Recently, a friend who blogs on the TDO website asked me whether I thought that Obama was black enough. I told her I would have to get back to her on that. And that is the subject of this blog. We now know through science that there are no biological or genetic markers for race. Therefore, that makes both race and ethnicity human constructs. When man first became self aware I am sure his first words were not “I am black and how do I get to Detroit?”
So just what is race and ethnicity? I define race as a social grouping or form of people hood that is marked by traits that are perceived to be biologically inherited. Ethnicity is defined as a social grouping or form of people hood that is marked by traits that are perceived to be culturally inherited. So in attempting to answer the question I will use these two definitions. If I accept the first definition to be true then the obvious answer is yes! But I don’t think that is the answer that you are looking for.
If I accept the second definition to be true then it makes it that much more difficult to answer the question. Is he black enough like Dr. Benjamin Carson, the gifted neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University? Or is he black enough like Pookie standing on the corner selling drugs? Is he black enough somewhere between the two? No one group of people is a monolith. So to be honest I cannot answer the question because I believe that the question cannot be answered. Is John McCain white enough? I haven’t heard that question asked. Why? Because for the most part the people that I perceive to be white generally do not think of themselves as being white.
There is only one race on the planet Earth and that is the human race!