JWC, I think that that the European that you speak of in the photo is actually Black.
George Kenneth "G.K." Butterfield grew up in a prominent black family in Wilson, North Carolina
. Both of his parents had white ancestors.
Butterfield's father emigrated to the United States from Bermuda.
Quote from an interview titled "Pot & Kettle" by Confressman Butterfield.
"Now, what's interesting about the aforementioned article is what a particular U.S. Representative had to say about the notion that Obama is not black. Hailing from North Carolina's first congressional district is G. K. Butterfield
The Associated Press reports that Mr. Butterfield, "a black man who by all appearances is white, feels differently" about the notion that Obama should not be labeled black. Butterfield comments on Obama's appearance:
His physical appearance is black. I don't know how he could have chosen to be any other race. Let's just say he decided to be white — people would have laughed at him
It is quite astonishing that Butterfield, of all people, would try to project a black identity onto Obama using this type of logic because it can easily be reversed. For example:
Butterfield's physical appearance is white... Let's just say he decided to be black - people would have laughed at him.
Even today, Mr. Butterfield insists that he "is certainly not white." While one should exude admiration for this U.S. Representative that led civil rights marches as a young man, I must point out that his notions of race and the people that embody them are a bit outdated.
Mr. Butterfield went on to tell the AP, "You are a product of your experience. I'm a U.S. congressman, and I feel some degree of discomfort when I'm in an all-white group. We don't have the same view of the world, our experiences have been different."
One could arbitrarily define the context of what he meant by "experiences" all day, so I'll just take issue with his last two statements. This perpetuation of extreme differences that Mr. Butterfield feels when amongst an "all-white group" is strictly mental. While there are differences among different groups of people (multiracials, whites, blacks, asians etc.) it is quite hyperbolic and superfluous for him to feel discomfort. With that said, some out there have denounced Mr. Butterfield's notion that it is absurd for Obama to not be considered black. If we listen to Mr. Butterfield and go by looks, which I must add that Obama doesn't look like most African-Americans, then George Kenneth Butterfield, Jr. is the first and only white member of the Congressional Black Caucus.