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?
Ummm.... If I've read things correctly, Obama had a white mother and white grandparents that help raise him....and an Asian stepfather.... Black is but a portion of him....
Or is the 'one drop' rule still in effect?
CNN - just how much longer are you going to run this article? It's plan to see that CNN is extremely RACIST. How many articles per week on racism in some form is on CNN?????
Knock it off. CNN is contributing greatly to the division of America. Congratulations on sinking to such low levels. When did you sell out your journalistic integrity?
I can only speak to what I see not what I hear about or read. I am 40 something and 100% native american. By looking at me people mistake me for white all the time. Many in doing so discriminate against me for being white.(by not asking who I am that in itself is discriminating.) Being looking on as a white person I feel they are blamed and punished even those born now who had nothing to do with the past. I see more discrimination on whites, asians,spanish and others than I have ever seen against any african american. My friends , black friends in canada, england and africa are the most lovely people I know. Here in this country its a bad story .
Yes on New years eve in cleveland, Tn. 2 white men were murdered by blacks and one man and woman (all white's) murdered same night by africans as was an x-relative of mine beaten an stopmed in the head for about 8 min.s till every bone in face an skull was broken while 20 white people stood by an cheered it on. It was started when this 110pound little boy asked this african to please stop beating his white girl friend in the head. He will be for ever damaged. also in knoxville ,tn. a man an a woman white where mutilated for being white. Private parts were cut off tourtured for hours set on fire after being raped for hours both the male an female. I left my town in ga. where i grew up because whites where being slaughtered and i had a child. Did this make a fuss. I dont know anyone white person who has murdered a black yet i know so many blacks who murder whites. That is all I can witness is what I seen and know.
If you are against Obama you are racist? Never mind the fact that he is taking away rights and spent his first 4 years campaigning for reelection instead of doing his job. What is racism? 3 white guys beating up a black guy? But 3 black guys beating up a white isn't racism. People should worry more about right and wrong and not race. I believe a person should have to prove he is a citizen of the United States if he is going to vote for someone that is going to lead the United States. How hard is it to get a picture ID? Kids are getting them every day. People that scream racist are usually more racist then the person they are accusing. I have watched generation after generation of kids growing up with less and less respect for other people. Obama..get off your campaign trail and do your damned job. You are president of The United States not God.
I am a racist. I prefer whites. I don't wish harm on anyone, I don't wish failure on anyone and I don't want to treat others differently than how I wish to be treated. When I see: affirmative action, race quotas, actions for the sake of diversity, the constant stream of minorities committing crime proportionately higher than whites, the downfall of cities where minorities control the government (Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore etc. etc.) it sickens me. This once great country will never be united as long as people want only for themselves and their own. We are not a melting pot where all are blended to become one. We are a mixing bowl where we may be all mixed in together but you will always be able to differentiate one from another. The bleeding hearts in this country do not want equality. They do not want to judge by content of the heart but rather the color of the skin. I'm content to circle the wagons and fight for mine or I am fine with everyone equal and treated the same. I'll let Jessie, Al, NAACP and all that ilk make the call. We can keep talking about race or we can work as countrymen, together.
I think that all people need to be grateful for who and what they are if they are trying to live good-quality lives. If they are trying to live lives that will make life better for themselves and for other people and trying to live in harmony with the environment, then they can be happy for the persons that they are. Each person on the earth is a human being. We are either male or female. Our bodies and our minds work the same way for each human being, each person. I am very grateful and happy that I am a Caucasian (White) female with the heritage and genetic make up that I have. I would never want to be any different than I am racially, spiritually, ethnically, educationally, physically or in any other ways. I thank my God continuously for who and what I am.
Today, they are making much of a shooting in jacksonville PURELY because of the racial mix of the violence. If the racial characters were reversed, WE WOULD NEVER LEARN OF THIS EVENT. PERIOD.
We should all reject this over-sensitivity regarding race. The U.S. (western culture) has cultivated a fetish for all things racism.... we pound the carpet for white on black racism.... we practically "celebrate" when we think we've found a kernel of it. We seek evidence that might support this traditional narative of a "racist nation".
And we write articles like the one above! We have truly lost our minds.
Almost all people who collect welfare and food stamps have state id's or driver's licenses-they have to be able to collect their checks and get their payments!!!. Is it racist that all black people think OJ is inocent and is it racist that 9 of 10 black people voted for Obama- even the second time? The media never covers the story of the white guy who gets jumped in the "hood" as racism, but is always willing to play the race card when the victim of the crime is black.
It was the racist media of those days who got much joy in perpetuating racism, much like they do today. Most people where too busy working hard and trying to make a living to even care what black americans were doing. Newspapers hid what they wanted to hide and ran with anything that would cause trouble and get people fired up. Like today there is very little truth in journalism.
Voter ID laws are common sense. How can ofailure win 108% of a voting precinct?
If you know of a precinct reporting 108% of the vote for any candidate, you should be talking to the FEC because there would be a boatload of broken laws, and someone should be heading to jail.
If you heard a friend say he heard someone on the radio talking about something some caller's cousin heard about from his niece's best friend's mother's hairdresser, you need to encourage your friend to listen to a better class of radio station.
This was in reply to a comment about Muslims that seems to have been removed...?
I believe in voter Photo ID. You need one to fly and leave the country! Whats the issue. We had four years to correct this because of the last election and their was alot of voter fraud just like this one. People who don't want this have a alterior motive. I am glad the pressident got reelected. I want to see how we get out of this mess under his watch. I have my doubts about it but will reserve comment for right now. We need to as a country put color and race aside it is getting old and tiresome. The president is neither black or white, he is a man attempting to get our country back on the right track. NO blame game anymore, pointing fingers at repulicans and democrates. We will only be as strong in this country if we support our ruling body and help our elected officials make the best decisions possible. If our leaders fail its because we let them fail and didn't do anything to support them or change things to correct it. If this means making changes that most don't like , then make the tough choice. if it will ultimately benefit our country and help to protect our sovereinty as a nation.
There is no evidence of wide-spread voter fraud. None. The studies done show it doesn't exist. Voting is the way citizens participate in their government. It is key to citizenship. It is not the same as travel (and, even then, the government does not require you to have an ID to travel in general) or buying medicine.
Come to the State of Washington and you'll find plenty unearthed by the Secretary of State. Thousands of illegal votes were cast as determined by an investigation after the election. After three recounts, the Democratic governor Gregoire finally overtook the Republican and won. Votes literlally showed up out of nowhere. Just because CNN won't report it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Perhaps you've never been to Chicago either. I grew up there. Please don't be so naive.
Simple solution-Issue them for free when you register, then economics doesn't play a role. Can't call it racist, elitist, or anythingist if everyone gets one for free.
This is a great article. So powerful in the comparison of 1860's to now. So much has changed but so much remains the same. This country was divided during the Civil War and now their are many in some states who want to secede again. For what I ask? How can a divisive nation ever rise to the top when we hate each other so much. Sometimes I wonder if America is truly civilized at all. We can't afford to go back to the way things were. Wake UP!!!
Reverse racism is getting popular too unfortunately, I was in a predominantly hispanic high school run by Mexican-Americans where the teacher's pets were hispanic and the whites, blacks, asians were distrusted and always in trouble.
There really needs to be a better term than "reverse racism" the term itself in my opinion is racist. LOL So what if the person is white or not that is hating someone else for the color of their skin, their heritage or their ethnicity. Racism is racism and need not be toyed with like other common terms to "soften" the potency of it heinousness. :) ( sorry just a rant on the term )
I know and understand why so many people hate the President (and its not the economy or taxation)....U dont have to spend a day in college or even high school to understand hatred, I dont need to belong to the same ethnical group or socioeconomic group to be sympathetic....All U need is to spend a day of your life on the loosing side of hate and prejudice. This is a result of irresponsible media coverage and the hate filled people who blindly follow them.. I suppose we should all be the same...But we're not...We have two options...."Love and respect one another as I have loved U," or simply destroy each other.....Then we can grieve over our losses and honor our lost loved which we specifically led to their destruction.....It is our God given choice....
I agree with David H!!! no one could of said it better.
You america is a funny country obamas major problem is not colour but beliefs and policy, it is easy when you lie turn spiritual truths upside down destroy moral foundations of your country use borrowed speeches to coat them it is true you protect rights of morally sick people what those who want to be normal obama will not force muslems to join obamacare but he force it down christians he has stamped his name on american history as the man who started and legalized decadence hope it does not rebound on his children in future
If you are an American, it does not matter where you come from. Or that is how we say we work. Yet the use of hyphenated American descriptors identifies someone as different. And my opinion is that using such descriptions is a sign of racism since we do not use them for everyone.
The more people make it a racial issue, the more it will divide and be a racial issue. Every time someone states it is because they are black, or brown, asian, or white, the more it is will be racial. Every time " a Black President" instead of the " the President" is insinuated racism becomes apparent. It is sad, was he " African America" " Latino" give me a break. This county's news media uses these "terms" to aggravate and stew all sides. Keep it up and divide and conquer the ignorant, so sad!!! Sad we use this all for votes when the common American pays little to attention to the color of one's skin unless it is invoked, for political reaction to the short sided needs of a party whom cares less! Wake up! I am becoming ever disgraced by the country we have become. Split us, divide us, just remember we have to wake up next to one another. Make it an issue, it will be an issue, dismiss it and they just loss their power to invoke the primitive mind/ need I say violence that resides in all of us...
