On the sociology and economics blog, OrgTheory, I had the opportunity to misunderstand, Dr. Kieran Healy of Duke, who wrote: "And thus did we start down the road toward the unlikely spectacle of a Black President endorsing gay marriage. Nice—counterintuitive, compelling, and more than a little ironic." (See the entire essay and comments here.) I still take issue with the claim that Pres. Barack Obama is "Black." He is indeed an "African-American" on his father's side, but that ignores the perhaps more important considerations on the distaff side. His mother claims to be from Kansas; and Kansan-Americans are known to have Ozmian connections. Maybe that needs to be investigated more closely... or maybe not...
|Stanley Ann Dunham|
(An interesting conjecture, not presented then, is that the people we call Africans inherited their darker skin tones from these Melanesians who emigrated back to Africa in an interglacial period.)
We glide easily over the fact that the elder Barack Obama is from Kenya. Kenya is in Africa. But, again, the people among whom the elder Obama grew up were not Negroes or Negroids or whatever. They emigrated into Kenya from the north about 1000 years ago, about the same time that the Magyars (my mother's father's ancestors) were entering Europe from Asia. (I have B-positive blood, like many other people who happen to come from western Siberia in the Ob-Irtysh river basin.) People move. We walk. We run. We ride animals; and we ride in carts; and today we still measure internal combustion engines in horsepower. In Indo-European languages many r-words denote running: Rhine, Rhone. rhino-, rhizo-... Now we fly, flee, flow... The first horror of any concentration camp is that you are not allowed to leave. It is the one thing everyone wants to do. Even if we settle into cities and onto farms, none survives isolated and self-sufficient. Trade is life. And so some footloose herders from the Nile followed the flocks to Kenya... and one of them thought that America sounded interesting.
He was not alone.