Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reporter Apologizes For Saying Obama Was "Much More White Than Black"

The nitwit next to Barack Obama is Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman, who has finally gotten around to apologizing for coming up with this insightful analysis of Barack Obama. speaking of Obama's upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii, Weisman concluded that Obama was "much more white than black."

When I first saw this article and after my first thought of WTH, I wanted to know who told white folks that if a black person is not surrounded completely by black folks that somehow they have not had "the black experience." And who the hell are they to decided what makes a person black or not? And a black person can't be black if they grew up in Hawaii or Indonesia? I seriously doubt Barack Obama thought he was white like the other white folks around him. He knew he was different.

Anywhere a black person is living at that moment in time is living the black experience because they are black. Period! The black experience is not one giant monolith!

4 comments:

Ruth Ferguson,  July 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM  

now slightly to his defense - that is exactly what a black reporter started and the community picked up and ran with for a while: Barck is not black enough. Thanks to President Clinton seems like a distant memory now.

Professor Tracey July 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

What reporter was that? And this guy was not talking about Barack being black enough, but what constitutes the black experience. There is a difference.

And black folks have the right to ask the question in my book, not white people. And don't think black people were wrong to ask where Barack Obama's loyalty lies and I think we need to keep asking and pushing.

MacDaddy July 1, 2008 at 9:14 PM  

Black folks sure do have the right to ask where his loyalty lies-- seeing as how he's standing on the shoulders of those who fought and won in the civil rights movement and the blacks who ran for president before he did like Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, and Jessie Jackson.

As an African American, I'm for pushing all centrist politicians to have some guts and stand firm on issues that are most pressing to me and black people. And if he keeps compromising on issues, we're going to ask about his loyalties even more. Blessings.

faith July 2, 2008 at 1:38 AM  

That reporter clearly does not know the first thing about journalism and doing any research on a subject. Did he stick his finger in the air and come up with a hypothesis? What an idiot! As if every Black person lives and grew up in the US. Some white people are just beside themselves and don't know what to do or how to act because they have done no internal work on their privilege.

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