I saw this headline: “New material pushes the boundary of blackness.” Was it naive for me to assume that it was yet another story about which candidate on the Democratic side has better black bona fides, the one who is half black or the one married to the first white/black president?
As to that last, I like James Taranto’s take on the matter:
A reader calls our attention to an old CNSNews.com story from October 2001, which seems oddly relevant today:
Former President Bill Clinton was honored as the nation’s first black president Saturday at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Awards Dinner on in Washington, DC.
The chair of the all-Democratic caucus, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), told the crowd that Clinton “took so many initiatives he made us think for a while we had elected the first black president.” . . .
Clinton told CNSNews.com he was honored to be considered America’s “first black president.”
“I think it’s a function of the work I have done, not just as president, but my whole public life to try to bridge the racial divide and the fact that even when I was a little boy I had friends who were African-American,” he explained.
It seems the only way the Democrats can unite the disparate identity groups that make up their party is by choosing a leader who is a white man.
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