Top Chef Judge Toby Young on Barack Obama's Race

In an editorial for the Spectator, the British soon-to-be Top Chef judge and apparent expert on race in America weighs in on the president-elect:

I don't get it. I mean, am I the only person in the world who's noticed that Barak Obama isn't black? He's bi-racial. I don't see why his election has prompted such an orgy of self-congratulation in America.

How can the election of a light-skinned man of colour assuage the guilt white Americans feel about slavery? Slaves were black. Barak Oboma isn't descended from slaves. He was born in Hawaii and raised by two white people. He looks like a skinny white guy with a tan. If America had elected a guy who looked like Robert Mugabe to become President, then I'd be impressed. But this guy? My Jewish father-in-law spends a week in the sun, he goes darker than Obama. I married his daughter. Does that make me a non-racist?

If this sounds a bit begrudging, I don’t mean it to. Obviously, electing Oboma [sic] is a step in the right direction. Americans deserve approximately half the praise they’ve been heaping on themselves because, after all, Obama is half-African-American.

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Update: We answer the important question: Who the Hell Is Toby Young?

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