This is the second in an occasional series on issues of race, identity and politics ahead of Election Day, including a look at the optics of politics, a white Southern Democrat fighting for survival and a civil rights icon registering voters.
By John Blake, CNN
(CNN) - A tall, caramel-complexioned man marched across the steps of the U.S. Capitol to be sworn into office as a jubilant crowd watched history being made.
The man was an African-American of mixed-race heritage, an eloquent speaker whose election was hailed as a reminder of how far America had come.
But the man who placed his hand on the Bible that winter day in Washington wasn't Barack Obama. He was Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate.
His election and that of many other African-Americans to public office triggered a white backlash that helped destroy Reconstruction, America’s first attempt to build an interracial democracy in the wake of the Civil War.
To some historians, Revels' story offers sobering lessons for our time: that this year's presidential election is about the past as well as the future. These historians say Obama isn't a post-racial president but a "post-Reconstructionist" leader. They say his presidency has sparked a white backlash with parallels to a brutal period in U.S. history that began with dramatic racial progress.
Some of the biggest controversies of the 2012 contest could have been ripped from the headlines of that late 19th-century era, they say: Debates erupt over voting rights restrictions and racial preferences, a new federal health care act divides the country, an economic crisis sparks a small government movement. And then there's a vocal minority accusing a national black political leader of not being a "legitimate" U.S. citizen.
All were major issues during Reconstruction, an attempt to bring the former Confederate states back into the national fold and create a new era of racial justice. And many of the same forces that destroyed Reconstruction may be converging again, some scholars and historians say.
Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate in 1870.
Ruha Benjamin points to this as proof that change is fragile - and reversible. The backlash that swept aside Revels lasted nearly a century.
"When white Americans helped put this African-American in the Senate, it seemed that they were really welcoming African-Americans and they wanted them to have full equality," said Benjamin, an African-American studies professor at Boston University. "We know in hindsight that it was about to get worse."
The notion that the country is poised to enter a new post-Reconstruction era may seem outlandish, even offensive. That period, known as the Jim Crow era, saw the establishment of American apartheid: segregated public facilities, race riots and white racists murdering blacks and their white allies with impunity.
Today, too many white Americans are "militantly anti-racist" for the country to return to the post-Reconstruction era, said Mark D. Naison, a history professor at Fordham University in New York City.
"You hold a racist demonstration in this country and the anti-racist protesters will have as many whites and blacks in their group, maybe more," Naison said. "We are definitely not post-racial, but we aren't going back to the days of legal segregation."
Yet there is another slice of white America that seems stuck in a time warp, as if it never left the post-Reconstruction era, other historians argue. While not calling for the return of Jim Crow segregation, some white Americans are recycling the same political rhetoric and legal strategies that snuffed out Reconstruction, these historians say.
They are also resurrecting some of the most racist images from the post-Reconstruction era, some black commentators say.
While it is no longer acceptable to call a black person the N-word publicly, people do it all the time in social media, video games and in the comment sections of online news stories, said Nsenga Burton, a writer for The Root, an online news site with an African-American perspective.
Much of this racism is aimed at Obama, she says. Among examples, he’s been called "tar baby" and "the ultimate Affirmative Action N******" and depicted as a chimp. People are not shocked anymore by overt displays of racism, she says.
Burton said in a Root essay entitled, "It's a Great Time to be a Racist," that Obama's presidency didn't inaugurate a post-racial era. "Try post-Reconstruction," she said, "because the harmful slurs and images being tossed around the public space hark back more to a racist past than to a racially ambiguous future."
A recent Associated Press online poll concluded that racial prejudice in America has slightly increased since Obama's election. The survey said that a majority of Americans, 51%, express explicit racial prejudice toward blacks, compared to 48% in 2008.
While the poll on its own doesn’t prove the country has become more racist in the last four years, it does offer evidence that the “post-racial” world some thought Obama’s inauguration would bring has yet to materialize.
"We're in a racist renaissance," Burton said. "It's a rebirth of the oldest forms of racism. It's not new, not different. It's like the 1800s, the most archaic abusive terms are applied to black people every single day."
Some conservatives have a different take, on history as well as current events. Everyone who criticizes the president is labeled a racist, they say. And describing Obama as a post-Reconstruction president is absurd.
"It's race-baiting of the highest order; it's bunk," said Niger Innis, a black conservative and son of civil rights activist Roy Innis who has defended the Tea Party movement against accusations of racism.
"The America of today is not the America of the 1870s," Innis said. "When the American people voted for their first black president, the Union Army didn't occupy the country."
Some conservative commentators also say Obama isn't a victim of racism, but to the contrary has inflamed racial divisions to advance his political agenda.
"Obama was falsely portrayed in his campaign as a post-racial president who would bring healing to the nation's racial divisions," said Larry Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States."
"Obama has done everything he can to ensure that there were stark racial differences. … Obama has focused his entire administration around racism, a sort of reverse racism on his end," Schweikart claimed.
It is a view that has been reflected by conservative talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh’s brother David, author of "The Great Destroyer." David Limbaugh would not talk to CNN for this story.
Hope and change in another time
Reconstruction, which lasted from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1877, was filled with dueling perceptions of race as well. The political changes unleashed by the Civil War unnerved many white Southerners: As blacks achieved positions of power that previously had been reserved for whites, historians say, many whites felt like their country didn't belong to them anymore.
After the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th, 14th and 15th "Reconstruction Amendments" that abolished slavery, granted citizenship rights to blacks and prohibited denying the right to vote to newly freed slaves.
The term "civil rights" was coined during Reconstruction, said Eric Foner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution." A century before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a segregated bus, Congress passed the 1866 and 1875 Civil Rights Acts, which banned the discrimination of blacks in "public accommodations" such as streetcars and theaters.
The reforms provoked what some historians say was white Southerners' greatest fear: "Negro Rule."
During Reconstruction, at least 2,000 blacks were eventually elected to political offices throughout the South. They included congressmen, judges, tax collectors, sheriffs, even a governor, said Philip Dray, author of "Capitol Men," which examines Reconstruction through the lives of the first black congressmen.
"Expectations were high," said Dray, who has also written books about the rise of labor unions and lynchings in America. "People felt like there was change, and they were going to be part of it."
Revels rode that wave of optimism into high office. In 1870, he became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate when the Mississippi legislature appointed him to fill a vacancy left when the state seceded from the Union.
Opponents initially insisted he wasn't a legitimate U.S. citizen because the Constitution required a senator be a citizen for at least nine years. He also had an unusual background, having been born to a free black family in North Carolina when slavery was legal.
"He wasn't radical or over the top," Dray said of Revels. "He was a minister, a conciliatory figure. The idea was that it would be easier for him to weather the scrutiny."
Revels himself would anticipate the white backlash that would follow when he told the Senate early in 1871: “I find that the prejudice in this country to color is very great, and I sometimes fear that it is on the increase.”
Obamacare, 19th century style
Beyond Revels, there are other parallels between today and the post-Reconstruction era, according to some historians.
The most commonly cited link revolves around the debate over voter ID laws. Since Obama's election, 34 states have considered adopting legislation requiring photo ID for voters, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. Seven have passed such laws, which typically require voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls.
During the post-Reconstruction era, many white Southerners viewed the onset of black voting power in apocalyptic terms. They created a thicket of voting barriers - "poll taxes," "literacy tests" and "understanding clauses" - to prevent blacks from voting, said Dray.
"The idea was to invalidate the black vote without directly challenging the 15th Amendment," Dray said.
This political cartoon highlighting voter intimidation appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1876.
Many contemporary voter ID laws are following the same script, he said.
"It just goes on and on. They've never completely gone away. And now they're back with a vengeance."
Some opponents of the voter ID laws note that these measures disproportionately affect the elderly and the poor, regardless of race.
Supporters of voter ID laws say they're not about race at all, but about common sense and preventing voter fraud.
"That is not a racial issue and it certainly isn't a hardship issue," said Deneen Borelli, author of "Blacklash," which argues Obama is turning America into a welfare nation.
"When you try to purchase over-the-counter medication or buy liquor or travel, you present photo ID. This is a basic part of everyday transactions."
Historians say there are other ways the post-Reconstruction script is being dusted off and that some of them appear to have nothing to do with race on the surface.
Consider the debate over "Obamacare," the nation's new health care law. The controversy would be familiar to many 19th-century Americans, said Jim Downs, author of "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction."
The notion that the federal government should help those who cannot help themselves wasn't widely accepted before the Civil War. There were a few charities and municipal hospitals that took care of the sick, but most institutions ignored ordinary people who needed health care, said Downs, a Connecticut College history professor who studies the history of race and medicine in 19th-century America.
Reconstruction changed that. Post-Civil War America was marked by epidemics: yellow fever, smallpox and typhus. Freed slaves, who were often malnourished and had few clothes and little shelter, died by the "tens of thousands," he said.
