First point i should clear up is that Barack Obama was born of a black father, from Kenya, and a white mother, from Kansas. So why is he considered black and not white? I’ve seen people who are considered to be white with darker skin and darker hair than Barack Obama. Is it his facial features? That seems pretty superficial. To me it goes much deeper than that.
American society has a very hegemonic conception of race and that conception is inherently racist against those of black origin. Back in the day if you were as little as 1/32 black you had to register as such in certain states in the US. The purpose of this style of labeling was the belief that if you had any black blood in you, you were tainted, you were still black. In this way “blackness” is akin to dirtiness. If something is only a little bit dirty, it’s still dirty; if something is a little bit clean that doesn’t make it clean. Just like how Barack Obama is black and not white. If you were one of millions who automatically bought into this system of labeling it doesn’t make you racist necessarily, it just makes you part of racist society.
Eagerly awaiting your thoughts and comments :)