Such an insightful, well-reasoned, and appropriately punctuated analysis must surely cut him to the quick. Bravo, Mr. Jones, for your facility in establishing where intellectual superiority may be found in this exchange.
And people like you REFUSE to acknowledge what evil has been done for hundreds of years RIGHT HERE and act like it never happened. God will have the LAST word.....Can you spell SANDY...............Thats just the beginning. Enjoy the wrath of God
Accusations of racism have been used by the Democratic party and the media to silence anyone who disagrees with President Obama's ideas. Many of us are tired of being insulted and ridiculed because we have different policy philosophies. Disagreeing with someones ideas is not racism. The Democratic Party uses this accusation to silence legitimate arguements and to continue to discourage Black americans from ever considering different political philosphies. The baseless accussations from media/democrats of racism minimizes the real suffering that people face in life and they are preying on peoples emotions and fear for their own self interests.
If media like CNN are going to keep trying to make this an issue I doubt they will want people to read Dreams from My Father. Racisism is certainly alive and well here.
Give me a break!!! sheeeh! You Mr. Patriot need a SERIOUS history lesson about what happened here. It CERTAINLY has NOT been taught in school. God has set forth a transformation that you cant come to terms with.......
Democrats always use racial fear-mongering to win over the uneducated poor. I hardly think racism has much of an influence in this country when a black president is breaking records for the first president to be re-elected with the unemployment rate this terrible.
To say the statement "uneducated poor" is a racist statement is way beyond belief. Believe me I grew up poor and there were way more poor whites than blacks. You are just looking for racism in every statement that a person makes when you go that far! Try working on solving problems that affect all people and make America a better place to live in!
In 1829, Vicente Guerrero -first BLACK Mexican president- encountered the same situation with Texas trying to secede from Mexico. He had to send a decree accepting slavery only for Texans but eventually it did not succeeded.
Reading this articles were like scales falling off my eyes.I have never been able to piece together why there is so much animosity from certain quarters couched in economic and legal language against this president in the white house. I seem to now understand the undercurrents driving these men and women.Mankind is just selfish.Thank you so much Blake and God bless America
I don’t support affirmative action and I have no problem with voter ID laws. I did have a problem with States trying to get rid of early voting and cutting back hours. It was wrong to see so many people in line for long hours. The voting system has to be changed to allow these people to vote and not make them wait in line for long hours. In my area we did not have that problem because everyone in my township is required to build on a minimum of 2 acres. We are not crowded.
Before the election I was in a nursing home and spoke with a woman who had been voting for president for 50 years, but she didn't have a drivers license, because she doesn't drive anymore. For her to go to get to the DMV to get the non voter ID doesn't sound like much to you and me, but for someone who has great difficulty getting around it meant she didn't vote this year.
It is quite insulting for liberals and the media to imply that anyone against Obama is a racist. They should look in the mirror.
If the racist age still existed Obama would not be president
IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL, look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the controversial teachings of arrogance, divisions and hatreds which have badly infected our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; reunite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish Your purposes on earth; that, in Your good time, all nations and races may jointly serve You in justice, peace and harmony. (Amen)
So after President Obama's term is done are we going to elect our first Asian,Latino,or Indian American President? Our country has a racist history but as we all can see we Americans have come a long way. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
So, some of us voted as we damn well pleased and our candidate won, welcome to the U.S.A. or, you can get your passport, pack up and get out, that's the way a democracy works, boohoo.
It is too bad that racism exists at all, but that is the stuff of politics, unfortunately. Obama, if nothing else, has made two great steps forward in America at a time when most all Americans are confused and conflicted. Obama is no saint. But he represents another "giant leap for mankind."
If corporations didn't charge so much for everything, people might not have to be on food stamps. Corporate America is killing us
Why doesn't CNN talk about the REAL racial divide that exists between Latinos, Blacks, and Asians? If over 80% of black Americans voted for one candidate simply because of race, is this not the same discrimination that whites have been long accused of committing?
I am really tired of the opposing side saying that all minorities voted for Obama simply because he is black. What was the alternative? To vote for a group of people that make insulting statements that allude to our race? To vote for a group that has always made it clear that they really do not like Black people, so-so care for Latinos, and are taking their country back. Taking it back from what? The subliminal or code word racism is quite obvious among some conservative groups, but you can't see it that way because its' not your race, its not your ethic history. The article you are replying in response to tells you that 51% of Americans have prejudice towards black people. So, you know what SLS – when you can vote for a political party and the people they represent that treats and talks about you that way – then just kill yourself, because you might as well be dead anyway.
It is offensive that it is assumed that if one is not white, he or she chose Obama based on his skin color. I support our president because he has moral grounding, his policies and plans align more closely to my own. I feel he best represents the welfare of ALL Americans, white included. I was staunching opposed to Mitt, a man who earn 50 million dollars this year from abortion, and then ran on a pro-life platform. This man called the Salvadoran oligarchy family his friends and insisted they were not criminals....come on I wasn't born yesterday, they ordered the death squads in El Salvador in the 80s! These "friends" of Mitt murdered elementary school children, elderly women, nuns, priests!!! I voted against Romney because his business past demonstrated he purchased American companies, took huge loans against them, filed for bankruptcy, collected the bailout money, fired the employees and kept the money. This is obviously NOT good for our country! I didn't choose Obama because he is black and I didn't vote against Mitt because he was white, their morals, character, and past behavior dictates to the intelligent American voter who values our nation and her people!
So let me get this straight you are complaining that conservatives are generally racist...over generalizing an entire political demographic based on a few party pariahs? Do you not see the irony of discrimination in that statement? Or does it only apply when it's your ethnicity or race? Not to other factors...
Ann – You're still missing it. No one is discriminating against conservatives or saying that they are all racists. However, you acknowledge that there is an element of racism in your party. Yet, where are the Republican leaders who are out there vocally expressing their opposition to such beliefs or statements. If leading Republicans are so inclusive and non-prejudicial than why are they allowing these offensive posters of Obama and other statements to be held at their rallies by their supporters. I am for certain that they have the tightest security at the Presidential level and enough ground operation members to remove guests that visibly emulate these ideals. Why are the non – racist Republicans so complacent in allowing this to take place and why should I vote for them if they don't even have the courage to stand up to the fringe element of your party. It's because Republicans will tell you on anyone of these cable news networks – the groups they target for voters are white. When they lost the election this time, they were all saying the outreach to Latino groups would increase, but they never mentioned Black people....so please enlighten me as to what and who I should support voting for in 2016.
"ACCUSED" of commiting??? Oh dear, what a pitiful, weak crybaby you are, BOOHOO.
I think you have it quite backwards! In this election, Blacks did NOT vote for Obama because he is black, like you are trying to claim! If THAT were actually TRUE, then WHY did Herman Cain FAIL so miserably, hmm??? You see, people of ALL colors and ALL ethnic backgrounds voted for Obama! Obama's voter demographic was well distributed across ALL ethnic groups! This clearly would NOT BE the case if Obama were a "racist" as YOU are trying to say!
NOW, let us look at the demographics of Romney voters. Nearly 98% of Romney voters were WHITE Protestants with almost NO OTHER ethnicity represented! HMMM??? This is the clear indication of a candidate who DOES NOT represent ALL races nor ALL ethnicities! In FACT, Romney ONLY represents White Protestants and NO ONE ELSE!!!! Can you NOT see how BLATANTLY RACIST the GOP has become???? Is the reality of GOP racism starting to sink in yet?... DUH!
For someone to say that 98% of votes cast for Romney was white people is way off. At least 27% of hispanics voted for him also. Way to low of course but having 98% of African Americans is a serious issue also. How can hardly any African American voter not be for more jobs, less government and lower taxes? What did Romney do that was so bad. He made money the hard way he worked for it. At least he worked for a living. Obama led a coalition in Chicago and was a Senator for two years. Please tell me that he is the more experienced person for re-starting the economy!
Just a real truth here; even with 80% blacks voting and all the other ethnic groups, white still are the majority and many of them voted for President Obama, so NO there is no reverse discrimination... you can't dis-count the white voters!!!!
Thank you for that review of some of the fantasy-based Republican talking points. None of this is true, of course, and most Republican leaders know this – they ginned up this nonsense to get low-information easily-swayed voters to vote for them. The extent to which it is constantly repeated by those voters is a mark of the effectiveness of propoganda. I can accept that some people disagree with the President's approach, but this demonizing of him is just plain baseless nonsense.
Have you even read any of Obama's books? Maybe you should...seems like you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to his philosophy on anti- colonialism and other aspects of how to lead a country.
CNN/fox news. NO ONE knows who voted, for who. you are NOT required to give details of your race. African Americans are 13% Latino 8 % America got the third biggest population in the world 314,731,000. Whites are 72.4% African American 13 %, latino 8% Latino are NOT a racial group either. Latinos can be white black native mix race etc. so how can 22% make Obama win? White people vote for Obama 43% without the White vote Obama WOULD NOT WIN!!! CNN ARE VILE racist like fox news. Obama is white 50% and black 50%. I getting sick of CNN, I am mix race and race isn't a issue with me.