The federal government responded by creating the nation's first-ever national health care system, directed at newly freed slaves. It was called the Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau. The division built 40 hospitals and hired hundreds of doctors to treat more than a million former slaves from 1865 until it was shut down in 1870 after losing congressional funding, Downs said.
"It absolutely radicalized health care," he said. "You can't argue that government intervention in health is something new or a recent innovation. It originated in the mid-19th century in response to the suffering of freed slaves."
Critics at the time said the new health care system was too radical. They said it would make blacks too reliant on government. The system was expanded to include other vulnerable Americans, such as the elderly, children and the disabled. Yet some still saw it as a black handout, Downs said.
"The whole notion of the modern day "welfare queen" can be traced to the post-Civil War period when people became very suspicious of the federal government providing relief to ex-slaves," Downs said. "They feared this would create a dependent class of people."
A campaign to 'save' America
Economic fears in the post-Reconstruction era also fueled the white backlash, a pattern that some historians say is repeating itself today.
A national economic collapse took place just as freed slaves were gaining political influence. The Panic of 1873 started with a banking collapse and a stock market dive. The result: Tens of thousands of workers, many Civil War veterans, became homeless. People lined up for food and shelter in cities across America.
"It made it more economically competitive for everybody," Dray said. "You saw whites become even less generous to African-Americans [than] they might have been."
Some white Southerners channeled their economic anxiety into a systemic attack on the federal government, historians said.
Before the collapse, Southern states controlled by Northern politicians and their allies had built hospitals and public schools and created social services to help freed slaves as well as poor whites, said Jerald Podair, a historian at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
But the notion of an activist federal government helping blacks amid tough times created an opening for Reconstruction opponents. One group that took advantage of that opening was the Redeemers, a popular movement led by conservative, pro-business politicians who vowed to "save" the South, said Podair, who is writing a book on Bayard Rustin, a close aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Redeemers gained control of most Southern statehouses and pledged to reduce the size of government. They defunded public schools, closed public hospitals and halted road construction, Podair said, all while cutting taxes for the wealthy plantation owners, the 1 percenters of their day.
The Redeemers cloaked their rhetoric in the need for more government efficiency, but their goals were also racial, Podair said.
"The Redeemers were interested first and foremost in power," Podair said. "If freed slaves received education and medical care, they were that much closer to economic and, eventually, political power. And if the federal government had a major role in the South, that also meant less economic and political power for the Redeemer class."
Some historians say the backlash against Obama mimics late 19th-century resistance to black political progress.
Podair said some contemporary governors are recycling the same talking points used by the Redeemers. They are invoking the need for austerity while cutting government jobs that employ a high number of blacks and reducing public services that help the poor, a disproportionate number of whom are black.
"There may well be a new post-Reconstruction era of slashed federal budgets and policies that transfer power and resources to state and local governments," Podair said. "Once again, initiatives that sound race-neutral on their face will have a devastating racial impact."
Innis has a different take.
He said state and local governments can't afford to keep the same number of jobs because of generous benefits negotiated by unions. Race has nothing to do with it.
"If you have a government job and the pay and benefits is more than a private sector job, something is wrong," he said.
Government cutbacks are designed to help the economy, not inflict pain on any particular group.
"Until we get our economy on track, black and brown people are going to suffer," he said.
'White Girl Bleed a Lot'
The primary weapon white Southerners used to halt Reconstruction was violence. Mobs attacked and killed blacks gathering to vote. They assassinated black officeholders and their white allies. Newspapers sparked race riots and warned of race wars by printing false accounts of black-on-white attacks.
We are not seeing anywhere near the level of violence toward black people that followed Reconstruction. But some people fear that the inflammatory rhetoric that helped trigger racial violence in that era is returning.
A Google search of the phrase "black mobs attack white people" yields tens of thousands of hits. Conservative bloggers and columnists say a "wave" of black mobs attacking whites at random has spread across the nation in places such as shopping malls, downtown tourist spots and even "Beat Whitey Nights" at Midwestern fairs.
Syndicated conservative columnist Thomas Sowell - himself African-American - wrote in a May 15 column for National Review Online that "race war" has returned to America because black gangs are "launching coordinated attacks on whites in public" across America. A Republican state legislator in Maryland, Patrick L. McDonough, warned earlier this year in a letter to the governor that "roving mobs of black youths" had been attacking white tourists in Baltimore.
One author, Colin Flaherty, wrote a book about this alleged wave of racial violence called, "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America." The various accounts follow the same pattern: Black "flash mobs" suddenly attack whites in public, followed by a media cover-up.
Flaherty, also a talk radio show host, said he first noticed the attacks in 2010. Since then, he claims he has seen "thousands" of videos of black mobs attacking whites.
People have called him racist, but Flaherty said he's just a "guy standing on a corner" reporting what he sees.
"White liberals go nuts on this," he said of his book. "When people use names like 'racist,' they're using it to shut down conversation, not engage in it."
The return of race war rhetoric has disturbing historical echoes, said David Godshalk, author of "Veiled Visions: The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot and the Reshaping of American Race Relations."
Godshalk said neither Sowell nor Flaherty have offered any statistical evidence that reports about "black mobs" are anything more than isolated cases. Sowell did not respond to interview requests.
Scores of blacks died during the post-Reconstruction era because newspapers spread false or grossly exaggerated reports of blacks as predators, particularly accounts of black men raping white women, Godshalk said.
Some whites used those reports to justify violence and political oppression against blacks, he said.
"Longstanding notions that African-Americans were criminals were used to argue that they shouldn't be leaders in society because they didn't have the same capabilities as whites, and they weren't trustworthy enough to hold positions of authority," said Godshalk, a history professor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania who has also written about Reconstruction and lynchings.
Those notions of black inferiority eventually infected the legal system during the post-Reconstruction era, historians say.
The post-Reconstruction Supreme Court played a major role in destroying what Congress had created through its racial reforms. The court delivered a series of decisions that nullified the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 as well as additional laws designed to protect blacks from mob violence at the voting booth, said Peter Irons, a civil rights attorney and author of "A People's History of the Supreme Court."
In 1883, the court imposed a judicial death sentence on Reconstruction in the "Civil Rights Cases" decision, which allowed private individuals and businesses to discriminate against blacks. Associate Justice Joseph Bradley wrote in the decision that freed slaves should stop being "a special favorite of the laws."
The most notorious post-Reconstruction decision involving race took place in 1895 when the Supreme Court legally sanctioned Jim Crow laws by enshrining the "separate-but-equal" doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson. The court upheld a Louisiana law requiring that federal rail cars provide different facilities for white and black passengers.
By the late 19th century, the Supreme Court had "turned its back on the claims of blacks and opened its arms to those of corporations," Irons said. It was the onset of the Gilded Age, an era of widening income inequality that saw the court first introduce "corporate personhood," the concept that a corporation has the legal rights of a person.
"People were getting tired of concerns about racial minorities," said Irons, an activist whose book on the Supreme Court was partly inspired by the late liberal historian Howard Zinn and his book, “A People’s History of the United States.”
"The court is generally a mirror of the broader society, and that was the way most people felt at the time."
Irons and other liberal observers fear the current Supreme Court is drifting in a similar direction and anticipate that it will overturn or weaken a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as affirmative action in college admissions.
The court is expected to hear a challenge from Shelby County, Alabama, to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires nine Southern states and parts of others to "pre-clear" with federal officials any voting measures that could potentially restrict black voters.
The court is also due to rule on a case on affirmative action in college admission policies in Fisher v. University of Texas.
Irons said the conservative majority on the contemporary court would be doing what their counterparts did during Reconstruction, avoiding a frontal assault on civil rights laws and other measures that protect women and workers, while eviscerating the laws.
"It's unlikely that the court would render any decisions that would be totally reactionary on issues of race," said Irons, "but what they're doing in the current court is whittling away and cutting back very gradually on things like racial, gender and wage discrimination."
From post-racial to most racial
Some conservatives, though, have a different perspective on Reconstruction and any modern parallels.
Most historians say Reconstruction ended with the disputed presidential contest of 1876. An election too close to call was resolved when candidate Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to pull Northern troops out of the South in exchange for the presidency.
Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States," said the United States abandoned Reconstruction because the nation could not call itself a democracy while keeping half its population under military occupation.
"Reconstruction ended, pure and simple, because the North could not afford economically, politically or socially to maintain a standing army in a part of the U.S. for an indefinite time and still call America a democratic republic," said Schweikart, a history professor at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Borelli, author of "Blacklash," does see one contemporary link with 19th-century America. She argues that Obama is actually encouraging a new form of servitude to what she calls the "Big Government Plantation."
Since Obama became president, a record number of Americans, at least 46 million, now receive food stamps. And one in six Americans receives some form of government aid as the nation struggles to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
"There are a lot of people who are relying on government for their basic everyday needs: food, clothing and shelter," said Borelli, who is outreach director for FreedomWorks, a Washington-based group that advocates for smaller government and lower taxes. "When you rely on government, your liberties are reduced."
Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.
"You can't have a legitimate disagreement with the president if you're white without being called a racist," said Stephen Marks, creator of FightBigotry.com, a Super PAC that produced a television ad accusing Obama of not standing up to racism.
Marks said Obama said nothing when Vice President Joe Biden recently told an audience of black and white voters that Republicans were "going to put y'all back in chains."
"They're the ones who play the race card, 100% of the time," Marks said of Obama and Democrats. "The Republicans don't have the gonads to respond because they're so afraid of being called a racist."
What happened to Revels?
There's little disagreement among contemporary historians about what happened to the South when the nation abandoned Reconstruction. The region became a divided society where race filtered into everything, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."
"It had a paralyzing effect. Business interests didn't want to invest there. Immigrants didn't want to go there," Dray said. "The South became this tainted place. Instead of moving into the 20th century, it stayed put in the 19th century."
The Jim Crow laws that marked the end of Reconstruction stayed put for at least 60 years. It would take a century before the contemporary civil rights movement restored the political and civil rights of blacks. Some historians argue that the United States did not actually become a democracy until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Black pioneers like Revels disappeared from the history books. After serving his Senate term, he didn't seek reappointment and returned to Mississippi, where he eventually became president of Alcorn State College and pastor of a church.
He lost much of his black support for not speaking out against the abuses that ended Reconstruction, said Benjamin, the Boston University professor.
"He was an accommodationist," Benjamin said. "He was in the Senate standing up for white folks and telling people not to be so hard on Southern plantation owners. He didn't use his platform to represent African-Americans."
In 1901, Revels collapsed and died during a church meeting in Mississippi. That same year, the last black member of the House of Representatives finished his final term. Congress resumed being an all-white institution. Blacks had been driven out of office by beatings and assassinations.
Revels' death barely got a mention in the Southern press. His fellow black congressmen received the same treatment. Revisionist historians were already depicting Reconstruction as a fatal example of government overreach and Northern "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags" coming South to profit off of the regions' misery, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."
"When some of them passed away years later, the Southern press barely mentioned it," Dray said. "It was a part of American history that people did not want to remember. No one wanted to talk about it or think about it."
One group of Americans, however, never forgot what Revels represented.
During the Great Depression, Dray said, the federal government dispatched interviewers from the Works Progress Administration to the South to collect oral histories from former slaves.
The interviewers noticed a curious sight as they walked into the shacks of the former slaves. They saw faded copies of an 1872 lithograph depicting the first seven black members of Congress, including Revels.
The image is still haunting.
A group portrait of the first black African-American U.S. lawmakers, including Revels.
Revels and his fellow racial pioneers are posed together, dressed in vested suits and bow ties. They exude pride and determination, even though only several years earlier they weren't even considered fully human by many Americans.
Revels sits in the front row of the group portrait. He stares forward in the picture, a man who seems confident in what the future would bring.
What would he think of Obama if he could somehow see him today? Would he be delighted at what America has become in 2012?
Or would he think the future he embodied still seems far away?
If you need any proof that this article is accurate just read the comments here. More white sheets on display than at a Halloween party. Tons of posts filled with racial epithets followed by people claiming there is no racism. Unbelievable. You may not want to believe that the US is racist but the evidence is right here.
Racism exist in all races and is not one sided. Do white people hire white people? Yes! Do asians hire asians? Yes. Do blacks hire blacks? Yes. Do Hispanics hire hispanics? Yes! This article makes the case that racism exist because people are against Obama and never admits that many white people voted for him. MAybe they were voting beceause he is half caucasion?
stop calling people racist for crying out loud! We all disagree with the article and the way CNN delivered it! That doesn't make us racist.
I agree Tony.
CNN staffers were fired earlier today for fanning the flames of racial hatred. Rioters in major cities across America respond to CNN race bait. In other news... Most Americans wondered aloud "Due to Obama’s lack of specifics, why should America expect anything different than his dismal record for four more years? It only leaves voters wondering if Obama is even capable of seriousness instead of celebrity puff."
Letting them wonder that is a mistake.
Give it a rest, Jethro.
The measure of any human being is their character not their color. As a Canadian I am sad to see the polarization of your country. With an absurdly large military and an investment banking system that not only kneecapped your economy but other parts of the world too, you are so far in debt that it is hard to believe. When one party has to swear allegiance to Grover Norquist just to run for office it shows that things are way out of whack. My only hope is whomever wins your election next week they figure something out because nothing breeds strife more than poverty and inequality. I have always admired the US despite its flaws. Good luck.next Tuesday.
Breaking news. Valerie Jarrett was incensed when she read that Media Matters wrote the absurd story promulgated by CNN about racial discord in America just three days before the most important election in our lifetime. Valllerie wanted to take credit.
Read the article. Then, read the comments.
I'm just sayin', folks.
The DELUGE of racist, bigoted, idiocy just in the COMMENTS to this excellent article speaks VOLUMES about our wonderful country.
Land of the Stupid, Home of the Bigot.
Breaking news. Valerie Jarrett was incensed when she read that Media Matters wrote the absurd story promulgated by CNN about racial discord in America just three days before the most important election in our lifetime.
Protesters outside CNN were heard to chant: Hit the road Barach. Don'tcha come back no more! no more, no more, Don'tch come back no more.
No more American division or derision. No more failed economic and foreign policies. Enough is enough. Obama is out of time, America is out of money and patience.
OMG: Obama Must Go!!!
Shame on you CNN on your racist comments! No wonder CNN's viewership is so far down in the basement. Gratefully not many people will even care to read this. Sorry I wasted my time. I am voting for Romney because he has the experience that our suffering country needs to get out of this mess. I pray for this country.
Thank you Theresa. America appreciates your prayers.
It is a shame, a disgrace and tragedy that this Presidential election has become a racial race. America is far greater than that, America is about values, ethics, hard work that leads to a better life- America is about "standards". That should be the focus, high standards, period. Striving for ever higher standards is what made America great and this spirit sees no difference in one's skin color. Being a civilized person and a contributing member of society is not about any particular race or skin color.
It is only a racist race because idiots on the left only have that to fall back on. Personally, I am genuinely colorblind–all I care about is who you are personally and what you are able to do. In both cases, Obama falls short. Funny, I'm upset with the incompetency his white-half also ;c)
We have a breaking news story here at CNN. Senior CNN staffers were arrested for fanning the flames of racial hatreid with an absurd story believed to be written by Media Matters.
U.S. History is now just an absurd story!! Folks on the right really do hate facts, don't you?
Pass the Leftist Koolaid?
Romney/Ryan: the H O M O choice
Funny, I just read an article in USA Today that talked about using shame as a tactic to influence voters. From this article, it would appear this tactic is alive and well and it would seem that neither side is above its use.
The reality, is that racism is in full practice on both ends of the color scale.
While there are many white Americans who would not vote for a candidate based solely on the color of that candidates skin, there are just as many black Americans who would vote for a candidate without regard for anything other than the color of the candidates skin. Racism? Indeed.
However, THIS election is not about electing a white or a black president. It is about which candidate you believe to be better qualified to lead this nation for the next four years. That decision is up to you. Shame should not play a role in influencing your vote one way or the other.
I so agree. Go to the candidates site, listen to their statements, read their literature. Make up your mind. Think for gods sake!
In 2008 McCain got all of 5% of the black vote. Now that's racism.
Oh no, didn't you get the memo? Blacks can't be racist. They own that convenient little tool exclusively.
And McCain got 7% of the white vote. What's your point?
Clinton got 83% in 92, 84% in 96, Gore got 90% in 2000, Kerry 88% in 04, Obama 95% in 08. In a historical context it isn't a surprise, but people like you tend to forget everything prior to 2008. Educate yourself.
CNN Polling is just in: Obama is in the lead with 35%; Romney 65%. In other news... If Obama is re-elected, Unemployment will rise as the effects of the unemployed masses will have major repercussions on the economy. This will lead to government deficits growing substantially. Tax revenue is already falling at alarming rates in the US and most other countries but it will get a lot worse. Government expenditure will rise rapidly due to the mass unemployment. Taxes will rise but this will be like getting water out of a stone – there won’t be much revenue to tax. And if Vat or sales taxes are increased this will kill consumption even more. In addition governments will have to implement more programs to help the poor, hungry and homeless. This will lead to more money printing.
LOL! Gotta love the media bias for this election. Too bad all the money wasted on slanderous ads could have been put towards Sandy.
omg. also when if Obama gets re-elected the sky I swear is just gonna fall outta that big huge sky!!!!!! elect Mitt Romney PLEASE- because if you elect him, we are all gonna be rich!!!!! and we can live like we did in the 50's!!! the 50's!!!
I believe this author has written such other notable pieces as " America's 'angriest' theologian faces lynching tree" (relates to a boy wondering whether his father would come home alive or be lynched in Arkansas), "How religion has been used to promote slavery", "What did MLK think about gay people", "The Jesus Debate, Man vs. Myth", "A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion", and last but not least "The Gospel according to Obama".
