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Bill Clinton: ‘We Are All Mixed-Raced’

Former President Bill Clinton at the last DNC in Denver. He'll take the stage again tonight. /AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file

As if we’re not all recovering from Meryl Streep’s “authoritative” declaration that “we’re all African” in response to an obvious lack of diversity in film, former President Bill Clinton is also hopping on the “we are family” train.

Clinton, who has been referred to as the nation’s first Black president, gave a very odd response when the phrase came up recently:

“The other thing I want to make a funny comment about is Steve Cohen’s remark that I was just a stand-in for the first Black president,” he said. “I’m happy to do that, but you know what else we learned from human genome? We learned that unless your ancestors, every one of you, are 100 percent, 100 percent from sub-Saharan Africa, we are all mixed-race people.”

In 1998, writer Toni Morrison wrote that “white skin notwithstanding, this is our first Black president. Blacker than any actual Black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime” of Clinton.

Morrison later clarified her comments writing: “I said he was being treated like a Black on the street, already guilty, already a perp,” she said following Clinton’s sex scandal.

Clinton’s response may seem a bit unexpected, but we’ve got to remember that his wife is running for president. Clinton, who initially took the role as a backstage adviser, began campaigning for Hillary Clinton in October.

While Clinton’s remark may be backed by science, if definitely feels like he might be trying to claim the spot as the country’s first Black president.

And given the ongoing practice of Blacks being treated as second class citizens in America, that just isn’t cool.

Enjoy your white privilege, Mr. Clinton. Because we certainly cannot.