Is Barack Obama in an interracial marriage?
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.
Kid are 25+% white. Don't know the wife's blood lines.
Do I care: no. Should I care: no.
That's your opinion.
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.
I can see no good reason why it should be any of my concern.
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.
Exactly. 'Race' as a social construct is detrimental.
I am not advocating ignoring real differences, we should acknowledge and learn from them.
Are we mixing up race and ethnicity again?
Good question. I've always said he's biracial and been called all sorts of names. WTF?
In a way, yes because he's mixed.
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.
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.
Does it matter? Race is a man-made construct.
Well this man made construct plays a large part in some peoples lives. Disowning that does not make us more enlightened.
Understanding that we are all humans, would end this idea of race.
We are. But there's still a legal category existing.
But it doesn't need to exist. I'm saying we should get rid of the social construct of race.
Gender too? There needs to be some definition.
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.
Um, there are hormonal and disease differences in race too....
HIV, Sickle Cell, Anemia, etc
Those aren't specific to a race. You can get those diseases no matter what race you are.
But there's a higher prevalence in one race. The definition is necessary to help target diseases and more.
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.
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.
I meant yes not no.
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.
Plus anyone can get sickle cell.
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.
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.
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.
He is in a gay marriage with a transgender and has 2 adopted children
he is biracial and Michelle is black...
so I would say he is
Where is the I don't care button?
You missed it when you selected yes or no.
All these race related polls are getting old.
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.
Apparently it's a popular opinion. I used Obama because he's probably the most famous person in am interracial marriage.
Mulatto and black.
Sounds like 2 different races o me.
Yes, she's black, and he's biracial.
Why would it matter?
Not to you.
See above. The double standard is just too easily ignored.
I see your point. It shouldn't matter.
It does matter. The one drop rule poll and this are also related. The one drop rule still exists in our minds.
I wasn't aware of it until now, at least it having a name.
Um. Blood is blood, isn't it?!? Blood has no race.
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.
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."
Maybe you. But most Americans see Obama as black.
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.
Well it was the racist, late 19th century ruling.
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.
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.
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.
I can see the argument that they are, however.
Inspired by conversations with my roommate.
Who is concerned about it being interracial?
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.
Ah, I see.
Or as my roommate said, white people "breeding the black population down." Which used to happen.