I am careful not to talk too much about Senator Obama, not because he is not worthy of discussion but because it would be too easy to talk about him almost every day. I have said previously that his candidacy excites me mostly because our country will have no choice but to deal with the issue of “racial” classifications due to his being the first Mixed person to reach such a high level. But I have also realized just how difficult it will be for people to drop the awful habit of classifying any person that is half black as simply black, despite the other 50% of their ethnic make-up. It is a historical blight that seems to be completely woven into the American fabric, even amongst people who should know better.
I say this because in the last week or so I have seen at least three articles on Obama that almost in the same sentence that they refer to his African father and white mother from Kansas, they go on to describe him as possibly the first black President. While since he is indeed half black, it could be argued that is accurate to describe him as black if only in reference to his being partly so, but then it would also have to be accurate to describe him as white, if only in reference to his being partly that also.
Believe me that I was not naively thinking this vestge of old-school racism would go away quietly or easily. I suppose I am simply surprised a bit to realize just how much people desire to simplify everything that we all are into one neat category, no matter how wrong the category is. Many people cannot, it seems, accept that things are not so black and white (no pun intended). And yet, they would indeed rather say that things/people are either black or white (or some other ethnic choice between two differing parents) rather than accept that they are neither or they are both, not just one or the other.
That concept it seems, is just too much for many to wrap their heads and prejuduces around.