Was Obama the First African-American President?

Was Obama the First African-American President?
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by Yvette Carnell

In 2010 I wrote an editorial for the Huffington Post  declaring unequivocally that President Obama was not the first African-American president:

In classic Obama style, he’s adorned the costume which we’ve come to associate with all rebellious agitators. Unlike some who’ve compared his speaking style to MLK, I see more of Malcolm than Martin in Obama’s mettle performance. Short, decisive, snappy comments, which linger with the listener by virtue of their verbosity and in your face intellectualism. This was Malcolm’s marker. In 21st century America, Obama is Malcolm’s emulator, but not his heir apparent.

While African-Americans were busily working for change during Obama’s 2008 campaign, we absentmindedly forget that history often foretells future events.

Born to a white mother and a Kenyan father, young Obama’s world view was fashioned in Indonesia and Hawaii through the prism of his mother. There is nothing unseemly about Obama’s upbringing, but it does belie the difficulty inherent in labeling President Obama as African-American.

My attempt to distinguish Obama, born of a white mother and Kenyan father, was met with enraged black voters who wrongly believed I was questioning Obama’s blackness. Now that some time has passed, Antonio Moore and I again explore the question of whether Obama is African-American. Watch the video below:

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susanakraglievich
susanakraglievich

Love what you guys have to say but was frustrated that Antonio kept interrupting Yvette. Was looking forward to what she had to say and then nearly everytime she spoke she was interrupted.

Don Mack
Don Mack

Pres Obama is no mlk or Malcom x they looked out for us and wasn't a shame to say it pres Obama is just the first black pres but he's just like the other pres when it comes to the black community he does nothing just like his predecessors

Ella Lingard
Ella Lingard

All of you are pissing me off! Why do we turn against our own, I say da*m all of you who take up white forks talking points and yes! President Obama is the first African american President! That thing about that racist Abrham Lincoln, for get about it!

Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson

Hell NO, Obama was NOT the 1st Black President! For I doubt IT seriously, if there is a WHITE MAN on this planet that have PURE EUROPEAN WHITE BLOOD! That is, unless they came from Hitler's Era, and have been PRACTICING that RACISM! 90% of so called White Folks have at least 1% of NEGRO/BLACK BLOOD running throughout their VEINS! For their White Ancestor's took ADVANTAGE of Black Slaves SEXUALLY, therefore, its how 80% of them are NOT PURE WHITE .... DESPITE THE FACT, that they DISOWN their mixed blood children! Heck, Yvette, you're a product of that ownership RACIST mentality! Do your DNA to learn the Ancestry you came from! Hell, you could be related to Thomas Jefferson, because we KNOW what his deal was!

Johnw11
Johnw11

Actually, Hitler derived his "pure race" white supremacy ideology from the early 20th Century Eugenics Movement in the U.S. Margaret Sanger, a leader of that movement openly advocated for the genocide of Blacks. Sanger's advocacy, now called "planned Parenthood,"  was signed onto by all Black leaders of that day, including W.E. B. Dubois -- except Marcus Garvey. Hillary Clinton, who many of you  recently voted for, received an award named for Sanger. She said she was proud of the award (which puts her maniacal support for locking up "super Predators" into perspective).

The assignment of race-membership of mixed-race people in a given society depends on what type of society it is. In societies such as the U.S., a "hypo-descent" method is used. In hypo-descent societies, the child of mixed-race parents is assigned (ascribed) to the race of the parent belonging to the group with the lowest ascribed status in the society. So that's how President Obama became Black.

Also, in the U.S., hypo-descent is not determined by actual skin complexion, but whether a person has "one drop" of Black blood. Therefore, there are no "mixed" white people unless they are passing. If it is known that they have one drop of Black blood, they are assigned Black, whether they like it or not.

During the 1990s, many such persons made it known that they didn't want to be classified as Black, and started a movement to have the U.S. Census Bureau add a "mixed race" category to its data collection. Some said they wanted to be classified as white. But, of course, that would never happen. 