Read any of these and you will understand the writers bias and contempt for moral human beings.
A lot of interesting opinionated responses to an article based on historical facts. Read the American Legacy article (The Senator from Mississippi) on this subject. You may learn something. This is what the two party system is praying will happen to Americans. Division is not just good politics, its good economics. As a free market capitalist, the only color I see is green and if you're wise you will also. Growing up in the south, I experienced racism everyday either because of my skin color or my families economic status. Most considered that we must have been criminals to be wealthy. That was unfortunate, however myfather always taught my brothers and me that if you maintain your focus on being the best and creating personal & generational wealth then ignorance, like racism can only deter you if you alllow. I support President Obama not because he's black or democrat. I support him as I did President Reagan because he was and is the best choose and he has the best plans and ideas. In my opinion, economics should drive your politics not your vision.
Interesting counterview to this drivel. Thanks. I'm not sure I place the same importance you do on certain things, but I love to see someone approaching issues rationally and logically.
Thank you. In this country it al about the money, and politics that go along with it. I believe slavery was not just about race, but also economics. Boy, can you guess the arguments I get.(this coming from a black man, for shame)
Yeah, it probably WAS more about economics than race originally. Then the race problems resulted from those centuries of brutal mistreatment and dehumanization of the slaves. The system twisted and perverted those who maintained and supported it (not to mention what it did to the slaves and their families).
The real news is..... The masters of the financial circus are the bankers. Not only did they reap the benefits from manufacturing toxic financial products to the extent of receiving bonuses and stocks in the $trillions during the last 15-20 years. But they are also the only beneficiaries of the trillions of dollars that have been printed by governments to rescue the financial system. Why are the bankers benefiting from the rescue of their own banks? Because they are the ones controlling the government, advising the government and making major contributions to the politicians
ok, thanks to the above posts. This thread actually had interesting and different viewpoints made intelligently Thank you- you restored my faith for tonight that there are thinking people out there who post. I can sign off now :)
The ties this article attempts are bit far and wouldn't pass a Logic 101 class. I can't believe that CNN would even print it. If these argurments and logic were presented in the most junior of debates, they would have holes shot into whatever fabric could be found that didn't already have a gaping hole due to the overwhelming use of biased assumption vs. facts.
Ignorant article. You live in 2012...stop whining for crissake.
Yep, it's 2012, but it's amazing how little the human species evolves in just 150 years or so. I once thought (and hoped) differently, but now I see that in most things, humans are little distinguishable from their forebears of 5,000 – 10,1000 years ago. Tools like books, television, the internet don't change very much.
I moved down here from the Midwest. And since then, I have never met a proclaimed Tea Party member who didn't call Obama the "N" word and insist he is inferior to whites.
It's still here. And it's still very much alive.
And you wingnuts can deny it all you want, but that doesn't change it.
Amen sir, Amen!
Shame of your lawyers, CNN. The real news today is ..... President Romney lowers the US tax rate, decreases spending and works with the Legislature on regulatory reform, the American economy is being to heal. The only thing Democrats in Washington have offered to help themselves is more spending.
Since our Canadian "Conservative" federal governement lowered our corporate tax rate to 15%, our economy has shrunk and our unemployment rate has edged higher. Today, the news reads that our Oil Sands industry is in trouble because of the "high wages" of workers and Chinese companies wanting to take over. This is laughable since the corporate execs make a salary in the millions and company profits are in the billions. I think the corporate execs know that if they sell out to the Chinese for billions, they'll have a very nice retirement while their workers are laid off to make room for the foreigners the Chinese will bring that work for lower wages.
Good luck with Romney if he's voted President.
Thank you for testifying. This is pretty much the outcome I expect here when the government is redesigned as "US Corp".
What's good for business is often bad for humans.
Its a good thing CNN and the ACLU was founded along with our country back in 1776 or we wouldn't enjoy the diverse and free country that we are today without their protection or journalistic insight! ! ; )
CNN staffers were fired earlier today for fanning the flames of racial hatred. Rioters in major cities across America respond to CNN race bait. In other news... Illinois tax-loving legislature provides an instructive lesson on Obama's future economic plans for America. In January 2011 Democrats in Springfield raised the state’s income tax by 67% and corporate rate by 46%. Over the next eight months unemployment surged to 10.2% from 9.4%. So, in December lawmakers handed out tax breaks to their corporate donors who were threatening to flee to more business-friendly states.
can not think of where they are getting their information maybe some place out in left fiend ???
Is it so hard to believe that a whole lot of the voting public simply think Obama hasn't done what needed to be done. That he hasn't earned a second term. The accusations of this article are as extreme from the minority liberals as the equivalent ignorant extreme rantings of the minority racists.
I reject the article. If Obama loses it will be because he was fired for not getting the job done. And if Romney wins he better step up to the plate and get the job done....or in 4 years he'll be out too. Please vote! It matters damn it!
That's fair but when you say "That N'er hasn't done anything he said he was going to do!" which is what I hear a lot in Georgia then I know what you really mean. Most of the people in Georgia that I personally know will not vote for him because he's black. PERIOD. I once cracked a joke to one of them that Obama could poop enough gold to pay the national debt and ya'll still wouldn't vote for him.. He kind of looked up and then said, "Pretty much."
In the news today... Nearly everyone who has examined the Obama’s chronically unbalanced budget has recommended cutting spending and raising revenues by putting most of the 23 million unemployed Americans back to work. By doing so, payroll taxes will rise offsetting the costs incurred for paying for the past spending spree. But Obama and his Democratic allies in the Legislature won’t lower tax rate because they love the revenue windfalls they get when times are good and they can boost spending.
I've stopped perusing CNN until today, then once again I'm reminded why I did it in the 1st place...it pathetically hangs on to the argument of race (against Obama) for his failure. What is more pathetic is how some slices of information are stiched together to weave a convenient veil of a lie.
Fact: The majority of Romney's supporters are white
Convenient lie: This means that the GOP or Republicans are racists
Other factors CNN does not consider: The majority of Romney's supporters recognized that Obama is a failed leader and is leading America in the wrong direction with great detriments to its economic wealth.
What CNN would not discuss or debate: The majority of the black population (I said population, not just supporters) will be voting for Obama. Isn't voting for someone based purely on race is...well, racist? Why then would a large group of people chose to vote for someone with a failed record?
Question: Who is the racist here?
Point is, for CNN to truly be a respectable news organization, they would need to explore all facts and perspectvies since the real truth is a lot more complex. They would also need to stop worshipping the man and/or his political affiliation.
Obama failed not because he's half-black. He failed because he's half-ass at this overall performance.
I'm so sick and tired of this black and white racial divide!!
Fact – Racists are usually afraid to admit their shortcomings and will come up with a well written list of excuses to try and deny the fact that they are, in fact, racist.
amen. can't use the race card to get out of this one obama.
Powerfully worded argument. Good for you!
"Why then would a large group of people chose to vote for someone with a failed record?"
I can answer that. Even supposing for a minute that Obama had a "failed record" – which I disagree with – I would vote for him in a heartbeat because we're scared to death of becoming prisoners of the social conservative agenda, the irrational Tea Party wingnuts, the climate change deniers, the science haters, the religious fundamentalists, the warmongering "exceptionalists, the fascist pro-business idealogues, the people who equate education with "elitism", and a host of other vile and dangerous beliefs that have no place in this century.
By many considerations, "business" is improving slowly. Housing values are rising, jobs are growing, people are re-entering the employment market, factory orders are rising, Wall Street is booming (Thank you, Mr. President, Thank You!!!), Detroit is selling cars... I'll take a slow, sure recovery that adapts us to a radically changed world situation any day.
CNN still creating a narative from historical fact. Can you hear or are are you still tone deaf? It is not about race, but the Obama policies of dead white men (socialist) as well as the sneaky cronyism and bullying. I pity your ignorance
CNN staffers were fired earlier today for fanning the flames of racial hatred. Rioters in major cities across America respond to CNN race bait. In other news... The Obama plan include a “millionaire’s tax” that kicks in at $250,000 for individuals and small business owners making more than a “million dollars”. American businesses already pay the highest tax rate globally, and by the way, Obama’s tax increase would put America way ahead in the race of taxing individuals and small businesses.
You know that there will always be hatred by some races for other races and this holds true for all races. Let's not let the real issue here cloud anyone's judgement. President Obama has a Socialist agenda and many races flat out reject this. President Obama has fostered an environment of racial hatred and class warfare which if successful will leave us all living lives similar to what the Cubans have suffered through for the past 50 years, where everyone has nothing more or less than their neighbors, which is virtually nothing, except for those that control the government...they have everything else. Do we really want that or do we want a country where everyoen has an opportunity to do whatever they want. Of course there will be those that claim they don't have this opportunity, but there will be those of the same race that say they do. Let's just do the right thing here and rid ourselves of this professional liar and set our course for the kind of change that we have had for the last 100 years which has leveled the playing field. We don't need any class or racial wars...everyone will lose that battle.
