A new video has emerged of Barack Obama’s second trip to Kenya in 1992, in which he complains about “White People” and chooses not to go on a tour with White tourists.
The video, “A Journey In Black and White,” is narrated by his sister, Auma, and according to Nairobi Wire, “the crowdsourcing site wesearchr.com paid $10,000 to obtain the footage, but it is unclear from whom.”
In Dreams From My Father, Obama described drifting through the streets of Nairobi, visiting slums, and going out dancing and drinking with his fiancé, Michelle. However, the video shows a different perspective than the book.
Around the 14 minute mark, Obama laments that White people were prevalent in Kenya, and his sister refers to Whites and Asians as “these strangers” who “move about the country with ‘disturbing confidence’.”
They also express their disapproval of how Black Africans portray themselves to mostly White and Asian tourists. Aluma mentions that Barack refused to go on a tour on a particular day, with White people, which he later explains:
It makes me frustrated to see that blacks in Kenya don’t have more confidence in the possibility of shaping their own fate, and their own destiny.
“I’m deeply saddened by a sense that whites are still superior in this country. In some sense that if you sit a restaurant, they’re [white people] served before a Kenyan is served. If you go through customs, a white person is going to have an easier time going through customs.”
At another point in the video, his sister is shown taking Barack to an area where blacks are working, including a mechanic who can’t afford to purchase the equipment he needs to repair cars. Instead, he explains the more inexpensive and creative methods he uses. Afterwards, Obama states:
When I look at a place like Kenya, I think this is a land of great promise. And that the potential to a strong black country is here. And I think if you can build a strong black country in Kenya, then that sends a message out throughout Africa, it sends a message to black Americans, it sends a message to blacks in the Caribbean.
“So, I have a lot of stake in this.”
Do these comments qualify as racist? And, what about the White people in Kenya– would they also be included with the White Americans about whom Obama said “cling to their guns and religion”?