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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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  1. Atif Khan

    The last guy that wrote is a 20 year that obviously doesn't understand history or politics. The reason your / our generation is screwed is due to Bush irresponsible spending. Go read a book on politics and then have an opinion.

    Also, I'm a Muslim and Obama is not a Mulslim. He's actually dropped more drone bombs on Muslims than any other President in the history of the United States, but again you don't understand or read about current events so you wouldn't realize that fact.

    People need to be educated before voicing an opinion because it just makes them sound dumb.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      Pot, meet kettle.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Lambert

      He should be a Muslim.. His father was..

      November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joel

    This article is load of hooey. It is a blatant attempt to play the race card, saying vote for Obama to stop the racists from taking over this country.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. metoo

    Nicely stated. I am so sick of the race card being played if you disagree with, or dislike Obama. He is too controversial, and too ineffective to help this country. It is true, like it or not, most people voted for Obama BECAUSE he is black (this includes white people) and not because of his policies. As far as racism, there are just as many racist in other races as there are in the white race. Whites are expected to forgive this though due to these people being victims. Whatever.............

    November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sad

      Sorry. Burying your head in the sand does not mean there isn't a race problem in this country. There is – so wake up!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dano

        I've never owned a slave, and you've never been one. Now what were we talking about again?

        November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      It's called projection. It was discovered by Freud. It is when a person, such as yourself, says that Black people are the racists because they vote for a Black President. What you are doing is projecting your own feelings and beliefs onto others.

      It is you who is voting for Romney because he's White.

      If Obama was White and Romney was Black, you'd be voting for Obama and calling Romney the racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RealityBites

    Did America have a 16 Trillion dollar debt 100 yrs ago?
    Did America have a HUMUGOUS Federal government 100 yrs ago?
    Was the president spending 1 Trillion dollars + over budget 100 yrs ago??

    No, and apparently CNN doesn't even know the difference.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Traveler

    At least in the deep south, they are out in the open with their racism...

    November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Stickleberry

      Come to the 'deep South' and visit us sometime. You might be surprised what you see. Open racism is a thing of the past. I imagine racists down here are well hidden nowadays – like they have been in the Northeastern United States for the past half century ...

      November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • El Flaco

        100% of White Racists support Romney.

        If Romney was Black and Obama was White, Obama would be leading in the polls 75% – 25%.

        I'm a Southern White guy who is old enough to remember "White" and "Colored" water fountains.

        I know my people. Most of you are in denial.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      Blacks kill more blacks than any other race in the US, Detroit, Chicago. Blacks don't even respect their own race. Blacks don't value other blacks, their lives have no value... makes it harder for the rest of us to take them seriously. They don't want to go to school, do their homework, strive to be better. But you go ahead and blame the white man... it's easier than taking responsiblity and putting in the work to make things better.

      One city that has perennially come under fire for racially charged violence is Chicago. In just the span of three days alone — March 16th-19th of this year — 41 people, mostly African-American, were shot and killed in Chicago. Ten were killed in President Obama’s former neighborhood. Incredibly, these atrocities on our very own streets barely received a turn of the head by activists, nor did they receive any media coverage.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. your mom

    I am so disgusted by the stupidity that runs rampant in this country. A lot of you are just pathetic, sad, lazy, racist, losers. stupid is as stupid does! your all doing a stellar job.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dowdotica

    how much stupider can Americans get? Well i'll tell ya, if mittens wins? that's how much!!!God pray for us all, you know that, "one nation under God" once united now divided? Bigots abound! I hear it here nad there. The old bitty's that rot their brains watching the little red dog network and funnier yet? one touting how she got a bunch of med procedures done using medicare all because she is afraid it will be gone in a few years failing to realize that its her own party that wants to do away with it! Can you say STUPID! GO ROCK THE VOTE FOLKS and remember a vote for flipper is just that! he'll flip flop on all y'all so fast you won't know what hit ya!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tyler A

    This election is not about race. Sorry, nice try CNN.

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

      Wake up, Tyler. Look into your heart.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Flaco

      Some people deny.

      You are in denial.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sad

    White America, especially in the deep south, are finding it hard to share power. They fear giving Black and Latinos equality because they know how hateful they have been throughout this country's history. The louder those Republicans scream "USA, USA" and claim that "we're #1" the more you know they're trying to cover up their heinous crimes against US citizens.

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

      Race is only an issue for poor people. You must be poor. I'm a white rich guy and love all other rich people. I do not like being around poor people regardless of color. Keep acting like race is an issue and not social class if it makes you feel better.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't throw stones

      For "sad"...Didn't the reverend who delivered Obama's benediction prayer just say that whites will go to hell? But I guess only white people are hateful, huh?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe in Kalispell

    If Obama doesn't win it is because he was as ineffective as Jimmy Carter. That's it, period. He promised and didn't deliver.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dav

    Your free to do so. FOX will be glad to have you.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rufus

    If we do not elect 100% black leaders that is proof that America is filled with recists. If all players on a basketball team are not black then it is a racist team. How much more obvious can this be?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. codemanx

    Can you please put the picture up on this article of the Black Panthers intimidating Philadelphia voters during the 2008 election?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Howard

    The Obama lies and cover ups, resulting in the murders of hundreds of innocent people ... in the Fort Hood shooting ... Fast and Furious ... and the Benghazi tragedy ... are a travesty !!!

