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Barack not an Arab

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Submitted by puzzled one (Seychelles), Sep 10, 2008 at 04:19

I'm shocked to hear that Barack Obama is regarded by some as having Arab roots which is a total falsehood. His father and grandfather and their entire extended family (with the exception of his father's other non-african wives) were ethnic Luo's, a nilotic group from Western Kenya.

The connection of this family with Islam began with Obama's paternal grandfather upon conversion but as regards race, there was no external influence, arabic or otherwise. Any slightly informed person need only look at a picture of Barack senior to see that he is a pure black African. Barack is bi-racial African/Caucasian brought up with exposure to secular thoughts (mom), islam (dad and step-dad) and christianity(maternal grandparents) but who chose to be a christian as an adult, simple. Why all the intrigues?

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