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May 14, 2010

AD Powell: Still Begging for a Bone

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is no mulatto more tragic that AD Powell. As more articles flood the internet in response to (or critique of) Obama’s census choice, I knew it was a matter of time before AD got whiff of the debate. And boy did she. She’s also using the name “Pad Powell”. What’s also funny about AD is, she truly believe that no one can challenge her racial logic. She brings forth the case of Anatole Broyard, and I suspect AD and Anatole had a few things in common. Anatole was known to have a subtle but noted dislike for Black literary circles, and AD makes it no secret that she would be a paid Klan member if…well…they actually admitted White mulattos. She has posted this rant on several sites, but I found this in response to a Washington post op-ed piece.

I propose that we contrast Obama with the late New York Times book critic Anatole Broyard. Obama was born into and reared in a Hawaii-based white-identified family and had no ties of blood or culture to the native “African American” community. Broyard was born in New Orleans to a Creole family falsely labeled as “Negro” by the racist government of Louisiana, which was determined to subject its mixed-race Creole population to a documentary genocide of forced assimilation into the “black” Anglo population/caste.

“Documentary genocide” is a pseudo-intellectual way of saying mulattoes were metaphorically “killed” because they were not documented according to AD Powell’s contemporary standards. We also know this to be partially untrue of Louisiana, often known for the odd and sometimes contradictory laws and social practices when it comes to race- especially those who were racially ambiguous. AD wants

Obama left Hawaii with the intention, according to his autobiography, of finding a “racial community” of people who looked like himself. Broyard, whose family moved to New York City when he was a small child, refused to self-police himself and accept a “Negro” or “colored” classification. In the free environment of New York, he chose to be identified as white. Indeed, his parents had themselves moved back and forth across the color line because they also had European phenotypes. Obama married a woman “blacker” than himself and produced two children who look “black” to most Americans. Broyard married a woman “whiter” than himself (Norwegian-American) and produced two children who look totally white to most Americans. Why is Obama praised for moving toward “blackness” while Broyard is demonized by the black and white liberal intellectual elites for moving toward “whiteness”? How about some equal rights here? I would be far more impressed by an open defense of Broyard’s whiteness than I am by Obama’s election. White racism has always rested on the assumption of white racial purity. Obama claims that he is “black” because he “looks black.” Why wasn’t Broyard “white” because he “looked white”?

The fact that Broyard and Obama’s circumstances are interpreted as similar should tell you that AD is not working with a full set of marbles. Although I hate to engage in presentism when analysing the life of Anatole, for the sake of AD’s argument I will mention some glaring facts that AD conveniently overlooked. First, Obama has never denied/degraded/lied about the existence of his White/non Black family. It is common knowledge that his mother his White and his siblings are partially Asian. Anatole cut ties with his first wife and child, his mother and his sister (who ALL lived in the city where he worked). He hid is Black ancestry from his own children until his deathbed. His deathbed. His blackness was such a shameful DISEASE to him, that he could only force himself to speak of it to his own children as he was dying. Anatole was notably MUTE during the civil rights movement, not a word (orally or literary) on the subject matter, despite having a Black child. Even if he felt no connection to Blackness himself, SURELY any sane human would be concerned about achieving a good future for their child. Broyard was more concerned about preserving whiteness for his White wife’s children in Connecticut. He was also known to be much harsher on aspiring Black authors (you know house niggas don’t like competition). Is it safe to submit the possibility that Anatole was not a hero, but a coward? He was not a revolutionary. He was not a positive White mulatto prototype. Not that Obama is perfect, but he certainly wasn’t that either.

Finally, much of the response to Obama’s black identity has been negative, and the responses to those responses have been positive or ambivilent. How AD’s jumbled brain interprets this as praise is beyond me. She continues:

Liberal columnists like Huffman should be defending the Broyards of this country and other victims of “ethnic rape” from a powerful “black elite” who want to force others into their “race” and blame whites for it.

Remember when I said mulattoes have a hard time opposing Whites (and this makes sense because you cannot oppose Whiteness if you want a part of it)? Here we go again. Even when the White author of the op-ed used his own intellectual faculties to come to a conclusion about race in America, the tragedy that is AD Powell found a way to blame the “black elite”-going so far as to call it rape. RAPE. And rather than wondering why in “free New York” Anatole couldn’t just be a White man with obvious Black ancestry and still be White to WHITE New Yorkers, Powell must blame Blacks for the way Anatole is remembered. SMH.

