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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. Thinkstr8

    All the thinking people should leave this blog and leave the redneck, racists insult one another!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. malibu123

    CNN, you're so desperate. For liberals, all roads lead to racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. habshockeygrl

    Wow, this article is not educational, it only adds to tensions in this election. True, Obama is from a mixed race family. However, his father was not from this country. He is not the direct descendant of plantation slaves of the South. I am not saying that his family did not have issues with the backlash of growing up in a mixed race family since both of his fathers (biological and adopted) were not white but I still don't see it the same.
    The reason for the disenchantment in the last four years is simply the lost promises and the endless myriad of problems the average American is still facing. Yes, you can just scream blame at Bush whom I can not say was without mistake and believe we needed something new. But it has been four years, it's time to stop placing blame on everything but yourself.........Bush, Race, the Republicans, how about saying I haven't met every promise and I'm sorry for that, now I'm taking responsibility for my choices and actions. No president has been perfect, no president ever will but you aren't being a strong leader if after four years all you can say is it's not my fault because.......

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

      wow, i think you've missed the entire point of this article!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KEKC

    I voted for Obama in 2008, and I am sorry, I was very wrong. 4 years of Obama is enough! 4 years of broken promises and demagogy.

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

      Another foxier, care to elaborate which ones ? chirp** chirp**

      November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • KEKC

        Not a "foxier", but unlike you, I am the other 53% of Americans.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • llatpoh

      Same here, I am an Independent who voted for Obama in 2008, a decision that I deeply regret.
      I will not be fooled again... O has got to GO

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

    Shameful reporting CNN. 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 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mackmoy

      How is this report shameful? Racism in America is a pertinent issue. There are many many stories out there that need to be reported, including yours, which I believe I have seen reported here at CNN.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • srgntyork

      Did you fall asleep during the recession or? Wow

      November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Seth

    It seems interesting to me that people can make a huge deal (often inaccurate deal) of mormonism, even be bigoted against it, and yet that is ok. It seems to me there is plenty of bigotry to go around...

    November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jenny knox

    What lengthy leftist tripe this all is. Just one small example. "Some historians say the backlash against Obama mimics late 19th-century resistance to black political progress." (Caption under picture). "Progress" is assumed to be further movement to the left, no matter how many more Blacks live in poverty and lose their jobs, as has happened under Obama. Nobody with a brain and any honesty is buying any of it. Obama is a leftist failure, and a liar - very bad combo indeed.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FredKelly

    Testing to see if I'm triggering key words – since my clean and respectful dissenting opinions aren't being posted – bunnies, flowers, hippies, Obama, yay!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andres C

    What about the other forms of segregation, elitism and racism that are taking place. The white Tea does not only discriminate against blacks, but muslims, gays, latinos, in other words, everyone that does not think or looks or acts like them. Unfortunately, I dont think it will get better until it gets worse first.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fairandbalancedfredo

    The American economy did much better
    under Clinton than it ever did under RayGun
    and even produced record surpluses. RayGun,
    on the other hand, produced record deficits.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKeenestBorn

      Clinton's whole economy was built on lies, Worldcom, Enron, etc

      November 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Age of Obama? At best he is a below average president. Are Americans that into hero worship?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Disclaimer

    The commentor is 12 years old and only recently learned how to use the internet to show everybody new words he's learned.

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

    The real news story is.. Under the Obama Administration the median income for Americans have dropped 4.9% to $50,054 since 2009. Many of these people lost high-paying jobs and if they did get a new job, it was at a lower pay scale.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. oNORTHFACEo

    okok

    November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lindsey

    Who's kidding who here? As soon as Obama was elected, the Angry White Male Contingent in this country started bellowing for his head under any idiotic pretense they could, starting with The Birth Certificate. They were and still are so afraid of Teh Evul Black Man in the White House that this thought is kept first and foremost in their heads, even as they're screaming about the economy...WHICH, btw, under a REPUBLICAN president, would've eroded further into a second GREAT DEPRESSION.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Were it not for White males, Obama wouldn't have been elected. Give it a rest.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MEPr

      Don't be an idiot. He was voted into the white house. It's not race. People are angry b/c his lack of success and all the lies and empty promises. You are trying way too hard with this one. What is it that you LOVE so much about him? Or are you just on the bandwagon b/c it's "cool" to like him?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. PBJStat

    What dribble – and timing smacks of desperation. We have become a pathetic nation of people looking for excuses for those who fail.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • andoact

      The amazing denial of historical truths allow so many to make moral judgments about others. For those deniers out there, read your history. See want happened after the Civil War. Read things like "Slavery By Another Name", then let's have a discussion about who 'built that'. See if you can rationalize the treatment of emancipated slaves from 1870 to 1965. Really?! It's just incredible the tone deaf ignorance of our own nation's history, from the domestic policy of apartheid via Jim Crow to the foreign policy of upending governments for our use of natural resources. Karma.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. From Deep South San Francisco

    Shame on CNN for this hurtful "newstory". Propaganda from Valerie Jarrett's office at the White House and Media Matters. Shameful

    November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. 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 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Which will fix the tea party congressmen treason of signing "no tax" pledges separately to an organization which they don't represent how???

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. fairandbalancedfredo

    The Mormon charlatan Romney owns 15 homes. Now he wants to give
    a tax break to himself to help build a special elevator in one of his homes
    for his pampered autos. How could even the most ignorant hick conservative
    consider voting for this cretin?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      He earned his own money. He isn't doing it with my money or yours. What is your beef?

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

        There is nothing wrong earning money playing with off shoring and firing people or evading taxes as the law allows it, but taking that projecting as if he is going to help middle class and the country is the BS.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • mona

        Oh, but he is using our money. If one hides his money from the IRS he isn't paying taxes on it. The ones paying taxes are paying for the money hidden in offshore accounts. Can't you see this?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Is it over yet?

