American voters fell all over themselves to vote for the first black man as president. But of course he’s not really black. He’s half black. And half white.
And that was a problem initially to none other than Michelle Obama’s mother.
As the New York Post reports, “long before Michelle Obama became First Lady, her mother had misgivings about her marrying a young man named Barack Obama — because he was biracial.”
“In a Chicago TV interview that aired during Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign — and newly resurrected by Michelle Obama biographer Peter Slevin in a book due out next month — Marion Robinson confessed to being “a little bit” wary about her future son-in-law being the product of a white mom and black dad.”
But it could’ve been worse.
“That didn’t concern me as much as had he been completely white,” Robinson laughed in the appearance on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”
Funny how the interview and comments were scarcely noticed at the time. Of course not. But imagine if a white Republican mom had said the opposite – like maybe the mother of Ginny Thomas worrying about her daughter marrying the black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I guess that I worry about races mixing because of the difficulty — not for, so much for prejudice or anything,” Robinson continued. “It’s just very hard.”
Nope, you really don’t want the races mixing. Nope, that’s just hard.
I mean – per the Reverand Al — you have to go out of your way to ensure black people are evenly, if not overly, represented at the Academy Awards.
And you can’t make ANY mention of race when you talk about crime statistics, or unemployment statistics.
But you really don’t want the races, you know, mixing.
Which is why you have the “Congressional Black Caucus.” And the “Black Entertainment Network.” And the “American Black Achievement Awards.” Because you don’t really want everyone mixing on the same playing field either.
How in the heck do they manage in professional sports?
But just remember folks. We haven’t yet had the “first black president.” He’s only our first “half-black” president.