Living here in the Land of Strom Thurmond, no one should be surprised
to read of Michelle Obama’s mixed-race ancestry. But The New York Times
story (which ran in the Post and Courier on October 12) has generated a
lot of heat and print and discussion, including an hour on NPR’s On Point
radio program on October 13. Here is The Times story and a blog dedicated
to the discussion.

A friend sent me a Langston Hughes poem (below) and her answer to it. Perfect!

CROSS by Langston Hughes

My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder were I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?


The answer?

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue