Monday, April 10, 2017


Obama branded America a 'racist society' in unpublished manuscript claims biographer who says the revelation from his law school days could have wrecked his 2008 presidential bid

By Emily Crane

Daily Mail
April 9, 2017

Barack Obama once called America a 'racist society' in an unpublished manuscript from his law school days, according to a Pulitzer Prize winning historian.

Biographer David Garrow says he uncovered a number of significant revelations about the former US president for his upcoming book on Obama's life to be released next month.

Garrow, who spent eight years researching and writing the biography, told The Jamie Weinstein Show that it was quite possible some of the revelations could have derailed Obama's candidacy if they surfaced in 2008.

The historian said Obama and his friend Robert Fischer wrote hundreds of pages for a proposed book in the early 1990s when they were still in law school. The manuscript was never published.

'Racism against African Americans continues to exist throughout American society, an admittedly racist culture,' Obama and Fischer wrote, according to Garrow.

'Precisely because America is a racist society we cannot realistically expect white America to make special concessions toward blacks over the long haul.

'The greatest testimony to the force of racist ideology in American culture is that it infects not only the mind of whites, but the minds of blacks as well.'

Garrow said there was 140 or so pages about race in the manuscript, which gave an insight into Obama's thinking when he was leaving law school and about to enter public life in Illinois.

Without going into detail, he said if Republican researchers had come across the manuscript when Obama first ran for president, there would have been multiple things that could have negatively impacted him.

He said people would be 'profoundly astonished' by how much of Obama's life has not yet been revealed, but added that it wasn't necessarily in a negative context.

He also suggested that he would question the reliability of parts of Obama's memoir Dreams From My Father, which was published in 2004.

Garrow, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his biography Martin Luther King, Jr., carried out 1,000 interviews for his latest book on Obama.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately this revelation is a day late and a dollar short.

1 comment:

bob walsh said...

Why should this surprise anybody?