Steele And Obama The Two Biracials

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Conservative author Shelby Steele has criticized Senator Barack Obama. He accuses Obama of being an bargainer who makes whites feel comfortable because he (Obama) does not make them (whites) feel racist.   

 This is from an interview with Sandip Roy.

New America Media, Q&A, Sandip Roy, Posted: Feb 06, 2008

Sandip Roy: You say in your book that the buzz that he’s fresh and new and unconventional — that’s the buzz. But in fact you say, he is utterly conventional. What do you mean by that?

Shelby Steele: He is what I call a ‘bargainer’. Bargainers are blacks that enter the mainstream by basically making a bargain with white America. Saying, "I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I will not presume you are a racist, if you will not hold my race against me." Bill Cosby was a great bargainer; Oprah Winfrey is a great bargainer. Barack Obama is the first one to bring bargaining into politics. It is very effective because Whites like that bargain. They don’t want to have race rubbed in their face every minute. They respond to bargainers with warm feelings, with support, with affection. We usually say bargainers have some special qualities. Oprah, again, is a good example.

Chance: Shelby Steele is biracial, his mother is white and father is black. Barack Obama is also biracial — white mother and black African father (Kenya). Shelby was born in 1946; he grew in the Jim Crow era. Steele self identifies as African American (black).
The if your black know your place idea was rampant during the Jim Crow era until the success of the 1960s civil rights movement. Shelby tries to pander to whites by saying many unpleasant things about blacks, and it has gotten him only books deals, television appearances, speaking engagements, job, income, and some attention from white conservatives. Some of the unpleasant things Shelby says are accurate and true – the reality is, that Shelby is seen by white conservatives and blacks both as a type of “UNCLE TOM” who cashes in by criticizing blacks in front of whites. 

When Shelby criticizes black Americans in his books, essays, and columns as being their own worst enemy due to their cultural pathologies, bitterness about slavery, out of wedlock births, and crime whites and blacks can intuitively sense the psychological emotional state that Steele was in when he said or says these things. Another way it can be proven that whites also — view Shelby Steele as a lower type black man who cashes in financially by criticizing blacks — is the fact, that white conservatives and white liberals do not give him the same type of special attention as they give Barack Obama.

They have not elevated Shelby up to the level of national hero who can bring in new life to America and American politics. Shelby is seen as a black man who took the road of the easy by criticizing blacks to get an income out of the conservatives. I feel that white people do not respect a black man who takes this road, yes they will help him gain income money, book deals, job, and some fame but they do not view him highly and morally superior. They see these types of blacks as confirming that blacks will betray each other on a heart beat to gain some type of materialism from who ever can help them gain it.

Even though whites use these types of blacks — they do not respect them or view them as equals. Shelby said that Obama is conventional what he means by conventional is that Obama uses the technique called pandering to whites but this is not true. Obama is not conventional at all, and this is why many white conservatives and liberals like him. He is different from the “UNCLE TOM COON” who betrays African Americans so whites can elevate him to a higher status political, economically, book deals, job opportunity, etc.

If Obama was conventional like the average African American he would be sitting on the sidelines asking friends — which presidential candidate do you think is going to win instead of being a presidential candidate himself.

Shelby said Obama was the first to bring bargaining into politics. Look it is like this, bargaining has always been apart of politics former presidents Richard Nixion, Ronald Reagan, and many presidents before them bargained racially with voters. Also, Obama is not really bargaining at all. What has happened is whites and black Americans on average are not use to dealing with a politician unless race in brought into it. They are not use to dealing with a politician like Barack Obama who seems to show little interest in race and ethnicity when it comes to politics.

Shelby and many blacks like him have been bargaining with white conservatives for a long time, by saying things about blacks that white conservatives are afraid to say. The world of “UNCLE TOM” has its limits, and Shelby has reached the limits. And, it is white conservative Americans who determine the limits, go a problem with it go confront them. In life and politics it is partially about trade offs (bargaining).

