The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream was published in October of 2006. In it he states: “I can’t help but view the American experience through the lens of a black man of mixed heritage, forever mindful of how generations of people who looked like me were subjugated and stigmatized.”
Dreams from My Father : A Story of Race and Inheritance was published in January of 2007. From the annotation: “Obama, the son of a white American mother and a black African father, writes an elegant and compelling biography that powerfully articulates America’s racial battleground and tells of his search for his place in black America.”
Writing Books or Working For The People?
These books were written while he was serving as a US Senator. Where was he focused? Was he interested in working as a Senator or writing books about racism in America?
I suspect that some readers may find my presentation of these issues to be insufficiently balanced. To this accusation, I stand guilty as charged. I am a Democrat, after all; my views on most topics correspond more closely to the editorial pages of the New York Times than those of the Wall Street Journal. I am angry about policies that consistently favor the wealthy and powerful over average Americans, and insist that government has an important role in opening up opportunity to all. I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming; I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybody’s religious beliefs–including my own–on nonbelievers. Furthermore, I am a prisoner of my own biography: I can’t help but view the American experience through the lens of a black man of mixed heritage, forever mindful of how generations of people who looked like me were subjugated and stigmatized, and the subtle and not so subtle ways that race and class continue to shape our lives.” – from the prologue of The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream
A man who expels the portrait of Winston Churchill from the White House and calls off prosecution of racists who hindered voters in the 2008 election is not your typical American.
What have we gotten ourselves into?
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