McGruder Doesn't Consider Obama 'Black': 'Boondocks' creator angers crowd during Indiana speech.

Jan 22, 2009 Full story: www.eurweb.com 42
*Richmond, Indiana's Pal-item.com is reporting that Aaron McGruder, creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, left an audience at local Earlham College a little upset over comments he made about President Barack Obama.

Appearing at the college Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, McGruder answered questions posed by the audience and by associate professor James Logan. On the topic of race and ethnicity, McGruder said that to him, Obama is not black because he is not a ... Full Story
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#1 Jan 22, 2009
He's not black, he's mulatto.

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#2 Jan 22, 2009
He's not black because he's not descended from a slave. Maybe not, but his ancestors OWNED slaves.

"According to the research, one of Obama's great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 Census in Nelson County, Kentucky. The same records show that one of Obama's great-great-great-great-great- grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves."

What a twist! Can we start putting this imposed slavery guilt on the "white people" to rest now?
Charles tomlinson

Chattanooga, TN

#4 Jan 22, 2009
If there is anyone suffering from imposed slavery guilt they have serious issues that was so long ago and most of the slaves stayed with there masters once slavery was abolished cause where would they get a job food and housing

“Enough Drama”

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#5 Jan 22, 2009
He is calling himself a black man so in saying that he is what he is.

As for Change it takes time to change things that have been messed up so badly from previous presidents, also it takes time to undo and redo this man has not been the President for under a month yet.

One things he has done is at least given America HOPE, that is something that has not been done in a while.
Also look how long it took a black man to become President! Lets allow him some consideration just as we did those before him you will have enough time to point the finger!

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#6 Jan 22, 2009
dgshiner wrote:
He is calling himself a black man so in saying that he is what he is.
As for Change it takes time to change things that have been messed up so badly from previous presidents, also it takes time to undo and redo this man has not been the President for under a month yet.
One things he has done is at least given America HOPE, that is something that has not been done in a while.
Also look how long it took a black man to become President! Lets allow him some consideration just as we did those before him you will have enough time to point the finger!
Yes, I HOPE we survive the next 4-years!(LOL)
fed up with the mess

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#7 Jan 22, 2009
He is black and whites(racist whites) are mad because a black man is command in chief! LOL! I love it! Eat your hearts out racist white folks.
Charles tomlinson

Chattanooga, TN

#8 Jan 22, 2009
Really most of the racist whites I hear talking about obama are glad to see him elected cause they will hope he messes up things
fed up with the mess

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#9 Jan 22, 2009
Charles tomlinson wrote:
Really most of the racist whites I hear talking about obama are glad to see him elected cause they will hope he messes up things
Well let them hope that on one hand and poop in the other and see which hand gets filled up quicker. Empty headed racist! Obama reigns!!!

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#10 Jan 22, 2009
Is it true Obama just stopped off shore drilling?
fed up with the mess

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#11 Jan 22, 2009
Obama is black and fine!!!!
fed up with the mess

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#12 Jan 22, 2009
RedsMom wrote:
Is it true Obama just stopped off shore drilling?
Look at the news your empty headed racist.

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#13 Jan 22, 2009
fed up with the mess wrote:
<quoted text>Look at the news your empty headed racist.
What the hell are you talking about? Racist?! You're a complete moron!
MotherCrone

Alexandria, IN

#14 Jan 22, 2009
One important thing to remember is that McGruder is someone who deals in satire and he makes his money by pushing buttons, getting us to think and re-think our points of view . I for one got exactly what I expected from the evening he made me rethink some of my assumptions... he did what he is best at.
Tim John

Spokane, WA

#15 Jan 22, 2009
McGruder is a PAID, Black man wanting White skin, and speaking their tongue, nothing more and nothing else needs to be said about such a chump... Just another attention seeking clown with no power, just like the rest of us... He's hoping to turns some heads with this retarded crap, instead he is making his entire family-upbringing look terrible...
Tim John

Spokane, WA

#16 Jan 22, 2009
McGruder is a complete and utter fool, there were plenty of FREE Africans who immigrated to America, PLENTY of them, not all Blacks in America are decedents of 'slaves' even though their history goes back, in America, all the way to slavery.

