Michelle Obama and Langston Hughes — Life Imitates Art

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Living here in the Land of Strom Thurmond, no one should be surprised
to read of Michelle Obama's mixed-race ancestry. But The New York Times
story (which ran in the Post and Courier on October 12) has generated a
lot of heat and print and discussion, including an hour on NPR's On Point
radio program on October 13. Here is The Times story and a blog dedicated
to the discussion.


A friend sent me a Langston Hughes poem (below) and her answer to it. Perfect!


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/us/politics/08genealogy.html

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/one-familys-roots-a-nations-history/?ex=1270612800&en=8bf0a99a6e3f32e3&ei=5087&WT.mc_id=OP-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M118-ROS-1009-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click


CROSS by Langston Hughes

My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder were I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

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The answer?



1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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