62 Métis celebrities who actually spoke up about their multiracial identity


Barack Obama is of Luo, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, German and Swiss descent. In one 2016 interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates for the Atlantic, Obama said: “… there is no doubt that as a mixed child, as the child of an African and white woman, who was very close to white grandparents who came from Kansas, I think the working hypothesis of discrimination, the working hypothesis that white people would not treat me well or give me an opportunity, or judge me on the basis of merit – that kind of hypothesis work is less ingrained in my psyche than it is, say, with Michelle. ”

He clarified: “There is a little biographical element to this. I saw as a child at least a small sample of whites, but the people who were closest to me loved me more than anything. as an adult, even when I was 40, 45, 50, this set of memories meant if I walked into a room and it was a bunch of white farmers, trade unionists, age mean, I wasn’t walking around thinking, Man, I gotta show them I’m normal. ”

“I’m going in there, I think, with a set of assumptions: like, these people look like my grandparents,” Obama explained, “And I see the same Jell-O mold that my grandma served, and they got the same thing, you know, little things on their chimneys. And so I disarm them maybe just assuming it’s okay. “


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