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

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

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

By John Blake, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope and change in another time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obamacare, 19th century style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A campaign to 'save' America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innis has a different take.

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

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

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

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

'White Girl Bleed a Lot'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From post-racial to most racial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.

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

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

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

What happened to Revels?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The image is still haunting.

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

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

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

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

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


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  1. Wade

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    • Thinkstr8

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      November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thinkstr8

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        November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cat

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      November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Proganda for Obama. the real news is... Twenty-three million Americans are struggling for work, and nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. And still, President Obama and his liberal allies are asking for another chance to get it right. Our country can't afford to give it to them.

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    • ireedgud

      "the real news is..." doesn't do much for Obama. That's why we're suddenly pretending like race is an issue in this campaign.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fairandbalancedfredo

    Class struggle; not race struggle. All power to the working class !

    November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jackson

    im voting for Obama again because the republicans in congress never wanted to compromise with him they plan was to make him a one term president ,November 6 early in the morning! im Haitian-American

    November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kgt

    Aside from a few backwards, uneducated white folks, the only racism that exists in the US today is within the black community, fueled by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, etc. The US has healed, has put it's past behind it and moved on. A black man can be a CEO, a black woman can be mayor, a black person can be successful. In case you haven't noticed, we have a black president. Martin Luther King Jr's dream has been fulfilled. We have white and black people living side by side working together as brothers.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. betterdays

    The federal government, state government and local government, along with charities, are not wrong in helping people who cannot help themselves.

    The people who refuse to help themselves are the ones I'm not too sure about. And my city has a lot of them.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SC2Intel

    Remember, what I said on my Twitter page, indeed, Mitt Romney and others actually meant what he said about the 47% of America are Beggars. This man and his follower Tea Party are Racist and it is a disgrace that they are doing it in the name of God. Are you saying your God support White and not Black, Spanish, Chinese minority of America? White folks get real. By the year 2050, you will no longer be a majority in this country, it would be Spanish American. It is a fact; perhaps at that time you will have to tell the story how difficult it is to be minority. That would be interesting! Hmmm Really Interesting!!!

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      November 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN race baiting: The real news is... US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy is in ruins. Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It's a bitter outcome for Obama.

    It's a bitter outcome for the United States of America!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Xfan7

    Apparently if we don't re-elec Obama it must be because this country is racist... it couldn't be because he spent an unprecidented 6 trillion dollars of our deficit, or the bank bailouts at tax payer expense, or the healthcare plan he forced on this country inspite of majority dissent that is going to cost 3 times more than he claimed according to current CBO numbers, or that he left a "friend" to die after having been given ample notice for needed help and having realtime access to the resources necessary to end it after it started and instead telling us it was because of some video no one ever heard of least of all Lybians, or because he's covered up his administration's role in the death of a border patrol agent after claiming he'd be transparent, or because he wants to steal from one group of people to give to another, or because of his cronism with folks like Solyndra and the UAW/I mean Crysler and GM bailouts so they'd have even more money to contribute to his campaign, or because he lied about keeping unemployment numbers down and turning the economy around, or refusing to create jobs with the oil pipeline and opening up federal lands for drilling that would reduce the cost of gas, employ people and provide economic stimulous the likes of which no amount of deficit spending bailouts ever will, or, or or... the list could go on and on, but I'm sure the reason he'll lose if he does is because this country is racist... Sorry, I'm just a little incensed at the bias and absurdity of the Obama controlled media these days.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kim8574

    At least a black person has made it to office. Women make up half the population and we still haven't had a woman president.

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

      Another Taliban women hater.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      When a competent, qualified woman surfaces, the electorate will see it and she will be elected. You don't get one just because you want it or it's PC...it has to be earned. There are no doubt many woman coming up through the system who would be good enough to be president...and I said "good enough" because that's all it takes to be president....you don't have to be excellent, as we see currently, and we've seen many times in the past.

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      November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hanrahan

    The appearance of racism continues to exist because of the completely screwed up culture that African Americans have created for themselves. Most people I know couldn't care less about the skin color of an individual, but the culture the usually goes along with that skin color is creating what appears to be racism. Bill Cosby is a black as the thugs that riot over a new pair of tennis shoes, but because he spoke ill of the black culture, he is hated by blacks. I hate the black culture, but Bill Cosby is welcome in my home anytime. It's not about color or race, it's about culture. We ought to call it what it is; culturism.

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

      Class struggle; not race struggle. All power to the working class !

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

      Bill Cosby's views are more about age than race. He hates droopy pants. My white elders hated my long hair. I hate tattoos. It's all about fashion.

      It used to irritate me to see blacks with their hats crooked, then I remembered all those white people in the 40s and 50s with theri hats tilted to one side, even John Wayne. It's just fashion. Old people never get it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Propaganda. The real news is....The US government so far has lent, guaranteed or committed to $12.9 trillion so far. Add to this asset purchases of $2.3 trillion, guarantees of the debts of Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie of $7.3 trillion and other guarantees of $6.6 trillion for the US banking system and the total becomes $29.1 trillion. With this level of US Government exposure already, it is easy to see how we get to the debt figures of $36-45 trillion. America deserves better Presidential leadership.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    and it all came to past,white people fearing black rule,it's real.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. From Deep South San Francisco

    Previous economic studies of banking crises the past forty years have shown the average increase in debt three years into a crisis was just under two times with the maximum being almost three times the starting debt level. The US debt in 2007 when the crisis started was $9 trillion. It is now $16 trillion with some predicting $25 to $30 trillion before this crisis ends. The Government has lost all control on spending. America deserves better leadership.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JOHN_GALT

    This article is nonsense. It is one writer's attempt to persuade an election using fear, the racism card, and nostalgia. The dialogue of black and white is not relevant in the context of what is to be done to repair our country's sliding socialist handout programs at the expense of all those who think, build, create, and make jobs. Lets refer to these handout supporters as Purple People. That should satisfy the intellectually starved who see racism as relevant.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • fairandbalancedfredo

      Class struggle; not race struggle. All power to the working class !

      November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn C.

