While I’m on the subject of the US presidential elections, here’s another thing that has me confounded: why do people keep going on about Barack Obama being ‘black’? Doesn’t he have a white mother? Doesn’t that make him ‘mixed race’? Why is he African-American, and not Caucasian-American?? I mean, he didn’t even grow up with his [black] father, but rather his [white] mother. So the whole hallelujah chorus about him being the first black man to potentially enter office as the Prez of the US kinda has me scratching my head.
I know the whole racial thing is huge in the US. The tension between blacks and whites is nowhere near as explosive anywhere else, except possibly in South Africa and Zimbabwe [correct me if I’m wrong]. In the UK, for example, you don’t experience that kind of tension. I suspect it’s because blacks in the UK were not brought over as slaves as they were in the US, but came of their own free will. Amazing what a powerful charge that history carries.
Anyway, I guess the whole thing is pretty hard to comprehend for us who have not had first-hand experience with it. Except that, well, I kind of HAVE had first-hand experience with it. And I know that if people kept going on about AAH being ‘black’ or ‘African-American’, as if that completely defined who she was, I’d be pissed.
ANOTHER DAY OF MELLOW SUNSHINE
… although a bit cooler than the previous two days. There was a pretty cold wind blowing off the sea when I went out on my bike earlier … exacerbated by the speed of my wheels, yowsa! We’re waiting for a contractor to come fix our roof and he promised he’d do it as soon as the weather started cooperating, but there’s no sign of him and he’s not answering his phone. Grrr. Tradesmen. It’s like reneging on promises is written into their job description. Right now 10°C [50F]. Sunrise was at 6.20, sunset at 8.31.