Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Mother's Promise: The Biography of Barack Obama

There are pics of Barack's parents in this video I have never seen before ...

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At October 5, 2008 at 1:42 AM, Blogger Crankster said...

This is such a lovely documentary on Obama.

Of course, I still don't understand why you white people call him black when he appears (to a neutral observer like me) to be a white man in black skin.

Are Americans still so shallow they can't see beyond skin colour?

At October 5, 2008 at 6:26 PM, Blogger Axinar said...

Ethnic identity varies from context to context.

As Denmark Vesey is fond of pointing out, skin color can have quite little to do with one's ethnicity.

Of course it is a quite difficult matter to ponder as you can't really talk about "Black" and "White" being opposites as the signficant differences between the two groups from a biological standpoint are so small as to be almost dismissable.

From a phylogenetic / evolutionary standpoint there is also this problem to be dealt with that "Whites" are merely a sub-group of "Blacks".

Now, taking that idea and trying to contemplate this other group of people that somehow took on "White" facial features while also having darker skin tones and trying to figure it all out your head could explode ... :)


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