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Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama
Some historians say Barack Obama's presidency has sparked a return of racism with echoes of post-Civil War Reconstruction.
November 1st, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

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?


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soundoff (4,517 Responses)
  1. davenport

    Everything old is new again...the only differece is the anti-Obama hordes do not like being called out for who they are and what they are doing. They say Obama has failed, how exactly? employment improving, economy is recovering, stack market soaring to heights unknown and Americans 401k's are looking great.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug1

      Then why can I not get an interview, let alone a job, despite having two master's degrees and a wealth of relevant experience? Why is my wife, in a high-demand profession, working 70 hours each week for less pay than she used to make in 40? Why are our 401(k)s and IRAs, the bulk of which are in S&P index funds, not growing rapidly? A candidate from my younger years once asked if were doing better now than four years ago. My answer this year is "no," and I shall vote accordingly next week.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peggy Munro

        My sister lost her job paying around 40K and picked up another one in this past August for 60K but then again she truly believes in Hope.

        November 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • MEPr

        peggy- glad your sister found a higher paying job. You don't really think she deserves it do you? Tell her to fork over half that money to the ones who aren't working. Oh wait, Obama will tell her for you.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • AndrewFromNH

        I'm pretty sure that what most of the people you disagree with think is that, for example, it is wrong that you, one person who is paying taxes on their hard-earned money, are paying more than is General Electric. Not as a percentage of income, but as a dollar figure.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DrDiane

    It is not just about racism but about genderism as well. Somehow this election brings back very painful aspects from the past. As a young female college graduate I recall very clearly how opportunities were denied me simply because I was a woman. I recall also the days of having to sit with friends who underwent illegal abortions and the friends who died needlessly in a foreign war long while Nixon used whatever crooked tactic he could think of to destroy the other party. I don't see it as "renaissance" though. I see it as a flashback to a traumatic past. And what was Romney doing in those years while the rest of us either courageously fought in VN or courageously protested it? He was proselytizing his religion!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Concerned voter

    For the individuals that oppose our President, I have question for you. "How has your life changed since President Obama took office?" If your life as you know it has drastically changed since this current administration then vote for the challenger, now if you're honest and nothing has been effected, it's not his policies it's your perception of him as a man. People would respect the judgement of a individual if they are truthful with themselves. I'm not saying most are racist but there is an element that hovers over his presidency. Your immediate household situation should tell the story of his presidency.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • DustyOnes

      I bet on financial failure of this administration in Feb. 2009 and have an increase of 42% in revenues from foiriegn business. Yes, I shorted! I knew the dollar would devalue. Not it is time for jobs in the US. I am voting Romney.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Syphon

      Many people's lives HAVEN't Changed since he became president... and that is part of the problem. If you remember is slogan "Change" ... A change that drastically put our country into an un-budgeted for debt with no relief in sight. A president who suggests he has invested in education... The reason colleges cost so much is because of financial aid. The more you can loan the students the more the colleges can charge. Obama hasn't fixed anything...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      My immediate household situation does tell me the story of his Presidency! It's the reason my vote went to Mitt Romney.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • lisaspups

      Frankly, I am tired of hearing about how badly the President has done with the economy. I agreed with the concept of the stimulus, but not the execution, and that blame can be put on the current President as well as his predecessor. However, I also prefer to approach life without the rose-colored glasses. The US economy, as well as the European economy, took one of the hardest hits since the Great Depression. Has the recovery been slow? Yes, it has, but it could have been worse, too, if the current Administration had not taken the actions that they did.

      I have said it again and again, and I am hoping that rational minds will listen. This disaster was decades in the making, and it is going to take a decade or more to crawl out of it. Apparently, some cannot get off of the fast food diet and believe that Mitt Romney is going to make your life better. Keep dreaming.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Well, for starters my healthcare premiums have gone up $300 per month since the affordable healthcare act passed (ironically), and my deductibles are now up to $2,500 for each individual family member – to prevent the premiums from hitting $1,000 per month...

      November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • AndrewFromNH

        Matt, my healthcare premiums went up this year as well. They went up by about 7% over the previous year. The year before they increased by 34%. The year before that they went up by 29%. The year before that they went up by 27%.

        Having them go up by only 7%? That is a HUGE improvement, and it is owed to the ACA.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lbpaulina

    I think racism is given by ignorance. You are partially right, racism can be sometimes the scare of the "unknown", but unfortunately history shows something different. The sense of supremacy of the white skin comes from far away, arts included. Jesus Christ for centuries was depicted as very white and the angels were always blond with blue eyes. Does it make sense? Non, it doesn't, because Christ was born in Palestine. By the way, racism is not really typical of Christianity, right?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      You ever think whites arent really concerned about blacks but rather their own situations? Do you ever consider that maybe minorities consider themselves inferior to whites ? Unless you race base a situation,whites dont care about blacks but just worry about their own business.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    This election has nothing to do with racism. African-Americans vote 90%+ Democrat no matter who's running (hell, it could be a former leader of the KKK and they would still overwhelming vote for him as long as he had a D after his name). Whites are moer split in their party votes. Calls of "racism" is just trying to stir up the pot.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      What does that have anything to do with what I said?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skinsfan

    The thing that haunts Obama is not his skin color or his race. It's his liberal policies. I could care less what color he is. He's a far left liberal and do have a problem with that. I think the left is just crying racism, as they usually do to try to intimidate voters into voting out of some misguided feeling of gilt. It working on 08 but it won't in 2012.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • skinsfanurifwhite

      Yup, you sure are a skins fan hiding behind the veil of conservatism.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. trilly2010

    This writer is just a racist and has a mental imbalance to come up with a lot of his garbage – The writer is a race baiter who hates the history of America and hates America as it is today – this writer is full of hate against anyone not black –

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      I just read the same article and am having a difficult time coming to the same conclusion. I think in the words of Shakespeare you " protest too much.." From Hamlet (III, ii, 239). And the disparagment of the writers mental capacity the willinness to use "label" says more than the words by which you attempt to communicate.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • donny

      Did you even read the article? How did you come to ANY of those conclusions?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Yeah, except that the writer of this article didn't really take a stance. I would actually say that he looked at the history of the reconstruction era, compared and contrasted it with contemporary concerns, and then effectively highlighted the opinions of leading scholars of both liberal and conservative persuasion. Any racism you perceive within this article is your own making based on your own interpretation, and your own degree of either racism, white guilt, nonchalance, or broader-based concern beyond race. I don't know you, so don't get confused and think I'm calling you a racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIred of this

      Don't these folks EVER get tired of whining? No, because that's all they are good at.

      If you don't like America...please leave. I'm not racist but I'm about to change my mind because of this continual whining.

      Stop being a race baiter or just kill yourself. The rest of us could us a break.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lmc2

    I wish people would get off the race thing. "African-American", "black", "mixed race" people are elected officials, corporate executives, educators, medical professionals, military professionals, public safety officers, etc....in other words...smart, educated, civilized people. They are neighbors & friends. They got where they are by working for it just like people who do not hyphenated racial labels, color labels, etc. People who stand around with their hand out whining about not being treated fairly are not smart, regardless of race.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ultra Fred

    I bet the other members of this culturally diverse nation think this is bs....... what about the asian, arabic, and latino members of this great land. when is it time to move on, from the past? The guy is not really even Black, how does this count as a black President?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. William

    A little research might help: black historically cast more than 95% of their votes for Democratic Party presidential nominees. That's not racism, it's a result of the racist appeals employed by the Republican Party since Nixon's Southern Strategy succeeded.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. GB

    This article talks about historical parallels. Why are there so many accusations of racism? This article is about historical facts. If the facts are racist then that is what they are. Why are there so many mean spirited comments? There should be no discussion at all. Facts are facts.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. DFWdad

    Freedom of speech is one of the things that makes this nation great and worth defending. I am OK with CNN printing this article, though I am not buying it, and thanks for allowing readers to blog and express their views.

    We need to be challenged, so we know WHY we believe what we believe. Otherwise we are just repeating Rhetoric! (Which is what bad politicians like: no thinking, just believing, repeating, and voting for them!).

    Note to Conservatives: Prove this guy wrong, and do justice to the poor and oppressed. That is out best safeguard against the last 4 years happening again!.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. beezers

    So... my voting against President Obama for adding trillions of dollars to our national debt and doubling our annual deficit after saying he would slash the deficit in half... is racist? Well then, I doubt this country will ever extinguish racism based on that criteria.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mresce

      No...you voting against Obama, is a vote for the cynixism of the Republican party that left this country in a mess, close to a Depression, and then obstructed all measures he put in place to get the country back on track...when a majority of economists agreed, that when you are in a recession, going towards a depression, that the government should ease the pain of the recession, like it did for Reagan, Bush I Bush II, and Clinton...by increasing goverment spending (by hiring public workers) until the economy can regain it's strength....
      What standard are you using to declare Obama's first term a failure. To save us from a Great Depression, rescue the auto industry, re-regulate Wall Street, decimate al Qaeda, kill bin Laden and Qaddafi and provide universal healthcare? That's failure? Unemployment is lower now than it was when he took office, and moving downward.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
      • single mom

        Real unemployment rate, if you add in those who have stopped looking for a job, is actually nearly double what it was in 2009 – nearly 13%. For 18-25 year olds, it's double-that – 25%. And for minorities it's even higher. The auto bailouts were kick-backs to the unions. Research what was done to non-union auto workers and retirees, as well as what happened to car dealers who were non-Dem donators. Any president in the WH would have given the 'go' order for Bin Laden, which was 10 years of intel work started under Bush. My health insurance premiums and co-pays have quadrupled in 3 years, although I'm covering half as many people as my older two are now in the military. I estimate that as of 2 January, my taxes will go up @$250 a month, and I barely make more than $30k after taxes now.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • mresce

        Single Mom: Are those federal or state taxes? If federal, they could go up if we hit the fiscal cliff, brought on by Republicans refusing to raise the debt limit, which they raised more than 5 times for Bush II. By not raising it during a huge recession, it caused wide spread uncertainty, the country's credit rating to dropped due to a possible government shutdown. This year the republicans quietly extended government funding...why? to avoid being the reason the government shutdown, DURING an ELECTION YEAR...also my health insurance has been rising every year for the last 15 years...

