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Parker, on Kamiya, on Obama

 Out of all of the quotes on the page we received in class, one of the shortest ones stands out to me the most.

Obama: "My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there.  At least that's what I chose to believe."

I feel like it might even be a uniquely Black sentiment to refer to the "fact of your race" because of what a significant issue is made out of your physical features as a Black person, as opposed to someone who is part White and part Asian or Latino.  Is this evidence of the historical one-drop rule? Perhaps.  But Obama does not dwell on this historic injustice--he moves forward and turns it into a larger search for self-identity.  The fact of my race has certainly had an important part in making me who I am so far, but I rarely think of myself in terms of being a "Black woman" except when that label is attached to me by another person or community (receiving a special academic achievement award or scholarship from a Black organization, etc.)  It's almost as if I don't "own it" and I just wait for someone else to give me the distinction of being Black.  This is curious indeed...but now it's time for class!  I shall revisit this at a later time.

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