Does anyne recall the Spanish American war where some newspaper guy nicknamed Rosebud planted a mine under the USS Main just so we would declare a war and he would have something to report on. Think maybe CNN and all the other hate filled liberals are planning something similar?
From many of the comments here, the author appears to be absolutely right about backlash. They are fuming that this article brought up some very uncomfortable facts from this nation's history. While I cringe when I read people blaming racism on everything, it seems like some of the hate coming from the right has got to have a racial component to it. Look at some of the statements coming from Fox "News" personalities over the last 4 years – they are extremely racist.
I think this is more about white people who are so uptight about skin pigmentation that they are truly fearful about being outnumbered in the future. The demographics of America are changing, so those who are fearful, will cling to power at all costs. That is what this is really about, and that is why people are foaming at the mouth about this article. Part of me thinks it's funny to watch the white hysteria, the other part of me thinks it's sad what they will try to do about it over the next decade, to people who are not white. Believe me, they will try to stop it and they will try to hold onto power with a white knuckle grip. They probably hate this president even more BECAUSE he is bi-racial. They hold his mother in contempt for "selling out". I suppose it even makes them angrier to see that Barack Obama was not the scary boogeyman the right has tried to portray him to be.
Once again – you cling to the race thing. Is it not possible to disagree with a man of a different color based on his political outlook without being a racist? What about the 98% of blacks who voted against McCain. Hmm. Smell a little racism there?
Clearly magpie has his/her own agenda of just calling everyone else racists with an opposing opinion. To deny there have been racially motivated attacks on our President over the past four years is ignorant/naive. If you can't have a legitimate rational discussion without screaming "no you sir are the racist" than you are part of the problem. I'm not saying the man deserves no criticism for his policies, but the right has gone above and beyond that.
Furthermore most places report Obama got 95% of the "black vote" against McCain. Although democrats have gotten greater than 85% of the vote since Clinton, but that tid bit of information wouldn't support your argument. Insinuating people are voting based on race only devalues your own vote.
How can we fix most of our nations problems? Well i dont believe its changing the president. We have to change the people. Thats what i believe. There needs to be a change in the mindset of the next generations to come. These days people more and more just want easy, and dont want to put forth the effort to get anything done. Our generation is in a bad state. There are so many lazy people out there who just want everything handed to them. They are like that because in our society it has become acceptable. Thats what i think.
So to who ever wins the election. G'luck lol.
Wow, this article is just 'WOW.' I cannot believe CNN would post this under the ruse of journalism. This is very yellow for sure! Boy, you really pulled this one out of the deep! The lines drawn here are un-even. It is an insult to President Obama that his policies are not liked because he is black. His presidency belongs to him, not his race, not anyone but him. That means for the good AND for the not so good. You can like a person's opinions or dislike a person's opinions no matter what their race. To imply that he is not liked due to his race also therefore implies that he is liked because of his race. I believe that is not true at all. Those who truly want him to continue to be President are smarter than to only like him because of a single factor.
You're obfuscating. This article is about tactics and rhetoric used, and such tactics and rhetoric would be racist no matter who was president. This article is merely an accurate observation of historical fact. The similarities cannot be discounted in the reasonable, rational, logical mind. The paralels drawn are entirely accurate, and the examples used, fitting. Get over your cognitive dissonance.
The irony of this article is astounding. Obama can't stand on the merits of his presidency these last four years so his sycophants haul out this trash. The biggest irony is that whites OVERWHELMINGLY voted for him in 2008, partly because of this same hogwash. They were told to look at the color of his skin instead of the content of his character. They were told to look away from the the various and multipied concerns about his past statements, involvments, and relatiosnips and to just vote for him BECAUSE he is black. That is about as racist as you can get.
Being a person who is very dark skinned myself I don't WANT people to look at my skin and I WON'T blame others for any failures on my part. If Obama was a man of integrity he would own up to his failures instead of blaming everyone else and stooping to the low of letting race define his presidency instead of track record. Shame on CNN for being willing to post this, especially since it is not presented as an opinion peace. What in the world is going on in this country?
I'll tell you what's going on. A race war and a class war fueled by the left. They have essentially bought their base by 50 years of giving money away to people (thanks a lot LBJ). The sad part about that is that, while they have created a strong base, they have essentially destroyed the work ethic of their own people – which has led them to the sad state of dependance of the government that they are in. Pitiful. Gimme gimme gimme. That is NOT what made this country strong. Democrats are either ignorant lambs who buy into this socialist crap, or they are using it to milk the system for their personal advantage.
They are equating Obama's first term as president to reconstruction era? How stupid does CNN really think the average citizen is???
There was a time when CNN was the go-to cable news outlet. Sadly, they've slipped with shocking speed into the pathetic, dank, lifleless tank of liberal non-journalism...I cringe saying this...never thought I would...but right-wing cable is increasingly becoming an attractive altnernative to CNN's dangerously contrived attempt at telling the news. Sad, very sad.
it's funny you say this because I agree that CNN use to be the go to cable station. But my thought is it has become to much like faux news. I tried to watch fox news but I found very little news. Just tea party opinion stuff (I was watching hannity). It's just interesting that we have opposite takes on the same thing.
This may be the dumbest story written yet. Talk about trying to make something out of nothing. Gotta love political season, its prime time for professors, they get a lot of new avenues to publish their "stretched" views. I'll be glad when this election is over.
This is a hateful, racist, bigoted article, produced by a racist hiding behind a shield of "journalist". The moment it starts to look like Obama is going to lose the election, all the "journalists" come out in droves crying racism. Never mind Biden's rhetoric about putting blacks back in chains, never mind Black Panthers at the voting stations intimidating white voters in 2008, never mind continuous racist lies that Democrats constantly push on poor black population (because middle and upper class black people are nowhere near as supportive of liberal causes as the poor brainwashed black folks are). Unless inner city blacks wake up and realize, that they are being exploited by the "civil leaders" like Jackson and Sharpton, by Democratic party, for their personal gain, they will continue to live in poverty.
Every day there are stories of successful immigrants that came to US with nothing but a shirt on their back, and through perseverance made something of themselves. These people may be of different colors of skin, but they came here when they saw an opportunity and believed in US, and US believed in them back. Now they're successful engineers, teachers, businessmen, etc. Yet we have a whole lot of demographic living in these ghettos, or inner cities, or even in suburbs, that are continually being pushed a lie by Democrats that they will never amount to anything, and therefore need government assistance for any little thing (Obamaphone anyone?). Theyr are being told that if they vote Democrat this time, they'll have better living conditions, etc. Wake up!!! Democrats have been doing it to you for tens of years, are you living better now? Take control of your own life! Stop listening to racist Democrats liers, who only care about the next vote.
Racism is fear. So is denial. Work on both and you'll feel much better.
Hehe. Take your own advice...
I know, what a crappy article. I mean racism doesn't exist anymore! We fixed that already. And all those inner city blacks, why don't they just act like those people from other countries. Why aren't they signing up for college to be engineers etc like the good blacks and the other good brown people! Jeez cnn!!!!!! Gosh Obama, why did you have to be such a bad bad president. You should have followed in Bush's footsteps. Now THAT was a really good president. He did so much to make our country good.
Shameful Propaganda from Valerie Jarrett (senior advsior to Obama) and Media Matters, (senior advisor to Valerie Jarrett) The real news is ..... The most important single vote in America next Tuesday is Barach Obama’s attempt to stick Americans with another giant tax increase. Mr. Obama and his allies say they will fix the US budget deficit and ward off spending cuts. But the real choice before voters is whether to issue Washington’s incorrigible spendthrifts another blank check.
Well re the tax increase. He wants to raise the taxes on the top earners back to the levels of the Clinton years. That's 4% I believe. Part of the spending you have to remember were 2 wars and the Bush era tax cuts. Even conservative economists say that we have to raise revenue as well as cuts. So, if you look at without the hyperbole from the business interests who just want to protect their profits, this might make sense to you.
I love how people say things about polygamy against Romney when Obama'a father was a polygamist
I agree, leave Romney's family and faith's polgamist past out of it!
And if anyone wanted proof that this divide does indeed exist, just read the comments. The country is divided like almost never before, no such thing as compromise exists right now, and there's never been so much open disrespect for a sitting President as there is right now. And people think it's about nothing more than the economy? Americans, all of us, need to go back and look at history. Because we are definitely in trouble and on the verge of repeating a nasty portion of ours.
Why is EVERYTHING about race with the left? Yes, there are people that don't like having a black president. But those people are so out there, and there are so few of them. The VAST majority of people unhappy with Obama are angry due to his socialistic policies, that are bringing this nation to its knees. If he were white, they would feel exactly the same way. Knock of the racism crap!
