It makes use of the Mulatto Elite Stereotype to try to alienate him from Blacks and non-wealthy Whites simultaneously. To historic U.S. Blacks, he’s “not Black enough.” To (stereotypical) non-rich Whites, he’s an “uppity Negro.” In this view, not being descended from American Slaves is a double disability: SNRWs already aren’t sure about an African Black or the son of one, but having a White mother and grandparents just adds insult to injury. And to American Blacks, he lacks “credibility” if they see him this way. The fact is, most “mulattos” in this country are poor and working-class, urban or rural.
Some of us went ballistic when Fox News and all those other Repugs who really are The Elite in this country started calling Obama that, saying “He’s out of touch.” But naturally, they knew exactly what they were doing: It’s many of us Democrats who are “out of touch” with the racism that’s still out there in this country — not because we’re “elitist,” but because we struggle with it (on a good day), whereas the Rove-publicans aren’t afraid to employ it to keep their stranglehold on power. Obama can’t be White enough for SNRWs, nor Black enough for some Blacks.
It’s necessary to expose the McCain/Palin/GOP/Fox/AM radio operatives’ cynical racist ploy, to deflate it. Shine the light on how they’d manipulate Americans for their own benefit and not America’s. And say it’s OK for White women to have Black men’s babies if they want, and vice-versa, and for those offspring to enjoy Sonny and Cher or Donny and Marie … or 50 Cent or Buffy Sainte-Marie. America’s always been diverse, even if Hollywood and Madison Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue haven’t always been so. Even if the world according to Jim Crow was only “White” and “Nonwhite,” or sometimes “White,” “Black,” and “Red” or “Hispanic” or “Asian.”