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  1. 02 Apr '10 20:35
    Yahoo News: http://tinyurl.com/yjjz8rb

    Obama's census choice: simply African-American

    By MARK S. SMITH, Associated Press Writer Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 48 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama gave only one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African-American.

    The White House confirmed on Friday that Obama did not check multiple boxes on his U.S. Census form, or choose the option that allows him to elaborate on his racial heritage. He ticked the box that says "Black, African Am., or Negro."

    Obama filled out the form on Monday, supplying information for himself, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as for Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, who lives with the family in the White House.

    For Obama, whose mother Ann Dunham, a white woman from Kansas, married his father, the Kenyan native Barack Obama Sr., the question of his racial identity has been a lifelong struggle. His first memoir, "Dreams From My Father," is an account of a difficult journey of discovery.

    Obama the community activist and then politician always self-identified as African-American, and he now wears the mantle of America's first black president with pride.

    ...

    The president's multiracial heritage has been a subject for oceans of commentary in America and around the world. But it's also been a cause for teasing, and even satire.

    "The first black president!" exclaimed comedian Wanda Sykes at a dinner last year of the White House Correspondents' Association. "I'm proud to be able to say that. That's unless you screw up. And then it's going to be, 'What's up with the half-white guy?'"
  2. 02 Apr '10 20:47
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii#Demographics

    Population Of Hawaii[48]

    Filipino 13.6%
    Japanese 12.6%
    Polynesian 9.0%
    German 7.4%
    Irish 5.2%
    English 4.6%
    Portuguese 4.3%
    Chinese 4.1%
    Korean 3.1%
    Mexican 2.9%
    Puerto Rican 2.8%
    African 2.4%
    Italian 2.7%
    French 1.7%
    Scottish 1.2%
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    02 Apr '10 20:47 / 2 edits
    In our culture anyone with any noticeable black phenotypes has long been considered only black. It's an understandable choice for him to make, though a political mistake.

    Or is it?
  4. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    02 Apr '10 20:51
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    Yahoo News: http://tinyurl.com/yjjz8rb

    Obama's census choice: simply African-American

    By MARK S. SMITH, Associated Press Writer Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 48 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama gave only one an ...[text shortened]... screw up. And then it's going to be, 'What's up with the half-white guy?'"
    Ironically, he is one of the few people who can truly claim to be African-American.
  5. 02 Apr '10 20:51
    apparently it's not a political stake. i don't see an unexperience, non-black, first-term senator from Illinois making the presidency in the modern age without that advantage.

    my original idea was, how did he come to 'always self-identify' as black growing up in a white household in a state with so few black people?

    then i remembered his early photos. he looked more black then.
  6. 02 Apr '10 20:57
    now, if you had to pick him out from a crowd of photos as a black guy and not knowing the answer beforehand, could you do it?

    maybe San. or New Guinean or Filipino or something.

    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=N%C7%83xau&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obama

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_guinea
  7. 02 Apr '10 21:00
    Obama is Scottish, all the presidents have Scottish blood!
  8. 02 Apr '10 21:03
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    In our culture anyone with any noticeable black phenotypes has long been considered only black. It's an understandable choice for him to make, though a political mistake.

    Or is it?
    Well what else could he have picked?
  9. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    02 Apr '10 21:09
    Originally posted by Sam The Sham
    Well what else could he have picked?
    The quoted selection seems to imply he could pick both black and white and/or "other" with space to explain.
  10. 02 Apr '10 21:12
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Obama is Scottish, all the presidents have Scottish blood!
    C..U.. MC O BAMA ..Would ye like a deep fried mars bar Jimmy ??
  11. 02 Apr '10 23:33
    Originally posted by phil3000
    C..U.. MC O BAMA ..Would ye like a deep fried mars bar Jimmy ??
    Lol, plus, plus, he is a Bayern Munich supporter
  12. 03 Apr '10 11:24
    he's rejecting his ethnicity!
  13. 03 Apr '10 11:26
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passing_(racial_identity)
  14. 03 Apr '10 16:37
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    apparently it's not a political stake. i don't see an unexperience, non-black, first-term senator from Illinois making the presidency in the modern age without that advantage.

    my original idea was, how did he come to 'always self-identify' as black growing up in a white household in a state with so few black people?

    then i remembered his early photos. he looked more black then.
    my original idea was, how did he come to 'always self-identify' as black growing up in a white household in a state with so few black people?


    do you think your race is defined by the people around you?

    how bizarre.
  15. 03 Apr '10 16:55
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    he's rejecting his ethnicity!
    Life will be so painful for you when by 2012 non-hispanic whites will no longer be the majority.