Why is Barack Obama considered black? How long will it be before we stop categorizing ourselves. So if he had married a Jewish woman, what would we be calling his children...black, white. Above is a picture of his parents. Is there a percentage of a person that puts them in a certain category of person? Is 1/8 or 1/2? Who decides the category? Did Barack choose to be called black or did it choose him? Definitely a post that needs more refining but wanted to put the topic on the blog and revisit later.