Courtesy of Madame Noire
People usually ask that question saying why wonâ€™t X let Y or Z be great. But in the case of Barack Obama, itâ€™s been made painfully clear why Republicans and Tea Party members in particular wonâ€™t let him be great, itâ€™s because heâ€™s black. Thatâ€™s why I find it so interesting that despite all the hell he goes through as what most agree he is, the first black president of the United States, for some reason a strong segment of the black population wonâ€™t let him be black.
The latest forerunner in the case against Barack Obamaâ€™s blackness is actor Morgan Freeman. I imagine eyes rolled instantly at the mention of his name, along with a follow-up question of who cares? Unfortunately we care because Mr. Freeman denounced Barack Obamaâ€™s blackness openly in an interview with NPR today. Truthfully, Iâ€™m not even sure how the topic came up amongst discussion of his new movie, The Magic of Belle Isle, but nevertheless he let his thoughts on Barack Hussein Obama be known, saying:
â€œFirst thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him â€¦ they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white â€” very white American, Kansas, middle of America,â€ Freeman said. â€œThere was no argument about who he is or what he is. Americaâ€™s first black president hasnâ€™t arisen yet. Heâ€™s not Americaâ€™s first black president â€” heâ€™s Americaâ€™s first mixed-race president.â€
Really, Morgan? Thatâ€™s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the leader of our nation? It appears heâ€™s as color struck as the republicans he calls out in his next statement.