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  •  I totally agree, Stella Ray. But as I told a woman (1+ / 0-)
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    in a Phoenix bookstore, I have the right to claim my half.

    Not to mention he is African American.
    I love that he has and had a foot in both groups. I know it must have been difficult for many reason growing up but he grew into the man we love and respect. I love his innocence, I love his faith that we can change, I love his belief that we are good and care deeply about each other in this country. I love his hope.

    I am proud to have this very good man as President of the United States.

    •  SIGH. So interesting, Liberal Granny. (1+ / 0-)
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      Further up thread I took some heat for originally calling Obama half African American in my diary.  Folks pointed out to me, and I think rightfully, that he is all African American, in the sense of having roots in both places.  So at the request of a poster here who I respect, I edited the "half" out of my diary.

      The issue of race is still so tender in this country, yes?  I've been around quite awhile, and being an optimist, I always think I see progress on this front, but then I'm reminded how slowly the mills of the gods grind when running from the legacy of slavery and racism in this country, surely one of our darkest, if not the darkest blot on who we have strived to be.  

      Of course the fact is that Barack Obama is half black and half white, and I think that informs who he is more than some people would guess. I think it is part of the foundation of his search for consensus and unity, a healing of everything that has threatened him personally.

      I think it is hard to know the depth of questioning and confusion, the path of a person born to two different races, unless you find yourself in those shoes.  One thing's for sure, I like you, greatly respect the path this president has forged, the difficulty he had in doing so, and the wisdom he has come to.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:54:05 PM PST

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      •  I was'nt chiding or thinking you left something (1+ / 0-)
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        out. To some extent I said that in a light way, to preface my comments about growing up with such a background.

        I watch Key & Peele (Comedy channel) whenever I can because they both share their mixed race with the President. President Obama apparently watches it when he can, too, because he loves their character "Luther" who voices his anger.

        If you haven't watched it yet, you should. Those two find the humor in their background and even got a visit to the White House. They are incisive satirists and just downright funny.

        I think slavery was the biggest failing of our country and will forever bear that stain. In a generation or two I pray racism will become part of our shared past with no effect on our future, except as moral teaching.

        Like so many millions, I didn't think an African American president would be elected until I was very, very old. But here we are, and we just reelected him. It gives me great hope to see the reelection almost more than the first.

        A majority of people in this country, with their vote, went beyond skin pigment to reelect this wonderful man. If that's not monumental progress, I don't know what is.

        Now let's elect a woman. I could die happy (but not for a long time) seeing that much change in this country. People will even accept single payer soon.

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          the Key & Peele rec.  I'll check it out.  I too find the president's re-election in ways even more important than the first time---that this troubled country looked at what they had and decided they wanted to be in Barack Obama's hands.
          And yes, it would be so lovely to see a woman president somewhere besides in a movie or on TV.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:26:29 AM PST

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      •  Especially deep (2+ / 0-)
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        the depth of questioning and confusion
        when you never have exposure to one of those cultures during your formative years, and the exposure to the other is limited and fragmented as was the case in Obama's childhood. His heritage was Kansas and Kenya. His reality was Indonesia and Hawaii. He has performed the heroically difficult task of integrating all of those pieces.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:45:11 PM PST

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