Of the Mixed-Blooded and the Marxists

I’ve despised the ideas and manners of people like this my entire academic career.

Not Joyce, obviously. Obama.

Obama’s self-described college-age animosity towards politically incorrect groups (such as offspring of the miscegenated) and in favor of “The Marxist professors and structural feminists” would be less worrying if not for his refusal to renounce racism and his Marxist-terrorist friends.

She was a good-looking woman, Joyce was with her green eyes and honey skin and pouty lips. We lived in the same dorm my freshman year, and all the brothers were after her. One day I asked her if she was going to the Black Students’ Association meeting. She looked at me funny, then started shaking her head like a baby who doesn’t want what it sees on the spoon.

“I’m not black,” Joyce said. “I’m multiracial.” Then she started telling me about her father, who happened to be Italian and was the sweetest man in the world; and her mother, who happened to be part African and part French and part Native American and part something else. “Why should I have to choose between them?” she asked me. Her voice cracked, and I thought she was going to cry. “It’s not white people who are making me choose. Maybe it used to be that way, but now they’re willing to treat me like a person. No — it’s black people who always have to make everything racial. They’re the ones making me choose. They’re the ones who are telling me that I can’t be who I am…”

They, they, they. That was the problem with people like Joyce. They talked about the richness of their multicultural heritage and it sounded real good, until you noticed that they avoided black people…

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling conventions. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated.

But this strategy alone couldn’t provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so-called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.

I’m just surprised that Obama didn’t use the annoying pseudo-spelling chican@!

What’s hilarious, of course, is that coverage of Obama still reads like this:

If Obama seems alien, it may not be simply because he’s the African-American presidential front runner, but because he’s an African-American politician who doesn’t flaunt his scars. Instead, he seems improbably blessed with good fortune and holds himself up as an example of the American Dream as reality. As he says again and again in speeches, only in this country would his story be possible.

Courtesy snopes.

5 thoughts on “Of the Mixed-Blooded and the Marxists”

  1. I think the point of Obama’s passage here is that he was unsure of his own identiity, particularly his self-chosen identity as black and so afraid of being associate with anything other than black that he sought out anything to prove his blackness. I read this as his recognizing that he was doing this.

    However, his actions in later years make me not so sure. His obsession with the father that he did not know and who showed no evidence or really wanting to know him is striking. (and incomplete contract to his half-brother Mark, supposedly his doppelganger, who rejected their father [1]).

    It’s also been clear to my eyes that he searched out Wright’s church in order to ingratiate himself as authentically black. (Having moved in the edge of Chicago South Side politics, this may have been a necessary move for a mixed-race outsider like Obama).

    I don’t think the big lesson from this is racism on the part of Obama, but a fundamental unsureness of his own self-identity. He clearly is confident in himself, even cocky, but I fear that there lies a hidden self-doubt in his place in the world due to abandonment by both his parents. When you want to be President, you gotta know who you are and what you believe. I’m not sure he does.

    [1] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1987822/posts

  2. Mark in The Free Republic excerpt reminds me of my grandfather-in-law, who left his ancestral farm in Xi’an and never looked back, as well as others who forsook the olive tree for a better life.

    But Barack? I can (and fully understand & support) a sentimental love for the place of one’s childhood. But for a place one never lived?

    That reminds me of those Norwegian nationalists you see running around South Dakota, renaming themselves “Johannsen” from “Johnson,” and mimicing a world that is foreign & unknown to them.

    A rejection of what America is all about.

  3. A rejection of what America is all about.

    Lol, and what is that? This reminds of the thought I’ve had when listening to flag-lapel-wearing patriots who say they love America but “To hell with Wright!” Um…Wright is a part of America. Abortion is a part of America. Homosexuality is a part of America. An obtuse and convoluted tax code is a part of America. So what do these folk mean when they say “America” and that they love it?

    Obama: “They, they, they. That was the problem with people like Joyce. They talked about the richness of their multicultural heritage and it sounded real good, until you noticed that they avoided black people…” That is seeing the irony of the situation. Look, they are still calling him the black candidate. They, they, they. Whoever they are.

  4. Curtis,

    Lol, and what is that?

    “Out of many, one.” This refers literally to the sovereigns, of course, but has the double-meaning of references the assimilation of peoples from all over the world into one American culture.

    Backwards-looking multiculturalism strives to turn this on end, breaking one American culture into many. Note Obama’s hostility towards the mixed-race, because they were not exclusively minority enough.

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