I hope AD finds peace. Or at least, a more lenient Klan chapter.


  1. Its safe to say AD hates being black.. “Genocide”…”Rape” is she serious. Funny how this woman conventionality forgets the history of this country and the color of the people how ACTUALLY cared out rape and genocide of a people. SMH.

    Comment by Y — May 15, 2010 @ 2:52 am | Reply

  2. I think its Stockholm Syndrom! Where the victim after being mistreated starts to identify with its captor and sees them as almighty and themselves deserving of their treatment. You see, everyday little Multracial children being raised by single White mothers in 2010 are told by their classmates that they can’t date them because they are supposely Black! How do you think that makes them feel when they have a White mother and see themselves as part of her? Now just imagine how A.D. must feel growing up in the JIM Crow era where racism from Whites was much worst! Do you think it would do any good to complain about White racism when you want to be White yourself? Of course not, it only PROVES that you aren’t White without anyone having to say it!

    Comment by seal — June 20, 2010 @ 3:57 am | Reply

  3. Talk about begging for a bone. It takes a white man to bring certain points home to folks who suffer the same mindset as A.D. You can tell she’s enraged by her snarky comment to an excerpt she posted from a NY Times article. She’s always squawking about latinos (like Frank Sweet) having a safety hatch to escape blackness so I’m sure she did not appreciate fwsweet follow up comment below.

    Andrew Hacker promotes forced hypodescent

    (Powell’s opening post) Andrew Hacker obviously knows next to nothing about real “mixed-race” history or current conditions and repeats myths as if they were facts;

    [“Children of white-Asian and white-Hispanic parents will have no
    problems calling themselves white, if that’s their choice,” said Andrew
    Hacker, a political scientist at Queens College of the City University of New York and the author of a book about race.

    “But offspring of black and another ethnic parent won’t have that
    option,” Professor Hacker said. “They’ll be black because that’s the way
    they’re seen. Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Halle Berry, have all known that. Will that change? Don’t hold your breath.”]

    (fwsweet response) I may be wrong, but I suspect that he was trying to say that, if you look like you have appreciable African ancestry, and you are not Hispanic, then most Americans will consider you a member of the African-American community, whether you like it or not. I do not think that he was saying that this is a good thing.

    I agree that his specific wording (regarding parentage) is unfortunate. He is probably unaware that someone can have an A-A parent, or significant Afro admixture, and still come out looking northern European. Were he aware that Afro-looking parents often have Euro-looking kids who are seen as White, he would probably have worded it differently.

    Comment by Odile — June 24, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  4. Be sure to check this interesting read. I’m sure “Angela” never responded to the writer.

    Questions for AD Powell about Anatole Broyard

    Comment by Odile — June 25, 2010 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  5. Hey, just out of curiousity (since i couldn’t find it anywhere on your blog) what is your racial make-up? and what was the your underlying reason for creating this site?

    Comment by J. Allen — September 10, 2010 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

    • Out of curiousity…why is important for you to know the race of this blogger? I find your comment to be offensive and quite unimportant.

      Comment by Reader — February 13, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  6. Call me crazy, but I am a self-identified African-American who thinks that the “one-drop” rule SHOULD be eliminated from the laws and minds of Americans of all colors. However, I do agree that Ms. Powell is almost pathologically ashamed of her African ancestry, and, rather than blame the oppressors, blames the victims for perpetrating this rule. Yeah, it should be about self-definition, but Ms. Powell needs therapy.

    Comment by BITTER — April 11, 2011 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  7. I feel sorry for Broyard in that he felt that it was so supposedly “important” to refuse to have any more to do with his family and pretend to be something he wasn’t. Regardless of what certain so-called “multiracial advocates” say, the man had nothing to do with the White community. He came from two people of distinct African origins and a family of Creole roots. That doesn’t say “white” to me.

    Comment by Victoria Grace — July 10, 2011 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  8. Just came across this discussion. Anatole Broyard was never able to live his life in an open and honest way. Thank goodness things have changed. As for A.D. Powell I have read her writings and posts and discussions and find her views disturbing. Here is an example

    Comment by MsKelley — September 10, 2013 @ 3:58 am | Reply

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