CNN’s Beck: Obama is “colorless … he might as well be white”

By Malena Amusa Feb 14, 2007

Media Matters for America ( reports:

On the February 12 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck featured Philadelphia-based conservative radio host Dom Giordano. He claimed that "the mainstream media has dubbed [Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)] to be African-American" and said: "If you start to, you know, delve around the edges, say, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t he mixed race? Weren’t we told that last year?’…" Beck responded by saying "he’s very white in many ways," adding, "Gee, can I even say that? Can I even say that without somebody else starting a campaign saying, ‘What does he mean, "He’s very white?" ‘ He is. He’s very white."

You should read and listen to the full radio show at Media Matters. But you probably already get the point here: More prodding and investigating Obama’s personal life for "signs of blackness". What continues to disturb me is what I’m officially terming the Biden Mentality that sees charm and intellect, so well harnessed by Obama, as solely an embodiment of whiteness. Didn’t The Jerry Springer Show remind us that no race has a monopoly on respectability?