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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. blake

    CNN stop the ridiculous race baiting. The only historical precedent that exist regarding Obama is with Jimmy Carter. Another recent example of an incompetent Democratic president who was clueless as to how to deal with the nation's economic challenges. Also a one-termer in a GOP landslide.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      It's the only thing they have left blake.

      Scott

      November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Racism?

    Is it racism only if you vote AGAINST someone because of their skin color – OR – is it also racism if you only vote FOR someone because of their skin color?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well oh well

      You got it right with the perfect wording.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ted

    Fact: 40% of whites vote for Obama, and 1% of blacks vote for Romney.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Lib pathetically trying to come off as a conservative. Just click Report abuse.

      Scott

      November 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    It's 2012. You know that right? The 1860s have nothing to do with this.

    What an absurd analogy and what a blatant racist attempt to gain an advantage in an election.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Really?

    I agree. Obama being elected unleashed embedded racism within alot of Americans. This is most definitely relevant, and sad as well. How dare a black man lead our GREAT country? Little do they realize, this GREAT country was mostly built by the sweat and blood of slaves. Disgusting.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      You are delusional. Obama was elected President–by white people–as if it matters.

      You are blinded by your racism.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      I don't like Obama nad it has NOTHING to do with his skin color!! It has to do with his "politics". In fact I don't like many politicians period.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in NY

      So 60% of whites voting against Obama is racist but 99% of blacks voting for him isn't?

      Yeah right, just like black panthers with billyclubs at polling stations confronting white voters wasn't voter intimidation. Pathetic!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT

      The 2 most racist people in America are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Mult-Millionairs who's best interest is to scream racism. Lawyers have pretty well taken care of racism thru lawsuits, so Jackson and Sharpton's finacial security is at stake.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilroy

      Lots of unhappy people on here. The truth is that I have never met a happy racist. Let me repeat, I have never met a happy racist. Truthully, I once was accosted by two racists who did not let my size stop them but soon after that incident, one died tragically and the other commited suicide,

      November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John P. tarver

    Obama's economice ignorance has impoverished Blacks.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justcanttakeit Anymore

    You ONCE heard someone say? Is that the extent of yor research into this matter? Hey...have the Montreal Police concluded their investigation of Zedno Chara yet? I like my neighbors to the north but I doubt there is a more inward looking place on the face of the earth.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Libs Aresick

    I thought I just read this story yesterday on here yet it's plastered once again on top of this site while CNN helps Obama veil news about Libya.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. caramelpipe

    Because of their on choices are you really straight faced saying that ??? THere are people that made made bad choices yes but they are not just limited to blacks take a look at the people that need help from the government those in poverty, in prisons etc they are not all black in fact many other cultures and skin colors are counted among them . also in the opposite direction there a re members of many ethnicity making big strides , being successful and enterprising just as members of their related cultures have done all through history do the research don't just spew hatred . yes i have the research just instead of listing here thought it would mean more if you researched it

    November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lardoggy

    When it comes to race CNN brings this country down big time,very sad.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me

    the ONLY problem i have with our current president is that he has shown me the he does not have enough experince to take on such a position. and i do not care what color he is!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ted

    Is it CNN or America that degraded to this?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rufus

    When Obama loses, the Republicans may reintroduce slavery. Oh, wait. We already have it, thanks to the Democrats. It is called the welfare state. Now, doesn't that sound much better?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Rufus – right on!! After nearly 60 years of war on poverty, the poverty percentage in America has, drum roll please, NOT CHANGED hardly at all (it is up and down) – look it up.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Twaddle. This is the Democrat narrative; that African Americans are just as oppressed as they were before the civil rights movement. Dems appear to believe that by raising the specter of perpetual racial bias they can keep African Americans in perpetual angst, which will keep them a reliable voting bloc. Just remember, it was a Republican administration that did away with slavery, and a solidly Democrat South that kept Jim Crow in power for so long.

      Democrats and their media mouthpieces are the one who are playing a cynical game! The truth is this: if Obama is nor re-elected it will be because he was not effective, and/or because America is not willing to embrace European-style socialism. The color of his skin will have little to nothing to do with it.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    I think this is an excellent and needed discussion of race and politics. And while I agree with the author in most everything, I should say posting this right prior to the elections in mainstream media sounds a bit like "guilt-tripping" those of us concerned with racism, but disagreeing with Obama's policies, into supporting him out of solidarity. Done that in 2008. But now voting on his (anti)-civil rights record. Will continue the conversation about race after the elections

    November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Delled

    I think this article is a incredibly dishonest portrait of the election and is being used to signal what will happen if Romney defeats President Obama. Mr. Blake thinks there is a diversity utopia in the world and the United States Republicans are preventing "moving forward". Lets not discount the huge numbers of white people who voted for Obama in 2008. I also think Mr. Blake needs to look inside himself at his own racism and the fact he went to one of the least diverse universities in the nation at 80% Blacks. These articles do not tell the truth regarding racism but only divide us further. I don't see Democrats making any progress in Detroit,Chicago, LA, Miami,. and other major areas of urban crisis. Maybe we should look an article about how the Democrats are failing minorities since the 1960s would be more appropriate. Both parties use disgusting lies to get elected and Mr. Blake should be ashamed of himself but I doubt that since he sees himself likely a victim of American racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mike Swanson

    It's ok CNN. Keep running these stories. It's going to have a reverse effect. Things like this make me hate them even more. Bunch of whiny crybaby mother f kers. Whaaaa I'm black. Mommy mommy, if I don't get what I want, I'll hold my breath. Whaaaahaaahaaaaaa

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. WhatNow

    Nate...You are a disgrace to the American culture.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Scott

    Komrade liberal trying, pathetically I might add, to come across as a conservative. Just click the "Report abuse".

