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What did Obama mean when he said, "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses?

In Obama's book, "Dreams from My Father", Obama speaks of , "to avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully"...he goes on to say that he chose, "the more politically active black students, the foreign students, the chicanos, the Marxist Professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets"...."we were resisting bourgeois society's stifling conventions"..."It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names". Do you think he still believes in these philosophies since he has recently been attached to people who are controversial along these same lines? Who is the real Obama? What was his relationship with his own mother that he doesn't even seem to acknowledge that he is multiracial?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Oct. 8, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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    this is just one in a long line of twisted and misquote statements that are floating around the internet in a untruthful email.


    Answer by heatherama at 2:31 PM on Oct. 8, 2008


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:45 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • Um, when a person is in college; which is what he is writing about; they are in the middle of finding themselves. Why does it matter what he says about his college days? That's like slamming McSame's about his ex wife. You can't judge someone on what they did as a young adult or college student, whether they inhaled or not. Most of us wouldn't pass the test if we were judged on our days in college.

    Can we please grow up and vote on the issues instead of people's past?

    Answer by sammygrl77 at 6:53 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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