I agree with you. I must say that I am truly saddened to see this dive into racism. Throughout the campaign, I was fearful that this would be the result because of the type of hate the Republican party and Mitt Romney was encouraging - both blatantly and subtly. Mr. Romney showed he put himself above country, as he showed no leadership in forcing his campaign surrogates to tone down their hateful messages, which encouraged this racist storyline. In his zest to win at all costs, he also stood silent while his party took affirmative steps to take us backward in time to a dark period in America, where minorities seeking to vote were challenged and suppressed. Indeed, Mr Romney and his party sought to delegitimize our President by their ridiculous ( and long disproven) challenges to his birth, his religion, and even (sadly), his mental capacity (calling him 'retarded"). As John McCain said when he honorably refused to participate in that type of vitriole in 2008, When you light that fuse, you never know where it will end up. After creating so much division, Romney did not even have the leadership and class to give a concession speech that called for unity and that sent the message to his zealous supporters that he will stand behind our President . He could bring himself to say only that, "We should pray for him". Mr. Romney, who sought to lead this nation, has proven himself to be a selfish person who does not have the best interest of this Country at heard. If he did, he would see beyond his desire to be president and beyond the disappointment of his defeat. History will not treat Mitt Romney kindly - particularly if the fuse he lit explodes.
Venetia – please provide specific examples where Romney campaign workers, or Republican party officials specifically said or did something that was racist. I was watching this campaign every day for the past two years. Not once did I see anything from surrogates, party leaders, or the candidates themselves say anything you'e accusing them of. Goes to show what Richard Nixon said is true about an opponent of his for the Senate when he was there – "it doesn't matter whether or not he was actually a Communist, it only mattered that people believed he was a Communist." Move forward today – "It doesn't matter if Republicans are actually evil, and racist, it only matters if people believe they are evil and racist."
Eric, tell me you did not see and hear John Sununu's racist remark that Colin Powell endorsed Obama because of race. Tell me you didn't hear Sarah Palin accuse Obama of 'shuck and jive', a racial terminology well known in the Southern states that reflect badly on black people. Well if you missed these, just google them. They are small examples of the racism that came of the republican party this electoral season.
Yes because Romney has the power to control what radicals in his party say- he called for them to step down if I recall. Interesting how Holder refused to prosecute the black panther party members who engaged in voter intimidation in philly in 2008 though. Hypocrite.
Actually there is a video of Mitt Romney posing next to African American school children and saying "who let the dogs out?" like all African American kids listen to some kind of hip hop music. That in itself was racist.
And yet .. if Obama had said that it would not be racist. If you are Mitt Romney then, if you open your mouth you are a racist. After following this conversation, I feel there is no hope for race relations in America.
The more comments I see from Racists African Americans the more I see their that their hatred of white people has corrupted their chance for reaching their goals of being better people and achieving something worthwhile in life. It is time to start thinking positive and do you best to create the best life you can live instead of hating for past deeds of racist white men. Achieve something good in your life and let the bad go!
People get WAY too offended when they read or hear racism still exists. If you know you're not racist, you shouldn't be so offended. I know WAYYY too many racist people and racism will exist for all eternity. White privilege will also continue to exist for a long time. It's not necessarily everyone's fault nor does it mean everyone is racist, it's just the product of social capital and economic capital which is in the hands of some and handed down to their children and not in the hands of others. It's common sense.
It is true when anytime race comes up in a conversation and it deals with Black People the first thing that is said that the person who said the statement is a raciest it they are not black. These people that are News reporter and Politicians are the main ones who are guilty of this. But when will we take responsibility for our own actions. As a black man in the United States, I am more afraid of another black man taking my life for something as stupid as bumping into them. How many of you that are from a black community and someone from another community walk the streets of your community in the middle of the night, what do you think the outcome will be? Can anyone honestly answer that question? If you don’t believe what I say you can look at Chicago to answer that question. No one is trying to fix the problem but instead many are worsening the problem by the words that they say. At one time the Black community was a proud and tight netted community who took care of everyone, but now it is everyone for them.
There are a large number of individuals that I would categorize as simply ignorant. This includes both racist black and white people. I am not one to quickly call someone racist as for many their foolish comments and stereotypes are based on their lack of knowledge or experience with a particular race or ethnic group. Knowing three black people who are all on welfare does not mean all black people are trifling and don't want to work. I am college educated, with multiple degrees and certifications and I only surround myself with the life, regardless of race. Some of you might want to spend just a little time educating yourselves as opposed to making racist generalizations about others and assuming everything that anyone says about blacks or whites is simply racist. And to add my two cents to the political debate on race, please let's not discount the growing number of African Americans who are actually REPUBLICANS. So, again not every black person voted for Obama. Educate yourselves.
The notion that racism is just as strong towards whites is ludacris. Its just something racists whites say in order for them to feel justified. The truth is people of ALL colors and creeds now have a voice, and that scares the white racists because they hate anything thats pro people and not pro white. Now im not saying all whites, just those who feel threatend by complete equality.
Actually America was built on the backs of slaves... I guess you skipped that chapter in your history book.
How can Professor Schweikart maintain that the Obama made his whole administration around race? He cites no instance of this happening and ends up leaving us with a blatant assertion. Has Obama done this by not showing up to or endorsing the national black caucus events? Or has he done so by being basically silent about the black unemployment rate that is double the national average? Could his administration be so racially motivated enough to barely utter a word about racial profiling in light of police (Stop and Frisk) and private citizens murdering black kids (save for one comment on Trayvon and another on Skip Gates)? Or is it highlighted by declining the NAACP's invitation during his election campaign? Please tell us, Mr. Schweikart. Inquiring minds would like to know.
I love these comments about white racists. Now of course there are white racists, but racists come in all colors. Its kind of funny how Obama gets well over 90% of the black vote and there is no racism involved there.
its also funny how romney received a majority of the white vote and mormon vote.
Yes may have recieved the slim majority of the white vote, but no where near 90%.
With minorities being called "lazy" "47%" and "shuck and jive" what person of color in their right mind would vote the Republican ticket.
Also, blacks have voted Democrat since Nixon tried to sway southern whites after they were mad about blacks receiving equal rights in the 1960s with his 'Southern Strategy'.
Feel free to look these facts up.
That's not racist – the Democratic nominee usually gets around 90% of the black vote. He may have picked up a few votes from racial voters and lost a few votes from racial voters; those groups cancelled each other out.
It is almost ALWAYS the RACIST that makes the most noise about supposed racism! Obama may well have received the vast majority of the black vote, but Obama ALSO received Many more votes from Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Middle easterners, etc! You see, Obama represents ALL AMERICANS! If blacks only vote for blacks then why did Herman Cain FAIL so miserably, huh? Now explain to us exactly WHY Romney received ONLY white votes and no OTHER ethnic groups supported him in any way!???, hmm??? Think hard now.... hmm.. yes, it is the GOP that is racist! DING, DING DING! You win the prize... Think about it! – WHY WOULD a black voter vote Republican when they have ignored black Americans, insulted black Americans and BLAMED black Americans for nearly every problem we face! The GOP has NEVER lifted a finger to EVEN TRY to represent ANY minorities whatsoever!...
Its because elite white men had been in power so long it was unbearable to see a minorty get in the oval office. Elite white rule is detrimental to a racially diverse country. Just look at what has occurred and how Obama has been treated.
They also forget that sThey also forget that some of those elite white men robbed, killed, beat and raped to get what they wanted.ome of those elite white men robbed, killed, beat and raped to get what they wanted.
They also forget that some of those elite white men robbed, killed, beat and raped to get what they wanted.
Don't forget, it was "white elite" men who formed the Republican party..You all remember Abraham Lincoln, the "white elitist" who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves. Most educated white people are not racists and this is not Reconstruction America. It was educated/smart white Protestants and educated/smart business men who side by side with free educated/smart African Americans ( who were defintely a minority as there more many more black slaves than free black men) fought for the abolition of slavery. This party they formed was called the Republican Party and it emerged in response to the Kansas Nebraska Act which threatened to extend slavery into the territories. Before I get flamed, let me clarify that you do not have to be educated to be smart...there are plenty of educated idiots. Moreover, we shouldn't forget that slavery was not confined to the black people, there were indentured servents and most of them were White. Slavery and racism is evil no matter which race or people.
Some great white "souls" made America a land of immigrants. America does not belong to americans, rather it is a land of immigrants and some elite white sould like Lincoln,Jefferson etc made this country great. The idea of America is to have all races on it's land thus build a great country i.e America.
Lets go with the vision of those great people and build this country. And yes every where we see differences and petty people. Better ignore the petty people and move forward with this great country!!!!
Jen your last line said it ALL...
People choose to forget that Obama is white and black. To describe the man as black is wrong. He is mixed but somehow we only see the black. funny but sad.
Its neither funny or sad. The fact is people who are racist against blacks dont care if that person is half white or not. He isn't white, and that's what matters to them.
When he was born many states still had laws on the books that defined the one drop rule. It was white people who made the laws that defined him as black, it is white people who primarily still consider that black half of him to be somehow lesser or tainted. So no, white people do not get to be angry at him when he defines himself as black, he decides how he is defined, not you.
