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

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

This is the second in an occasional series on issues of race, identity and politics ahead of Election Day, including a look at the optics of politics, a white Southern Democrat fighting for survival and a civil rights icon registering voters.

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - A tall, caramel-complexioned man marched across the steps of the U.S. Capitol to be sworn into office as a jubilant crowd watched history being made.

The man was an African-American of mixed-race heritage, an eloquent speaker whose election was hailed as a reminder of how far America had come.

But the man who placed his hand on the Bible that winter day in Washington wasn't Barack Obama. He was Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate.

His election and that of many other African-Americans to public office triggered a white backlash that helped destroy Reconstruction, America’s first attempt to build an interracial democracy in the wake of the Civil War.

To some historians, Revels' story offers sobering lessons for our time: that this year's presidential election is about the past as well as the future. These historians say Obama isn't a post-racial president but a "post-Reconstructionist" leader. They say his presidency has sparked a white backlash with parallels to a brutal period in U.S. history that began with dramatic racial progress.

Some of the biggest controversies of the 2012 contest could have been ripped from the headlines of that late 19th-century era, they say: Debates erupt over voting rights restrictions and racial preferences, a new federal health care act divides the country, an economic crisis sparks a small government movement. And then there's a vocal minority accusing a national black political leader of not being a "legitimate" U.S. citizen.

All were major issues during Reconstruction, an attempt to bring the former Confederate states back into the national fold and create a new era of racial justice. And many of the same forces that destroyed Reconstruction may be converging again, some scholars and historians say.

Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate in 1870.

Ruha Benjamin points to this as proof that change is fragile - and reversible. The backlash that swept aside Revels lasted nearly a century.

"When white Americans helped put this African-American in the Senate, it seemed that they were really welcoming African-Americans and they wanted them to have full equality," said Benjamin, an African-American studies professor at Boston University. "We know in hindsight that it was about to get worse."

The notion that the country is poised to enter a new post-Reconstruction era may seem outlandish, even offensive. That period, known as the Jim Crow era, saw the establishment of American apartheid: segregated public facilities, race riots and white racists murdering blacks and their white allies with impunity.

Today, too many white Americans are "militantly anti-racist" for the country to return to the post-Reconstruction era, said Mark D. Naison, a history professor at Fordham University in New York City.

"You hold a racist demonstration in this country and the anti-racist protesters will have as many whites and blacks in their group, maybe more," Naison said. "We are definitely not post-racial, but we aren't going back to the days of legal segregation."

Yet there is another slice of white America that seems stuck in a time warp, as if it never left the post-Reconstruction era, other historians argue. While not calling for the return of Jim Crow segregation, some white Americans are recycling the same political rhetoric and legal strategies that snuffed out Reconstruction, these historians say.

They are also resurrecting some of the most racist images from the post-Reconstruction era, some black commentators say.

While it is no longer acceptable to call a black person the N-word publicly, people do it all the time in social media, video games and in the comment sections of online news stories, said Nsenga Burton, a writer for The Root, an online news site with an African-American perspective.

Much of this racism is aimed at Obama, she says. Among examples, he’s been called "tar baby" and "the ultimate Affirmative Action N******" and depicted as a chimp. People are not shocked anymore by overt displays of racism, she says.

Burton said in a Root essay entitled, "It's a Great Time to be a Racist," that Obama's presidency didn't inaugurate a post-racial era. "Try post-Reconstruction," she said, "because the harmful slurs and images being tossed around the public space hark back more to a racist past than to a racially ambiguous future."

A recent Associated Press online poll concluded that racial prejudice in America has slightly increased since Obama's election. The survey said that a majority of Americans, 51%, express explicit racial prejudice toward blacks, compared to 48% in 2008.

While the poll on its own doesn’t prove the country has become more racist in the last four years, it does offer evidence that the “post-racial” world some thought Obama’s inauguration would bring has yet to materialize.

"We're in a racist renaissance," Burton said. "It's a rebirth of the oldest forms of racism. It's not new, not different. It's like the 1800s, the most archaic abusive terms are applied to black people every single day."

Some conservatives have a different take, on history as well as current events. Everyone who criticizes the president is labeled a racist, they say. And describing Obama as a post-Reconstruction president is absurd.

"It's race-baiting of the highest order; it's bunk," said Niger Innis, a black conservative and son of civil rights activist Roy Innis who has defended the Tea Party movement against accusations of racism.

"The America of today is not the America of the 1870s," Innis said. "When the American people voted for their first black president, the Union Army didn't occupy the country."

Some conservative commentators also say Obama isn't a victim of racism, but to the contrary has inflamed racial divisions to advance his political agenda.

"Obama was falsely portrayed in his campaign as a post-racial president who would bring healing to the nation's racial divisions," said Larry Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States."

"Obama has done everything he can to ensure that there were stark racial differences. … Obama has focused his entire administration around racism, a sort of reverse racism on his end," Schweikart claimed.

It is a view that has been reflected by conservative talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh’s brother David, author of "The Great Destroyer." David Limbaugh would not talk to CNN for this story.

Hope and change in another time

Reconstruction, which lasted from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1877, was filled with dueling perceptions of race as well. The political changes unleashed by the Civil War unnerved many white Southerners: As blacks achieved positions of power that previously had been reserved for whites, historians say, many whites felt like their country didn't belong to them anymore.

After the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th, 14th and 15th "Reconstruction Amendments" that abolished slavery, granted citizenship rights to blacks and prohibited denying the right to vote to newly freed slaves.

The term "civil rights" was coined during Reconstruction, said Eric Foner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution." A century before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a segregated bus, Congress passed the 1866 and 1875 Civil Rights Acts, which banned the discrimination of blacks in "public accommodations" such as streetcars and theaters.

The reforms provoked what some historians say was white Southerners' greatest fear: "Negro Rule."

During Reconstruction, at least 2,000 blacks were eventually elected to political offices throughout the South. They included congressmen, judges, tax collectors, sheriffs, even a governor, said Philip Dray, author of "Capitol Men," which examines Reconstruction through the lives of the first black congressmen.

"Expectations were high," said Dray, who has also written books about the rise of labor unions and lynchings in America. "People felt like there was change, and they were going to be part of it."

Revels rode that wave of optimism into high office. In 1870, he became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate when the Mississippi legislature appointed him to fill a vacancy left when the state seceded from the Union.

Opponents initially insisted he wasn't a legitimate U.S. citizen because the Constitution required a senator be a citizen for at least nine years. He also had an unusual background, having been born to a free black family in North Carolina when slavery was legal.

"He wasn't radical or over the top," Dray said of Revels. "He was a minister, a conciliatory figure. The idea was that it would be easier for him to weather the scrutiny."

Revels himself would anticipate the white backlash that would follow when he told the Senate early in 1871: “I find that the prejudice in this country to color is very great, and I sometimes fear that it is on the increase.”

Obamacare, 19th century style

Beyond Revels, there are other parallels between today and the post-Reconstruction era, according to some historians.

The most commonly cited link revolves around the debate over voter ID laws. Since Obama's election, 34 states have considered adopting legislation requiring photo ID for voters, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. Seven have passed such laws, which typically require voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls.

During the post-Reconstruction era, many white Southerners viewed the onset of black voting power in apocalyptic terms. They created a thicket of voting barriers - "poll taxes," "literacy tests" and "understanding clauses" - to prevent blacks from voting, said Dray.

"The idea was to invalidate the black vote without directly challenging the 15th Amendment," Dray said.

This political cartoon highlighting voter intimidation appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1876.

Many contemporary voter ID laws are following the same script, he said.

"It just goes on and on. They've never completely gone away. And now they're back with a vengeance."

Some opponents of the voter ID laws note that these measures disproportionately affect the elderly and the poor, regardless of race.

Supporters of voter ID laws say they're not about race at all, but about common sense and preventing voter fraud.

"That is not a racial issue and it certainly isn't a hardship issue," said Deneen Borelli, author of "Blacklash," which argues Obama is turning America into a welfare nation.

"When you try to purchase over-the-counter medication or buy liquor or travel, you present photo ID. This is a basic part of everyday transactions."

Historians say there are other ways the post-Reconstruction script is being dusted off and that some of them appear to have nothing to do with race on the surface.

Consider the debate over "Obamacare," the nation's new health care law. The controversy would be familiar to many 19th-century Americans, said Jim Downs, author of "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction."