        November 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim McDonald

    This is Nero fiddling while Rome burns. He had a monumental opportunity to change the world for the better, and he squandered mountains of National treasure on failed policies and criminal kickbacks. His presidency IS the ugly racist parody of Africian Americans abusing authority, wasting money and not enforcing written law when in a position of power.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mresce

      Don't talk about W like that....

      November 1, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • danny boson

      "This is Nero fiddling while Rome burns." Nero didn't own a fiddle, and did a lot of work to stop the fires, actually. Learn your history. Pithy quotations aren't enough. 🙂

      November 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    While I agree with you both Obama and Romney are equally bad, it is for reasons you haven't mentioned. It is because both basically belong to the rich. They'll bail our wall street a million times, not put corrupt bankers into prison and let the system exist as it does. We live in a cronytocracy and they both will keep it that way.
    As to if Obama has failed, that is debatable. See you and I might not be racist, but a large number of white people who are the Republican voting block largely are. Their elected representatives know this and feed into it. They made sure no laws were passed, and Obama was stuck and would seem like a failure. You saw them in action. Refusing to even negotiate $1 in increased revenue from taxing the super rich to $3 in cuts. That was a generous offer by Obama. He has definitely tried to work with them and has been stalled. Now since the house is the organization that actually passes laws, it decides if the president is a failure. The president has no real power other than militarily and the occasional executive order. He seems like a failure of a President, and objectively looking at just his record he is. But when you factor in they made sure he would fail, and even said they will try when he got elected (that's bold of them) you know it is racism. American's just have a short attention span, they don't remember how the Republicans stalled every moment of the way and prevented anything from getting done. That is what should define this presidency.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sue

    All I could think about when reading people's comments regarding this article is "Our country is REAL TROUBLE! How any one of you could say the comments I just read weren't racist are deluding yourself. I've seen it over and over again from the crazed conservative talk-show hosts, to Facebook, to the Romney campaign people, to the ugly and disparaging comments tossed at people because of their political views (people you don't even know!) I voted republican for a good part of my life until I started to see a change in the demeanor of many republican politicians and I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and will do so again in 2012.
    Not because he's a Democrat, but because I think he's a better human being than his opponent and because I'm sick and tired of the never-ending, ugly rhetoric that has been spewed from the Romney campaign. Democrats are not entirely innocent either, but they don't hold a candle to their adversaries.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL...

      The democrats are sooooooo much better...they ordered a drone strike on a 16 year old US citizen because his father was a suspected terrorist they murdered two weeks prior....both are now dead...the democrats promote just as much hate and division. Don't delude yourself, it's just the same tactics coming from different sides.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • danny boson

        "The democrats are sooooooo much better...they ordered a drone strike on a 16 year old US citizen because his father was a suspected terrorist they murdered two weeks prior....both are now dead...the democrats promote just as much hate and division. Don't delude yourself, it's just the same tactics coming from different sides."

        Nope. "the democrats" ordered nothing. The "drone strike" was ordered by Obama, who happens to be a democrat. And it was not ordered against a 16 year old. It was ordered against the teenager's father. Yep, killed the teenager. But no political party "ordered" that teenager killed.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. TheOtherSide

    Why is it the Reconstruction period resulted in a Black Senator from Mississippi a State that was part of the confederacy instead of the North? Why aren't all the laws restricting blacks from moving to the north included in the article? Laws president Lincoln addressed and supported as a right of a group when communities passed them? (Yes those speeches are in the library of congress).

    So Racism has always existed, including calling a Hispanic a new class a "White-Hispanic" to further the friction of race, and also immedietly taking the side of Black person in an altercation with police before all teh facts are revealed. It only divides the country and somehow gives credibility to the white racists who spout their vitriol!

    Did the system mentioned in the article create a "dependent class of people"?
    Do Voter ID laws really inhibit legitimatevoting?
    Do the laws restrict a vote (Literacy Laws)? How can you read the a ballot if you can't read?
    Don't people who become naturalized Citizens have to take a test?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • herchato

      Denial is really hard to overcome and justification doesn't seem to help.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Steve S

    It's NOT just in the South that racism is still alive-n'-well.
    The modern American-born Redneck is dumb as a rock, and lives in all 50 states.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Let me get this straight...

    So, when I voted for a black man in 2008, I was progressive...when I vote for a white man in 2012, I'll be a racist? I'm not sure that makes a whole lot of sense. I didn't know I wasn't allowed to vote based on ideas and beliefs. I'll have to remember that, but not until 2016...

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. frmerMarine

    Sarcasm fool.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. Penny Wright

    The Republican Party...come for the misogyny, stay for the racism.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Let me get this straight...

      The democrat party...we will murder babies, but ensure rapists get all the rights they deserve and our back on the street in no time.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Revels was a republican

      November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ameri Can

      This Blake idiot is just another example of what we have always seen across this country. The progressive liberal crowd uses people of all race and station in life for their targeted objective. They will appear to champion worthy causes, and then later abandon the very souls that no longer serve their purpose. Detroit is a perfect example of this. The progressive liberals have held political dominence in this city for decades. Every election, black issues are brought forth. The black community elects these bafoons and expects the issues addressed in the campaigns to be addressed in real life. To their despair, nothing ever changes. Common sense would suggest that after being led down this primrose path time after time that this black community would begin to question the motives of their progressive leaders, but reality say something different. They continue to elect these idiots and continue to live a life of poverty and despair. many conservatives have offered an opportunity for real progress and a path to true prosperity, but they are handily rejected every time. It could appear that this black community is perfectly content with their lot in life and just want to continue to live off of the government so they can always have someone else to blame. It is time to start placing the blame where it belongs. If people, of any color, will not make an attempt to better their lives, on their own, I think that we, as a nation, should refuse them the opportunity to live off of our surplus. If you don't work.....you don't eat. This principal has been around for thousands of years and needs to be resurected back into our society today.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • danny boson

        people who complain a lot about "the progressive liberals" seem to really dislike progression and liberty. hmm.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JR66

    I am white and anyone who thinks racism isn't part of this election has their head buried in the sand. They would rather vote for a man who is so patriotic that he hides his money in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying his fair share to the country he wants to lead, made his money as a corporate raider and started with family money (this is not a self made man) and out and out lies about everything. Every audience gets a different message. He is financed by the corporations and they care much more about profits than the American people. They don't care if Americans can buy their goods. They will sell to whoever has the money. His own company is outsourcing American jobs to China. Think people! Is this really who you want leading your country?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL...

      Thanks for letting us know how bias and uninformed you are. We all appreciate now knowing we shouldn't take anything you say seriously.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Apollyon

      While some or all of your points may have merit, none of them came close to being related to racism.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • kp3205s

      Bain Capital clients: Staples Office Supply, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, AMC Entertainment, Domino’s Pizza,
      Dunkin’ Donuts, Sports Authority, Toys “R” US, Warner Music Group. Pretty good companies in the US wouldn't you say?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • DFWdad

      And yet not one person has accused Romney of an illegal act. Hmmm, so why are you offended by the capitalist? Be careful, you might get what you ask for, and find that socialist redistribution of the your and mine wealth, is worse.

      One caveat. Capitalism without good morals is no better than Socialism. Conservatives, love your neighbor!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. beezers

    Have you ever been told to choose your friends carefully? I've never been in a group of racists like this, so I have to wonder what you're doing with these groups?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Capt Nemo

      Also in Florida,m and you can choose your friends as carefully as you like: the general population is riddled with racist whites, and even your friends can surprise you once in a while.

      Wear an Obama tshirt in the relatively blue area of Fort Lauderdale and see what kind of vile racist commentary you get. Ask me, I've been getting if tossed at me for months.

      In 1964 what I'm doing would have been very physically dangerous. Now it's merely unpleasant; we have made great progress!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  24. single mom

    I'm not threatened by someone's color but their behavior. I would be as nervous around a black man holding a nightstick outside a polling area as I would if a white skinhead was doing the same thing.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      You should have said white male,not skin head unless you also said black panther instead of black man.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      That mistake was made because some people don't even know they are prejudice and have racist tendencies.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. O.T.

