President Urkel

If B-Rock does nothing else in the next four years than change the prevailing sense amongst inner city youth, especially young black men, that being smart = being white, then it will count as a revolutionary presidency. As John McWhorter wrote yesterday:

Teenagers have a variety of identities open to them for trying on anti-Establishment postures. White kids can be stoners or goths. Black kids can be “nonwhite.” As of last Tuesday, however, there’s a new weapon, and it’s Barack Obama himself. Whenever a black nerd gets teased for thinking he’s white, all he has to say is four words: “Is Barack Obama white?”

Meanwhile, it looks like Jay-Z has already moved to the head of the class.

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.