Freeman: Obama Is Not First Black President

Today's link roundup: Morgan Freeman says, "Barack had a mama, and she was white." Plus: More black bone-marrow donors needed.


Freeman: Obama's not the first black president: "First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him ... they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white -- very white American, Kansas, middle of America ... There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president -- he's America's first mixed-race president." That was actor Morgan Freeman talking to NPR today. He might want to touch base with President Obama (and with most Americans) on that characterization.

Black bone-marrow donors needed: Bone-marrow transplants are often the only treatment for blood-related cancers. The treatment, however, is dependent on the patient's finding a donor who shares a similar genetic makeup. In most cases, that means the match is found in someone of the same race. But the black community has a particularly tough time attracting donors.

Romney tries to clear up mixed messaging on health care mandate: Watch the video about his take on whether the individual mandate is a "tax" at Mediaite.

Seven black travelers to follow on Twitter: Virtual globetrotting with these adventurers could be the next-best thing to a vacation.

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