    Scott

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ted

    Beyond lame! The article, the president, the challenger.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. fiftyfive55

    I wonder if the Trayvon Martin murder trial was purposely delayed til after the election ?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tony

    Ah, let the race-baiting begin. If Obama loses, it's because of racism. Not because of unemployment, an incomprehensible health care plan, etc.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      His idea of taxing my health care benefits as income is rotten to the core and very petty.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      PRECISELY Tony. We tolerated this same bovine scat during the first year and a half of Dear Leader's reign. The libs whining racism every time someone disagreed with their anointed one.

      Scott

      November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Deserttrek

    cnn again trys to smear all those who disagree with obama. black on white violence is at a peak and cnn says nothing.
    cnn does not care about lybia.

    the racism is because of obama his backers and the media who hate all those who disagree and fight back.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Scmoe

      Spot on. The only racism that exists in this specific case is those crying racism when their point of view is challenged. People don't like Mr Obama because his policies are radical, not because he's a...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dude

    If America chooses Romney it will be because we want a pro-business environment that promotes hiring and investment by business. Obama is a professional, exhibits stellar family values and personal conduct, and defies stereotypes. He's a cool guy, but we need business people to hire people. There is no need to bring race into the picture.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conserve status quo for Dude's biz

      Tell it to the wall street business geniuses?
      They need less govt to screw it up bigger, as they please.
      Free Earnie Madoff, create jobs. Profit is all that matters.
      The republicans did not seem to have employment concerns when it was 3%.
      What is the magic percentage when it is all ok?
      Republicans don't represent workers, just the lobbyists.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe Scmoe

        Tell me how 3 of Obama's top 7 campaign donors in 2008 being major Wall Street banks (Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JP Morgan. Google it) fits your little theory...or do you just see what you want to see?

        November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Culpepper

      Sure, a cool guy without the sense not to worship a "cult/religion" which was founded on the fact that a guy in the 1830's looked into a "Magic Hat" and dictated a scripture he claimed to be magically seeing inside the tophat. Oh, and the guy he dictated it to was a book publisher .... hello .... medication time, medication time

      November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. james

    The majority of posts are from bigot's on both sides. I'm glad you don't run the country because we would be in worst shape. I also must say that CNN is doing a terrable job about what it allows to post. And for the other post about Mormons – Mormons are not Christians they believe Christ was a profit not Lord, big difference. Maybe one day we will grow up, get and education and treat people based on their character. Though I will not vote for President Obama please show the respect the office of President carries.

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

      So i"m a racist if i dont vote for Obama? uhh, thats fine.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatNow

      I voted for Obama, but I agree with you. Stupidity and prejudice is unacceptable on both side. I too wish CNN would not allow the hateful, disrespectful bigotry on their site.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Your spelling and grammar give it away...L I B E R A L A L E R T

      November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • OffendedAgain

      Speaking of getting an education...I think you're confusing Mormons with Jews (No offense to either religion). Jews do not believe Jesus Christ was the Messiah, Mormons do. FACT.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Scmoe

      Didn't you mean to say even "worster" shape?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SAME

    Thats some backroad country type of area you be going in thar podner

    November 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Scott

    Komrade liberal trying, pathetically I might add, to come across as a conservative. Just click the "Report abuse".

    Scott

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

      Oops, it got nuked whilst I was posting this response. 🙂

      Scott

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Doug

    Can we once and for all stop showing our stupidity by using the term "reverse racism"? Racism is racism regardless of who's involved. Calling anything "REVERSE" suggests that there is some form of acceptable racism that should be allowed without consequence and any action that is outside of that standard is therefore reverse racism. No form of racism is acceptable. If you believe otherwise you are an absolute idiot who is clearly wasting everyone else's oxygen. Please kill yourself.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      You must not be a fan of using "reverse logic" either...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. laughing at cnn

    The race card doesn't work. It doesn't help anything for left wing causes.
    CNN predicted that the left wingers would win congress in 2010, the race card was used excessively there too. OOPS.
    Scott Brown was predicated as losing last election, the race card was used heavily by CNN there too. OOPS
    Scott walker was predicted to lose Wisconsin by 11 points during the recall, the race card was used there, he won with more votes than he did the first time. OOPS
    CNN thinks Oboama is going to win a reelection, the race card is in full force yet again.
    Sane people know who will win this election and it aint OBOBO.
    The race card doesn't work.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Saddened

    I think racism in this country is still an issue, and a festering wound on our reputation and national character. That being said, I find articles such as this to be chilling to the national debate. Remember when the congressman yelled out "Liar!" during the President's state of the union? The immediate reaction was that he was a racist, not just an idiot (which is what he was). Want a great way to stifle dissent in this country? Elect a black man. If every time someone voices a concern about a policy Obama champions, that person is labeled a racist for thinking contrary to what the President does. Wouldn't it be great if we could elect a black/Hispanic/Asian/female president and it was never an issue in the election? And when that person was in power, the same level of discourse would exist when a white male president was there?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Herman Cain BABY!!! ...maybe next time.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beat Obama With A Cain

        Too bad Obama's cronies paid off for exposure of the scandal and threatened the Cain camp with violent threats.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. ted

    Performance not race matters!. Obama as President and Romney as Governor were mediocre at best.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. John

    One last, long winded attempt at calling Republicans racist before the election.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @ John (and many others) Did you even read the article? It never said Repblican's are racist ... seems to have hit a nerve in you though. Go back to Fox and let them tell you what you want to hear.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jesse Johns

    This story translates to ' Jesus Christ, this election is far closer than we ever expected. Our guy might actually lose. There must be something we can do about it. Some last ditch effort. Hey, let's play the race card. Let's run story after strory about how evil and sinister white people are. Maybe if we throw enough of it at the wall, some will stick.'

