Big Weekend-January 16-20, 2009

Lots happened this week.  Motown turned 50 years old.  January 15th was Dr. Martin Luther King”s Birthday.  US Airlines landed in the Hudson River!  We still much more big events to come and it’s only Friday!

History will be made on January 20th.  Barack Obama will be the first Black President of the United  States.  The man is actually biracial, but few people acknowledge that.  He is a true Afican American with a father from Africa and an American mother.  

From Wikipedia,  the one-drop rule is a historical colloquial term in the United States that holds that a person with any trace of African ancestry is considered black unless having an alternative non-white ancestry which he or she can claim, such as Native American, Asian, Arab, or Australian aboriginal.  It developed most strongly out of the binary culture of long years of institutionalized slavery.

This notion of invisible/intangible membership in a racial group has seldom been applied to people other than those chiefly of black African ancestry.  As Langston Hughes wrote, “You see, unfortunately, I am not black. There are lots of different kinds of blood in our family. But here in the United States, the word ‘Negro’ is used to mean anyone who has any Negro blood at all in his veins. In Africa, the word is more pure. It means all Negro, therefore black. I am brown.”

So Barack Obama has a strong blood line from both mother and father, but only his father’s blood is identified.  We Black people don’t mind identifying with the new President racially.  This is not to say President-elect Obama does not have white supporters.  So that is why history will be made January 20, 2009, because the Obama has at least one drop of Black blood!

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