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BeachSt July 25th, 2015 3:09am

Is Barack Obama in an interracial marriage?

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RoDe Latinus wordsus
07/30/15 11:51 am

Trevor Noah has a great skit about this, you and your roommate should check it out. It's all about race and how it's viewed differently at different times in different places. The special was called "African American" and is on Netflix.

rons on top of the world MA
07/30/15 5:27 am

Kid are 25+% white. Don't know the wife's blood lines.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/26/15 1:15 am

Do I care: no. Should I care: no.

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/26/15 8:13 am

It is. I am tired of this obsession with race. The idea of an "interracial" marriage implies that they are so very, very different from each other because of some arbitrary line drawn by racists and xenophobes.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/26/15 8:14 am

I can see no good reason why it should be any of my concern.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:36 am

No, not recognizing it as one is what separates us. Instead of seeing Obama as mixed, people see him as Black and further separating us. Anyone dark is black; anyone sandy is hispanic; and anyone pale is white. That's what separates us.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/26/15 8:48 am

Exactly. 'Race' as a social construct is detrimental.

I am not advocating ignoring real differences, we should acknowledge and learn from them.

trollthepoll Pro Choice
07/25/15 10:59 pm

Are we mixing up race and ethnicity again?

ladyniner81 Embrace your inner dork
07/29/15 12:06 pm

Good question. I've always said he's biracial and been called all sorts of names. WTF?

dessy Indiana cornfield
07/25/15 1:32 pm

In a way, yes because he's mixed.

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
07/25/15 12:51 pm

I would consider it interracial. Looking more like one race vs another doesn't change anything. I have a friend who looks white but identifies as mixed bc of her Asian mom. She married a white guy and considered it an interracial marriage.

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
07/25/15 12:55 pm

Same application, they are technically an interracial couple bc he's 50/50. The definition of interracial is "involving different races" which that technically is. No further qualifications saying one must be 100% x and the other 100% y.

Maelthus
07/25/15 12:16 pm

Does it matter? Race is a man-made construct.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:07 am

Well this man made construct plays a large part in some peoples lives. Disowning that does not make us more enlightened.

Maelthus
07/26/15 8:23 am

Understanding that we are all humans, would end this idea of race.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:36 am

We are. But there's still a legal category existing.

Maelthus
07/26/15 8:38 am

But it doesn't need to exist. I'm saying we should get rid of the social construct of race.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:40 am

Gender too? There needs to be some definition.

Maelthus
07/26/15 8:41 am

That actually does have a difference, because it effects the levels of hormones which can effect how medicines work. But in race the only difference is the amount of melanin in someone's skin, and that doesn't effect anything.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:46 am

Um, there are hormonal and disease differences in race too....

HIV, Sickle Cell, Anemia, etc

Maelthus
07/26/15 8:47 am

Those aren't specific to a race. You can get those diseases no matter what race you are.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 9:00 am

But there's a higher prevalence in one race. The definition is necessary to help target diseases and more.

Maelthus
07/26/15 9:04 am

But the race has almost nothing to do with it. For sickle cell, it is based on if your family is rooted in Africa, because it is an evolutionary trait to combat malaria, but the race of the affected has nothing to do with treating it.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 9:06 am

No, but you wouldn't send too much medical funding for these race specific diseases to Vermont. Unless of course we got rid of this categorization.

Maelthus
07/26/15 9:56 am

They aren't race specific diseases, they are present everywhere, sickle cell is the only one that is more prevalent in people of African descent. But why not promote it in Vermont, people of all races can live anywhere, and visit anywhere.

Maelthus
07/26/15 9:56 am

Plus anyone can get sickle cell.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 10:12 am

Because we know that Vermont is about 96% white, whereas the Southeast is about 30% Black. Proper allocation of assistance and money is dependent upon correct demographic information.

Maelthus
07/26/15 1:01 pm

Base the allocation on the percentage of people who have this disease. If there's a huge outbreak of sickle cell in Vermont, then they're going to need more there. The odds of that may be slim but it's possible.