      I have heard it all now. CNN is so fearful that Obama is not going to get elected that they have sunk to unbelievable depths as to print this article. I am not prejudiced – I don't like Biden either. I do not agree with Obama's socialists policies and his four years in the White House have been deplorable.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Right, anyone who doesn't measure up to your definition of useful could be put into ditches, covered with concrete and used as a foundation for new monuments to Ayn Rand.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Derek

    I find the current Republican fold seems to bring all the nut-jobs out of the wood work. You go to a "Tea Party Rally" and see the VERY SAME people who ARE on Medi-Care, collecting Welfare there. Too uneducated to realize that they are out supporting neoconservative wing-nuts like Michelle Bachmann, using their radical religious beliefs as an excuse for out right LYING about what is going on in the world and any history. Supporting the same dumb people that want to eradicate the very programs THEY ARE USING!!! Really?? . .LOL

    It blows me away. "Grass Roots Movement" my butt. "Brought to you and paid for by the Kosh Brothers" should be the slogan. But these people seem to be too uneducated, or just too brainwashed by False Noise to know it's "Big Business and Billionaires" that pull the strings of the Tea Party, and could CARE LESS about those people at rallies other than getting them to vote for THEIR cause.

    Cause the ONLY THING that scares the Kosh Brothers, or the rest of those billionaires the most. .. IS YOU STILL GET TO VOTE, and they only get ONE VOTE compared to all of ours. They would rather make it so you can't vote anymore, it's what they are TRYING to do with all these crap voting laws and regulations.. trying to control WHICH American's get to vote.

    The Republican Party is a disaster... get rid of all these wack-jobs like Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Trump, and all those Tea Party folk.. just to start.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ben

    CNN, are you kidding me. This is the most irresponsible "news" story I have ever seen. And the fact that CNN felt the need to put it up just shows the paternalistic racism of the left.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. HoneyPot

    oh and then there is the communism thing, watch him take the land

    November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jimcrow

    Not all whites are racist but most racists are white...I m black and I m about to scr ew the crap out of this white girl when she comes over.... hahaha..Bout to make another barack to add to ther shrinking white boy population...This isnt the reconstruction period either...We have alot Nat Turners running around these days for those of you stuck in 1955..

    November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jonathan

    I'm so tired of hearing junk like this, and liberal CNN puts this as the front article. Our media and the dems are smokescreening real issues. America better wake up to our economic woes. This nation has $16T in national debt, over 100% of GDP. Any person who understands basic economics knows Obama's policies are not addressing our biggest problem and threat to our nation. America needs to wake up. CNN needs to focus on actual issues instead of trying to pull out the race card- might get a few white guilt votes.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • earmarx

      Why is it bad to say that Romney supporters are racists, but it's OK to say racism shouldn't be discussed or studied in the context of our first African-American president? All sides should be studied of all debates. This is an important topic. It is equally important to study (not accuse or assume) whether or not Romney supporters are racist.

      People need to understand, we don't KNOW anything (no matter how obvious it seems) until it is studied properly using scientific method.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JP

    It is truly amazing how far CNN will go to promote Obama. I say this with regret as I've watched this news organization lose its soul trying to compete with Fox and MSNBC. This article, which tries to pass for an object, historical account of race relations in America, is simply a sophisticated way of saying that people who disagree with Obama and his policies are racists, that the requirement to show an ID to vote is repressive, and that Republicans can be the only racists. This article is intellectually dishonest in both fact and intention.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • demonfeed

      Go look at the Fox News website right now. It is full of more hate than anything this country has ever produced. You say CNN can't compete, and you're right. Nobody can spew out hate like the greatest Hate Machine on the planet.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • truesayer

        your right i looked, someone has thrown eggs at a utility worker because his power isn't on yet. what hate!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Melissa

    Put down the crack pipe!! Just becuase your little poll in hick-ville Colorado was filled with Romney supporters doesn't mean anything. Obana could lose your state and still have 5 other ways to get the Electoral votes he needs to win. I'm sure all we will be hearing from you on November 7th is.... .NOTHING.

    OBAMA 2012

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. fairandbalancedfredo

    Corporate media outfits like CNN are very comfortable talking about racial divisions in America. Not so much with class divisions. But, in fact, racial divisions are just one manifestation of deep class divisions. There's class warfare going on in America, and whenever there's class warfare, one can be sure that the rich are engaged in it. It manifests itself most acutely in corporations taking aim at unions, and in rich Americans feeling that the progressive income tax should be overthrown.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Tammy lambert chandler az

    I do not see Mitt slowing down with his stupid campaign helping storm victims, (which would speak volumes for what kind of President he would be). He is to busy salivating over White house.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernadette Artist Lawrenceville, GA

      Sure you're right!!!...A total disconnect from the average American that I know...
      Obama/Biden 2012...woo hoo!! woo hoo!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teena R

      Tammy,
      You should read the news before you comment. Mitt Romeny has been doing plenty this weekn, and last, to help those hurt by Hurricane Sandy. He donated his tour bus to be used to deliver supplies, he used a campaign stop to collect much need supplies, and had the Red Cross phone number on the big screen so information was available for those who wished to make donations. What did Obama do? Toured New Jersey then jetted off the Vegas! You cannot really be that blind can you?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. DaveM

    Amazing how racist the Obama supporters can be

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joe R

    I fell asleep reading this and my head hit the desk and I forgot what I was going to say. I'm not sure if the author is white or brown but whoever you are, you are THE most boring writer EVER! My God. How did you get this job?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny of salt

      funny, i thought it was an uncommonly thoughtful and thorough exploration of an interesting topic about which i had little knowledge. resume your function

      November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe R

        Maybe you should resume where you left off...second grade!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • kenny of salt

        OW! joe r, you hurted my feelings! i personally have no problem admitting there are things i don't know and that i enjoy learning new things, but i'll never admit that to YOU again, 'cause you're a MEANIE!!

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

      If you know nothing about this then your school and personal reading have both failed you. The bias of it, however, is disturbing.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • kenny of salt

        school definitely failed me, and as for personal reading, well, one must make choices no? that is, one can't read everything there is to read. my father and sister are the history buffs in my family; most of what i know about the reconstruction came from faulkner – decidedly biased

        November 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cnnman77

      Boring or not, it presented some insightful information.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. From Deep South San Francisco

    The REAL news is.....Deficits or losses derive from expenditure being greater than revenue. In 2012 the US budget deficit is forecast to be $1.3 trillion which is 40% of Government expenditure. With high unemployment currently around 8%, personal tax payments will continue to drop. The fall in tax revenues will accelerate in coming years, when consumption continues to stagnate or decrease.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. SwampWitch

    Great article CNN. Romny could bite the head off a live kitten on national TV tonight and "Nate Higgers" (my aren't you the clever one?) and his ilk, would still vote for him simply because he isn't the black guy. When the worms eat ya Nate, it all comes down to the same skeleton. No one will ever know what color your skin was – or how inbred your brain.