    In 2008, it was a noble decision to elect America's first black President ... unfortunately, the wrong black person was chosen for such an honor, and such a responsibility. Obama has squandered this historic opportunity, and betrayed all those who elected him ... with irresponsible spending ... failed policies ... division ... cronyism ... as well as lies and cover ups, in order to hold onto power. What a shame. To reelect Obama simply because he's America's first black President ... would surely be an act of racism. America is more important than Obama ... Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... replace Obama, and his corrupt administration on November 6th !!!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Traveler

    It takes at least a century to remove the stigma which was created in a society, two things which will never fall victim too it are race and religion...they will always be a never ending battle.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. OkBobOK

    Pathetic article – Obama will be defeated by his actions or lack thereof: Race has nothing to do with it. this guy simply failed to perform.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candice Gordon

      Exactly. Failed to perform. The only thing Obama has done is implement economic policies which have benefited wall street, and of course the pensions and portfolios of everyone I know, who benefited by the stock market doubling. Those policies also stabilized home prices which means instead of stealing a house, I'll have to pay more. And, now with all these people going back to work as his policies have reversed the trend from 700k jobs lost each month to 300k jobs gained each month, more people are now looking for work that had given up before Obama took office. I'll now have to compete on merit to get one of those jobs. And, all Obama has done is more for education than any president in 40 years. And, now I'll have to live in a society where other people get affordable healthcare, potentially making them better off financially, minimizing my enjoyment of my own wealth.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Congress failed to see the American people as more important than their anti-Obama agenda.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lance

    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Why is it about race to the Liberal Democrats and media? Then Republicans are called the racists?!?! Wow...how about the fact that he was the worst President in the history of this country?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Obama has been my favorite President to date. You guys destroyed the economy and handed it off to him. Why should I believe you are so good at the economy when you destroyed it in the first place? You guys started an illegal war based off of fabricated lies resulting in hundreds of thousands of needless deaths and trillions wasted. Your whole platform is based on bashing Obama and for not fixing what you broke fast enough. Lame!

      What are you guys going to do about our super high health costs? Nothing! What are you going to replace Obamacare with? Nothing!

      Romney is going to obolish half the government agencies like FEMA, Public schools, Medicare, Medicade and many others while helping the rich get richer. Great plan. You guys deserve Romney and all he brings.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. spyzor

    this whole article sounds like race baiting to me

    November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mike in SA

    Yep...when all else fails in this horrible administration...play the race card. Tried and true method of gaining sympathy for a failed presidency.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mike Oviatt

    The tghe counrty came down on that joke of a prez. named carter it wasn't racist. So how dare anyone claim the racist card when the counrty wants to throw out another joke of a president. The only thing he's done is to hurt the counrty and ride the perks of the job to include golf. He wasn't quilfied 4 years ago to be president and he's shown that he still is not qualified to be president.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Steve Jans

    I play X-box and I hear blacks calling themselves the N word more than whites do. And when I hear someone calling someone else that name, I tell them they had horrible parents.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. FourleafTayback

    Only 4 more days of the Obama Error.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. El Flaco

    Much of the opposition to Obama is clearly and obviously about his race. I'm a southern white guy who is old enough to remember White and Colored water fountains and rest rooms (very few places had Colored restrooms). I know my people. Members of my extended family and my wife's extended family are obvously racist – though most of them deny it. Yet, their behavior and speech constantly betray them.

    I have a client in Mississippi with whom I consult. I give presentations to groups of 30 or 40 employees at a time. I have yet to see one Black face. Yet each of those employees would be astounded if they knew that I classify them as a racist organization (only in my mind).

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Yes, language like "I already pay enough taxes"....you liberal, weak-minded, uneducated, gullible idiots is why this country is declining.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasoner

      There were also plenty of white, Asian, latino, and others that were not in the room. My guess is that they were not qualified for the positions the 30-40 had. Screw the affirmative action already and take care of yourself.

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

      Correction: Many people attempt to politicize race, especially when a candidate appears a big tanner than the other guy. I'm from the south too – with a living parent who values their bigotry over their own well being. Having grown up with that clearly unfounded garbage....it's easy to see that racism is nothing more than a false veil that they attempt to hide their OWN insecurities under...and I have no more patience with it. And as it turns out, the electorate is also going more in that direction also. Time to grow up, America...It is about time.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Professor

    Why can't more articles like this be printed by the MSM? You get a different picture when you get past the headlines. This was very in-depth, complete, unbiased, and informative- A+! So, so rare. Thanks!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Please leave our country. I suggest moving your white self and your wife to the middle east.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      You chose the right profession.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Josh

    WOW!!! This is so bias to draw that comparison. Someone trying to rebuild the nation after a civil war and and Obama? REALLY? Because I'm not voting for him I'm analogous to the people who apposed rebuilding a more just America?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candice Gordon

      Yes. If you're for the guy that wants to return to social policies of 1950's and undo the gains of the President who has vigorously pursued a more just society, then yes.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ron

    This election is about Obama's policies. Race is being injected into this election by the left because Obama's record is terrible and racial politics serves as a distraction.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. MG

    Spoken like a true uneducated White male Nice!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      You are obviously a victim of MS NBC and the rest of the liberal media that have convinced you that America is a bad country and you are a racist whether you think you are or not. You are racist like the rest of us, right? Or do you just think everyone else is? Or, if you are black, let's put our money on you being a reverse racist – sure that's it. You are black and hate all white people, right? Just like the holy man who said the prayer at Obama's inauguration...very sad. You and the rest of the libs will never convince me to feel guilty myself or feel sorry for the prez – he stinks, white or black.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Barry Obama

    "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this article..."

    November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mark

    he did one out of three. The seals did take out Bin laden. health care free? if anything he has gotten america closer to welfare. think again.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      excuse me I meant america closer to bankrupt

      November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Steve

    Playing the race card for all it's worth. BHO is a terrible president and he needs to go bye bye. I can't even fathom how some one would think he's done any thing correctly accept killing Osama and he screwed that up acting like he pulled the trigger on him. Tough decision? Not.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lnd72

    Hi Eric. I don't agree.

    1. Obamacare will be anything but "Free Healthcare"
    2. I say "Good job" getting Bin Laden, but the Presidents part in this was very small
    3. He said he would cut the deficit in half, but he doubled it. We would have been better off the let the Housing market correct itself, and have a lot less debt now.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • pulitzer

      your hind sight is but barley 80%

      problem?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Traveler

    Your age is showing, to downplay one social belittlement to another, slavery or Nazi suppression...they both were wrong.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. pulitzer

    "...........which argues Obama is turning America into a welfare nation."