The fact that many whites have not elevated Shelby Steele and other blacks of his character to a higher national level proves that whites whether conservative, liberal, libertarians, etc do not value blacks like Shelby higher than they value the Barack Obama type. An Uncle Tom, coon, Sambo, criticizing blacks to get some benefits out of whites, etc only reminds whites of their secret racism and injustices against African Americans.          

Shelby is Jealous because Obama did not take the road of a coon, Sambo, and Uncle Tom to get to where he is today. This also proves that many whites have some good in them, and blacks like Steele secretively view whites as very racists as a collective group. If Shelby and those blacks like him — did not view whites as secretively racist there would be not need to practice the art of “UNLCE TOM.”

Uncle Tom requires white racist support because whites often have the goods. Steele is in shock that Barack has pulled it off with out the help of practicing Tommy (Uncle Tom).
If Obama acts like Shelby white conservatives and liberals will disregard him. White America likes Obama because he was not raised in African American culture, he was in international culture and white culture, he is a young intelligent man, does not come across as the angry black man, he seems like he is for all people regardless of race, he and he currently does not come across as an Uncle Tom.

Shelby wants Obama to answer questions about race — so it will stir up white fear that Obama maybe in favor of African Americans only. 

 

Sandip Roy: Would you say he was always a bargainer, or is that a mantle he’s taken on more as he’s become politically active?

Shelby Steele: When Barack Obama was, I think in his junior year in high school, he said that he noticed that white people liked black people who weren’t angry. He knew even then, in terms of bargaining, he was ‘to the manor born’. Again, this is an old mast: Louis Armstrong was a great bargainer, so in that sense Obama represents an old paradigm, rather than a new one.

Chance: That is a good observation on the part of Obama. People are more willing to listen to you if you don’t make them feel you are angry at them. If many Uncle Toms of the African American race learned this they would not have to humiliate themselves in public by doing what they do. Good observation Barack. 
        

Sandip Roy: But can he be anything but a bargainer?

Shelby Steele: The other option is that he can be an individual-be himself. A good example of that was Harold Ford in Tennessee, and Michael Steele (no relation to me) in Maryland. These are two men who ran as individuals, and did very well, came very close and my guess is both of them will have a great political future.

Chance: Well Shelby, how do you know that Obama is not being an individual? Michael Steele ran for the senate in 2006, and lost to Democratic congressman Ben Cardin. Part of the reason Steele lost is because was seen as a black man pandering to whites. Michael Steele ran a campaign commercial on that commercial he said his mother worked many years and she did not complain.

The expression she did not complain was understood by many Americans regardless of their ethnic background as Michael Steele pandering to white conservatives. He knew that many whites view blacks as complainers – so by saying that his mother did not complain it sent a subconscious message to potential white conservative voters that Michael Steele was willing to distance himself from blacks to get the white vote. Michael was playing the racial political bargaining game nothing more. Yet Shelby Steele accuses Barack Obama of playing the bargaining game. But hey bargaining is a part of life, and politics are apart of life. The Republican conservative Michael Steele lost his bid for the Senate, and was seen by whites and blacks regardless of their political affiliations as an worthless Uncle Tom. 

Harold Ford jr ran for the Senate in 2006, and lost Republican Bob Corker. He lost partially because Corker ran a commercial insinuating that Harold like white women and was a playboy. This caused some white men to think about a black man who is obsessed with white women, even though Harold ford is mixed race. Another reason Harold lost was because some black women in Tennessee where upset that Harold dated white women. So these black women did not vote. Harold lost by 3% margin it was the closest race in the state of Tennessee history.       

Harold was being his individual self but I would say that Michael Steele was not Michael was simply pandering to white conservatives.

  Sandip Roy: But the other traditional role is the challenger role.

