A reporter finally decided to read (!) “Dreams from my Father”:
[quote]… it seems right to mention that the Barack Obama who appears in Dreams, and, one presumes, in his own continuing interior life, is not a comforting multiracial or post-racial figure like Tiger Woods or Derek Jeter who prefers to be looked at through a kaleidoscope.
Though there are many structural parallels between Dreams and Invisible Man, Obama believes in the old-fashioned, unabashedly romantic, and, in the end, quite weird idea of racial authenticity that Ellison rejected.
He embraces his racial identity despite his mixed parentage through a kind of Kierkegaardian leap into blackness, through which he hopes to become a whole, untroubled person.[/quote]
Not quite the candidate for a post-racial America, is he, or should we just give up on the idea of a post-racial America?
Ouch. I could ask an exit hypothetical question about the double standard applied to white racialists, but I won’t.