Socialistic policies – give us a break. Do you even know what socialism is? You folks have done everything you can to paint President Obama as different than the rest of us. He's a socialist, a communist, a racist himself, he's foreign, he wasn't born in America. Do you really just mean he's black?
You folks? Just because I don't like his policies I am lumped into the same group as all the extremist and I am a racist? Perhaps you are the racist.
Thank you! It is not about his race but his politics. We can't afford socialism!!
Another racist that clearly doesn't realize that he or she is.
Go far away
CNN, shame on you for this race baiting piece of trash... No more American division or derision. No more failed economic and foreign policies. Enough is enough. Obama is out of time, America is out of money and patience.
OMG: Obama Must Go!!!
Wow, this is straight trash. CNN shouldn't even be taken serious any longer. Pretty bad when High Times magazine is more credible. What in the hell happened to this network??
In Ohio, there are two major cities that are largely populated with voters living on governmental welfare. Why should those who give the least and take the most decide whether the U.S. continues on our current path to National Socialism or to change course back to Free Enterprise?
This article is so much nonsense. We are not in the Age of Obama and no one is being haunted. Yeah, racism still exists, but not to the extent it used to. I am black and I have lived in the south all my life (48 years). Everybody knows that Obama couldn't have been elected in the first place without some people of all races voting for him. And yes, the racists people who think a black man has no business in the oval office got really mad. That was to be expected.
I am so tired of hearing that it is a race thing. If he is black and he is doing a terrible job, and we want him out. It is because the white man wants him out, not because he is doing a terrible job. Come on people, you can hide and make excuses for the race thing, but it comes down that he sucks and needs to go. The black man will never get a head if all he wants to do is blame the white man. Rise up and do something, get an education and make something of yourself instead of blaming everybody else for your problems.
RACISM = CAUCASIAN + VOTE FOR ROMNEY
DOWN WITH THE WHITE RACE
I assume you're one of the brain dead parasitic ground feeders voting for that person who has tried to pass himself off as a legitimate leader for the past 4 years...go crawl back into the hole from where you emerged.
Racism = Bill
You really need to get some help! Racism will never end with people like you fueling it. White people aren't the only racist. They come from all walks of life. Keep on hating and the hate will continue to grow.
Might be a good story for the left wing media to run on election night as to why President Obama lost.
Good grief. Yawn...
I shake my head at all you R-Money supporters for one huge reason:
You have not taken into consideration who was president BEFORE Obama was elected.
So let's use this elaborate explanation as an example: (there were a couple of big words in that sentence so all you redneck Romney supporters might have a little trouble following but try the best you can.)
If for the next 8 years you were not allowed to use your bathroom inside of your home and you had to do your "business" outside or in your backyard, you cannot expect someone to clean up all that mess in 4 years. You've been trashing it for so long it will take a while to clean it up. How the hell do you expect the same from your president? The war in Iraq and Afghanistan was not a help to the American economy and yes we needed to kill Bin Laden, but who was the one who ended it? Who is the one who signed a health care plan? Who is the man that will refuse until it is absolutley nessesary to put more American boots on another foreign soil? Who is the man who killed Bin Laden? You know the answer to that question. The other thing you Romney supports have not taken into context is the fact there will be many, many new jobs becoming availabe soon. How do you ask?? Simple...A huge storm just causeed $50 billion in damages to US and it will need to be rebuilt. Heaven forbid whoever is re-building those homes hurts themselves if Romey gets into office, you'll be even more in debt than you already are. Look to the past to see whats needed to take place in the present to layout a better future. You are all making a bad choice and an emberassment to the future of America.
Well okay then...let us not forget that the Democrats controlled congress (both houses) the last two years of Bush's administration and that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were pulling all the strings relative to banking (resulting in the housing mess) and then let us not forget that the Democrats continued to controll congress for the first two years of Obama's administration until the "people" said enough is enough and threw them out of the House and hopefully in four days will do the same in the Senate so we can get back to the people's business.
Dream on. Rmoney and Eddie Munster are toast.
Most Americans (and women, especially) have common sense, and will vote that way.
A M E N !!!!!! O B A M A W I L L W I N !!!!!! F O U R M O R E Y E A R S !!!!
How about covering real news like:
"...Imagine going to vote for your presidential candidate and pushing the button on a touch-screen voting machine - but the "X" marks his opponent instead.
That is what some voters in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio have reported.
ABC News has received several complaints from voters who say they voted on touch-screen voting machines - only when they tried to select Mitt Romney, the machine indicated they had chosen President Obama. The voters in question realized the error and were able to cast ballots for their actual choice."
This article is pathetic. What they are talking about here, happened nearly 150 years ago. It's articles like these that keep this B.S. flowing. Let it die!!
You do know this is CNN we're talking about. No level too low to stoop to in order to prop up a far left loser like the person currently occupying the White House...4 days & counting...the last 4 years have been like a bad dream only to realize I'm actually alive & living thru this mess....Poor political leadership...a nmedia that is so corrupted & biased, that you really need to do your homework to get the facts...the media & CNN, in particular, lies, deceives, & omits to support their causes...which of course is anything lthat is not white, male, straight, legally here in the US, or conservative.
I'll guess that if something happened 150 MINUTES ago, you'd be just as (conveniently) dismissive. Or is it a "cognitive" issue?
When did you LEARN YOUR TIMES TABLES, or (I don't know) THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, or THE GOLDEN RULE?
If Barry is re-elected, Obama will continue his trillion dollar deficit spending and blame the GOP "obstructionist". He will further reduce NASA funding because it is still a shining beacon to the world about American ingenuity.
I will miss NASA very much when Romney turns space over to the private sector. After all, why should taxpayers be footing the bill for this stuff?
If Barry is re-elected, Obama will continue to do nothing to improve the economy. Unemployment will continue to rise in 2013 as Federal Reserve spending and onerous EPA regulations adversely affect the American economy.
The dont call it the Clinton News Network for nothing.
If Romney wins, America will have lower taxes to pay for smaller government, make it easier for small businesses to thrive by reducing and simplifying taxes. Romney will empower people (not government)
Obviously you haven't been listening to what Romney has been saying for the past 18 months. You aren't going to pay less under a Romney administration. And, the government isn't going to get smaller. Lmao. Romney will empower the wealthy, and I highly doubt that you belong to his club!!
Wolf Blitzed must be so excited by the CNN breaking news, he can't wait to tell America how racist they are....
This was an exceptionally written article with outstanding research. It really deserves consideration for an award.
I agree. It should be given a prominent place as a fish wrapper.
Don't want the to be "herring" about the "scale" of the past white racists sins then. But resurrection is such an evangelist thing.
If President Obama is not reelected, it is because of his poor performance record, and positions of ideological issues. The story ends there.
Correct he drove this country "left" into the ditch.
The Obama presidency may have set race issues back fifty years in this country. He was the first African American to hold high office, and was clearly in over his head from the very beginning. To see that happen has, for some, reinforced the racial stereotypes that African-Americans are inferior. It is unfortunate because there are many qualified African-Americans. Obama just was not one of them. He seems a good and decent man who was used and abused by the Democratic party for their personal gain, and his loss.
Republicans are hypcrites.
And I will tell you why.
They call President Obama a Socialist, just like they called JFK and Bobby Comunists simply because they want all Americans to have access to the American Dream.
But here you are supporting an American fellow by the name of Mitt W. Romney that has invested his own money in manufacturing plants in a country that is Communist and called CHINA.
These investments made by your Saint Mitt W. Romney have cause for millions of Americans to lose their jobs to China.
And yet when Mitt W. Romney looks you in the eyes and tells you that he will create 12 millions jobs here in America, while he still owns those very busy manufacturing plants in Communist CHINA that are making him money while he shakes your hand.
How can you believe anything this used car salesman tells you.
I think every article should be color-coded. One color designated (and verifiable) for sentences that are fact and one color designated for sentences that are OPINION. I'm tired of the press/media deciding what Americans think. Present facts and leave the rest to us!
Romney - "It was really funny. The dog loved to
ride on the top of the car in the wintertime. He proved
it by cr@ping all over the car. We cleaned it up,
so he could do it again."
Unlike Obama at least he did not eat a dog.
The inconvient truth is that those who elected Obama were in large part white voters. Did they suddenly become racist if they don't vote for him this time around? In a word NO. I think what you are seeing, and will see next week, has far less to do with race, and far more to do with competency, humility, and leadership. Mr. Obama has shown little ability to lead ALL Americans in a time of crisis. I think in the role of President he is in over his head. I would say that this has nothing to do with race whatsoever.
Almost every black person I talk to is voting for Obama. Most know nothing of his policies. But they know he is black.
I get it. It is the first time we have had black president. Some may feel it is a way to get back at system. What they do not get is that Obama does not really know the black amaerican experience. His father was far removed and from Kenya, his mother is white and from a welll to do background, and his stepfather was from Malaysia. Obama does and never did hang around with normal black folks. He doe s however hang out with Black Elites like Beyonce and JZ.
