Thursday, July 29, 2010

 

Are Blacks (and Whites) in America "a mongrel people"

On The View today, Obama referred to blacks in America as "a mongrel people." He then included whites as a mongrel people.
Whoopi Goldberg extended the discussion to ask whether we can see America as progressing beyond labels, which in the news media tends to get reduced to a yes or no question: either we're "post-racial" or we're not. Obama, citing as he often does his own background, said that the answer was complicated—not just for him but for everyone. "We're kind of a mongrel people," he said. "That's true for white America too, but we [African Americans] just know more about it."
While there's a lot of truth to Obama's "mongrel" comment, it's hilarious that he dropped this bomb. Imagine the outrage if any conservative said the same thing, such as Rush Limbaugh.

Sam Youngman at The Hill falls all over himself trying to give context and intent to Obama's words.
The president's remarks were directed at the roots of all Americans. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as "of mixed breed, nature, or origin," according to dictionary.com.

Obama did not appear to be making an inflammatory remark with his statement and the audience appeared to receive it in the light-hearted manner that often accompanies interviews on morning talk shows.
I know nothing about Youngman, but, still, I wonder if a conservative would have gotten this kind of protection from a journalist. Heck, BLACKVOICES didn't feel the need to qualify Obama's statements.

Oh, for the day when we get past all this crap and can just be people.

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