The racist tripe posted on this board against Senator Barack Obama prompted me to pick up his book, The Audacity of Hope. While I have skimmed through it, I have found nothing of the invectives it supposedly contained. Instead, I am seeing the words of an insightful American. I look forward to reading it in its entirety. However, here is a short passage (in full context) that is in the chapter on race, printed on page 231 of the paperback edition:When I meet people for the first time, they sometimes quote back to me a line in my speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that seemed to strike a chord: "There is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America." For them, it seems to capture a vision of America finally freed from the past of Jim Crow and slavery, Japanese internment camps and Mexican braceros, workplace tensions and cultural conflict - an America that fulfills Dr. King's promise that we be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. In a sense I have no choice but to believe in this vision of America. As the child of a black man and a white woman, someone who ws born in the racial melting pot of Hawaii, with a sister who's half Indonesian but who's usually mistaken for Mexican or Puerto Rican, and a brother-in-law and niece of Chinese descent, with some blood relatives who resemble Margaret Thatcher and others who could pass for Bernie Mac, so that family get-togethers over Christmas take on the appearance of a UN General Assembly meeting. I've never had the option of restricting my loyalties on the basis of race, or measuring my worth on the basis of tribe. Words of a racist? I think not!