Imagine if Obama’s wife was white, asks African-American author
November 24th, 2008
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New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) In a fresh insight into complex race relations in the US, iconic African-American author and academic Ali Mazrui says Barack Obama would not have been in the White House if he were married to a white woman.
“If Obama had chosen a white woman as his wife, that would have decisively destroyed his presidential hopes,” the Kenya-born Mazrui, who has lived and taught in the US for nearly three decades and boasts personal equations with leading public figures in the US, told IANS in an interview here.
“That’s because the Americans are not comfortable with the prospect of a White First Lady married to a black president. They are not able to accept horizontal inter-raciality,” said Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at State University of New York.
Interestingly, although the US may have got its first black president, there is no black left in the US Senate after Obama resigned his Senate seat from Chicago, Illinois.
“In the last 100 years, there have been only two black senators, including Obama, So far there have been only five black senators in the 200-year history of the US,” he said.