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Racism not relevant?

    Dear Jet Pilot. Racism is relevant.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Wake up

    Everyone thinks it is okay to hate on Romney because of his religion. People will not look at his actual policies. Then when someone says they disagree with Obama, they are racist. Get this, Conservatives liked a lot of what Herman Cain said. Where were the racist Conservatives then? It is a terrible cheap shot to make such an allegation.

    Should people say that you are a thief if you disagree with Romney? Actually, if you want to take other people's money and use it for yourself, you actually are a thief (Obama redistribution/Obamacare).

    November 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bowman

    This article is ridiculous. Just because someone doesn't like Obama's policies does not mean his skin color has anything to do with it. I do NOT like his financial policies, his executive orders rather than coalescing the Congress, his mandates, none of this has anything to do with his race. It is his policies, not his race.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • desertgator23

      So now if Obama loses, it's because the country has become racist against the President? You'll always have the loonies who are racist, but our country is remarkably different then the 1870's. This article is a Joke.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. mikey

    Pulling out the race card huh CNN. People do not like Obama becase he is incompetant. He is looting the treasury by giving loans to his friends for shell companies under the guise of "green" jobs and then getting campaign money in return. The middle class is being crushed under his present and future taxation. 21 new taxes under Obam care, all being enforcedby newly hired IRS agents. Get over the black thaing, please.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      So i'm labeled a racist if i dont vote for Obama? uhh, Ok.

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

      The looting happened during the wars Einstein. Haliburton

      November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. DoubleStandard

    All this country ever talks about is whites being racist. Racism is a terrible thing, and yes there are still white racists out there, but there are also racists of all ethnicities. It isn't just white people. Why is there never any dialogue about blacks being racist towards whites? I have read multiple stories of flash mobs of black youth attacking whites and no one ever talks of the racial component of these stories. It seems socially acceptable to be racist toward whites, especially in urban areas. I would love to see a social experiment where a white guy has a hidden camera and goes to a predominantly black area. Let's see how many racial comments he gets. It just seems wrong that you can't go down certain streets because you are white. And people tell you that you can't use certain words because you are white, no matter how terrible those words are. What if there was a word that greatly offended white people and all blacks were asked to not use that word? Yeah that would never happen.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jacob in NY

    Who writes this racially charged propaganda? No wonder we can't make real progress in this country. Most of the polpulation's families weren't even in thsi country during slavery given all the imigrants since 1865 and the rest of us have bornm well after. Why do African-Americans feel complelled to maintain and build upon the racial divide rather than moving past it?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      ...because they can get something – like 10 more swipes on their SNAP card. Sad, but true. But, as a whole, "giving" anyone sustained "help" over the long term is just digging a slow grave.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. NC

    The NFL and NBA are exploiting blacks. It's all a big joke that the blacks have not figured out – like in old Roman days when crowds cheered on fights to the death. We need Obama to take action now – need an executive order to make all professional sports teams have the same racial profile as American society!!

    Whites are just as good athletes as blacks, right? Of course, look at the European basketball players and track athletes – those whites compete, but why not U.S. whites?

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

      I wish someone would "exploit" me to the tune of a multi-million dollar a year deal to do something I love. Someone...anyone...please exploit me!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mike in NJ

    Thank you, Mr. Blake. A very thorough and thought-provoking article.

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

      Buy a house on the coast.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jim

    All of you saying that this is not true are kidding yourself. I planned on writing a long diatribe about how this election is about the failings of Wallstreet and the Fed but that is not what htis story is about. This story is about all of us Americans being racist. The sad truth is that we are. Racism is based off of fear. We all have fears and sadly we will all be racists even if we do not want to be. I do not want to be racist and try to judge a person by their words and actions rather than their appearance but it is a hard thing to do every minute of every day. I will keep trying harder.

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

      Poor soul. Keep on trying! However, I am very clear in the fact that I am not racist. BTW: do any libs even know the definition of racist? Here are a few litmus test items: want lower taxes, smaller gov't, balanced budget...darn, maybe I am racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      If everyone is racist, whatever will we do? I'm sorry, but your logic is not compelling. Calling "everyone" a racist implies that racism is a natural state. Do you really think that's the case?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Sam

    Hm... Parallels with the past. Interesting. Well, we do not have to go too far back. Just remember what happend in 2000-2008. These parallels are more vivid. If you want another war, and another economic collapse – vote for parallel Romney.
    He will continue W's "freedom agenda".

    November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dude

    I am white and was born in the late 1960s. Our generation grew up with the Cosby Show, Wham!, Milli Vanilli, Boy George, Michael Jackson, and a whole millieux of diverse characters. We were not responsible for Jim Crowe or Slavery. We have nothing to be guilty about. If it is acceptable for African-American intellectuals to think that caucasians are probably guilty of racism based on the actions of some of their forefathers, then it is equally acceptable to think that African-Americans may have a propensity to commit crime based upon our observations of minority behavior in our communities. Racism will stop when minority groups act in more socially acceptable ways.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghastly

      Perhaps all of you white trash from the trailer park can give them some lessons on what's socially acceptable. They can learn how to spread potted meat on a saltine and drink Blue Ribbon with the right pinkie pointed skyward.