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

      With all due respect to your paternalistic racism, I would be willing to bet that more people will be voting for Obama based on his race than ever would vote against him because of it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herman

      I'll give you one thing, your moniker fits. Maybe you forgot that over 50% of whites in America voted for him the first time. He carried over 98% the black vote each time. So who are really the racists? Think about it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OffTheGrid

      Touche. Excellent rebuttal, though I doubt the recipient possesses the necessary intelligence to understand it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jenn

    CNN you display this prominently on your website yet you totally ignore Benghazi? Your bias is stunning. The refusal to report what happened in Libya will go down in history, when even with your help the Obama administration will be forced to admit the truth.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy lambert chandler az

      Nobody cares about Benghazi anymore thats yesterdays new....half of our country was just trashed by a super storm.
      Where have you been. Its not like Obama caused Benghazi, that was started through hate mongers, same as we have here in the US, ummm republicans

      November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Tammy lambert chandler az

    Obama must stop campaigning! He does not need to campaign if he is helping on the front lines of storm. That will speak louder than any campaign stump speech. I would like to see evidence of a coordinated effort to help storm victims. I would like to see the effort which is in effect as a story on CNN front page.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. INDEPENDENT

    One step forward, two steps back. I live in a southern state, it is sad. We all know the intent of the new voter ID laws and it is not to stop fraud. If we really wanted to do that, we would stop a candidate from owning the voting machines.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. demonfeed

    I'm from the south. My entire family is racist, except for maybe three or four members. My father is a hand-me-down southern racist. He was a card carrying Democrat until 2008 and now he acts like he has never been anything but Republican. The south is full of racists. FULL OF THEM. I grew up with them. I went to the same schools as them. I was even friends with them. Racism is alive and well.

    My grandparents and my parents both tried to raise me as a racist. I grew up with my grandmother telling me bedtime stories about "fat, black johnny" and "fat, black suzie". When she said the N word, you could hear the hatred in her voice when she wielded that word like a weapon.

    That's why I want Obama to win. I want him to prove to my family and other people that they and their hatred are irrational. They are only doing what they were raised to do, but it is time for it to stop. Their hatred is going to destroy our country. They are already making us look horrible on the world stage. They are sabotaging our economy with slander about their own people just so they can win an election.

    Obama is a good man, and he deserves the job, much more so than McCain, Palin, Romney, or Ryan. He worked through a lot of adversity and is still doing so. He is strong. He hasn't had life handed to him on a silver platter. That is the kind of person you need as a President. A man who knows what it is like to feel hunger and thirst, not a man who has never wanted for anything.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neek

      it's not just in the south, racism is everywhere. and it's not just projected white against black. but soon, that will have to end, because so many of the my generation and younger are procreating between races, there white, black will cease to exist...mullato (sp) will be the new race! LOL

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Lemming

      So you are voting for someone because of their race? that makes you every bit as racist as you claim your family to be.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernadette A

      WOW!! Now you know how I feel...I went to school with white kids from first grade up North and never experienced any racism...the only thing different about a white person is the color of their skin..and that's ALL...they are no better or no worse than a Black person...trust me!!

      Obama Biden 2012 Woo hoo...woo hoo!! November 6th can't get here fast enough and I've already VOTED!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. dbrock

    It's actually a pretty good darn article. But why leave out what has happened in the past when whites are demonized and kicked out of a country. Look what happened in Haiti. All whites were killed or driven out of the country due to the color of their skin. Did this make Haiti a better place to live in? What are the chances that a white man could take up high office in Haiti? And if it was possible, does that negate racial progress?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • eshowoman

      Are you insane? Most black people have white ancestry through rape and forced concubinage. Why in the hell should they get any credit for their vile acts?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Marvin

    Can't we simply look at a person's ability to do the job and measure the bottom line results?

    Anything less is racism.

    I feel that when weighing the bottom line that Obama has failed and needs to be replaced. Anyone calling that racism is practicing a form of racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  35. From Deep South San Francisco

    With the escalation of money printing, markets will be flooded with government paper which nobody wants, leaving governments to buy its own junk. This has already led to a downgrade of the US credit rating. With the upcoming financial cliff put in place after the November 6 election it is likely that within the next few months rating agencies are likely to downgrade our country’s debt.
    America needs new leadership.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny of salt

      my dog takes care of his own junk, too. wouldn't you?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Stop Playing the Card

    Give me a break – Im tired of people saying that if I dont vote for Obama, Im a racist. Give ma a break. Does anyone mention that in the last poll 96% of the Black Population plans to vote Obama? Do you think its because they think hes the best? C'mon CNN – You guys should just put on Obama Jerseys and admit you'll do anything to keep him in office....

    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicc

      There are a number of reasons people will vote against Obama. Racism is probably the most common. The others include a delusional attachment to an idealized past that never existed, fear of change, and willingness to vote against ones own self interest on the slim chance that you might win the lottery and join the 1%.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldave

      I agree with you, but you're making the same assumption about Black people. Couldn't they simply want to vote Obama because they think Romney is a pathetic liar who will say anyting to win?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ireedgud

    Trying to pretend that the majority of conservatives are unsupportive of Obama simply because he's black is an attempt to disparage Conservative values. I rational and fair-minded person would see through detraction.

    Do you honestly believe that, all things being equal except we pretend that Obama was a white man, the country would be solidly behind him? I suggest that we instead focus our attention on the real issues of a high-unemployment and underemployment.

    Additionally, how do you explain the Tea Party support for Herman Cain? Clarence Thomas? Allen West? How do you explain the liberal berating against actress Stacey Dash?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. The Average Voter

    Can anyone disagree with the President's politics and not be called a racist? Is that the cost of having an independent voice? I know I am not a racist.

