Obama branded America a ‘racist society’ in unpublished manuscript claims biographer who says the revelation from his law school days could have scuppered his 2008 presidential bid
Historian David Garrow claims to have uncovered significant revelations about Obama for his upcoming biography on the former president
One revelation was that Obama called America a ‘racist society’ in an unpublished book he wrote in the 1990s while in law school
Garrow said it was possible some revelations could have derailed Obama’s candidacy if they surfaced in 2008
He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 biography on Martin Luther King Jr.
By EMILY CRANE
9 April 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Barack Obama once called America a ‘racist society’ in an unpublished manuscript from his law school days, according to a Pulitzer Prize winning historian.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.’