Elizabeth Chang, of the Post Sunday magazine, was disappointed with Obama’s racial self-designation as black on his 2010 Census Form. Chang, the mother of Asian and Caucasian children, thinks that Obama’s “accurate” portrayal of himself as biracial would serve a useful purpose of helping rid our society of the needless construct of race. She makes some compelling arguements.
Chang points out that Obama was rasied by a white mother and grandparents. She fails to point out that his current extended family include a wife and daughters widely seen as black. Obama says he self identifies as being black and that he is proud of that racial designation.
I ask, why can’t we let him decide on these types of personal questions?