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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:03 AM

23. I'm sorry about your Mom

and I'm sure you miss her. I can only think she was a wonderful person

But although her intentions were good, the issue of trying to dismiss the president's skin color is, frankly, imo, misguided. If the president (if he was an ordinary citizen and not known) were walking down the street, the only thing people would notice--and judge him by--is his skin color. People wouldn't say: oh, there goes a Hawaiian, or a half-white man. They'd say, there goes a black man--with all the attendant assumptions that accrue to that status.

We've been talking about white privilege a lot lately. And there's an correlate to white privilege: if your skin looks black you are judged to be black, with all that entails. So I think I'm pretty much within the bounds of consensus when I say that the president is a black man in society's eyes.

Maybe what she meant is that in a perfect world his skin color shouldn't matter. But we don't live in that world, and we can't pretend we do.

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