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

        Quit trashing PBR.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dude

        A resort to ad hominem is not an effective retort.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealist

      @Dude... you are not GUILTY of racism, you are the PRODUCT of racism in America. You (if you're white) likely have grand and great grandparents who went to college, owned businesses, and advanced themselves socially. You have a headstart on most blacks in America that you cannot even begin to understand.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dude

        Try again. I paid my own way through college as a construction laborer. I had parents who made sure that I did my home work. These advantages are based on moral character and are available to any who care to form a cohesive family unit.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnu

      Really? I just threw up in my mouth after reading you ignorant post. The fact that you had the nerve to comment "Racism will stop when minority groups act in more socially acceptable ways" is just racist in itself. As if minorities act like animals, Oh my! You think all whites, like you, are the most upstanding citizens in our society. I get it. When you see a person who is non-white, you start to clutch your pearls, the switch in your brain goes off and you think of all the racist stereotypes you have learned, right? Sad that you hold on to such ignorant thoughts and spew them onto the comment section. Please, have the guts to say this in front of your minority friends next time, and then, go off yourself, and rid this society of ignorance.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Corvus

    I think this really highlights that race was an excuse, but the real motivator was class division. You had a lower class, for whatever reasons they were poor, suddenly becoming more affluent and powerful than they were in years prior. You had the top income bracket (in this case, plantation owners), who were deeply concerned with this power shift and felt they were "losing their country" to the lower class. Skin color made the divide easy because it had once equated to a label of "slave", but the actual politics of it had nothing to do with that.

    Compare to now where we have precisely the same concerns, the same media response, and the same complaints from the top 1% of "earners", with the method by which they earn being on the backs of that poorer class. Those people are afraid of losing "their country" to this up and coming group and are trying to stifle it. Skin color isn't as much the barrier as is the income bracket; the difference between then and now is that now, there's no secondary issue to obfuscate what is really happening.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mike

    What a sad statement. When all else fails (or even before) trot out the race card. Pathetic. The guy is an abject failure as president. He's a stunning success at ruining the country. But if you disagree with him or opine that he's a failure you're a racist. Well, I wasn't a racist before I voted against him in 2008 and I'm not one this year when I've already voted against him.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Americans are racist

    In these times every race is racist, whether it be african americans, white american, hispanic american Asian Americans. Don't sit there and say it's just whites, all of them do it!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom's Uncle

      Very true!! Thank you.

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

      There's a term for it "ethnocentrism".

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bribarian

    I think they killed the racecard last election, might be time for a new strategy.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Conserve status quo

    Racism is just one tool these people use. They have a lot more evil they can bring to bear.

    A bunch of fake Christian psychopaths, but they got the fake Muslim and hindu versions in other countries, it is not about nationality, religion or race. It is about their insanity.

    They need to find a new country they can be happy in, located at the bottom of the ocean or on Mars.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  49. GT

    I saw this coming when Pres. Obama was elected. You could'nt disagree with his policies wihtout being branded a racist. The fact is liberalism has failed everywhere it has been tried ie: all of Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, California, New York just to name a few. If Pres. Obama looses the race, Chris Mathews and other like minded ilk will begin to screem Jim Crowe. So I have to ask them," What is more racist, believing he lost because of race, or simply because of merrit?"

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Scott

    Communist News Network just went into overdrive in campaigning for their Dear Leader. This article has been in the left sidebar, but NOW it is top center on the home page. Pathetic. Maybe MSNBC and CNN should form a partnership and call it Pravda.

    Scott

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conserve status quo for Scott

      Getting upset Scott?
      Try moving to another country.

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

      Faux Noise called, they told me to tell you you're posting in the wrong forums and want their bs rhetoric you're typing back.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Justcanttakeit Anymore

    Every time I try to turn to CNN for truly neutral coverage I get a cold blast of reality like this. The most amazing part of this article is how long and hard Blake must have worked at trying to cherry pick things to draw comparisons to. This is a reach of epic proportions.

    We are not a post racial society by any means but the racist today are different. They're called liberals. They hate anyone who doesn't think like them. This includes Christians of any kind, men, women, blacks, Hispanics. If you don't think this is true ask yourself what they would have thought about the treatment of Herman Cain or Sarah Palin if they were Democrats. Sarah Palin was brutally demeaned and insulted for her looks, style, manor of speech, how she dressed and I'm not talking about Saturday Night Live. They are equal opportunity haters and good at it. I'm talking about mainstream media and politicians openly questioning whether Sarah was smart enough.

    Sounds like something Al Campanis would say.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      You are confusing and intertwining election year politics with racism. You could at least come up with something better to moan about.I have noticed ,though,and I've always voted democratic,that every time someone disagrees with Obama they are labeled racist and to me it is very childish behavior.Truly the sign of a losing people,hopefully someday,the blacks will understand this and get on board to become part of society rather than one of it's dependants.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Halloween Hanging

    Obama hanging from a noose on Halloween night... Nice one GOP.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Luke East

    The suggestion in this article is ridiculous. Americans rejected Obama because he failed to deliver he promised to deliver.
    Americans as the employers of the president have the right to fire him based on his poor performance. We also need to seriously reflect why we have put this unqualified and inexperienced person to that important position in the first place. If we are shareholders of a company called USA, do we really want to hire a community organizer to be the CEO? What was on his resume before this position that could show that he was qualified? What accomplishment he has on this position that can prove that he is any better today? None. Americans today are less self-reliant than ever because of him. Our hopes and dreams are diminishing because of him. Everything is change for the worse because of him. Nothing is forward because of him.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mike

    What is typical republican? Hmmm, could it be someone who believes in you have what you earn?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  55. AM

    Most of the viral images that show up on web of Obama do play off his race. It's a negative, ugly and shameful way to be. It shows the GOP's true colors which vowed to stop Obama in his tracks since Ted Kennedy died in 2010. The GOP is a negative force and I cant believe they are still allowed to have political power in the USA. The Government should fire any member of Congress/Senate that vows to vote against a president simply because they have the power to.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. laughing at cnn

    Calling everyone who votes for Romney a racist is not going to win the election for obama, in fact, legitimate news sources have already declared Romney the likely winner. If anything is drives more people to vote Republican.