Maybe McGruder should upgrade his education level before making a greater fool of himself here.

In any event, Obama is a first-generation, African-American, his mother is American, his father African, he himself was born in America. Making him an African American.
Tim John

Spokane, WA

#17 Jan 22, 2009
1775
Philadelphia - The Continental Congress bars blacks from the American Revolutionary army.(Chronology: A Historical Review, Major Events in Black History 1492 thru 1953 by Roger Davis and Wanda Neal-Davis)

About one-fifth of the people of the mainland colonies were of African ancestry. Unlike Latin "America and the West Indies, North American slaves had a high rate of natural increase. About 250,000 Africans were brought to the mainland colonies before 1775, but the total black population numbered 567,000 on the eve of independence. Most lived as slaves working on tobacco and rice plantations in the Southern colonies. Slaves and some free blacks also lived in the Northern colonies, working on small farms or in cities...." Source:("American Revolution," Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. Microsoft Corporation.)

On site:
http://www.innercity.org/holt/slavechron.html

So not all of our ancestors were slaves, some of us have ancestors who were 'freemen'-immigrants to this country back during slavery.

McGruder's Howard University education is in question, if he truly doesn't know this well known fact. So to conclude that Barack Obama is not Black because his parents ancestors were not 'slaves' is absolute nonsense and has been defeated here.

Now, let's look at this statement by McGruder: "Barack is the son of an immigrant, not the descendant of slaves. It's like comparing a half-Japanese man to the oppressed Chinese who built the American railroads. Yes, they are both Asian, but it is not an honest or accurate comparison...."

WHAT!!!! The people of African ALL understand the pain caused through slavery, they don't ALL need to be a 'slave' for their future descendants to be considered Black in America. A Kenyan, today that is free in America HAD direct family, friends and etc that were slaves, so to say a ... first generation Kenyan of today, who comes to America and has a child is not creating African Americans is a divisive stance. I'm sure Barack's father knew all about slavery in America, as it was passed down through the people of Kenya.

In conclusion, McGruder is clueless, and should be remanded back to Howard University for addition education about HIS own history, before he starts to speak down on some one else' history!!!

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#18 Jan 22, 2009
I've always wondered about calling Obama black. He's half white. So is it racist to call him black? Are we using the one drop rule, or a percentage? Maybe there is a color scale that we can hold up to his skin to determine his race.

The main black thing about Obama is that his black father abandoned the family, leaving it up to his white family to raise him. So anything good about him comes from white America.
aks

Elizabethtown, NC

#19 Jan 22, 2009
for god sake why does it matter if hes black? i mean really WHY? of all the things WHY?
Jeff

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#20 Jan 22, 2009
Remember something black folks. Obama is just as white as he is black. His black dad abandoned him like so many of them do, and he was raised and helped to where he is today, by his WHITE mom. Obama acts black when its convenient or white when its convenient. He's a fake, hes not going to change anything, thats just a dumb slogan to get stupid people who want free handouts to vote for him. In 4 years when all the blacks who voted for hope and change, are still broke and living in the hood, maybe you'll stop believing all the crap politicians feed you, and start voting for the best leader instead of the next flavor of the month.
yoda55

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#21 Jan 22, 2009
wow, that writer made a good point about Obama not being black... as he is not the decendent of slaves but an immigrant.

Makes me wonder what the american blacks could so identify with Obama is all about? after all he shares nothing with them... nothing at all, except maybe the color of his skin.

Certainly they did not vote for him just because of the color of his skin? haha
that would make them real stupid.... because he shares nothing else with them... nothing. In actuality he isn't even black, he is half african and half white, which in america is not the norm when you think of a black person.

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