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Friday, June 22, 2007

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Francis Djamson

As an African living in the US, I find the discussion on Senator Obama's race pretty ridiculous and if I should say infantile.

As I understand it, Senator Obama has bi-racial parentage and I think, pretty much every person who dares to comment on his parentage is at pains to point this out.

My question to all of you out there is who determines which race he is? Or put another way why should his blackness play any more a significant role in his evaluation and getting elected than his whiteness?

If what we are told in the press is true, a person with Senator Obama's unique characteristics can only be a blessing to a nation which is torn by its own identity crisis.

It is only in the US that a person who goes out to look for a job or some government assistance has to fill out an application identifying his race (as if the actual sight of him is not enough).

America, you need to wake up! America is the most unique of all nations in this world. America is blessed with the best from practically every country in this world and at the same time cursed because the different nationalities cannot seem to cohabit and cohere and also because it is hamstrung by the residual superiority complex of the dominant race.

More than half a century after the civil rights matches, it is pretty astonishing that diversity which should be harnessed as a strength and point of unity of this great country is rather the discordant note.

Obama's identity is indisputable. He is half white and half black. That does not make him anything less than any full- blooded individual member of any of the two races.

America has to allow him to define himself rather than foister stereotypes on him which seek to restrict him to one or other of his parentage. He wouldn't be who he is if he did not have the parentage and perspectives he has.

And while white America has its ways of always reminding those of us from other places that we do not belong by pointing out our race, accent or garb, America really needs to wake up to the fact that the remarkable individual Senator Obama has turned out to be has everything to do with his unique heritage and perhaps America (as a whole) will have to embrace its own "not so different heritage" in order to once again become the remarkable nation it was created to be.

There is strenghth in diversity and America needs to find this strength in order to teach it to the rest of the world.

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Brother Omi

it should be retired. he was not just a ballplayer but an activist.

Marc D

I don't think that Clemente's number should be retired among all of MLB - while he might have been one of the best latin players, he by no means was the first. To single him out takes away from Luis Aparicio, Al Lopez and countless others who played before and with Roberto. Jackie was special - he allowed America to see what it was doing was wrong and helped spawn a movement. Roberto was a great ballplayer and a great humanitarian who was cut down early, but he's no Jackie Robinson

maxjulian

I was thinking today that the NAACP would be so much more powerful if it actually was an association of all colored people. This is truly a bad joke. Clemente was a giver. What a great role model he is...

rikyrah

I'm surprised that it wasn't already retired. It's a no-brainer for me. This shouldn't be controversial. He IS the Jackie Robinson of Latino Players, and was an excellent citizen, both ON and OFF the field.

This is a gimme.

What's the controversy?

Sally Hemings

I am stunned this is even an issue. Clemente was the man. He was not only a gifted baseball player, he was an incredible human.

What Jackie Robinson did was historic. However, Clemente's roll in the MLB was no less worthy of recognition.

Sally
Baseball/History Fan

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