Podcasts Uncommon Knowledge

Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 3

Obama lost his father at the age of two, after which he was raised in an all-white Midwestern household. Steele discusses this as the source of a life-long angst for Obama: With “this longing to know the father in Barack Obama, there’s also a longing to know himself as a black; to feel that he belongs — that simple sense that other blacks take for granted.”