    This is literally the most offensive garbage I've ever seen published by a seemingly reputable news organization. The charge is absurd. There are plenty of policy reasons to oppose Barack Obama. Many who will vote for him actually think his race is the only good thing about his presidency. Now every dad and mom can look at their children and know that one day they can become anything. That is great. What is not great is the absolute failure of Obama's economic policies. And, reading his body language, it seems he understands this. After hitting "post," I will never again visit the CNN website or turn the TV channel to the network.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • danny boson

      Please keep your promise to never again visit this place here you call so horrible. 😉

      November 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pete NJ

    The only haunting going on is the fact that President Obama has been haunting the American people for three years now. What did you expect. He had zero experience at anything. No one should vote for or against someone because of skin color. It is racism either way. We need someone with business experience to take the reins and turn things around. Romney 2012.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Uh, he had almost 4 years as a senator, same as Romney as governor.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • single mom

        No, he was elected in 2006 after spending a couple years doing nothing (voting present) in the Illinois state legislature. Almost as soon as he reached DC he formed an exploratory committee to run for White House in 2008.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • fadi kanan

      Business people are not fit to govern. IF you dont believe me, vote for Romney and I will see you in four years. There is a huge difference between running a business (where profits at any cost rule) and running a country (where the overall good has to prevail). You want this country to be run by business people, it already is. Look at all the lobbying going on in Washington now. Think about that before you vote.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • notraitors

        And how pray tell does being a "community organizer" equip one to be president?

        November 5, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  27. Arrakis

    Seeing t-shirts reading "Put the white back in the white house" on the backs of Romney supporters kinda sounds like racism to me. To say race is not an issue is absurd. The idea of judging people by their color is an archaic mentality and just goes to prove how many people are living throwback to an earlier time. They will die out eventually, but not before they try everything in their power to obstruct civil progress.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Synapse

      "They will die out eventually"
      They haven't in the 147 years since 1865 [when the issue was ostensibly settled]...
      and they won't as long as passing the poison down the generations is accepted, and isn't treated like the evil it is.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  28. Steve's Jobs

    Alison, quit your whining. Blame it on Obama and not your ability to make ends meet for your family. Shame on you.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jim

    Here is a simple argument that I'm sure will be twisted. Black people generally vote 90% DEMOCRAT all the time regardless of the color of the candidate's skin. White people generally vote in the mid-40's for DEMOCRAT. White people may not reach 40% for Obama. So the claim that the black vote is racism is just not true. The claim that the low white vote for Obama is racist may not be true, but at least it has some mathematical truth behind it.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  30. B. D.

    Racism is not just an 'American' issue – it is a human issue. As long as there are ignorant human beings on this planet, there will always be racism in some form or fashion regardless of the country or society. This is sad but true.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  31. fiftyfive55

    If America is SOOOO racist,why do so many people of color from around the globe try to emigrate here ???
    Look at the nations of color around the world,the only Edens are in white countries.
    In spite of slavery,blacks have still progressed more here than they would have back in Africa(a proven fact)

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  32. ffacts

    obama is lucky to have ALL of mainstream media working around the clock for his campaign

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jenny

    I actually like Obama from personal point of view, but I'm just not voting for him. He tried his best the last four years, and it's time to try something else. And articles like these don't help.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  34. R

    The US is not going to solve the problems it has by calling each other names and obstructing everything. We are not democrats and republicans. We are not black and white. We are Americans. Until our leaders get that in their head – we are going to be stuck in this polarized society. Let's get past blaming the liberal media and fox news and put forth real solutions to solving this country. It's time to get young open-minded people into office. Try to have an open mind to other ideas. Try to help others up, not kick them down. If this country is to start moving forward, grab your neighbor and help them, hold an intelligent discussion with your ideologically opposed friend, and move forward. That's how we will show politicians that WE THE PEOPLE are in charge. WE THE PEOPLE want real progress to move us past this partisan divide that is continually choking us. Our politicians are divided but show them in solidarity that the people are not.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      The problemt is the fact that ignorant, racist people can't do what you described.... They try to defend their actions and position with nonsense. Once they take a side/position nothing can change their mind even when they know they are wrong....they're too entrenched in what they believe and nobody will change their mind.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • onevoice

        I believe the problems we face in our country has so many facets the issues are no longer discussed civilly. The're discussed and motivated by one's ideology, regardless of being right/wrong and defended as such to the point of anger which brings out individual issues in oneself.

        November 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Krieg

    yes black ppl vote for Obama because he is black but you ignore the fact that black ppl have historically voted democrat since 1964. No matter who the democratic candidate is they will get over 85 percent of the african american vote. Since obama is black he got over 95 percent. Im not saying your wrong im saying your ignoring many factors. The republican party chose not to want the black vote in the 60s and have not been welcoming to it in the present. It is offensive for you to say whites voted for him despite being black. You make it seem like being black is a negative and a reason to not support him. He received 41 percent of the white vote the most since LBJ. No democrat has one majority of the white vote since LBJ. Historically minorities supports democrats and whites republicans. So the reason whites voted for Obama is because he was the best candidate in 08 plain and simple.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  36. common sense

    some simple truth... reconstruction occurred 2 years after the ed of the civil war and suspended civilian rule in the rebellious states. It also allowed the passage of the 14th amendment without any ratification by those states.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  37. Scott

    Those are the voters that this toilet paper (a.k.a article) is trying to influence.

    Scott

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  38. Joe

    Agreed!! That is just ridiculous... It's also ridiculous to call him and eloquent speaker. He's eloquent reader when he has a teleprompter in front of him, otherwise he sounds pretty pathetic!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. meme

    It is sad that when things are not going the way some people would like to see them go, the race card is tossed on the table.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  40. Seriously?

    our*

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  41. Jim

    Alison....hopefully so is the rest of America!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  42. Matt R

    I was a life-long Republican until Joe Wilson interrupted the President, yelled "You lie!", and his party leaders neither admonished nor punished him. I don't care who the President is, he deserves respect. It's been sad to witness the GOP slip down this slope of racism. The truly sad thing is that most of these black-haters probably have blood relatives in the black community. For most of my life I thought I was as white-as-snow. My mother's family was from Finland. But when I researched my father's side of the family (ten consecutive generations of Southerners starting in Jamestown) blacks starting cropping up all over my family tree! In fact, I'm a seventh cousin to one of those pictured above. I don't know what it will take for many Americans to accept the fact that America is one big racial melting pot, and that we all are blood-related

    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Our president has failed. Whether he is black or not is not the issue. He has failed.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Cecilia

        You must be doing pretty good, you obviously can get to computer and respond. I don't think you are hurting at all. Our President has done a good job. He has started the road to recovery after Bush left us in a recession; his brother Geb could not have said it better.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • fadi kanan

        remember four years ago. That was a failure. `We are just now starting to come out from all the destruction caused by 8 years of destruction under Bush. It is much easier to destroy than to rebuild. So, be honest and at least mention one place where we are all worse today than we were four years ago. Remember Lehman brothers.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Look, anyone with half a brain should know this is the Republican's strategy to get back in the Oval office.... Here is there strategy....We'll obstruct anything the President attempt to do to improve the economy even if we're for it so we can say he didn't turn things around fast enough. We will not cooperate with him so we can blast him for not reaching across the aisle to promote a bi-partisan agenda....although its us that is stonewallig efforts to help the economy and the American people.

        There are way too many idiots in the U.S.A that are too easily mislead. That's why politicians continue to play these political games....they know the American people will not hold them accountable. Mitt Romney flip flops on issues after issue every 24 hours and blantantly tries to decieve people and has no integrity but he won his party's nomination and he's running for President on Nov 6....I rest my case.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • single mom

      Joe Wilson's outburst was not based on racism but on the facts – and it's turned out he was correct. I'm not excusing what he did. It was as disrespectful as the president scolding the Supreme Court Justices during a State of the Union address or having Paul Ryan sit in the middle of the front row of a press conference to launch a rant at him, knowing in both cases that the people involved couldn't defend themselves.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
      • GenC

        Single Mom, now I know why you are a single mom!

        November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dano

        Single mom- very well said. You will however, be attacked for your comment. You are far too logical a thinker for many of your fellow bloggers. Do not be deterred, think on!

        November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Why would you immediately jump to racism? I guess he couldn't possibily disagree with the President and beleive he was lying? I gues we aren't so extremely polarized that the left hates the right and the right hates the left, equally.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • pc

      "I was a life-long Republican until Joe Wilson interrupted the President, yelled "You lie!"

      Yeah...sure you were. That's all it takes for you to give up your views about small government and individual liberty to embrace big government collectivism?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • pitt04

      This made the hairs on my arms stand up.
      Thanks for having the courage to speak up.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim McDonald

      Joe Wilson was rude, and he spoke the truth. Do you not get tired of having to defend obama's chronic failures from behind that translucent fig leaf of racism?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Why don't you outline what President Obama's chronic failures are! Tell us how he has failed as President so that we all can be enlightened.

        Let me guess...
        1. Economy-he didn't turn the worse recession since the great depression around fast enough..
        2. Benghazi-this is worst than the Iran Contra scandal....at least Pres. Reagan couldn't remember what happened...
        3. Obamacare-how dare he try to be American and look out for ALL Americals!
        4. Socialist-he wants big government and hates capitalism...Bush economy didn't put so many on welfare Obama did.
        5. Taxes–he wants rich people to pay percentage wise, the same as poor people....how dare he...this is social warfare!
        6. Birth Certificae-he's not an American....he wasn't born here...let's impeach him!!!
        7. Muslim-he's not a Christian, he's a muslim that hate white people....he'll destroy America!!....he hates Israel!
        8. Arrogance-he thinks he's smarter than everyone elese....he's so disrespectful!!...he's an angry black muslim!
        9. Stupid-he's the dumbest President ever!!!.....he has this intricate plot to destroy white people!
        10. Debt - Bush didn't create debt, Obama did. Don't try to blame saving our economy for the increase in our debt!

