I’ve said this same thing myself. And been hit with the same criticism as Morgan Freeman for saying this in an interview recently:
First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president,” he said “is that all of the people who are setting up this [racial] barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president, he’s America’s first mixed-race president.
Thing is, Freeman wasn’t trying to take anything away from the President when he said this. Indeed he was defending him. But like Freeman, I am always amazed that people label Obama as Black only, when he is pretty well-known for being only 50% Black. Yet thanks to our warped “racial” identification system, no one can call Obama White when he is just as equally that as Black.
Ah, America and it’s labeling issues. Preach on Morgan. You were right in what you said.
In case you are curious, here is what I wrote about the same thing some three years ago. More interesting than the piece I wrote are the comments which you should also read that show how upset some Blacks get at the idea that someone would dare call attention to the fact that someone that is 50% of something, cannot truthfully be called only that thing, regardless of how they or anyone else chooses to label them. It is as if you are trying to take something from them.
Goes to show that all sides of these labeling issues are stuck, not just Whites and not just Blacks.