Well, Team Arpaio is just falling all over themselves. They found two negroes who had been born in Hawaii in 1961! It was hard. The slippery rascals blended right in with all the Japanese and Chinese and white Australians. But Team Arpaio is a farce to be reckoned with! They kept at it and VOILA! They found two birth certificates where black fathers were listed as Negro, instead of African as Obama’s father had been. You can hear the audio at this link:
The discussion of the word “African” begins around 11:05 on the second audio, the one which is 14:33 long.
On the document it says race of father, and it uses the term “African.” [ skip computer stuff] That word was not used in 1960. That word did not come into vogue until 1980s, late 70s, early 80s. And “African was not used. The 1961 Vital Statistics manual clearly states that if a person of color, the race designator is “Negro” . . . And I will share this with you. We have two birth certificates, 1961, from black individuals and on both of their certificates the race of the father is “Negro.” So Obama’s again it is the only document that I know of that has a 20 year, what do I want to say, a phantom expression of race. It didn’t exist in 1960.
Hmmm. Notice Deputy Zullo doesn’t bother to tell us WHERE those fathers were born. He doesn’t say, those two fathers were born in Africa, too. Which leads me to suspect they weren’t. Because that would have been significant from the standpoint of consistency. Zullo would have at least had a “There is an inconsistency!” argument.
But even if those fathers were born in Africa, the issue as a whole would still be insignificant and meaningless from the angle of trying to prove some sort of forgery. Assuming the use of the word was a mistake, could Zullo say with any degree of certainty that it wasn’t a mistake on the part of some clerk in the process back in 1961, as opposed to an act of forgery??? Of course not.
As far as consistency and strict compliance with Vital Statistics manuals, there wasn’t a Vital Statistics Enforcement Brigade that went around double checking everything typed on birth certificates. Hawaii even let the parents pick out their own race:
Update, August 26: We received responses to some of our questions from the Hawaii Department of Health. They couldn’t tell us anything about their security paper, but they did answer another frequently-raised question: why is Obama’s father’s race listed as “African”? Kurt Tsue at the DOH told us that father’s race and mother’s race are supplied by the parents, and that “we accept what the parents self identify themselves to be.” We consider it reasonable to believe that Barack Obama, Sr., would have thought of and reported himself as “African.” It’s certainly not the slam dunk some readers have made it out to be.
And here is an example of either some parents picking out their own race, or a clerk getting creative. I found this on a Free Republic thread at comment number 76. The Mother’s race is Hawaiian Caucasian, and the Father’s race is Filipino Spanish. But for some reason, nobody is yelling FORGERY!!!
To sum this all up, Deputy Zullo is convinced he found something sinister because way back in 1961, a black guy born in Africa is listed as African on a birth certificate, while two black guys presumably born in the United States are listed as Negro. WOW! Some smoking gun!
And the moniker, TEAM ARPAIO??? Ha! What a farce!!!
Note 1. The Image. This is from the 1929 Edna Ferber version of Show Boat, as described:
Joe” (Stepin Fetchit) playing the banjo in the kitchen of “Queenie” (Tess Gardella) aboard the “COTTON PALACE” showboat as the young “Magnolia Hawks” (Jane La Verne) sits by appreciatively eating a piece of pie in the 1929 Universal version of Edna Ferber’s SHOW BOAT.
It is not widely known, but Show Boat has some identity issues, too.
Show Boat is a 1929 American romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Edna Ferber, not, as has been often claimed, on the Kern-Hammerstein stage musical, although the film does have songs. This version was released by Universal in two editions, one a silent film for movie theatres still not equipped for sound, and one a part-talkie with a sound prologue. The storyline follows the novel rather closely, with the significant exception of the racial angle present in the novel and in virtually all other adaptations of it, including the celebrated 1927 Broadway musical version and the film versions of the musical, made, respectively, in 1936 and 1951. (Some live radio adaptations of the musical would also omit or heavily alter the racial angle.)
Note 2. Not to be outdone, Orly Taitz jetted off on a short trip to Kenya to look for information, only to be chased off at the last minute by two members of Team Arpaio! Hier ist das video:
Note 3. The Image Easter Egg. Showboating. For ESLs, this is a word play on the Image, which is from the musical Show Boat, and the secondary meanings, from Merriam Webster online:
Definition of Showboat:
a river steamship containing a theater and carrying a troupe of actors to give plays at river communities
one who tries to attract attention by conspicuous behavior
Examples of Showboat:
She was showboating for the cameras when she tripped and fell.
the gymnast was showboating for the cameras when she lost her balance and fell
Synonyms: clown (around); fool around; horse around; hotdog; monkey (around);cut up; show off.
Note 4. Stepin Fetchit. The black man in the image was a famous actor about whom there are many opinions, some good and some bad. Here is an excerpt from Wiki, with some interesting facts:
Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, was an American comedian and film actor. Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was also the first black actor to receive a screen credit.
Perry’s typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans. Seen through a modern lens, Perry’s “laziest man in the world” character can be “painfully racist” but also “subversive”.
His mother wanted him to be a dentist, so Perry was adopted by a quack dentist, where he blacked boots before running away at age twelve to join a carnival. He earned his living for a few years as a singer and tap dancer. By the age of twenty, Perry had become a Vaudeville artiste and the manager of a traveling carnival show. He performed a vaudeville act with a partner, with the two of them being known as “Step” and “Fetchit”. When Perry became a solo act he combined the two names, which later became his professional name.