Quotes From Barack Obama Books-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A collection of quotes from two books written by Senator Barack Obama that try to highlight his attitudes about race and Islam. Later versions of this eRumor have been circulating under the title of Coil of Rage.
All but two of the quotes seem to be accurate, but are taken out of context.
One of the quotes does not exist and the one about Islam is fabricated.
Also, whoever constructed this eRumor claims that some of the quotes are from a book by Obama titled Dreams of My Father. The actual title of Obama’s book is Dreams From my Father.
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Let’s look at them one-at-a-time:
“I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”-Truth!
This is an accurate quote from the introduction to Dreams from My Father. The book chronicles Obama’s experience as the son of an African father and an American mother.
“I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”-Fiction!
This quote does not exist in either of Obama’s books.
“There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.”-Truth!
This is a quote from Dreams from My Father. It it in a section in which Obama describes a job interview with a man in Chicago. Race had been a part of their discussion and the full quote is, “There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white—he’d said himself that was a problem.”
It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”-Truth!
This one is also from Dreams from My Father. It is from a section when Obama was a college student and wrestling with his identity including as an African-American. The quote describes his observation of what was required among his fellow students.
“I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela.”-Truth!
This is from Dreams from my Father. The more complete quote is, “”Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men— Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”-Fiction!
This is a corruption of a quote from Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope. It is from a section that talks about the concerns of immigrants who are American citizens.
Here is the accurate and more complete quote: “Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”