What the heck is a technically black person are you serious! Your use or a fictional charecter to illustrate your point just leaves me speachless.
You would have been better off using Dorothy Dandrige or Lena Horne come on at least they are real people.
Perhaps you didn't get the memo but in this country you what you look like when it comes to race!
If he wants to be seen as an African American that's his choice.
Even the mere disucussion of just goes to show just how far we have not come as country regarding race.
There is nothing vile or obsolete about the choice he has made.
He chose the race that he personally most indentifies himself with and also when Obama first burst on to scene you didn't look at him and
which I'm sure that he has been reminded that he is.
If you wanted to delcare that you were Latino or Asian who is going to challenge you? Do you and be you.
You seem to have seriously misread most of what I wrote, and I guess you don't know the reference material I used. I said the previous practice of determining race for Blacks in some States was vile and obsolete. I hope you agree with that.
It applied to no other races, just to Blacks, and basically said if you had only a drop of Black blood in you, you were entirely Black. Nothing to be ashamed of, naturally, but in the context of that era used for the purposes of racial discrimination. I said that President Obama could be seen
as endorsing that practice, meaning by his enemies, of which he has many eager & willing.
BTW, since in this country we may be whatever race we want, according to you, I hearby declare myself a Native American. I've always had genuine respect for them, I married a woman who was part Indian, and my sons therefore are partly Native American, too, of which I'm quite proud, truly. So yeah, I am now a Native American, no longer White European, and I'll pick my tribe later.
You may choose to argue my semantic choice of the word "technically" by which I meant "Julie" was only fully Black in the eyes of Southern law, not in reality. And she did not want to be Black, per your contention that we can be any race we want. She wanted to be White, but the law wouldn't let her, forced her to be Black which she didn't want, nor allow her to marry the White man she loved. Is that not a tragedy?
And while she was a fictional character, as you state, her situation was real to many in the US. And I remember reading about these cases even when I was a kid, and the controversy when some Northern states rescinded their miscegenation laws and allowed interracial marriages, which Southern states continued to refuse to recognize (sound like gay marriages today?).
I mention these historial perspectives to make the very point you mention: how far we have come regarding race. And how we are in danger of returning to it. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. I see warning flags because I know the past.
But I offered a certain perspective about President Obama's census choice to generate discussion, as I stated, not to insist upon it as fact. I invited input because I am "conflicted" and "puzzled.," not certain or inflexible. Your viewpoint is obviously impassioned, but not without merit.