Correcting the record of President-elect Obama
Alton H.Maddox | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.
When President-elect Barack Hussein Obama was born in 1961,interracial marriages enjoyed no constitutional protections. Thus, Obama's right to travel with both his white mother and Black father in many states was forbidden. His travel, with his parents, would have been banned below the Mason-Dixon line. Change arrived in 1968. The marching feet and protest songs of Blacks gave rise to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Without the Black and/or Latino vote, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Indiana and Ohio would have been scored in Sen. John McCain's presidential column.Change in presidential politics arrived in 2008. Without the Voting Rights Act of 1965,McCain would have been given the keys to the White House, since his 279 votes in the Electoral College would have been sufficient to defeat Obama. The successful candidate needed 270 votes out of 538 votes in the Electoral College. Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000,but the Supreme Court gave Florida's votes in the Electoral College to Gov. George W. Bush. Florida took Black voters back to Christmas Day 1951.Harry and Henrietta Moore died from the dynamiting of their home. Gore refused to raise a claim of racial discrimination before the High Court. Black people had a reason to be elated on Election
Day, but it was not because Obama was the first person of African ancestry to receive keys to the White House. He was the seventh person of African ancestry to be given those keys. Six presidents of African ancestry have preceded him. White supremacists have the power to classify and define all residents in the United States. One drop of African blood will do the trick. This drop of blood must be
powerful, because it automatically makes a white person Black.
In cartoons, for example, President Abraham Lincoln was described as "Abraham Africanus, the First." Warren Harding refused to deny that he had African ancestors. Calvin Coolidge attributed his mother's dark skin to her mixed Indian ancestry. A body of literature exists on Black presidents in the White House. It includes books by J.A. Rogers, Dr. Auset Bakhufu and David Coyle. These books point out that six presidents had African blood, but were able to pass for white.
Federal law enforcement agents from the Justice Department seized and destroyed all copies of William Chancellor's book on Warren Harding and also seized and destroyed a Lifemagazine depicting a photo of President Dwight Eisenhower's mother. She was a "mulatto." Assuming arguendo that Obama was the first Black president in the United States, this alone is not the legitimate reason for elation. Something else is significant in Obama's presidential victory. The world has never witnessed a person from an oppressed group at the bottom of a country's political hierarchy going to its zenith. Although Obama is not a descendant of enslaved Africans, he is a member of a historically despised group in the United States. His wife, Michelle, is a descendant of enslaved Africans. Her life has been negatively affected by both race and the legacy of involuntary servitude. Obama's life has been negatively affected by race.