"I’m intrigued though, because Obama is exactly half white. Yet no one says he’s white. They say he’s black. And so you say he’s black because that’s how you treat him. That’s how you categorize him. But I look forward to the day when we look back at this time and saying that he’s black or saying that he’s anything, we just laugh at it. Because he’s as white as he is black but no one says he’s white. That’s kind of curious. Why don’t you say he’s white? Well, because he’s black, because he looks black. Well, he’s half white. So, are you going to call things what people look like? And what does it mean he looks black? In Africa, he’s got light skin. Compare skin color to Africa. He’s got skin color closer to a white person than the very dark skin of Africans. So the fact that anybody’s having that conversation at all, I look forward to the day that we just look back and laugh at it. We are looking for people with talent we need to lead the nation. Obama was just such a person. The current head of NASA is just such person. So, seeing where America was to where it’s trending to go, I see that as a very positive sign for a nation that could just simply value people’s talent no matter what their point of origin is. And I think they are describing such an era as being transracial."
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson (source)