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Good news makes a welcome change

IRELAND seems to be getting a bit of well deserved good news for a change with the very successful visit of the Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama.

Mr Obama is usually referred to as being the first black president of America. How is this possible when his mother was white? I am white Irish married to a black Zimbabwean woman (44 years) and if we had children (which we haven’t) they would be called Euro-Africans.

On Zimbabwean as well as Zambian and Malawian immigration forms, Euro-African is an acceptable answer. I have a friend who originally comes from Malawi by the name of Patrick Umali.

Patrick is of Afro-Asian stock (Indian father and African mother) and loves to be called “O’Malley”. He is delighted that a man of similar racial background to himself has made it to the top job in America and is made welcome back to the land of his mother’s European ancestry.

Pat Power




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