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Exploded

Not content with minor coincidences, Barack Obama’s ancestry apparently poked through Drudge the other day and found out about the Strom Thurmond/Al Sharpton connection. From the Baltimore Sun:

“According to the research, one of Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves”

The Hillary camp will no doubt use this as ammo when the REALLY greasy politics comes into play during primary season especially considering how important the black vote is in the primary. Here are some other interesting tidbits from the piece:

“Reitwiesner’s research identifies two other presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, as descendants of slave owners. Three of McCain’s great-great-grandfathers in Mississippi owned slaves, including one who owned 52 in 1860. Two ancestors of Edwards owned one slave each in Georgia in 1860.”

There, that’s more like it. Let’s level the playing field a little bit.

Anyone else find it disturbing that all this is coming up now? I mean, I understand all the hubbub about Strom Thurmond, first off he’s dead, and secondly it wasn’t as though he was a good person. I fear the worst when the most compelling thing about a campaign right now revolves around what your great-great-great-great grandfather did.

Barrack Obama, or “Diet Jesus” as his friends call him, is making some serious headway with black voters at the expense of Mizz Hillary.A few Obama fans According to a piece in the Post (the good one), Hillary’s lead among black voters has been “sliced in half” in favor of the junior Senator from Illinois.

This raises an interesting spectre for the psychology behind Obama. Is he truly black or is he “African” and should there even be a distinction?

Wait, I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t interesting. Why is it that as soon as a viable black candidate appears, people have to immediately deconstruct his racial identity.

He can’t really be black, can he? Because he hasn’t shared in the strife of the black experience, he’s an American African, not an African-American.

This is complete and utter nonsense. Racism by its very nature lacks any reason or sense, it is based entirely on the color of one’s skin or the ethnicity from which one originates. Because of the color of his skin, Obama has been subject to the same reduced set of expectations as that of the entire African-American community and he has shattered them completely and utterly.

Perhaps it’s time to look at the content of his character.

Being a Puerto Rican man who looks nothing like the average Boricua, I’m on the opposite end of this argument. Because I don’t look Hispanic, I have benefited from a society that for all its rhetoric about cherishing different cultures is actively and unjustly hostile to the Latino community. I’ve seen first hand how an ultra-modern republic can still be so swayed by our primitive instinct of fortifying communities made up of people that look alike.

From my personal experiences, a Latino is a Latino, regardless of whether he or she is from Mexico, Honduras, or Michigan. Sure, many people think Cubans and their deadly Republicanism are annoying, but they are still our brothers and sisters, we love them just the same. My black friends, however, see themselves as having an entirely different identity from even the second and third generation Haitian and Jamaican people they know. They simply aren’t black according to them.

My criticism is thus, how can these communities celebrate the entrance of a viable minority candidate while simultaneously picking his identity to pieces?

There is nothing wrong with an Afro-Centric perspective and point of view on the candidacy of Barack Obama. What I believe is inherently wrong, however, is how a surprising percentage of the community’s intellectual backbone is holding the man at arms length while he so clearly better represents their interests.

My $0.02.