    One of the experts for the piece?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. somebefuddledperson

    You (the author) have forgotten a large portion of what "killed" reconstruction – the yankee carpet baggers that beat, imprisoned and stole from the southern residents. True , many of those southerners had done the same to slaves, but two wrongs don't make it right.

    The problem with Obama, and the democratic party, is not a race issue. It's a political ideology issue. Change sounded good until we had to pay for it and lose life style rungs over it. I have voted against Obama twice – both times for the same reason. He's a socialist. I'm not. All one need do to see that it doesn't work is look across "the pond" as the Brits like to call it.

    You are making it a racial issue to blame that for his loss if that should occur.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • pulitzer

      apt name

      November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Dan Anderson

    What a myopic view of both race and current events. Intellectual laziness, disguised as social commentary. I laughed out loud at least 20 times reading this "serious" article.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      Ditto. What a steaming pant load!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ana

    Only racist people bring up race

    November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  37. MK54

    The Southern backlash may be rooted in fear that whites will not much longer hold a 50% voting bloc majority in those states. It is easier to give a small measure of political power to minorities than it is to stand back helplessly while long held power is slowly seized by a growing black and Hispanic population that could unite to form the basis of a new 21st century majority.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  38. derriquestuckey

    Now, I've heard everything. I'd rather not have four more years of incompetence, whining, race-baiting, and excuses. Anyone, who does want this, needs to get their head examined.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Laurie

    OMG!!! I can't believe this article. Really, people just can't or won't believe that I am not voting for him because I don't like his beliefs, not his race (which is half and half by the way). I personally think that he is a nice guy, good husband and father, would proably be a helpful neighbor and good friend, etc...BUT, he is misguided and unqualified for this office and he hasn't done a very good job in my opinion. But apparently all these democrates want to believe the sole reason is because he is half black. We will never get over this because they will never believe anything else. What a tragedy.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      When have you ever saw the white side of clown obama? His southern baptist preacher show is pathetic.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      He may be a good father and a good husband but I've never seen ANYTHING to make me think he's a nice guy, even though the media pimps that meme relentlessly.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Melvin Painter

    When clown obama gets thrown out off office next Tuesday, there is going to be a celebration unmatched since WWII ended. It will be even better when the Senate is taken over by the Conservatives!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. JCMars

    CNN – already making excuses for Obama's defeat? "If Obama's not re-elected it is because the country is racist" will be the tagline. What a bunch of simpletons.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Peter Williams

    Nearly all the current racism is directed AT white people. Listen to Al Sharpton and tell me his speech is not racist.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Pat

    Then I guess all the whites that voted for Obama in 2008 didn't know he was half black?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Dan

    Congratulations CNN, you have convinced this undecided voter to vote for Romney because of this repulsive article that made me sick to my stomach. Absolutely disgusting.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisaj2791

      Please don't attempt to fool anyone. As if you were going to vote for Obama. Ha! If an article that actually had nothing to do with Obama or Romney made you choose, you're an idiot. The candidates are wasting money and time. Just let people write articles about the candidates, we read them, then choose. Who cares what their mouth or their actions say. Screw it.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  45. James

    Great article. One quibble: a google search of any 5-word phrase yields tens of thousands of hits. The number of hits some phrase gets on google is evidence of nothing.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Susan

    Racist Republicans are mad because their party is dying out. They want to remember the "good old days" of the Confederate South. Sorry boys those days are gone forever.. Obama is unstoppable and we are going to get what you 14% tax paying Republicans, Corporations, and Tax-Cheats have hoarded.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      The Confederate South was dominated by Democrats. Read a history book sometime would you?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • JamesDean

        Absolutely the party that supports African Americans is the Republican Party....the Dem's have kept the blacks under their thumbs for decades.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon J

        Well the fact of the matter those Dixie-crats who were Democrats now reside in what party? That's right the Republican Party! They switched party but retained their horrible sentiment

        November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeaux Bleaus

        Knee-jerk dimwits don't care much for history.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • jack Anthony

        Pat, maybe you should read a book or two. The southern democrats were Jim Crow democrats who were democrat in name only. The Jim Crow democrats took control in the South because the republican party at the time were against slavery. They were white, conservative and racist. During the FDR years they actually voted or filibustered against anti lynching laws and voted against civil rights into the 1980's. They never voted with a democratic President.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Lincoln was a Republican. haha.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • josebear5

      Do you people take stupid pills.Do you know how to read. I suggest you learn and not on cnn.If you want the right answer search the web

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      A 14% tax rate has absolutely nothing to do with being Republican or being a corporation and it is not cheating. Folks who pay 14% are not paying that against what they earned on a job. They already paid their tax in previous years on what they earned – and they paid it at the going rate (30-35%). They are paying 14% because it's money made from investment – dividends and capital gains. Doesn't matter how wealthy they are. So if you 'get what they hoarded' at 30% then look out, because they'll get 30% of any dividend check you get on your investments too. I suppose you could charge more successful people a higher rate on investments; and basically destroy the incentive anyone may have to invest...

      November 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jay

    I voted for Obama in 2008. I am voting for Romney in 2012. It has nothing to do with race. This article is rediculous and I'm tired of the media bringing race into this election.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Same here but I'm voting for Gary Johnson. I hate both Romney and Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ Turtle

      Well , Jay go right ahead and don't let the door hit you on that pale face of yours.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pepou27

        You are so right. And this "pale face" can't even spell correctly.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Borderless

    Shame on you CNN. Rather than report on the news, rather than report on the candidates, you manufacture a story about racism. No one denies that racism exists on some level in every race in this country. Zero percent support for a white candidate from African-American voters is evidence of that. But this race is about the economy. Also, don't be alarmed if some of the people (me) that supported Obama in 2008 are not supporting him now because of his failed presidency and broken promises. CNN, all you are doing is needlessly dividing the country in order to protect your chosen candidate. You fail.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. lnd72

    I am happy that we have elected a black president. I am not happy that it is Barack Obama because I think his policies are flat out the wrong direction for our country.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      I absolutely couldn't care less whether or not we have a half-black president, a white president, or an Asian president. I do care that we have a socialist president who believes that bigger government is the answer to every problem.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pepou27

        How can Obama be called a "socialist" president is beyond me. I have lived in a socialist country and I can assure you that he is anything BUT a socialist!