    Don't put away your race card CNN.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jack 2

    Has Canada ever had a Black President?

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

    I guess CNN is going with the same tactic last election, call everyone a racist.

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

      No, not everyone. Just people like you

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

      youz a raciss

      November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at cnn

      Nope, not "just him" me too and most other people who would thumbs up this comment if there was such an option.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jack 2

    I don't think you went to many places. that's far from the maistream. If there is a problem then how did he get elected ?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. OHPLEASE

    So, a black president gets elected four years ago - no racism issues are brought up. Now, four years later, black president may lose, and racism is as strong as ever. Sickens me how easily the race card gets played.

    In the NFL, black cornerbacks admit that Jordy Nelson or Hartline are faster than they thought, and thats not racist albeit a black man thinking somehting of a white man based on appearance. Heaven forbid a white man things a black man is fast because he is black.

    90% of blacks vote for Obama b/c he is black. No racism there?

    The black panthers initimidating white voters in 2008, have fun finding that on CNN.

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

      Just face the facts. America has a long way to go when it coms to racial hatred. How about it? Look into your heart and be a better person.

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

        Have you seen how far we've went? There are now probably as many black racists as white. Just the fact that 97to 98 % of blacks voted for a black president implies race as a main factor.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • GT

        Where is there racism in America? Please give a example where a non white is told they can't have a job. Where can't a non white rent or buy a home when they have the money for it. We hear about racism from people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, but they are millionairs by purpetuating racism.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Annie

        GT, grow a brain! Do you actually think racism in this country is as clear cut as someone telling a person of color outright that they won't be hired, or won't be allowed to buy a house? There are much more insidious forms of racism in the USA, but if you want obvious examples, take a look at the garbage on the internet concerning our president.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. SPower

    what a small fictional article about a small man!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Joe bob

    Its not that I think the Democrats are that great – It’s that I just cant stand the ignorance and hate I see represented by the current supporters of the Republican Party – makes me ashamed say I used to be a Republican.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom's Uncle

      Please don't lump all current Republican Party supporters in with those that are racist. I would bet there are just as many individuals in this country that are Democrats who are racist as well. It doesn't matter what party you support or whether you are white, black, or green. There are people who are racist no matter what. I am getting tired of being called racist simply because I don't agree with the President. It has nothing to do with his religion, race, ethnicity, etc. I simply don't think he is a good President because I don't believe his policies work. It's really that simple.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conserve status quo for Nate's hate

      What does it matter to you Nate?
      You are not an American, so what country are beaming in from? A troll from North Korea?

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

      You should be embarrassed to show your face out in public. You smell foul of racism and outdated idea's. Your comments make me think you grew up in a trailer park, dragging your butt across the grass after you take a dump to wipe it. Catching rats and shooting gophers to eat, rolling yourself in a mud puddle once a week to clean your stench off.

      I can't describe your filth any better than that.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve - Dallas

      You should be ashamed to spew your hatred and bigotry in a public forum.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • cliffhuxtable911

      Calling the Republican party racist, is just petty stereotyping. There were more republicans that voted for equal rights than there were democrats. Also the democrats provided funds to the KKK. So if you really want to look at Republicans vs Democrats, and who is racist and who is not. Typically I think both parties have come along way, and I don't know a single republican that is racist. Granted I'm libertarian. But typically I find more Democrats that are much more racist than Republicans. Always bringing up the race card, and that's why the Republican party didn't want to vote Obama in office, on the contrary, they don't like his politics. Personally I don't like his politics. He's doubled our nation debt, blamed it on Bush, which isn't rightfully to be blamed. Clinton created the housing crisis, and granted it's both Republican and Democrats faults for allowing banks to give out bad loans. Granted Bush started 2 wars which didn't help when Clinton's housing crisis occurred under Bush's 2nd term. Also just happens to be when the liberals took back over congress during his 2nd term when the economy started to fall apart. Odd?? I don't like Bush for the fact that he pushed through the patriot act which is against what conservative ideals were, so hence forth you have a split in the republican party, and now you have the tea party. I think it's sad that most of his first term was spent blaming the guy before him. I've never seen a president stoop so low before in all my life. I would say I'm proud that he is our first black president, but since the start of his presidency, not saluting the American flag, blaming previous President for the economy instead of just accepting the economy for what it is, and being humble to address the issues that are wrong with our country, instead of adding to them by doubling our debt, pushing a healthcare bill that even alot of Democrats didn't want pushed through. There were several senators that received emails from their own parties, urging them to vote against the bill, but they disregarded them and they passed it anyways. With Pelosi claiming.. hey we need to pass it through congress so you can see whats in it! No.. we read the bill first before you pass it Pelosi, and listen to what the people want. It's like they control the masses through their words, and the masses are ignorant enough to believe them. First off, never trust politicians, don't vote them in if you don't trust them, but also look at who is currently in office and make a decision for yourself on who to vote for, rather than having a party tell you whom to vote for. I vote for either party because of issues I don't like with either party. I suggest you all do the same, instead of sticking with 1 party, look at both and decide. Don't let someone else decide for you.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • cliffhuxtable911

        Or better yet... Vote libertarian!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. fred

    You called yourselves "exceptional" how do you expect the world to respect you, trust you and truly believe that America is a peaceful nation, ready to lead the world and make it a better a place WHEN within your own country, you hate and discriminate others because of color. Too scared to lose power, because you are so used to ruling, so a black man ruling you is disgusting right? Education plays no role here because those racists in congress are all educated, so it is about ego, it is indeed a BIG PROBLEM.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  64. wallyman

    Nice try about racism rearing it's ugly head, but Obama's performance led to his defeat. Interesting Hiram Revels who was from Mississippi was sworn in and took the desk formally occupied by a former Senator from MS, Jefferson Davis.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  65. chris

    Race is a convenient excuse, but the problem with it is we've heard it used to mask failure and divert attention from responsibility so many times that today we know the only ones who will not see this article as trash are those who have a vested interest politically, financially or egotistically in keeping racism alive.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. jetpilot

    Wouldn't it be nice if CNN would cover something relevant? Like the Libya scandal?
    CNN in the tank, assisting the regime in the cover-up.

