“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president—he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Freeman’s interview touches on many other subjects, and Freeman is a supporter of President Obama’s, but the race issue he discussed raises a big question about identity.
What does it mean to be a Black man? If you’re raised by white parents, are you less Black?
If strangers perceive you as Black, is that enough to make you Black?