        November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Floridian

    Problem with the radical right,etc, was going to call them racist but not going to do that...they can't see the trees from the forest...8 yrs or republican administrations, 2 unfundied wars, and we never found the weapons of mass destruction, how many american lives lost in the wars? Etc, etc. they will blame Pres Obama for they created...this economicl problem was not created by him but, by the republicans...still he is to blame..no matter what they say, they iwll never be able to accept a black or any other minority as president...

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • calvin

      I'm so blown away by this. Obama is President, but, how can any thinking person believe that one man Republican or Democrat could have turned things around in 3 years. It takes the average American 5 years to pay of a car and 30 years to own a home and we expected this man to fix this mess in 3. It’s like no one takes the time to think. If Romney is elected the country will not completely fall apart neither if Obama is elected. We have to many checks and balances in place for that. However, I do think that we need to give the country more time to recover and let the policies in place have a chance to have an impact.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeaux Bleaus

        "...how can any thinking person believe that one man Republican or Democrat could have turned things around in 3 years."

        Uh, how about Obama? He made FIRM predictions about the economy, unemployment rate, etc., and said that if he didn't achieve them in his first term that his presidency would be a "one-term proposition". Did you miss that?

        November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • lisaj2791

        Joe Blow, you should read the President's speech in Grant Park where he specifically said this will not get fixed in his first term. America's expectations are something else.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • calvin

        Not sure he did not say he would turn things around in 4 years, he said he would get us back on track.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • conrad

        I distinctly remember him saying it would take a lot of work and time to get out of such a profound disaster. I even remember people saying at the time that it couldn't be done in 4 years. Saying that he's failed and that the recovery should have been so much better (despite near economic collapse in other major parts of the world) is nothing more than political spew. You simply WANT to believe he should ahve been capable of something nobody would have been capable of because you are a die hard conservative or you've been duped by the rightwindnut propaganda. Just be honest – the right is inventing this narrative because they want back in power, nothing more.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen Jones

        Dont make stuff up. Historically, recessions turn around in two or three years. There is no evidence this one is even beginning to turn. The recession ended in 2009. Clinton did it. Reagan did it. Kennedy did it. Obama is not doing anything that history teaches has worked.

        November 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Your an idiot, you are in no way talking for all Dems alot of us do not like him for his policies not the color of his skin. Take hour head out of CNN's but and think for yourself.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jman

    You could say the Democratic primary of 2008 proved one thing: We are a misogynistic country. We voted for a black man vs. a white woman.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Paul

    I think there are dozens, if not hundreds of reasons to disapprove of our current president, none of them have to do with race. CNN has gone out of its way to avoid impartial journalism, shying away from the meriad of problems that have expanded, if not were created in the Obama administration. It is disappointing to read this kind of nonsense as "news." It is not. I'm tired of flipping back and forth between fox and cnn so I can actually get both sides of every story. I'm sticking with CSPAN. It may not have gripping headlines, but at least I can learn what happens without journalists imposing their personal biases into every story.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      "CNN has gone out of its way to avoid impartial journalism, shying away from the meriad of problems that have expanded, if not were created in the Obama administration."

      One of the prime reasons their ratings continue to plummet.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madjerry

      I can agree with that. At one point, if you wanted any news at all on "Fast and Furious" you had to check Fox News. CNN ignored the story completely, just like the John Edwards thing in 2008.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lisa

    Ho-hum CNN. Ssdd

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  54. JackB

    Has anyone ever wondered why we call Barack Obama a black president? Think of this for a moment– Barack's father was black, and his mother was white (and as white as white gets). So, 50% black and 50% white. Correct? But he is considered black by everyone in this country. Even if he were 25% black and 75% white, he would still be called black.

    We're still in fairly primitive society when it comes to race, and the simple reason that we label someone as black by 'default' (even though they might be more white than black) shows our character.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      Obama stated in his "autobiography" that he rejected his "white half", and he continues to play up his "blackness" for every advantage he believes it gives him.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • vietkiter

      It seems better to say historic first black, I mean African American, president than first half black/half while president. It is also likely true that he checked the African American ethnic box only instead of also the Caucasian box on his college form.

      So not sure this has anything to do with anyone character than how BO presented himself historically. BO appealed to the majority of Americans, more so in 2008 than today. To say race is an overiding issue because his approval among white males is less than his 98% approval among African American speaks volume about how race is more a character factor to the latter than the former.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Richard Right

    What a crock. Opposition to Obama is about his failed promises, poor work ethic, socialist policies, $100,000,000 payoffs to his supporters, and total lack of respect for taxpayers, increasing the national debt by 50% in only 3 1/2 years. Oh yeah let's not forget his whispered promise to Medvedev to be more flexible with Russia after Obama is re-elected or his coverup of the murders in Benghazi. He's a heck of a speaker but couldn't successfully run two sandwich shops.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  56. JP

    I didn't read the article, since it again looked like CNN desperately pushing their candidate to finish line

    November 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madjerry

      That is a shame. You are not wrong though, but the article contains some good history.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  57. StevePatriot

    Probably the best thing Obama could do for himself is to get out now. At this point he can go down in history as the first black President with a controversial record of achievement. If he runs another four years, he will likely end up looking even worse.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Traveler

    Folks around here whistling Dixie...

