negative forces of resistance will be stirred to action. The coalition that leads to Barack’s election and those swept into office on his coattails (or those now touting the change mantra) must be stirred to greater action … this is where the question will be. The questions of how effective of a president will he be – will utimately overshadow his race.

  9. beatfreak permalink
    January 11, 2008 6:54 am

    Wait a minute, Obama’s black?

    But on a more serious note the fact that this question is even brought up perpetuates rascism. The question itself is a bit racist.

    Whats the difference whether hes a president who happens to be black or a black Man who is President? People support him because of his beliefs and values. Maybe, just maybe the majority of this country is ready to look past race and realize MLK’s dream that one day we will not be judge by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

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