The largest group for unemployment in the United States under Obama are blacks . Not to worry though. That wont change if he is reelected.
Cnn betting all cards on Obama.
"America has a strong economy and a surplus.... Now is the time to reform the tax code and share some of the surplus with the people who pay the bills."
–George W. Bush, nomination acceptance speech, 3 August 2000
After the election of 2000, Bush and a Republican-led Congress reduced income taxes, with the majority of the tax cuts going to America's wealthiest individuals. With the introduction of Bush's tax cuts, the budget surplus immediately disappeared and deficits resumed. By the end of Bush's eight-year term, the national debt stood at $10 trillion - double its level when Bush assumed office.
Phew- glad I don't have to vote for Bush again. I suppose Obama is the same guy as Jimmy Carter since they're both Dems right? Better steer clear of him....
And Obama fixed this by achieving the same level of over-spending in just 4 years. Hello?! We elected Obama to change course not accelerate it. Debt and Deficit – WAY up. Unemployment – up. Number of military engagements? up. Patriot Act – expanded. Gitmo? still open. Partisanship – worse than ever. And New York is looking more and more like New Orleans.
Yeah – my hope is gone. Still waiting for change. Switching parties – AGAIN.
Does anyone remember the hit on the economy that the US took after 9/11/2001? That had more than a little to do with the surplus issue. After the tax cuts went into effect the deficit and unemployment declined until Jan 2007 when the Democrats took over Congress under Reid and Pelosi. That year the deficits started back up and the unemployment rate , 4.6%, at the time started to rise by the end of 2007.
CNN playing the race card for Obama. Does research show this will get this less than mediocre president re-elected...white guilt? Enough. Let's talk about other histories like persecution of Mormons in Missouri.
This may be the most racist article I have ever read and certainly the most racist since the 1960's. CNN has lost all integrity and objectivity. Sad.
LOL Funny whenever you point out racism the racist always says no you are racist for pointing out my racist ways. I am a white male and I hear racism daily, it's funny how other whites think I will agree with their racist rants because we share the same skin pigmentation. Racism is alive and thriving in America. I know this first hand!!! I see it first hand, DAILY
I've tried stating that all day, but my 'white' brothers and sisters just refuse to admit it.
I'm white as well and i know for a fact that most whites that I interact with are racist. Ask me how many times in a day I hear the "N" bomb dropped on the shop floor, on lunch break, out in the parking lot, etc.
Racism is a two-way street. And until people like Jackson and Sharpton are called for their own racism, it will persist. Because as Voltaire said: "If you want to know who rules over you, find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
We live in a world where all you have to do is yell "racism" and most white people cower.
I can't believe this article. It appears to be that CNN is implying a vote against the President is always 'race-based' by comparing it to Reconstruction. What a joke and another example of 'reverse discrimination.' Are we supposed to vote for the President simply because we have 'white-guilt.' Why can't the left and the media just realize that truly very little of the country supports a Centralized solution to all problems. End of story. Pathetic.
What the article in fact implies is that there are racist individuals that despise the President because he's black and no matter what good he does for this country, they will vote for Romney.
So, here is thee Romney voting base: 40% Racist – 60% uninformed.
"When somebody doesn't do the job you gotta let them go." Clint Eastwood summed it up. The same thing happened in 1980 when Jimmy Carter was president. Our current president is a failure in just about every measurable category, and even some that aren't measurable. It's time for him to go. I can't understand why so many people are standing behind him. I want my change back.
WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP! Obama would have never been elected were it not for a significant number of white Americans voting for him, many of which were from the south.
People will not re-elect him because he has failed to turn around the economy. Race doesn't matter.
Excellent article! Problem is that most people are incapable of separating politics from policy. Just like most people aren't able to put their emotions aside to consider logic. You don't have to look at race to understand the sociological affect of people preferring those who look like them. This is not new. The sad part is when we choose the emotional preference over the logical choice. Decide based on real facts, not conjecture. But when a society doesn't respect education, how can it make a truly informed decision?
CONSIDER WHAT WE SAY OVER.....AND OVER.........AND OVER.................ITS HIS POLICIES .....ITS HIS POLICIES .....ITS HIS POLICIES .....THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH......THE ONLY RACIST REMARKS I HEAR COME FROM YOU AND YOUR LEFT WING MEDIAS.......A BLACK CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENT WOULD BE JUST FINE.....
This is pure drivel, and CNN should be ashamed at posting this to their website. Unbelievable.
Yet another example of the liberal elite's inability to grasp the fact that a whole bunch of people think Obama has done a bad job. The hard numbers regarding the economy and jobs are difficult to argue so the media and the campaign have pretty much given up trying- resorting to tactics like big bird, binders, a war against women, and now racism.
Obama was elected by this same country in a virtual landslide. Last time I checked, his skin color hasn't changed in the last 4 years, only his hair given the increasingly depressing results we have seen.
Calling those who want to see Obama defeated "racist" is the liberal McCarthyism. It's easier to paint his opponents with a simplistic, broad brush than examine his record. Just wait and see the scapegoating from the liberal media pundits, MSNBCers, and Bill Maher lovers should Obama lose.
In this election, voter turnout by African Americans and youths is expected to be lower due to disenfranchisement. By November 7th when Mitt wins, this decrease will be called voter suppression and the race game will begin in full force.
great – now I have 2 reasons to vote for Obama:
1. because I want to
2. to Spit in yourD amn FoolFaces!!!
AND WHEN YOU WAKE UP ONE MORNING IF HE DOES WIN AND YOU WILL THINK YOUR IN GREECE. sO INSTEAD OF A JOB YOU CAN GO OUT SIDE AND BURN THINGS BECAUSE YOU DID NOT GET YOU GOV CHECK OR BENNYS
no – that's YOU in a Romney/Ryan win
besides, you already love takin' it the Greek way
When will we, as a country, be able to separate the character of the person and what they stand for from the skin color? The author of this piece is tying the decision to not support Obama to the fact that he is black. Racism is the belief that one race is superior to another. If I do not believe in the things President Obama stands for and am labeled a racist for that thought, we have once again misused the term racism. Shame on you CNN for running such a misguided piece and reporting it as news. You cheapen the accomplishments of black Americans with stories like this.
Funny on a true story about the past what we can learn from it denied by the right with so much venom. To deny the bigotry in the GOP and against Obama is to deny the sky the blue and the world spins 'round. It just is. Now that doesn't mean there isn't legit reasons to gripe about the President, but having legit reasons doesn't mean a fair amount of votes against Obama is simply because he's got dark skin tone.
CNN is absolutely unbelievable, and have absolutely no journalistic integrity left. Four Americans are killed and denied aid from the white house, the unemployment rate is up, emails are surfacing about the white house pressuring the department of energy to give taxpayer dollars to green energy companies that went bankrupt, and you are focusing on race. Anything but Benghazi and the economy, right? First all you do is focus on a couple of dumb remarks by Republicans (while ignoring hose of Joe Biden, I might add), then you run a lead story hoping to guilt a few people into voting for Obama because he is black.
Is it racist to hold a man accountable for his lack of fulfilling promises, for his inability to handle the economy, for his failure to cut spending? Black, white, or yellow, all presidents should be held to the same standard, and it would be racist to say we should give Obama another chance because he is Black, because we'd in effect be saying that black people aren't capable of doing what a white person can in the same amount of time.
If Obama were white, he'd be down by 15 points right now. You want to talk about racist, look in the democratic party and in your newsroom. And get this garbage off of your front page and see if you can have some journalistic integrity leading up the election.
None of this would be on their site if it wasn't for people lik you, who chose to ignore the attacks, and the racism, and so on. We all know what you are, and what this country has hidden in the dirty cracks. You often come out when Obama is mentioned, and it is for the most part pathetic, and sad. Your little, your pointless, and you nolonger have the power to do anymore harm to this country. Stick your ugly head out in the wrong place with that crap... I dear yah.
John, You might not like what this well-researched and multi-sourced article has to say, but it is extremely pertinent. It is after all, an opinion blog. CNN is a good organization because it offers diverse views, which you may not be accustomed to if you listen or watch Fox or the other truly slanted outlets. And would you please do us all a favor and stop yapping about your hysterical obsession with Benghazi?
read this: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-libya-cia-20121102,0,2438659.story
CNN, the real news is.... The trend of high-salary job losses offset by low-salary job gains is increasingly evident among the youngest participants of the American economy – recent college graduates. Figures analyzed by Northeastern University’s Center for Labour Market studies stated that, in 2011, approximately 53.6% of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 were either jobless or working in positions that didn’t require a college education, representing the highest percentage in at least 11 years.
AND DON`T FOR GET DC AND NJ DID NOT REPORT THERE JOB NUMBERS
Young people voted for Obama in droves in 2008. Now they have living in their parents' basement, instead of decorating their first home, to show for it.
Every Banana Republic there has ever been has the low taxes for the rich, budget scheme. And that's why they are Banana Republics.