    November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mr Matt

    Comments to this article prove that it is true.

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

      You read my mind!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Debby

    Why is it that racists will not admit to it. Americans, by and large, seem to be a nation of racists. Your comments lead me to believe that, so if you aren't then you can't talk like it.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeaux Bleaus

      "Americans, by and large, seem to be a nation of racists."

      Especially the 95%+ of blacks who vote for Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • lisaj2791

        95% of blacks voted for Gore also, your point?

        November 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      They admit it behind closed doors ...

      November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Philip Magallanes

    Like many of us, our president is of mixed race. No one appears to notice.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  62. HZD

    WHAT? Obama is a politician? You don't say!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  63. MATTY13

    If Obama wins, not one single white person will shoot or murder a single black person. If Romney wins, there will be a few whilte people who will be murdered because they are white. You want me to show an ID when I buy a pack of smokes, when I buy a gun, when I buy liquor, but when I ask you to show an ID to vote, you get pi$$ed. Give me a break.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Lol.. you really believe that too, huh?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeaux Bleaus

        Unless the hundreds who've tweeted they'll do exactly that are lying then yes, I believe it.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepou27

      Reading such hateful comments in 2012 makes me shudder with disgust, fear and incredible sadness for this country. We deserve better than this and we should and never will accept racism in all its ugly forms.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Delusional ... in the extreme. Can't see through your own blindness.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. bored already

    Leave it to the CNN media liars to throw down the race card as their feeble attempt to get an election for Obama. LIARRRSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLZ

      Could not agree more! CNN, if you watch it in the mornings as I do, has really become just a promotional shill for Obama. What ever happened to investigative journalism??

      November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Please ... where are the lies in the story? Calling names doesn't persuade anyone that you're right.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • bored already

        I call them liars for other reasons for other stories.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Claudia

        Amen!! Many of the comments are very childish.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. arushlow34

    This is simply appalling. There is nothing close to a comparison of racial issues in America today and the culture of the first half of the 20th century. To even suggest that somehow there is an equality of racism between early 20th century and early 21st century White Americans is insulting to both White Americans of today, and African Americans of the early 20th century. Please God, don't let people like this teach our children history.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      the author is not comparing the racial issues of the 21st century to the racial issues of the early 20th century. As the article states they are comparing today's racial issues to those of the late 19th century. And if you read the article it is not so preposterous.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chris

    There is definitely a backlash against Obama. But not because he's half black. It's because he failed at his job.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Citizen KK

    Dopey column...people dislike his socialist and economy destroying policies; people dislike the lying, cheating, deceiving at every turn; nothing to do with race...other than the race to get this guy out of office.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Howmanytimes

    This article has already been the featured piece on the CNN homepage at least once earlier this week. seems a tad bit agenda driven to put the exact same article (no revisions or updates) back in the lead spot. Your writer put together an interesting historical perspective on race and politics and how they translate from post-Civil War to now. But his article was published, the points were made; why are you pushing it again? Enough.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Borderless

    Calm down, CNN. It's about the economy. The only thing haunting Obama is his own failed performance.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mike

    Amazing to me that it is the liberal media like CNN that does the race baiting. Posting this article to try and raise fears of racism amongst the black community right before the election a little to coincidental. Reads a little like yellow journalism to try and sway and election in President Obama's favor.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • nono

      When they smell the defeat, they use the racist card.
      American way: if you do not deliver at work, you will have a pink-slip soon.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      Cnn isn't liberal, they've totally sold themselves to the big corporations ages ago

      November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepou27

      Reading your negative comment, I can see HOW RIGHT on target this article is!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honest Abe

      The author needs to get past this race phobia thing...The rest of the country has....Is John Blake the pen name for Chris Matthews?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Actually Mike, this article was published specifically,personally, directly,intimately with someone like YOU in mind 🙂

      November 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jp

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it....The flow of the world is cyclical.....

    November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jake201

    There seems to be one race that votes race more than any other.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      I think you mean blacks? 90% of whites, nowadays don't care what the color of your skin is, and are mostly afraid to offend anybody, so it can't be whities.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Pamela

    This article is totally outlandish and reads more like a desperation kinda commentary. Left-wing and democrats are basically saying that "whites" should cautiously consider NOT voting for Obama, SAY WHAT? That white-guilt trip DOES NOT work anymore. Whether dems or left-wingers want to admit it or not, Obama is ONLY a teleprompter president. And, if you actually paid attention to the last two debates, he deviated only three times from his talking points, every time a question would be placed to him he PIVOTED to his talking points, and that my friends, is the reason why Americans have finally seen the light, Obama is CLUELESS as to how to run this country.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Traveler

      History only repeats itself...

      November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jeanneb

    We will truly have progressed to a post-racial society when the media allows the electorate to disapprove of an African American politician. As it is now, they invariably assign racist motives to dissatisfied vwhite voters.

    They see everything through the prism of skin color. Tell me again who th racists are?!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      spot on....

      November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Naota

    The people in Staten Island are getting ready to riot.

    They're not getting any help. No food / No water / No electricity / No shelter / No gas

    Where's Obama??