Shelby Steele: Right. Challengers are blacks that never give whites the benefit of the doubt. Who say, ‘We’re going to presume that you are racist until you prove otherwise’; Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson are challengers. They did not go far in their presidential bids, because America simply is not going to embrace or feel warm or feel gratitude toward challengers. So their campaigns were more symbolic than anything else.

Chance: You are correct Shelby about Jackson and Sharpton – but the fact that whites embrace Obama means that they see something different about him. The major difference is culture; Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Shelby Steele have been raised in African American culture, and therefore their opinions about arce relations in America are determined by their experiences in America. Obama was not raised as an African American; he was raised in Indonesian culture and white American culture.

So Obama has different views on life in America, and is not contaminated with all of the psychological baggage from poor race relations in America between blacks and whites.

At least Jackson and Sharpton chose to fight for African Americans and civil rights. While Shelby is seen by whites and blacks as a bitter man who chose the easy way by becoming a standard black stick up man. Who criticizes blacks to get some benefits out of whites.

Sandip Roy: In this race, for example, would a woman like Hillary Clinton be a bargainer or would she be a challenger?

Shelby Steele: I think this is a mask for the most part, that blacks wear. Hillary is so well known, and has been around for such a long time at this point, that she’s primarily an individual.
          
Chance:
Hillary is an individual in general I agree – but it has a lot to do with her being a female also. She does not have to pander whites that much because she is a white woman. If she was a white male it would be harder to escape the racial political bargaining game.
Obama is an individual that is why he is where he is today. There are many African American politicians but they are not as popular as Obama because they come across as pro black identified or either an Uncle Tom. Only a few of them are neutral but they are not well known or popular like Obama.   

 Sandip  Roy: Because, you say, people think of race as something to go home to at night. You yourself, like Obama, are a product of a bi-racial relationship. Did you not feel the need for race being something to go home to at night?

Shelby Steele: I certainly did. But I’m older than Obama. I was raised in segregation, and my father raised me. I had an intact family, a blessing. My father was a hero of mine, still is. So I was not as insecure, probably, because I wasn’t in the circumstance that Barack Obama was, nevertheless, I was to a degree. I talk about the fact that after college I went to work in East St. Louis, one of the poorest black cities in the country. Obama went to the South Side of Chicago and did community work and I worked in Great Society programs. I think we both wanted to do good things, but on another level we were trying to establish that authenticity and achieve that sense of belonging.

Chance: Yes, that is it Shelby you are the product of racial segregation because you were born before Obama. You have internalized all of those unpleasant experiences of growing up in America during the racist Jim Crow era. You use the methods that many psychologically defeated African American blacks use to get ahead by attacking blacks to gain something from white conservatives. This is one of the techniques that are the result of having grown up in African American culture during Jim Crow era.    

In the beginning you did a lot of work on the great society program but somewhere you realized it was not for you. So you left and started pandering.

The difference between you and Obama is — you were raised in African American culture and Obama was raised in Indonesian culture and white culture therefore you both have different views. Obviously currently many whites like Obama.  
 
Sandip Roy: Because, you say, a white parent is a stain of inauthenticity?

Shelby Steele: That is the way it is often interpreted. I saw in South Carolina, a young black teenager being interviewed, calling Obama a "Halfrican." When you come from an interracial family, in that way, the implication is that there’s something phony about you.
So, your interracial background is often perceived that way, by people who don’t take the time to stop and think.

Chance: Halfrican is a term used to describe someone who is biracial. Therefore, they are only half black and not just black only. Halfrican is often a complement. It is more troublesome to the ears of some people to hear Obama just called black, when he is part white.

 Sandip Roy: But what option does he have? Is it really about Barack Obama, or is it about us, (and by us, I mean people in the media), because we say things like, if blacks vote for Hillary Clinton, Obama is obviously not black enough to attract his natural constituency. But if they vote for him we’ll say, it’s not so much as they did in Nevada, it’s taken not so much as a sign of Obama the candidate as opposed to voting for a racial brother. So, it’s kind of "damned if you do, and damned if you don’t."