    In the last 20 years, how many conservative blacks have been elected to congress in majority white districts? How many liberal blacks have been elected to congress from majority white liberal districts?

    It isn't about race (on the conservative side anyway). Its about ideas, issues, philosophy, and performance.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jack 2

    It 's time to vote...lets pull the race card!

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

      Just face the facts, Jack. America has a long way to go when it coms to racial hatred. How about it? Look into your heart and be a better person.

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

      what problems do we face? I mean really? In terms of civil rights, there aren't any. This whole white guilt thing is incredibly old. Both as a social topic and as an excuse for a political candidate. Vote a guy on his merits, okay. Talk about how race doesn't matter, fine. But don't come here and try to trump up this crap to make people feel like they're voting for a cause "don't vote on race...unless it's the black guy. that's our guy. think of the suffering. let's move forward".

      It's honestly insulting. Not to sit here and defend that guy's name...but you people need to get off your soap box.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Paul R.

    Only would race-baiters believe that racism is alive and well AFTER a black man was elected to the presidency. Seriously? People cannot stand his policies – it has nothing to do with his color. Look at the photo in the story. Obama = Imam = Marx. That ain't about color, that is pure political ideology. And it is 100% voter intimidation to imply that we're racists if we DON'T vote for him again!!!

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

      Right on! Common sense slapping them right in the face cannot be seen. The libs are weak-minded, un-thinking, guilt-ridden people.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will Ashe

      Brilliant point. God forbid anyone disagree with Mr. Obama, he or she must be a racist. My Romney vote becomes more definite every second.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. calvin

    check out the reply to your post. I's hard to read articles like this and not give it some validity when I read post like this one. Check out how many racist comments are made. For those whom race does not impact, it's hard to see the racism spoken about in this article.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepou27

      Yes, the number of racist, hateful and downright offensive comments in reply to this article is ample proof that racism is alive and well in this country. And it is quite shameful.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Force the fascists out

    Racism is just one tool these people use. They have a lot more evil they can bring to bear. A bunch of fake Christian psychopaths, they got the Muslim and hindu versions, it is not about religion or race. It is about their insanity.

    They need to find a new country they can be happy in, located at the bottom of the ocean or on Mars.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  71. MikeB

    Obama's media minions are going all out now.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Parkerman

    This is completely ridiculous, Obama will not win or lose based on the color of his skin, but rather because of his ability to run this country. Personally I could care less what his race is, but he totally failed this country and we need to bring someone in with some good old economic savy.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sad

      When you all scream, "It's not because he's black?" we all know what that means. Republicans all got a little Donald Trump inside them.

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

        ...hu,hu, literally, hu,hu

        November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kip

    O’Bama’s presidency failed on the back of bad decisions and lack of leadership. If he had demonstrated the faintest ability to lead like great black leaders of the past, he would not be in a race where the outcome is so hard to call. I am part of the loyal opposition to president O’Bama, not because of race, but because I look around my neighborhood and see that things are harder for me and my neighbors now than they were four years ago. I can’t stand the idea of another four years like the last.

    Stop insulting black leaders of the past. Stop insulting blacks and whites. Focus on the real issues. Go back to real reporting and candidate promotion.

    Also, which candidate has a website devoted entirely to one race? O’Bama. The real raceism is in the O’Bama campaign.

    Now, guess my color. You cannot.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jim

    I could care LESS what color his skin is, It comes down to leadership and philosophy. Look at Reagan, why was he so successful? Because be became the 3rd branch of government that spoke for the people keeping the 2 party system in check from going too far right or left. I think we need to be fiscally conservative but work on other liberal things too like ecology, new formrs of energy. But we have to do things in priority order. We are going under and teh present admin thinks they have endless money and a blank check to give it away and BUY friends. It doesnt work that way. We need the economy and jobs fixed FIRST and that will take someone with business sense and OBama does NOT have that. Everything has been given to him BECAUSE of his race. STOP playing the liberal race card it will NOT fix our problems.

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

      u r funny

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

      JIm, you started off by saying you don't care about the color of his skin. Then you finish by saying he got elected because of his race. Can you say OXY"MORON".

      November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  75. M.Creasy

    Perhaps the author should reflect upon Revels' words to President Grant in 1875:

    "The bitterness and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinion, been obliterated in this state (Mississippi), except perhaps in some localities, and would have long since been entirely obliterated, were it not for some unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past, and inculcate a hatred between the races, in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office, and its emoluments, to control my people, the effect of which is to degrade them."

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

      MCreasy Revels was speaking directly to a white man OF the other white man. THEY are the bitter ones.Following along now or do I need to dumb it down for you further?

      November 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Devin J. Tomb

    If you voted for Obama before to show you're not racist, please don't vote for him this time to show you're not stupid as well.

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

      Holy cow – that is a GREAT quote! Can I borrow it?

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

      Obama/Biden 2012. President Obama and Joe Biden win reelection by 4 points. I'm not ignorant, I'm an American citizen a volunteer veteran of our armed forces, a business owner who employess 11 full time employees and a voter. See you on election day, where I will exercise my right to vote for our President.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Justin

    The two logical fallacies this article is based off: slippery slope and false analogy. Perhaps you can find more.

