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  •  The Versus problem.... (1+ / 0-)
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    I think the emphasis is not on Barack talking about his white mother, but rather on everyone else talking about both.

    We have to somehow show that we are either capable or desire to have the conversation expand beyond one versus the other.  

    Just like the war and issues about being against the war but supporting the troops, both are possible.  The media does not have to cover the in black and white as two seperate things.  As many steps as this country has taken to move beyond racism, I would hope that we could talk about them in a more intelligent way.  Lets leave "what other people think" out of it and just have the discussion.  I think it would be okay to talk about it and not instantly bring in the negative baggage which will be there no matter what.  

    •  Perhaps, (0+ / 0-)

      But I don't see them talking about his Father much either except that he was African and Black.

      Perhaps your point is that the media focuses on his being Black without acknowledging, in a positive way, his White parentage?

      Live from Brooklyn! An Edwards Democrat. Now What?

      by resa on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 11:57:38 AM PDT

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    •  And ... (0+ / 0-)

      By "positive", I mean not in the highly insulting Rush Limbaugh "Halfrican" way.

      Live from Brooklyn! An Edwards Democrat. Now What?

      by resa on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 12:00:20 PM PDT

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      •  His mother is (0+ / 0-)

        not so much the issue nor his father for that matter.  I guess his parents are a reference point to use in discussing the bigger issue about the whole black and white thing.  With all this talk about him garnering the black support that is normally set aside for the DNC candidate, I think the focus is too much on half of who he is rather than the whole.  

        •  As a biracial person (0+ / 0-)

          I can understand that and agree completely.

          Which brings me back to my original point, everyone focus' on the "Black" part, whether you are enough of it, too much, how much, etc.

          The "White" part is ultimately meaningless to anyone except for us or (and this is where I get concerned), to those who want to say that Obama "Is not really Black". When people say that, they mean it either as an insult or as a complement because he has a white Mother.  Either way, it makes me very uncomfortable.

          Live from Brooklyn! An Edwards Democrat. Now What?

          by resa on Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 12:53:44 PM PDT

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