The notion that the federal government should help those who cannot help themselves wasn't widely accepted before the Civil War. There were a few charities and municipal hospitals that took care of the sick, but most institutions ignored ordinary people who needed health care, said Downs, a Connecticut College history professor who studies the history of race and medicine in 19th-century America.

Reconstruction changed that. Post-Civil War America was marked by epidemics: yellow fever, smallpox and typhus. Freed slaves, who were often malnourished and had few clothes and little shelter, died by the "tens of thousands," he said.

The federal government responded by creating the nation's first-ever national health care system, directed at newly freed slaves. It was called the Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau. The division built 40 hospitals and hired hundreds of doctors to treat more than a million former slaves from 1865 until it was shut down in 1870 after losing congressional funding, Downs said.

"It absolutely radicalized health care," he said. "You can't argue that government intervention in health is something new or a recent innovation. It originated in the mid-19th century in response to the suffering of freed slaves."

Critics at the time said the new health care system was too radical. They said it would make blacks too reliant on government. The system was expanded to include other vulnerable Americans, such as the elderly, children and the disabled. Yet some still saw it as a black handout, Downs said.

"The whole notion of the modern day "welfare queen" can be traced to the post-Civil War period when people became very suspicious of the federal government providing relief to ex-slaves," Downs said. "They feared this would create a dependent class of people."

A campaign to 'save' America

Economic fears in the post-Reconstruction era also fueled the white backlash, a pattern that some historians say is repeating itself today.

A national economic collapse took place just as freed slaves were gaining political influence. The Panic of 1873 started with a banking collapse and a stock market dive. The result: Tens of thousands of workers, many Civil War veterans, became homeless. People lined up for food and shelter in cities across America.

"It made it more economically competitive for everybody," Dray said. "You saw whites become even less generous to African-Americans [than] they might have been."

Some white Southerners channeled their economic anxiety into a systemic attack on the federal government, historians said.

Before the collapse, Southern states controlled by Northern politicians and their allies had built hospitals and public schools and created social services to help freed slaves as well as poor whites, said Jerald Podair, a historian at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

But the notion of an activist federal government helping blacks amid tough times created an opening for Reconstruction opponents. One group that took advantage of that opening was the Redeemers, a popular movement led by conservative, pro-business politicians who vowed to "save" the South, said Podair, who is writing a book on Bayard Rustin, a close aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Redeemers gained control of most Southern statehouses and pledged to reduce the size of government. They defunded public schools, closed public hospitals and halted road construction, Podair said, all while cutting taxes for the wealthy plantation owners, the 1 percenters of their day.

The Redeemers cloaked their rhetoric in the need for more government efficiency, but their goals were also racial, Podair said.

"The Redeemers were interested first and foremost in power," Podair said. "If freed slaves received education and medical care, they were that much closer to economic and, eventually, political power. And if the federal government had a major role in the South, that also meant less economic and political power for the Redeemer class."

Some historians say the backlash against Obama mimics late 19th-century resistance to black political progress.

Podair said some contemporary governors are recycling the same talking points used by the Redeemers. They are invoking the need for austerity while cutting government jobs that employ a high number of blacks and reducing public services that help the poor, a disproportionate number of whom are black.

"There may well be a new post-Reconstruction era of slashed federal budgets and policies that transfer power and resources to state and local governments," Podair said. "Once again, initiatives that sound race-neutral on their face will have a devastating racial impact."

Innis has a different take.

He said state and local governments can't afford to keep the same number of jobs because of generous benefits negotiated by unions. Race has nothing to do with it.

"If you have a government job and the pay and benefits is more than a private sector job, something is wrong," he said.

Government cutbacks are designed to help the economy, not inflict pain on any particular group.

"Until we get our economy on track, black and brown people are going to suffer," he said.

'White Girl Bleed a Lot'

The primary weapon white Southerners used to halt Reconstruction was violence. Mobs attacked and killed blacks gathering to vote. They assassinated black officeholders and their white allies. Newspapers sparked race riots and warned of race wars by printing false accounts of black-on-white attacks.

We are not seeing anywhere near the level of violence toward black people that followed Reconstruction. But some people fear that the inflammatory rhetoric that helped trigger racial violence in that era is returning.

A Google search of the phrase "black mobs attack white people" yields tens of thousands of hits. Conservative bloggers and columnists say a "wave" of black mobs attacking whites at random has spread across the nation in places such as shopping malls, downtown tourist spots and even "Beat Whitey Nights" at Midwestern fairs.

Syndicated conservative columnist Thomas Sowell - himself African-American - wrote in a May 15 column for National Review Online that "race war" has returned to America because black gangs are "launching coordinated attacks on whites in public" across America. A Republican state legislator in Maryland, Patrick L. McDonough, warned earlier this year in a letter to the governor that "roving mobs of black youths" had been attacking white tourists in Baltimore.

One author, Colin Flaherty, wrote a book about this alleged wave of racial violence called, "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America." The various accounts follow the same pattern: Black "flash mobs" suddenly attack whites in public, followed by a media cover-up.

Flaherty, also a talk radio show host, said he first noticed the attacks in 2010. Since then, he claims he has seen "thousands" of videos of black mobs attacking whites.

People have called him racist, but Flaherty said he's just a "guy standing on a corner" reporting what he sees.

"White liberals go nuts on this," he said of his book. "When people use names like 'racist,' they're using it to shut down conversation, not engage in it."

The return of race war rhetoric has disturbing historical echoes, said David Godshalk, author of "Veiled Visions: The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot and the Reshaping of American Race Relations."

Godshalk said neither Sowell nor Flaherty have offered any statistical evidence that reports about "black mobs" are anything more than isolated cases. Sowell did not respond to interview requests.

Scores of blacks died during the post-Reconstruction era because newspapers spread false or grossly exaggerated reports of blacks as predators, particularly accounts of black men raping white women, Godshalk said.

Some whites used those reports to justify violence and political oppression against blacks, he said.

"Longstanding notions that African-Americans were criminals were used to argue that they shouldn't be leaders in society because they didn't have the same capabilities as whites, and they weren't trustworthy enough to hold positions of authority," said Godshalk, a history professor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania who has also written about Reconstruction and lynchings.

Those notions of black inferiority eventually infected the legal system during the post-Reconstruction era, historians say.

The post-Reconstruction Supreme Court played a major role in destroying what Congress had created through its racial reforms. The court delivered a series of decisions that nullified the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 as well as additional laws designed to protect blacks from mob violence at the voting booth, said Peter Irons, a civil rights attorney and author of "A People's History of the Supreme Court."

In 1883, the court imposed a judicial death sentence on Reconstruction in the "Civil Rights Cases" decision, which allowed private individuals and businesses to discriminate against blacks. Associate Justice Joseph Bradley wrote in the decision that freed slaves should stop being "a special favorite of the laws."

The most notorious post-Reconstruction decision involving race took place in 1895 when the Supreme Court legally sanctioned Jim Crow laws by enshrining the "separate-but-equal" doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson. The court upheld a Louisiana law requiring that federal rail cars provide different facilities for white and black passengers.

By the late 19th century, the Supreme Court had "turned its back on the claims of blacks and opened its arms to those of corporations," Irons said. It was the onset of the Gilded Age, an era of widening income inequality that saw the court first introduce "corporate personhood," the concept that a corporation has the legal rights of a person.

"People were getting tired of concerns about racial minorities," said Irons, an activist whose book on the Supreme Court was partly inspired by the late liberal historian Howard Zinn and his book, “A People’s History of the United States.”

"The court is generally a mirror of the broader society, and that was the way most people felt at the time."

Irons and other liberal observers fear the current Supreme Court is drifting in a similar direction and anticipate that it will overturn or weaken a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as affirmative action in college admissions.

The court is expected to hear a challenge from Shelby County, Alabama, to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires nine Southern states and parts of others to "pre-clear" with federal officials any voting measures that could potentially restrict black voters.

The court is also due to rule on a case on affirmative action in college admission policies in Fisher v. University of Texas.

Irons said the conservative majority on the contemporary court would be doing what their counterparts did during Reconstruction, avoiding a frontal assault on civil rights laws and other measures that protect women and workers, while eviscerating the laws.

"It's unlikely that the court would render any decisions that would be totally reactionary on issues of race," said Irons, "but what they're doing in the current court is whittling away and cutting back very gradually on things like racial, gender and wage discrimination."

