Black People : The New Black Nativism

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By ORLANDO PATTERSON ( <--- :star: :star: :star: )

To the surprise of many whites and dismay of his supporters, Barack Obama trailed Hillary Clinton among black Americans by a 40-point margin in a recent Washington Post-ABC poll. It is possible to read this as a positive development: black Americans have transcended racial politics and may now vote for the person they consider the better candidate, regardless of race. The sad truth, however, is that Obama is being rejected because many black Americans don't consider him one of their own and may even feel threatened by what he embodies.

So just what is the nature of black American identity today? ...

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1587276-1,00.html

...In recent years, however, this tradition has been eroded by a thickened form of black identity that, sadly, mirrors some of the worst aspects of American white identity and racism. A streak of nativism rears its ugly head. To be black American, in this view, one's ancestors must have been not simply slaves but American slaves. Furthermore, directly mirroring the traditional definition of whiteness as not being black is the growing tendency to define blackness in negative terms--it is to be not white in upbringing, kinship or manner, to be too not at ease in the intimate ways of white Americans.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1587276-2,00.html
 
I find it to be an "oxymoron" for blacks to consider Obama NOT to be one of their own.

A large percentage of the afro-american popular aren't purebreed right off the boat african anymore.

And besides, Obama wouldn't have gotten this far if he would have came with a platform of "black power" because he realizes the white vote would make/break him.

<Edited> I just realized I created a typo, I meant to say that its an oxymoron for Blacks to NOT consider Obama one of their own.
 
Not an oxymoron. Obama comes from the same pedigree that created the American Negro (Black person), an individual, for the most part, that is not 100% African descent. How many of us can say with a strong degree of certainity that all of our ancestors have been Black, regardless of the circumstances? I am definitely about Black people and African Unity, but I know I can not say it. My wife is African and she thought my mom was Mexican. My family on both sides are what I term a Mestee subset of the Black people in America. Do we have more than African ancestry? Yes. Does that make us any less Black? Hell n'all. My father's mother is of Haitian parentage when the Haitian people came to Southern Louisiana in the 1800's and is as far as we know of virtually exclusive Black African ancestry, but my dad's pops was Native. So my dad is "mixed", but don't tell him that.

Blackbird
 
that's what this article is about.. the 'change'.. it used to be black was black.. but now black folk have adopted all this extra criteria.. (white mans thinking).. on trying SO hard to define what makes black Black. hrmph! Nationalism, demography, econonomics, who's your momma! Once again white folk have proven the rule that 'divide and conquer' works.. smh..
 

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