    I believe it would be better for all sides to focus on the basic issues and get off race. It is insulting to everyone.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldave

      I absolutely agree with you. Unfortunately, you are not the average voter. The average voter who comes in here to voice disapproval of Obama can't help spilling out their inner bile.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. From Deep South San Francisco

    If Obama is re-elected, Unemployment will rise as the effects of the unemployed masses will have major repercussions on the economy. This will lead to government deficits growing substantially. Tax revenue is already falling at alarming rates in the US and most other countries but it will get a lot worse. Government expenditure will rise rapidly due to the mass unemployment. Taxes will rise but this will be like getting water out of a stone – there won’t be much revenue to tax. And if Vat or sales taxes are increased this will kill consumption even more. In addition governments will have to implement more programs to help the "poor, hungry and homeless" that Obama's policies have hurt. This will lead to more money printing.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  40. scbadvr888

    Obama is his own worst enemy. If he had kept all of his promises, or at least made realistic promises, he wouldn't be struggling now. Because of his failures, he could only run a negative campaign that created class warfare and a renewed flashback to racial divisiveness with all of his pandering. He has torn this country apart. He didn't win the 2008 election without the votes of millions of whites like me that put their faith in him. And speaking for myself, I would be happy to vote for him again, if he had just done what he promised.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldave

      If you did vote for him, then think about this. He accomplished or attempted much of what he promised to do. However, when you have a Senate breaking records for filibuster and a Republican House that would rather hurt Obama than help the country...well...do the math.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  41. TequilaMan2000

    You're a horrible person, and a simpleton. I have many black friends, most of which are much more successful and intelligent than you... and THIS DRIVES YOU CRAZY. What's it like to be the inferior species?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dan Green

    All of the big government programs I was against 20 years ago I am still against, but now that a black man is President, those same views make me a racist? Why?

    Is it right that if you ask many black people why they are voting for Obama, they cannot tell you? Could it be only because he is black, and isn't that racist? Are black people able to be racist?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. From Deep South San Francisco

    The consequences of US employment will be social, political, financial and the effects on the US economy will be of a magnitude which is substantially greater than during the Depression of the 1930′s.

    We must remember that none of the problems in the financial system have been resolved but only put on a very temporary hold. The rise in unemployment combined with the reduction in consumption will lead to the next and much more severe banking crisis.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  44. CP

    I agree with you completely. Mary, put your political opinion to the side. This is a very valid point.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. TequilaMan2000

    If you want to lose faith in humanity, simply go to the comments section of Breitbart or Newsmax... the amount of idiot, simpleton racists blurting out the latest Fox talking point is simply amazing. And by 'amazing', I mean 'frightening'.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. From Deep South San Francisco

    The only way Americans can escape its recurring fiscal Frankenstorms is through reform and economic growth. Raising taxes on small businesses when one in five American workers are out of a job or employed part-time (23 million Americans) because they can’t find a full-time job is he definition of insanity. (Doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result),

    Once President Romney lowers the US tax rate, decreases spending and works with the Legislature on regulatory reform, the American economy will begin healing. The only thing Democrats in Washington have planned after November is more spending.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MKB

    Why do news groups go out of their way to stir up stuff that has absolutely no bearing on the current Presidential election??
    CNN ;seems to be right up there with FLOP News. If it didn't happen, they will make it up as gospel. I am so tired of this form of journalism I could scream, I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way either.
    Here's a scoop!! There are actually going to be times when there is just nothing out there that is really worth reporting!!!
    Also, another question in this vein, but have you ever put yourselves in the position of the person you are writing about and ask yourself how you would feel if this was being reported about you or a member of your family???
    Disgusting!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Clyde

    Hard to believe that CNN puts a big old banner of Obama being sworn in as its headline. The lengths they will go to bias American opinions knows no bounds. News for CNN – Americans are tired of it, which is why you see your political and news programs in dead last in the ratings.

    Keep on your current path....you already sacked an Anderson Cooper show....we'll watch the rest of it collapse and laugh!

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

      Again, the reason you CNN haters are even here is beyond me.. stick with your Faux News and your impermeable bubble. Yes, CNN is not perfect.. but they are hardly "in the bag" for any one candidate.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Disgruntled American

    You have been crying "Wolf!" for too long and no one is listening anymore.

    Great job removing the importance of the term "racism". By applying it to every situation possible, you have undermined the base of its meaning. The term no longer motivates society to create a positive change and that is truly tragic.

    If my opinion of the President's policies and performance makes me racist, then so be it. Thanks to constantly being called a racist by media reports, I no longer care.

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

      I don't think the intention was to call people who legitimately disagree with Obama's policy racist. I think he was pointing out that his being in office has sparked a lot of racists into action. And maybe the area you live in doesn't have a lot of racism, but I live in rural NC and racism still exists in this country. Have people really said you're racist because you don't like Obama? I have friends that jump on that band wagon before an accusation is even made. If you don't like how Obama has performed in office and it has nothing to do with his skin color I don't think this article should be so offensive to you. Maybe you might disagree but I don't see where the author is saying "If you don't like Obama, you're a racist" and I don't see why you are so offended?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  50. From Deep South San Francisco

    Illinois tax-loving legislature provides an instructive lesson in Obama's plan for American if he is re-elected In January 2011 Democrats in Springfield raised the state’s income tax by 67% and corporate rate by 46%. Over the next eight months unemployment surged to 10.2% from 9.4%. So, in December lawmakers handed out tax breaks to their corporate donors who were threatening to flee to more business-friendly states.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Mike P

    Now America is racist because Obama is going to lose? Nice talking points. You should have saved this "piece" for Wednesday.

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

      I voted for Romney in Colorado today, and the polls are packed with his supporters.

      Its clear this is going to be a landslide!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  52. John W

    Mr. Blake, your article is nonsense. The vast majority of people who will vote for Romney and not Obama in this election will do so because they believe the policies of the current administration are bad for the country and that Romney's would be better. Period. End of story.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • earmarx

      How do you know that? DId you complete some type of peer reviewed study that no one else is aware of? Or are you simply ignorant and uneducated?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. From Deep South San Francisco

    The Obama plan include a “millionaire’s tax” that kicks in at $250,000 for individuals and small business owners making more than a “million dollars”. American businesses already pay the highest tax rate globally, and by the way, Obama’s tax increase would put America way ahead in the race of taxing individuals and small businesses.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. John

    I'm 53 years old, white male, former U.S. Marine/vet, and I literally lost my job years ago when I had a baby at home to feed(due to helping blacks in business)...

    I have never seen the level of racism by blacks against whites as I have seen in the last 4 years of this administration, angry hateful, emboldened... One stunningly creepy incident occured in Philly during the 2008 Prsidential election, angry "Black Panther" wannabes, holding clubs outside a voting place/intimidating white voters and glaring at the person who shot the video. If these men were white, they would have been crucified but the Justice Department refused to press charges...a career lawyer(white), who left the Justice Dept over this issue, testified on the hill that it was common knowledge in the justice dept that minorities WOULD NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST WHITES....

    President Obama has literally used the race card to stoke racial divisions for his own agenda...I have never seen such hate directed towards white people in forums like this and others, as I have seen and felt in the last 4 years, it's really disgusting.