Johnw11
Johnw11

One last point on this subject, I'd like to make as a behavioral / social science professional. Societal status, including race, generally come in at least two ways (1) ascribed (assigned) and (2) merit (earned). The status of race is ascribed, and never based on "merit." In other words, one can never work hard enough to overcome (if that's one's wish) his / her status as a Black person. However, sometimes, like in the case of President Obama, very rare "meritorious" exceptions are made for an individual to be given "honorary" status not generally afforded to members of the assigned status group  if the leaders of society see a need to place such a person in a particular role responsibility for the "good of society," which always means what's in the best interests of the rulers of the society. In this case the 1%.

So, when Senator Harry Reid said that Obama was "light skinned and spoke with no Negro accent," he was saying in code to white Dem voters that Obama is "not one of the Blacks." He is not one of our ex-slaves and therefore he can be trusted = he has no experiential 'memory' of slavery or Old Jim Crow. And he doesn't care about New Jim Crow. Joe Biden was saying the same thing when he said that Obama was the "first clean, fresh, and intelligent" Black to run for President.  Fresh and clean = not tarnished by slavery. Intelligent = loyal to white supremacy which is the system that rewards his career objective, and not foolish enough to squander his career success by caring about the rest of them = Blacks.

It was necessary to "market" Obama this way in order to get him elected because his hypo-descent "ascribed" status of African American could never be changed. So an "exception" based on "merit" (he's not like the others, he's well educated and has earned the right) was used.

Obama, grateful for the career opportunity, responded in kind. He scolded Blacks using right-wing GOP talking points, as "irresponsible, criminals and thugs, don't raise their children, falsely blaming racism, racism is over, society is post-racial," and other unscientific nonsense: while he transferred more wealth to Wall-Street than any president in history.

Meanwhile, millions of Black families in urban and rural communities try to make do on $2 per day;mothers and fathers selling blood at donor centers to feed their children, homelessness and home foreclosures sky rocketing, communities torn apart by poverty rooted violence (($2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," K. j. Edin and H. L. Shaefer, 2015). Also Blacks are being lynched on TV (not a single lyncher prosecuted).

But it's all good, according to some, because he "sleeps" with a Black woman. In other words, pornographic sexual fantasies are worthy substitutes for curative policies to end mass Black socioeconomic and socio-legal suffering. And that's all such beliefs could be intra-psychically speaking. Indeed, even if one assigns such thinking to symbolism; the need for "family role models" supposedly due to the much discussed decline of the Black family patriarchy system, the fact is the problem is not caused by any "moral deficit" or lack of "role models" of Blacks. There are millions of such Black families already in existence, spanning the entire socioeconomic spectrum, long before we'd ever heard of Obama. The cause is rooted in the lack of economic resources available to Blacks to form and maintain families (Pew Research Center -- "Record numbers of Americans Never Marry").


ROBERT JORDAN
ROBERT JORDAN

GREAT INTERVIEW!

I'M not sure any of us actually know OBAMA'S past,a lot of it was hidden and whitewashed away,but early on the name FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS was mentioned as OBAMA'S potential father and the media at the time simply ignored the story and it went away


I'M not a conspiracy theorist ,I'm a researcher and I go where the information leads me, and if you look up FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS'S past a lot of question about OBAMA will be answered.


I'M sure with a new administration coming who is no friend of OBAMA a lot more information about his actual past will become known and from what I have learned his followers are in for a rough ride!


http://theafricanspear.com/2015/02/13/frank-marshall-davis-obamas-father/


http://theafricanspear.com/2015/02/14/frank-marshall-davis-other-children/


claudioi
claudioi

Obama spent his whole presidency deserted by Democrats, obstructed by Republicans, and questioned by those who should be in his corner. If you spent less time questioning his African American credentials and more time supporting him, he would have been a great president and had the political clout to actually do some of the things you were hoping for. People forget that he sleeps next to a strong black "African American" woman every night. This country deserves 16 years of Donald Trump like leaders to realize that there will not be a Messiah president that will solve all issues. Modern day issues are complex and solutions are incremental. There are no Big-Bang solutions to issues. 