        Did I miss any major issues? Oh, he's Black... forgot about that one....

        Stupid is what stupid does and there are too many stupid people with the right to vote!

        November 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • joshua

      you lie. Wilson was admonished and he apologized. And by the way, Obama was lying at the time. Just like he was lying about fast and furious, solyndra, and libya. ObamaCare was deemed to be a huge middle class tax hike by the Supreme Court. Even though Obama kept telling everyone it wasn't. But if reaching back three years to some obscure Wilson moment makes you feel better about voting for a man that wasted 1 trillion dollars on an economic policy that did nothing but bail out his buddies on wall street, then go ahead and vote for another 4 years of economic disaster.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • GenC

        Give us facts about what you just stated

        November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • lbpaulina

      I think you described the real American beauty: all the races protected by the same rights. There are people do not accept it though, why? We do not know, maybe they have the complex of the Pharaoh (I just invented it: Pharaohs married between siblings to preserve the pure race. They all died very young, obviously.)

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • pc

      I have a similar story.
      I was a lifelong democrat until John Kerry said (about George Bush) "This administration has lied to us. They have misled us." Then I was a republican until Joe Wilson shouted "you lie!" to Obama. Then I was democrat again until Obama said Romney lied about tax cuts for the millionaire billionaire gazillionaire jet owners.
      I wish these politicians would stop making me change my core principals.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Howard

    Why is it so hard for some whites to understand and sympathize with blacks who've spent their entire lives dealing with the pain and humiliation of racial prejudice wanting to vote for a black candidate simply because of the color of his skin?

    Oh, and by the way, not ALL blacks are voting for Obama. Condi Rice isn't, and neither are a number of other black leaders. Your inability to make that not-so-fine distinction speaks to your own racial bigotry.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  44. Rachel

    This article was interesting, as it showed some of the parallels between our past and current political climate. I disagree with it though. While there is an element of racism on both the democrat and republican side, most sensible, intelligent people will be voting for President Obama regardless of the color of his skin. I think most Americans recognize that Mr. Romney's unwillingness to create a concrete plan or take a firm stand on a variety of issues is not in the best interest of America.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      You're right....most sensible people will vote for the best candidate regardless of skin color.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jim

    Bad, Bad White People!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jim31

    Those were the good old times when blacks knew their place and did not cause any trouble. White people did not have to worry about black gangs or black crime. It was good times in America

    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • fadi kanan

      This is exactly the kind of racism we dont need in this country. I am not sure if you know it or not but your comments are extremely racists. So, wake up and smell the new America where white people will be the minority by 2050.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  47. wileysee

    It is amazing that anytime anyone disagrees with any of Obama's policies, out comes the race card. I guess you should just agree with everything he says and elect him king in order not to be a racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • rafterman11

      That is a load. Disagreeing with Obama's policies is one thing and no fair person will "play the race card" if the criticism is fair and sensible, even if you disagree. But right wing attacks are seldom fair. Everything from Obama's religion and family, to the constant assault on his citizenship (the kind that no white candidate has ever had to endure) are nothing more than race attacks. There has been mounds of evidence supporting Obama's US citizenship, yet the assault continues, even to this day. Its garbage like that which tells me that its about race.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Exactly. I basically outlined all of the GOP idiotic attack lines in a previous post.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GenC

      Nope, you are not considered a racist if you don't vote for President Obama. Basically what they are saying is You shouldn't just say you are NOT voting for him because of his race. That makes you a racist. People aren't saying they are not voting for Romney because he is white!! Wake up, think for yourself.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe A. Luna

      i guess i'm a racist hispanic...

      November 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. NativeBornAmerican

    What a load of crap. Maybe it's because the economy is dead and people are out of work. As the saying goes – The Buck Stops Here – that being the President's desk.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      ^ must agree with that. Its embarrassing to have leaders who dont even 'kick the can down the road' but instead look over their shoulders for someone to blame.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        So, if Mitt Romney would have beaten McCain in 2008 and then went on to defeat Barack Obama to become President, you're telling me that he would have the economy booming by now like we never had a great recession?

        You're telling me that Mitt Romney would not have increased our debt, but would have fixed our economy in essentially 3 years without a stimulus, without a bailout, without increasing taxes....he would have just waved a magic wand and everthing would be all better.... I guess he would have deregulated deregulation and allowed big business to succeed like they've never suceeded before and that there would be so many jobs it wouldn't matter if the house you bougt for $600k is now worth $200k...wow! Mitt Romney can turn bricks into gold....he'll tell you how to do it right after you vote for him.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. DustyOnes

    Parrllel to the past....reminds me of Joe Stalin.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Silent_Surface

      I am so tired of the race card being thrown out there. Guess what, to the VAST majority of Americans, it has nothing to do with race, but with their perception of the job that this President has done. I intend to vote against this President, but it certainly is not because of his race. I would loudly and proudly support a ticket of Colin Powell with Condoleesa Rice as VP. Why? Because I think they would do a TREMENDOUS job.

      I wonder too...... why is it that when the racism card gets played that no mention is made of the MANY people who openly said they voted for our current President because of his RACE? Why are the people who love playing the racial card not up in arms about this blatant racism?

      I personally think it is a sad statement about our Country that Obama and Romney are what we have to choose between.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I think that the more people talk about racism, the more it will remain as an issue. Comparing the current US citizenry to the condition that existed in the 1860s is completely ridiculous. The current president should be judged on his actions and accomplishments, not his skin color. To me, he is a smiling goof, who had pure power handed to him on a plate and chose to do nothing with it. He has not resolved or changed issues that he promised to, so that makes Him a weak president. A strong president dosent mean that the US stays at war, or starts new ones; to me it means someone who can make the right calls in the intrerest of his country and wont does not worry about reelection because he trusts the American public. The last president to have those qualities existed a very long time ago. So long as a 2 party system is indulged, or so long as the mainstream media prints ornery nonsense like this article, so long as the candidates who speak for change, and even change in Democracy, are sidelined and ridiculed, there will never be a strong leasder for America.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  50. Josh

    It's unfortunate, but race is a factor for a large amount of people in this election. There is a difference between people who are voting against Obama because they disagree with his policies, or feel that Romney would bring something new for the country, and true "Obama-haters". I feel the former group for the most part isn't racist, but the "Obama-Haters", are definite racist. President Obama has done nothing for a person to hate him to the degree that some Obama-Haters hate him, other than the fact that they are racist. This group of people, (Obama-haters, birthers), are vile and disgusting; maybe even lower than the KKK, (at least the KKK are in your face about being racist), because these type of people try to hide and say they're not racist and it's just, "his policies", and instead use "code-words" to put down the President, (i.e: Food Stamp President; Socialist President). It's sad that Racism is still a problem our society deals with in 2012. It's not as bad as in the 1950's or 1960's, but it is still an issue that has not gone away.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Luna

      Give me a break. The supposed "hate" toward Obama, pales in comparison to the hate toward President Bush on a daily basis. So please let me get you a tissue.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Capt Nemo

        People hated Bush 2 for his smirk, his intolerant ignorance, his messianic certainty that God wanted him to do things, for the lies his minions cooked up to get us into Iraq

        November 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  51. wileysee

    Yeah I never understood why 90% of African American votes go Democrat? Clinton has stated he respects and has modeled his politics on Fulbright who was a known racist. Robert Byrd (D) served 11 years as Majority leader and was a KKK member. George Bush appointed more members of minority groups to the highest positions of power in the history of the US. Democrats are great at spinning the truth

    November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  52. fiftyfive55

    One thing always a constant in so-called "race discussions" is how it always stops at 100 years ago and rarely advances to modern times except to say today's people are somehow responsible for something that happened a hundred years ago.Instant end to the discussion.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  53. Michael Chapel Hill

    It sounds like the author who see everything in the light of race. He is having a nightmare. US is a better place for colored people than elsewhere on the planet. Let the author visit and study other nations and then evaluate the country. It is Obama policies and not his race important for anyone who is opposing him. How did he win last term if the White majority was against him?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  54. kaligaclark

    Common sense says not everyone against Obama is racist and the article does NOT say that, but you cannot deny there is some racism involved in some people against Obama! Obama epitaphs being hung, Obama being called the n word or shown as a monkey is RACIST. If you don't see that then you are blind. If can not admit that there are SOME against Obama because of his race then you are in denial or agree with them. There are racists on both sides, BUT having the first black president has brought out the racist in some people. What the article is saying is that this racism goes back generations. People rarely wake up racist, they grow up in families that propagate this racism. It does go both ways, but there is something to what Juan Williams said. He said there are some that are upset that some minorities have more money and more power than them as a white man. NOT ALL, BUT SOME!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  55. Proud to Be American

    When I see the lying, misleading, and fear mongering ads from Mitt Romney, it reminds how much I admire and trust President Obama. As the election draws near, President Obama, an African American, has maintained his character and integrity.

