As most of us know by now, Obama is the product of a mixed race marriage: his father was from Kenya (black), and his mother was from Kansas (white). He was born and raised in Hawaii, spending a few years in his youth in Indonesia. His parents divorced not long after he was born, and Obama was thereafter raised by his mother and maternal grandparents.
From the start, Obama was very atypical of most American blacks: Obama was NOT raised in a black family. He was raised in a white family consisting of a white mother and white grandparents who were his direct blood relatives -- and who could only transmit to him white/European culture and values. In that sense, Obama did not have an "African-American experience." In fact, he had a very European-American experience, no different from that of other white Americans.
There's another thing that separates Obama from most other black Americans: he has no slave ancestors in the US -- a key part of the so-called African-American experience. This is important, since -- unlike most blacks in America -- Obama has no personal, family connection to any historical wrongs committed by whites against blacks in America. The fact is, he had NO ax to grind with whites for past historical grievances.
So with his unique background, and with no historical ax to grind with whites, did Obama embrace and honor his white family who toiled and sacrificed in order to raise him? Did he honor as well that European part of his heritage?
No. On the contrary, he rejected the love and sacrifice of his white grandparents, ultimately developing a hostile, resentful anti-white attitude that expressed itself in "community organizing." His days as a "community organizer" in Chicago is in fact a career of anti-white militancy.
As Canadian political columnist Mark Steyn said recently about Obama:
Obama could have chosen a different path. But somewhere during his formative years, he chose to identify with what Steyn calls the self-defeating narrative -- the "African-American" -- and then built his entire political career around that new, artificial identity. We begin to see why he chose to associate with the most extreme, unrepresentative segments of American society -- people like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers -- and why he dedicated his career as a "community organizer" to leftist, black separatist causes that were by definition anti-white and anti-American.
Obama was blessed with advantages most blacks in America don't have. He was raised by a middle class white family -- his very own blood relatives. He had no African slave roots in America, and therefore no personal connection to a history of white victimization of blacks. And in the end, he completely threw those advantages away. Instead, he became, by conscious choice, just another African-American, "mired in all the grim pathologies of the racial grievance industry."