I found this NYTimes article from 1990 about Harvard Law Review’s first black president (I think we know who that was!) and this was my favorite line (emphasis mine):
Professors and students at the law school reacted cautiously to Mr. Obama’s selection. ‘’For better or for worse, people will view it as historically significant,’’ said Prof. Randall Kennedy, who teaches contracts and race relations law. ‘’But I hope it won’t overwhelm this individual student’s achievement.’’
It also says he was born in Hawaii. The conspiracy runs deep.