Passing For White In The 21st Century

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In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Erin Aubry Kaplan criticizes President Barack Obama‘s racial politics and expresses frustration over his late-July appearance on The View in which he ostensibly whitewashed his biracial heritage:

When Walters pressed Obama on why he doesn’t call himself biracial — after helpfully reminding him that he had a white mother — what she was really asking is why he doesn’t put white folks like her more at ease by downplaying or modifying his blackness, which, post-racialism notwithstanding, continues to be so nettlesome. Obama essentially obliged her. He implied that his black identity was somehow a choice. But that’s nonsense.

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