From post-racial to most racial

Some conservatives, though, have a different perspective on Reconstruction and any modern parallels.

Most historians say Reconstruction ended with the disputed presidential contest of 1876. An election too close to call was resolved when candidate Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to pull Northern troops out of the South in exchange for the presidency.

Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States," said the United States abandoned Reconstruction because the nation could not call itself a democracy while keeping half its population under military occupation.

"Reconstruction ended, pure and simple, because the North could not afford economically, politically or socially to maintain a standing army in a part of the U.S. for an indefinite time and still call America a democratic republic," said Schweikart, a history professor at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Borelli, author of "Blacklash," does see one contemporary link with 19th-century America. She argues that Obama is actually encouraging a new form of servitude to what she calls the "Big Government Plantation."

Since Obama became president, a record number of Americans, at least 46 million, now receive food stamps. And one in six Americans receives some form of government aid as the nation struggles to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

"There are a lot of people who are relying on government for their basic everyday needs: food, clothing and shelter," said Borelli, who is outreach director for FreedomWorks, a Washington-based group that advocates for smaller government and lower taxes. "When you rely on government, your liberties are reduced."

Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.

"You can't have a legitimate disagreement with the president if you're white without being called a racist," said Stephen Marks, creator of FightBigotry.com, a Super PAC that produced a television ad accusing Obama of not standing up to racism.

Marks said Obama said nothing when Vice President Joe Biden recently told an audience of black and white voters that Republicans were "going to put y'all back in chains."

"They're the ones who play the race card, 100% of the time," Marks said of Obama and Democrats. "The Republicans don't have the gonads to respond because they're so afraid of being called a racist."

What happened to Revels?

There's little disagreement among contemporary historians about what happened to the South when the nation abandoned Reconstruction. The region became a divided society where race filtered into everything, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."

"It had a paralyzing effect. Business interests didn't want to invest there. Immigrants didn't want to go there," Dray said. "The South became this tainted place. Instead of moving into the 20th century, it stayed put in the 19th century."

The Jim Crow laws that marked the end of Reconstruction stayed put for at least 60 years. It would take a century before the contemporary civil rights movement restored the political and civil rights of blacks. Some historians argue that the United States did not actually become a democracy until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Black pioneers like Revels disappeared from the history books. After serving his Senate term, he didn't seek reappointment and returned to Mississippi, where he eventually became president of Alcorn State College and pastor of a church.

He lost much of his black support for not speaking out against the abuses that ended Reconstruction, said Benjamin, the Boston University professor.

"He was an accommodationist," Benjamin said. "He was in the Senate standing up for white folks and telling people not to be so hard on Southern plantation owners. He didn't use his platform to represent African-Americans."

In 1901, Revels collapsed and died during a church meeting in Mississippi. That same year, the last black member of the House of Representatives finished his final term. Congress resumed being an all-white institution. Blacks had been driven out of office by beatings and assassinations.

Revels' death barely got a mention in the Southern press. His fellow black congressmen received the same treatment. Revisionist historians were already depicting Reconstruction as a fatal example of government overreach and Northern "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags" coming South to profit off of the regions' misery, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."

"When some of them passed away years later, the Southern press barely mentioned it," Dray said. "It was a part of American history that people did not want to remember. No one wanted to talk about it or think about it."

One group of Americans, however, never forgot what Revels represented.

During the Great Depression, Dray said, the federal government dispatched interviewers from the Works Progress Administration to the South to collect oral histories from former slaves.

The interviewers noticed a curious sight as they walked into the shacks of the former slaves. They saw faded copies of an 1872 lithograph depicting the first seven black members of Congress, including Revels.

The image is still haunting.

A group portrait of the first black African-American U.S. lawmakers, including Revels.

Revels and his fellow racial pioneers are posed together, dressed in vested suits and bow ties. They exude pride and determination, even though only several years earlier they weren't even considered fully human by many Americans.

Revels sits in the front row of the group portrait. He stares forward in the picture, a man who seems confident in what the future would bring.

What would he think of Obama if he could somehow see him today? Would he be delighted at what America has become in 2012?

Or would he think the future he embodied still seems far away?

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soundoff (4,517 Responses)
  1. DHJ

    The middle class white american experiences the most descrimination of anyone in this country. Where is the justice for this? And we're called racist.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      NOT TRUE! Obama 2012!

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

    Wait...what?? During Reconstruction, the serving members of Southern state governments were removed and replaced by carpetbaggers and Freedmen....most of which had little formal education and no legal or governmental training. It was absolute chaos inflicted on a conquered people by their conquerors.
    How exactly does President Obama's presidency parallel this?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mary costello

    as a woman who grew up[ in DC I am ashamed that I did not realize at the time that blacks could not vote until 1964 or 5–i was in high school, catholic, with several black girls and was turned away from a restaurant in 1964 because I had a black girl with me.
    this was the Hot Shoppes in Bethesda, Md and I went there with my grandmother and mother every Sunday and to be turned away? I had no idea why til they told me my friend could not come in. I am very ashamed for being so ignorant and not trying to help the blacks.

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

      Well by all means then vote for Obama based on that alone.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. issuereviewer

    How convenient for the Obama Administration – CNN running this article in web front page just days before the election.
    Hey CNN, in case you have not noticed, we are in the middle of tragedy in our country. That should be in your front page.
    Disgusting media bias!

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

      ..not until racists and the liars that protect them stop the division! That's why America is one of the dumbest nations- people don't want to know the truth and hate it when someone speak the truth!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. From Deep South San Francisco

    No one living today is responsible for what happened in the early 19th century. But if CNN thinks race baiting will help their Dear Leader (Obama) then it will have to live this down after the election.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Polar Bear

    Let's face it, for the majority of blacks, if one is simply white, he or she is a racist. And for way too many blacks, if you like cheese on your burger and they don't, you're a racist. And of course, there is the granddaddy of them all: if you didn't/don't vote for Obama, you're a racist. The term "racist" has been rendered irrelevant in the way of the boy who cried wolf. And of course, I must be a racist because I used the word "boy" in my comment. Ridiculous.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      RACIST YOU ARE! OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HughrHigh

    Judge the man on his performance (or lack thereof). Has he delivered on his promises? Do you want a nanny state government? Forget about his race... his performance stinks. His vision of the future is frightening government control of our lives. He scares me for what he represents. Obama is a throw back to Marx.


    November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. us_1776

    Rove is really getting desperate.

    There is absolutely ZERO chance of turning Pennsylvania.

    Ohio, Virginia, Michigan are all going to Obama.

    Florida is now leaning Obama due to massive voter turnout.

    Rove is in check and the next move made will be checkmate for him.


    November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. independent_voter

    Really CNN? How biased can you be towards liberalism? You call yourselves journalists?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polar Bear

      It's getting down to the wire. They're circling their wagons.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Norm

    Let's bring back literacy requirements. It can only help the Democrat's cause!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John P. tarver

    The notion that Lincoln freed the slaves is a nice way to forget the Democratic Party blocking Reconstruction and the enforcement of the 13th Amendment until 1868. Obama is like that Black Klaven leader we all read about.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polar Bear

      We forget our history. Lincoln was a Republican. The President who followed, Chester Authur, was a Democrat. He tried to undo much of what Lincoln had done. Look it up. Why blacks vote Democrat is beyond my understanding. Historically, Democrats have done more to "keep the black" man down than any other group, including Republicans.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • mary costello

        i would have to do some research about that but Lyndon Johnson , a democrat, helped the blacks in 1964 as did Jack Kennedy. As a young girl in the 50's with Eisenhower there were still black and white only signs displayed in the south and just don't enter by word of mouth in the north mainly DC

        November 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      they weren't all from liberia

      November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. From Deep South San Francisco

    Is CNN proposing race riots to break out before the election? Doesn't the US have enough bad news from Sandy?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      u are talking apples and aranges

      November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. us_1776

    If you look at the trend lines since Oct 22 on 538 you see that Obama has steadily been gaining and today up again.

    Obama widened his lead now up at 303 electoral votes Romney dropped to 234

    Even RealClearPol has Obama up at 290 with Romney dropping to 248.

    4 days left and Obama trending up with a big lead already. You do the math.


