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Dear Ms. Williams,

What a great article! I always wonder why a black candidate has to be black enough for black people. It is insane. We want someone who is black, but don't want him to exhibit his intelligence or want him to be a shouter à la Al Sharpton. By the way, I did not know Obama was from Hawaii. Was he born in Hawaii? If he was, then that's what is intriguing to me. It would be refreshing to have someone in the White House from one of the non-contiguous United States. Well done, Ms. Williams. I really hope they turn this into a blog. Being that the majority of people posting are not people fo color. I would be very interested in their thoughts on the subject. Also, I am very disappointed in Stanley Crouch even participating in such a conversation? The man is a noted scholar yet he lowers himself/standards to speak about the "blackness" of Barack Obama. Mr. Crouch loses credibility with me in that respect. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more of your writing at The Nation and elsewhere.