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Why Is The New York Times Obsessed With The President’s Race ?

by @ 9:24 am on April 3, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Media, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

To the point where they write a story like this:

It is official: Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president.

Really ? No kidding ?

That’s something I never would have known before today.

The Times goes on:

The president, who was born in Hawaii and raised there and in Indonesia, had more than a dozen options in responding to Question 9, about race. He chose “Black, African Am., or Negro.” (The anachronistic “Negro” was retained on the 2010 form because the Census Bureau believes that some older blacks still refer to themselves that way.)

Mr. Obama could have checked white, checked both black and white, or checked the last category on the form, “some other race,” which he would then have been asked to identify in writing.

There is no category specifically for mixed race or biracial.

Joe Gandelman has the best response to this particular piece of idiocy:

So let’s get this straight: in this mega-partisan political climate someone thought there was a possibility Obama would or could create a new issues that would give the 24/7 controversy-reliant talk radio political culture and blogosphere some material on a slow news weekend by checking “white” (which would enrage blacks and undermine all of the articles and posts about his historical election to the white house) or white and black (which would enrage blacks and enrage whites who don’t like him because he is a black President) or another race (”Nodramatist….Orator…or perhaps the one some of his critics think might have applied “Antichrist”)?

The more interesting question is why the Times felt compelled to give a story like this space on Page A9 of Friday’s edition when it is so obviously a non-story.

2 Responses to “Why Is The New York Times Obsessed With The President’s Race ?”

  1. I thought the same thing when I saw the NYT tweet of that last night. Seriously – where’s the story here?

  2. Mara says:

    Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put “Other” and “Don’t Know Adopted” for my race and “Other” and “Don’t Know” for my kids’ races.

    Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told “No, you can’t have it, it’s sealed.”

    How about being presented with a “family history form” to fill out at every single doctor’s office visit and having to put “N/A Adopted” where life saving information should be?

    Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with “I don’t know”.

    It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.

    Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as “blank slates”.

    Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.

    If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a child’s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.

    I challenge all readers: Ask the adopted persons that you know if their original birth certificates are sealed.

    I’m so glad that our President knows his race, but so should the rest of us regardless of the circumstances of our births.

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