The Daily Mail reports that President Obama's father, Obama Sr., was classified as "anti-American and anti-white" by the UK government, when he moved to the United States in 1959, when racism against black people was rampant.
Obama Senior had grown up in Kenya, which at the time was ruled by the UK government.
The abuse of Kenyans was so bad that, in 2011, four elderly Kenyans, who claim they were tortured by colonial UK officials and soldiers during the Mau Mau insurgency in the 1950s, won the right to sue the British government for compensation. Among those allegedly abused was Barack Obama's grandfather.
At the time, the UK government claimed that Kenyan students were "academically inferior" and had a "‘bad reputation" for being anti-American.
A September 1, 1959 memo from a British diplomat in Washington D.C., released today by the National Archives in West London, expresses racist concerns about young Kenyans: "I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white."
In one of the British files, Obama Sr. appears on a list of Kenyan students as "OBAMA, Barack H."
The memo also said: "The motives behind this enterprise, therefore, seem more political than educational. The arrival here of these students, many of them of indifferent academic calibre and ill-prepared for the venture, is likely to give rise to difficult problems."
The memo fails to mention the racism practiced by the UK government in the 1950s, which was akin to Jim Crow laws in the US.
Obama Sr. enrolled at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu with other Kenyan students brought to America by the African American Students Foundation.