Barack isn’t normal for anyone.
Another thing that really annoys me about those who keep trying to say race has nothing to do with this Zimmerman case and those people who are fixated on Trayvon’s presentation alike, is how they love to point at Obama… But, Obama isn’t standard. I don’t mean that as a Black person either, but as a citizen of this country.
By WHAT standard is Obama a typical person? He’s a man who comes from modest means but whose mother has a graduate degree. He traveled the world as a youth. He has degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He’s married to a woman who also came from modest means yet has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
We JUST reached the point where 30% of this country who is old enough to have a degree has one. That’s not even 1 in 3 people (which would be 33%). This number dwindles when we start looking at graduate/professional degrees and does so rather exponentially. But these two… not only do they have them, but considering their backgrounds, they’re freaking miracles. Just take a look at the numbers… research how many people from the working class actually go to college. Then look up how many finish. Research how many people manage to actually climb the class ladder. Look up the probability of being accepted into both Princeton and Harvard Law. Look up the probability of being accepted to both Columbia and Harvard Law. Look up the probability of a married couple in the United States having degrees from Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard. This is not common at all. This is not normal at all. This is Horatio Alger’s wetdream. And… again… notice how i haven’t factored race into this…yet.
Barack Obama’s entire family is an anomaly. I hate to say that because I’ve spent a lot of time saying that Black people getting degrees from elite institutions or generally being brilliant isn’t against the norm. I’m not changing my story here, just tweaking it to say “it’s no more against the norm than white people from the same backgrounds doing the same thing”. The Obamas aren’t outliers because they’re Blacks who exhibit a certain level of brilliance and have achieved things we know to be rare. They are outliers because they exhibit a certain level of brilliance and have achieved things we know to be rare. Black has nothing to do with it… until it comes time to deal with racism.
Nobody expects all whites to look, behave, and accomplish like CEOs or have the fact that they were victimized excused… but if you’re Black, the onus of racial profiling is put on you for not being like Barack Obama.
How does this make sense?