According to MLive.com, self-identified Democrat and “conservative populist” candidate to be Michigan’s governor Mark McFarlin:
…claims the term “African-American” appears on the line for race on the birth certificate and Mr. McFarlin says at the time Mr. Obama was born the term was not in use. He argues the term should have been “Negro.”
Of course, anyone who has actually looked at Barack Obama’s birth certificate knows that the term “African-American” doesn’t appear anywhere on it. I would have expected better from a “licensed private investigator.” (“Just the facts, Ma’am.”)
But even if “African-American” had appeared, there’s nothing odd about that, according to the 1961 Vital Statistics manual:
“Considered Negro” in this context does not mean “changed to Negro” but that the category “Negro” should be used when applying the rules to determine the race of the child for statistical purposes. Of course, Barack Obama Sr.’s birthplace wasn’t in the United States in the first place, and the birth certificate doesn’t say “African-American.” I suppose we must excuse McFarlin who was only 3 years old in 1961.
Speaking of cheesy, you should visit McFarlin’s web site and listen to the synthesized string music.
McFarlin is strongly “pro-life” and wrote that if elected, “the trophy hunting of wolves will not be tolerated.” He also supports random drug testing for all state employees, including the governor. That latter may stem from his experience managing the Chinese Buffet restaurant.
McFarlin ran for County Executive of Bay County in 2008 as a Democrat, and previously in 2004 as a Republican (source MLive.com). He also ran for sheriff in two counties, state senator and governor—all unsuccessfully.
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