First, just get your yuk-yuk on with this bit from Comedy Central's new "Chocolate News"
Now for why I went there. From time to time—ok, pretty much daily—I just have to check the modest stats on this blog. Over the many months since I first began writing about Barack Obama and the presidential campaign, at least 10% of my hits have been from this Google search: Obama not black.
I think this comes up because there are a great many people who don't want Obama to be both black and president of the United States. Their number may well include Obama opponents and many disinterested (read : people in other countries who just don't get the contradictions of the American way of race) folks as well as die-hard Obama supporters.
The American Race turns up on these searches because of this post —"If Obama's Not Black..."—from way back in (gasp) January 2007!
I wrote in response to what I (correctly) called the opening round of artillery concering race and American identity in what was already the beginning of the political two years of our lifetimes. My take; forget about determining whether he's really black.
If he's not "black", I wrote, so what?