Amen to that sister
You should know by now that your genealogy is not what defines you as black. Most African-Americans have a large percentage of white in them. It doesn't mean they'll have a large percentage of white privilege unfortunately.
There is just as much prejudice against a Mormon as there is against a Black. The race card is dead and bringing it up is as meaningless as bringing up religion. Didn't we get past that with JFK and his Catholic Church Membership. All this racism is meaningless and childish. Racism lives on the lips of racists.
whether Obama or mitt, the trend that whites have towards blacks is now defeated by the truth, racism is not the true power one can poses. look at the previous 4 years in office by Obama, he as been a president for all people not only in america but across the globe, he has handled the previous term not in favor of the blacks in the US or in Africa, but he has done is best, moreover the economies of most countries is failing to rise but i tell he has done is best more than what discrimination, prejudice nor racism can do. those who still in favor of racism, i would like you to watch the move ROCKY IV by Stallone, he said to the Russians, if i can change and you can change then we can change. and this is the change Obama has brought. the same change has been made by our Zambian President Micheal C Sata by appointing the first white vice President Dr Guy Scott.
What a crock.
A mormon can go to a job interview and noone would have any idea unless he brought it up. A mormon does not get profiled an handcuffed if a crime is committed in his neighborhood.
Mormons are not victims, they do not wear their religion in their skin for everyone to see and judge.
Scott you have no idea what you are talking about...Racism is dead? What...Oh and yes I recall the slavery of the Mormons and they 50s and 60s civil rights movements....
Yay Santa Clause beat mitt by giving away money we don't have
it's time to pull out the "racist" card. anything goes to keep Obama in his chair..lol
America has come a long away and I still think it is one of the best country for minorities. Well come to Canada where it is so subtle that minorities have accepted some of the behaviors being project as "normal". Europe has always been bad but even worse now due to their lagging economy. I've lived lived in the US and would not mind to move back in a heart bit!!!
If America was that bad we would not have an African American president with a Muslim name. Time to move on people.
Come in to the light. It is that bad. Guess you can overlook the nooses with Pres. Obama's likeness.
I agree about what Republicans are, or are supposed to be, in favor of. I just wish the leaders of the party paid more than lip service to those goals.
I can't speak for Ricardo. I can say that I voted for Obama four years ago because I felt he had much better ideas than did Senator McCain. If it had been the McCain of thirty years ago, or even the one I voted for in the 2000 Primary, the choice might have been harder. As it was, it was selection between someone wanting to improve a lot of elements in the country and someone who had nothing to offer beyond continuing the policies of the previous eight years.
This year? I've been astonished to watch as the long primary process produced a Republican candidate who made the McCain of 2008 look nuanced and statesmanlike. Actually, Romney makes Palin look nuanced, if not statesmanlike.
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Since 2008 the closet racists have been kicking the door down. People are taking their phony masks off and really showing who they are. In a non-confrontational way, I actually appreciate seeing people reveal their true characters. The other thing is, I'm so sick and tired of the comments saying "Look, obviously this country isn't racist anymore. We have a black president." It's a subtle way of telling black people to stop complaining about actual injustices. There's this unwritten rule that unless the N word or other slur is used, we're being overly sensitive. So I welcome the open hate. Show the world the nastiness you poorly tried to hide. All of the hatred involved in this election is disturbing and I don't want these racists to be satisfied with a new unworthy President. These racists will vote for a white frog before they vote for Obama. The second reason is there is no better choice than him at this time and Romney is not it. Obama has been the most hated, disrespected president in all time. I mean what has this man done to you people to deserve that kind of disrespect? It doesn't make any sense for so many people to be on his side, cheering for him to be so hated by a smaller fraction. We all know what you people really are. Really, where was all this hate before he took office? Oh yeah, you stayed silent because you thought he would never get elected anyway. Well I guess you Obama haters got fisted in the rear 4 years ago and trying to prevent round two, HaHa. Seriously, if it pains you that much to see this man be President for 4 more years move to another country or just deal with it.
racism is all around us. pple need leaders not politicians.the difference is that politicians need our votes 4 their personal interests while leaders not only make promises but also keep em so take time 2 think about ur vote.it just might change every thing.Besides........u don have 2 b american 2 know this
It's sad that the author is completely clueless when it comes to racism in America. The author's sole focus on the South while ignoring the rest of the country is typical, but does a great disservice to those attempting to understand the subject. All one has to do is Google "Race Riots in the US" and find that the above simplified article is a middle-schoolish attempt to perpetuate the standard anti-south diatribes that we have taught our children from day one.
Why not look at the problem as it really is? It is a national problem and always has been a national problem. The next time you go to Boston, note that there were race riots in the late 20th century. Detroit and Philly had race riots in the early 20th century.
Nope, this is a National issue.
Racism in the South is a lot more fanatical and extreme than in other parts of the States. If you think otherwise then you're as stuck in the past as they are.
Not at all. Having lived in the South, North and Midwest, I can say without question there is no difference. Again, you've been brainwashed by the educational system to believe the North saved Slaves from the terrible South.
Why is race such a topic of conversation? Why should race be mentioned in EVERYTHING!!!! Why should one be proud of their race? What does it matter what race invented this or discovered that? Maybe its the way I was brought up. Race wasn't part of my upbringing. I was taught to be proud of myself not because of the color of my skin but because the person that I am. I was taught to admire people for their contributions to society regardless to ethnicity. I was taught that my race was the HUMAN race; the only race that matters! As for me and my house, we are Americans. My husband and I have different colored skins. Our child is beautifully himself. We will not make him pick a race. we will not promote racial pride in him. We will promote pride in himself as an individual. We see no color. More importantly we do not live in the past!!!! This country started off rough with injustice towards many individuals. That was the past and we are thankful that the past is the past. We were not a part of that past. Neither of us had anything to do with how it played out. We are, however, thankful for the way it turned out. Without the change that took place we would not be able to be together now. I believe that the problem with this country is that we can't leave it at that. NO, we have to relive it over and over again. It is not the whites of today that caused slavery. It is not the blacks of today that were enslaved. In my household we believe that we are not our ancestors. It does not matter were they came from. we can only change ourselves and the present. That part of our HISTORY should stay in our history books. It should be used as a reminder of what once was not what still is, as well as tool to bring us together; NOT TEAR US APART!! And stop with all this reverse racism BS!! Racism knows no color. A black man can be just as racist as any white man or any other color man!!! No race is better than another! We are all the same. WE are all given the opportunities to become what we want to become. Achieve what we want to achieve no matter what the color of your skin. Ones race should not be an excuse for anyone's failures. If we as a country stop talking about race than maybe just maybe we might be able to move on.
Read Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" and you'll see how the legacy of a culture survives many, many generations. This is why we STILL have racism and why whites and blacks with roots to this time still have issues. Africans and Europeans who visit this country are often shaking their heads at our society.
Its not the only one that talks about this but its current work from a well known author. This book should be included in high school curricula to help stem ignorance in our youth before they are unleashed on the world.
Thats odd, because there is quite a lot of racism and prejudice in Europe. In fact, racism in America was a transplant from European ideology.
oh my God how many of your American guys would like to read your opinion and learn then question and answer about racism would have been solved and people will start living humanly good write up from a good mind
There are racists in every country, they are of every race. Your prejudice is obvious, you should be honest about it. Every person dislikes or even hates something or someone.
true,but this doesnt mean we shuld keep on discriminating each other.I should know............I'm black
This story falsely depicts whites as being the only racists. As long as there are people there will be hate of all kinds, regardless of race.
there is a huge difference btw hate and racism.eg,a black man may dislike a fellow black,that's hate, while a black guy may look down on a white guy coz ..........he's white,now that's discrimination/racism.get the picture.but ur right bout 1 thing, racism is all over the planet
America is a racist, conservative and a stupid country. Despite of having the best universities it has found it extremely difficult to get over the race prejudice. the IQ???? They need to stop lecturing the world on democracy and freedom and apply some at home..Bloody Hypocrites.
What a shining example of tolerance and diversity you are. Not.
To say Obama is affected by a racist past is ridiculous. How did he get voted in then?
Just an attempt to get undecided voters over because of guilt.
I think you missed the point of the article. The thesis is that America is feeling the effects of its past racist behavior, and if the article had been written six years ago it would have referred to that legacy in the age of Bush.
Ummm.... a little late to try to persuade undecide voters, don't you think?
Blacks have the collective i.q. of rapist thugs. Blacks rape children in Africa because they think raping babies will cure them of their AIDS. lolz
Go to bed before your parents catch you on the computer!
you need to get educated before posting anything. I ber you have never left the States. Think before you write
"Parallels to country's racist past haunt Obama." Racist PAST??? Aha, aha, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
Since I graduated from high school, I not only know what 'socialism' means but understand it well enough to know Obama's no socialist. I also understand what the WPA did for my ancestors here in the South; they were a replacement for the money we lost when jobs ended, allowing us to get our roads repaired and bridges built while still buying groceries and paying our rent. That money saved thousands of households from collapse, and where is the Works Progress Administration today? Closed as soon as we didn't need it, like most recovery projects. Now, if a freakin' redneck from the Deep South can see that, why can't Romney?