Shelby Steele: That’s right. It’s a tough one. He’s a bound man. Bound, I think on many levels. If Obama has made a mistake, it is that, I think he never should have bargained in the first place. He should have presented himself as an individual. I think back to the nineties; ’96- Colin Powell had an opportunity to run. He came very close to running against a weak Bill Clinton in ’96. My sense is that he would’ve won, and he would’ve won as an individual, not as a bargainer. He would’ve (said), "This is what I stand for, these are my convictions, these are my principles, take me or leave me, but I’m not offering a bargain one way or another, I’m not challenging, I’m just an individual.
  

Chance: Whites liked Colin Powell a lot, and Colin Powell is a conservative republican. Many whites like Brack Obama and Obama is a democrat. This proves that there is something about Obama that whites see that is different from many other blacks. Powell said that the Ronald Reagan administration was one the most racist administrations. Yet this did not anger many white conservatives. They view Colin Powell as man who speaks his mind and is very honest in his feelings and opinions.

Powell does not come across as an angry black man, this is one of the reasons whites listen to Powell when he criticizes whites, blacks, or whoever. Obama does not come across as angry at white folks, and they like and respect that. 

                                   Conclusion

Shelby Steele is biracial and Barack Obama is also. The difference between the two is that Shelby’s white ancestry is disabled meaning he is simply viewed as black by both white and black Americans. Shelby was raised to self identify black as his primary identity. So he has a stronger connection to African Americans than to white Americans. This also explains why he engages in some of the same defects like Uncle Tom, Coon, criticizing blacks to get some benefits out of whiter conservatives, etc etc he views himself as an outsider who is not accepted main stream white Americans because he is an African American. So only way to get in is to be an Uncle Tom which is an inferior status.

Barack Obama was raised in Indonesian culture and white American culture — so his white side is not disabled because he was raised by his white mother mainly. When Obama came to Kansas he lived with his white grandmother and grandfather thus being exposed to white culture. When he was a little boy his mother remarried, he second husband was Indonesian and they pout Barack in an Indonesian school. His white cultural side was the first culture he was introduced to. He has always had a connection to white people by way of culture and blood. Obama went in search of his blackness because he was raised white and international – so he had to find that side of himself. He went to Kenya, Africa to visit his black father (Barack Obama Sr.). He met his father and they talked about a variety of things.

White Americans recognize that Obama’s white cultural side is not disabled, and they feel comfortable around him because of it. Wherefore, in many African Americans and some biracial Americans their white cultural and ancestry is disabled. They embrace their blackness more. This is mainly due to the ODR (one drop rule). If you only embrace your black ancestry or one side of any of your ancestries then you will be seen as a member of what ever side you embrace. 

The reason an African American politician with the exception of Colin Powell, has never been able to get to the level of Obama is because they embrace their blackness more and disregard their white and other ancestries. Colin Powell let it be known that because he is seen as light skin, and not fully black it has helped whites feel comfortable with him. 

Embrace all of your ancestries, because they are apart of you. 

  Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win

New America Media, Q&A, Sandip Roy, Posted: Feb 06, 2008

Editor’s Note: Barack Obama’s impressive showing in the Super Tuesday primaries also highlights his biggest challenge. His strong support among African Americans might have helped him in states like Georgia but could trap him in the very paradigm he seeks to transcend. Shelby Steele is the author of ‘A Bound Man – Why We are Excited About Obama And Why He Can’t Win.’ He spoke to UpFront host Sandip Roy.

SR: You say in your book that the buzz that he’s fresh and new and unconventional — that’s the buzz. But in fact you say, he is utterly conventional. What do you mean by that?