    November 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ncrepublican

      The only poll I will believe is the final actual vote count after the election.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sagebrush Shorty

    Speaking of voter intimidation, how are the New Black Panthers doing these days? Are they gearing up for the elections with new threats?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      this is a free country ,t hey can do what they want

      November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ncrepublican

      I don't think the Black Panthers show up for the early voters because those tend to be the democrats ... they will wait and show up on Tuesday to scare off the white folks... my question is, whatever happened to Acorn?I know they are still out there, probably hauling some people in to vote a few more times, just get back in line over and over. In NC, there are supposedly 'calibration' issues with the touchscreens and if you vote for Romney it will automatically default to Obama. When the elections official was asked what would happen if someone caught it after they hit the final button... and he said, 'nothing, they can not go back and change it'... I have a feeling this is happening a whole lot more than people even know about.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ncrepublican

    I find it funny that we have not seen nor heard from Colin Powell since... well, since he endorsed Obama the last time, ha ha ha! I mean, where has he been hiding? If he was so in touch with Obama's policies, he would have been heard over the past four years praising him and supporting his policies as they unfolded, but NOOOO. He waits until just enough campaign dollars are dangled in front of him and then he makes a political endorsement ad. Heck, I would endorse Obama too for that much money!!!! And I have 100% conservative!!!

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

      Colin Powell said in the past month he was voting for Obama again. You're an idiot.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • ncrepublican

        Ah, he must have been on MSNBC... you are right. I do not watch that channel. Or was he on Letterman with Obama? Or the View? I don't watch those biased shows either. Now go vote... four more days!!! four more days! I can't wait.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      you need to get out more-he has been out there on tv and on the radio for the last four years. he is a true american and a great general–too bad he isn't running–he would win in a landslide

      November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • ncrepublican

        Powell can't run for president because he can't make up his mind whether to run as a Republican or a Democrat.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Obamney

    The numbers are a little too close. Time to dredge up the white guilt vote.

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

      so get out there and vote

      November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dude

    I had hoped that Obama would be "post-racial." But, that hope started to fade when we realized that –
    * he listened to Reverend Wright for twenty years.
    * he brought the black professor and police officer to the White House for beer and a racial lecture rather than a conversation about 50-year olds having hyper-tension.
    * Attorney-General Holder did not investigate Black Panther calls for intimidation at polling places.

    Instead the Obama presidency has ushered in a Lebanese-style era of political division where people vote along racial and religious lines. That's not hope and change.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. thepriest

    This article is a bunch of crap. Bunch of cry babies. It is said there is no such thing as reverse racism. WRONG! They think it is pay back time!

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

      how many years did we have slavery-can you count that high-yes i tis payback time

      November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Perseus

    the ramblings of corrupt mind...

    November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. From Deep South San Francisco

    This proganda piece has no value in the United States of America. Pull it.

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

      freedom of speech dude

      November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Polar Bear

    Not allowed to say this, but if the black culture would address some of it's serious problems and quit blaming them on everyone else, we would be "post-racial" quickly. Most white people I know couldn't care a less about someone's race until it's thrown in their face as an excuse or ploy to get something that shouldn't be gotten. Fix the culture, fix the race, fix America.

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

      2 things: poor argument, poor grammar. I don't like this article either, but it is impossible to argue that racism no longer exists. I don't think Obama likes this sort of rhetoric. He would be a fool to encourage it (and whether you like him or not you must agree he's no fool) given that African Americans are not the dominant minority in this country. He'd risk alienating far more people than he persuaded. I also don't think it's a "desperate" attempt for votes, because he's probably going to win. Rather, I think it's a questionable piece of journalism by CNN.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      that is because your white friends have never been there-wake up

      November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. John P. tarver

    That proud Souther Democrat Klansman must vote Obama in 2012, or be labeled a racist.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Henry B

    I guess the race card worked so well in 2010 that the Dems are sticking with it again for 2012.

    I'm sure it will work just as well this time.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      i hope it will be a sad day if it doesn't

      November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • betterdays

        Not necessarily; I hear everyone is happy in Canada...

        November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Larry

    Excellent article.

    Racism, unhappily, still nestles broadly in the American psyche. The actual American Civil War, if we refer to an era of unresolved peace, lasted a century, not just the four bloody years depicted in our history books and national mythology. In a real sense we as a nation do truly confront a second post-Reconstruction period. The loudest voices of vitriol, such as Rush Limbaugh, are today's "grand wizards." Bitterness, anger, and resentment, fanned by corporate big bucks, evangelical fervor, and Fox News invective, are the contemporary fuel that in the earlier times - and in simpler ways befitting the nineteenth century - led sadly to our own American Apartheid.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Oh please... We've moved on! I can't even imagine telling my child that he can't be friends with anyone of any race like they did in the past. We hire based on skills and nothing more. It's time for the few of you that are still living in the past to catch up with the rest of us and move on!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      at one time limbaugh was entertaining , slightly=now he is the worst of the worst-what a sick man-i hear snippets of his rantings and find it hard to believe that i ever listened to him. he is messed up

      November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ballwyllo

    Ok I get it! White people are racist. I have a great fear that if Obama doesn't win the consequences will be clear in the major cities of this country. Let's hope not, but the absolute poison being spewed by the left is just too inciting to expect anything but the worst.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Hezenworth

      Remember that the Preacher that gave the Benediction at Obama's inauguration was known for saying all whites are going to hell. So it goes both ways. Im sick of everyone acting like blacks are the only victims of racist actions.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      i i don't live in a city and haven't for many years and i love obama-he is intelligent, caring, a great diplomat with the crazies, iincluding the ones in the big cities and the far right Western
      states and our beloved Arizona and Texas, thinks of the people first and not just the bottom line.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. QS

    "If you have a government job and the pay and benefits is more than a private sector job, something is wrong,"

    Yeah....with the private sector! What don't these people get? Too many corporations underpay employees horrendously so they can pocket the profit.

    Ah, but if we insist that these companies start paying a fairer wage to employees, conservatives scream about loss of freedom and liberty! What a joke!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      Racism is alive and well in this country and it mainly stems from the far right Christians although they deny it. It's yet another hypocritical issue they're going to have to deal with in the hereafter or wherever they think they're going when they kick it.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello


      November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. From Deep South San Francisco

    Remove this poorly thought out propaganda piece. Too many Democrats may take this the wrong way and do something they will regret.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Democrats never regret anything they do. They just blame the consequences on someone else.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. 1WhoKnowsHistory

    Quite odd they make no mention of the fact that during the tearing down of reconstruction efforts, it was the Democratic Party that brought about JIm Crow and all of the other anti-black actions that destroyed any progress made by blacks in the political arena. Also, if you are motivated enough, research how many Democrats voted for the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

    How convenient for CNN to ignorantly lump all "white men" into the mindless fools that sabatoged reconstruction..it was the "white Democratic men". If a modern black man studied history closely, studied it mind you, not got it handed to them second hand, they'd find it reprehensible to ever call themselves Democrats.

    Now, having said that, Republicans are no better in the long haul. As long as we, that is the universal "we" , identify ourselves, first and foremost, as anything other than "Americans", we will be failing forever as a democracy. Division, whether it is by party, by race, by gender or by shoe size, will always keep the voice of the people from being heard over the forces of corporate greed.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mick

      This may indeed be true...but if you think Republicans had any higher regard for Blacks folks, you would be wrong. If you read between the lines of many abolitionists' literature you will find that while they had no desire to own Blacks, they certaintly didn't want to share the country with them either. Even Lincoln at one point tooled around with the idea of sending freed slaves to the Carribbean islands instead of letting them stay here. And while the Republicans set up the structure that allowed these Blacks that held office at that time to achieve such success, many of them would have likely died instantly if their daughters had brought a Black man home to marry. So please spare me. Neither party is a beholden to providing true equality to Black folks – or folks that cannot sratch their backs in return.

