Thanks for posting those!
Very interesting, and I'd say I tend to agree with them. The people I've heard say they're 'colorblind' or the same concept as 'post-racial' are always white and never really spend all that much time around anyone who isn't. There is a difference between respecting other people as they are and not judging them based on skin color/ ethnicity/ culture on the one hand and pretending we're all exactly the same on the other.
I also agree with that first one-- Obama is half white American and half Kenyan. It's always interesting to hear people refer to him by race. Is he African-American, and if so, what do we mean by that? Usually, it's a term applied to the descendants of slaves. The Somali immigrants in Columbus and the Ethiopian immigrants here never refer to themselves as 'African-American'. If we apply the term the way we do other similar labels (Asian-American, etc) then people like Dave Matthews are African-American by virtue of being born in Africa and emigrating. Is he black? Are they actually synonymous? I don't think they are, because if you look at Obama's personal history he has clearly identified with 'black culture' whatever I mean by that (looking at things like his choice of church). But does he identify with white culture equally as much? I guess you'd have to ask him, it's hard to separate what is white culture and what are just part of the general mainstream culture. Regardless, there's no question he has been treated
by strangers and the media as 'black' in America and all that comes with it. Are things like that enough to garner the label? Judging by voting turnout, local conversations, and the Obama clothing I see kids who aren't old enough to vote wearing, a lot of urban black people think he is. Then again, a good proportion of that might have nothing to do with perceived race.
Not to wax academic
More importantly, does it matter? I'm lucky enough to live in one of the least segregated neighborhoods I've ever seen, and to me at least it's obvious that the future America is not going to be any kind of homogenous.