WASHINGTON (CNN) – In stands along the parade route, Ashley Jeter shared the moment of Barack Obama's inauguration with her Aunt Collette in Charlotte NC. "I was screaming, excited, joyful. My aunt was screaming too," said Jeter.
Jeter traveled with her friend Courtney to Washington from Hampton University in Virginia where they are freshmen. Both young women were first-time voters in this presidential election, and dedicated Obama supporters who got up at 4 am on Election Day. After celebrating all night Monday, they set out set out at 5 am Tuesday morning to get to their spot on the parade route.
How do you reference an individual who is clearly the mix of two separate races as a representative of one particular race? Being of mixed origin, I do not gravitate towards one race or deny the other. I am simple an American. So why is it that Obama is only an "African-American?" What is his mother's race? I understand that he has an African American father and that there have been "rules" about indentification, but the reality is, isthat he is neither black or white. He is of mixed origin and regardless of what he or anybody states, the facts are obvious for all to see. He is simply American as I am.