ripresa (ripresa) wrote,

Identity Politics (and Obama's family history)

Identity politics have been talked about much recently.. because we have a black man, and a woman running for president.

Women think, if Hillary is voted, she would maybe spend more money on medical/childcare issues affecting women. A black president would handle the poverty and social issues involving the black community with more importance.

At least that's the assumption.

I've definitely felt for Hillary in ways I don't for other candidates. I feel defensive when I see her criticized for cleavage, looks, being "shrill" or any insult that tends to be reserved for women. 

Obama.. otoh to me, is just another candidate, except that he's black. Kinda like Miitt Romney is Mormon.

Except.. it just occured to me today that Obama probably speaks indonesian. He went to school there from 6 to 10 years of age, since his mother remarried an Indonesian, which gave him an Indonesian stepfather, and a half-sister, Maya.

I went online, and sure enough, apparently Indonesian politicians like him.

Wrapping my head around the future president of the US being able to speak indonesian... whoa.. I'm having a lot more difficulty with that then with a black man or a woman president. 

I did a whole bunch of research on his family as a result.. and here's what i've gleaned from online resources (so it is "internet-fact")
- His mom, Ann Dunham died of ovarian cancer at the age of 52, she was an anthropologist, her doctorate research was on cottage industries in Java. 
- Barack's father, was a Kenyan politician, died in 1982 in a car accident.
- Ann met Lolo Soetoro at a University in Hawaii, they married, then Lolo brought his family back with him to Indonesia.
- Ann and Lolo had Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack's half-sister

I actually felt really sad for Obama.. that if he does end up being President, neither of his parents would be alive to see it.

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