        He didn't earn his millions: he made them from raiding companies and putting people out of work. He also benefits from government welfare! Yes, corporations are the biggest welfare recipients and he has benefitted, even from the bailout he so didn't want. Hypocritical and opportunistic!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • independentlyowned

      If by "earned" you mean evaded all sorts of taxes and loopholes and got credits for things that Average Joe didn't get a break on. And if by "earned" you mean profited off of other companies' losses. And if by "earned" you mean was lucky enough to be born into a wealthy family that set up a solid foundation and investment into his own future.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • joe

        He earned his money..geez. What's wrong with people on here. Look a guy works hard and everyone rags on someone. There's no shame in just saying "Hey man congrats on your work and what you've done in life" and then move on with yours. If you don't like his policies so be it but give a guy credit for the work he's done in his own life. Let's quit this class warfare garbage to make people hate one another. It's stupid and annoying.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      I'm paying more taxes because he's paying less. At least 47% of us make up the shortfall.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sam

    Garbage. The racists will come out in force and vote in a block for Obama, 97% of them. They are not white.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ricke1949

    Not all failure can be labeled as racism. Black families are a disaster and the crime that blacks commit is disproportionate to their representation in the population. Look at the Vietnamese, Laotions and Chinese. Law abiding and work hard even if they came from disadvantaged background.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCOTTIE

      You really need to know your history on crime and why it's higher among blacks. Try educating yourself before speaking/writing.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN staffers arrested for inciting rioting in major cities across the US.
    File this story under...
    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." - Dr. Joseph Goebbels

    November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. fairandbalancedfredo

    It's spoiled, rich guys like Romney, hiring pig lobbyists
    in Washington, who get the tax code written in such
    a way that America's spoiled rich get away with paying a max rate of 15%.

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

      Democrats controlled the Senate and the House for several years of the Bush administration and the first 2 years of the Obama. Why didn't they do something about the tax code? maybe it has something to do with the fact that the most millionaires in Congress are Democrats.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Use your Head!

      It's called capital gains tax. It was created as an incentive for people to invest in tax or other growth projects. Then you only get taxed at 15%. The investor only gets taxed 15% and companies get money to hire more employee or re-invest in their operations. It's a way to grow the economy. By attacking the capital gains Obama is atack those that grow companies, that in turn create jobs. Maybe his new "Business Czar" can explain that to him.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      You have no idea what you're talking about do you? He paid 15% because it was on investment returns he ALREADY paid the highest tax rate on. Also, he didn't make that rule.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • UseyourBrain

      I think I'd rather have 15% of $50mil, than 24% of $50k.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • serveJBR

      while you and I pay nothing? Nice try. Romney et.al. pay more than their share. Whether we think it's fair that they are smarter, more successful, racists, classist, jerks, crooks, better risk takers, harder working, luckier etc etc doesn't matter. The roads and bridges, hospitals and universities, aircraft carriers and F16's were all built with $ that was paid in by people who were succeeding in life, greater or lesser extent, but creating wealth and paying in to help everyone. Are you part of the problem, or the solution? It really is that simple. We can't control other people, just how hard we try. Deal with or not. I'm voting for Romney because my Dem party doesn't have a better choice.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Paid for by CNN

    I'm Barack Obama and I approve of this ad.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  25. OffTheGrid

    Those who brag about what they have, are really bragging about what they WISH they had. I wouldn't hold too much weight on Nate Higgers' comments. They are nothing more than gnats to those of us who have intelligence and the ability to form reasonable, rational thoughts.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Michael Chapel Hill

    Obama is the RACIST in chief. Then what this guy is writing about.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • srkp

      People just like you.

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

        What about the racists on the other end of the spectrum? Do they ever get acknowledge? Would only seem fair to do right?

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

        The message is clear.

        If you white and you do not agree with Obama's politics your a racist. If your black and you do the same you an Uncle Tom Sellout.

        Grow up people.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        The message is clear.

        If your white and you do not agree with Obama's politics your a racist. If your black and you do the same you an Uncle Tom Sellout.

        Grow up people.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • srkp

        Racism is racism – a black voting for obama b'se obama is black is same as a white not voting for obama b'se obama is not white, and those both better than those who vote based on their religion.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. edmundburkeson

    This message has been brought to you by the political cult of Sol Alinsky: Master fragmentor of individuals, groups, classes, etc. If it can be divided, devalued, demonized, diverted or destroyed CNN and its army of community organizer reporters, visionaries, and imagineers will spin it in a nearly undeniable reality albeit false.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bryan2010

    Only Jimmy Carter could've outperformed Obama....in making the economy worse!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • srkp

      I think you can get better one liners from Rush than from Fox, try there.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bryan2010

        Truth hurts, huh? Americans do not want to follow Greece off the cliff.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. fairandbalancedfredo

    To lower the national debt, we need to get back the
    Billions in special tax cuts that Bush-boy gave
    to his super-rich friends.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Thinkstr8

    So many bigots saying they aren't racists, sad. I can only hope that some day you all breed with someone besides a relative so that racism can be bred out of the human race!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • See No Color

      Wait - won't that spread racism?

      Better to teach everyone to judge an individual by his/her actions rather than the color of skin.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lookyloo

      Ummm, isn't that a bit racist and stereotypical to say.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Propaganda from Obama's Re-election Campaign. CNN should be reporting about ... If Barry is re-elected, Obama will greatly expand new regulations to put America's economy at risk. He will appoint key civil servants who can be counted on to keep his policy rules going even past an Obama administration.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. fairandbalancedfredo

    America's rich like to start wars all over the world, but want America's middle-class to pay for them, to the tune of a $700 billion per year Pentagon budget. Meanwhile, rich guys like Romney seek out Cayman Island tax shelters to evade taxes. What patriots they are. LOL.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      America's rich don't start wars..this kind of comment is just wrong and misleading. The internet is really hurting our society when it comes to baseless information out there.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • srkp

        Military industrial complex – google it.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • fairandbalancedfredo

        The rich absolutely do start wars. Google: "Afghanistan and Unocal"
        to see how the pigs at Unocal lobbied for war.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Larry

    To read such disparity in each person's remarks and the hatred toward CNN for doing their job shows me people are so up at arms about race because there is a racial problem here in America. You cannot change the past. But don't get upset if a black American thinks one way. On the other hand white America stop pretending there is no race issue. How can you have a history like America and not expect there to be one.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ricke1949

    I don't care what the color of a man's skin is. Incompetent is Incompetent..

    November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • srkp

      Thank you for not endorsing Mitt, I know he is incompetent.

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

        I think he was talking about OBama you doof

        November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • srkp

        You fail to recognize sarcasm as with rest of the life – sorry

        November 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • AndyInAtl

        Mitt served as a governor of Massachusets, lead successful business career and made Winter Olympics a success (unheard of up until then). Your current president faked through law school, and as no private practice would hire a fake, he followed in the footsteps of other frauds, i.e. Jackson and Sharpton and started career in racketeering (i.e. ambushing businesses and asking for money, lest they be labeled as racist), then got into senate for 2 years, by using similar tactics (Chicago style). What has he accomplished?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • independentlyowned

      Well a man can only do so much when the majority of the people in his Congress have stated that they refuse to compromise or even consider any measure brought to them by Obama.

