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How Could Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Contain the Phrase “Afro-American”? The Answer…

Believe it or not, in 2014 there are still people out there who are obsessed with the idea that Barack Obama is a secret foreigner who from the date of his birth has been swept up in a conspiracy to bring a non-American into the presidency so he could… well, generally disappoint? The conspiracy theories are fuzzy on the supposed object of all this hypothetical subterfuge, but they agree that Barack Obama has had his birth certificate forged. The latest claim comes from Bill, who shares his insight in a thread on quack cancer cures:

“Jimmy boy Obama proved citizenship ? Kenya? The birth certificate they produced said Afro-American hmmm now where did they get that? Back in the 60′s there were no such things as Afro-Americans.”

I looked into this assertion and it turns out Bill isn’t alone in asking this kind of question. Earlier this year The Minority Report: Conservative News & Opinion posed the following question from an unnamed “New Jersey Attorney”:

“Back in 1961 people of color were called ‘Negroes.’ So how can the Obama ‘birth certificate’ state he is ‘African-American’ when the term wasn’t even used at that time?”

30 seconds’ of searching on Google trashes the latest birth-certificate conspiracy claim in two ways:

1. Go look at the White House’s own original release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The phrases “Afro-American” and “African-American” don’t actually appear anywhere on the certificate.

2. Check out Google’s database for the term “Afro-American” in books; you’ll see that people actually were using the term all through the 1960s.

Yes, the term Afro-American did appear in books of the 1960s after all.

What’s next? Will they say that the Communists have inserted falsehoods into our historical book records? That the Islamofascists have re-doctored the doctored birth certificate? These claims are sadly more likely than the admission, “we fibbed.”

17 thoughts on “How Could Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Contain the Phrase “Afro-American”? The Answer…”

  1. marci says:

    Jim Cook…I gave friends in Chicago…they all gave clippings about the Kenya born Senator. When he was a senator he ddidn’t gave to hide this but when he became president he did..The jokes on you.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Marci, I notice you offer no actual evidence — just the classic urban-legend “I have a friend who heard once…”.

  2. J Clifford says:


    You mean there are coupons that prove that Barack Obama was born in Kenya?

    Well, I am shocked. I hope they got a least $.75 cents off the birth.

  3. Dave says:

    Jim, wouldn’t it be more accurate to compare this certificate with others that were issued on Oahu at that time, rather than what terms were in use for race in the sixties? Hawaii even at that time was quite multinational and multiracial. Also, “African” is neither a nationality nor is it a race, though it appears in the “race” field on the certificate. It would be interesting to see if other African parents, if there were any, were given this designation.

    1. Dave says:

      Don’t know what the comparison would prove, but I’m not sure that the 30 second Google search quite “trashes” the latest conspiracy. If “negro” or “black” or something is used on certificates issuing from the same office then it would only be fuel for conspiracy people; if consistently “African” then it’s more evidence of his bona fides.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Well, if you want ACCURACY, then you’d start off in a different place than these folks do. 🙂

      here are many interesting questions a person can ask, but I’m just focusing here on the claims made by these funsters. There isn’t any evidence anyone has found to prove the birth certificate a fraud, and these latest claims are demonstrably untrue.

  4. smrstrauss says:

    The “African-American” question and three others that are similarly stupid comes from this standard conservative e-mail (my answers are attached):

    (1) “In 1961 people of color were called “Negroes.” So how can the Obama “birth certificate” state he is “African-American” when the term wasn’t even used at that time?”

    ANSWER: First it does not say “African-American.” It says “African.” Only African.

    The explanation is simple. In Hawaii you were allowed to use any word you wanted to describe your race. There was no checklist, and no one stood over you saying what you had to enter. There are entries in Hawaii of people listing their race as “American.” So you were allowed to use any word you wanted.

    And what was the word that African exchange students commonly used to describe their race in the 1960s? Answer: African.

    (2) “… Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known then as the “British East Africa Protectorate”.”

    Answer. You are out of date with that name. Kenya stopped being called the British East African Protectorate in 1920. In that year it was renamed. What was the name? THE KENYA COLONY.

    In short, it was called Kenya (Kenya short for “The Kenya Colony”), and it was in East Africa, so the entry Kenya, East Africa is correct.

    (3) On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. ”

    Answer: You are referring to two other hospitals. But, Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital DID exist in 1961.

    How do we know? Well, on WND’s site there are birth certificates for the Nordkye Twins, born one day after Obama in the same hospital, and what is the name of the hospital on their birth certificates? Answer: Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital.

    And (4): “Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media? Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WWII, when his father was three years old!”

    That is simply a lie. Obama’s book does not say that at all.

    Obama’s book clearly says that his GRANDfather fought in WWII, not his father. His GRANDfather. and in fact Obama’s GRANDfather really did fight in WWII. Obama’s book did not say, nor did Obama (though there is a forged video that claims that he said it) that his father, who was indeed too young to fight in WWII, fought in WWII. He said, and his book said, that his GRANDfather fought in WWII.

  5. Tom says:

    It hardly matters at this point that we elected a fake Democrat (DINO by his actions), a corporate “Constitutional” lawyer (we the people elect him, but he works mainly for the wealthy and business interests) and Bush III, because most of us have lost faith in this charlatan and by now all politics as well:

    More Than Twice as Many Americans “Strongly Disapprove” of Obama as “Strongly Approve”

    Americans Have Lost Faith

    Polls have previously shown:
    ◾Trust by Americans in all 3 branches of government have dropped to historic lows
    ◾Congress is less popular than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus, hemorrhoids, cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, or Nixon during Watergate
    ◾Obama is the least popular president in 40 years

    A new Gallup poll shows that more than twice as many Americans “strongly disapprove” as “strongly approve” of Obama: [see chart]

    The poll also shows that almost twice as many Americans strongly approved of Obama in July 2009 as do today … his “strongly approve” rate plummeted from 32% to 17%.

