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Obama is a man who tends to bring race into every single aspect of American life. He has consistently identified as a black man, even though he is both black, and white alike. Why? Might you ask…well he has an answer, and it could be one of the most bizarre comments of his presidency. Has he lost his mind?
VIA| In an interview for The Atlantic with Ta-Nehisi Coates, President Obama’s take on race added to the list of bizarre things he’s said over the years. According to our outgoing president, “if you are perceived as African American, then you’re African American.”
Coates asked Obama, “I wonder how you came to think of yourself as black and why,” after a lengthy commentary about his upbringing that, frankly, could have been boiled down to the simple fact that Obama is mixed race — both white and black.
Obama responded: “Well, part of my understanding of race is that it’s more of a social construct than a biological reality.”
Okay wait, I had to stop it there. You can call just about anything a “social construct,” but there is a biological reality no matter how you look at it.
Obama continued his answer: “And in that sense, if you are perceived as African American, then you’re African American.”