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He’s Not Black

A well-written and passionate Washington Post piece arguing that thinking of Obama as black is wrong. “We call him that — he calls himself that — because we use dated language and logic. After more than 300 years and much difficult history, we hew to the old racist rule: Part-black is all black. Fifty percent equals a hundred. There’s no in-between.”

While the author doesn’t discount the importance of Obama’s win to black people (“The long, arduous battles that were fought and won in the name of civil rights redeemed our Constitution and brought a new sense of possibility to all minorities in this country.”), she also sees it as a milestone in hybridness (“The world has become too fused, too interdependent to ignore this emerging reality: Just as banks, earthly resources and human disease form an intricate global web, so do racial ties.”)

December 2, 2008