      Also – if you read your history correctly, the Presidential Elections of 1877 were viciously contested and extremely close. The Republicans sold the South down the river in exchanged for the Presidency going to Hayes, removing all federal troops from the South and leaving it in the hands of the Democrats. Bottom line: Neither party gave was truly on the side of the Blacks folks of that day.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. M.Creasy

    The author also conveiently ommitted any mention of political parties from the article. The "Redeemers" were Democrats seeking to throw the Republicans out of the South, even using the KKK and other paramilitary organizations to threaten, beat, and murder. And it worked exceedingly well, as Democrats dominated Southern politics after Reconstruction well into the late 20th Century. If we're going to talk about history let's not sugar coat it.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. John P. tarver

    All this racist acusing has folks lieing to pollsters. The numbers are far worse for the Democratic Party than anyone imagines.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. bribarian

    The racebaiting is just tired at this point.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Enoughsaid

    Wow. Get help for your displaced anger. Go back to school ....if you ever went in the first place. I feel so sorry for you. It must be so difficult to be you.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. AceRyder

    So the whites which voted for Obama last time and may reconsider this time, what are they – born again racists?

    Is race the ONLY reason to be against someone? What about the divide between white Repubs/Dems? Is that racist as well?

    Sad article.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      The Democratic Party is the Party of the Ku Klux Klan and those voters will be key to any plan for an Obama victory.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      it is a sad article=

      November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Scott

    One word to describe this article: ignorance

    I don't see color in my fellow man. I voted for Obama in '08. I thought he was the better candidate. His time in office has proven to be a failure. Now I see Mitt Romney as the better candidate and all of a sudden I am a racist?

    The perpetual simpleton association of race and politics is demeaning. It doesn't come as a surprise that CNN is perpetuating this messaging. I remember when CNN was a pioneer of a new paradigm in news. Now the network is reduced to a divisive platform for sore losers to vent their discontent via racism. Congrats CNN – you've come a long way.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jman

      agreed scott agreed

      November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  35. P Americae


    The economy is going nowhere. There is no significant change in unemployment, the malaise just drags on forever.

    And if people don't reelect this failure of a President, it's due to a "racist backlash" by white Americans.

    Is there any length that CNN won't go to in order to defend a failed leftist President?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      well it could be=but this president was left with a terrible mess and more to follow but not due to his negligence. What he had to work with i believe he has done the most any man could do without us getting in a worse situation. we are improving, look at the recent home sales, jobs re going up slowly and some Wall Street firms are still in business, not to mention the stock market going crazy for its investors.–interest rates are low for home loans, but down for savings (that is to get the money out there from the rich) They have been hoarding the bucks. I was a repub now a dem because of Obama-I never liked Clinton and didn't vote for him, but George Bush screwed us with Iraq and I voted for Laura!!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN lawyers may want to rethink this extremist new reporting before things get really out of control on the news floor. Its bad enough when CNN has become a propagandist department of the Obama Administration. But to dredge up hurtful feeling that some in the black community still harbore about those long gone and buried. Shame on you CNN

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ERR

    This article has prompted me to make my first ever post on CNN because it is so outrageous. After four years of weak economic growth and 8% unemployment it is obvious why so many people are so upset with the president. Yet all these writers can see is racism. They set a dangerous precedent by labeling anyone who criticizes the president a racist. This notion is fundamentally undemocratic, and should trouble all Americans of all political persuasions. While these writers of course have the right to express their opinions, CNN should be embarrassed that they ever posted this article, much less made it their top story. I believe they owe their readers an apology.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Agreed. Of course, this article is part of the "Black in America" section that exists because news must be segregated based on race and ethnicity.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary costello

      the article has a right to be heard, i don't think most americans are racist, but there are pockets across this country still stuck on it–i don't think obama is racist-if you grow up in hawaii that usually doesn't happen to kids since it is such a multi national scene-the article should not be pulled but discussed in a rational manner-pros and cons exist

      November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ed

    And this is the typical Romney supporter - an uneducated ignorant racist, who doesn't even realize he is voting for the rich guys that will screw him over nonetheless.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      And this is the typical obama supporter, uneducated,ignorant and a generational freebie addict. They vote by race and who will give them stuff. Can anyone say obamaphone?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. NewsFlash

    Now who is using teh race card here:

    The phrase, "white backlash" appeard 4 times in this imbecile of an article.
    The word, "white" appear 41 times.
    The word, "black" apeared 69 times.

    Who is using race as a bait? CNN, ABCNews, CBSNews and of course, MSNBC. And the Obama campaign. These are the racist. Not the average American who just want a Government that works and is small enough as not to be a burden.

    Shame on CNN for even publishing this nonsense.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Thank you very much for pointing this out. This article is absolutely horrible in bad taste before an election. We have come so far in race matters in this country and we should be pround. Just 4 years ago OUR country elected it's first African American President and now throw racism out there as why he could possible not be reelected as opposed to oh lets say his record. Horrible.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  40. 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 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Absolutely horrible taste to put this on your site, let alone homepage, CNN. You are choosing to make this a race matter as to why our President may not be reelected as opposed to lets say oh his record. This is disgraceful to display this type of stuff days before an election. Your clear aim is to make anyone who's on the fence about who to vote for think about how they could be considered racist if they choose Romney is extremely sad.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Veritas

    So if you didn't like Obamacare you're a racist?!?! The time is fast approaching when it is no longer possible to engage in any kind of intelligent debate with Liberals. When any disagreement is shouted down as racism they will have made civil conversation impossible. I wonder if they really don't see what they are doing?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse8989

      That is what you got out of the article? Think a bit harder. Hide your ignorance.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  42. KeithF

    CNN, you are racist. You think, and many others that supported him, that it is time to have a black president. NO. It is time to have a good president, a leader. Someone to advance the US. Problem is, you want a black president and you try to prove he is experienced enough, smart enough, morale enough. NO, he is not. You and "your kind" are the racist ones. You are the ones voting by skin color then justifying his performance. Who cares what color he is. I just care that he is a socialist and four more years of his idoicy will ruin this country. So, if you vote for Obama because he is black, you are the racist. You are the problem in this country and you are what is holding this country back.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I did not vote for Obama because he is black.. He's not a socialist... do you even know what socialism is? Heck, many of his policies and ideas came from Republicans!! He has more morality, intelligence, and compassion for America and Americans than any candidate I have seen put forward on the Republican Stage. Face it.. YOUR kind are a dying breed.. please lean forward into this 21st century– you are on the wrong side of history.

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

    This is beyond words (the blog). I mean this is what the leftis "mainstream media" has now fallen too? This may be the single most idiotic pile of horse manure ever placed on a mainstream news site! Oh my God!!!! OH...MY....GOD!!! What kind of racist writes something like this????? You're telling me that when America elects an African American as president, that those same Americans are then prohibited from judging his actions and his policies for fear of being labeled "RACISTS"???? THIS....is the reason blacks in this country continue to struggle with the societal issues so many do. You want to lay down in your own bed you make of racism as an excuse any time something does not go YOUR way. It is YOU, black America, who have become the RACISTS!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      How else do you explain the whipsaw neoconservative backlash we're experiencing now?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  44. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN should be ashamed at this brazen attempt to persuade Democrats to get out and vote. Like Biden said, American wants to put y'all back in chains. Well CNN is doing its part to spread that hogwash.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  45. John P. tarver

    CNN showed their racist side when that Jew Zimmerman shot thug for life Trayvon and then turned darker than Obama in photos, why are folks questioning CNN integrity now? It is long gone.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Asch

    Nice try, but to think that I or anyone else can dislike this President only at the risk of being called a 'racist' is just a whole bunch of crap. What an ass to post this article at this time. But the good news is you don't intimidate me one bit. I hate this president as much as I hated Carter. And btw he is as much American American (or Euro Am) as he is African American. But he chooses to identify as African American.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Enoughsaid

    I am so glad that 1) I am NOT you – an uneducated tool; and 2) I am Canadian. Shameful and sad.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dennis

    Colin Powell would have made a great President. Obama not so good. It all about experience and experiences. I don't dislike Obama for his race. I don't like his policies. The best thing I can say for Obama is that he wasn't as bad a Jimmy Carter.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Frogman

    wow CNN....."...depicted as a chimp"...how many times did we see photos of Bush depicted as a chimp? Trying to convince all black people that conservatives are all racist is deplorable....it is however a very effective way of retaining the black vote. Wake up my black brothers and sisters...more of our people are unemployed under Barack Obama than George Bush....that is a fact and CNN is trying to hide that fact....

