How do you feel?

@DJfrOKI (251)
United States
June 28, 2008 9:54am CST
First, let me say that I'm not very political. But I get very irritated when I hear the media about Obama. FACT, he is half "black". However, the media is calling him the first "blacK' nominee. They are saying if elected, he will be the fist "black" president. I don't care much about race. In this day and age (in America), we shouldn't be classified by race. Why can't we all just be Americans? No African American, not Asian American, not white American (shouldn't we be called European American)? Anyway, back to my question. If he is elected and the history books call Obama the first "black" president, should they also name Washington our first "white" president? How do you feel?
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Amen. And if elected, he will technically NOT be the first black president. Several of our former presidents were quadroon or octaroon, but it wasn't widely noted. I've just written an article on this that should be published in the next few days on Associated Content. He is claiming to be black because it is (literally) politically correct for him to do so. Being white and running for president, you can't play the race card.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Ldyjarhead, First I believe it is not as much politically correct for Obama to play the "race" card as it is politically advantageous! Secondly, If you will send me the title of your article in Associated Content I would like to read it.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Yes, advantageous is the more proper word in this case. My article hasn't been published yet, but if you want to see my account to bookmark for later, I will post a link on my profile in just a minute. In face, if you give me your email address, you can get an email each time I have an article published. I will add you as a friend now, if you want to send it to me via PM.
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@DJfrOKI (251)
• United States
29 Jun 08
No such thing as the "white" card. I know he is an intelligent person. I just wish he would run on that and let the media know that is what he is doing. Keep race out of it.
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@trish32 (1471)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I agree that the media is playing up his "blackness" and it's totally to his advantage where campaigning is concerned. I also agree that he shouldn't be classified as the first "black" president given the fact that he is of mixed decent. If I remember correctly we've had past presidents that were of mixed black descent. Personally, I don't care what color or of what heritage a candidate is. Those factors are not important. What is important is their beliefs, plans of action, ability to work with other members of our government and ability to work with other leaders around the world. The sooner people start looking at that and not color, gender, religion, etc., the better of this country will be. Unfortunately, I don't foresee that happening in the near future.
@DJfrOKI (251)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Neither do I. It really is too bad. I haven't even heard him correct people that he is half. I really like what he has to say but I would like him to be a little truer when it comes to that. He did a speech on race and thought he was going to clarify his "color" their but didn't. Thanks for the post.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I agree with you. First off race nor gender should be either an advantage or disadvantage in any political race. Secondly neither should be a reason to either vote or not vote for someone! I admit that he is the first "dark skinned" person to be a party nominee and would be the first to be elected president, but I really do not believe that race has any place in politics.
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@DJfrOKI (251)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Yeah, many things shouldn't be in politics. Just look how religion plays in the government. It's just sad. Thanks for the post.
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@successlog (3172)
• China
29 Jun 08
yes, it is corrrect.we should tell the people by race. at least we all want to build the Country more prosperous and richer.so no matter black or white,as long as he can lead people to come ture the great aim.people should believe him,support him. whoever he is,whatever his race is....
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• India
29 Jun 08
I agree with you friend....But it's a historic blunder....During previous centuries the people were divided by race,gender etc....I don think that being or electing a black president is not a milestone in these days ....i don know what these media did during the times? what do u say??
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I feel that race should not play a part in this thing at all...It is always been a fact that if a person has black in them they usually consider themselves as black,i do not know why but it seems to always be that way.I read somewhere that black is the dominate race when someone is half white and have black..I am actually more concerned about the issues and the changes rather than what race Obama is...
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• United States
29 Jun 08
I have to wonder what color he would be if his wife were white. And, I think that most of us wouldn't have even noticed his color if the media weren't bringing it up all the time. They seem to have a statistic for everything don't they? He'll also be the first half white/half black president, don't forget the youngest and the first one who didn't put his hand on his heart and didn't wear a pin... So why not start calling Washington the first white? Good point. And the first male...
• United States
29 Jun 08
I feel the same as you do about race. I have been wondering why no one has said that Obama is half white. He is half of each. I've been told by people that they say this because he looks more like a black man than a white man. I don't think it matters what color someone is, but how they think and feel as Americans.
• United States
29 Jun 08
If people are really blogging that Obabma isn't black (regardless of HOW MUCH black, he's still seen as black) you guys are crazy. To really sit and say, if he were elected, that he wouldn't be the first black president? Um, yes, he would. AND to say that him being black is an ADVANTAGE?!? Are you serious? Do we live in the same atmosphere? "In this day and age" the fact that we should not be classified by race is true but in case you didn't notice...YOU have obviously spent a good amount of energy deciding how black Mr. Obama is. Come on now.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
it does not really matter if he just half black he still black. so does it mean he is also half white. but people will call you more in how you look on your skin and outer appearance.
• India
29 Jun 08
politcs need sth spicy on these issue,nt in america only u can hve experienceof this type of ambiguity all over the world.Abt Obama its gud that he is nt cete white or black,bt in ths days of rocket science and automation these factors are negligible to make one American president.people are much aware.black and white is only a political drama.lets see how he rule america and the whole world!
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
29 Jun 08
He could be the first mixed race president, but he will never be the first black president. I do wonder what they would call him if he looked more white.