THE FIRST BLACKS IN POLITICS By Andre Austin The first three blacks to hold state wide office in America as governor, Senator and US congress have one thing in common that they all were bi-racial. Was this history’s fate, destiny or by design because of society’s notions about race. Was a black not good enough to be the first. Is this a slap in the face of a black whose mother and father were black. 1. Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (1837-1921) was the first black elected governor of a state in the USA coming from Louisiana. Pinchback publicly acknowledge that his mixed heritage helped him get elected to his office. 2. Bruce Blance (1841-1898) first black (Bi-racial) Senator elected from a state in the USA coming out of Mississippi. He was also the first black to have his signature on US currency while Booker T was another mixed individual to have his image on a US coin. 3. Hiram Revels (1822-1901) first mixed person to be elected to the US Congress. He completed the unfinished term of Jefferson Davis who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Some would take this history as a message to blacks with full 100% black heritage that there was something wrong with being black that we had to have an injection of white blood and genes to make us suitable for high level jobs bring in prestige and honor. Anyone looking back at history as a measuring stick to gauge the future might have warned that the first black president had to be or likely would be a mixed person. It is clear that whites have made a difference between mixed and black peoples. I recall the famous black journalist Alex Haley interviewing the infamous American nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in playboy magazine. Rockwell tried to prove that any intelligence from blacks came from the infusion white blood. He said: “Look how brilliant nig.ger.s are what they usually show you is a part-white man…it proves that white blood can make a part n..er more intelligent. Haley shot back with noting a black by the name of T.F. Pettigrew had an IQ of 200 and had no white heritage in his family tree. I don’t think it was an accident that our first president was bi-racial and that whites perfered him because he was symbolicy black and linked mostly to their side of the fence. No black people raised Obama and he didn’t grow up in an inner city. Obama says that he refers to himself as black because white society treats him as black which isn’t entirely true. He should have put himself in with Pinckney Pinchback who acknowledge that his mixed hertage helped him get elected to his office. I understand that many mixed people don’t like to talk about race and are the first to object to old black and white footage of slavery and the Civil rights era streaming through the projector in public classrooms. However, I liked Obama making a recent comment that if he had a son he might have looked like Trayvon Martin who was killed because he was a person of color walking the streets with a hood on. Whites will have to give up their obsession with wanting to control blacks social, political and economic life through racist laws, customs and practices. And stop trying to divide and conquer us by age, sex, skin variations, income, religion etc. We all have a limited time on earth, taking nothing with us. We will leave as we came in butt naked. Lets try to get along and make the best of it while we are here.