    Oh . . he's attending fund raisers with celebrities, and dancing in Las Vegas.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      The same people who want to get rid of FEMA are now asking where are they? We have said we do not want Federal intervention into States issues. So now that the storm has hit we asking for that same Federal Government to swoop in and save us?
      No one seems to remember that we Republicans vowed to say no and block everything this President tried to do so that he would only have one term. That strategy has hurt all of us. True he can not stand on his first term but imagine if we were pro-America instead of Anti-Obama what progress we could have made this term.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. sherman

    I never think of him as a black president. I think of him as Barry, that guy from Harvard that won the White House 4 years ago because he was the smarter of the two candidates.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  77. JimRied

    I look forward to a President that doesn't throw around the race card,
    who has a wife that has been proud of America for longer than 4 years,
    that isn't afraid to call a Muslim terrorist a Muslim terrorist, who
    doesn't want to erode the second amendment, who doesn't get endorsed by
    Castro, who doesn't get endorsed by Chavez, who doesn't get endorsed by
    Communist Party USA, who didn't seek out the Marxist professors in
    college, who doesn't seal his records, who puts America's interests
    first, who believes in American Exceptionalism, who is for smaller
    government, who is for lower taxes, who doesn't bail out failures, who
    will work to decrease food stamps, who will decrease spending, and who
    will have military OR business experience.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarmac

      Ah yes, behold the continuing racist example of America who wants everything in place to keep the WASP in power. How open-minded you are.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dr Tom

        Thank you, Tarmac. If Romney is not a racist himself, he does have one co-chairing he campaign. Sununu has essentialy admitted it. He said that Gen Powell's support of Obama was because he was black (a lie) and that he admired Powell for supporting a person because he was of the same race he was (if that doesn't make Sununu a racist, I don't know what would. Romney is certainly against anyone who isni't at least upper middle class. Just read or listen to his secretly taped speach at the fundraiser in FL.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tarmac

        What does that have to do with the fact that Jim Reid seems to say, "I'm ok for America's progression, as long as it stays within the lines of my viewpoints, thus negating the fact that I think of myself as open-minded?"

        November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas A Milton

        Hello Tarmac.

        In 2000, 42% of white voters voted for Gore. In 2004, 41% of white voters voted for Kerry. In 2008, 43% of white voters voted for Obama.

        This group's voting pattern shows no trace of anti-black racism.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Borderless

    Oh, CNN if 100% of a race supported a candidate of their same race over someone of a different race, then you might have evidence to level a charge of racism. But since that's clearly not the case... Wait a minute! How many African-Americans support Mitt Romney? Curious.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCOTO

      Its not "curious" when Romney was part of a belief system which discriminated against blacks. That was the Mormon religion until the 1970's when they had a convenient "revelation" which changed their policies just in time for the civil rights movement. To me Romney should have been hounded on that question alone instead of his whacky religious beliefs being "out of bounds"

      November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Borderless

        So you are actually going back to Romney's grade school years, inventing your own narrative for that part of his life, labeling him a racist and by association, claiming all of his supporters to be racist. The economy, Obama's broken promises, rampant graft in his administration, security leaks, security fails, and painfully bad legislation had nothing to do with it. It's all because Romney was a child when his religion was racist. I see.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • stepren

      That's the cart before the horse as they say. Blacks don't vote for republicans because they know they'll get less social services like health care and education and training from a Republican President. Maybe you should argue on the merits of this narrative and the factual points and similarities put forth during the time of reconstruction narrated in this article. I realized as much that we were fighting the civil war again with all the racism and hatred spewed everywhere. This article opened my eyes to a bleak and horribly possible election this year. God help us all if the plantation owner gets in>

      November 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas A Milton

        Hello Stepren,

        Hiram Rhodes Revels, the historical figure at the beginning of this article, was a Republican US Senator. He was opposed and tormented in the Senate by Democrats.
        Why are these relevant facts missing from a CNN report that begins with the story of Senator Revels?

        November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • want2believe

        Thomas, again those facts are irrelevant when the roles of the parties have reversed. Had I been alive back then I'd have been proud to call myself a Republican. Today not so much.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • want2believe

      It's not 100%. Furthermore, Clinton got 83% in 92, 84% 96, Gore got 90% in 2000, and Kerry got 88% in 2004. Obama got 95% in 08. Perhaps the better question is what is the GOP doing to garner less and less support.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Dave

    It has gotten to the point that when ever I hear his voice I get sick to my stomach. He is such a liar and panderer I cant stand to see or hear him speak.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      In 2008, it was a noble decision to elect America's first black President ... unfortunately, the wrong black person was chosen for such an honor, and such a responsibility. Obama has squandered the historic opportunity, and betrayed all those who elected him ... with irresponsible spending ... failed policies ... division ... cronyism ... as well as lies and cover ups, in order to hold onto power. What a shame. To reelect Obama simply because he's America's first black President ... would surly be an act of racism. America is more important than Obama ... Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... replace Obama, and his corrupt administration on November 6th !!!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwhicks

      I feel the same way but thankfully we don't hear from him much anymore. We are talking about W, right?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Thomas A Milton

    In 2000, 42% of white voters voted for Gore. In 2004, 41% of white voters voted for Kerry. In 2008, 43% of white voters voted for Obama.

    This group's voting pattern shows no trace of anti-black racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • logan

      This year 2012's elections will see less than 30% whites voting for obama. America is just not that into obama anymore. Romney wins in a landslide.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chesty Chastain

      It's just another ploy of the leftists at CNN trying to shame white democrats into voting for their failed agenda. It is not about color, but rather the concepts America was founded on. The Socialist agenda has already made it worse for everyone except political cronies of the administration.

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

      Nice try. If Mitt were black and Barack were white, I'd still vote for Mitt. Oh, but I'm white so I would say that. If I were black I would vote for Mitt but I could not tell anybody. I would be afraid of being attacked for my view. Educate yourself on policies, stop talking about race and talk about the things that really matter like the sorry state of our economy. You should vote for the candidate who's views most resemble your own not whose skin color is closest to your own. I feel sorry for Ms Dash who is taking personal insults for voting republican. That is sad but unfortunately it is the sorry state of the country we live in. The time to put away the racecard is long overdue. Lets allow one another to disagree on the issues, stop talking about race and lets get on with this election.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas A Milton

        Hello Deb,
        Your comment appears as a response to my comment. If you meant it that way, would you clarify your objection to my comment?
        Thanks, Thomas A Milton

        November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Thatguy

    Funny how the Republicans back in the day were the social liberals.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TommyTune

      ...and Democrats fought tooth and nail to keep slavery in place. Abraham Lincoln and other Republican's freed the slaves. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dr Tom

        And now they've changed places. It's amazing what can happen in 150 years. Why is this news?