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

        Obama,Polesi, Reed poisoned the well in the first two years.
        Why would anybody trust them the second two years.
        The TEA party wouldn't exist without their left wing liberal agenda

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

        That's the idea; glad to see procedure working to our side's benefit for a change. Of course, there's always the executive order or royal decree or whatever.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. yoda0000

    The modern day GOP is just an offshoot of the KKK

    November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ridiculous

      I am shocked and disgusted by this article. CNN has done more to "race-bait" issues that shouldn't be racially polarized than any other media outlet I've seen in this election. As a moderate, I expect this type of muddying from the politicians and their teams. But as a media outlet, CNN should be better than this. Reconstruction in the South was about a LOT more than just racial issues, as well, if I might remind you. The South was essentially naturalized by people who were looking to make a buck at the expense of their countrymen. Not everything in America is a purely racial issue, so why "report" on it as though it is? As for everyone who is reply to this article with "amens" and "hallelujah's," maybe you should take a good hard look at how your opinions of white people might add up to being terribly racist. Get off your soapboxes and apply your same finger-pointing when it involves you, why don't you? Unbelievable.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  36. From Deep South San Francisco

    Shame on you CNN. The real news is.... in 2009 Obama forced GM and Chrysler into Bankruptcy; stole bonds from the American investors and gave 50% of GM and Chrysler to the AFL-CIO to thank him for their Democratic support. He also gave the other 50% to Italy's Fiat Corporation who did not pay one thin dime.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • srkp

      Yes and Sun revolves around earth which is flat – because irrespective of common sense I choose to have 'faith' and believe in what I am told

      November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dan1943

    The author of this article could not be more correct in the assumption that this 2012 election is all about race. I only hope that there are enough of us liberal non-racest whites together with our fellow black and hispanic countrymen to re-elect one of the better presidents that we have had in a long time. Considering the mess created in the Bush-Cheney era that he had to work with when he came into office, I am surprized that Obama was able to accompolish anything close to what he has.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bd

      Definitely Agree

      November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Is it over yet?

      Sadly, you bring up a good point: the 2012 election (and President Obama's first term in office for that matter) to be a matter of RACE. No matter how feverishly people deny it; it comes down to racial issues still prevalent in the U.S.
      Look at the way Republican surrogates distorted and spinned Powell's endorsement of President Obama.
      Nate Higgers writes above that "But, human beings will prevail; we always do. We are the ones with all the power, after all." If that isn't racist, what is? SAD!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tony

    The Taliban thrive on the same sort of low caste resentment of smarter people being even a little better off. So religion and race/sect hatred becomes a way of lif, or more often than not, death.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Cyrus Bishop

    Interesting that you say that Hiriam and Barrak both have mixed raced parents but they are African Americans. That would not be African Americans.... Nice that you totally discount one of their parents races. Nothing political there in your "error in representing the 'truth' – I am sure

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance Morrison

      Uh, besides, there is a slightly bigger point here that the author conveniently missed. If you removed Obama from the argumenet, and made our president a Harry Reid or a Nacy Pelosi, the exact same rage we conservatives hold at this time would be the same. The implication that race is an issue is a laugher. Somehow, if we don't want Socialized medicine, government back auto companies, and a weak, apologist foriegn policy, it must be the color of Obama's skin. Duh....Reid, Kerry and Pelosi and are clones of progressive posturing, and it wouldn't matter who was the president if that person was 'fundamentally changing America.' One other point: You equate Obama with past figures who supported voting rights, et al. That implies we don't. That belly laugher has no guilt-inducing traction in my life. The characature of conservative supressing the vote by wanting ID to dissuade fraud is so tired and disingenuous.

      Get a life.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democracy For America

      If you have one drop of Black blood, you're Black period. There was a lot of mixing when slave owners raped their slaves so there really isn't a "pure" race of Blacks. That's why Black people get mad at Tiger Woods when he tries to deny they he is Black and say he is mixed. Whether you're mixed more recently with noticable characteristics from another race or more distantly from your ancestors mixing with another race, you're treated or seen the same way by America, as if you're Black. So don't try to define what it is to be Black when you obviously have no idea

      November 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • integratingleadership

      As much as I appreciate the perspective presented in this article, I believe the true intent was a political one and not an educational one.

      The rise of radicalism is covered nicely in the book "In Praise of Doubt" by Peter Berger and Anton Zijderveld. As the world becomes more dynamic and transparent, fear increases as we realize we have less control over the future than we would like. For many, this lack of control is frustrating and thus they look for others to blame. We may blame democrats or republicans. If I am a radical muslim I may blame the United States and other western countries.
      Currently, we can all see a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear about the future and we can also see a tendency to assign blame for this anxiety.
      This article is a perfect example of responding to this anxiety with fear and attempting to place that blame on past, present, and future "racist" forces.
      President Obama's re-election is not the key challenge facing our society. The real challenge is the rise of radicalism in almost everyone's perspective. Progress will come from the recognition that those we blame for the current state of affairs have some percentage of the solution we are seeking.
      We must come together and acknowledge that the anxiety most of us feel comes from increased access to information and the dynamic pace of change the technology allows.
      Whether any President is re-elected is not going to impact the future of our collective success as much as our collective ability to value the other perspective and take responsibility for the level of internal anxiety we possess.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Brian Hartman

    Is there an element of racism to *some* people's opposition to President Obama? Of course. To deny that would be absurd. Along with most people, I suppose, I have heard him referred to in the most racist terms possible in certain corners. However, it would be *equally* absurd to imply that Obama's defeat would be akin to the rolling back of Reconstruction. People oppose him for more reasons than just race. The authors' frequent use of the term "some historians" suggests that the Mr. Blake went fishing for the opinions he already holds, and surprise, surprise! He found them.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Southbound Jones

    Yes, CNN, history is definitely repeating itself: In the 1950s if you didn't agree with the Media and the Establishment you were a "communist." Nowadays, if you don't agree with the Media and the Establishment, you are a "racist."

    November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  42. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Propagandist forgot to mention this in 2008 when Americans needed to know that ..... From 2007 to 2008, Obama funded ACORN who went into hiding after their Socialist Welfare Agenda using the Poor as Leverage surfaced. ACORN was found guilty of voter fraud in many U.S States, pushed Sub-Prime Mortgages and Wealth Redistribution.

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

      And were damned by totally made up false witness video ( despite God's ninth Commandment ) produced by right wing especially evangelical "Kristians".

      November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tim

    Hooo boy. This one was just way over the top. The age of Obama? Really? I'll have to admit, it was the most eloquent I've seen in accusing over half the nation of being racist. Most others are of the Chris Mathews-frothing-at-the-mouth variety. We've become so eager to brand our opponents as racist that we've trivialized the word. It has joined the ranks of 'dumbocrat', 'rethuglican', as just one more example of election year background noise.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Concerned

    More nonsense from CNN

    This is their front page story...really. You continue to dissapoint. With all going on you run this trash. Better NEWS coverage on Fox.