Shelby Steele: He is what I call a ‘bargainer’. Bargainers are blacks that enter the mainstream by basically making a bargain with white America. Saying, "I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I will not presume you are a racist, if you will not hold my race against me." Bill Cosby was a great bargainer; Oprah Winfrey is a great bargainer. Barack Obama is the first one to bring bargaining into politics. It is very effective because Whites like that bargain. They don’t want to have race rubbed in their face every minute. They respond to bargainers with warm feelings, with support, with affection. We usually say bargainers have some special qualities. Oprah, again, is a good example.

SR:Would you say he was always a bargainer, or is that a mantle he’s taken on more as he’s become politically active?

SS: When Barack Obama was, I think in his junior year in high school, he said that he noticed that white people liked black people who weren’t angry. He knew even then, in terms of bargaining, he was ‘to the manor born’. Again, this is an old mast: Louis Armstrong was a great bargainer, so in that sense Obama represents an old paradigm, rather than a new one.

SR: But can he be anything but a bargainer?

SS: The other option is that he can be an individual-be himself. A good example of that was Harold Ford in Tennessee, and Michael Steele (no relation to me) in Maryland. These are two men who ran as individuals, and did very well, came very close and my guess is both of them will have a great political future.

SR: But the other traditional role is the challenger role.

SS: Right. Challengers are blacks that never give whites the benefit of the doubt. Who say, ‘We’re going to presume that you are racist until you prove otherwise’; Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson are challengers. They did not go far in their presidential bids, because America simply is not going to embrace or feel warm or feel gratitude toward challengers. So their campaigns were more symbolic than anything else.

SR: In this race, for example, would a woman like Hillary Clinton be a bargainer or would she be a challenger?

SS: I think this is a mask for the most part, that blacks wear. Hillary is so well known, and has been around for such a long time at this point, that she’s primarily an individual.

SR: But with Barack Obama, you write that he has been embracing the African American side, the black side of him, more and more. Can you give some examples of how he has been doing that?

SS: I talk about this in the first half of the book that looks closely at Obama. This has been something of an obsession all his life; he comes from an interracial background, and his father abandoned the family, his African father, when Barack was only two years old. So, in one stroke he lost a father and a racial identity. He was raised in Hawaii in a largely white community by a white mother, white grandmother, white grandfather. Well, nothing wrong with that, they raised him very well, as we can see he is a fine young man. On the other hand, Obama always felt the need to belong, to establish his authentic ‘blackness,’ to feel a part of the black community. It was almost to the point of obsession. If you read his first book "Dreams from My Father" you see the arc of his life is pretty much devoted to establishing his bona fides as a black person. Most people look at Obama and say, ‘Well, I like him because he seems to transcend race,’ and on one level he does. But, on another level he’s been pretty much obsessed with it, it’s very important to him.

SR: Because, you say, people think of race as something to go home to at night. You yourself, like Obama, are a product of a bi-racial relationship. Did you not feel the need for race being something to go home to at night?

SS: I certainly did. But I’m older than Obama. I was raised in segregation, and my father raised me. I had an intact family, a blessing. My father was a hero of mine, still is. So I was not as insecure, probably, because I wasn’t in the circumstance that Barack Obama was, nevertheless, I was to a degree. I talk about the fact that after college I went to work in East St. Louis, one of the poorest black cities in the country. Obama went to the South Side of Chicago and did community work and I worked in Great Society programs. I think we both wanted to do good things, but on another level we were trying to establish that authenticity and achieve that sense of belonging.

SR: Because, you say, a white parent is a stain of inauthenticity?

SS: That is the way it is often interpreted. I saw in South Carolina, a young black teenager being interviewed, calling Obama a "Halfrican." When you come from an interracial family, in that way, the implication is that there’s something phony about you.
So, your interracial background is often perceived that way, by people who don’t take the time to stop and think.

