There was another set of records released today about Barack Obama's family: his father's immigration file, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request
by the Arizona Independent.
Andrew Rice, a writer who has written extensively about Africa, perused the documents and has come to a pretty shocking conclusion: the reason Barack Obama Sr. was forced to leave Harvard, and ultimately America, was because of racist attitudes about miscegenation.
In a piece for Capital New York, Rice argues that the documents reveal "a subtle, institutionalized conspiracy that in a way seems more insidious than overt cross-burning racism, because almost surely none of its participants thought of their actions as discriminatory at all." What might those actions be? The first unusual item in the elder Obama's file, Rice explains, is a 1961 memo from a University of Hawaii adviser notifying the INS of Obama Sr.'s marriage to Ann Dunham, despite his having a wife in Kenya.
[T]he informant noted that he had been "running around with several girls" and had been "warned about his playboy ways." ... Polygamy is not a charge meriting deportation, the memo notes, adding that "If the subject were convicted of bigamy we might get a deportation charge but not before." But it recommends that Obama be "closely questioned before another [visa] extension is granted—and denial be considered."
Obama Sr. and Dunham separated when he received a scholarship at Harvard and she stayed in Hawaii. Another memo mentions their divorce in 1964, saying Obama Sr. had had some sort of relationship with an exchange student from Kenya. The woman's scholarship sponsor, the Unitarian Universalist Service, is upset over a trip the woman took overseas: "The suspicion exists... that she may have gone to London for [redacted]." Rice writes, "We don't know what the couple was suspected to have done, but since this was a decade prior to Roe v. Wade, we can guess."