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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.

Comments (4) to “The First Mulatto President”

  1. Black President, mulatto President? What’s the big deal? It seems that the haters want to diminish the historical impact of the first black U.S. President. I am no Obama lover, but that has nothing to do with his race, nor does it diminish the historical impact of electing the first black president. The fact is, we passed a historical milestone as a country in electing a black President. It says a lot about the progress we have made. It will say more about our progress as a nation when we fail to notice or mention the race of a newly elected President. For now, baby steps will do. Although, in reality, this is no baby step.

    Still Proud to Be an American,
    Alex Callahan

  2. I’m sure some of the people here will remember my story of showing up to protest a League of the South rally at the Mississippi State Capital with my kids in tow and being hounded by their armed goons while being called “jewboy.” I don’t think it’s necessarily a conflation to associate the League of the South with their compatriots in the KKK.

  3. There was a surge in membership of the KKK after Harding was elected, the last time they bemoaned the election of a mulatto, who happened to be a first term senator from a midwestern state.

  4. Don’t leave out those in the black community like Alan Keys that are anti Obama too. I’m sure you all know about Keys litigation concerning Obama’s legal citizenship. I have a feeling before long there will be groups of outspoking blacks that will spewing unfounded criticism against Obama too. Just as many presidents before him he will catch a lot of blame for problems that he inherited when he dont have a quick simple fix for them. What I see is to many people expecting miracles that probably will not happen. Then they will blame Obama.