SR: But what option does he have? Is it really about Barack Obama, or is it about us, (and by us, I mean people in the media), because we say things like, if blacks vote for Hillary Clinton, Obama is obviously not black enough to attract his natural constituency. But if they vote for him we’ll say, it’s not so much as they did in Nevada, it’s taken not so much as a sign of Obama the candidate as opposed to voting for a racial brother. So, it’s kind of "damned if you do, and damned if you don’t."

SS: That’s right. It’s a tough one. He’s a bound man. Bound, I think on many levels. If Obama has made a mistake, it is that, I think he never should have bargained in the first place. He should have presented himself as an individual. I think back to the nineties; ’96- Colin Powell had an opportunity to run. He came very close to running against a weak Bill Clinton in ’96. My sense is that he would’ve won, and he would’ve won as an individual, not as a bargainer. He would’ve (said), "This is what I stand for, these are my convictions, these are my principles, take me or leave me, but I’m not offering a bargain one way or another, I’m not challenging, I’m just an individual.

SR: But is that realistic in politics? You are trying to create a tribe, a constituency. As an individual, that seems even harder a challenge.

SS: If you play the race game in politics, it’s going to come back to bite you in some way. In the subtitle of the book I talk about why Obama can’t win. That’s one of the problems I think he’s going to have. This is the one thing bargainers never do: bargainers never tell you what they really and truly think, what their deepest convictions are. Obama has yet to do that. We don’t really yet know who he is, and what his deep principles are. So he’s, in that sense, not giving us a reason to support him for the presidency. We need to know: when will you take this country to war, when would you not take this country to war. What is your feeling about equality under the law and racial preferences – where do you stand on all of these? What principles are guiding you as you confront these issues? So, he’s saying: ‘Give me power without me telling you what I’m going to do with it’. That is something that’s got to catch up with him at some point.

SR:What do you think he represents to all the people, because the other part of your title is "Why we are excited about Obama"? Why are we excited?

SS: This is what interests me. We are excited about Obama because of what he represents, rather than because of who he is. We don’t know, really, who he is. You go to the Republican side, pick any one of those candidates, John McCain seems to be ahead at the moment. Well, you know who John McCain is. You know what his convictions are, you can take them, you can leave them. With Obama you don’t know that, you don’t know what his convictions are. He never articulates them. So he basically, again, is using bargaining to get this basic excitement going, to give himself a certain kind of charisma. But how far can he go with that? At some point you’ve got to do more.

SR: But, what does make people excited about him? Obama seems to have something special.

SS: I have thought all along that the Obama phenomena is much more about white America than it is about just one single man. No man can just, on the basis of his talents alone, generate that kind of excitement. Obama is a very talented politician, but what excites us, what excites white America especially, and has all along about Obama, is that here is an opportunity, at last, to vote for and support a black man for the presidency of the United States. To achieve this convergence of a black skin in the White House. This would prove, at least as their thinking goes, that America is no longer a racist society, that we have gotten beyond that ugly past that we had, that we’ve been redeemed in some way. When that kind of mantle sits on your shoulders, you are going to be a rock star. People are going to see a certain charisma there, that goes way beyond your abilities and talents.

SR: So whether he wins the nomination or not, what do you think the Obama candidacy has achieved in America?

SS: It could’ve achieved more, but Obama has made the point that this is a society, that America is now in 2008, a largely white society, that is quite willing and able to consider a black man for the presidency of that nation — to put a black man in the most powerful office in the world. That is a profound statement about American society. Again, I grew up in segregation and I can tell you, that was not the case back then. So, America’s come a long, long way in a relatively short time in the scope of history. Obama, because he is a plausible candidate, verifies that this change has occurred, and that is, I think the underlying significance.

SR: Thank you

END


  1. Chance. Why are you so fixated on this so-called “bi-racial” thing? I mean, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

  2. Chance

    Hey Michael,

    Well Mike, I write about a variety of subjects from politics, genetics, culture, economics, race relations, male/female relationships, international politics and culture, etc I have now added mixed race, biracial, and multiracial issues to my line of writing, and in the future I might add something else. I write about biracial and mixed race issues — because they have now become so relevant in America. We have more and more biracial children and adults now, and many multigenerational mixed people acknowledging they are mixed, so someone needs to write about issues that affects them.

