This is just one of those stupid curiosities and is in no way meant to be political.
Judging from the pictures and from what we have heard, it sounds as if he had a normal middle class upbringing which happened to be done under a white influence. Not unlike mine or maybe yours.
Barack Obama was born August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was from Kenya. Obviously, it was an interracial relationship- not uncommon, despite the fact that it was during the early days of civil rights advancements.
Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in Wichita, Kansas. After World War II, she moved with her parents to Hawaii. This is where Barack’s parents met- University of Hawaii at Manoa. When Barak was two, his parents separated and his father left for Harvard to pursue Ph. D. studies and then return to Kenya where he started a new family.
In 1967, Barack and his mother moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. Obama attended schools in Jakarta. In 1971 he moved back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham.
Barack graduated from school with honors in 1979. This is said to be one of the points in his life where he was labeled to be of one color. He was only one of three black students at the school.
According to his memoirs, Obama described how he struggled to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage.
He saw his biological father, who he saw only once (in 1971) after his parents divorced, died in a 1982 car accident. His mother, died of ovarian cancer in 1995.
In some religions, it is customary to raise the children according to the mother’s heritage. Of course, this doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but, for a long time society labeled children according to the mother’s background. If this were done today, in our American society, and by color, we may be referring to Senator Obama as being white.
I remember having an African-American teacher in high school. I believe that she was brought in to the school to educate this mainly white, mostly liberal, upper middle class group of white kids, about other kinds of people. This teacher taught us that judgements on people are made because someone appears different in an obvious way- such as color. It is human nature to judge this way because it is easy to do. It would take a more intelligent person to look beyond this when judging a person as a whole.
Really, does it matter if a candidate is black or white? Did anyone mention anything about Senator McCain being white? There is always a chance, not that I can prove it or know for sure, that somewhere in Senator McCain’s lineage there is an African American person. Maybe we should call him African American as well.
The truly amazing thing is that this hard-working individual of part African American lineage may make history as the first American President of color. If he wins the election, he will have done it because he has worked hard in life and the American people have judged him to be a good leader. Color has little to do with this.