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

      the reason race rears it's ugly head continually is" you lose at something had to be your race. I an am white when i lived in California my daughter had a mexican last name as she just got marries i didn't. we both applied for jobs at a bank she got a position right away and Ii looked for quite a while til I was employed.
      I am so tire of th efact we have a President mixed race and trhough he cjhose to be Black not white I didn't care , I have said many times If zcondy rice runs for President I'd vote for her in a NY Minute. THe difference in Her & Obama is so clear he is unqualified leftist and She as Secy of state has proven hre worth.
      I listen to Opra whitney Huston adnSpike Lee and other Blacks constantly alk about teh inequality . Weel They are all rich and worked hartd to ge tthere some people in all races have different ideas about how hard to work for what they want and some don't want to work at all they want Democrats in office because they know welfare and freebese will continue and to justify ittehy say Repulicands are thosewho just don't care are cold heartes and so on not mentioning Medicare is gutter while Medicais pays for Everything. Senior like me who worked since I wa 14 to 70 are the losers,
      We are to jsut get out of th eway let teh younr & foolish take over like voting in th eworst presiden in History.

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

    Every alleged scandal concerning the President (Birther, Fast & Furious) or the phony cover-up stories (Benghazi) are repeated faithful in the “media”. This BS is manufactured, never happened! Most of these fictional stories are just made-up by loyal republicans on Hate Radio or FOX “News” to gain more power and make more money! Some are indeed racist, but many are just ignorance and deep seated hatred of the Democratic Party and anything perceived to be liberal (socialist). The GOP of the last 100 years is made-up totally of The Idle Rich, poor dumb ‘necks who vote against their own best interest and religious nut-cases. Non-insane and normal working, middleclass people are not welcome in the republicans' Big Tent!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman

      So the Obama administration *didn't* really try to blame the Benghazi riot on a YouTube video, after having denied them the security reinforcements they asked for?

      Seriously, what alternate reality are you living in?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      Stanford, your statement would be more convincing if it was coherent.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  46. nan

    Mr Obama plays the race card all the time. He also has hollywood backing him with the BIG bucks and big bucks coming from unknown sources. (non traceable credit card donations) He has lied to the American people and yes, they believe him. Its like he has them under some kind of hypnotic trance. This latest Benghazi incident is not being handled properly. Obama doesn't want that to go against him before the election. This man does not love our country. He loves himself. He is a disgrace to represent our country. It has nothing to do with his color. I did not always agree with Bill Clinton, but, I never once doubted his allegiance to America. Not one single day since Obama took office have I ever believed in his allegiance to our country. It lies elsewhere.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Really? Where does his allegiance lie? Your comment represents the exact distrust of African Americans that this article illustrates. You may question policies, but you have absolutely no logical rationale to question his allegiance to the United States.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  47. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN Propaganda from Valerie Jarrett's office in the White House.
    In the game of battleship played by Barry and Mitt, its true that we have fewer military ships.
    "When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the Navy counted 529 ships in the fleet,,, including
    15 aircraft carriers and 121 submarines. In 2001, the Navy was down to 316 ships with 12 carriers and 73 subs. In 2011 the number is 285, 11 and 71, respectively. On current trajectory, Mr. Romney said , "we're headed down to the low 200s," a figure Mr. Obama did not dispute."

    November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bob

    I'm sick of people trying to make this election about race. I voted for Obama the first time and race has NOTHING to do with the fact that I'm voting for Romney/Ryan this time. It has to due with Obama's utter failure as a president.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TequilaMan2000

      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 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      "It's not about race" would have been sufficient. The political slogan inserted as well, suggests you are not telling the truth about voting for Obama the first time. Another paid Repub PAC plant presumably.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  49. fairandbalancedfredo

    If you like polygamy,
    you'll love Mitt.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. From Deep South San Francisco

    Just another repackaged story from Valerie Jarrett (Obama staffer) The real newstory is...
    Obama is counting on his Hoax and Change slogan. "In troubled times, the fearful and naive are always drawn to charismatic radicals."
    Remember Hitler (National Socialism), Karl Marx (Marxist Socialism) and Barry Obama (Progressive Socialism

    November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • knotme

      Really?? Obama is not progressive...he is actually a moderate conservative and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) says that Obama is not a socialist at all. Obamacare is a more conservative health plan than what Richard Nixon came up with. Obama also filled his cabinet with other moderates and even a few republicans. His stance on foreign policy has proven to be that of a conservative. When asked who was the most socialist candidate of 2008, the DSA says it was certainly not Obama, but rather, Sara Palin. She put heavy taxes on the oil companies in Alaska and gave those taxes to the citizens of her her state.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Annie

    As an aside, I was thrilled and am still thrilled that our country elected an African American to the Presidency. We have come a long way!! There is still more work to do but not re-electing President Obama has nothing to do with it!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  52. fairandbalancedfredo

    Tea Party Solution - We need another tax cut for billionaires. That way the billionaires can afford their 2nd or 3rd mansion and a bigger yacht. Then they will hire us on as gardeners and maids and we can all be happy Americans.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come On

      Put down the kool-aid and back away from it slowly.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • TequilaMan2000

        No, really... trickle-down really works. The rich don't go off to St. Bart's to buy Cartier watches, Louie Vutton purses and exotic cars... they're going to "invest in jobs".

        Lol, kool-aid is all over your shirt...

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

      Idiot

      November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  53. From Deep South San Francisco

    Just another repackaged story from Valerie Jarrett (Obama staffer) The real newstory is...
    In 20 years, history will soon consider the Obama Administration from 2008 to 2012 as "The Lost Years."

    OMG: Obama Must Go!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. John Chambers

    Its people like you that make the world worse than it should be, what makes you think that you are better than anyone, any color, any religion? If “their“ behavior looks odd is only because you are a poor educated person, look around in the world, Americans are not the majority, the majority are people different from you and me, with different cultures, complex societies that might not look at all with what we are accustomed in US, besides this is their way of expressing their discontent with years of segregation and still at these day a lot of people in this country thinks like those people in the dark years of our country when whites thought they were better than anyone else.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. From Deep South San Francisco

    Just another repackaged story from Valerie Jarrett (Obama staffer) The real newstory is... If Barry is re-elected, Obama will continue his trillion dollar deficit spending and blame the GOP "obstructionist". He will further reduce NASA funding because it is still a shining beacon to the world about American ingenuity.

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

      Um, even Romney admits that there's a stalemate in Congress and nothing's getting done. And seeing as lots of things got passed in Obama's first 2 years when there was a Democratic majority, and now that Republicans control the House there isn't anything getting done, and the Reps have blatantly come out and said they won't pass anything Obama brings to them......