    On top of that some people are fixated on white, Asian, Hispanic, and black issues. I focus on many issues that affect our country.

    Thanks for coming by Michael good to see you!!!

  3. VW

    Chance, thank you for bringing biracial issues “into the mix”! You have not forgotten about us, and we want/need to be heard.

  4. Chance

    @VW,
    You are welcome, biracial and mixed race people need to be heard just like every other ethnic identity.

  5. I hear you Chance. But consider this: There is no “bi-racial”. You can’t even objectively biologically define it. Try it.

    I know from your comments and actions in the past that you passionately object to racism and injustice. However, when you can not define something and build a whole argument on it, things get real confusing.

    And confusion holds us back from obtaining a just society.

  6. Chance

    Michael Fisher Wrote:
    Monday, February 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm –

    I hear you Chance. But consider this: There is no “bi-racial”. You can’t even objectively biologically define it. Try it.

    I know from your comments and actions in the past that you passionately object to racism and injustice. However, when you can not define something and build a whole argument on it, things get real confusing.

    And confusion holds us back from obtaining a just society.

    My response: I hear you Chance. But consider this: There is no “bi-racial”. You can’t even objectively biologically define it. Try it.
    I know from your comments and actions in the past that you passionately object to racism and injustice. However, when you can not define something and build a whole argument on it, things get real confusing.
    And confusion holds us back from obtaining a just society.

    Social constructs of politics, culture, family relations, friends, languages, people, places, things, etc are what we humans use to label, understand, and exist on earth. Yes when things manifest in this physical world we humans put a socially constructed labels them. There is nothing wrong with this unless it is causing harm to others. Labeling can be used for good or bad. Without labeling how would know what to call different foods, you would just call the different foods something to eat.

    There is nothing wrong with labeling (socially constructed titles) a culture or race of people black, white, Asian, mixed, etc because in physical appearance they do look different. Heck there are people who are not even black American – they have no genetic DNA markers from sub Sahara Africa meaning they don’t even have one drop of black blood, yet these people call themselves African Americans. They have phenotypes that are totally white, Indian phenotypes from India because they descended from Indians, etc yet these people believe they are black Americans because they were told they were from birth.

    They have accepted the socially constructed titled of black Americans (African American), but they are not black. Also under the phony fake one drop blood rule a black man or woman can look like any racial group on the planet. This is because blacks and whites in general both agree on a racist made up rule called the ODR (one drop rule). The ODR is scientifically false but many whites and blacks still live by it even though they secretively know that it is false. How come one drop of white blood does not make you white?

    In this world things and people get labels, and humans are the labelers. We need labels (social constructs) to survive. Remove all of the labels, and start fresh people will go out into the world and re-label things, people, racial groups, countries, objects, animals, culture, etc You like in the book of genesis when all the animal can before Adam and Adam gave them names.

    It is not social constructs that are the problem it is people with their motives, hate, anger, racism, unkindness, greed, etc. Society is injust because of people not social constructs because people create social constructs and some constructs are good and are bad.

  7. Joseph

    There are titles because there ARE distinctions.

  8. Chance

    @ Joseph,

    That is so true Joseph, distinctions require titles (labels-social constructs. Example Dogs and Cats the two look distinctively different so they need to be called by different names, the names that were chosen are Dogs and cats, to described these two species.

  9. Aja

    This guys is just against blacks. i wonder why?

  10. Chance

    Aja Wrote:
    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm
    This guys is just against blacks. i wonder why?


    My response:
    Steele is just trying to make more money off of white conservatives by attacking Obama and blacks. Steele is a psychologically defeated mulatto who is jealous of Barack Obama who is bi racial.




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