    Why is Obama so unpopular?

    Because – as horrible as Bush was – Obama is worse than Bush in favoring the super-elite, bailing out the big banks, protecting financial criminals, targeting whistleblowers, keeping government secrets, trampling our liberties and starting military conflicts in new countries.

    Obama is even worse than Bush in redistributing wealth from the American people to a handful of fatcats and spying on Americans.

    Obama is also worse than Bush in appointing cronies to powerful government positions.

    Americans now realize that Obama is not following the will of the people.

    Moreover, having a sell-out president Obama after a sell-out president Bush has shown the people that neither mainstream parties represents them.

    Indeed, both the mainstream Republican and Democratic parties are virtually identical regarding core issues including:
    ◾Allowing the trampling of our liberty and see this
    ◾Launching preemptive war and aggression
    ◾Re-distributing the nation’s wealth from the people to the ultra-elite
    ◾Bailing out the giant banks while shafting the little guy
    ◾Otherwise selling out to the big banks (and see this)

    Any apparent difference is just a scripted show.

    Under both Republican and Democratic politicians, both the rule of law and free market capitalism have been trashed.

    In reality, we no longer have free market capitalism. Instead, we have socialism for the rich and sink-or-swim capitalism for everyone else. Conservatives see the socialism half of this equation, and liberals see the laissez faire free market half. Both liberals and conservatives hate crony capitalism. Look here, here, here.

    People have lost faith in the 2 party system.

    1. Dave says:

      Great rant, Tom.

  6. Tom says:

    and, lest we think the above is merely a ‘white’ view:

    Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”


    That’s right. That’s true. It was like, “We finally got somebody who can help us turn the corner.” And he posed as if he was a kind of Lincoln.

    And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.

    [read it]

  7. Tom says:

    EX-CIA employee admits President Obama is a radical Islamic enemy of America

    It’s an explosive charge, one that practically accuses the president of treason.

    Today, a former CIA agent bluntly told the newspaper, World Net Daily, that America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama. Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have said in private, but declined to say on-the-record.

    Clare M. Lopez is the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy and a Senior Fellow at The Clarion Project, the London Center for Policy Research, and the Canadian Meighen Institute. Since 2013, she has served as a member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi. Also Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she formerly was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in 2011.

    Lopez said the global war on terror had been an effort to “stay free of Shariah,” or repressive Islamic law, until the Obama administration began siding with such jihadist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates. Lopez believes that the Muslim Brotherhood has thoroughly infiltrated the Obama administration and other branches of the federal government. One of the most outrageous of those appointments is Mohamed Elibiary, a senior member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. According to a report by the Center for Security Policy, Elibiary supports brokering a U.S. partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group. Two months ago, a firestorm erupted online after Elibiary tweeted that a “Caliphate” is inevitable and compared it to the European Union.

    Ms. Lopez also believes Obama had essentially the same goals in the Mideast as the late Osama bin Laden: “to remove American power and influence, including military forces, from Islamic lands.” The former CIA operative’s perspective affects her prescription for what the U.S. should do about the terror army ISIS, as she called for caution and restraint.

    [there’s more]

  8. Bill says:

    Tom, it’s time to adjust your meds again.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      F’real. This one’s way over the top.

  9. smrstrauss says:

    Re: “EX-CIA employee admits President Obama is a radical Islamic enemy of America.”

    So ONE of thousands of former CIA employees says that he does not like Obama and would like more in the way of wars in the Middle East. So what else is new?

  10. Dog says:

    Do You Think Google Is The Ultimate Authority On History? They Don’t Even Mention That The Senator From Illinois Was The First Kenyan Born To Be A U.S. Senator. Do Newspaper Inquiries You Misinformed Individual. The Proof In The Fraudulent B.C. Are The Spaces Being Centered On From Each Hatch, Typewriters Back Then Used Tabs. The Keys From The Typewriters Are Mismatched, They Hyphen Was Not Used For Date Indicators During The 60’S.THe Certificate Is In Perfect Shape And Not Even Discolored As True Ink And Official Documents Age. Remember He Told Reggie “I Found My Original Birth Certificate Reggie”

    1. ellen says:

      Obama’s birth on US soil has been proven by (1) his Hawaii birth certificate; (2) the repeated confirmation of their sending it to Obama and all the facts on it being the same as what they sent by the officials of BOTH parties in Hawaii; (3) the public Index Data file; (4) the birth notices sent to the Hawaii newspapers by the DOH of Hawaii in 1961 (and ONLY the DOH could send birth notices to that section of the papers, and it only did so for births IN Hawaii); (5) the Hawaii teacher who wrote home to her father, named Stanley, after hearing of the birth of a child to a woman NAMED STANLEY from the head of obstetrics at Kapiolani Hospital; (6) the INS inspector who checked on Obama’s father’s residence status and wrote: “They have one child, born in HONOLULU.”

      Oh, and in regards to the forgery CLAIM:

      1. smrstrauss says:

        Here are the confirmations of the officials of BOTH parties in Hawaii, repeated confirmations (and by the way, the one to the secretary of state of Arizona, a conservative Republican, was ACCEPTED by the secretary of state of Arizona, who then put Obama on the ballot):

        Here is the confirmation by the former governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, a Republican (and strong supporter of Sarah Palin’s), that says that Obama was born in Hawaii, in Kapiolani Hospital:

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