In a Washington Times article revealing the violently militant roots of Obama’s church of 20 years, Obama defends his race-unifying creds thus:

Mr. Obama said his mixed-race heritage — his mother was white and his father black — gives him a unique vantage point from which to help bridge the nation’s racial divides.

Actually, and as evidenced by his association with hate mongers like Rev. Wright and Edward Said, it is precisely Obama’s mixed-race heritage that handicaps him in the task of racial unifying. I am reminded of some emails I got from a Colorado reader who seemed to be well acquainted with the kinds of complexes that develop in “light-skinned” or “mixed-race” black people, and I reproduce the relevant parts of those emails below (emphasis mine):

For those familiar with the Afro-American community in this country, black prejudice toward mixed race people is bitter, vitriolic, and in some cases homicidal…Blacks of lighter skin color, or who bear European features, are branded “chocolates,” and verbally and socially abused. Their racial and ideological purity is questioned. (Hmm, where have we heard of THAT political phenomenon before? Move over Herr Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich.)

I am not a victim of a mixed race prejudice. But I have seen some of the consequences. I know the children of mixed race parents are subjected to school ground hazing. I know that some mixed race kids, especially those who are very light complexioned, over-identify with their “blackness.” I recognize their anger as that which comes from a wounded spirit. It’s as if they have to prove how “black” they are by repeating all the appropriate racial political mantras showing the proper amounts of disdain and anger and culture consciousness. I recognize in their judgemental behavior the desperate need for acceptance.

I grew up in a very bad home environment myself, so I recognize the symptoms of a life lived in fear. I can identitfy with the pain in their lives. Anger is a survival emotion. Kids who have never learned how to deal with a human being’s natural helplessness and vulnerability use anger to create “safety.” Their experiences of human intimacy have been predominantly wounding in nature. This anger emanates from an emotional life that is shut down. Fear and shame are the main features of what emotional life these kids have left to them. A person who hates himself, hates others and lives on adrenaline.

Having spent twenty years of my adult life battling depression, I know a little something about the existential pain our kids live with. I have been depression-free for ten years. The great tragedy of the “successes” of the civil rights movement is that while they have achieved “rights and respect” they have bought their respect via anger and at the expense of intimacy. Nobody likes being around angry people…Our relationships with one another are the most meaningful, fulfilling and enjoyable aspect of life. You can’t legislate intimacy, nor obtain it through political activism. And there’s the rub.

Halle Berry is another product of a white mother and black father. But recall her overstated emphasis (overstated even for the tastes of many black observers) on her blackness in her 2002 Oscars speech for “Monster’s Ball” which, as she repeatedly pointed out, was the first Best Actress Oscar to go to a black woman. In the midst of laying the symbolism of herself on thickly, she thanked her family — her mother and “the only father I ever knew”. The camera panned to a white woman sitting next to Halle’s white manager Vincent Cirrincione.

Children of mixed marriages seem to consistently choose their black half, invariably blaming “society” for “imposing” that choice on them. Another biracial child who made this choice is daughter of Color Purple author Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, whose father is a Jewish civil rights lawyer named Mel Leventhal (the more hands-on parent while Mom was out being famous). When Rebecca, who wrote a memoir in 2000 titled Black White and Jewish, grew up, she switched to her mother’s last name instead of her father’s, supposedly to preempt his rejection of her, which she always felt, rationally or not, was impending.

And now we have the case of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, who was in the news recently because she told Blender magazine that “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other.” See if this makes sense (emphasis mine):

Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ‘em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

Another of her theories: The bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”

As if the Black Panthers weren’t gangsta. Reading this item and thinking it smacks of overcompensation for something — given Keys’ mainstream appeal and success — I looked up her family history on Wikipedia. Sure enough: Mom is white. After her parents divorced, she was raised by the white mother.

Between this general trend among famous products of mixed marriages to eschew the white part of their parentage, and Barack Obama’s recent throwing of his white grandmother “under the bus”, as a number of pundits described his distancing himself from her and implying she was a racist, one almost wants to warn white folks (which is how Obama calls the white side of his immediate family) about making black babies: they’re going to hate you! Given his mixed-race handicap (and not advantage), if Obama truly wants to be a bridge between the races and if he is truly egalitarian, it would only be fair if, having spent the first half of his life black, he now switched to white.