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

      You are a real genius aren't you. Of course, not all conservatives are racist but the last part of your comment is hysterical. Where is Bush...this President you laud? Malibu Passages? Betty Ford? He not only destroyed the American economy with a phony war and a deregulated market where the 1% own 84% of the total wealth of the country, but he embarrassed himself and decreased the respect the world had for your country.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frogman

        Hmmmm....your understanding of military history is astounding...do you know who the Kurds are? How did Saddam kill 182,000 people between 1986 and 1989? What weapons do you think they used? Go crawl back into your Huffpo blog and leave the world alone.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • hate inbreds

      U r a great example of how our nation is gettin dumber....now yoins go back to ur sister and make some more backwoods inbred hypocrite welfare babies

      November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kayla D

      I would like to point out that nowhere in the article did it state that conservatives are racist. The article is simply bringing to the attention of the readers that there has been a revival of racism since the election of President Barack Obama

      November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx

      If Nate inbreeds, his retarded baby would be more than likely be smarter than him and his sister. Ignorant backwoods hick.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. From Deep South San Francisco

    I didn't think CNN could become more partisan. How low are your journalist objectivity. So what if Obama is losing, so what if Romney wins in a landslide. CNN will go down as the laughing stock of American Absurd TV NEWS.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. John P. tarver

    60 Republican Senate in 2013.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Zontak

    People like you give the GOP a bad name.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  53. inkcmo

    CNN once again you have totally disappointed the countless people like me who look at the record NOT the color of someone's skin. Shame on you for perpetuating the race card as a reason not to vote for President Obama instead of his record.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Cox

      Dude. the race card isn't being perpetuated by CNN. That's just the way it is ... and if you're not willing to see it, then that's on you.

      You may be enlightened ... and I may be enlightened, but let's face facts. There's a whole buncha people out there that are still sitting in the darkness.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mom@Home

    I had some respect for CNN until this election cycle. They have allowed their producers/writers/on-air personalities to show their bias and I no longer view this as a trusted source of information. This article is the epitome of how completely skewed and side-ways this "news" agency has gone.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  55. liz weinrich

    First of all I would like to say that I am a proud CANADIAN I find it very strange that you americans keep voting for
    the one with the magic wand. your now all against obama because his magic wand didn't flash quick enough, Do you
    really believe that He was to fix the mess overnite? Now you want romney to wave his magic wand, and really with
    everything I have read I would think that would be your last choice. But then again AMERICANS seem to vote with
    emotion and wishfull thinking rather than logic. Our prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER certainly didn't win because he was the most liked, He won because he was the best choice to keep our country on track. and of course we allowed
    him enough time to show us. Unfortunely your political system does allow your President enough time to do that. so
    keep hoping for the pie in the sky. and vote for Romney, that pie could and probably will end up on your face.

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

      Worry about Canada. Stay out of our business you uppity c u nt.

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

        Hey Mike, We don't worry here in Canada. Our dollar is stronger, no housing crisis, healthcare for all, regulated stock market, oil sands, beautiful land, higher education ratings then yours, real freedom for women, strong strong banks, lower obesity rates....

        November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Douglas the slug

        We would be happy to just worry about Canada if the exceedingly poor judgement of the American voter (see Bush) didn't so completely screw up the rest of the planet.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • liz weinrich

        You just proved my point CONGRATULATIONS Your intelligence or lack of just shined through

        November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • BRANDY

        You disagree with the woman so you call her a c**t?! She speaks the truth, I'm ashamed to say. When Obama was elected, people expected him to create miracles. He came into the biggest mess that any president has ever had to deal with. All I hear are half-truths, rumors, conspiracy theories and outright lies! I'm white AND southern. There is no doubt in my mind that Obama's election has brought out the racist in so very many people, northern and southern. And the man hasn't played the race card once. If you disagree, give me an example of how he's done this...give me an example of how he's "ruined our country". Maybe it was by catching our number 1 enemy. Maybe it was by getting our country out of TWO wars. I am definitely better off than I was four years ago. If you're not, maybe you're just lazy. Sound familiar?

        November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well Versed

      Interesting how white america is so well versed on black america. Yet, let Education come along, and one can see not only well version, but pure intimidation and underlying fair hatred. Go figure? It had been there all along. History does repeat itself. Great column. This brought out quite a few "i......." comments.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • YJH9152

      This is the most rational and clear-minded post of all I've seen on this blog. Obama will win on Tuesday, and the naysayers will go back to their ridicullous conspiracy theories. Mark my words – Obama will go down in world history as a transformational leader, and his detractors will end up in the dustbin of history, like those who fought to preserve slavery in the 1860's or segregation in the 1960's.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Well oh well

    Some of you people screaming here show us bigotry at it's worst. Yeah, talking to you far lefts and rights. You spew more anger and intolerance than I ever heard a black or white person utter against the other. Good rule of living in this world... keep a little balance in your views. Now CNN needs to take this article off the main aisle and put it back on a shelf with all the other archived articles. Enough of the race card being pulled up to incite people and that is all it does. Not saying we all should not be reminded, but enough when it is being used pre- election.

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

      I agree.. striking a balance is important and there is way too little of it these days.. HOWEVER..what exactly about this article is infactual?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura K.

      The matter of racism in the U.S. has always been a passionate subject for me, however I must agree with you. Left and Right have butted heads so long that, with the help of pundits, people are fault-seeking to the point of irrelevance and ridiculousness. There's prejudice on both sides of any issue... race, politics, "tastes great vs. less filling".. It doesn't help us any, as a nation.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  57. Sharon

    I am deeply saddened by the state of racism in this country. . . Can't believe the same beliefs systems remain in place for so many in 2012.

    Obama has my vote because OF his record, his intelligence, his empathy, and all that he stands for.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. From Deep South San Francisco

    Oh Please Wolf Blitzer, Give it a rest. Obama is losing and CNN is freaking out.

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

      You'll be sheddin' Deep South Crocodile tears next Wednesday.. you have been watching too much Faux News.. I think Obama has this one. That's the problem with many of you righties.. you just assume most people in the country agree with you .. but it ain't so. If you branched out and actually diversified your life, you would realize that these times, they are a changin'.

      4 More years– OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  59. TomT

    That is way over the line. I am by no mean liberal or a fan of Pres Obama, but there is no place in this country where this can be considered acceptable or normal. I thinkn the word racist is over-used but no in this case. Please take your racist view and keep it to yourself. Better yet, open your eyes and your mind to eliminating your own ignorance.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. calvin

    so true

    November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dave K

    Racism exists on both sides of the political line, but you use 'Black Commentators' to tell us that whites are racist... while not mentioning that the percentage of black americans who voted for Obama in 2008 was FAR higher than Dem's could muster in any other presidential campaign. Bottom line... race shouldn't be important but for some people it is... and it's not just whites that are the problem. Poorly concieved advocacy like this article do nothing to help the situation either... CNN needs to work to improve the quality of it's content, they're little better than Fox these days.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dan Clayton

    The saying goes if you want to really know someone and see what they are made of see what they do under stress, CNN you have proven that under stress of losing you beloved president you will reach down into the filth and raise it up and dress it like a poor child to claim victim hood. Under the panic of losing power of your president, you will unleash the elequence of the toungue as a weapon against any truth that could prevent your world from staying unaltered.

    This is stuff of darkness, the absence of position, and the propaganda of deception. At least this go around you have been bold enough to take off your sheet of racism. your belief that all whites are culpable for the past. Your belief that All must be done to continue your endulgence on the backs of the people you profess to illuminate. Your diregard for the evils of a man who would tax the unborn with $5Trillion before he is willing to even ask of the programs are inefficient...

    November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well oh well

      Well said. CNN is turning into a slick glossy Enquirer. Remember when it was a trusted news source? Still cannot get over how they will not address the Libya issue and the White Houses's trip tap dancing, side sliding moves to not tell more? We do not want to know the sensitive data, we just want to know why these people were left there when intelligent agencies were saying it was a dangerous place to have out people. That the consulate could not be defended under a planned attack?? Why aren't CNN reporters diving into this story??? No instead this article that has been up for TWO days.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Sorry to burst your bubble of ignorance, but the taxing of the unborn started in earnest with Ronald Reagan, (George H. W. Bush TRIED to fix the financial mess Reagan left and was booted out of office), Clinton did get the US back on track financially–helped by the tech bubble; George W. Bush (really Karl Rove and Dick Cheney) ran this country into the ground and nearly took the whole world down. Do you really expect that we'll all forget what W. did to us?