Basically it's ok for white people to vote for George Washington to George W Bush because they were white. That's 43 president select by white people because they were white, but black people voting for President Obama because he is half black not full black only once is an outage to white America. What a joke please tell me why did white people vote for Bush during the 2nd time. I guess it's ok for white people to select a president based on race since they have been doing that for the last 200 years, but not black people. America is the greatest in the World (as long as you're white)
You are just as big of a racist if voted for obama because he is black than if you didn't vote for him because he is black.
Obama and supporters made this whole election about race. The black radio stations here in miami are one of the worst. White people voted for white canidates brcause thats all there was. How many black people never voted untill there was a black canidate?
Obama himself had nothing to do with bringing up the issue of race; nor his administration. He simply showed up and won the presidency, based on merit alone, elected by blacks, whites, Latinos and others. Race was injected by certain white folk who hate Obama for no reason other than he is not a 100% white man (despite the fact that he is half white).
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Kellee, Obama isn't the first black man to run for President in this country. If white people hadn't voted for Obama he would not be the President now, there are numerous whites that support him.
I have never seen so many inferior people post ignorant comments on a story. You'll know the truth, but try to keep it from the masses. Africans are the original people of the planet earth who has created every science known to man. You will no longer be able to hide the truth. There's only one race and all the so called divisions were created to hide the truth. It's no longer smart to be dumb. My wish is that the many millions of people in this country come into the knowledge of themselves and the real history of the world. When the truth is known and told about where all people originate, then kids will be empowered and have a sense of pride in who they are. This will then eliminate the self hatred of black people and end all the black on black violence. What amazes me the most is that your very own scholars will share the same truth that I'm telling you. All this race stuff is a distraction, we must ignore this nonsense and get on with our daily business.
More white-hating racist propaganda from CNN. This sort of hate spew directly leads to innocent whites being attacked and murdered in the streets and the people who put it out know it, it is a desired outcome. As many others have already pointed out it's ONLY whites who are divided when it comes to race and voting, ONLY whites who don't vote for their very real racial interests. Whites are the least likely to vote according to race, virtually every other group votes primarily for their group interests, while the lying, white-hating political left pretends not to notice. But as more and more whites are realizing anti-racism is a racist code-word for anti-white.
CNN is an objective news reporting station. I think you're confusing it with that racist non-objective FOX news station - especially that Hannity guy.
Romney is a mormon. Up until 20 years ago, african americans could not be mormons nor would anyone but white people would be going to heaven – according to the Mormon faith. Then all of a sudden the tax shelter was being threatended because of the racist belief and now anyone can be a mormon. This is the belief system of Mitt Romney.
Anyone that considers race an issue with regards to how they shape their vote is, in my opinion, a complete moron. If you don't agree with Obama's policies, vote against him. If you do, vote with him. Plain and simple. In case you're wondering, I am a white, middle-class American. Let's get our heads out of rear ends and vote like intelligent human beings.
I agree. It’s always why Obama got something like 94% of the black vote in 08.
So are you saying that every white person who voted for President from George Washington to President George W Bush was voting for them because they were black and if a black person were to run they would lose. So basically America will always be filled with evil white people who only vote based on your skins color unless both candidates are white. So for the people who are keeping count white people chose 43 presidents because they were white, black people only chose one president because he was black. That means white people vote based on race and black people don't. Check the number cause I know some people are complete delusional and nothing can change their hate.
Yes, and Clinton got the Black vote too, was that because he's Black? Stop being an idiot.
Yes, let us get our heads out of our rears and while you're at it, try pulling your head out of the sand. I work with people here in North Carolina that openly admit they would NEVER vote for a black president, regardless of policy.
I find it hard to believe that we live in a nation where the man with the most votes does not necessairly win the position. We go into other nations and encourage them to have a system where you vote for the person you want to lead your nation and we don't do it in the USA. I am a firm believer in: The person with the most votes should win. It is time to rid our nation of this long past old method of voting. Electorial College is the wrong system for a fair and honest election.
Wrong – then candidates would only spend time in a couple of states, and the rest of the country's votes wouldn't even matter.
To Long: You posted "No matter how everyone feels, God will allow who HE see fit to run this racist country."
Read James 1:13. According to my protestant bible, "not everything that happens is God's will, although many think that is the case. This verse speaks to that. If one or the other party finds a way to cheat, (does wrong) such as suppresing the vote in Florida and elsewhere and their candidate wins, it is not God's will that he becomes president , it's "man's will." That's why we stay in trouble so much, we don't seek God's will for our lives. End of sermon...........
Good post. But the majority io Christians would disagree with your interpretation.
Sadly, I almost wish Obama wasn't african-american. Nothing against him being black. It's just that if he weren't I feel fairly confident the polls would be running more like 60%-40% in his favor. Our having our first non-white president seems to have breathed new life into old-time racism. And it makes me embarrassed for my countrymen.
I hear you. But if that was the case, odds are he wouldn’t have been elected to begin with. (see voted by race) I live in the south (atm) and I can assure you racism is alive and well. The surprising part is that I see it overwhelmingly more from blacks than I do whites. Now I’m not saying whites are not just as racist.. only that they’ve learned to keep a lid on it were as blacks have not.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds this article insulting and misguided. It's a long-winded way of saying "if Obama's not re-elected it's because he's black." Never mind the fact that Obama lacks basic leadership skills that he may have gained had he been a governor or even a business leader prior to being thrust into the White House. Luckily, Americans aren't falling for it. I believe people are intelligent enough to separate race from presidential qualifications. That's not to say racism is non-existent in America–to believe so would be naive. However, to blame Obama's impending loss on race is a cop-out.
I am no racist. I did not vote for Obama in 2008 and will not vote for him now in 2012, but I choose not to vote for the 50% of him that is Caucasian, refusing to accept other's belief that his 50% African-American being outranks his 50% Caucasian being, i.e., I consider Obama to be Caucasian and I choose not to vote for him simply because I do not support his lliberal bent.
If you had to spend that much time calculating what "percentage" of Obama is one race or another in order to rationalize your vote, then you are most definitely a racist.
And how did the 96% of blacks who voted for Obama rationalize their vote?
Samuel L. Jackson admitted he voted for Obama because he's black. Isn't that racism too?
Frankly, as a Southern white guy, a black man is more likely to agree with me on key issues than some Yank from Moneytown. Romney thinks we are 'getting high' on sweet tea and are a bunch of welfare cheats; find me a black man outside Utah who will fall for either one of those whoppers. Black people open doors for women and say "ain't" and "y'all." So do I; Romney's out to shut those doors and thinks we talk funny.
Bubba, I'm not even from the South, and I get where your coming from, add a Puerto Rican to the list of working folks whose stereotype Romney isn't smart enough to get over.
I agree with you Bubba, but unfortunately most Americans don't think that way that is why Romney is tied in the polls. I am a black women who realize that rich people don't care about racism anymore. They don't see us as white or black, democrat or republican. They see majority of Americans are either extremely wealthy or poor.
Any person who start their sentence with "I am no racist" is most certainly a racist. That's like someone saying :I am no racist I have a black friend"
That is a ridiculous statement....Everyone is a racist in one form or another, However we need to coexist and live in peace and allow everyone equal oppurtunity to progress...
Do you-– are can you understand how you look to outsiders---– if you believe in science than science says you are- and come from the same place, if your believe in God then God says you come from the same place- to us you are just genetic mixes. You are the same !
I can understand your frustration for possibly being mistaken for a racist, however polls now show that there's a slightly better than 1 in 2 chance that you are. I suggest that rather than sounding like you're tired of being "outed" as one, that you simply state you are not and suggest everyone focus on the issues rather than their own prejudices...a positive message that even racists might respond to.
Nice try Phil. I don't feel the need to deny anything. 1 in 2 chance that I am? Not much wiggle room there. Where is the whole cloth you got that stat from. Either way, by your stats one of us is.
Let's make this about race as opposed to policies.
People on both sides vote by race. (see the 08 elections and the ‘black’ vote). Race is politics.
President Lincoln is probably turning over in his grave. After the Civil War and he had given blacks their freedom – He gave the blacks fair warning that they would not live happily within the white community – his statement, "For the sake of your race you should sacrifice something of your present comfort for the purpose of being as grand in that respect as the white people." He was promoting his idea of colonization, resettling blacks in foreign countries for the belief that whites and blacks could not coexist in the same nation. How right he was. He also considered forcing all former slaves and families to relocate to other nations but most fought that idea since America was now home and not Africa. If he only knew how right he was and if only all the blacks would have wanted to return to Africa. Then those here would be here because they wanted to come here. I believe only then would they have a different out look on living in this wonderful nation. .
Do you fill better now that you have unloaded that load of crap?? I like reading the ramblings of idiots. Best response to all of your responses......................Ha Ha Ha you all make me laugh
Lincoln really said those things.
Africa is a continent and it was over 350 years from the time the first black slave was brought to shore to the end of the Civil War. Black has lost there name, language, and way of life, it was forced out by White slave owners. There was not home to return too.
Funny, the last slave stronghold in the old Spanish Empire was in the Caribbean, it lasted until the 1870s, yet blacks there conserved their African culture and much of their language, so much so, that many of these things have become incorporated into everyday life from Cuba all the way to Aruba. Why is the United States such a cultural black hole, making every original thing disappear?
