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Well, I'd quibble with that a bit.  I think the well-connected element resulted more from whites he met rather than family.  Wasn't his mother an anthropologist and his grandfather a furniture salesman?

Poemless makes a fair point about a lot of black talking heads being antagonistic towards him initially, until they realized regular black folks loved him and decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 06:25:15 PM EST
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That just makes Colman's point - for the African American leadership he wasn't "black" enough, not only for being half white but also for not being a descendant of slaves.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 02:32:23 AM EST
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But I don't see how that was helpful to Obama's candidacy.  So how can it make Colman's point?

My own take is that being a descendant of slaves makes no difference when it comes to perceptions of whether or not this or that person is "black," as the term applies in the states.  Being black is, as you know, as much a cultural thing as it is a biological thing, which is a point on which some black leaders (the black Villagers, sans Clyburn and Lewis) and a lot of really stupid white journalists -- looking at you, Wolf Blitzer -- didn't "get" it.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 09:32:09 AM EST
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