    It's not reverse racism when blacks hate whites, it's just plain old ugly racism, pushing back race relations in this country at least 50 years...we really need some open dialogue and healing in this country.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • codemanx

      Amen.

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

      I find the current Republican fold seems to bring all the nut-jobs out of the wood work. You go to a "Tea Party Rally" and see the VERY SAME people who ARE on Medi-Care, collecting Welfare there. Too uneducated to realize that they are out supporting neoconservative wing-nuts like Michelle Bachmann, using their radical religious beliefs as an excuse for out right LYING about what is going on in the world and recent history. Supporting the same dumb people that want to eradicate the very programs THEY ARE USING!!! Really?? . .LOL

      It blows me away. "Grass Roots Movement" my butt. "Brought to you and paid for by the Kosh Brothers" should be the slogan. But these people seem to be too uneducated, or just too brainwashed by False Noise to know it's "Big Business and Billionaires" that pull the strings of the Tea Party, and could CARE LESS about those people at rallies other than getting them to vote for THEIR cause.

      Cause the ONLY THING that scares the Kosh Brothers, or the rest of those billionaires the most. .. IS YOU STILL GET TO VOTE, and they only get ONE VOTE compared to all of ours. They would rather make it so you can't vote anymore, it's what they are TRYING to do with all these crap voting laws and regulations.. trying to control WHICH American's get to vote.

      The Republican Party is a disaster... get rid of all these wack-jobs like Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Trump, and all those Tea Party folk.. just to start.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Maxist? You are a political moron. Obama is center-right on everything except a few social issues. Words have meanings, you can't just spit out the word "Marxist" because the idiots at Fox News like to spout it. Redistribution of wealth has been occurring for the last thirty years, it has been redistributed from the middle class to the extremely wealthy. Why is it okay to let the rich parasite off the poor, but when the playing field is brought closer to level (still heavily in favor of the rich) it's Marxism?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Davd

        Catch phrase for a shrill left winger is "stop watching Fox news" The artilcle was nonsense.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • nateisanidiot

      i cant wait until everyone like you has died off

      November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkstr8

      Troll with a little pen-is!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • YJH9152

      How has Obama used the race card in his administration? Concrete examples please, and not diatribes.
      It's all in your head, he's black and therefore he must be pushikng a black agenda.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  55. richard

    After reading this barrage of comments, I conclude two things. First, those with the least valuable comments shout anger and ignorance the loudest. Second, this is an amazing country in that we tolerate bigots, rascists, liberals, conservatives, and all sorts of nasty people bent on dividing us rather than contributing to our national motto "out of many, one." Despite asinine comments like one that is wistful for another hanging, we have a freedom to present our opinions without fear – except black Americans. Contribute something to a unified America rather than to tearing down and lifting hate and nasty speech to a cult level.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Elwood Blues

    Why does a 'backlash' against Obama have to include discussion of racism? Is it not possible to dislike Barack Obama because of this politics? If racism could not keep Obama from getting elected, how do you suppose it would keep him from getting reelected? Perhaps a ground swell of newly-minted racists that voted for him on 2008?

    Nope.

    What might keep Obama from reelection is his lack of experience and his poor performance. And his upbringing by communists...but few Americans are bothered by that. Many people can't stop voting their pocketbooks despite that choice leading to a Marxist in office. Quite simply, they don't care. Redistribution of wealth is the game and Obama is the maestro.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      You didn't even read the article, did you? And his "upbringing by communists"? That catchphrase of your zealot rightwingers, "redistribution of wealth"? And being president now for four years still makes him inexperienced? Something tells me you just plug into Fox News and absorb what they tell you without a single independent thought of your own. Sad.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Xfan7

        it couldn't be because he spent an unprecidented 6 trillion dollars of our deficit, or the bank bailouts at tax payer expense, or the healthcare plan he forced on this country inspite of majority dissent that is going to cost 3 times more than he claimed according to current CBO numbers, or that he left a "friend" to die after having been given ample notice for needed help and having realtime access to the resources necessary to end it after it started and instead telling us it was because of some video no one ever heard of least of all Lybians, or because he's covered up his administration's role in the death of a border patrol agent after claiming he'd be transparent, or because he wants to steal from one group of people to give to another, or because of his cronism with folks like Solyndra and the UAW/I mean Crysler and GM bailouts so they'd have even more money to contribute to his campaign, or because he lied about keeping unemployment numbers down and turning the economy around, or refusing to create jobs with the oil pipeline and opening up federal lands for drilling that would reduce the cost of gas, employ people and provide economic stimulous the likes of which no amount of deficit spending bailouts ever will, or, or or... the list could go on and on, but I'm sure the reason he'll lose if he does is because this country is racist... Sorry, I'm just a little incensed at hte bias and absudity of the Obama controlled media these days.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • chaki36

        xfan7 If what you say was all that was being said, then you would absolutely correct. (not saying you don't have a point). But to ignore some of the things that are said about Pres Obama (regarding his race) would not be fair. I have personally seen postings calling him a chimp, N***, tarbaby and worse.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elwood Blues

        Sad? It's not on Fox. I don't watch Fox...it sucks. That's the liberals answer for anything that doesn't sound liberal. I just don't agree with Obama. Inexperienced? Absolutely, when he started. Granted, he didn't have to be experienced. Just elected. But why would I vote for his second term if I didn't like the first? Perhaps you just need to admit to yourself you find some facets of Marxism appealing. You won't be the first American to do so. In fact, you're one of millions. It's okay.

        Yes, his upbringing. Frank Marshall Davis had a CPUSA card in his wallet. And I bet you know what the CPUSA is.
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/2601914/Frank-Marshall-Davis-alleged-Communist-was-early-influence-on-Barack-Obama.html
        Yes, redistribution of wealth.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redistribution_of_wealth
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/government-wealth-distribution_n_1928973.html

        November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ponzi

      I see racism oozing out on these comments. The "inexperience" reference IS parrallel to reconstruction. Does saying that, when you know it is not true, make you FEEL smarter, more intelligent. I can almost be assured by inferences of your fearful message that you are ignorant, poor, and white and you are trying to make yourself feel better. Get some education and stop hating, it won't get you anywhere. I really feel sorry for you but thanks for your service in the military.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TequilaMan2000

      This is why your opinions are a joke...
      Dow growth, job growth, and federal tax leech states:
      http://goo.gl/rHvzG , http://goo.gl/aSy4F and http://goo.gl/VI6xF
      This is why you people have zero credibility when it comes to economic issues. You can’t even understand the basic economic facts of Obama’s presidency.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • LeftCoast

        Funny but those URL's look like the type that host viruses... Best stay away...

