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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:52 AM
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92. He's using the term DNA as a metaphor for black identity, which is traditionally that of
an oppressed person who identifies most closely with those of the same racial out-group and the lower classes.

Obama's policies and expressed views are those of a Wall Street lawyer - definitely not a member of an oppressed out-group. West resents Obama not because of his personal views on race (or his own identity) but because of his policies. The resentment is doubled because in West's view, Obama is not being true to himself and "his own kind." That may seem parochial, but the sentiment is understandable.

West is speaking the inside lingo of someone whose own identity is that of a minority. At least, that's what I think is behind his comment - but, I really don't know. Nothing that he's saying seems so bizarre as to earn the labeling he's being given in The New Republic and elsewhere.
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