The First Mulatto President
Most Americans, including me, thought two days ago that the United States had reached a major milestone in its 221-year history: the election of a Black president.
Turns out we were wrong. On his personal blog, Ku Klux Klan leader Thomas Robb sets the record straight:
Obama has become the first mulatto president of the United States. I know that you have been hearing that Obama would be the first black president. However, you and I both know this is not true. Obama is only half black. Not only is he only half black – he was not raised in a black environment. He was raised by his single mother, because his black father did what is so common with black men that there are jokes about it.
I discovered this via the New York Times’ Caucus Blog, which did not link to the original post. It took me a few minutes to find it independently. During my search I stumbled upon a post on Hatewatch, the blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center, headlined, “Hate Groups Claim Obama Win Is Sparking Recruitment Search.” Exhibit A:
“The League of the South is reporting a surge in new members within hours of the results from yesterday’s elections,” proclaimed an E-mail that the neo-Confederate group sent to supporters the day after the election. “League president, Dr. Michael Hill, stated that it is from an awakening of many Southerners that the constitutional Republic is now dead and has been replaced with a national socialist empire.”
Hatewatch conflates the League of the South with white supremacist groups, but to be fair, surely the “awakening” derives more from President-elect Obama’s victory speech, in which he engaged in shameless and extensive quotation of that original assassin of the constitutional republic, and founder of national socialism in America, Abraham Lincoln. Who, come to think of it, was occasionally rumored to have been mulatto himself.