        November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • democratic voter

        But when a democratic president signed the Civil Rights Act the Republicans started pushing their divisive hate agenda

        November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  82. jj

    Obama is the first postracial president. Grow up, racists.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete In OH

      I just voted early for Romney in Ohio....come on Buckeye State, we can change America!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sherman

      yup I only see Barry from Harvard that guy we elected 4 years ago cause he was smarter than his opponent.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Dave Harris

    There have always been ignorant, racist people. It's just a matter of how openly they think they can spew their irrational hatred. Unfortunately, today the Republican party and its propaganda organs, like Fox News and Limbaugh, have given them permission to act out in the most appalling manner. Their own leaders won't yet say in public the vile things they repeat among themselves in private, but that may be only a matter of time..

    November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SWB

      And your "propaganda" organs would be??? (CNN perhaps?)

      November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jack 2

    I've been around for a while, race relations are better than they ahve ever been and get better everyday. You can' t change hearts quickly, it takes time and as time goes on mindsets change and so do laws. i personally don't like Obama because he's a bad president no matter what color he is. to make it a racial issue is wrong because if it was overwhelming he would've never got elected in the first place. Put down the race card.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      If you do not vote for the President becuse you do not agree with his policies that is perfecttly reasonable. However you have to understand that people are wearing T-shirts that say put the White back in White House when John Sununu says the President is lazy when people hang chairs from trees then that is racism pure and simple. You cannot deny that. When Colin Powell's aide satys there are a lot of racists in the Republican party the you have to think there is some truth. I am not saying things are not better in America they are. But please do not deny that racismit is alive and well in America.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • No To O

      There was no racism problem during Carter, Bush I, Clinton or Bush II – the country was getting along better than ever. Now racism is back under Obama – the great divider.

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

        Racism never left, it was just suppressed; it will only be cured with the lose of the 5 physical senses.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • fiftysomething

        I guess you didn't notice that Obama was the only African American in that group

        November 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Dwight

    Congressman John Lynch wrote in 1870 "[S]o far as known he [Revels] had never voted, had never attended a political meeting, and of course, had never made a political speech. But he was a colored man, and presumed to be a Republican, and believed to be a man of ability and considerably above the average in point of intelligence."

    Also When Revels arrived in Washington, DC, Southern Democrats opposed seating him in the Senate. For the two days of debate, the Senate galleries were packed with spectators at this historic event.[6] The Democrats based their opposition on the 1854 Dred Scott Decision by the US Supreme Court, which ruled that people of African ancestry were not citizens. They argued that no black man was a citizen before the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, and thus Revels could not satisfy the requirement for nine years' prior citizenship.

    Revels was assumed to be a Repulican and for some reason it is asserted that the Republican party has no history for the black man and the Democrats have always been for the black man?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  86. shaun artiga

    yes CNN... ur still racist although you posted 1 of my 15 comments. i see you chose the most offensive comments made by hateful white people but not one of my responses to them.. LOLOLOLOL

    November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Joe

    I clicked the link to this story thinking it was going to be about the similarities between the Obama administration and that of Jimmy Carter. Instead I find a pathetic attempt by CNN to draw similarities between Obama a man of actual character, courage and accomplishment. Nice try, CNN; however, apart from the two being of mixed race, there's nothing similar between the Senator and the slender-shouldered, man-child Barry Obama.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Me, too, Joe. That's a much more obvious parallel but I'm not sure CNN likes that one,

      November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Thomas A Milton

    Hiram Rhodes Revels was a Republican US Senator. He was opposed and tormented in the Senate by Democrats. Why are these very relevant facts missing from a CNN report that begins with the history of Senator Revels? I think I know why. CNN, are you that dishonest and biased?

    Revels' political history (found on a GOP website) is below.

    "Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was the first black United States senator serving from 1870-1871 as a Republican. The only other African American to serve as United States Senators in the nineteenth century was Blanche K. Bruce also a Republicans from Mississippi. Revels completed the unfinished term of Jefferson Davis who was the former president of the confederacy. In the Senate, Revels supported civil rights for blacks. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina attending Knox College, he became a minister of the African Methodist Episcope Church. After completing his term in the United States Senate, Revels was named president of Alcorn University (now known as Alcorn State University)."

    November 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • want2believe

      I hope you realize the ideals of the parties have reversed over time...

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

      Because the GOP was filed with liberal progressives during that era. The parties did a role reversal between the Roosevelt presidencies. Thanks for your typical revisionist twisting of the truth.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas A Milton

        Your claim is, in general, a falsity. What evidence to you have to support it? Racist Democrat Strom Thurmond repented and became a Republican. Racist Democrat Robert Byrd repented and stayed a Democrat. Okay.
        The fact is the historically continuous Republican party ended slavery and included the first black southern Senators (incl Sen Revels).
        Democrat statist authoritarians of today don't like the GOP's real history, so they try to conceal it by reversing the facts. I try to show the truth that you and CNN's John Blake attempt to hide.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  89. jay

    CNN is bringing out the race stories. It MUST be close to election day

    November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Oh how convient it is to have a story about race 4 days before a close race? this story wouldn't come out now if both canidates were either white or black but since it is pitted one against the other we are told that we are all dumb white people who will always follow our past. Oh how absured, I don't like Obama because of his big government polices and spending. I feel we do need to help the "truely" needy. But I see so much fraud and my hard earned taxes going down the toilet. He has failed on just about everything he promised 4 years ago (except Obamacare) and the defciet is way out of control. We need to get back to more traditional American values like personal responsibilty, hard work and pulling your self up and not "who can help me now" mentality. We more thinking like JFK when he said "Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country" and for the freedom of man. He was the last best Democrat. Since LBJ it's be nothing but what are you going to give me. The ultimate "nanny state".

