The latest edition of the Barack Obama birth certificate docu-drama inexplicably defines the race of Barack Obama's Kenyan father as "African."
There are two problems with this. First and foremost, in 1961, the year Barack was born, political correctness had yet to be implemented by those in charge of such matters. The legal nomenclature describing those of black color was simply "Negro" at that time. The extra legal names were considered derogatory, but were still used commonly in impolite circles.
Secondly, not all Africans were black in 1961, or for that matter, now. Those living in Africa were as diverse in color as those living on any other continent. To describe the race of someone born on the North American continent as "American" would be an appropriate analogy, because it too would be meaningless because of its simplicity.
Birthers are presently challenging this new disclosure in a Southern California court. It just gets more complicated as more is revealed.