    The "white guy" is showing us he has no integrity.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      You trust a man that we don't even know? He refuses to release any records telling us who he is. He wispers to the leader of Russia "Just wait til after the election!" He lies to you after an American diplomat has been raped and murdered about the terrorists that did the terrible act, blaming it on America's first amendment... This list could go on... YOU TRUST THIS GUY? I think this is really scary.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Rachel

        Sarah, I think both candidates have done their fair share of hiding. Mitt Romney has not released any relevant tax forms (beyond 2 years), will not acknowledge whether or not he has off shore accounts, and has changed positions on most issues including abortion, healthcare, and FEMA. If you are voting based on who is more "trustworthy", I think you may have your work cut out for you.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • LIsa

        Agree completely. He actually told the Russian predident that he'd have "more flexibility" after the election. More flexibility to do WHAT?????

        November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Yeah, President Obama allowed his ambassador and others to be murdered and actually watched this happening but did nothing about it so that Republicans could have something to talk about....he knew they needed some help in the election otherwise it would have been an runaway victory.... LOL!

        Oh, did you hear of his secret plans with the Russians? This stupid president has this very complex plan to have the Russians put Americans in slavery and will sale them to the muslims in Iran...

        If you want a good conspiracy you need to look no further than the GOP... To even compare Mitt Romney's character with President Obama is an insult to all Americans. When President Obama's name is mentioned in the same breath with Joe Isuzu as Mitt Romney's name is then you can compare their character and integrity...

        November 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Bryan Reed

    As a black person I think this is shameful. When Obama won in 2008 no one talked about race, but because it appears he may lose, race is the reason, not the economy or jobs. Right? We're such whiners. American Indians lost their land and they don't whine this bad. Lose with some dignity at least.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • fadi kanan

      He is not going to lose unless they do something similar to Florida 2004. Believe me, Obama is probably going to win on Tuesday.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  57. single mom

    I don't care if a candidate is purple with green and yellow polka dots. I want to know his/her background (including what he studied in college – that is important), his/her jobs before, during and after college, family – that is important as it tells me how their early ideals and thought processed was formed. Most importantly, I want to know how they see the country. Do they see the country as the best, as exceptional, with all its faults and past errors? Or do they see the country as the cause of all the ills of the world? Yeah, you probably figured I'm not an Obama supporter by the second sentence. However, I must say that I respect Obama for 1. coming from a single parent family and getting to where he is – that takes determination and strength no matter who helps you along the way, and 2, most of all, for being a devoted husband and father. I just don't like his policies, how he sees the US, and how he wants to 'transform' the US.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Take a good look at the comments on this page. What do you see

      November 2, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  58. KEKC

    Obama to Dmitri Medvedev: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility”

    November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • KEKC

      So, if someone wants a president who makes illegal promises to authoritarian governments, who is pathologically "flexible", then vote for Obama, otherwise fire him for good.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • garc

      George Bush to Michael Brown post Katrina hell: "Heckuva job, Brownie."

      Mitt Romney: FEMA helping out in major weather disasters "is simply immoral." (2011)

      Mitt Romney on ANY issue: Multiple choice.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  59. John

    The left simply can't or won't understand – there is not a race issue with Obama (or any other politician for that matter). I do not like his vission for America or his politics and will not vote for him. I am sick and tired of hearing that if he loses it will because of the color of his skin. It won't be. It will be the content of his political views and his failure to lead. Period.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Sure, and the the effigies we see being hanged from trees in Texas and the overtly racist t-shirts worn to Ohio Romney rallies and the Obama-chimp posters... those aren't racist either.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
      • KEKC

        96% of black vote for Obama is quite racist. I voted for him in 2008, so I cannot possibly be racist, now I admit that I was very wrong.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Juan Luna

        President Bush was constantly displayed as a chimp. Also there were effigies of Bush hung up all the time, at the Code Pink rallies. Please spare us your hypocrisy.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  60. Chuck

    A big Catch-22 next week: Re-elect Obama just to prove we're not racists and watch the country continue to struggle. Or vote Obama out of office, and watch urban cities burn to the ground screaming racism.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      so...you're using prejudice sprinkled with racial overtones to prove your catch-22 point? Great post there!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It would just cause more confusion for racists. Racists are an easily confused lot

      November 1, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  61. Juan Luna

    Yep, that sums it up pretty nicely.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  62. Nah

    kaliga: "If you want to deny that they are racist either you agree with these actions/statements or have your head in the sand. Not everyone against Obama is racists, but there are MANY racists that are against him and I think the majority of them are in the teaparty. NOT ALL, but most."

    You have to be trolling.

    This is akin to KKK arguments that "not all blacks are criminals" but "most of them are".

    It's a pathetic way to justify your partisan bigotry.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  63. tv22

    I've had a running argument with a friend on a sports board who believes that all business is corrupt. I told him he's had too much Obama Kool-Aid but he doesn't get it. I can't get him to understand that all businesses are made up of people – employees, investors and customers. It's the culmination of a campaign to wage war against success.

    If they win, we're done as a nation.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  64. JanetMermaid

    Obama does not walk on water and is not perfect, but he has done extraordinarily well considering the obstructionist Congress he's had for all but 133 days of his term. This race, however, is about a MUCH bigger issue - it is about the Supreme Court. The next President will likely appoint 3-4 Supreme Court Justices. If we do NOT want an anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-environment, anti-elderly court then we MUST re-electet Obama. If Romney wins we will likely end up with a court filled with Clarence Thomas corporate shill clones. For that reason alone the choice is clear.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • The anti anti

      YES!! If you want anti-freedom and anti-jobs and anti-American vote Obama. Do you think it is coincidence that the world leaders suport Obama? Because they know Obama will give in to their demands. Face the real world and not the Obama World.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I'm sure Obama could have done better, if he had just tried. It's kind of hard to get anything done when you are always on vacation. How many times has he tried to meet with members of the house and Senate? How many times has he tried to meet with any Republicans? It's easy to say people are obstructionists when you refuse to meet with them. For this country to do well it has to be run by consensus not by one party shoving things down the other's throat. Fifty one percent of the populace didn't want Obama care, he didn't care. It got shoved down our throats by the Democrats. Hopefully Mr. Obama will be moving to a new residence in January. Maybe he won't be like the Clintons and steal the plates.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Obama had an obstructionist Congress for all but 133 days of his term?! For the first twoYEARS of his term Democrats held both the Senate and the House. Facts are inconvenient things. You can't just make them up to support how you wish things were. A little intellectual honesty would help you see things much more clearly.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      By al means, if you want a pro-socialist, anti-freedom (especially religious freedom) SCOTUS, vote for Obama.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  65. Lagos

    Parallels such as a majority of white voters voting for the black candidate. Wait, that's nowhere close to what happened? Oh, well you mean parallels like constant blatant racism from fellow politicians and people questioning his ability to do his job because of his race? No?

    Yep, totally "haunting" the age of Obama. And if Obama somehow fails to beat Mitt Romney, I'm sure everyone will obsess over the drop in the white vote for Obama (probably more like 40%) and ignore the 90-95% of african-american voters voting for the african-american.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  66. kiwisepp

    If Obama is white man, this election would be a landslide victory for him.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      No, it would not. There is nowhere near the bias against Obama because of his skin shade that there is opposition to his radical policies.that are not working.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      If Obama was a white man, he would still have the record he has today and I would still be voting him out of office. It's 2012. No one cares about the fact that he is african-american! They care about the job he has done, and it has been a pretty bad one.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Kyle

        Sarah, can you please post your birth certificate? For all we know you could be a Muslim-Socalist-Kenyan-Soviet-Terrorist.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        I would gladly produce my birth certificate. I produced my birth certificate to my employer when I started my job. You know who hasn't produced HIS birth certificate to HIS employers (The people of the USA)???? The President. How does this make sense? How did he go to Pakistan as a US citizen when US citizens weren't allowed?

        In my mind, this is a non-issue. He is a terrible President no matter what his citizenship is. But I think it is absolutely SCARY that we have let this person who is so non-transparent run our country!

        November 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        So, it's a consiparacy that got a non US citizen elected as President. I mean, how could a non citizen pull that off without showing proof of citizenship. I guess the Republicans were too stupid to seek proof of his citizenship and the democrats were happy to put this non citizen in the White House so he could destroy the country....that's what the Dems do and that's what President Obama is doing... destroying the country right. We know he's certainly not trying to pull the country out of the mess that Bush and his GOP friends created. Bush and the GOP did a great job!!

        Do you have to work to be this stupid or were you born this dumb!

        November 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      WRONG! We The People threw out the soon to be second worst one-term president Jimmy Carter due to his mishandling of the office. Now how are you going to whine "racist" on that loser that We The People tossed out?