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

        You need to get out in the real world more and also learn what Obama has accomplished, like saving th e country from a true Depression with 25% unemployment rate. i ssuggesst yyou read "Thhe New New Dea". The biggest problem with the Dems is they are very poor politicians.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Andy

    Also, why do racist people deny so adamantly that they are racist? So you think other races of people aren't as good as your race. What's the big deal? That's been the case since the beginning of time. It's animal nature to see the same animals from another "pack" or "pride" as an enemy for resources.

    Racists simply see society arranged differently than others. For some, humans from other countries are adversaries or humans from other religious are adversaries, or humans from other gangs are adversaries. But for some, humans from other races are adversaries.

    Honestly, those who do think that blacks or Hispanics or whomever are the "other," are really no different from anyone fighting for resources. They've just chosen a different enemy.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      Unfortunately many in the left are assertng that those whites that are voting for Romney are doing this because he is white, but there are many of the same people that voted for Obma the last time that are now voting for Romeny and interestingly there are more blacks voting for Romeny. This article asserts that white racism is as rampant as it used to be and implies that it is the reason for the charge against Obama. The article never adresses anti-white racism or hipanic anti-black racism, etc., because it assumes that only white people are racist and this is the problem with America. I went from a large non-integrated city school to a small integrated deep East Texas (75%white, 25% black) school and there were fights, but never for racial issues and it was usually white on white or black on black. The smallness of our school meant that we had to work together and we Bulldog Red first and black/white last.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas A Milton

        Exactly, Dwight.

        In 2000, 42% of white voters voted for Gore. In 2004, 41% of white voters voted for Kerry. In 2008, 43% of white voters voted for Obama.

        This group's voting pattern shows no trace of anti-black racism.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  91. DaveinIL

    Don't panic fellow Democrats, we'll just trot out the old race card and shame those fools into voting for us!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strong Will

      Voted this morning for Romney in VA. We can't afford 4 more years of the learning curve.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Andy

    Can those of you claiming that this piece is simply saying that 'whites who don't agree with Obama are racist' actually READ the article first?

    And for those of you do aren't voting for Obama and have your pants in a bunch about how you think that means that people think you are racist, it doesn't have to do with the fact that you aren't voting for Obama, it has to do with the fact that you are racist.

    I know plenty of whites who aren't voting for Obama, who aren't racists, and who don't think that anyone thinks they are racist (because they know they are not). But those of you who are crying "stop calling me racist because I'm not voting for Obama" don't seem to realize that people are probably calling you racists because you are racist, not because of who you are or are not voting for.

    If you weren't already thought of as racist, who you are voting for would not be a big deal.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveinIL

      Talk about spin. I think you gone around about 360 degrees on that explanation of why not voting for Obama is racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andy

        Hardly. Not voting for a black person for President of the U.S. does not magically turn you into a racist. People are claiming that they are being accused of racism because they are not voting for Obama, not realizing that there are plenty of non-racists not voting for Obama. They are being accused of racism because they are racists (and have probably said some racists things, maybe not even realizing it, because that's what racists do).

        November 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  93. new america and i am not white.

    Ffffgfgfgf

    November 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LCDR

      When the Liberal agenda fails, revert to calling all opposition racist. Straight out of the DNC's playbook...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Dwight

    In another article "In 2012, racism tenacious hold on U.S." on CNN opinion Donna Brazile writes about a poll that says that the the anti-black bias is now 51% compared with 48% in 2008. It is assumed that that 51% is white people, but in reality it is really a poll of non-black people which could include hispanic, asian, etc. Also what isn't pointed out is the anti-white bias since 2008. This anti-black poll also takes into account any supposed remark that can possibley be intrepreted as anti-black. Also what isn't pointed out is that if there is now an increas in anti-black, then why did more white people throw in thier vote for black candidates liek Herman Cain. This only goes to show that if you ask only certain questions you'll only get certain answers.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Dwight the main reason some whites supported herman cain wasn't because he made sense but because they wanted to make the conservative party appear non prejudiced.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dwight

        I'm sorry but when the majority of the Tea party, which is suppsoed to be racist, throws its support behind Herman Cain it isn't just for show. then you have other republican black politicians who have been voted in by Republicans. Herman Cain said things that resonated with those within the Republican Party and he was a succesful business man. Most conservatives will vote for another conservative no matter what the color.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • jedi

        Not true. It had more to deal with principles, not race. If that was the case then Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Alan Keyes should have been elected. Many whites exressed a desire for Colin Powell to run. Why? Not because he is black but rather his credentials. Not the color of his skin but the content of his character. Sound familiar?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  95. UC

    I could attach a lot if adjectives to this article: absurd, dishonest, divisive, disgusting, but I think I'll just go with idiotic.
    John Blake should be ashamed for writing such inane drivel, aimed only at creating racial tensions by choosing to define the election by the race of the candidates. Its cynical, crass politics of the lowest order and John Blake should be ashamed. Though I doubt an ingrate lacking any moral or intellectual integrity such as him is capable of feeling shame.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  96. anton

    It's mostly the death pangs of a dying demographic. They've (we've) had power so long, the thought of losing it to someone else (or even being on equal footing with others) is too much to bear. Coming from an educator, the older white population is acting just a like a spoiled kid acts when you let someone else have something that used to be theirs.

    "But this is OUR country" -actually it's not, and in a few years it will be even less so.

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

      Agree. As a white American, I've read the reports about the changing demographics in this country. With the rise in population of Latinos, and for the lack of a better word, other brown people, I thought that there are a lot of white people who aren't going to deal with this very well. My prediction is that white folks are going to do everything they can to maintain control of the government because this demographic apocalypse scares the you know what out of them. These narrow minded people just can't deal with differences in skin pigmentation.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Howard Feinski

    This piece was a wonderful treatise on the history of racism in America which one can never run out of words about. However, the fact remains, that in the historical context, the parallels of O'bama to Adolf Hitler are far more incisive and striking.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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