The Audacity of Taupe

A Mulatto American, for the first time in his adult life, is proud of his country.

David Swerdlick is schooling America, one half-caff, low-fat Obama coffee at a time. Mmmmm!
David Swerdlick is schooling America, one half-caff, low-fat Obama coffee at a time. Mmmmm!

The other day I pulled up to the Starbucks drive-through window, ordered an iced coffee, and naturally I asked the barista to add half-and-half. When she asked how much I wanted, I couldn’t resist telling her to “make it ‘Obama,'” and I’m happy to report that she got it just right. With any luck, a craze for venti, half-caff, low-fat Obama coffees will sweep the nation. This could be the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for. It’s a nice, safe way for everybody, regardless of race, creed, color or roast to show their solidarity with Generation M.

You and I might not be around long enough to see it, but we’re slowly getting closer to the day when we’ll all be the same rich, creamy shade. And we don’t know yet if Obama will win, but either way 2009 is destined be our year—the year of the M-word.

David Swerdlick writes about politics for PopMatters. He is a former contributor to Creative Loafing, and his writing has appeared in EbonyJet, AlterNet and The American Prospect.

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