Because until Friday we had no idea Obama was half black.
President Barack Obama was wrapped in presidential authority as he talked to a nation rubbed emotionally raw since the acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.
Then, in a move hardly anyone saw coming, Obama unwrapped himself, and put his own young, black face on Martin’s dead, young, black body.
Nobody saw this coming? They obviously haven’t been paying attention. There isn’t a story in which Obama won’t inject himself. But nobody saw it coming or something.
The first black president has been accused by some of running from his blackness, and trying to address black folks’ needs on the down low.
The down low? Do they even know what that means?
But on Friday, he suddenly lifted the veil off his black male identity and showed it to the world. It was something no American president before him could have done.
Obviously. We’ve never had a race-baiting president before.