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Is Barack Obama Black?

Debra Dickerson made the case that Barack Obama is not really black (see the column here at

Dickerson, author of "The End of Blackness," recently appeared on the Colbert Report.  It’s hard to know what to say about it.  On th one hand, it’s just really funny.  However, the humor touches on the struggle for identity that is inherant in the American Melting pot. 

(You’ll want to turn the music off first. Just scroll down and click the "pause" button on the Sonific player in the left-hand column and then click on the big arrow above.)

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posted February 14, 2007 at 11:09 am

mcd, if barack obama isn’t black then I’m in even bigger trouble. do you have any recommendations?

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posted January 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

I’m black African, married to a white man and we have to daughters and for us they are both black. That does not mean that we’re are asking our daughter to deny theirs white heritage but we think it is a way for them to sherish their black heritage. I think that the problem with African-Americans is that they strongly believe that every single African partecipated in the slave trade. For some of them Africans sold them to the whites and they should be punished. We know that tha’s not the truth. In fact some of OUR COMMON and I reapet OUR COMMON ancerstors due to the circumstances of the time, partecipate in the slave trade. However, the reality is that the majority of Africans did not. The reality was that Europeans needed Africans to labour and they did whatever was in their power to get slaves. Besides, Africans where not only taken to America or the Caribeean but they were also taken from one place to another within the African continent and nearby islansds, they were taken to Europe and Asia. What do African Americans have to say about black people in the Island of Cape Verde, S.Tome and Principe, the Island of S. Helena, Comores, Seychelles and many other places?
Asian people were also brought to Africa and many of them to work as slaves. All because of the fact that Europeans at that time needed them as well.
In my opinion the problem is that Africa is the most underdeloped place in the world and African-American and other people in the diaspora are aware of that but at the same time they are ashmed. The hate towards African in my opinion goes beyond the fact that SOME of OUR COMMON ancestors partecipated in the slave trade. It is a way of of them ( at least those who think like that) denying their African Ancestry, it is a way of saying we are not like them, ignorant and underdeveloped. I do mean to say that every black people in the diaspora feel that way but those who feel need to overcome that for the sake of all black people or We will forever continue to be the most ignored and disrespected people in the world. There is a lot that could be said to expand what I’ve just written but it is not possible to do so here. LETS JUST TRY TO RESPECT AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. DEEPLY AFRICANS HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND ALL BLACK PEOPLE IN THE DIASPORA. WE ARE PROUD THAT YOU GUYS HAVE OVERCOME AND CONTINUE TO OVERCOME. LETS TALK TO ONE ANOTHER AND NOT DOING THE SOME MISTAKE SOME OF OUR ANCESTORS MADE. LETS FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY ANY OTHER KIND OF DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS BLACK PEOPLE IN AFRICA, IN AMERICA AND ANY OTHER PLACE WITH BLACK COMMUNITIES.

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posted January 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for visiting…so what did you think about the video?

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posted April 7, 2008 at 5:40 am

This chick is ignorant. Why can’t you just call Barack what he really is, a man of Mixed Ancestry. Who cares what he identifies himself with. Obama 08′

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posted September 19, 2008 at 11:46 am

I claim Irish ancestry. Do I have to denounce this claim if my family didn’t arrive (in the U.S.) during the Potato Famine? I believe my ancestors were treated the same regardless (I.N.N.A.).
I hope it’s obvious to Americans that Barack Obama, above all other descriptions and identities, is a very intelligent man who is capable of leading this country. Nothing else really matters. Let’s not get sidetracked.

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