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Author Topic: Morgan Freeman: 'Obama's not our first black president'  (Read 168 times)
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« on: July 07, 2012, 03:20:24 AM »

Morgan helpfully points out that he's our first 'mixed race president':

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/06/morgan-freeman-obamas-not-our-first-black-president/

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President Barack Obama is considered by some to be the nation's first black president - but Morgan Freeman isn't one such individual.

The actor told NPR's "Tell Me More" host Michel Martin in an interview posted Thursday that "the first thing" that he thinks of when he thinks of Obama is "all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him," Morgan said.

"They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white - very white American, Kansas, middle America," the Oscar winner continued. "There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president - he's America's first mixed-race president."

Race aside, however, Freeman also mentioned that he believes the president has been treated unfairly by members of the opposing party.

"He is being purposely, purposely thwarted by the Republican Party, who started out at the beginning of his tenure by saying, 'We are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that he only has one term,'" Freeman said. "That means they will not cooperate with him on anything. So to say he's ineffective is a misappropriation of the facts."

at least Freeman isn't a birther  icon_lol
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012, 05:25:38 AM »

That opens up a whole can of worms about racial determination.  What percentage of a lineage do you have to have before you can claim the mantle?  From looking at Morgan Freeman, it appears to me that there's some mixed ancestry there as well.  He certainly is not as dark as, say, the typical image of a Bantu from Central Africa or the Luo people like the president's father.
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