I never cease to be amazed at the way Americans subscribe to the KKK-Jim Crow “one drop of negro blood” rule to define anyone with any black ancestry as black.
Using the euphemism “African-American” does not hide the fundamentally racist assumption behind this reasoning, and the fundamental racism that continues to infest America no matter what the lection results were last night!
If Halle Berry had children by a white man, they would be logically 75% white. But they would still be defined as black.
Obama has a black father and a white mother. So why is he not a European-American? Or at least a person of mixed racial background? Why black?
Do white Americans somehow define black genes as some sort of super-genes that overrule white genes even when a person is mainly white?
Or is this a left-over of the slavery ethos in which slave owners could father children on black women and still maintain the fiction that there were separate and distinct races, and that their children were not 50% white?
Thomas Jefferson’s slave girl mistress Sally Hemmings was reportedly so light-skinned that she was sometimes mistaken for a white woman. The three children Jefferson had with her must have been majoritively white in terms of racial background. But they were, conveniently, still slaves from birth until Jefferson kept his bargain with Sally and freed them.
Hey, why not look at it from this angle? Yesterday, only 43% of European-Americans voted for their fellow-European-American Barack Obama. But American blacks proved they could rise above racial considerations by voting 96% for a European-American with a white mother!