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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Questions about Obama's race defies logic

"Debates about who is an 'authentic' black rarely have any merit. This one is particularly mindless and pointless.

"People who identify themselves as African American are disassociating themselves from someone who is half African. What sense does that make? It used to be 'one drop' of black blood made you black. Now being half black is not enough? Using that standard, the Census count of African Americans would plummet.

"The Congressional Black Caucus has no doubts about Obama's race and has accepted him as a member. There is no sensible reason for others to refuse to do so....

"Clearly, it's absurd to assert that Obama is not black because his father was from another country. Nobody disputes these people are black: Malcolm X, whose mother was born in Grenada; Louis Farrakhan, whose mother was from St. Kitts and whose father was from Jamaica; or the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, whose mother was from Barbados, and whose father was from Guyana. How about Stokely Carmichael— Mr. "Black Power," born in Trinidad—or Marcus Garvey, the Pan-Africanist from Jamaica? Were they not black?"

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Booker T. Washington said:

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

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