Johnw11
Johnw11

@claudioi Obama spent his "whole presidency" not being "obstructed" by anyone. I know you don't want to hear it, but I'm going to tell you the truth anyway. The very Republicans that you claim "obstructed" Obama are the very ones that gave him powers greater than those of any president in history. For example, the power to detain indefinitely any American citizen without charge or trial (NDAA), on and on.

Obama spent his whole presidency enabling Republicans and making a fool out of people like you. Obama tried to strike a "Grand Bargain" with the GOP that would have cut Social Security, and aid to the poor by $4 trillion. They refused, and you should be glad they did. The claim that Black people did not support Obama and that caused his presidency to be a failure is stark delusional. Black people elected Obama twice with nothing to show for it but economic and legal regression back at least 50 years: some scholars say back farther than that.

Obama never cared one thing about you. Obama cared only about himself and the Wall-Street players who made him president and picked his cabinet. When Obama entered office in 2009, he had more clout to do whatever he wanted than any president in modern history (some polls showed up to 79% of the American public supported him). Rather than use his clout to help people who'd elected him and desperately needed his help, Obama turned his back on them and pursued only Wall-Street enriching policies, and worked to revive what was in 2009 a moribund GOP. Obama brought the GOP back to life deliberately, claiming a strong GOP was needed to keep Dems in check. Obama often negotiated with the GOP, striking deals behind Dems back.

Obama said on the Axefiles (12/26/16) in an interview with his former campaign strategist David Axelrod how he played you. Obama said Dems should appeal more to people's "emotions" rather than facts. You are a victim of that strategy, Obama played you by appealing to your emotions (First Black President) and he virtually bragged about it. Obama is almost gone now, off into the sun-set a very rich man. He no longer needs to play you. but his con-game was so effective, you are now playing yourself. Obama also said in the same interview that Dems should spend less time promising things to people they have "already won over," and focus on people they need to win over. Obama did nothing for Blacks because he already had them "won over."

No one asked Obama to be a "messiah," or to "solve all issues." By making that claim, you are being "visceral" (emotional) just like Obama said you should be played. What was expected of Obama is the same things that are expected of all elected officials, that they use the power of their office to lead policies to help people: socioeconomically and socio-legally when indicated. African Americans have lost economically under Obama in all indexes, Obama has not lifted one finger to help, if he has, then name the finger for me, because the only finger I've seen is his middle finger. Obama has not prosecuted a single lyncher for violating the Civil Rights of Blacks, even though many of the lynchings were televised (captured on video).

While it pains me to see you being as lost as you are, Obama was right when he told Axelrod that once you get people emotionally hooked, facts don't matter. It is the same thing I've been saying for years when I addressed personality cult-worship, zealotry, and fanaticism. As I listed to Obama's interview, I almost felt that he'd been reading my posts in that regard.

Therefore, I know that you will pay no attention to the facts I've presented. Obama knows it too.

The good thing is, Obama will be gone in a few weeks. I'm glad. My only regret is he's not taking his snitch Sharpton with him.

Tony Fair
Tony Fair

. . . and this is why this page never get the feedback that it should. Of course he's black. Stop it already!

Johnw11
Johnw11

Is President Obama the first African American president? Since, in my mind,  the matter is rooted in both genetics and culture, the answer is both "yes" and "no." Genetically, yes: since he is of African descent and was born in America =African American. But culturally, NO, since he has no cultural relationship with the Black collective, those of us who are directly descended from chattel enslavement, and the legacies of Old and New Jim Crow. In fact, if he had such a history, he would never have been selected by Wall-Street's "Super-Delegates" to become president in the first place. A slave with memory is never allowed the highest level of power in the master's house.

