Perceptions and Obama

Barack Obama, still facing perceptions in the African-American community that he is not “black” enough (his mother is white and his father is from Kenya and he comes from a life of privilege), the Illinois senator is facing a new problem. An amateur genealogist is advancing the theory that a couple of Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. I can see the enthusiasm for the nation’s first “African-American” president being decidedly muted should the theory be proven true, can’t you?

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Obama would be the first “American-African” president–though that doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it? Maybe the simplest solution is for Obama to pay reparations … to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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