      November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Wie Dhitey

    You need to get your global studies and travel on. You can't possibly believe that people of African heritage are hated globally. In American, there me be some issues that happen in the poor and working class communities of African Americans that get highlighted on the news, but it's nothing in comparison to knowing who and what brought forth the end of the world as we know. There is a race of Devils on this planet that are the cause of hell on earth, from the oil spills in the water to the hunger in poor countries, to the guns, drugs, bombs, and violence on the streets. You tell me who started this mess. The people who rape, enslave, kill, and try to control the earth. Infiltrated everything to the very food we chew and water we drink. Messing with Space, Useless wars, controlling womens bodies, raping, killing, enslaving, lying to people about waiting on a model looking dude to come out of the sky one day and save the world. Like I said, there is a race of Devils, I didn't say who they are, but you know damn well what you say about African Americans is minute to the real truth. Pick Up YOur FaCE!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Norm

    Anyone who doubts the existence of racism in this country only needs to read the comments after this article. It's depressing to read how all the self-annointed intelligentsia here try to justify their twisted outlooks.

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

      99% of posters here are rednecks

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. sim namore

    After eight years of thefts unprecedented in the economic history of the world, the right wing and its many shills have stood as impediment to every initiative–even failing to pass a jobs bill for "the troops"–now claiming that the President has failed to lead. They have filabustered in record numbers, all the while handing this administration the price of the their own misdeeds. They're like vandals who burn down the house and then complain the house isn't being rebuilt fast enough. Their field of candidates was a like a who's who of slack-jawed stupidity and they hand us a corporate raider who shadows as a Mormon bishop. He has "plans." He wants "trust." But in point of fact, those who have trusted him are unemployed, bankrupt, or will reside in debt he created for the next two hundred years. He religion is hostile to reason and to religion as all other Christians know it, as well as to the laws of the United States. It is, in fact, based and founded upon the destruction of the United States and this has been its declared purpose and intention from the very beginning. It's not a secret. That Romney may well be the wealthiest Mormon to have ever lived, is deeply troubling. He has insulted vast portions of the electorate, he runs on tax reform, yet he won't reveal his own returns or offer any details whatsoever to his reforms other than admitting it would be "political suicide" to do so. He's a demonstrated liar. This cannot be questioned. In his youth he was a spoiled bully with a very high opinion of himself. He supported the war in Vietnam yet sought and received four draft deferments. Even while in France on a ministerial deferment (1964-66), he advocated for our involvement in Vietnam. We die. He banks. That arrangement is working for him and his. None of his many sons has served in the U S military. During his campaign he has made harsh and irrational judgements–threatening war against several nations and all but promising it against two. If you think you have trouble, go ahead and vote for the bishop. Hail Kolob. Nah Nu Nah Nu

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

      Right. America is a terrible place......... Now give me my green card.

      Your post was nonsense. A knowledge of policy implemented in the last 8 years by leaders like George Bush, Bill Clinton and Obama will lead you right to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is the idealogy you clearly embrace. You speak of reason and logic and slack jawed morons on the republican side. You are right. I will than choose Obama who is "cool" and has a grasp of "music" and a pick and roll. You see that is why thousands will back Obama. Who than are the morons. This article is yet another shining example of someone wallowing in the mire of their own inferiority complex,

      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • FirstFlight

        Sim forgot to preceed slck jawed with obses and soft brained. See, I am not voting for Mitt as he has not shown me anything I could base my vote on. What a chameleon! The Obama adminstration handled the ungodly mess we have to thank the previous administration, but also the Clinton administration, for with reasonable success. I am voting for Obama, and NO I am not impoverished, nor do I want a hand out, nor am I feeling in the least inferior to most Republicans. It is just the more responsible thing to do.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Is it over yet?

      Sim namore: I agree with your comments. No tax returns from Mitt Romney yet he pounces on every little thing that President Obama proposed to do during his first term in office. Talk about a double standard. It was a massive mess. Period. We've had a slow recovery but it's been steady. More work is needed, of course. However, we cannot go back! FORWARD! One more comment that I agree with: Ignorance begets ignorance: people need to educate themselves, for their own benefit. Mitt Romney is so dishonest in how he portrays himself and others, mainly the President. Romney lies, lies, lies, and then lies again. Romney has also disowned the health care program that was his trademark as governor; why we say? Because it does not help him now. Obama/Biden 2012!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  59. fairandbalancedfredo

    Romney follows in the tradition of his religion's great liars. LDS founder Joseph Smith told a whopper when he told his followers that he carried on a conversation with a salamander. Wait …is that LDS founder Joseph Smith, or LSD founder?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Matt Roeth

    WHO IS VOTING FOR WILLARD?? (be honest).

    November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Annie

    Some people are racists. Both parties have them. The truth is, it is the vast minority in modern America. I am horrified by racism but equally horrified by claims of racism where there is none. Is it that hard to believe that honest people think Barrack Obama has done badly with the economy? I was full of hope 4 years ago but government isn't more transparent. My insurance costs more than double and I am about to be required to buy more insurance than I need by the governmnet. My kids taxes are going to reflect my generation's selfishness and lack of self-control. This is not reconstruction, it is much different. The truth is, I am not a racist and my vote is going to Romney.

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

      And if you believe for one second that the party of egotists, bigots and near-fascists is going to change your lot for the better – good luck to you. I always wonder why people never seem to ask themselves why we are in this whole mess to begin with.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean morse

      Annie,
      Please remember what America was like under 2 terms of Bush. The ills of our country were born and raised by the GOP. When people talk of "amnesia" when it comes to politics, it is quite true. One forgets just what happened to put us in the present situation of economic and employment depression. The GOP congress had just one mantra, voiced loud and clear by Sen. minority leader, Mitch McConnell. "Lets all do whatever it takes to make sure Obama is a one term President." Well, your vote for Romney just may help to do that. Please, reconsider.
      thanks, dean morse norwich, ct.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Bill

    What is truly sad is that a white man simply can't disagree with a black man in this country without being labeled racist. It's a wonderfully convenient scapegoat for the left which is totally devoid of any shred of truth in most instances. The author's assessment that the backlash against Obama is because of his race is horse hockey. A lot of people just disagree with the man's socialist ideas.

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

    Obama's economic plan: Class Warfare and the Welfare State is the stated goal. Capitalism is the Enemy.
    Doesn's sound so good coming from my mouth, does it?

    CNN's plan : race bait and incite rioting in the major cities across American on this bogus story.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. fairandbalancedfredo

    I don't think the Repigs are going
    to get away with stealing this election
    like they did back in 2000.

