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Literary pugilist Stanley Crouch turns his eye to Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, whom many believe will be this nation's first black president. Except, according to Crouch, he won't: "Obama's mother is of white U.S. stock. His father is a black Kenyan. Other than color, Obama did not - does not - share a heritage with the majority of black Americans, who are descendants of plantation slaves... when black Americans refer to Obama as 'one of us,' I do not know what they are talking about."

Wow. We thought we'd dispensed with this kind of thing a ways back, but apparently not: One drop of ivory blood and you're out of the race. Senator Obama had better start embracing his inner Caucasian (our suggestion: start with some Dave Matthews CDs) or Crouch is gonna bop him on the head.

What Obama isn't: black like me [NYDN]