I hate to be picky, but
okay - I just got some time freed up, so at the risk of boring everyone to tears, let me take a shot at this.
Someone whose primary cultural heritage is not north African or European. positive culture elements Any aspect of the person's cultural heritage that contributes to overall American culture and well-being. The traditional Native American belief that our earth is something to care for as we use it's resources, not only exploit, is the one that first pops into my mind.
Similar, in our culture, to Status Quo. "Good 'ol boys" and all that. What was once referred to in Black-American culture (crudely and unfairly - but I hope it makes the point) as "being an Oreo - black on the outside, white on the inside" Condi Rice being a "yes man" and a "good 'ol boy" as opposed to contributing her own values and perspectives as a woman of color. This one is becoming less of an issue as we do try to promote diversity. We haven't done a great job so far - but time will tell.
I refer to tokenism: A false appearance of inclusive practice. We have had one black president. Is he just a token of in the minds of the established power (as I firmly believe Rice was and is)?
Even a token can open the door to real inclusion for the future. Time will tell.
Going along with how things have always been. Taking a "go along to get along" attitude rather than being more true, more genuine to one self (this presumes, of course, that "one's self" includes leadership capability) Accepting the way things are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.
As for being "equally correct
" with the list you mention, the reason it's not equal is simply that we already have that. Lots of that.
As a silly, but hopefully apt, example - let's say that a 97 pound weakling is dumb enough to punch Arnold Schwarzenegger as he was in his prime. Arnold responds, also with a single punch, and knocks the weakling's lights out. It may be an understandable reaction, but is it equal? I don't think so.
I'm not suggesting that an African American president with the background I listed would therefore be a better president. I'm suggesting that when the American public elects such a president (again, presuming the needed and wanted qualification are present first, one of which is that he or she is there to serve us all) that is when I will know we have become comfortable with the idea of an African American president.
It's not about him or her, it's about us.
We've already had a number of leaders who meet many, if not all, of the criteria I listed. A short sample list includes:
Marcelite J. Harris the first female African American to rise to the level of general in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Walter E. Massey, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta
David Satcher, former United States Surgeon General
Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
This is a hopeful sign. But, King was a social activist, not a government official. He was also murdered for his pains. The only elected individual on this list is Walter E. Massey.
And so it seems we have a way to go before patting ourselves on the back.