Seriously, IT’S 2014 CRAZY SEASON, and the media is playing the same foolish games they played back in 2007, pre Obama presidency.
President Obama made history in 2008 as the first African-American president in U.S. history. By Chris Cillizza
But, according to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” See anything wrong with this picture?
I’m wondering if Chris Cillizza held his nose and sighed PHEW, before he typed up that load of horseshit. I know Cillizza wrote this load of CRAP with graphs to get clicks, but let us not be fooled by the meaning and timing of this piece.
Obama Discusses His Racial Identity
In February 2007, Senator Barack Obama discussed his racial identity on CBS “60 minutes.” As a junior senator from Illinois, Obama didn’t just face criticism that he lacked the experience to be president but that growing up mixed-race made him unable to relate to the average African American. Told that some African Americans didn’t think he was “black enough” by Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” Obama remarked, “The truth of the matter is when I’m walking down the south side of Chicago and visiting my barbershop and playing basketball in some of these neighborhoods, those aren’t questions I get asked. …I also notice when I’m catching a cab, nobody’s confused about that, either.”
KROFT: How important is race in defining yourself?
OBAMA: I think all of us in America and particularly African-Americans have to think about race at some point in our lives. The way I like to think about it, I am rooted in the African-American community, but I’m not defined by it. I am comfortable in my racial identity and recognize that I’m part of a very specific set of experiences in this country, but that’s not the core of who I am. Another way of saying is that’s not all I am.
KROFT: You were raised in a white household?
KROFT: Yet at some point, you decided that you were black?
OBAMA: Well, I’m not sure I decided it. I think if you look African-American in this society, you’re treated as an African-American. And when you’re a child in particular that is how you begin to identify yourself. At least that’s what I felt comfortable identifying myself as.
KROFT: There are blacks who say that you don’t carry the psychological burden of slavery, or growing up in Harlem, or the south side of Chicago as descendants of slaves, but that you’re more recent-immigrant stock.
KROFT: What do you make of that whole debate?
OBAMA: I think [that's] a small bunch of very intellectualized African-Americans, because that’s not how I feel when I go into my barber shop to get my haircut. It’s not what I experience when a cab driver drives by and waves and says, “I’m rooting for you.” What I think I will plead to is a different perspective on some of the racial issues that we face in the sense that I come at it with the assumption that there is racial prejudice in our society, that we do continue to carry the historical legacy of Jim Crow and slavery. We’ve never fully addressed that. It manifests itself in much higher rates of poverty and violence and lack of educational achievement in minority communities. But I know in my heart that there is a core decency to the American people, and that decency can be tapped. I think America is at the point now where if a white person has the time to get to know who you are, that they are willing on average to look beyond race and judge you as an individual. That doesn’t mean that they’ve stopped making snap judgments. It doesn’t mean that before I was Barack Obama, and I was just Barack Obama, that if I got into an elevator, a woman might not clutch her purse a little tighter. Or if I’m walking down the street, that you might not hear some clicks of doors locking, right. I mean, there’s still a host of stereotypes that I think a lot of people are operating under. But I think if they have time to get to know you, they will judge you as they would judge anybody else, and I think that’s enormous progress. We’ve made progress. Yes, things are better. But better is not good enough. And we’ve still got a long way to go.
KROFT: You think the country’s ready for a black President?
Why do you think Cillizza and his corporate masters are rehashing this nonsense again?