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

      what faulty analogy do you speak of? What slippery slope? This article is merely one of observations, not false dilemmas as you have proposed. The fact is this is an article of the major similarities that are occuring to day with those tactics used to thwart reconstruction. It was a false and contrived fear that led them back then as it is now with all the nonsense claims of Obama being a secret muslim and secretly weeping for bin laden and working for the death of Americaand creating death panels. Images deliberatly ginned up to remind people of more fearful times, no matter the fact that THOSE accusations are actually slippery slopes and false analogies. YOu got the fallacies correct, but applied them to the wrong side. The side using those common argument fallacies are the republicans/conservatives.

      November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  78. white granny

    And the author of this story didn't even think enough to caption the names of the other black men in the last picture.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Gmoney

    Money is color blind and america is 6 trillion more in debt on top of 9 trillion and we're going in the wrong direction.

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

      Having a republican congress thats been stopping every major law proposed by the president is the wrong way to go...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  80. disengaging from you lunatics

    Couldn't have anything to do with his globalist, Marxist ideology and the fact that he and his followers are Demagogues. Must be because he is black and anyone that says otherwise is a racist.

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

      Marxist ideology? Are you a total moron?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Devin J. Tomb

        " sad

        Marxist ideology? Are you a total moron?"

        Hmm, it's called socialism which is definitely embraced by Obama. It's a Marxist based idea. Are you a total moron?

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

      supporting social programs and engaging in socialism are two entirely different things. HE'sa advocating for them NOT dictating them.See the difference now? Moron.

      November 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Joe bob

    I see that the Republiclone snake handlers are frothing at the mouth here again today espousing their hate for the liberal demons who torment them endlessly.
    Apparently Ignorance is not always bliss.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Will Ashe

    This article is atrocious. How this got published and placed in such a prominent position is beyond me. The current time cannot be compared to reconstruction America. This is painfully sad and the person that wrote this should only be allowed to write in crayon. It is embarrassing to see what passes for journalism. We have a critically important Presidential race and this is what CNN has as a headline? FYI, Plessy was overturned. The country has made incredible strides in equality. It does not follow that because Mr. Obama has lost public support the country is racist. Shame on Mr. Blake and shame on CNN.

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

      Wrong! It's a good article. America has not even come close to dealing with the issues or race and racial hatred. We still have work to do, so pull you head out of the sand.

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

        Why don't you read a little bit of history and explain to me how the current era is like reconstruction America. We have an African American President. I'm not saying the country is perfect but the backlash against Mr. Obama has nothing to do with race. He was elected in a landslide. The discontent with his Presidency is because of his policies not racism. It is absurd to state that his lack of support is due to racism. Pull your head out of the sand. I suddenly became racist because I voted for him in 2008 and plan to vote for Romney in 2012? Really?

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

      It is the single worst article I have ever seen published by a mainstream media source.

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

      Agreed. I am so sick of the implication, if not the outright sttement, that if I do not support Obama then I am a racist. I oppose what the man is doing, not his family background. Why is that so hard for some people to understand??

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

        perhaps because your disdain for him and his policies is so blatantly unfounded

        November 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen Jones

        So the reason I dont like Harry Reid is because I am racist????

        I have just had an epiphany. The reason I dont like liberals is because they are from another planet. That explains everything!

        November 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      The article didn't claim that the America of today is the same as during the Reconstruction, it was saying that some of the political tactics conservatives use are the same – most notably efforts to suppress the vote, redistricting to manipulate which party gets voted in, and saying that Obama personally wants more people on 'welfare' rather than simply noting more people are on welfare because conservatives crashed the economy and left many more people than usual in economic ruin and needing assistance. Calling him the 'welfare President' when he has decidedly said he wants people OFF welfare is an effort to distort reality – we all know it is an effort to cast him in a sterotypical image of actually being a welfare recipient since he is a man of color.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      DEARGOD WILL ASHE this article isNOT about calling YOU racist, it's about educating people on the use of certain tactics that each side uses to acheive it's goals. The backlash against Obama in many cases IS about race even if that's not true in YOUR PARTICULAR case. HOWEVER, this article only shows the similarities of tactics. Your own position that this isn't the same as reconstruction era because we have a black president is EXACTLY the example this article points to. The point of the article was that while a great victory was had when a guy like REVELS was elected, a black guy, the false notion that racism had suddenly ended was naive at best. Your insinuation that somehow we are less racist or that the criticisms, many either totally unfounded or massively trumped up and misapplied, against Obama have nothing to do with racism is an entirely oblivious remark.

      November 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  83. CJ Topspin

    It is interesting how the only people who actually care about race are the people writing articles like this.

    I don't think the issue is there are still racists in this country, I think the issue is we have expanded the scope of what we consider to be racist. In addition, the whole idea of "racism" has been used as a crutch or some sort of explanation why people aren't able to achieve their dreams. Didn't get accepted into the college you wanted? Racism. Didn't get the job you wanted? Racism. Get stopped by the police? Racism. The race flag is so over used and abused these days that "people of color" have backed themselves into a corner where they have no option but to be treated differently...because they demand it. They have made themselves a "protected group" where non racists look at them like people with disabilities.

    By the way – Obama's main problem has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It is the fact that he is a socialist. Which is no better than whacky Romney and his cuckoo religion.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  84. calvin

    Sounds like you missed the point,

    November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  85. garbage

    Yep, race baiting. Also, I like how it was conveniently excluded that the opposition of Revels was primarily white DEMOCRATS. But hey, I'm probably a racist for mentioning that.

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

      Dude, you are so in denial. Look into your heart – or are you afraid to.

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

        Go ahead, look it up. I dare you.