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

      Dan, you are talking out of your left cheek. The debt that you speak of started ringing up 12 years ago when your guy put us in the wars and allowed the Wall Street junkies to steal all the money. Give me a Break!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. flipped4jeses

    OK, first of all I'm not white. I'm of Filipino descent if that's important to you. CNN, this is absolutely the worst- can you stoop so low? Pulling the race card is really too much. I voted for Obama in 2008. And I'm voting for Romney in 2012 because Obama is incompetent. Period.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  64. fedupwithla

    Very inflammatory article, CNN. Congratulations. Four years ago, Barack Obama ran on a platform of change, and that was good. Now, Mitt Romney runs on a platform of change, and this is bad somehow? C'mon, CNN. Can't stand not to see your man in there?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      Romney's change is change back. Back to the 1800s laissez faire capitalism. Back to elimination of federal support for education and research. Back to abolition of abortion. Back to fundamentalist Christian interpretation of law and government. Back to all sorts of stuff that rational societies have abandoned. I don't want to go there. Why do you?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. John P. tarver

    Lincoln selected a Democratic VP for his second term and democrats blocked enforcement of the 13th amendment for 3 years.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  66. NC

    Folks – one half (50%) of us people are below average (or median, but lets use "average" 'cause more folks will get it) intelligence.

    I ask you – which half are you in (don't lie!)? I ask again – who are you voting for?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MK54

      Intelligent people and not so bright ones fill both sides of the political aisle. I prefer to think that all are blind men that have gotten hold of a different part of the elephant and are trying futilily to describe it fully from their limited grasp.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. really

    This is abundantly true. Sarah Palin, "shive and jive", Gingrich, "foodstamp president"...this has got to stop. And no one is dumb enough to listen to the stupid "reverse racism" argument. Black people know our history and we understand what the phrase "shuck and jive" entails fully. Believe me.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Sad. You got a hard life in front of you....

      November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT

      Do you honestly believe that four years ago a 40 something White Junior Sentator with the same exact credential as Pres. Obama could have ever won the nomination away from Hiliary. Where was the racism then?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. DH

    I knew something like this was coming. As soon as it looks like Obama is down,the race card comes out. Excuse me,but did you see white people outside polling places with clubs trying to scare people in 2008? No,it was the black panthers. The racists here are the people who want to immediately cry foul if the black guy doesn't win the election.If Romney wins look out, there will be cities burning and chants of no justice no peace. We will then see who the racists are.

    I mean really CNN. You had to push this out there? You really think blacks are held down and openly discriminated against in this country? Perhaps you should leave your office once in a while. Yes,there are fringe cases of racism,there always will be but nowhere to the extent that you lunatics like to try and get the public to believe it is.

    Just because someone is conservative or republican,it doesn't make them a racist. The same way being democrat doesn't make you a communist. CNN and MSNBC are just lunatic fringe like Fox is. How I long for the days when the news channels didn't have a political agenda.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      go ahead ~ look up michael moore's moveon dot org seniors ad. Really classy there obama supporters ~ I have never heard seniors use any of that language ~ its shameful that you suggest they would – but what else do you expect from the self serving moore ~

      November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  69. MK54

    In just a few generations, America became a true melting pot of European heritage. The genetic mixing of a hundred years would now take 10,000 years of separation to undo. Now our American melting pot has added ingredients from every corner of the world and the mix will, in just a few more generations, bake into a golden brown. Even if the change is slow, race will someday, inevitably become as irrelevant and unimportant as national origin is today among the grandchildren of European immigrants. Our great grandchildren will not likely see themselves as Hispanic, black or white. They will be Americans.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC

      Ain't gonna happen. USA won't last that long...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Matt

    here's the thing ~ being born in '76 i was raised from that time to now being told we are all equal – white black yellow brown – I believed it. But i no longer do ~ I've watched Mexicans come to this country and in a single generation they worked from mopping up hospital waste to managing an automotive garaqge ~ had their three kids go to college – They've lived out the american dream. Blacks so desperately want to talk about how much they were wronged ~ yeah you were – But move on. THe black community doesnt look in the mirror or challenge itself to be and do better. Instead you have chicago – Obama's city is the murder capital of the US. Sad. I didnt own a slave ~ Obama's family did ~ And he is our president – Instead of trying harder and challenging eaqch other the black community embraces rappers, cash money athletes, and that kind of thing ~ The kids in the books, going to college, they dont get the praise from the black community that they deserve – those are the people you want to hold up to be. So I read articles about how 47% of whites harbor racist views. Sounds bad ~ Except when you consider 95% of blacks hate asians, whites, and parts of the brown community as well.

    Be part of the solution ~ Lincoln should have freed the slaves ~ I'm glad he did – but instead of saying good luck, go join society, I'm sure you will be fine ~ He should have offered a ticket "home" or formed Black Reservations. Just like Native Amercians ~ blacks love alcohol, street gambling and dancing and chanting – it would have worked better for everyone.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Peach

    Bye bye Obama.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KEKC

      It's about time. I am letting that liar go – he does not deserve another 4 years to waste.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  72. KEKC

    (With Eric Cartman's voice): Sick, dude!
    When there are no achievements to report on your resume, play the race card. It worked in 2008 maybe, but today people can see what Obama is actually worth – regardless of the color of skin. Lot's of promises, none of them kept. He even claims that he had something to do with Bin Laden's death, even though in reality Obama resisted the operation for a long time. Now he is a superhero who saved the Atlantic coast from a hurricane. Lame.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  73. :(

    ....and the world watches, as America hates itself to death.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Annie

    Please, do the country a favor and return to the 19th century where you belong. Perhaps you're forgetting one of the biggest crimes of this young century, perpetrated by wealthy (mostly white) people: the near financial collapse of the world, spear-headed by W. Cheney, and their pal, Karl Rove (who now controls Crossroads GPS
    –trying to buy the election for MoreMoney, I mean Romney).

    November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Veritas

    On behalf of the evenly-divided white population of America (about 50/50 for and against Obama) let me say this clearly...it...is...not...about...race...for...us. Now, for the black community that polls at 98% for Obama, I'll leave it to them to offer their own defense of their lock-step unity.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  76. John P. tarver

    Obama is the first Black Democratic Senator ever elected.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. vernonfueston

    Been saving this one for right before the election. This is crap. I didn't vote for this president, but I was genuinely glad to see a first African American president. But here is one thing for sure, I'm not voting for him this time. The issue is socialism. I don't care about race. I will not see my country become another Greece or Spain. When the French are lecturing us about going down the wrong path, we're in trouble. Look hard enough and you can find racists who don't like the President because he's black – but Obama put it well on the Jay Leno show about a year after his election when asked if racism was behind the turn in his poll numbers. "Last I recall, a lot of those folks voted for me," he said. I will not be bullied from a perfectly logical vote against this inexperienced and wrong-headed president because somebody wants to sling the term "racist" at me. The argument isn't going to stick.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Yabba Dabba Dooooooo

    Seriously...it's obvious that many people are racist and those that don't believe it are in denial...and likely a republican...and hate women too...

    November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vernonfueston

      Yes, I can see you picked an excellent pen name. Thanks for that reasoned and thoughtful comment.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. RachaelA

    So CNN since this story didn't get many readers when you had it posted yesterday on the sidebar – you move it to the headline today? Is this really the most important thing going on in our world today? Skin color? What about the storm, poverty, immigration, lack of jobs, EU collapsing, crime rate, drug war...none of those matter as much as the color of a person's skin to you? That makes me sick!! I don't look at the color of a man's skin but at the man. And no man gets my respect because someone feels he is owed it – he has to earn it!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  80. allen

    Why is we are not calling African Americans racist? 96% voted for Obama, is this not racist. Oh wait a minute only white people are racist, I forgot. You liberals make the rest of Americians look bad. Please move to England where socialism is not working very well for them or France. We are just to stupid to learn from their mistakes.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      When the oppressed stick together, it's not called "racism". It's called "common sense".

      November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      because prior to Obama, minorities voted 100% for the white presidential hopefuls. For 140 years, but lets be honest only about the last 70 years, blacks and minorities in general have been voting for the white guys. Now, at your chance to vote for the first minority president, your numbers barely reach %50. SERIOUSLY, and you cry racist. Kettle...meet pot.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      Maybe the reason why African-Americans are not supporting Mitt is because he is Mormon and not white. Do you even know the history that has occurred between African-Americans and the Mormon community? Everything is not black and white. There are many shades of gray.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • NC

        Get real. Do you think 1% of blacks know the history you are speaking about? No way...

