READERS REACT:BARACK OBAMA’S WIN BRINGS ON CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE “ONE DROP RULE”
In this POST,readers were introduced to President-elect Barack Obama’s parents,one of whom is black and the other who is White. Many readers reacted to the fact that media outlets are referring to Barack as the first “African American” president:
If this were still slave times he would have been right out there picking cotton,even though his mother was white. They go by the color of your skin. He wouldn’t have even been close to a house slave.He lists himself as black. The man is black.~lolalove
Judge not the man by the colour of his skin. Racism is not dead since so much reference is made to ‘The first black president’Who cares what colour he is. Lets see what he achieves as a man then shall judgement be made.~RobEngland
Well, first of all it should have NEVER mattered what color or nationality, or anything of that nature. He is a human being first and foremost, and our ONLY concern should have been who we can get in office to change the way the world is NOW. I think the most disturbing thing to me, is that his mother was white and his father was black, and he is being addressed as African American! Hello? He is from both races and should NOT be categorized in any ONE race. He is Mulatto which means mixed race not African American or white. The white race has caused the categorizing of a mix race and the only thing, I can say is that, it is IGNORANCE. The white man made the rule if you have 3 % black in you, you are considered African American. Tell me, who the heck, made US think we have a right to address someone because of the color of their skin. He is who he is and that is a HUMAN BEING! Live & let live! The ONE thing that is not in the bible and that is NO ONE is better than anyone else, or have any other rights, that the other race of people shouldn’t have no matter what race it is!!! YEAAAAAA BARACK!!!!! P.S. I myself, am an Italian Amercian, and I feel we are ALL equal! ~Maria Angelozzi
However folks wants to label Barack Obama, he is our next president and all of America voted for him: black, white, Latino, native American, and Asian! Just shows how we are evolving as a nation.And you know, we do need to acknowledge racially mixed folks. We keep on saying you gotta be one thing or the other? Says who? Some antiquated racist law from 200 years ago and yet people (black and white) continue to use today? Puh-lease! That BS was made by ignorant and scared people to hold other people down. And yet, it persists today. So I am black even if I have a white parent? How insensitive and dismissive of that white parent. How would this board be if it were reversed? One drop of white blood made you white? Let us racially mixed folks identify ourselves! Peace to you all!~Raya
SOME RESEARCHED FACTS/OPINIONS: The one-drop rule is a historical colloquial term in the United States that holds that a person with any trace of African ancestry is considered black unless having an alternative non-white ancestry which he or she can claim, such as Native American, Asian, Arab, or Australian aboriginal.(wikipedia)
BCK Says: Let it be known that BCK does not believe in the one-drop rule. A person who is of mixed ancestry is exactly that:mixed. However,as long as any celebrity kid has a percentage of African ancestry in him,he or she will be featured on this site. On that note,do you believe that it is unfair to say that Barack Obama is the first “Black” president?