What about the Indians? Oh that's right, they couldn't co-exist with whites either. From a whole nation to Indian holding pens. Brings up a great question, can any other race co-exist with whites? Or for whatever reason after the country was stolen from the Indians was the absolute right to determine who owns who and who gets shipped off bestowed in white people? You know what's dangerous? Ignorant people. Ignorant people can be controlled. Ignorant people believe in whatever sounds nice at the time. Ignorant people think your color has anything to do with how u act. I just can't understand how someone can claim to have an intelligent point and say words like blacks do this or whites do that. How about peoe are people and people act differently. You can't say all vodka is bad or all whiskey is the same so why people?
No matter how everyone feels, God will allow who HE see fit to run this racist country.
If you wish to live in a country whose leader is proclaimed as anointed by God you'll need to move to Vatican City or Iran.
Yup–That is true!
I just hope it's not the Racists that occupy the White House Presently
If you think we're racist, you're free to move someplace else
Since this country originally belong to the Native Americans unless that is your nationality then European/white should move as well.
i am not a racist will not be voting for obama. didnt vote for him last time either. just look at the national debt he promised to lower only added 5 trillon
Sometimes when a car is out of control even the emergency brakes don't work.
The car, in this case, was out of control because of the real estate bubble due to the subprime lending practice signed into law originally by Pres Carter and later extended by Pres Clinton, and further forced onto the banks by Congress through Freddie & Fannie.
Perfect analogy, but bad for you. You know there are professional drivers that can regain control of cars in those situations, no brakes needed. Some of them can even do it on purpose while teaching others. If barry was the right person for the job he'd have been more effective. But as you noted the nation was as like an out of control car, but barry was not like a professional driver...he was more like a professional community organizer.
This "report" is so wrong in so many ways, it's hard to even begin to critique it.
However, I will comment on one thing: reconstruction was most emphatically not "An
attempt to bring the former Confederate States back into the national fold...". It was
pure and simply punishment for the crime of secession. If you don't believe that, then
read the Congressional Record and the public writings of the major figures involved.
How do people who write on subjects that they have absolutely no knowledge of get
That horrible Civil War was not about slavery in the first place. It was to force the newly formed Confederate Nation back into the Union. The south, 13 states, was getting very wealthy trading goods with the European countries and Lincoln could not stand not getting all that tax money. Slavery was an after thought. Just as it is today we must send our tax money NORTH to support all the yanks spending wishes. Sure wish we had picked our own darn cotton! After sending all the slaves back to Africa. Maybe we could still be a separate nation. When they seceded it was not a crime to do so. Plus two waring nations is not a Civil War. When you are waring within your own nation it is a Civil War. There was clearly defined Union Nation and Confederate Nation using separate Flags. Stars and strips vs the Bars and Stars.
No Dott is was about slavery. No matter how you want to spin it.
I wonder what the Natives – think about accepting your forefathers– Europeans.
The Back-to-Africa movement, was also known as the Colonization movement, originated in the United States in the 19th century, and encouraged those of African descent to return to the African homelands of their ancestors. This movement eventually inspired other movements ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari, movement.
I wonder what Natives – First Nation People – thought about accepting your forefathers to “America”. They were subsequently, exposed to various European diseases, relocated to various new places and treated like slaves.
So are the actual landowners of this great country?
Think of it: the British made peace with the Americans in the Treaty of Paris (1783), through which they ceded vast Native American territories to the United States without informing or consulting with the Native Americans.
The state of New York made a treaty with Iroquois – First Nations – and put up for sale 5,000,000 acres (20,000 km2) of land that had previously been their territories. The state established small reservations in western New York for the remnant peoples.
Who's Land IS IT???
Hey Todd, you're argument lost validity about 390 years ago.
Yes, bad things happened to the original inhabitants, and I don't minimize what happened, but it's now the 21st Century and unfortunately that's been the history of the human race since time began. Look what happened to the Aztecs and Incas. But of course the left never talks about THAT.
The land may not have orginally been ours, but it was our ancestors who, through a democratic form of government based on Judeo-Christian principles and technological advances, built this nation into the power it is today.
It's time to throw out the myth the natives were peace-loving people until the European settlers showed up. They made war against each other for centuries. And after the Europeans showed up the natives had a reputation for killing women and children (baby killers, anyone?)
"That horrible Civil War was not about slavery in the first place" Listening to Glen Beck will not teach you history, honey. The war was about slavery, which is another world for "states' rights." You GOPs will say ANYTHING these days; truth is just not in you.
Well you are right about the war part. The monies being collected go south to mostly the red states
this is a news report that is obviously to remind white voters, that in the past white people were like other ethnic groups they hated other races, the world has always had division, and fear, but in America we have went so far as to exploit this as to promote affirmative action and ignore our own children, every american Latino, Asian, Black or White should not be pounded over the past, but merely reminded "are you better off today, due to the leadership, of this administration" stop being manipulated due to the actions from the past.
Well it is easy to see from the post on here that we are a very divided country , a lot of unhappy people from both sides. What is the correct answer? Well I will tell you I do not have it , I have my thoughts what could work some from the left some from the right some from the middle. I am not going to sit here and tell someone from the right that Bush was bad or the left Obama is a ass. What I would like to talk about is what will make us a better country and what problems (not people) we can fix. We as a country need to start moving ahead push on stop crying about the past. Do I think the two party's in control will take us that way ........ No I do not for many reasons the biggest is power , they have no need to change the way the game is played because they would give up power. I am going to start with the election, The way we vote is not fair to either side. If you live in the Northeast and you are a REP. your vote means nothing accept in Maine (& Nebraska) Because of the electoral college, all the states should do like Maine has done and award a % by the vote, I live in Florida and have 29 Electoral vote and right now it looks like it is close so one side may get 51 to 49 so my point is that your vote should still count and you would if it was a % 15 to 14 the winner take all leaves a lot of people with no representation. I pick this one problem because two states do it that way now and it would be something other states can do. I know a lot of people just want a popular vote which would be great but the power problem comes into play for both sides. What are your thoughts and please remember this is moving a ahead not about the past.
Wouldn't that essentially be like basing the presidency on the popular vote but simply less responsive to population changes? But Not a bad idea to apportion the electoral votes to percentage of votes gained vs how the system works now.
For those who criticize CNN for posting this article.
Well the saying “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” certainly applies here.
So don't put your head in the sand, cause just cause you don't want to hear it, doesn't mean others don't know about that history. You might as well deal with it in the open and reconcile society with it else one day history will indeed repeat itself and it wont be as easy to deal with as being open and honest and forthright in confronting the issue head on.
No real answer from me as it is a question with profound implications. I do thank you for a thoughtful post.
Very rare on this subject.
William Faulkner – "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
William Shakespeare – "What's past is prologue."
Most relevant post here.
Keep the hate alive or there would be some people unemployed, like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev.Wright. Louis Farrakhan
I think the most cursory review of history will show that whites have not been on the butt end of hate. So while you may want to make remarks like that for your own sinister reasons; they are hopelessly estranged from reality.
Why is there a special section on CNN news for being BLACK????????
Thanks CNN for dividing people. Segregation at it's finest.
How very interesting that this article avoids mentioning that Hiram Rhodes Revels was a Republican; that the Republican parties in the South were started by and for Blacks; that the post-civil war repression of Blacks was carried out by the KKK (which was created by the Democrats); or that following the Civil War, 23 blacks – 13 of them ex-slaves – were elected to Congress, all as Republicans?
The first black Democrat was not elected to Congress until 1935, from the state of Illinois.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, three of 8 in the Senate) voted for it.
When Southern states balked at implementing the 14th Amendment, Congress came back and passed the 15th Amendment in 1870, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote. Every single Republican voted for it, with every Democrat voting against it.
The Civil Rights Act 100 years later? Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act.
This article is too focused on portraying Whites – especially Republicans – as racist, rather than point the finger of blame, or at least responsibility – on the Democrats.
It's fairly well established scholarly opinion that Republicans in the 1870s were more like Democrats today. Democrats back then were generally Southern white males: "Southern Democrats." But I agree that maybe this should have been addressed somewhere in the article.
That isn't established anywhere. I'm sure the 1870 republican's would have embraced gay rights and global warming too just like modern democrats, right?
Dennis, the point of the article is not to direct blame on any one party. Rather, It is simply a 'parallel' / comparison of blacks in politics in two different eras. It's educational, enlightening, and it's a part of American history. It 's irrelevant the party, as the ideology of Republicans back then were very different from the ideology of today's Republican, so it's not really important the party affiliation, plus that is not the focus here. The real focus is how whites respond to a black person holding a seat of power - both then and now; and showing the "parallels".
Yes, but most of the democrats who voted against the Civil Rights Act were southern conservative democrats opposed to black rights. They were replaced by conservative southern republicans who now take up their cause. In fact the whole republican party has been hijacked by conservative right-wingers, who for the most part have contempt for blacks!!!
