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A very moving report from N.Y. Times columnist Bob Herbert about reactions among Detroit-residing African Americans to Barack Obama‘s nomination acceptance speech.

  • broadstreetbully

    Moving, indeed. Although I could do without the “God wouldn’t allow it to rain on this day” malarkey, and the curious insistence upon calling Barack Obama “black”, or African-American. He’s mixed-race, which is what I think is the truly special and wonderful thing about him, not that he’s a successful “black” politician.

  • George Prager

    Very strange. Don’t they realize that he lacks executive experience and he didn’t support the surge? Seriously, broadstreetbully, it seems that you have taken too many story structure seminars. And try to tell a cabdriver that he’s not “black.”

  • broadstreetbully

    I don’t think one needs “story structure seminars” (whatever those may be) to appreciate the symbolism of Obama’s mixed-race-ness as being post-racial. I think post-racial is the ideal future, as opposed to the politics of racial identity.
    Now, do I begrudge African-Americans being proud of his success? Of course not! That’s why I said the piece was moving, indeed. My problem is not with the black voters and citizens, who do see Obama as “black” because of the darker hue of his skin (as opposed to an equally mixed-race person such as Mariah Carey who is generally seen as “white”. My problem is with the media who seems to have COMPLETELY abandoned any cultural discussion of mixed-race and post-racial symbolism/idealism from the campaign, which is what I think made Obama special in the first place.

  • George Prager

    I was referring to the God malarkey criticism. People are entitled to their malarkey.
    Mariah Carey seen as “white?” Tell that to my cousins who went to high school with her. She’s as white as Halle Berry (black dad + white mom=Berry, Carey, Obama). I need an Advil. Keep fighting the good fight, broadstreet.

  • broadstreetbully

    Well, I thought you brought the cabdriver into the discussion to point out that simply based on instantaneous, first-time, objective viewing, Barack Obama looks “black” (i.e., darker-hued, so a cab-driver wouldn’t pick him up).
    I think Mariah Carey would have a lot easier time with those cabbies than Obama would. Or than Halle Berry would. That’s my point. There’s a difference between looking black and actually, genetically being black (or mixed, or white). It’s all very complicated and culturally interesting.
    Your desire for an Advil is noted, though, and that’s probably why the media avoidst he whole thing.

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