My niece is half black and a lesbian. She is 29. She was raised by her white mom and my white brother. She met her father this year for the first time. Her black grandmother wanted nothing to do with her. Her white siblings, who are her half brother and sister, and her white cousins (my kids) are the kids she was raised with. Obama has a half sister who is white and that is who he was raised with. She has black half brothers and sisters that she also just recently met. They are uneducated, uncomfortable in any world but the ghetto and never finished school. I see very very few pictures of her with other black people. Her friends are multi ethnic (Asian, Mexican, white) as well as a combination of the evangelical community she was raised with and the LGBT community that she identifies with. But she sees herself and lives as white.<quoted text>There was no attempt to bait you in my post; those are my opinions.
Are there things I think Obama (and Sharpton, and Jackson) could and should say to the black community that he's not saying?
That's as far as we're in agreement, however. I am damned serious when I say that if you don't understand why a half-black person identifies as black you've probably got a naive, Pollyanna-ish view of race in 21st century American society.
I am equally serious when I say there's no reasonable basis to compare or link together Sharpton and Jackson to the New Black Panthers. I think it DOES compare to linking, say, people who thought Zimmerman was innocent to the KKK.
Bait? Not even close.
Sorry, Barry was raised in a white family and spent most of his life into young adulthood in that environment. He was black when he went to Africa but not full time.