        November 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  57. DM

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

    This is a valid point. There is a large group of people within the American population that voted (and will vote) for Obama because he is black, not because of his policies. Racism exists in pockets of every group but to say that a vast army of racist republicans are out to get Obama? If that was the case he wouldn't be the president now. The white vote was strong in his last election, if it's not this time; it’s for reasons other than skin color.
    No matter what side of this election you're on, obviously racism still exists in this country, blacks hating whites, whites that hate blacks, it exists, but to say that there is a majority of racists equated with being republican and that will cost the election....really? The very fact that Obama is president now disproves this and the timing of this article combined with its propaganda style delivery is low. This is not an issue to be used as a weapon in an election simply for political gains. I disapprove of this type of behavior from either/any party.

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

    Wow – just because you disagree with someone's policies you are a bigot now? What about running the country with fiscal responsibility? Anywhere else you have to balance a budget, and you have to balance your budgets. If you running a company into the ground with overspending, spending more than you take in, you will be fired on the spot. This is silly, and honestly lame. CNN – your reporting is lousy – thank you for making the election about race when it is really about policy – whoever wrote this article should be fired.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mick

      In case you missed it:

      You can disagree with the man's politics – but how many White folks are called "tar baby", depicted as monkeys and accused of "shuckin' and jivin'"? (Add. – and the person that used thi particular phrase is a respecied conservative spokeswoman who is regularly featured on that other network, not some crazy hack that no one knows...) How many Presidents have had a chair – which was used an an image of Obama by Clint Eastwood – hanging by a noose from a tree in someone's front yard??? Ummm...that would be ZERO. All of these epithets were designed to stir of racially motivated imagery of Blacks being inferior to Whites – read your history. You may not personally espouse to that line of thinking, and I am guessing that you do not – but as a rational, thinking person, it should outrage you that these types of shenanigans pass for political discourse. Disagree with his politics – but don't denegrate him with images that have specific racial meanings to them. That's all I say to the detractors that choose to use them.

      Another thought – can you think of any reason why people would choose to use such imagery to describe Obama other than racial ones? If so, I'd love to hear it...

      November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Melissa

    People like YOU perpetuate this nonsense and are what makes an article like this even relevant in today's world. You are probably even a self-proclaimed Christian. What a waste of breath and skin!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. From Deep South San Francisco

    The most important single vote in America next Tuesday is Barach Obama’s attempt to stick Americans with another giant tax increase. Mr. Obama and his allies say they will fix the US budget deficit and ward off spending cuts. But the real choice before voters is whether to issue Washington’s incorrigible spendthrifts another blank check

    November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Polar Bear

    Another good point. Obama, half black, half white. Isn't it racist to call him black? Doesn't that suppose superiority of the black half? Oh, I know "if you have any black in you, then you are oppressed so some black is all black." I don't think so. Not anymore. Not in my world or the world anyone I know lives in.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  62. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Propaganda!!! the REAL news is... The most important single vote in America next Tuesday is Barach Obama’s attempt to stick Americans with another giant tax increase. Mr. Obama and his allies say they will fix the US budget deficit and ward off spending cuts. But the real choice before voters is whether to issue Washington’s incorrigible spendthrifts another blank check

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

      What's incorrigible is that you don't know what you are talking about... I would venture to guess most reading this (including you) aren't going to see your taxes budge when Obama wins a second term... also, if you hate CNN so much, why not just stick to the Drudge Report and Faux News?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim

        Sounds like he knows who he's talking about. You on the other hand sound like a spiteful, small hateful person who lacks the intelligence to actually look at what is going on and instead just follow huffpo, msnbc and the other liberal blogs that rely on the ignorant to do their bidding.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  63. betterdays

    Every neighborhood that has become primarily African-American within 100 miles of me in every direction over the past 100 years has gotten worse. Every last neighborhood. Interesting. African-Americans are still "failing" at a phenomenal rate, 150 years after Reconstruction began, and despite fifty years of "war on poverty." And the "rich African-American culture" here in Toledo looks more like slovenly laziness, ignorance and poor taste to me.

    Apart from that, great article. He's still going to lose, though.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  64. wolfdaddy

    WOW!!!! CNN You never fail to amaze me. This is a new low for the left. I can't believe they are trying to say if you dont vote for Obama you are racist! This is an outrage! people should riot outside CNN !

    November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dude

    Nate – The mere existence of your user name fuels and justifies the continued existence of divisive racial affinity groups and organizations. It's just as unacceptable as any of the socially destructive behaviors seen in the inner city.

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

      Funny, it's not as unacceptable to me. It's tasteless and ignorant, but nowhere near as bad as what I see on the news every night in my city. I guess we just have different ideas about what is harmful and what is not. Hint: sticks, stones, names, etc.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Bert Bigdongler

    Time for the race card folks, their boy is in trouble!!!

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

      If you are Black and you vote for Obama you are just voting (94% of Blacks voted for him). If you are White and you don't vote for him you are racist. Jimmy Kimmel just did a Youtube video where he went into a Black barber shop and asked a room of 20 Black guys what Romney would need to do to get their vote....the answer "TURN BLACK", and they all laughed.

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

        Now ask Jimmy K how many barber shops he had to go into to get that response. White guy in a barber shop with black guys, are you ignorant?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jack

    Although there are many parallels to Reconstruction, these are very different times. Whites are becoming a minority, if not in reality, certainly in ideology. There are many more interracial marriages, a large Hispanic population, women are now an important voting block etc. Reactionaries may win here and there but they are against the tide of history and will find themselves more and more irrelevant and on the sidlines. I don't fear conservative victories as some of my friends do because I know that, inevitably, their cause is lost. And in the foreseeable future. For example, the moderates of today would have been the radicals of yesterday.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Bev M.

    Obama 2012!! Hey Nate, your racism is showing!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. RJ

    This article reminds me why President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Some people hate him because he is black and some people love him because he is black. Both of these ways of thinking are what is halting the progress of this nation. Here in America, there are black sports and there are white sports. In Canada, there is none of this nonsense- Hockey is for everybody. The reason they don't make this distinction between people as often as we do is because they do not write an article about race everytime there's a black man on tv.

    I can't watch or read the news anymore because of how divided everyone is. At least Fox News doesn't try to conceal their bias.

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

      I don;t disagree, but to be fair I have spent a lot of time in Canada and your black popularion is pretty low.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Voting on Nov 6

    It's interesting how much anger this article has stirred up. The comments trashing CNN for even posting this article with such disgust and hatred clearly demonstrate that as a nation, we are not beyond this issue.

