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Obama Throws White Half Under the Bus. Again

April 3, 2010

The New York Times apparently thinks they have a scoop by revealing that Barack Obama is *officially* black. You would think that was a shocking discovery, based on how it appears to be a note-worthy revelation to the New York Times.

It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president.

A White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.

However, I think the real story is that Obama threw his white half under the bus. Again.

The president, who was born in Hawaii and raised there and in Indonesia, had more than a dozen options in responding to Question 9, about race. He chose “Black, African Am., or Negro.” (The anachronistic “Negro” was retained on the 2010 form because the Census Bureau believes that some older blacks still refer to themselves that way.)

Mr. Obama could have checked white, checked both black and white, or checked the last category on the form, “some other race,” which he would then have been asked to identify in writing.

Aha! He could have checked off both, but chose not to. Full heritage, including his poor grandma, thrown under the bus yet again. I’m just surprised that he didn’t check off “Other” and then enter “Not a typical white person.”

Personally, I think I should have written in Wise Americana. Hey, I figure that I may as well use identity politics to my advantage; maybe I’ll score some extra points for my fancy womb. Identity politics is all that matters, isn’t it? Isn’t that the entire and sole reason for such a question?

Heck of a job, politically correct police. You’ve put people all into boxes. Instead of just being, you know, people.

h/t IMAO’s twitter feed

(cross-posted at iowntheworld)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. fmaidment permalink
    April 3, 2010 3:52 pm

    I consider any answer to that question other than some form of “human” (“homo sapien”, “terran”, etc) to be a lie.

    • Lori Ziganto permalink*
      April 3, 2010 4:03 pm

      YUP, Fred. I was editing as you commented (cross-posted too quickly and left out changes, sigh) and that was basically my point in the edit.

  2. Gandalff permalink
    April 3, 2010 4:00 pm

    He could have wrote kenyan/American since he was still a Kenyan Citizen until he was age 23 at the same time still being able to throw grandma and momma under the train. He has so many option to play with.

  3. Melissa permalink
    April 9, 2010 9:21 pm

    …this counts as news…?

    Silly NYT.

  4. David permalink
    April 11, 2010 12:43 pm

    Hey, I figure that I may as well use identity politics to my advantage; maybe I’ll score some extra points for my fancy womb. Identity politics is all that matters, isn’t it? Isn’t that the entire and sole reason for such a question?
    Very true, Lori.
    These questionnaires try to estimate equality of opportunity by measuring equality of outcome. This is generally an innacurate exercise which discriminates against the demographic that happens to be in the majority in that particular situation.

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