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Black Enough/White Enough: The Obama Dilemma Paperback – February 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883783096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883783092
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,929,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Senator Rickey Hendon has been an Illinois State Senator since 1992. He currently serves as an Assistant Majority Leader, Co-Chairman of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee and a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. He lives on Chicago's West Side.

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BLACK ENOUGH/WHITE ENOUGH: THE OBAMA DILEMMA, Illinois state senator Rickey Hendon's real-time account of Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency, reads like a live report of the historic 2008 election. Knowing how everything turned out takes some of the wind out of the sails for readers as I write this in 2011, but this book should be in a time capsule so decades from now people can know the excitement felt by those who were there as Obama startled the world.

Obama served in the Illinois state senate with author Hendon. Asides in the book's narrative include the time the two nearly came to blows - a side of the aggressor Obama the public has yet to see.

Being a white guy who grew up in an all-white town, I find the African-American Hendon's account of being stopped by Illinois law enforcement who noted two black men with one white woman (the wife of one) in a car in the year 2008 a sobering reminder of just how remarkable Obama's success really is. Hence the title, BLACK ENOUGH/WHITE ENOUGH, as it asks if Barack Obama is black enough to stand up for all people and white enough to still get elected.

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