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

      Don't need to steal it. Your socialist president made this one easy.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Patrick Harris

    Your are an absolute redneck idiot – I bet you live in the south or some random small town... and I guarantee you own a gun...hahahahahahaha dummy

    November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chris

    Hilarious how the article points out so many conservative POV's and opinions written by openly affiliated Republicans, yet the overwhelming tone of the response has been to point out CNN's bias for Obama...really? They even trotted out the token African American anti-scholarship movement to support the point that they're not racist. I think its funny when the author needs to point out that so and so's grandfather was in the Civil Rights movement. So because my grandfather supported action in Vietnam, it solidifies that there's no possibility that I would not have? Interestingly, CNN's articles are now so rife with logical fallacies that one needn't take the 101 Logic and Reasoning in college, one only needs to read a CNN article and save the college credit for something else.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. mac

    God bless you and yours!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Gwen

    The author is forgetting that the racial demographics are vastly different in America than in the 1860's. There are lots of people in America who have descrimination in their past, and I don't think it will play too well now. I voted for obama the first time and plan to do so again. When he was elected, there were people all over the world who were shouting in the streets, cheering and dancing. I think it'll happen again.

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

    CNN Propaganda for the Obama Re-Election Campaign. The real news is....If Romney wins, America will enjoy lower energy costs by increasing domestic production and let the technology companies invest in green technology (not taxpayers)

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

      If you really believe that I surely would like to find out what brand of weed you are smoking – seems to be quite potent stuff. might want to try for myself.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  70. david

    The real problem is Obama was muslim raised, muslim named, and schooled socialist. His book tells his plan to demote America down to the level on an average country.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cnnman77

      People like you are exactly who the article referred to.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  71. mary costello

    you are way off base

    November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  72. lardoggy

    Whats up with the voting machines in Ohio that our flipping votes from Mitt to Obama,sounds a little odd to me.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcher

      That is blatant rumor mongering. There is NO evidence of that whatsoever and you know it.

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

      Why does modifying the voting machines that sound odd? They have been getting Dead people to vote Democratic for years. No with electronics they can get republicans to vote Democratic too.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldave

      Do a little research on what companies own all of the electronic voting equipment. "Romney votes went to Obama" is just another seed being sown so that stupid people can claim Obama stole the election when he wins on Tuesday.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • oldave

        From what I read, not a single person actually submitted their ballot with errors. They touched the touch panel and the wrong vote registers. It happens with touch panels when they get out of calibration, but each voter was able to correct the error. It's not some devious plot and I'd be the same thing happens here and there to Obama voters. It's a non-story that fox news has as their headline currently. Hilarious. Fox news knows who is gonna win this election, despite the neck-and-neck story telling. They are just trying to help you reconcile your upcoming reality and find a way to continue seeing Obama as illegitimate. Proceed with your sorry lives.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miguel

      Funny that you say that when in fact Tagg Romney owns the voting machines in Ohio.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  73. fairandbalancedfredo

    When the Repigs start resorting to
    racist attacks, you know they are about to
    lose the election. I can hardly wait to hear them
    whine after Tuesday.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      IDIOT seems to me it is on a far left leaning media outlet and the libs are the first to use the r word .

      November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  74. easyzeh

    When is a leader going to address the very real issue of casual birthing of babies out of wedlock, as many as 6-12 per mother, with different fathers who are absent. Do you not think this is an incredible burden, especially when our government pays a certain amount per baby? This is a huge problem. The government should step in and say "after two babies, we do not pay." Mandatory birth control injections if they want a welfare check after two babies. We've enabled for so long it is pathetic, and here we are trillions in debt, and why?

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

    I voted for Obama in 2008, but will not make that mistake in 2012. I will vote for a new President who will serve all Americans, not just those who donate to his reelection. At the poll, remember to ask whether you really believe if Obama is trying to improve the US economy, reduce the debt, and is proud of America's support for liberty and freedom.
    OMG: Obama Must Go!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  76. jimcrowfoot

    Bout to put the beat down on a whit e girl so I can make another Barack .....Sorry white people but you should have thought about your majority before the civil war...If a million of you had not gotten killed in the war Latinos would not have caught up with your population...Even during the reconstruction period you eventually got in line, and you will today...

    November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. MikeB

    Where is all that promised help for those in need in New York.
    FEMA and DHS was supposed to be prepared to meet the needs of people of a man-made or natural disaster.
    And this article is CNN's priority?
    Why are generators providing power for a marathon when they should be tasked to warm and light homes?
    Things are deterioration in New York; where is all that help promised by the Mayor of N.Y. and the President?
    People are near a tipping point to riots and looting. Some are already stealing gas and robbing homes.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  78. From Deep South San Francisco

    Another tired Obamaism : " National Socialism, We Can Believe In."
    OMG: Obama Must Go!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  79. mary costello

    reply to nate higgers–you are the one that CNN should shut down- you are disgusting and so wrong

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

    Oh please, how soon we forget the debacle that got us into the worst economic mess of most of our lifetimes, real simple Wall Street greed! Wall Street Greed! President Obama did not send those factories overseas. Get your numbers straight. And just because you quote them does not make them so.

    Rant at the people who outsourced jobs under 8 years of Bush. Rant at the people who wanted more than the city home, the country home and the darn yacht. They wanted even more. You didn't lose your job because of President Obama, you lost your job because the Koch brothers, Trump, Romney and a whole host of others decided they'd rather see you rot than have a jobs program work under a Black President who cut into their profits. Be for real.

    I voted early for President Obama with all of the I.D. My red state required. And It had nothing to do with race, it had to do with integrity. He was about all of the people not just the upper, upper tier. He was about Americans, the kind that see beyond Black and white, Latino and Asian, gay and straight. The kind that see human beings. We have a chance to say, hey, did we give this man a chance? Global warming created Hurricane Sandy. President Obama has tried to make us see that we need clean less environmentally destructive energy now. He's human. He makes errors. But he keeps on trying. 9/11 and Katrina happened under a Republican President but people didn't lash out at him because he was white.
    You can't control everything on earth all of the time.

    You want Romney, are you serious? You have better Republicans than that out there. But then, it was reduced to who had the most money and who could walk the talk and say whatever was required. Come right out and say it Romney supporters, "he's white, he's fine, we won't whine even though he doesn't give a dime."

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

      Then why is the Obama campaign pointing to the stock markets as a success; where the poor and much of the middle-class are not invested.

