UK Guardian — The system let Obama be president. But he still may not be able to beat it

At an election night party during the primaries last year I made a throwaway comment disparaging those who believed Barack Obama’s mixed-race identity gave him a unique understanding of America’s racial problems.

“It does,” said one woman.

I explained that I was joking. She was not. “It really does,” she continued. “He knows how black people think and he knows how white people think.”

“If that’s what it took then Tiger Woods [whose father is of African American, Chinese and Native American descent and mother is of Thai, Chinese and Dutch descent] should be president and Nelson Mandela should have stayed in the Transkei,” I said.

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