    CNN has been called everything from a race-baiting communist network to a secret arm of the Obama campaign, yet none has produced anything substantive, just whiny ranting and hysteria.

    My question is – if you hate CNN so much – why bother to spend so much time commenting on their posts?

    If you are so convinced that the Republicans are about to take the presidency, then shouldn't you be focussing up your critiques on what a Romney-Ryan administration will or should do?

    If you don't think race is still an issue in American anymore, then why do YOU keep talking about it?

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

      Why can't we dissagree with the man's politics without being called a racist? Its been like that since day 1 of his Presidency.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • mick

        You can agree with the man's politics – but how many White folks are called "tar baby", depicted as monkeys and accused of "shuckin' and jivin'"? How many Presidents have had a chair – which was used an an image of Obama by Clint Eastwood – hanging by a noose from a tree in someone's front yard??? Ummm...that would be ZERO. All of these epithets were designed to stir of racially motivated imagery of Blacks being inferior to Whites – read your history. You may not personally espouse to that line of thinking, and I am guessing that you do not – but as a rational, thinking person, it should outrage you that these types of shenanigans pass for political discourse. Disagree with his politics – but don't denegrate him with images that have specific racial meanings to them. That's all I say to the detractors that choose to use them.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  71. rs

    Yo nate h.....

    In respionse to your (now deleted post).

    I'll call you racist and also call you small minded (redundant since both are the same).
    You can't fathom why you are wrong because its not a one dimensional issue like your one dimensional mind.

    Feel sorry for you. Hope you don't reproduce and are removed from the gene pool

    November 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. From Deep South San Francisco

    The real news is... According to the US Census Bureau, in 2011 the median income of US households, adjusted for inflation, fell to $50,054. This is 4.9% below its 2009 level and 8.9% below its all-time peak of $54,932 in 1999. This is not encouraging data. It implies that the average American household is almost 9% poorer today than it was thirteen years ago.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Polar Bear

    What defines me is that I'm an American. Everything else, including race, is a far distant second. We went afoul of what works when we started trying to be the "salad bowl" instead of the "melting pot."

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

      I disagree. In the "salad bowl" we calibrate and respect our differences, In the "melting pot" the dominant (not necessarily the best) flavors overpower the whole thing.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Norm

    Man, you are so dang clever. You are also living proof of how true this article is. You go on now and put in your vote for Mitt 'cause you know he's the champion of you and the rest of your white trash buddies. Then, on the bright side, if Obama does get re-elected you get to spend four more years making up conspiracy theories. Win-win for you.

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

    1. Slaves were freed by the Republican party as opposed to the Democrat South.
    2. African American elected officials in the 1870's were supported by the Republicans and were strongly opposed by the Democrats.
    3. Jim Crowe laws were created by the Government. Capitalism left unchecked would have solved this problem on its own. Example – why would you limit your own customer base, hurting your own profits, which reduces your comapany's chances of growing and hiring more jobs?
    4. Democrats resisted the Civil Rights of the 1960's.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Frank Hezenworth

    Isn't Obama Half White?

    November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  77. From Deep South San Francisco

    No more American division or derision. No more failed economic and foreign policies. Enough is enough. Obama is out of time, America is out of money and patience.
    OMG: Obama Must Go!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      Obama 2012! Your racism is showing!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sarah

    For once, I wish CNN would write an honest report.

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

    So now it boils down to this: If Obama is not re-elected the country is racist? This is the most stupid argurement in the world. Obama is not a god, remember people- he's a politican from Chicago.
    Yes, unfortantely racism exists on both sides- lets talk about that! Is there room for discussion about black racisim in this election and the reactionary stance some people take in regards to any response criticism people may express when it comes to Pres. Obama.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Maybe Obama is runnig out of campaign slogans!

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

      Maybe Obama is running out of campaign slogans!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      Obama 2012!!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • ncrepublican

        well I hope all of those that plan on voting for obama realize that once the ones paying taxes in to support those that don't... no longer have a job either, that there will be no one left to pay for their free stuff... what happens when the tax payers are outnumbered by the non tax payers? it will collapse.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. saddened

    Just finished reading article and posts. As a white male who grew up from working class roots to work in disenfranchised communities of color for my whole life, I have to say I am saddened by the level of anger and vitriol I find in these posts. As Christopher Hitchens once said, "when you make a statement about an issue or idea and people's immediate response is fear-filled, angry generalizations, you may be on to something." Racism is about power and fear. The fear of the powerful back then and today is the same, the rationales they are using in the same. Recognizing none of us are perfect and using this article to reflect on our own lives and histories as a people to inspire a more inclusive, fair, democratic society is what would be more productive to do after reading this. It is not helpful spouting self-righteous bombastic sentiment about America, freedom, and "reverse racism" whatever that is . Kudos to CNN for posting this.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT

      Why can't the man just loose the election becuase he made bad policy?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • GT

        If he looses, why can't it be because of bad policy, why racism?

        November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin Fleming

        The fact is, it would be both, Just like if he wins it will be because of both. But the same is true on the other side too. The difference is that minority groups are less powerful then the white majority. When blacks are racist some whites are harmed. When whites are racist, whole entire communities are harmed. Whites have the power, and it is easier for them to aim that power.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • saddened too

      Finally, someone who can read and comprehend without jumping to fear-driven conclusions! I am saddened too by the vitriolic comments of people who really did not even attempt to understand the meaning of this piece. It's not voting for or against Obama that makes you a non-racist. It is about having the ability to understand that we cannot take a small segment of any given population and make irresponsible blanket statements about them. Understand also that every race and ethnic group has productive and non-productive citizens, hard-working and lazy people, and people of different levels of intellectual capacity.

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

      I would never vote for Obama, but it isn't due to his skin color. I base it all off of policy which I do not agree with spreading the wealth or fair shares taken from those who work and given to those who don't want to work. I don't care what color the person is who chooses to not work, but to take from others... I will never think it is ok to ever take away something that someone worked for and yes... BUILT themselves, be it a business or wealth. By the way, the ad that the Obama campaign played, the one where Romney was being interviewed by the ABC guy and he asked about his taxes on his capital gains investments... and the ad did not work. The reason is, it did not make me jealous of Romney because he made millions, it made me like him more and made me want to do what he did. I think it is great that he was successful, so I am not sure what their point was at all to run that... other than to aim at poor people and make them want part of Romney's wealth for their own 'fair share'...