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

      oh how soon we forget that the Libs/dems were in control of the house and Senate for 4 years 2 under bush and a super majority under the current admin. So it you want to blame some one there you go. they are the ones that forced the banks to give loans to people that should not have then. the everyone should have a house deal. frank, dodd, are must at fault. and they also hide the poor condishion of Fanny and freddy. So you just go on with believing the talking points. And it this current admin wins again. there will be no stopping him and you will think you are in Greece by the second year.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Deacon

      Sorry girl but most observers agree that the liberal advancement of home ownership through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae set the stage for the economic collapse. Granted, Wall Street profited from the legislation that encouraged unqualified buyers into mortgages they couldn't serve and then topped that off with marketing those loans as mutual funds but the fundamental flaw was the political pay off for power that presumed everybody could afford a house and would do whatever they had to to meet the mortgage, even as easy lending practices fuel skyrocketing increases in prices.

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

      JusticeGirl sounds angry...

      Obama had his chance and is being judged based upon his performance in office mostly by those who voted for him in 2008. If Obama is not re-elected it will be because he lost those trusted him back then.

      I heard MLK's speech those many years ago that we should judge a person on the basis of the content of their character and not on the basis of the color of their skin. If anyone votes for or against him on skin color then you missed the point of his speech.

      Based upon Obama's performance and the content of his character I will not be voting for him this time.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  81. chaki36

    John W I have to agree with you.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Fitz

    This is disgustingly biased and race baiting. Liberals like to talk about progression. Progression is moving forward, not rehashing the past. Every time we try to move forward, we get the media reminding us who is black, white, asian, muslim, whatever. We need to STOP IT. He's a man, a member of the human race. Can we just leave it at that and move on? I DON'T CARE how his DNA happens to be arranged. I care about the quality of his work.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaki36

      Fitz Tell me how not bringing up race will help the situation. Will it go away? If we can't have a healthy conversation about race in this country, it will never get better. I am black woman, and it is uncomfortable for me too. I don't like talking about race, but what is said in the article is absolutely true. It was harder for me to read the posts that were left on some sights. To ignore it may make you feel better, but it won't make things better regardless to who the next president is.

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

      Obama is just as white as he is black

      November 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • chaki36

        ????? What doe that have to do with anything?

        November 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • chaki36

        ????? What does that have to do with anything?

        November 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • chaki36

        As Halley Berry's white mother told her, when people see you they see a black woman. When you look at Barak Obama you see a black man. What his mother is doesn't come into play. Most black people in America are racially mixed.....but that is different subject.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. jacky chan

    hahahahahahahahahbananahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahjahahahahahah

    find the banana and you get a cookie

    November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. jake H.

    Why is the left wing allowed free reign to openly write and post racist epitaths toward condi, colin, thomas sowell, and herman cain. Where is the author's outrage???? None to be found because he condones like the rest of the left wing media racist carricatures of conservative minorities.... do they see the hypocrisy and how can any semi intelligent person take them seriously.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Give some examples. Making a blanket statement such as that makes you sound like a crackpot.

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

      because they are the Propaganda arm of this admin,msnbc,cnn,abc,new york post ,times well just any main media is there arm. I don`t buy a news paper,or watch any of the news shows on these channels . why don`t I you ask, they do nothing but hide the truth,tell lies and distort and thing out there that would bring any harm to the reelection of this admin. and when Rommney Wins watch out .did you ever see a child throw a fit. will u have not seen anything.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Brian

    Anyone who uses the term "reverse racism" is a moron and most likely, a racist. A racist can be against white folks as well as black folks, as well as yellow folks, etc.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dav1

      obama is a racist

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

        Seeing that he's half white and half black, you're telling us all that he's betraying half of himself? What are your examples of Obama's racism? Can't wait for the enlightening answer.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Deacon

      Didn't Obama say his grandmother was a "typical white person"? Didn't he say in his book how he learned to hate his white lineage?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Annoyed with society

    I am so tired of this election being all about race. GROW UP. This election is about cleaning up this country. It's about getting us out of debit and rebuilt so that more business's can grow and succeed. I'm sick of whites making racist remarks but I'm even more tired of blacks saying that other blacks are just pretending to be white if they don't vote for O'Bama. It's not about race. It's about helping this country. This country was built on a strong foundation and many great men have helped shape it and mold it and sure enough a few bad choices of office and that was destroyed. We need a president who is going to fix things not pass the buck, or spend more time having designers dress his family then focusing on what's important. If you want the country to succeed go shop at a local store where the locals made the clothes not from some French designer who isn't putting money back into this economy. People pulled this same crap 4 years ago except it was men verse women. GROW UP. Save this country and find the best man for the job. Obama had 4 years to save it and he didn't do a damn thing good. I support our troops, I support freedome of speech and I support getting Obama out of office.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • OffTheGrid

      Wow, you are really out of touch with reality there aren't you? Presidents do not destroy countries. Plutocrats destroy countries, and the US is on the brink of becoming a plutocracy. Something that will be come reality if we elect another self-serving, narcissistic money man to run our country. I don't get a damn thing from the US Government because I have made it my priority to not NEED anything. Being off the grid has a lot more advantages than you think. But I am HUMAN and therefore unwilling to allow other humans to suffer needlessly, when there IS enough of EVERYTHING on this earth to support EVERYONE. Billions sitting in banks doesn't help ANYONE, including those who own it. Sooner or later they are going to lose it, either by dying or having it taken by those they oppressed and abused to get it. Idiots.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • LeftCoast

        Sooo...

        If anyone is successful they oppressed someone. Those mean successful people!
        Who's the idiot again...

        November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. van Diego

    Nate...you really should go visit the cemeteries where your relatives are buried, place some flowers near their headstones, and thank/blame them for all your hatred, insecurity, feelings of inferiority and for being devoid of an semblance of intelligent thought. You see, they are the ones who created all of the problems that you're apparently dealing with today. After all, none of the Africans who found their way to this country during the era of slavery came where by way of cruise ships. They were illegally stolen from their native countries, subjected to inhumane living conditions and forced labor (assuming they didn't die as a result), denied their basic human rights and instead regarded as property, denied access to health care and education...and all of this thanks to your grandpappy and your grandpappy's pappy and your grandpappy's grandpappy. And now that we've put that record straight, feel free to go cry on their graves on account of what they've contributed towards your current state of misery.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  88. John

    CNN is racist if it proposes or supports laws and policies — and this article shows CNN does — that would deprive the white race of its self-determination, free from the interference of other races, forcefully bonding other races to ours through a despotic federal government, eventually causing its demise.

    If CNN is for depriving whites from the requirements necessary for white survival, including territorial exclusivity, then CNN has a racist agenda preaching racial genocide.

