President Obama is one of the most conflicted people on the planet because of the race of his mother, white, which is different than the race of his father which is not white. Here are Obama’s own words about his mother’s race which is either called white or not black. From Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father”, on page 15, he wrote: “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.” To ingratiate means to kiss up to, to curry favor; to acknowledge the superior position of. Obama is announcing that he wants to ingratiate himself in the lowest terms possible, that of race. He has concluded be cannot pass for white or that he doesn’t want to pass for a white because of his own skin color, or he objects to passing for white so he doesn’t want to curry favor with whites. He wants, instead of acknowledging he is neither white enough to pass for white nor black enough to be authentically black, to curry race based ingratiation with what race? Why is he concerned with his race instead of the content of his mind, which by the way is considerable.
Tiger Woods has a better, broader set of ideas about his race which is bi-racial but clearly, partly black. Neither Obama nor Woods are single race people. There’s a big difference though, Woods is more comfortable with his bi-raciality, Obama is not.

Is it because he’s grown away from or was pushed away from his race which is black and white.
Perhaps he sees himself as neither black nor white? Or because his mother didn’t like being white or because she wanted to ingratiate herself with the race of Barack’s father?
Because she was teaching Barack that he wasn’t white enough? Because she wanted to protect her bi-racial child from the racism that would be sure to come his way because of the color of his skin?
Because his mother was ingratiating herself to the black race?
This passage in his book explains part of the basis for his decision to work with or against people because of the color of their skin.

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