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 ?
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.