WASHINGTON – A Pulitzer-Prize winning author says he discovered material in an unpublished manuscript Barack Obama wrote while in law school that was so damning it may have derailed his candidacy for the presidency in 2008.

In David Garrow’s new book, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” debuting May 7, he found the former president was obsessed with America’s racism, devoting some 140 pages to the subject with his co-author and friend Robert Fischer.

Among the excerpts from Obama’s unpublished manuscript released by Garrow are the following:

“Racism against African Americans continues to exist throughout American society, an admittedly racist culture.”

“Precisely because America is a racist society we cannot realistically expect white America to make special concessions toward blacks over the long haul.”

“The greatest testimony to the force of racist ideology in American culture is that it infects not only the mind of whites, but the minds of blacks as well.”

Garrow said he also uncovered a number of significant revelations about the former U.S. president for his upcoming book on Obama’s life to be released next month.

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