Insensitive statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) not only infuriates many, but also raises one titillating question: Why isn’t President Obama considered white? Obama’s mother is white, and his father is black. He relates more to his white side of the family given his father left him as a child. Hence, isn’t it logical to think Obama is more white than black? Let’s see if we can change Obama’s default setting to the world.
THREE SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHY
1) “He doesn’t look white.”
Well, what does “white” look like? Yes, Obama doesn’t look like a Norwegian Viking, but you can still tell he’s mixed. Since when does being half black mean that he’s full black? If a white person is only supposed to look like Tiger Wood’s wife Elin, then we need to revise what the definition of white is.
2) The media needs something unique to sell.
Saying the first black man wins the Presidency is more eye-catching than saying another rich white man wins. Mitt Romney, with his hundreds of millions would fit right in with the Clintons, Bushes, and Cheneys. However, since we’ve already had 43 Presidents who all look the same, it’s more exciting to have someone new. Everybody loves an underdog story, and Obama’s story is no different.
3) We’re all racist and we don’t even know it.
Senator Harry Reed is unable to see Obama as a white man because he doesn’t fit the stereotype of what a white man should look like. Harry can’t help his racist condition because he was born in 1939. Segregation didn’t end until 1954, so Harry had a good 15+ years of brainwashing to think he’s unjustly superior due to his skin color. Try as Harry may, he’s been influenced far too long to change. Obama, watch out what Harry says about you behind closed doors!
CONCLUSION – WE SEE WHAT WE WANT TO SEE
The definition of the word majority, is simply more than the minority. Since the majority of Americans are white, we can conclude that white America has the majority say in shaping our perceptions, especially in the past.
But, what about tomorrow? Ethnic cultures are mixing at a rapid pace. Are white folks endangered of stereotyping themselves out of existence? That answer depends on whether we can abolish thinking between just white and black. What about Asians, Latinos, and Mixed? If we can include other races, and multi-cultural groups into the main stream, we have a chance of being more balanced.
The better Obama does, the more he will be embraced by his two ethnicities. If it so happens Obama becomes the greatest President in history and finds a cure for cancer while he’s at it, how do you think perceptions will change? In essence, we see what we want to see, and hear what we want to hear. Our biases are so deeply rooted that it takes a mental nuclear bomb to go off before we realize our prejudices.
Just like politicians, the mass media will eventually be influenced by big business. Once the target demographic with the most amount of money is identified, news and opinions will cater towards their cause. Your mission if you choose to accept, is to open your mind and start embracing diversity! Don’t become another Harry Reid decades from now!
Famous People Who Aren’t Considered Asian Even Though They’re Half Asian: Dean Cain, Rob Schneider, Vanessa Hudgens, Tiger Woods, Keanu Reeves, Carmen Elektra, Phoebe Cates, and Lou Diamond Philips.
Famous Folks Who Aren’t Considered White Even Though They’re Half White: Booker T. Washington, Bob Marley, Mariah Carey, Thandie Newton, Alicia Keys, Derek Jeter, and Lenny Kravitz.
Readers, why do you think Obama isn’t considered white?
If you’re not white or black, do you feel left out?