Dreams from My Father-Barack Obama (Linh K. Nguyen)

posted Dec 16, 2011, 4:35 AM by Linh Nguyen

Barack Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” is very interesting and meaningful. One of the things that interests me most is the story about race equality. On the page 30, Obama tells that when he was young, he read a collection of Life magazines and saw a man who had received a chemical treatment to lighten his complexion. “He had paid for it with his own money.” (Barack Obama, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, p.30) “There were thousands of people like him, black men and women back in America who’d undergone the same treatment in response to advertisements that promised happiness as a white person.” (Barack Obama, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, p.30) Why is it not happy to be Black but happy to be White? Why do Blacks have to change their natural color of skin? This story from Obama reminds me of Michael Jackson, a very famous pop singer who died recently. It is so unequal that being Black is much worse than being White. Blacks and Whites should be treated equally. There should be no racial discrimination. Although Blacks somewhat begin from the poorer condition, Blacks are exactly the same as Whites. Blacks should receive equal opportunities as Whites.