__________What saved him from the destructive effects of racism was that he was raised in HAWAII, a state where blacks aren't treated the same as in the mainland.
Nope, Barack being raised in Hawaii was NOT the critical factor.
What SEPARATED Barack from other African Americans (Descendants of black American slaves). In regards to how Obama was received were these factors.---
1. Barack having a White mother. She was Irish-American.
2. Barack living with & being raised by his White grandparents.
3. Obamas father NOT being a descendant of a black American slave. Baracks father was a black Kenyan. From a black Kenyan tribe.
It was especially points #1 & #2.---- As to why Barack was treated DIFFERENTLY.
As to why Obama was viewed as being an acceptable black person.