      November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Polar Bear

    Ah, if what people really wanted was equality and justice, the world would be a better place. Truth is, they want revenge and comeuppance. The oppressed most often seek to assume the role of the oppressor.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • here we go again

      way to go racial once again, CNN.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Nate, you are stucking fupid. Sorry to say it, but your comments are really bugging me.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. From Deep South San Francisco

    Just in from MSNBC: CNN has just incited riots in major cites across the U.S. Wolf Blitzed fired.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. GT

    We as a nation will not ever get past racism, if the racebaiters won't let it go. Pres. Obama was elected with a super majority. He got his enire agenda passed, and 4yrs. later the economy is still in the toilet. If he looses the election it will be because of his policies, not his skin. If unemployment was below 7%, and the economy was growing at 3% or more, he would be unbeatable.

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

      You are exactly right. Obama will lose because he is a bad president not because of the color of his skin. I voted for Obama in 2008 and i'm completely disappointed, not only on what he has done and what he has not done but also for the fact he refuses to take any of the responsibility. I am voting for Romney this time.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  84. DHJ

    I voted for Obama in 2008!! But will not this time around. If I wanted to live in a socialist society, I would move to Europe. Besides, he may go down in history as a president that rivals Jimmy Carter.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      Obama 2012!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  85. KBee

    Obama has unpopular because of his policies, it has nothing to do with his skin color,

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

      You need to get your head out of sand. I live in an area that has many tea party members. I am white and have gone to businesses where these people gather. If they think you are one of them, the use of the n word and racial remarks are a standard theme. An incident where a cross was burned on the lawn of a white family that had an adopted african-american teenage was greeted with glee. The teen was a leading player on the local football team that lost a play-off game. Some in the community blamed the tean for the loss. I avoid any contact with these businesses and their patrons. I have no respect for these teabaggers or their views. You are a fool if you think many of the people who are against the Pres are not racists. These people are god fearing (only their version) self-rightious phoneys that do not deserve to be called Americans.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  86. confused

    CNN, take this story down, you are embarrassing yourself.

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

      I agree! I'm surprised MSNBC did not try to play the race card.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Gerald R Vimont

    It seems like you are gearing up for an Obama loss by crying racism. It seems also like you spent an awful lot of time and effort on this nonsense you call an article. The fact is an Obama loss will have nothing to do with his race but everything to do with his failed liberal policies. YOU sir are the one who can't get beyond race. YOU sir are the one who places the blame of an Obama loss on his race not his failed liberal policies. YOU sir are the racist.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev M.

      Obama 2012!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Factfinder

    Why is this not mentioned in the article?

    All of the Reconstruction era black senators and representatives were members of the Republican Party. The Republicans represented the party of Abraham Lincoln and of emancipation. The Southern Democrats represented the party of planters, slavery and secession.

    From 1868, southern elections were accompanied by increasing violence, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi and the Carolinas. In the mid-1870s, paramilitary groups such as the White League and Red Shirts worked openly to turn Republicans out of office and intimidate blacks from voting. This followed on the earlier years of secret vigilante action by the Ku Klux Klan against freedmen and allied whites.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Jeff

    Stop beatin around the bush and just come out and say it....its the Republicans who have a problem with blacks having the right to vote, the right to an education and God forbid, the right to lift themselves up the economic ladder. The article sights the southerners but we have one political party which is not only stoking the racism, they are actively passing laws that take away the rights of minorities and women. While Romney displays himself as civil an above the base behavior of souther republicans, a vote for him IS a vote for the racist Repubs. He will usher them in, give them powerful posts and allow them to re-create the country in their racist image. Romney is disguised as a sheep so he can let all the wolves in. The only way the Repubs will change is when the minorities outnumber the whites and the Repubs are thrown out on their butts and removed from any power whatsoever. It's long overdue for them to be declawed.

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    • Bev M.

      NATE IS A RACIST! OBAMA 2012!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tammy lambert chandler az

    If you are from an ethnic group or have a different skin color this should be a wake up call, you should feel empowered, you are in the US, you are citizen with a voice and you are no longer a minority. Romney has been bankrolled by some of the most extreme racist groups in history. Romney must cater to them if he should win presidency. Good luck if make the wrong voting decision or if you dont vote.

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  91. From Deep South San Francisco

    this just goes to show how desperate CNN has become in scaring Americans into believing any of this nonsense. Face CNN, Obama is losing. The more you try to propagandize the worse the voter numbers will be.

    Just in from the CNN polls: Obama is in the lead with 35%; Romney 65%.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy lambert chandler az

      That in incorrect information, get back to your trailer and shut your pie hole

      November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  92. rs

    I'll call you racist and also call you small minded (redundant since both are the same).
    You can't fathom why you are wrong because its not a one dimensional issue like your one dimensional mind.

    Feel sorry for you. Hope you don't reproduce and are removed from the gene pool.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Pastyghostlywhitemale Votingforobama

    If you're part of the 99% and voting for Romney, then you're voting against your own interest. Period. Not a racial issue. Just a stupidity issue.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  94. mary costello

    so what if it came out now, better later than never. Obama, he is the better man

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  95. clarke

    Yes, it does exist, and it is every where and it makes no difference you race, color or greed or party line. But, CNN you really need to work on the content, you used to be good at what you did, not so much any more.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Darryl

    Wow, what a long winded column to say that there are still racists in this country. I'm sure that both Reps and Dems can agree on that, but not that it is going to play a major role in how the votes are cast. If anything, the vast majority of African heritage Americans are going to vote for him for that one and only reason.

    Nice case of reverse racism there.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      The United States is just stupid, always has been, always probably will be.

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

      Maybe I missed the whole point of the article.

      Is he trying to say that we all need to vote for Obama or we'll be having race riots in the streets. What a load of bunk.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Carl

    I suppose the article about anti-Mormonism in this country is just waiting to be released later today or Monday. I'll be sitting here hitting "refresh" eagerly anticipating it.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  98. peter

    This article is a bad article mr. blake. he never writes any positive things just propaganda.

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  99. Chalene

    CNN, I would think that you would be interested in debunking the idea that you are biased. Instead, you publish articles like this with incredibly biased timing and content, and expect people to consider you a responsible journalistic organization. It is unfortunate our press is not living up to the reason they were protected in the original Bill of Rights: to allow the people to hold the government accountable.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Chance Novak

    When I read the headline, I thought the "parallels" would be with the worst president in history, Jimmy Carter. Bad economy and gas lines bring back flashbacks of the 70's. But, of course, it was a semi-racist puff piece....

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