His response is a caricature of the worst stereotypes of white liberalism. Note the invocation of a “Marxist View Of Race.” Note the sense that blackness is strictly the work of “Southern Whites.” Note the arrogance of assuming that “blackness” is defined by 17th century racists, and that the people being defined have no agency. In one fell column, Judis anoints himself High Arbiter of Blackness, and then dismisses Obama’s complicated and arduous process as the president simply doing “what was expected of him.”
The only appropriate response to this sentiment is to regrettably resort to the language of my folks and ask the following–Who the fuck is John Judis?
via We’ll Tell You If You’re Black Or Not – National – The Atlantic.
But seriously, who the f— is he?
Blacks, whites hear Obama differently – Nia-Malika Henderson – POLITICO.com:
On his pre-inaugural visit to Benâ€™s Chili Bowl, a landmark for Washingtonâ€™s African-American community, President Barack Obama was asked by a cashier if he wanted his change back.
â€œNah, we straight,â€ Obama replied.
The phrase was so subtle some listeners missed it. The reporter on pool duty quoted Obama as saying, â€œNo, weâ€™re straight.â€
But many other listeners did not miss it. A video of the exchange became an Internet hit, and there was a clear moment of recognition among many blacks, who got a kick out of their Harvard-educated president sounding, as one commenter wrote on a hip-hop site, â€œmad cool.â€
For real. For real.