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Old 02-13-2007, 08:21 PM   #15
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Default Re: Anybody watch Barack's speech from Saturday?

A lot of black people are trying to say Obama isn't black...

'Barack Obama - not black like me'

Washington - US political darling Barack Obama has received enthusiastic support for a possible 2008 presidential bid - except from fellow African-Americans, a group many had believed would be among his staunchest backers.

Obama announced on Tuesday that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, allowing him to begin raising campaign funds and openly court support in his bid to become the first black US president.

But in sharp contrast to the effusive reception he has received from white Americans, many US blacks so far have been cool, noting that while they share skin colour with Obama, they do not have a common culture or history.

"Obama did not - does not - share a heritage with the majority of black Americans, who are descendants of plantation slaves," African-American newspaper columnist Stanley Crouch wrote in November, in an article entitled "Barack Obama - Not Black Like Me".

Radio host George Wilson, whose nationally broadcast talk show tests the opinions of a cross-section of African-American listeners, said response to the Illinois senator so far has been "lukewarm".

"There's a feeling that if white folks like him so much he must not be good for us. For some blacks, it's a turn-off," Wilson said.

Obama draws enormous, mostly white, crowds, even though the first presidential primary election is still more than a year away, and is seen as a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But Crouch said that the first-term US senator - the bi-racial progeny of a black Kenyan father and a white American mother - does not share with most American blacks the painful legacy of slavery, repressive segregation laws and civil rights struggles.

Political analyst Ron Walters said that Obama, whose Harvard law school pedigree rounds out his half-European ancestry, is a black man whom many whites find reassuring.

However, African-Americans, who are accustomed to leaders who emerge from the civil rights movement, sometimes appear to struggle to relate to Obama.

If Obama runs he would be the first African-American candidate for president who does not come out of the civil rights movement.

Why did I guess that a whole swag of black people would be saying he isn't black enough? FFS, anyway do they just forget what MLK said?

Seriously. Despite that article American black drone on all about "Desending from Africa" or "Retaking African heritage", yet when a guy comes along with a African dad they basically tell him he should **** off.

Also the salvery arguement is bollocks. Any black american alive has never actually experienced slavery.
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