In fact, President Obama, according to biographers David Maraniss ("Barack Obama: The Story," 2010, and David Remnick, "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama," 2010), Mr. Obama gave false accounts of his psychosocial history in his book -- "Dreams for my Father" (1995) -- in order to fabricate for himself what he thought was an African American narrative as he sought a political career in a primarily African American political district (probably based on stereotypes he was taught about Blacks by the whites who raised him): (1) that he was abandoned by his father, and (2) that his mother was a poverty-stricken single mother on welfare.

In fact, their research discovered that Mr. Obama was reared in wealth and privilege not available to most people "black or white," and that his mother left his father rather than the other way around.

In my mind, a more appropriate question would be, has President Obama been good for Black people? There my answer is not split at all. It is, beyond the possibility of contradiction, a resounding NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In EVERY socioeconomic indicator, Blacks have been set back at 50 years by him. In every socio-legal indicator, Blacks have been set back at least 50 years by him. And psychologically, some Blacks have been totally devastated, enmeshed in zealotry and fanaticism so extremely that it is painful to even listen to them make such fools of themselves.

Johnw11
Johnw11

Addendum:

It should be noted that his lack of cultural "African Americanism" was a primary obstacle to his early political career in Chicago where he "popped-up" circa mid 1980s. His Black political opponents questioned his "Blackness" often, stating that, "We don't know this guy, or where he came from. All we know is that he is not one of us."

Given this, the above article is not out-of-line with the standard narrative about Mr. Obama not being "African American," with which I agree in the cultural sense. It is a decades long charge dating back to his earliest days on the mainland.

When one studies his political rise, he either had powerful backers, or the kind of luck that a casino gambler or lottery player could only dream of. He won his first political office (state senator) by getting the person (African American woman) already holding the seat kicked off the ballot. One more time: he won his first political office by having the person already holding the seat kicked off the ballot. Something almost never heard of before.

He then ran for congress a few years later, but was defeated by the useless Bobby Rush. Rush declared repeatedly that Obama was "not one of us," and "we don't know where he came from. He just popped up out of nowhere running for office."

Four years later, Obama ran for the U.S. senate. Strange thing is, about one month or less, before the primary, he trailed his opponent by 30-points or so. The media attacked his opponent -- a wealthy white guy-- on behalf of Obama,  for IPV (intimate partner violence) against his wife. The guy was forced from the race leaving only Obama virtually unchallenged. Obama won the Dem senate primary by default.

Then in the general election, Obama's opponent was a young rising GOP star. He was considered a "family values" guy and miles ahead in the polls over Obama. Problem was he'd been married to a Hollywood actress and divorced because Mr. "family values" had tried to coerce his wife to have public sex with him. The divorce papers containing the politically damning information were sealed.

Everyone had better sit down for this one.

Although Obama was running as a Dem, the local REPUBLICAN newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, led the drive to have the divorce papers unsealed. Sure enough, Mr. "family values"  had indeed tried to force his ex-wife to engage in public sex. He was forced to drop-out the race.

While there were several well known white GOP potential candidates in the state who wanted to challenge Obama, polls showing they all would have beaten him badly, the state GOP chose none of them. Instead, they chose for Obama an out-of-state Black mental patient named Allan Keyes. A man so delusional he was once arrested for showing up at a GOP presidential debate and demanding to be included although he wasn't even running.

This ensured Obama's selection to the U.S. senate.

Before he was even sworn in as senator, the media anointed him as the next president. And it came to be, before he'd served barely half his first term as U.S. senator he became president.

With that kind of luck, if his personality-cult worshippers had any sense, as broke as many of them are, they'd be writing him asking for a "lucky" lark of his hair, so they can play the lottery, Grand Powerball, or something.


Edwin Boone
Edwin Boone

Yep, so get over it. You can't snatch away his Black card simply because you don't like his policies.