"The white men and women buried here are the forebears
of Mrs. Tribble, a retired bookkeeper who delights in her two grandchildren and
her Sunday church mornings. They are also ancestors of Michelle
Obama, the first lady.
The discovery of this unexpected family tie between
the nation’s most prominent black woman and a white, silver-haired grandmother
from the Atlanta suburbs underscores the entangled histories and racial
intermingling that continue to bind countless American families more than 140
years after the Civil War." NY Times
The president is half White. A great deal has been made of this little fact. Now, it is clear that his wife has a lot of White blood as well. I wonder what she thonks of that and whether she will comment on the fact in one of her many media apppearances.
This article comments on the issue of rape by White men as the source of the White blood in African -Americans. I am sure there was such rape. Power that complete is endlessly corrupting, but to think that physical compulsion was always present is silly. Anyone who knows anything of human sexuality should know that power in the male is one of the strongest aphodisiacs for the female. That is part of the inheritance we have from our evolutionary past. As Plato said, "Only the strong deserve the fair." Women feel that instinctively. Not so ladies?
As I have written here before, Ancestry.com, and Professor Gates have TV genealogy shows that are doing a significant public service in making Americans confront their true origins on the basis of solid research and genetic typing rather than mythic legend and the desire for separation from other groups.
Perhaps the first Lady will confront her White ancestors and relatives. She would do us all a service. pl