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Posted on 02/21/2008 9:02:16 AM PST by bs9021
The First Black President? by: Emmanuel Opati, February 21, 2008
The rise of Barack Obama on the national political scene has inevitably rejuvenated a debate as to who was the first black President. Author Toni Morrison argued that, figuratively, Bill Clinton was the first black President; Lucas Morel believes otherwise.
Lucas Morel, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, says that to the contrary of Toni Morrison, Abraham Lincoln not William Jefferson Clinton was our first black President and deserves to be studied and celebrated as an integral contributor to black progress in American History. No American regardless of color did more to establish human equality as the basis for fulfilling Americas promise than Lincoln, he argued.
Discussing the topic The Problem of Black History: Race, Memory, and the American Creed at the Heritage Foundation last week, Morel said that Black history month has mixed blessings because it emphasizes race and in so doing it obscures what makes the achievements of Black Americans worth remembering and celebrating, not race but the accomplishment of individual human beings.
However, there are questions as to whether calling it African-American History month alienates African-Americans from the rest of American History. It is worth noting that there are many African-Americans worth remembering in American History, but what is Black History in the context of American History? What is its relationship to American History and to America more generally? Rather than being divisive and separatist, could the narrative of Black History be uniting? asked Matthew Spalding, Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at Heritage Foundation....
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Since we’re dealing with silliness, I’ll go all the way and say it was George Washington. First in War. First in Peace. First in the Hearts of His Countrymen. First Black President. Now it’s settled.
But Toni didn’t know Abe personally.
she didn’t have the hots for Abe.
Another black racist who just can’t leave it alone.
A pretend black person running and winning the presidency? It's like an old Saturday Night Live skit!
I thought Warren Harding was the first black President.
I thought Blowfly was the first black President?
Gee, I didn’t know McCain was black.
Harding! I was trying to remember which President supposedly had a black relative. All I could think of was Herbert Hoover but that didn't seem right.
Meant to google it - thanks!
Why is Obama’s white half routinely ignored? Is being white a disease?
According to this blogger who has been a researcher for various publications, Obama is not a negro:
Why is the fact that Mr. Obama is only 6.25% African Negro not reported? Because to acknowledge it is to report this devastating truth about him: Mr. Obama is not legally African-American. It is impossible for him to be, in truth, America's first African-American president.
Federal law requires that to claim a minority status, you must be at least 1/8 of the descriptor, but for the sake of this article, I've converted it to a decimal fraction for easier comprehension. You must be at least 12.5% of the racial component you claim for minority status. Mr. Obama, claiming to be African-American, is half the legal threshold."
“Why is Obamas white half routinely ignored? Is being white a disease?”
Yes. Whiteness is a disease and there are University professors who think openly advocate that white people should be eliminated.
It will be interesting to see if Jesse and Al attack Obama for being half-white.
“It will be interesting to see if Jesse and Al attack Obama for being half-white.”
I don’t care if he’s half white, only that he’s a half wit.
How are we supposed to refer to him? An American or an African-Anglo American. its getting rediculas.
Have you ever seen a picture of Obama’s father? There is no way he is only 1/8 black. Arabs are Caucasian racially, keep that in mind.
Fact: All human beings trace their genetic history to Africa.
Fact: Not all Africans are black.
Fact: Many blacks are only genetically from Africa, but happen to have been born or descend from those who were borm or immigrated to various other countries: throughout the Carribean, South America, etc.
Makes me wonder. Do black people from Brazil who come to America get upset when they are called “African American”
Do white people from Africa who come to America, and get called white instead of African American get upset?
Do black people who were born in the US, and descend from people who have lived in North America for 400 years, get upset when they are called African American?
Liberal policies and intentions seem to cause as many problems as they are intended to address.