Great reasonings Idren!
Garveys, i wasnt in the AAPRP but was well familiar with them and had a few Idren that were part of it. This would have been about 20 plus years ago.
I too would absolutely consider Bob as Black. An Afrikan of mixed heritage. Chose a dark sistah as his queen. Was all about Afrikan consciousness, liberation and revolution. As far as Obama is concerned, 1) he isnt technically the first black president, 2) he too chose a dark sistah as his queen, and 3) was involved with civil rights, often time offered his services to black folks at no charge. Raising 2 beautiful Afrikan princesses. Had he not been president, I'm sure he'd be treated like any other brothah during a police stop. I doubt the police would give him a pass because "hey, hold up, he's only 50% black"
Did the lighter skinned sistah have it "better" because she was raped on massa's bed, as opposed to the darker field slave sistah who was raped in her slave quarters? Both were equally violated, one just had a softer bed underneath her. She might yield a higher price on the auction block, but does this make her more privileged? Less "black"?
I'm not championing light skin. I am fully aware of our history, the Willie Lynch effects, the color games. My point is that we are still kin, still part of the Afrikan family, with all our beautiful varieties.