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

        Actually, "garbage" is correct. You should do some historical fact checking.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norman Autrey

      Okay "garbage", I don't need to look it up because I know a bit about history. The Southern Democrats, who were very racist and hated the Republican Party, because of Llincoln and the Civil War, were not the Democratic Party of today, just like the Republican Party is not the party of even a couple of decades past. The South, the so called yellow dog Democrats mostly turned Republican after Lyndon Johnson signed the civil rights act. The South roiled in hatred and little American Hitlers like George Wallace ran rampant. The Klan ruled. Today, the racism of the South is a bit muted and most are to cowardly to speak out about their beliefs in public. Racism is alive and well among the ignorant and the uneducated, it's the truth, and I doubt it will ever change. Peace to you sir, and may your heart change and you will be at last free from hatred.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Actually Garbage has the right data but elevated it to a relevancy it doesn't observe. The article by default shows that democrats were largely the racist since they were the ones committing the racist acts. What you, garbage, fail to admit is that the new rep[ublicans are acting a hell of a lot like the old democrats 😉

      November 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  86. mike58

    Race baiter
    John Blake, CNN you really need to get out more

    November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jared L Jones

    Since President Obama became president many conservative states all of a sudden want to pass voter ID laws when there have been little or no voter ID fraud like where I live here in Mississippi. If this a post racial era why all of a sudden I feel some old grumpy white men (mainly) feel they want to turn back the hands of time. they might as well let it go. you can hang with us or without us,but get this we gonna hang whether you like it or not.

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

      You idiot. It's not like this is the first time voter ID has been brought up. I'm sick of you no-logic, can't-think liberals. It's just plain common sense – show your stinkin' ID to vote. Everyone and I mean Everyone (OK, 99.9%) has an ID – there is no way to function in this country without one. To say they don't is a lie. For the 0.01%, I will buy them an ID.

      Come on – hiding behind this "suppress the vote" thing is just obviously stupid. C O M M O N S E N S E has been lost.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepou27

      Thank you.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  88. MK54

    I see a dream, and in that dream President Obama represents the face of the future, not European, not Asian, not African, but a new mixed heritage breed of American that represents the powerful strength of the entire human gene pool. Americans will hopefully some day come to understand that our diversity and being the first among nations to wrestle with the hot reactions in the racial melting-pot will in time forge a very strong new human metal, a new human steel that will lead the world toward peace among men, in the same way it led the way to freedom.

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

      Take note, everyone. EUGENICS is alive and well and MK54 is its spokesman.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  89. fred

    Some of these white folks will blow up this earth one day trying to be the only people who controls it. It is built by their forefathers, so they don't understand why blacks, browns or any other color will be the boss. Blacks vote for Obama because the setting is fresh, blacks still suffers more. Let them be humans for once!

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

      well said.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. calvin

    let me guess you are a Romney supporter.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  91. amy

    CNN drinking the koolaid again, such a baloney position they presented, what is so difficult about understanding that Americans are rejecting the presidents policy and record? Nothing in this article corresponds with why I won't vote for him, I'm sick of the media trying to brainwash voters by exposing us a racists!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Kathy Moore

    OMGosh! Let's throw race in it now. It's not the case. Race has been used FOREVER!!! Move on. Get over it. It's in the past. Mr. Obama has no excuses left. He has proven that he can NOT run our country in the right direction. NO MORE EXCUSES. Accept the defeat.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Joe bob

    Try FAUX NEWS – no doubt their biased liberal hating spew is more in your line of thought.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Dave

    I support and voted for Obama. Still I found this article devoid of honesty. The writer really had to twist and distort in order to make the facts fit the story. We all know that Americans are mosly worried about jobs and housing. I don't know anyone who is worrying about the color of the people who might help us solve these problems. The reporter needs a dose of honest self-appraisal.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  95. codemanx

    Judge not by the color of the skin, but by the content of their character, said the great Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Obama's skin is not the issue. His character simply sucks. The end.

    Let he/she who keeps bringing up race look in the mirror and see who the real racist is.

    Meanwhile, please remind the 97% of the african american voters who vote for Obama of what MLKJ tried to teach.

    Thank you for this race baiting article. How I wish I could say I'm surprised, but unfortunately I'm not.

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

      THAT...........is not necessary, and not helpful.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Emma

    CNN isn't even a news organization. Shame on you!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  97. PULSE YOUR READERS

    Oh my god this is literally the worst website masquerading as nonpartisan. Stop shuffling your focus articles based on the liberal frenzy you receive. Or just shut down the website, no one takes you seriously anymore.

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

      The truth hurts, huh.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  98. ruth

    This is not an issue of Black or White,this is about honesty,I do not think obama has been truthful with Americans,so I do not trust him,if you hide something from what you are,or what you have done or what you actually believe in,remember you do not listen to Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and come out liking White people,but Americans did not find this out until after he was elected,he loves socialism not capitalism, America is not ruled under socialism but this is what HE wants. He believes in Marxist ,he believes that the government will GIVE you anything ,that the government will take care of you,trust me the 47% that Romney is talking about is the third genmeration on welfare,not people on social security or the people that should have ssi, or the retired military..wake up America with obama we are on the wrong path and that is the path of greece .italy,spain etc

    November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  99. John

    The so-called "Reconstruction" was nothing but the organized looting and plunder of the South, following an unprovoked war of aggession by the North. There was no Marshall Plan for defeated Dixie, just the crushing bootheel of political and economic oppression that has lingered even to this day. The men who overthrew "Reconstruction" were heroes.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  100. JoeSeattle

    Wow. What a fatasy! Here's a tip: If you're going to just make stuff up, it's best to a least not include things that blatantly fly in the face of reality. I kept waiting for Blake to cite the fact that gravity makes things fall upward as a reason to believe everyone white needs to be fitted with an ankle bracelet.

    Get some mental help (after all, thank's to your ideologue in the white house, it's free).

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