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    I mean that Barack is African in the purest sense and also American. From a cultural, ethnic and racial perspective, Barack represents the best of both worlds, in my opinion.

    No one is born with an understanding of what it means to be a US citizen.

    African Americans entering the corporate world and running for elected office are always asked to prove they are "white" enough before being given the proverbial stamp of approval. That's what was behind the calls for Barack Obama to denounce his pastor and Minister Farrakhan. The reason the video clips provoked such an uproar in white America is because they invoked racial fears. Racial stereotypes and racial politics only stir up baseless and unwarranted fears. That's what Sen. Obama meant when he talked about the fears of his grandmother when she passed black men on the streets sometimes.  

    African Americans, especially those who are born in  this country, have always been expected to distance themselves from an ethnic and culture background that stands in stark contrast to white America whenever we were seeking positions of prestige and authority in the broader culture.

    Suggesting that Barack Obama state specifically that he is an American first and then an African American without imposing the same standard on other Americans is in and of itself a reflection of racial bias.
    Barack was born to an African father and a white mother. Barack was born an African American and he lived as an African American even after he learned what it meant to be a US citizen. Why isn't Bill Clinton expected to prove his patriotism by saying that he is an American first before he a white man?

    Sen. Obama is who he is. Why should he be expected to or asked to put his citizenship above his racial and ethnic heritage? Why can't other Americans accept him for who he is, an African American citizen of the USA? Is it because it makes people feel more comfortable? If so, why wouldn't Catholics, Jews, Protestants or people from any other religious sector be comfortable with Barack because of the content of his character which is amply confirmed by his work as a public servant?

    The notion that Barack should place his citizenship above his ethnicity and racial heritage in order to garner the support of some white Americans, no matter how well meaning, is both ridiculous and insulting. Barack Obama should be accepted as both an African American and a US citizen without having to downplay either qualifier.


    We must use time creatively... and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Jezreel on Sat May 24, 2008 at 07:54:33 PM PDT

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    •  Morally, you're right but... (0+ / 0-)

      Sometimes you have to meet people where they are -- even if you shouldn't have to.  It's no different than Obama being willing to meet with our enemies so that he can achieve the greater good of Peace.  

      I can't really argue with you because I know that you are right.  I am just offering up an idea that I think could move the needle on this issue, without passing judgment on its inherent rightness.

      Donate to the ACLU. Stand Up for Justice In The Military Commissions Proceedings

      by Valhalla on Sat May 24, 2008 at 08:15:39 PM PDT

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