Or the question that should be asked is what does that even mean?
I'm not sure if I can tell you. It's as much as state of mind as it is skin color. When it comes up in politics, it's more of a smear. It's really can be a smear when this is thrown between say two black competitors particularly one who may want to keep what ever power & influence they got.
Still now we come to Sen. Obama. These questions are coming up. We see this question in newspaper columns now. I have attempted to address this issue on my blog a few times since he has announced forming his exploratory committee for President.
I want to share with you one important quote when this pops up in your mind this is one reason why "being black enough" comes up in politics. This quote is from Timuel Black in an interview with CBS 2 News...
Saying he's not black enough, is an attempt to discredit him among blacks because that may be the base that they want.That's not to say this is the only reason but it is one reason. I was looking at Capitol Fax Blog this morning and saw that Senate President Emil Jones had something to say about this...
Washington - Seeking to solidify African-American backing for Barack Obama’s presidential bid, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr. told black Democrats meeting here last week they don’t “owe” anyone, alluding to, but not mentioning by name, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.Here's one important fact that if you believe the news reports that Black-Americans (or African-Americans if you prefer) aren't exactly flocking behind Sen. Obama for President. Makes me wonder how well he did among blacks when he ran for the US Senate back in '04. Either way his entry into the Presidential race and the fact that it is particularly strong seemingly has already made the White House sweepstakes interesting.
Obama, said Jones, “is our son.”