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  67. Dave

    "Oh...you don't like Obama's policies? You must be racist." Enough of this garbage. How about you wake up to the fact that not all of us are enamoured with this unqualified two-term senator we now have pretending to be president.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  68. Dave

    The country is STILL full of ignorant, racist whites. Our problem is that other races are joining in on the racist bandwagon so white Republican racists feel justified.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  69. BobRayTalbot

    It is astounding that you would publish this holier-than-thou malarkey (to use a Joe Biden phrase) 4 days before this election. It is equally shocking how completely in the tank CNN and its compatriots at NBC, ABC, CBS, the New York Times and all the rest of the "mainstream media", are for Barak Obama. Not because he is a competent, effective leader; but because he is black. You are the racists here. Most of us who oppose Obama's election do so because of his policies, not his skin color. I would oppose his re-election if he were white, green or polka dot. He wants to establish a European-style socialist state in the United States and I oppose that. And if Romney doesn't four-square oppose the implementation of Obama's policies – assuming he is elected – I will oppose him, too. I would vote against Hillary Clinton, Al Gore or Bill Bradley for President, and I would vote, enthusiastically, for Herman Cain.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      Funny how Republicans opposed John Kerry and Bill Clinton just as much as they do Obama. Was the Republican motivation at that time Kerry and Clinton's skin color as well?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If all you can stand to hear is pro-Republican propaganda there's a channel for you. But the real news media is always going to upset you by presenting both sides to the story.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Nah

        dave: "But the real news media is always going to upset you by presenting both sides to the story."

        Ah, yes. The "real" news media publishes articles meant to slander Obama's opposition by overtly implying that they oppose him because of his skin color.

        You're so smart it hurts.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        Real news media are the ones who aren't so terrified of white Republican men that they forcibly skew their reporting in order to placate this demographic.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Ancient Texan

        Yes like the "real news media" is totally ignoring the gross mishandling of the Benghazi killing of Americans because it would be detrimental to the Obama reelection effort. Just keep burying your head in the sand and shutting out the real world.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Dar

        I see you too live in a fantasy world that Obama has made for you.
        WAKE UP

        November 1, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  70. ray

    I'm a white man. I'd rather have an honest democratic man (of any color) as my President than a lying business destroying family destroying meglamaniac flip floping repugnican like Mitt Robmey

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Juanita

      Ditto!

      Cheers to you Ray!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LYnn

      Too bad there isn't an honest Democrat running though!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  71. wileysee

    The Republican party, the party of Lincoln, was started because the Democratic party wanted to keep blacks as slaves. The Democratic party is still the only party to have a KKK member as a senator Senator Robert Byrd. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City in 1922. Democrats were who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other protesters were fighting.Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans. Bill Clinton's mentor was Senator J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and a supporter of racial segregation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama. So now tell me how GREAT the Democratic party is. The ONLY thing they are good at is twisting and spinning reality.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Don't try giving a history lesson on the Democratic party to blacks.They haven't read a history book in years.A perfect example is the Georgia state flag.Blacks protested the old version with stars and bars on it and every black politician voted to approve the current flag which just happens to be the original Confederate States flag flown over Jefferson Davis's headquarters during the Civil war. Its really funny when you think about it.Maybe they don't know who Jefferson Davis was.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  72. inathens

    Wrong parallels. The "parallels to the past that haunt age of Obama" are the parallels to 1979 when a weak world economy was made worse in the U.S. by a president who didn't know what to do domestically, and tensions abroad were heightened by a president with nice intentions but no clear idea of how to lead in the world, and a lack of leadership failed to inspire people after 4 years of more failure than success.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  73. Populost

    Couldn't agree more.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  74. CNNuthin

    I think every single Republican commenter on here would convulse, start crying, get angry and start a protest rally if they saw Avenue Q.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      just like a liberal. Let's avoid the real issues and make fun of the other side!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  75. Terry

    Ps......Revels was a republican, apposed by southern democrats

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  76. Joe

    Racism is stupid, but this article is almost as stupid; I hope with all my being that Obama doesn't win the election. But that isn't because of his race, or whatever imagined ties to Islam, it's because his policies are suicidal for the country.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Which one of President Obama policies do you consider suicidal for the country? I guarantee President Obama's policies will help you and your family more than Mitt Romney's. Guarantee it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • LYnn

        Obamacare is suicidal! There are other ways to improve healt care, his extremely expensive way is not the only way!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  77. kiwisepp

    the only reason for all those white uneducated male, who do not vote for Obama, is that he is black.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  78. LIsa

    If I wanted to play the race card, I could accuse Obama of being racist. When he ran for office 4 years ago, he was bi-racial. After being elected, he turned black. Even on his census, he marked BLACK, no bi-racial. He's even racist against himself, or at least the white half.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Are you serious????? You can't be serious.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Dano

        Obama is as bi-racial as one can be, and he did in fact identify himself as "black" on the census form. I would guess though that was tied to his desire to be remembered as the first black president, not as the first bi racial president.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  79. avocatusdiaboli

    During the MIddle Ages, anyone disagreeing with the Catholic Church or the Vatican on policies or beliefs was branded a blasphemer or a heretic and imprisoned and forced to recant even sometimes executed. Their arguments were never discussed on merit—just their opposition to those in power. This also happened in the American Puritan colonies. We no longer take disagreements to such a stage over religion, but we are getting closer to it on race. Many of us hoped the election of a Black man to the White House would erase the racial divide, but all you have to do is criticize Obama's policies, point out his racial biases, or his pandering to racial issues criticize any medium or person for flaming passions over race (sometime called race-baiting which Jackson, Sharpton, and CNN do very well), and you are branded a racist. Your arguments are not considered but rejected and tainted with unfounded accusations of racism because they oppose those of a Black, any Black, in power. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Sad time for free speech in America.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  80. RobK

    Yes there is racism in America, but not where you think. 95+% of blacks are voting for Obama, whereas the white vote is split just about 50/50. Who are the racists?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Southerns Republicans who still love the confederate flag

      November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
      • tv22

        I live in the south, don't see many Confederate flags. I do see a lot of Romney/Ryan signs though. I also see a lot of good people, that go to church on Sundays, work in the community, give of their time, money and talents, run ethical businesses, care for their neighbors and ask for little in return.

        Another example of bigotry though, and of course the them of this campaign – we'd all be okay if it just weren't for those white Republicans.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      RobK,
      And don't forget that Blacks typically vote about 80% democrat.

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      I guarantee you out of that 50% that's not voting for President Obama that at least 20% are voting against their own interest because they hate President Obama. If you took race out of it this election would not be close. If this race was based on records and each canidates plan to move this country forward it would not be close.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        @ Lawrence...

        Stupid people will vote against their own interest....this is nothing new. The 4% of AA that vote republicans in 2008 are more than likely wealthy.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  81. RobK

    The only voter suppression that I am hearing about is anti-Romney: voting booths rigged to return Obama no matter what is pressed. There is a story about a little girl crying about the election: her mother says that she thinks Romney is a bad man, who just wants be president and take people's money. Wonder where that came from?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      So true. Romney talks about restoring the economy and lowering unemployment and Obama attacks Romney with untrue vile statements. Thank God November 6th is almost here.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      "The only voter suppression that I am hearing about is anti-Romney:" Yea if you get all your news from the Fox News Channel than you won't hear about the Republicans trying to put laws into place to make it harder for people to vote. They claim their trying to stop voter fraud. Yea right.. Voter fraud is not that big of an issue..

      November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Dano

        Voter suppression? I can't buy a bottle of liquor or attend the Democratic National Convention without showing ID. But if I'm asked to show ID to vote, it's voter suppression? This makes sense?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • AndrewFromNH

        Voter suppression? How about Ohio, where the Republican governor and legislature passed laws to reduce or eliminate early voting. Then right wing groups sent out messages about how it was DoJ lawyers, acting on orders from the White House, who were "traveling through Ohio, trying to suppress early voting, which is so important for senior citizens, members of the military, and others whose work schedules might make Tuesday voting hard or impossible." I got those messages myself, so I'm not relying on news media or reports from any other person.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mary Contrary

    I'm Caucasian and yes, I will whip out the race card. Racism is ALIVE AND STRONG in the USA! It makes me sick at my stomach when some of my relatives absolutely hate black people, no matter what profession they are in. I had a black woman who was in charge of personnel where I was working and by golly, she was a white racist. She told me one day, when my Mother was your age, she was a slave. She proceeded to make my life hell until one day I walked out and let her have the job. But that didn't sour me on black people. I will continue to be proud of their accomplishments and I will continue to be proud that I am not a racist. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket and one reason is because of the black haters. I voted for Obama and proud of it!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Too bad more people can't see past color.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Brian

    I dont think anyone is going to feel sorry for Obi boy and the fact that he is black which is NOT TRUE! He is HALF BLACK!!! He is in no way connected to any slaves! This guy has had everything handed to him. Just ask him how he got into Harvard and Colombia. Show us your school records Mr. President?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • gladiatorgrl

      how come people only ask for the BROWN Prez school records? And WHERE is Mitt's taxes?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • LYnn

        Because Obama is the only canidate running that can't/won't explain how he got to where he is! And about Romney's taxes, they are only required to show 2 years worth, and what difference would it make if he did release another 10 years worth? We all know he's rich and has money out of the country, neither is illegal! So someone please tell me what the big deal with his bank accounts and tax returns are!!

        November 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Who's asking for his records....Donald Trump, the GOP supporters. C'mon, there is nobody in office that is asking for the President's records...they know the facts. The GOP like to have their surrogates say outrageous stuff to rile up their extremist base. All you have to do is check out some of these posters....If Hannity or Limbaugh says its true it must be true.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  84. joe

    what about the 90% black vote for their prez isn't that more than the 80% white vote in the south. so cnn where is it that you are being fair. this is about you bring a race card to a vote

    November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kianasmum

      See that's the problem with having a Black President Joe! You only see today. You don't see that the same people voting for President Obama usually vote for the Democratic party anyways since this party seems to help the poor and middle classes more than the Republican "do for yourselves" ideology. It may be true that more people of colour are more motivated to vote now that one of their own is running for office but that's not to say that they've never voted in the past.

