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French tennisman Tsonga (who is right now playing the the Masters in Shangai) was interviewed on Monday morning about how, as a black person, he would react to Obama's election. His first reaction was that neither he nor Obama were black, but rather métis, i.e. of mixed descent (but the word doesn't really exist in American, apparently). His next reaction was, why wasn't he asked his opinion on McCain ? He wasn't going to make political decisions based on the color of a candidate's... An aspect of the current French society is a slow import of the US's racial categories, with "black" for anybody with African ancestry, where there used to be strong differences between African immigrants, slaves descendants from the Antilles, and métis...

Indeed, in  Obama's election, a rather worrying aspect is that he got a Stalinist percentage of the black vote's ; something that shows a slightly unhealthy democracy.

BTW, apparently Obama has got a bit of American Indian ancestry, or so I read.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Nov 8th, 2008 at 02:58:35 PM EST

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