EarlyBird Portland
07/25/15 11:56 am

If you look more black than white, as Obama does, it's probably why your roommate made the comment.
If Obama had married a white woman, people would say "interracial". But by marrying Michelle, who looks black, it's not questioned.

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Mattlajoie83 Semi Charmed Life
07/25/15 10:14 am

He is in a gay marriage with a transgender and has 2 adopted children

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missmorganmarie ...
07/25/15 9:33 am

interesting question....

he is biracial and Michelle is black...

so I would say he is

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geoag02 Dallas, TX
07/25/15 8:07 am

Where is the I don't care button?

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 8:13 am

You missed it when you selected yes or no.

geoag02 Dallas, TX
07/25/15 8:25 am

All these race related polls are getting old.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 8:48 am

Unfollow me. I'm mixed. Someone said I would be in an interracial marriage if I were to marry a white man but not a black guy. Seeing as how I'm equally half of both, I fail to understand the logic.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 8:49 am

Apparently it's a popular opinion. I used Obama because he's probably the most famous person in am interracial marriage.

rickvee Living the dream
07/25/15 3:39 am

Mulatto and black.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 8:11 am

Sounds like 2 different races o me.

MisterE Conservistan
07/24/15 10:22 pm

It's semantics.

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Arkansas123 Neoconservative
07/24/15 9:24 pm

Yes, she's black, and he's biracial.

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Wert A picture of my package
07/24/15 8:51 pm

Why would it matter?

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smacc DunningKruger
07/24/15 10:13 pm

It doesn't.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 9:48 am

See above. The double standard is just too easily ignored.

smacc DunningKruger
07/25/15 11:12 am

I see your point. It shouldn't matter.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/25/15 11:26 am

It does matter. The one drop rule poll and this are also related. The one drop rule still exists in our minds.

smacc DunningKruger
07/25/15 11:48 am

I wasn't aware of it until now, at least it having a name.

Wert A picture of my package
07/25/15 3:15 pm

Um. Blood is blood, isn't it?!? Blood has no race.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 7:54 am

Well it matters in this country. And while it does, we shouldn't ignore it. Especially when being mixed isn't recognized by society (your comments being an example). This country is more than white, black and hispanic.

Mark3
07/26/15 8:27 am

Beach, just the one quibble: You say the one drop rule exists in our minds. You'll excuse me for opting out of your "our." For a very long time I've been aware that every person I see is "mixed race."

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:33 am

Maybe you. But most Americans see Obama as black.

Mark3
07/26/15 9:02 am

Yeah, I know. It never was clear to me how "black" blood is so strong that a drop of it overwhelms any other blood. The claim might be based on a wish for exclusivity but sounds like an admission of extreme weakness.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 9:06 am

Well it was the racist, late 19th century ruling.

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
07/24/15 8:50 pm

You'd have to ask him. Though as far as I can tell, he and Michelle both identify as black, so I don't think so.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/24/15 8:23 pm

Michelle is black, right? Obama is mixed race for sure. I'd say yes. I'm not a supporter of that stupid white supremacist "one drop" attitude which holds if only one drop of your "blood" is not Caucasian, you're completely the other race.

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Rosebud Ohio
07/24/15 8:23 pm

Ehh... Maybe, but I've never considered it one. Same as I don't much consider it being one for my brother, when she's mixed (b&w) and he's white but do with my husband and I, bc we aren't both the same to hardly any degree.

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Rosebud Ohio
07/24/15 8:23 pm

I can see the argument that they are, however.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/24/15 8:15 pm

Inspired by conversations with my roommate.

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/26/15 1:16 am

Who is concerned about it being interracial?

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 8:47 am

Mixed people who aren't being recognized as mixed and black people that feel the one drop rule is being used to reduce their numbers.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/26/15 12:20 pm

Or as my roommate said, white people "breeding the black population down." Which used to happen.