Barack Obama is not African-American:
If words mean anything, he's Euro-Afro-American (or Afro-Euro-American).
An interesting play on words, to be sure. Early on in his campaign, I heard more than one or two African-Americans say that he might be Black, but that he wasn't one of them. He is not a descendant of slaves. That distinction was lost by the close of the primary campaign. I prefer to think of him as multi-ethnic as opposed to African-American, and I concede that Euro-African-American is more accurate thana simply A-A, but more cumbersome than multi-ethnic. It's a distinction that is lost on my cousins down South who just see him as a Black Muslim who may be the anti-Christ.
I'm just hoping that he can bring a spirit of reconciliation between African-Americans and White-Americans. We could use the healing.
Houston B. in Oakland
We are all African-Americans. It's just that some of our ancestors left Africa 50,000 years earlier than the ancestors of others.
What we need is a DNA test to authenticate the WASPs who may or may not vote for Obama because he shares, mixes, African blood and White blood. The question may be whether the one-drop rule should apply in determining who is a WASP, in which case many African Americans might also qualify as WASPs, or whether there is a 100% purity requirement, in which case the few WASPs will be ineffective with their stingers.