Racist. Every schoolboy or girl knows the parties basically changed personalities in the mid-60s with the civil rights legislation. Except for Texas, the history books all prove your ignorance – look up Dixiecrat, LBJ, Strom Thurmond. The GOP became a racist party and hasn't changed. To be dumber, you'd have to be a birther. Using your argument, we should declare war on the UK - after all, they invaded us centuries ago. Guess, what, right winger? Things change. Try having them pump your gas at a gas station; try buying a typewriter. This wasn't a good argument 100 years ago, why on earth do you think it makes sense now?
Yawn. Develop a cogent argument in favor of Obama sometime. You can't.
Dennis, all of your comments concerning the Republican and Democratic parties and their affiliations are 100% accurate. However the one critical fact you left out is that after 1964 when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, southern white Democrats switched parties en masse. He acknowledges as much himself when he told an aide during the signing "with this, we have lost the South for a generation." He missed his estimate by a few decades... it's been more than two generations now, and Republicans still hold sway almost everywhere below the Mason-Dixon Line.
Just as your comments suggest, there was a time when the Republican Party stood for hope and change, and the Democrats were stalwarts against such radicalism. The shift began with the presidency of FDR, and by the Nixon White House, the transformation was complete. Now it is the Democrats renowned for being agents of change, and the Republicans are renowned for supporting the status quo. Both parties have serious faults, but this is not the larger problem, as a spirited discussion between informed dissenters passionate about their positions is what made this country great since the time of Jefferson. However, government has devolved to a state where dissent is treated as being evil, both sides refuse to compromise, compromisers and moderates in both parties are rooted out, forced to retire or redistricted out of office. In the meantime, nothing gets done, Congress does nothing but blame everyone else, the poor get poorer, the rich get poorer, and the super-rich continue to move their assets overseas via multinational corporations that haven't cared about America since the late 1970's.
“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow
Change for the sake of change isn’t a good thing. If you find yourself constantly looking for “change” then try focusing on “growth” instead.
@Dennis. It's only interesting to someone who is looking to generate thoughtless partisan bickering which is completely irrelevant to the gist of the article.
Thanks CNN. You are the first of the liberal manipullators to play 52 race cards in one article! You have totally given up even the appearance of journalism. Chasing MSNBC for delusional status?
CNN Making true statements about race relations is not defined as "playing the race card".
And citing the fact we have more people on food stamps now than we did 4 years ago is not racist
When the minorities stop block voting based on skin color, only then will we be past the racial divide in America. Go deal with reality CNN.
Who does that?? So are you saying that when Bill Clinton was supported in large part by the black vote that they voted based on skin color?? See how silly that sounds?
You can't talk logic to those people. Look at the comments they said black people voted for Obama because he was black once in 160 years. But white people don't vote based on race even with 43 president before Obama being white. Of course they didn't vote for him because he was white, but I am willing to be my life if a black man ran against any white man before the 2008 election he would have gotten elected because he was white.
I'm also pretty sure that Herman Cain didn't get 100% of the black vote in the primaries that were held before he left the race.
@Steve. Put down the white hood and step away from the burning cross.
Actually, he's 100% right. How many articles have you seen on CNN penned by Reuben Navarette talking about the en-mass Latino vote, or by Rolland Martin about the en-mass Black Vote. Blacks and Latinos generally vote in large blocks. Pointing that out is not racist, it's realist. It may not be POLITICALLY correct, but it is CORRECT.
When people like you stop assuming that you know WHY people other than yourself are voting without ever asking those people, maybe then you will no longer be a moron. Black people don't just vote for black candidates, if that were true, Cain would be president and Allan West wouldn't be crying about how he lost. Minorities vote on issue that actually affect them, not the issues that white Republicans tell them are their issues. Wanna lose a race? Tell a bunch of middle class minorities about welfare reform. Easy way to get them to not even listen to you any more.
Or rather it could also be about how the story was spun to make it appear that way, like has been done time and again. Except for MSNBC who's extreme liberal/socialists, CNN is just as biased as NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NYT, WaPo (all liberal), and Fox (conservative). We the public have to realize that before reading or absorbing any information from ANY so-called news agency. They all LIE, and they're taking advantage of us the people and dividing us against each other.
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We need to learn from history, forgive the past, and not repeat it.
Amen! I think that's true not just on race, but our current political condition. We're all family and need to take care of each other. We need to work together to fix this not argue or take hard sides on all the "issues".
All I can say is that this article has sparked a discussion. Keep discussing people, and do it with an open mind.
Great idea. And a good place to start would be to stop calling anyone who doesn't support Obama's agenda a "racist"
Over 95% of blacks are voting for Obama, and whites are accused of being racist! It is so disgusting that the media wants to create the phony notion that a vote for Romney is a vote for racism. How about we just think he will do a better job and Obama had his chance.
If you were a minority, you'd vote for the guy that looked like you too, because the other one has been screwing you for generations...just saying. It's laughable for the white guy to call the minority racist...you have no idea what it's truly like to be disadvantaged in our society because of the color of your skin.
That's a presupposition that's not entirely true. Where is the proof that one has no idea what it's like to be held down or unprivileged? When was the last time you tried to work futher beyond your means to lift yourself out of your perceived "oppressed" condition? The same rules have to apply, it starts in the home. And anybody living in inner city is unprivileged, regardless of race. That's one of the reasons why gangs are such trouble. The solution starts at home, and taking care of each other and our neighbors, government CAN'T help.
Megan so sad. Try and lose the hate. You can't hide it very well.
So why is it ok for one group to do it but another? That's the problem with the left - too many double standards.
And I don't know what it's like either, but at least I'm not blind to the fact that it occurs every day, for so many people, we can't comprehend.
I agree with you. This story is worthless. In America, we routinely ridicule our elected leaders. I may not agree with President Obama, but that is rooted in the fact that I believe the other guy to be a better candidate. I expected Obama to be more of a centrist, but he is too far to the left to honestly work with the Republicans. I personally feel that partisan politics has become rediculous since this fellow was elected. Am I a racist because I don't raise my right arm, click my heels and shout "heil Obama"? This is absolutely absurd!
Too far to the left to honestly work with republicans???? Are u serious? The GOP in Congress made it very clear from the beginning that they had absolutely no intentions of agreeing or cooperating with this President because they do not want to see this President succeed...Mitch McConnells own words!!! This Republican Party is the epidomy of obstructionism. Please get a reality check, or are u following Romneys outright lies, deception, flipflops, etc. This man will do or say anything to get what he wants.
McConnell would have said that if Obama was white, Chuck. We did not want him to succeed because he is a Socialist, not because he is black. Republicans look at his policies. It is only Democrats who think it is about his race.
" I personally feel that partisan politics has become rediculous" – then says he's voting for the party that, right after the election, stated as it's main goal was to make Obama a 1-term president and proceededs to obstruct virtually every piece of legislation and appointment for the last 4 years.
" I personally feel that partisan politics has become rediculous" – implies Democrats are Nazis
Adopting a heath care system from a right wing think tank, Heritage Foundation, is hardly too far left. This argument that Obama is too far left is completely divorced from reality.
Remember that "Obamacare" came out of the Heritage Foundation, AND that it owes a huge amount to that wild-eyed liberal, Mitt Romney. Has that guy been linked to Marx and Lenin yet?
You're not racist for opposing Obama's agenda. Very American in fact but you're delusional because you would compare him to Hitler with such piffy phrases like "Am I a racist because I don't raise my right arm, click my heels and shout "heil Obama"?"
Gosh Brandon where were you all these past four years under a rock? Obama did all that he could and the Republicans flatly refused to work with him. They wanted him not to succeed at anything. That is why he gets my vote this time. To H$$ll with you people who won't respect our president because he is black and a Democrat. He is working for all of us or at least trying. He will get my vote for certain.
Certainly not the case that all blacks are poor, but they certainly are hit hard by poverty. And when one candidate says "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there." and you are poor, why in the world would you ever vote for a candidate that isn't concerned about you or your situation?
@Russel. If you WERE a racist who would you support?
The majority of women, college students, latinos, and asians also voted for him. Does that make them some kind of special racist?
Why is CNN giving Oblamer a free one hour campaign ad 3 days before the election? Does anyone see bias? They are airing a softball suckup Obama bio Sat night
No worries...the Neaderthals over at Fox are doing the same for Romney. You should spend more time with them over there...you know...the place where "blond moments" occur on a regular. LOL
You just can't counter without insulting can you? Typical democrat bullying response these days, slander, insult, spew hate. This is not what America is about.
Poor John Q. Nope, I just have a difficult time dealing with stupidity!
@JohnQ. "Typical democrat bullying response." Bullying? Really? You've never watched anything on Fox, have you. I've found Democrats much more open to reasonable debate that Republicans, who tend to get very interruptive and blustery when contradicted (Bill O'Riley being the archetype) And what about the original statement wasn't just a crazy insulting conspiracy rant? Just the same lame parroting of media bias that has been coming from Fox and Murdoch ad nauseum.
CONSPIRACIES!!! They are EVERYWHERE!!! There's always people like AF, the birthers and the folks who think 9/11 was an inside job. They see conspiracies and lies everywhere.
John Blake you are an IDIOT plain and simple. I couldn't really read this long winded POS article all the way though so could someone tell me if he mentioned the largest RACIST portion of the population which would be the black population. Any group that could vote for this president when they have the highest unemployement rate and largest shift to a lower economic income level, is obviously blindly voting according to race. If the situation was the same and it was white democrat guy A in office now with all things being equal and he was running against Mitt Romney then it would be a runaway win for Romney but because there are so many RACIST black people we actually have a close election. Now that is racism. It doesn't matter since Romney will win and the racists will riot and call foul but the country will actually have a chance to survive.