And it helps so much when he attended Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years and just the other day had a reverend stating all white people should go to hell. But that doesn't really count does it?
80+% of black people will vote for Obama simply because of his skin color, but they are not racist.
And so all whites who are voting for Romney are not doing so because he's white? Or because they hate blacks? or Just because they don't want to see black people have something to be proud of, or think the world is going to go to the black man if Obama wins again?
In 2008, 43% of white Americans voted for the black guy, and 55% voted for the white guy.
96% of black Americans voted for the black guy, and 4% of black Americans voted for the white guy.
A recent poll said 94% of black Americans support the black guy in this race, and 0% of black Americans support the white guy.
Conclusion: White people are racist.
Mitt Romney Belonged to a Country club that had a no black law for seven years, and is still supporting the guy who said rape is Gods will. Need I go on, spew all the hate you want, it won't get you anywhere you wacked out nut job.
Are you seriously going to trot out that old wheeze? Pretty desperate. It's official; you obviously see the direction things are headed for this election and you're literally melting down.
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!
CNN, the real news is.....The trend of high-salary job losses offset by low-salary job gains is increasingly evident among the youngest participants of the American economy – recent college graduates. Figures analyzed by Northeastern University’s Center for Labour Market studies stated that, in 2011, approximately 53.6% of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 were either jobless or working in positions that didn’t require a college education, representing the highest percentage in at least 11 years.
Yes there some truth in there, but it's more about jobs being shpped overseas which Obama is trying to stop, and Mitt has done successfuly.
During 9/11 Boy George was reading "The Pet Goat" to children, while Dead-Man-Walking Cheney was at the scene of the crime (in the White House bunker) conducting scheduled, simulated war-games to fool NORAD and the FAA into standing down. Isn't it time we put these neocons on trial for treason and mass murder?
DO YOU ACTUAL BELIEVE WHAT IS COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.
Please Fred, take your meds as directed by your doctor.
Good news. You aren't paranoid. They really are coming after you!
I watch Fox New . Those anchors are off the chain conservative. There isn't any fair and balance news on that station. The only real news I see on those stations is Shepard Smith. The other anchors are probably doing what the owners want to project. I see John Sununu who is to me the Archie Bunker for the repubican party. Mitt Romney got him to connect to those people. The man never completed the term in office and so goes for Sarah Palin. She got some damn nerve herself. She can't talk either. Never finished her term as governor of Alaska. At least I can turn to CNN and see different programs than Fox News when they are driving the same ol same down your throat even in the wee hours of the morning. People I'm not saying that President Obama is perfect but I noticed since he got in office there have been all of a sudden racial tension and it is definitely been projected through the republican party. There was no such thing called a Tea Party until President Obama was elected. Not two years afterward, immediate showing. News flash, there are 2400 millionaires in this country that are receiving unemployment benefits. Why are they receiving these benefits?
How in the HELL can you claim that republicans are responsible for, or supportive of, millionaires receiving unemployment benefits??
Because they work for them... Didn't you get the memo?
That's right if you don't like the TEA party blame Obama.
The TEA party wouldn't exist without his left wing agenda.
If Greoge Bush drove us "right" into the ditch.
Obama drove us "left" into ditch.
Why can't we get this country back in the middle of the road?
If Obama pushed us further, then why are there more jobs, and why did the jobless rate drop from 9 to 7.8, and why are there so many company's doing better, and why are there so many with healthcare, and why are there so many companies who use to screw people over with credit cards paying up, and screwing students over with high rates pulling back, and so on, and so on. You can berate the Big President all you want and hate all you want. Your cluless, don't know what your talking about listen to Fox news too much. Think that Obama is against you because your white, adn think your life will get better with Romney because he's white all you want, but know this. OBAMA WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER BRO!!!
CNN has brought great shame to its news program with this Propaganda piece for Vallerie Jarrett (senior staff at White House)
Touchy touchy. I think we hit a nerve.
Chicken-hawk Romney got 4
Draft Deferments so that he
could go to France, and not
serve in 'Nam.
The day after Obama’s inauguration in 2009 Mitch McConnell said that the number one priority of the Republican Party was to make Obama a one-term President. McConnell was letting us know that the Republicans in Congress would do everything they could to sabotage the economy (and keep unemployment high) in order to get Obama out of office. Obviously, these Tea Partiers are very un-American.
There's a good reason for that that has nothing to do with race. Anyone with half a brain could look at Obama's policies and see they would fail. And if you couldn't see it in 2008, you can certainly see it today. It's not racist to want America to succeed, and to vote out people who stand in the way.
The reason for McConnell's statement is seen today in the state of our country. Our economy is worse now than it was then (higher unemployment/under employment, 15 million more on welfare, lower paying jobs, higher government spending, crony handouts to friends of Obama, failing education, etc.). We are a laughingstock internationally (UN, Libya, Benghazi, etc.).
Only a racist thinks that it is racist to not want Obama to have a second term. Our disagreements are on policy. I want a future for my children, and Obama has miserably failed. Romney might not do better, but he surely can't do worse.
Only a racist would find a way to see racism in fairandbalancedfredo's comments when infact there was none, your the only one talking about his skin. By the way fairandbalancedfredo has a very good point and happens to be right. You on the other hand are speaking from yoru (*^)(^&
Mr. Blake, this is a poor excuse for journalism, let alone reason. The last, dying, shrill gasp of your "victim" mentality. If things aren't going your way, you cry foul, you cry racism, you play anything to say "Poor us, poor President Obama, it's not his fault, it's the dirty racists." Anything to divert attention from the real issues. Because that's all you have. Anyone, anywhere who doesn't vote for Obama MUST be a racist.
How inexcusably pathetic.
Racism does exist, and I have no doubt that there are Americans who oppose President Obama because of his race. I am also convinced that there are people, like you, who are EQUALLY racist, and choose to overlook his many errors BECAUSE of his race, Or did you nor know that is also racism? Indeed, racism is alive and well.
I can only assume from the level of patronizing ignorance you produce that you are woefully out of touch with the South, let alone the rest of the country. This is not about North and South, you raving idiot. This is not about race, MUCH AS YOU WANT IT TO BE. Plain and simply, this is a question of who will be a better leader. The country has this decision before them. For your readers' sake, I hope CNN makes a decision about who could be a better journalist than you.
Don't let another Republican failure destroy our America
like Boy George and his father did the last time around.
If by some miracle Romney wins he will b e the first American president not to be sworn in on a Christian Bible. Instead it will be the Book oof Mormons
You have a legitimate point, which every 'conversative' Christian has seemed to overlook. But when someone brings that point up, the right is quick to say it shouldn't matter because America voted in a Muslim, even though Obama took the oath of office on a Christian Bible.
This article is actually incredibly right-wing, giving flat out racists like Borelli and Flaherty who try to encourage white mobs to murder black people with lies a voice they do not deserve, presenting them as somehow representative of any segment of America other than the rearguard of the KKK. However, the comments on here accusing this of being a CNN/Obama conspiracy pretty much prove the liberals' points that racism is alive and much worse today than before Obama's first term as President. He already is a much a collaborator with the rich and monied conservatives as Revel ever was, but that's not good enough. The racists commenting on here want outright extermination and expulsion campaigns against blacks in America. It's too bad that Obama will never realize there is a war on against his people, only they haven't realized it yet.
Hypocrasy...you can't require people to use an ID to vote because the $15 every 4 years is too expensive, however it is ok to expect millions of middle class families to pay literally thousands of dollars per year to comply with the individual mandate in Obamacare. Hypocritical much?
I don't know where you live, but here in Massachusetts it's $40 every five years, plus time off from work to go to the RMV to have the picture taken. That's not cheap for a lot of people, including me. And I'm white.
Also, the statement by someone quoted in the above article that you need to show a photo ID to buy over the counter medications is simply not true. I'm 52 years old and have NEVER been asked to show my license when buying OTC meds, even those containing pseudoephedrine. How stupid do these bigots think we are????
More propoganda from C N N designed to push their pro Obama narrative
In 2008 Obama won the election because the good people of the USA were thrilled to see the American dream come true -through Obama becoming the President of the United States of America... AND were cheering for him to be a great success!
Obama wasted the opportunity by relentlessly pursuiing his leftist ideology
This article, along with c n n, sadly underestimates the American people
Republicans are carpetbaggers. I think that's the insinuation. But thanks to 80 years of liberal control of education, most Americans don't know what that is.
CNN, shame on you. Shilliing for Obama. The real news is... If the Census Bureau used a more appropriate measure of inflation to compare the median household income in 1999 to today, it would result in an even lower annual income number, implying an even worse decline in real wealth over that time period.
Pat Caddell on the mainstream media. Fitting for this article. "The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth – the leading mainstream media...they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people... these people have no honor..."
Ohio knows who buttered their bread.
It was Obama and his baililng out the US auto industry.
Mittens just ships jobs to China and then doesn't want to talk about it.
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