      As a Canadian, your comment highlights exactly what's wrong with people who are voting for Romney simply because they don't like President Obama or his supporters. Our Corporate tax rate was reduced to 15% and now our economy has shrunk and our unemployment rate has edged up. Don't believe anyone from Corporate America running for politics. The main thing that saved Canada from the economic fall-out of 2008/2009 was our heavily regulated banking system. Don't believe the Romney/Ryan filp-flopping duo. The rest of the world is praying that America elects President Obama becuase we know that the Romney/Ryan ticket is in this for themselves and their supporters only! Come on now... what kind of leader would want to pass disaster relief in your country to private businesses?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        @Kianasmum

        Good luck with trying to be reasonable with the GOP....

        November 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Do you have a hard time reading or obtaining facts on your own?

      If not, you wouldn't have asked your question.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  85. BschCheiney

    Yes it is true. Most of us are stuck in the old idea of hating anybody else who is different. Racism is a reality in the US and we cannot deny this.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  86. RobK

    I would have no problem voting for a black conservative president. Unlike the liberal crowd that can't get over skin color, conservatives care more about policy.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Concur RobK. I was all for Colin Powell running for president back in 2000. Now I'm not so sure about Mister Powell's views, however he would still be infinitely better that the thing that is currently occupying the White House.

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      TOTALLY agree. They make it an issue. I vote on policies, not on skin color. There is a sign in my town that says "Black People – make sure you vote!" .... why not just "If you are reading this, make sure you vote!"? The people that cry racism are the main cause for the divide.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        So I guess you are not voting this year cause we have not heard what romneys policies are...good luck with that though

        November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Yeah, policy like calling the President a muslim, staging "controversy" about his birth certificate... yeah, those policies.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      If I was blind and did know the color of either canidate and just voted off of their records I would still vote for President Obama... If President Obama was white and Mitt Romney was black based off of which canidate has my best interest in mind. It would be guess who... President Obama... I mad that this race is even close...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  87. Brian

    Who would read this crap? We dont care about slaves or slavery or Obama. We want jobs.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe06042

      Brain, if you want jobs (which by the way are being created, perhaps not fast as we all would like) how about getting the Republicans in congress to work with the Democrats and the President to pass a comprehensive job bill??? Fact of the matter is that Republicans do not want jobs created, that would be a harsh blow to their power in congress. It is in their party's interest to impeded every such effort, whcih is what they have done. Remember Mitch McConnel famoulsy stating that his party's sole mission was to make Pres. Obama a one term president, another famous qoute if from perhaps the most vocal leader of the right, Rush who said don't drink the kool aide.... Time after time, we have seem the Republicans stiffle anything the president proposes, Why? My answer is that underneath all the reothoric is racial tensions produced by the election of an African-American president. The Old White Boys Club, similar to the reconstruction period, are angry to see a black president, and their losing of power over the establishment.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      the sad truth is he probably didn't read it, just took his opportunity to spout off and post

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Ok so let me get this straight.... Obama is creating jobs and the unemployment rate is down and you want to fire him and go back to the same party that had us losing millions of job per month and hire a guy who is associated with sending jobs to China so he could make more money.... SMH......

      November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  88. CNNuthin

    Shame on you Marge for not reading the full article. At what point did you stop? First paragraph? Second paragraph? Maybe you missed the photos. Do you just hit page down to the comments section on these kinds of articles?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  89. chris

    Absolute trash.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  90. VA_Jill

    There are plenty of people now who are just as racist as people were 50 or 100 years ago. You have only to look at the attempts at voter suppression and the hatefulness displayed towards Obama to see that. If you don't think it's true then you're not looking. And if you don't think it's true, maybe you need to examine yourself.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Whenever voter ID comes up liberals say voter fraud is non-existent. When Obamas poll numbers are down theres all of a sudden massive voter fraud. Pick a lane guys...

      November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • waver1der

      I hate Obama, I hate what he has done to the debt, I hate he took my tax money and gave it to wall street so they could have there multi million dollar bonuses, I hate that he apologizes to terrorists who just killed human being for being American. You can hate the man without regards to his color. He is half white after all, so why is he considered more of an African American then Caucasian.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        To answer your question – when someone is of mixed race people always see the darker half. Obama can never be white (or Caucasian if you prefer) because he has mixed race ancestry. Hate him for all the reasons you mention, but don't pretend that this country sees him as anything but a black man.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        I hate the fact that you found the copy and paste on your computer while reading foxnews...

        November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Populost

      So because I think this article is trash, because I am TIRED of being called racist for not agreeing with MOST of this man's policies, because I will not vote for him, because I didn't vote for him last time has nothing to dowith my politics or beliefs, but I should examine myself because I must be a racist? Do you have any idea how off-putting and offensive that is?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      unfortunately, racism still exists

      November 1, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      Was President Bush treated the way he was treated for 8 years because of racism? Policy and results are cause for rejection of that leader and race has little to do with it.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • OH_Dean

      Your right Jill there are still racist people in America. Some white and some black. That doesn't change the fact that this president has failed to meet goals that he set for himself. It is not racist to vote out a failing president even if he is black.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  91. dav1

    Classified cable sent to Hillary Clinton's office less than a month before deadly attack warned Benghazi consulate could not be defended against 'coordinated attack,' and that Al Qaeda had training camps nearby. obam failed ,throw Uncle Tom obama out Nov 2012

    November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      TRUE....but the libs ignore this story as does the Mainstream Media, it goes against their Obamabot indoctrination.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  92. are122

    Oh here we go...if you don't vote Obama you are a racist. I wonder if the democrats in Chicago have put "I Voted" stickers on the grave stones yet.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  93. breed11

    Thank you Liberals for making our history less and less sacred by using it when you realize that your ideas are not popular with the majority of the American people. I am a black person who is definitely voting for Mitt Romney. What the heck does Obama, a child of a Kenyan immigrant have to do with American black slaves?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      He's an Afridcan American man – the racist South is still here (confederate flags all around), unfortunately

      November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Dano

        There is a "Magic Racist Filtration System" built along the Mason-Dixon line, ensuring that all racists remain trapped in the south. That explains why all southerners are racists, and all northerners are benevolent, kind folk like yourself.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • david shoup

      i really cannot understand why any person of any color other than affluent white would vote for Romney. He represents a party that stands only for greed, has no use for the poor and middle classes, except to suck every penny we earn to keep the unofficial royal rich in splendor. We all can't be rich. Many republicans are overtly racist and Mormon's are covertly racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  94. Steven Elliot Kollman

    I am a black male (59 years old) who has been a life-long Conservative. Based on Obama's 2008 campaign, I voted Democrat. This year, through early voting, I voted for Governor Romney - not because of anything racial, but because I feel the President has not lived up to his promises. Unfortunately, not all blacks seem ready to evaluate performance (my own mom told me that any black who votes for Romney is a traitor - there lies the source of much rascism)

    November 1, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Thank you Mister Kollman for looking at the character of the candidate instead of the color of the candidate and then voting accordingly. Your action is PRECISELY the way all people should be choosing who they want to fill and office.

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • mj

        Romney is a good and moderate person. But the party that he's running for is not good for today's America. So one of the two things will will happen (a) Romney gets elected, tries his best, but extremists of his party effectively controls the country and severe condition follows (like distressed European nations etc.) (b) Romney doesn't get elected and people never get the opportunity to compare the counterfactual of what would have happened if his party came to the power.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lieutenant

      I am an Officer in the U.S Army and Graduate of West Point. I have followed Mitt Romney since 2007 and I can say his ideas are in no way good for this country. Through Absentee Voting I have voted for Obama who has done everything he could these past four years to prevent our Great Recession from becoming a Great Depression. The rest of the world is yet to recover yet we are slowly but steadily improving over our position before the fall. I watch Fox, I watch CNN, I watch ABC, and I read the news on the internet from both conservative and independant sources. The Republican party and Corporate Allies are holding the economy hostage until there is a leader that plays by their rules. Taking advantage of the frustrations of largely poor whites whom their policies hurt though their businesses help and Christians whom they continue to string along with religious Rhetoric that they honestly don't care so much for. Not All Republicans are bad but the Tea Party has turned the party into the bane of America's Progress and the prospect of continued American Intellectual Leadership into the Future.

