Tuesday, January 22, 2008

OBAMA! (January 22, 2008)

Born in 1961 in Honolulu of a white American woman from very white Kansas, and a Muslim Kenyan father from that reasonably democratic and independent African country (his middle name coincidentally is Hussein). Obama also lived in Jakarta, Indonesia until age 10. Now how does that make him black? Suntanned looks but not American black. Certainly not more than myself, born in South Africa of modestly light complexion and now American; I am at least as African-American as Obama.

Some Persian or Moroccan Jews, certain Greeks or Italians, are clearly as dark as Obama if not more so – and we haven’t started down the list of Central and South American habitats. Yet to himself and his supporters he is the black candidate – even to Democratic Hillary, inexplicably.

It seems pigmentation is not really the issue – convoluted symbology is: an agenda-driven presumption of identity theft that has the same racist overtones as keeping certain groups out of the USA (think of the refugees from Nazi Germany on the S.S. St. Louis turned back from our shores, back to Europe’s efficient crematoria). It’s the same racist perversion that pretends hair character or skin tone is more important than ideas, than morality. Now that’s not very American at all.

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