This is probably one of the dumbest responses I have ever seen. But then again, why should I be surprised.
I know John I could never compete with your superior intellect. After all you vote Obama so you must be a genius. You probably march and rape with the Occupy movement too. Clock is ticking on your fearless leader... tick tick tick...bye
Well John, you have called me an idiot and dumb in two separate posts. That is usually the liberal response when they can't win an argument. You sound intelligent, but the fact that you can't see how bad off this country is now as opposed to 4 years ago proves that you vote based on what the guy in office looks like or you are very uninformed. This president dispises me and half the country. He will not move even slightly to the center ever, his political grooming won't allow it. Mitt Romney gives this country at least half a chance to get back in control. There are so many time bombs that are set to occur in the next 2 years that you won't even know this country in 4 years if Obama is re-elected. He will not fix it, he doesn't even want to fix it and worst of all he doesn't have any pressure to fix it because he doesn't have to deal with another election. I think Chris Rock said it best when he said "You can't really do your gangsta sh— until your second term" Oh he is exactly correct. We haven't seen anything yet. For the record to all you race baters, We don't agree with his WHITE half either. None of this will matter on Wednesday because control will be handed back over to the GOP once again. I hope you don't take it personally.
Oh brother. So blacks – who have voted for the democrat candidate for decades for reasons that have everything to do with republican racism – must suddenly vote GOP to prove to the intellectually dim that they are not racist? Lets turn that around. Why shouldn't white southerners have to vote democrat now, simply to prove that THEY are not racist??
Yeah. I won't hold my breath.
Racist much? Way to paint half the population with your "Republican racist"...
mrmojo – doesn't read article... complains about article... calls author an idiot.
Thanks, mrmojo, I do enjoy irony.
mrmojo, i wish you the best. You're going to need it. Forward.
This editorial has a lot of misinformation and is written to mislead so many. First off, Obama is half white, second many who question President Obama do so because of his recklessness not do to the color of his skin. The only one's using racist tactics have always been Democrats. CNN and this editorial are guilty of that. It was not white southerners it was Democrats who have fought to suppress blacks in America even till today. They are just more clever about it. Look up "Stolen History" by Franz Kebreau. He has studied this and has taught many Americans about our stolen history. It is always liberals saying the black community is weak and needs their help. It is always liberals who claim blacks are disenfranchised, again emphasizing that they need the white liberal to help them or they will never progress. The proof is in the pudding, look at all the major Democrat controlled cities in our country like Chicago, NY, Baltimore, Detroit, DC, Camden County, Trenton, LA, New Orleans and so on. Democrats have controlled these cities for 50 years plus and they have the highest homicide rate, highest crime rate, highest unemployment rate, highest hate crime rate, highest poverty rate of those in the black community. This is right in front of all our faces, so obvious yet no one is actually addressing it.
Lou – "This editorial has a lot of misinformation and is written to mislead" – provides misinformation and writes to mislead.
I love irony.
Obama – the unknown president
He has spent millions of dollars to hide his past.
Where was he really born? The birth certificate he provided was a fraud.
Why does he have so many different names?
Is he a Christian or muslem? He has claimed both
Where do Obama's real loyalities lie? With the USA? Maybe not.
Why does his SSN originate in a state that he never visited as a young man?
Everyone should question EVERYTHING about Obama.
I don't believe that anybody knows the real story behind what Obama is hiding. Until these uncertanties are corrected, he should not be allowed to be president.
Racism is not something that is learned at a very early age. It seeps into your very being and infects everyone who live in the US. Everyone has it and only be constantly fighting against it can any progress be made. I dearly wish that it was not this way but only someone who is blind and deaf would be not infected with it at an early age. Some have a little and some have a lot and some are totally immersed in it. Thankfully the legal and overt racism has been suppressed but the subtle kind is all around us and sometime it slips out in the most horrible ways. Maybe in a thousand years, it will die away but I kind of doubt it.
I agree with you though, c s, I too hope it dies someday. But racism isn't in your being, it's absolutely learned. I mean, white people have different shades of skin color...I didn't sit and examine that and realize, well, he's Italian or she's Jewish and then suddenly have all the prejudices that come with that. Someone (or a society) has to tell you what they think and perceive, and from that your prejudices are molded. Children don't have adult reasoning, so they just go along with what others tell them...until hopefully they grow up and realize how wrong these terrible prejudices are. Perhaps one day all parents will tell their children to look for the good in everyone, and maybe then it will end.
No where in history is Republicans associated with Racism. How did we get to this point? O'bama is not qualified because he is a poor leader and has no real experience leading anything. Why should I vote for him because he is black. That's the whole argument here. If you don't vote for O'bama, then your a racist. What kind of idiot's think that?
Do a web search of "nixon southern strategy" and read about it. Republican Nixon wanted to split the South from the Democrat party and he has succeeded better than anyone imagine. His strategy worked because LBJ pushed for civil rights and forced the Democrat party to do it. Almost all of the white Democrats eventually left the Democrat party . Look no further than Strum Thurman.
Why even waste your time responding to such idiocy. The formatting and content of his response gives a glimpse in to his thought process. I commend you for not getting frustrated...I can no longer put up trying to engage in rational thought with most who post here. Rather, I just sit back, read the comments, and shake my head in disgust.
" O'bama is not qualified because he is a poor leader and has no real experience leading anything."
Obama – 4 years experience leading the free world
Romney – 0 years experience leading the free world
"no real experience leading anything"
"no real experience leading"
and FFS at learn to spell our president's name correctly you cretin, there is no apostrophe.
Romney has more experience leading in his little pinky than Obama EVER will in his entire life.
Obama was a Senator for two years and had NEVER run anything. He was basically a rookie in the world of politics--It's amazing-
Sarah Palin has tons more experience than Obama running things/States. Yet, if you listen to the "media" people like you! Just go along parroting the same things they say without the facts....you really need to check your facts before speaking.
Leading the free world? Leading from BEHIND (which isn't leading, since you have to lead from the front).
If you think Obama is leading, you have an especially warped idea of leadership (comes from watching too much MSNBC)
Perhaps the largest misconception in the black community is that whites alone are/were responsible for slavery. It would be nice if everyone educated themselves on the history of slavery and maybe then blacks would be more open to let the past stay the past. Many black Africans actually captured and sold slaves and they also owned slaves even here in America. Lesser known facts that the media tries to gloss over because it kind of takes the wind out of the sails of those bent on using victimization as an excuse for everything that happens in life.
True Eric, but white's did take advantage and push this too far. Things have changed, but you will still have hate in this country. It may not be about color, but we have conditioned america that everyone is a victim. We continue to think we must pay for the sins of our past, but we are only poring gas on the fire. We now have more hate on what your political beliefs are and not the color of your skin.
Eric...The problem is not slavery...the problem is that there is still racism in America. Trust me...if you were not white you would see it.
I see it all the time Tanja. I cannot walk around certain parts of the city because I am white. I have been attacked because I am white by black kids on multiple occasions. When I went to court the judge made an example out of me even though the kids I was arrested with were black because I should have known better. When I go recruiting at universities I am told to look out for qualified minorities – they are preferred to whites simply because of quotas and color of their skin. Trust me Tanja – all races experience racism, not just blacks.
I agree. It's a shame. The South suppose to be part of the Bible Belt. What do they learn in church, " love thou neighbor as you would yourself". What a poor example. They love the black atheletes making money for schools and neighborhoods, but that's about all. Get a black president they go crazy until Saturday football/basketball day. I couldn't carry that kind of hate. God is Good, he'll judge us all.
Eric, racism is everywhere, no one is denying that. But no one feels bad for the white man, because the white man has all the power in this world, and they have made a horrible mess of it all by conquering, warring, enslaving, etc. Yes, Africans had slavery among their own people. The British did that to the Irish, the Romans to the Jews. But none of those powers still rule the world today. The U.S. does, and they made the most horrid example of slavery thus far. And by the way, you are probably told to recruit minorities because they tend to be poorer and have less opportunity for decent work.
Most blacks know the role that Africans played in the slave trade and that's not new news. While America wants to move past the historic discrimination that blacks were continually subjected to, the reality is that only in the past 50 years has the American dream become a real possibility for America's black population. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still being renewed every 25 years by Congress due to the ongoing and persistent efforts of states to oppress blacks (and now other minorities) the right to vote. It's easy for others to say just move past it and stop living in the past when efforts such as voter oppression continues in 2012.
that's not true I watch FOX NEWS every day and your telling LIES! LIES!!!
You may watch every day, but what your seeing and buying into is someone's opinion of events. You happen to like it because it fits into "comfort zone" and is therefore your truth as you see it. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson: "Maintaining Racism is like holding a wolf by the ears, you did not like it much, but you dare not let it go."
If you watch Fox News everyday then why are you on here commenting. You seen to have a big problem with CNN and what they are reporting on. Keep your comments to yourself no one wants to hear them.
Thanks for confirming my deeply-held belief that the left only supports freedom of speech for those who agree with them
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