        November 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  81. J.M.

    This article is unbelievable. To use racism as a reason for Obama's likely defeat is so cynical. Painful to read such hogwash.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  82. TonyInNYC

    The racist comments here today seem to support the parallels the historians describe in the article.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Hail

    Don't care about his race one way or the other–I'm just not nearly foolish or forgetful enough to think that sending a Republican in to clean up a mess that Republicans oversaw makes any manner of logical sense. I don't care how many ads, pundits, and soundbites repeat the phrase "Obama has damaged...", it doesn't make it true. And no matter how forbidden it is for Republicans now to even utter the phrase "George W. Bush", it hasn't made me forget.

    How everyone else has conveniently forgotten this fact is completely beyond my realm of comprehension. And in that regard, I'm happy that my vote will at least counter one misguided ballot cast this Tuesday.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Dale N.M.

    No matter who is in the White House they are going to have the same problems.

    A divided do-nothing Congress and Senate, there are certain congressmen and senators "" both parties"" from the deep South “Do not like OBAMA” if you know what I mean, they are determined they are going to get him out of office, so they Yell and Argue , insult Fight , and Block each other.

    “” Now “IF” Mitt Romney is in the White House ”” he will have the same problem a do-nothing Congress and Senate, “” Both Parties Will Have Issues They Will Not Like "" They will do everything they can to get MITT out of office,“” Because of His Religion ”” His Successful Business Profile or Something ””.
    The real problem is Congress and Senate ""in both parties"" there are a bunch of “”smoke and mirrors narcissist ”” that do not like each other, “”Say a lot but Say nothing Windbags”” they do not care about the American people they are supposedly representing, they only care about special interests .
    Solution to the problem; vote these people out of office, If the corrupt career politicians “”in both parties”” remain in office, it will be status quo.

    Term limits Congress and Senate 2 like the presidency, problem solved.

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

      People are starting to figure that out. I travel extensively for work and strike up a lot of political conversations with random people all over the country and I'm hearing things like, "congress is the real problem", more and more often over the last couple of years, even from people that don't follow politics closely enough to know who the speaker of the house is.

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

      Finally! Something nailed it! Thank you Dale!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  85. jorgesedano

    so the analogy is that according to this site a vote not for Obamba represents that the individual is racist. isn't that racist by itself....maybe this site is too worried about labeling folks instead of managing us getting along with each other... lefty hate is real and felt here...

    November 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Culpepper

    So basically what this article says is "Obama's re-election is doomed because of white backlash, even if it means replacing him with a Cult Worshipper"

    November 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  87. BlueDogJones

    Maybe Obama just sucks as a president? Ever thought of that? Not every white American is a raciest. No jobs and 5.5 Trillion in new debt in 3.5 years. Some people cannot debate facts just name call. OK, all white American are racist, let move forward now. Where are the jobs? 5.5 trillion is a lot of money, where has all of that money gone and who is overseeing the spending of this money to make sure it has not been wasted?

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

      Of course not all white people are racist. But to answer your question about bad Presidents...well Romney is a businessman who thinks that is what is required of a President. Great! He can make money but so can a drug dealer. You want a drug dealer for a President? Is that the only criteria. Bush was an embarrassment to himself and his country. Amercia's economy and good name both sunk in the view of the world.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dirk

    Justified, huh? What about the whites that act and behave like trash? Does that justify everyone else to hate them?

    Fact is, every race has their own trash. Before you start hating someone elses race, look at your own.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  89. John P. tarver

    The irony of the Party of the Ku klux Klan calling Republicans racist is not lost here.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      The real irony is that members of both parties owned slaves not too long ago. still missing the point on this silly argument.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dorothy


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

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


    November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  92. laughing at cnn

    agreed, blacks have done nothing to make themselves respected much less liked.
    You cannot force people to like you when everything you say and do is unlikeable.

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


      November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Guest

    What a hateful bunch you are and how unhappy you must be. So much hate. I hope you don't call yourselves Christians.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at cnn

      How the F would you know who calls themselves "Christian" or not?
      Your comment shows low intellect, very low intellect. Do not breed, have someone cut your genitals out.

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

      why would I call myself stupid?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Melvin Painter

    Does this anything to do with slimeball obama sitting in a black racist church for over 20 years? Does this have anything to do with his wanting a black hooded gang member looking son? Does this have anything to do with his insinuating racism when his black pathetic professor friend was arrested?

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

      Imagine instead a president from a racist, mysogynistic cult like the LDS. With a history of polygamy, raids on wagon trains and murder of early explorers we have a new ideal for religious tolerance.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Marc Rauch

    The election of Barack Obama was final proof that all men are created equal. We now know without a shadow of a doubt that a black president can be just as inept and incompetent as any white president.

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

      I wish CNN would stop deleting these post so people can see just how ignorant and hateful some people are.

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

      Thank you, I needed a good laugh. So true.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  96. B.

    This kind of reporting is irresponsible and the timing is contemptible to say the least.

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

      B ... I guess you don't watch Fox News much lately then eh ? Timing & contemptability this election season is their trademark

      November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Clayton

      The saying goes if you want to really know someone and see what they are made of see what they do under stress, CNN you have proven that under stress of losing you beloved president you will reach down into the filth and raise it up and dress it like a poor child to claim victim hood. Under the panic of losing power of your president, you will unleash the elequence of the toungue as a weapon against any truth that could prevent your world from staying unaltered.

      This is stuff of darkness, the absence of position, and the propaganda of deception. At least this go around you have been bold enough to take off your sheet of racism. your belief that all whites are culpable for the past. Your belief that All must be done to continue your endulgence on the backs of the people you profess to illuminate. Your diregard for the evils of a man who would tax the unborn with $5Trillion before he is willing to even ask of the programs are inefficient...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  97. laughing at cnn

    Left wing networks who abuse and excessively use the race card always have their hopes backfired.
    Either these people at cnn are undercover Republicans or they are insane with stupidity and are fools.
    The race card has a reverse effect for left wingers.
    Screaming racist where it doesn't belong annoys and angers people and turns them against you.
    Romney will definitely win this election and by a landslide.
    Don't put away your racism left wingers. We are counting on it. 🙂

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

      Sure, play the race card, Obama! If someone doesn't vote for you, it's not because you are a failure and a liar – it's because they are racist. Yeah, yeah...

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

      So, Laughing at CNN, what's the matter? Since Fox News doesn't allow you to rant anymore, you decided to show up at CNN? Clearly, you and your ilk can't see the big picture and understand historical trends. Tut, tut, I'm sure you have some story about how you've been "done wrong" by the black community. Take solace in your trailer, guns and evangelical prayer meeting. Face it, society is changing. The ignorant white man is losing is grip on power, money and jobs. Long overdue...

      November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  98. LIP

    President Obama has done nothing but incite racial and class division and CNN has gone out of it's way to support him. I voted for him the first time around without knowing that he was going to try to push socialism down our throats. It doesn't matter what race he is; black, white, hispanic, or German, English or French or Christian, Muslim or any other race or religion. He is the wrong man for the job and I can only wish that Hillary had beat him back in 2008. At least Hillary wouldn't have been pushing for Socialism.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Blogger1776

    CNN, this article is disgusting. The only people that are concerned about Obama's skin color are the LIberals. Conservatives are concerned about Obama's policies and his record, but that makes far too much sense for Liberals to understand. Liberals have to write a racist (or reversed racist, as the case usually is) article like this one, point their fingers at Conservatives, and scream "racism". You Libs are so blinded by your own double-stands I almost feel pity for you.

    It was our own First Lady, Michelle Obama, that had the nerve to race bait and go on the campaign trail in Florida to equate this election to the Emancipation Proclamation. Conservatives want to keep the United States of America as the United States of America. We want to keep America as a free nation and not a nation of free stuff. We do not want to see big government turn out nation into a socialist, open-border, welfare-state sh-thole.

    If you ask any Conservative who they do not like in Washington, not only will they tell you Obama, but they will also tell you Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, David Axelrod, Harry Reid, and Janet Napolitano – all of them are caucasian. I should also throw Eric Holder's name in there as well, but that might be "racist" of me.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Sam

    White male in the early fifties, from Ohio, early-voted for Obama today.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      Are you of the 47% Sam?

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

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


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