The Unbearable Banishment: …and one more thing about Presidential skin pigment

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

…and one more thing about Presidential skin pigment

If we’re going to make a big issue out of President Obama’s race (which, as I said a few posts ago, we should not be doing) wouldn’t it be more accurate to call him our first Mulatto President? Isn’t calling him our first African American President revisionist history?

8 Comments:

Blogger jason quinones said...

i prefer to think of obama as our first bi-racial president.

but in the eyes of the mass media he's black enough...so first black president it is.

January 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

but yeah...

black, white or whatever what matters is whether or not he'll live up to the messiah prophecy we have unfairly bestowed upon this guy or will he be just like every other prez we've ever had.

which is say kinda crappy.

January 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Well, it's been, what?, two weeks? and I already like what this guy has done. He gutted some of Bush's nonsense that I never agreed with.

January 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
OpenID daisyfae said...

personally, i'm looking forward to our first orange president. Ooompa Loompahs are under-represented in government.

January 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger mjp said...

Mulatto, Quadroon, Octoroon, High Yellow - bro, it's the 21st century. Get back on the riverboat and steer it straight into the nearest time machine. Join us.

Sorry, just trying to keep the place controversial. Don't mind me. I think you're on to something. ;)

(Is there some significance to the fact that the scrambled CAPTCHA code I'm being asked to type spells "colerses"? Are they reading my scrambled thoughts?!)

January 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: That would be Ooompa Loompahs and tanning bed enthusiasts.

mjp: It ain’t me I tell ya! It’s the media that won’t leave it alone! Although I continue to write about it. Hummm. Worst case of denial ever.

January 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
OpenID anniegirl1138 said...

Bi-racial is a good label if one is trying to be accurate and it is more inclusion in that huggie sort of way Americans like to think they are. It's too bad he isn't transgendered, then he could be our first Wo/man president too.

January 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger fwengebola said...

I have often been yelling that, but will anyone listen?

(I've said mixed-race though. 'Mulatto's a bit dodgy.)

January 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

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