Quoting the article (emphasis-mine):
"And at the Shepherd Park Barber Shop here, where the hair clippers hummed and the television blared, Calvin Lanier summed up the simmering ambivalence. Mr. Lanier pointed to Mr. Obama’s heritage — he is the American-born son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — and the fact that he did not embody the experiences of most African-Americans whose ancestors endured slavery, segregation and the bitter struggle for civil rights."
I had no idea there were people who were (more or less) questioning Obama's Blackness.
February 3, 2007 11:43 AM"
After checking out the New York Times article as E.R. suggested, I stumbled upon some statements Colin Powell made about himself (and Blacks as a whole) years, ago:
"Discussing his appeal to white voters at the time, Mr. Powell, the light-skinned son of Jamaican parents, noted that he spoke English well and was not confrontational. He concluded by saying, “I ain’t that black.”"
I had to step away from this, for a while, after I read that article and saw the quote from Powell that ended with "I ain't Black."
I didn't remember the statement or any controversy surrounding them, so it was something of a shock - delayed or not.
Maybe it shouldn't have, but that quote and the one that preceded it really overshadowed the rest of the article, for me - at least until I could step away from it and process the information a bit more.
February 5, 2007 10:05 AM "
I'm still kinda blown away by all of this and can hardly get my thoughts together to comment further.
I can't believe Obama's "Blackness" is in-question and I can't believe I don't remember those strange statements from Colin Powell (whose statements and actions have bothered me for some time) about his own Blackness.
I don't really know what else to say. Maybe I'll be able to put something coherent together later.