"Maya Angelou Honored For Courage, Blackness," The Onion, Oct. 29, 1997:
Reading like a veritable who's-who of the nation's political, literary, academic and daytime-television elite, the event's star-studded guest list included such notables as Susan Sarandon, Henry Louis Gates, Fiona Apple, Oprah Winfrey and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who described Angelou in her keynote address as "courageous and black."
"Maya Angelou is not merely a courageous literary figure, she is also an extremely black person, with an overall skin tone far darker in hue than that of a person of European descent," Clinton said. She went on to note that Angelou, author of such mediocre works as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, And Still I Rise, and On The Pulse Of The Morning, President Clinton's 1992 inaugural poem, has been "black since birth."
"Richard Blanco, Symbol of Diversity, Selected As Obama’s Inaugural Poet," Time, January 9, 2013:
The 44-year-old poet, born of Cuban parents, took the name of a Republican leader who railed against Fidel Castro. Now he’s been chosen as the inaugural poet for a Democratic President’s second swearing-in.
Blanco is a wellspring of demographics: he’s an under-50 gay Hispanic born in Spain, later raised in Miami and now living with his partner in a rural Maine town at the foot of the White Mountains. He’s also a civil engineer, teacher and award-winning poet who waxes often of home and family. “Richard Blanco is a good choice,” says English Professor Grace Bauer, who specializes in contemporary poetry at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
I'm not familiar with Blanco. Perhaps he's a great poet. And I find the Cuban civil engineer thing fascinating. But less identity politics and more focus on the product might be in order. If we want to avoid life imitating a parody news site, that is.