Happy holidays!! Well, that’s one way of looking at it that I hadn’t thought of. My thoughts about Obama and his mom is that he intentionally spoke very little about her, because she wasn’t really your typical poor Black person. She was educated (an anthropologists) and attended Ivy League schools. Her parents clearly weren’t poor. Obama didn’t want to focus on his mom all that much because her story resembles that of a person with White privilege.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure it took him a minute to figure out where he would have the fewest problems which was amongst Black folks. Being biracial in America is hard.
My issue is that he has the typical “Black boy making it” that White folks love. Obama is a masterful story teller, and he’s good at leaving out context needed to determine who he is. As I noted, he’s a chameleon, a master at going between White Supremacy and Black oppression. The not really talking about his mom is for his benefit and to mislead Black people. Had Obama told us his mama was a mid-western White anthropologist travelling all across the world marrying Black and brown men, educating her children in non-Black settings, living between his mom and White grandparents, and his mom taking advantages of opportunities most ADOS Black folks would never have access to, we probably would have taken a pass on him.
Most of us were just happy he was Black. We learned that his Black isn’t the same, and he has demonstrated it time and time again when it comes to standing up for us. He’s not above reproach and we must examine his silence, his White Supremacy, and his anti-Blackness.