      There is also growing discontent within the Military for the Republican party. We do not wish to destroy our country from within via overwhelming military budgets. We are beyond capacity on equipment and no longer require the man power to occuppy multiple foreign nations indefinitily. If a crisis arises we can quickly fill our ranks and defeat our enemies, but we literally already have large stockpiles of unused ships, tanks, and jets enough to defeat the entire world. Please tell republicans to stop passing bills to make more just so their corporate friends are payed to build them.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Soverytiredofitall

      Mr. Kollman, I usually don't comment on news threads but I was drawn to the complete sanity of your post. I can truly appreciate your basis for your vote and your frustration with the racism arguments. I feel the same way but from a different angle. I am black and I am voting for Obama. Does it have anything to do with my race? No. If that was how I based my voting decisions, I would have voted for Jesse Jackson when he ran and would have refrained from voting in any election without a black candidate. It truly angers me when people assume that I am voting for Obama because of his race. I happen to agree with his policies over Romney's, as I have a right to do. I've voted Republican in the past and might have considered it this time, with a different candidate and some tweaks to the Republican platform. I don't knock anybody for their preferences and choices. Isn't that what this country is all about? We all have a right to vote our choices and should not be judged as voting based on skin color because of that choice. We could all show a little more respect nowadays, Democrats and Republicans.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  95. CNNuthin

    I am waiting to see the comment, "Liberals are the racists. This article is racist. John Blake is a racist. I am not a racist but we need to put the White back in the White House. The Mormon over the Muslim" and all that standard Republican response to this kind of article.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      Oops, looks like we got about 4 of them in the time it took me to type that up.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      @whoopitydoo2 All I stated was what I have observed on here again and again. If that offends you, then maybe you need to talk to some of your fellow R Voters.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • CNNuthin

        @whoopitydoo2 I never said we were holy or righteous. I put an expectation on here for the types of comments, we got them and you went all rabid and angry because you want to point the finger at everyone and pretend like racism does not exist among conservatives. You don't even need to read the article to see that. Look at the picture of the guy with the "Best Friends" poster. This is not isolated. This is severely wide spread. IF you want to make race a non-issue, try to start in your party and leave us liberals to deal with writers like this who tried to teach you something and allow you to try and make a comparison. But I guess that involved too much thinking for you.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Luna

      That is the last vestige of the left, the old race card. That is all they have left.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  96. ObamaJoe

    5 days away from loophole 🙂

    have fun my American fellows
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    November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  97. Scott

    Leave it up to the Obama Re-election Campaign, a.k.a. CNN to do their best (worst?) in whipping out the old worn out race card at the last minute to pathetically try and prop up their beloved Dear Leader.

    I hate to inform the reverse discrimination crew (liberals), but your Maobama is absolutely horrible as a president regardless of whether it is white, black, or candy striped. Kinda hard to handle, ain't it komrade libs.

    Scott

    November 1, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Populost

      The headlines are obvious and hilarious... the closer we get to the 6th, the funnier it gets. What's a really belly laugh, though, is how many people fall for it. Hook, line & sinker. So sad.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • lawrencewinkler

      way to go Scott. Proving the exact point being made in the article. You're one of the 51%, but everyone around and now everyone else knows that.

      PS: What's your full name, and where do you live?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      So genuine friendliness, confidence, and a collected manner is narcissistic now? Glad you, the guy who signs his own name, cleared that up for us. Incompetent you say? Would you care to elaborate on how an across the board improvement in US economics equals incompetence. A recovery hat was better than Reagans, and this after a near catastrophic depression that took fifteen years and a world war to get out of last time? Or that our world relations are at a high from what they were post-Bush? I bet you'll bring up Benghazi. Would you like to discuss that false flag war we just left in Iraq (officially) after a decade? And on and on. But don't let these incontinent realities trouble you Scott Scott.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  98. Retired Army Officer

    Racism is alive & well in America as your post attests. I spent most of my Army career in Georgia, so I saw the modern racist white south first hand. The reason the race is so close is because we do have a competent, black man holding our highest office. There is a real probability that Obama will lose the popular vote, but still win the electoral college as his leads in the states that will win it just so no signs of going away. A popular vote loss would be due to huge white turnout with subsequent huge margins for the white republican. Polls indicate Obama may get as little as 8% of the white vote in Mississippi. We have the choice of trying to escape our racist past with the re-election of the President. Let us hope that is what the nation chooses, not just with the electoral college, but with the popular vote also.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodney

      Okay, sir, and what about the percentage of black americans that will vote for BO versus the "white republican." Your argument is one sided. Race is a two way street in modern america.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Reaing your post it seems the only rasist people in the country are white. How narrow minded you sound is laughable. You say that Obama might get 8% of the white vote. I wonder what percentage of the black vote Romney will get??

      November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • whoopitydoo2

      I voted for Obama last time and I'm not this time around. It has nothing to do with his skin color. This isn't a popularity context or a social experiment. It's an election of the leader of the free world. Obama has done nothing but screw up everything he's done. He's even bowed down to other country's kings. These last four years have been the most embarrassing time for America in it's history. On top of the social stuff, he's doubled a national debt in 3 years that took over 200 to build. Being an active duty military man, I'm ashamed you were allowed to continue your service with such a racist view of life. Your parents should be ashamed!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • avocatusdiaboli

      During the MIddle Ages, anyone disagreeing with the Catholic Church or the Vatican on policies or beliefs was branded a blasphemer or a heretic and imprisoned and forced to recant even sometimes executed. Their arguments were never discussed on merit—just their opposition to those in power. This also happened in the American Puritan colonies. We no longer take disagreements to such a stage over religion, but we are getting closer to it on race. Many of us hoped the election of a Black man to the White House would erase the racial divide, but all you have to do is criticize Obama's policies, point out his racial biases, or his pandering to racial issues criticize any medium or person for flaming passions over race (sometime called race-baiting which Jackson, Sharpton, and CNN do very well), and you are branded a racist. Your arguments are not considered but rejected and tainted with unfounded accusations of racism because they oppose those of a Black, any Black, in power. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Sad time for free speech in America.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nfrad

      And this is somehow different from Romeny winning only 3% of the black vote nation-wide...how?

      The Democratic party has done nothing but enslave blacks with the promises of freebies in exchange for votes. They have destroyed your education system, economy, and the willingness of people to strive for anything other than their next welfare check. Republicans preach a message of personal responsibility and accountability. Prosperous people know that this is the correct path to a prosperous country. Wake up or bow down to the Dem masters...

      November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Beahumannotacolor

      Wow! So if the President looses then America is a racist country? I guess the same could be said that if the President wins and serves his last term and we don't vote a minority into office after him then America is a racist country? My compliments for managing to stay in the Army as an Officer for twenty plus years and maintaining your "closet racist" status.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe A. Luna

      @Retired Army Officer: Didn't your president just let 4 AMERICAN'S die in Lybia. Your commander and cheif let four of our AMERICAN soliders die at the hand of his MUSLIMS brothers. Rommney/Ryan 2012 no more lies...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  99. Adam

    We couldn't POSSIBLY object to Obama because we think he's a narcissistic incompetent that can't get the job done, could we? If HAS to be about race. I don't care WHAT color he is – he's conclusively failed to be an effective President.

    At this point, I'd rather Hillary be up there than Obama. Say what you will about the Clintons personally, professionally they know how to get things DONE.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • whoopitydoo2

      Typical liberal response! You can't argue against what he said. So, you hurl personal insults. Pitiful little you 🙁

      November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Wow!!! How can you put President Obama and incompetent in the same sentence. Where have you been the last 4 years and what makes you think Mitt Romney will do a better job? This election shouldn't be this close. People are voting for President Obama because he's done a excellent job during his 4 years with all the road blocks and challenges placed before him. The only reason this race is close is because of the money Romney has backing him and the people who will vote against their own interest because they hate Obama.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Populost

        Don't buy the hype. He's done an excellent job? He's overcome the roadblocks? We're voting him out because he's black? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???? The election shouldn't be this close, you're correct. The only reason that Obama is still even in this fight is because of people like you who get all of your news through mainstream media and buy the lies that he... "has done an excellent job".

        November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Lawrence

        Don't buy into the hype??? Ok so where do you get your news from so I can check it out for myself?? What lies??? What makes you think Mitt Romney can do a better job?????

        November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • blade1975

        Mitt can't use his skin as a shield.

        Bet ol Mitt wouldn't be allowed to tell the PM or Isreal "can't see ya for four years"
        I gotta part with Beoncee and JZ.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Of course I know what it is. The evidence is there – and is most obvious in the first presidential debate.

      Watch the debate, turn the sound way down, and simply watch Obama's demeanor. He acts like he's already won, and that the entire process is beneath him.

      Then realize that he walked off that stage thinking he had BEATEN Romney – when 65-75% of the US disagreed (depending on the poll).

      Try to process that – it was the most decisive loss of any televised Presidential debate, and he thought he had WON.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Typical response from an ignorant republican. Poster calls President Obama a narcissistic and says insulting things about the President- second poster says first poster comments are ridiculous and ask if the poster even knows what narcissistic mean-obviously not, how can Obama be narcissistic when his policies are geared to help the majority of Americans-3rd poster responds to question by saying it was a typical response by a liberal....throwing insults instead of providing an argument to counter what the first poster stated....

      Talk about stuck on stupid. First poster make insulting remarks, second poster says comments are rediculous and the 3rd poster defends his republican buddy (first poster) with nonsense.....that's the republican party in a nutshell.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  100. Ben

    Yep, have to make sure to inject race to try to scare the independents with veiled threats of being racist if they don't vote correctly!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • i'm confused

      Actually the type old school southern racists discussed in this article really are a dying bread today.... So is it just a coincidence that the gop is currently in the process of dying of old age? lol =)

      November 1, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • blade1975

        Just a coincidence your calling the GOP racist...

        Guess what Lincon was.
        Not a demo.

        Learn some history...

        November 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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