    This is a matter of major concern and one that some people will hopefully answer, or pay for, in the coming future.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaki36

      John you have proven my point! WOW! Guys if you don't think we need to have this conversation, just read John's post.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  89. cat

    Unfortunately, most people don't understand or realize the recession that Obama has presided over was the cause of a systemic financial crisis and almost led us into a Depression. The crisis which occurred during the Bush administration and carried over into the Obama administration was caused by a collapse in the housing market. Historically, this was not a typical recession, it cut very deep, and I said when it happened, it would take 10 years to get through before things were back to where they were before the crisis, and any economist will tell you the same thing. Previous recessions were helped by a strong housing market. However, this time the housing market was the cause for this great recession.

    By the way, great article. I wish for my fellow Americans to get a passport and travel around the world so they can gather a real world education and maybe then they wouldn't be so f**** ignorant.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  90. From Deep South San Francisco

    Saul Alinsky is a well-known Marxist Socialist who taught use of Class Warfare to overthrow Capitalism. Saul wrote Rules for Radicals. His favorite policy is to use Trojan Horse tactics, Deception: hide your motives, makes people "feel so defeated" and become a "master manipulator"
    Obama was quoted as the "Best Education I've ever had."

    November 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello-Haters

      Amazing how your though process works. Do you really think America will be a Socialist country? Are you mad? I have figured out that Myth Romney may be 1/2 right about not worrying in convincing the other %... People like yourself, uneducated and perhaps filled with hate cannot seem to agree on anything the "other Side" has to offer. If there was an independent in me, has NO other option but to vote for Obama. The only candidate that is not pushing hate or fear as a divisive strategy and who seems to be less inclined to use GOD, GAYS, RAPE and RACE in his vocabulary.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • LeftCoast

        Reads like a person yelling into a mirror unaware that the face peering back is their own...

        November 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. samsjmail

    I'm a whte Texan, and I can assure you that he is hated by many because he is black. Some of my own relatives won't speak to me because I voted for him.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello-Haters

      Same here, I had my Obama signs torn apart... I cannot think of any Obama supporters doing the same to Myth's signs...

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

    Saul Alinksky is a well-known Marxist Socialist who taught use of Class Warfare to overthrow Capitalism. Saul wrote Rules for Radicals. His favorite policy is to use Trojan Horse tactics, Deception: hide your motives, makes people "feel so defeated" and become a "master manipulator"
    Obama was quoted as the "Best Education I've ever had."

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

      How about the birther movement for a Trojan Horse?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  93. fairandbalancedfredo

    Romney's formula is the same that Republicans have used for a long time now - try to appeal to both the hicks and the rich. Also, try to make the hicks believe that they would be rich themselves were it not for government spending.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  94. dav1

    uncle tom obama sold out America the way the uncle tom's of the civil war period sold out their slave brothers and sisters.Failure obama is bad for America

    November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Charles B

    First of all I find it very interesting that the author uses the argument and the significant historical perspective for his case while carefully editing out the fact that it was Republicans who pushed through those very important civil rights acts, it was the Republican Party that Senator Hiram Revels and every member in the congressional photograph were members of. Also that it was Democrats and their appointed justices that overturned them. That it was the Democrats of the time that had the leader of the KKK as their Keynote speaker for their Presidential convention and indeed who made up the brown shirts and later KKK organizations that killed and terrorized and reverted the participation of blacks in American politics. In fact until FDR blacks voted Republican more staunchly than they presently do for Democrats. It also overlooks the fact that it was with and because of Republicans that Pres LBJ passed the civil rights act over a significant block of Democrats who opposed it. It is the shading and careful revisionist retelling of history that sickens me and others who wish we had real historians, real journalism and a real discussion of ideas, solutions and government rather than the lining up and choosing or a Red shirt or a Blue shirt and the ridiculous situation where CNN feels compelled to ask Americans who identify as Independent just why they do not identify with either team as it were.
    Sad. As for race – it is a tactic and a highly inflated issues by the left and normally in situations where no valid or significant counter argument or compelling reason can be made of late.

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

      It's not really all that interesting because everyone is aware of the fact already.

      Everyone ALSO knows that the Republican Party of Lincoln no longer exists (neither does the Democratic Party of that time).

      November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LIZ

      Jeez if you knew ANYTHING about American political history you would know that political parties aren't static; they are fluid and their values change over time. Neither the republican nor democratic party are the same as they were 150 years ago, as their values have flip-flopped. Maybe if you received a legitimate education you would have already knew that.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Planet Kolob

    I love how the GOP claims "It's racist to point out obvious racism in the right wing."

    LOL

    November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dav1

      obama is a failure who is trying use his half black heitage to sway the black vote .He is a failure to America.If you want tiour children on welfare for ever uncle tom obama is for you.
      Vote for your children Vote For Romney

      November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Evangel

        I heard that people like you existed nut up North in New York we have a good education system that teach kids how to think for themselves instead of listening to Fox News. I tried to type slow so that you could understand. I can use smaller words if it would help.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hello-Haters

        Obama-Biden 2012... So you can go back to school and get an education... please!

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

      Right. Here's how this strategy works...

      Adolf Shicklegruber: I hate the Jews. If you hate me because of that, you're the same as me.

      So who's the real champions of MORAL RELATIVISM?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  97. lily

    Obama talking about voting as REVENGE in Ohio today–Seriously-Sounds like Obama is calling for CIVIL WAR--he's telling people to get revenge on their neighbors–like the Hatfields and McCoys-just goes to show what a backward thinking hillbilly he really is!!!!

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

      Quote, please... or are you just another paid, racist troll?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  98. From Deep South San Francisco

    While Bengazi was still burning, Obama was out on the campaign trail telling anyone who would listen "The attack was caused by some movie trailer, depicting Mohammed badly". Even now he has not offered an apology for turning down the Ambassador's urgent request for more security forces ahead of the 9/11 anniversary.

    Just put yourself in Chris Stevenson's shoes for a moment and then think about who you are going to vote for on Nov. 6

    November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • fairandbalancedfredo

      Ronnie RayGun got 241 Marines killed
      in Lebanon and America's Reich-wingers
      didn't say anything. Hypocritical pigs.

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

      I'm sure all the extra troops the embassy asked for in Tripoli would have really paid off 300 miles away. Oh Yeah the Republican cut funding ofr embassy security around the world. Had to pay for the oil company tax breaks some how.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Douglas the slug

    Get a job, Nate. You've got too much time on your hands.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Thinkstr8

    I have friends that moved down south and about 6 months afterwards the wife said that "they" knew their place down there. Racism is a disease! We are all humans and have core needs. For one person to think they are better than another is sick but then again so are most racists!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas burns

      I think it is pathetic to portray Obama's loss of support amongst white voters as racist...and days before the election.

      As my proof point, this proud Independent (I) white male, voted for Obama in 2008 for change, for hope and to support a diversity candidate in the highest level of the land. My primary reason for not being able to support Obama in 2012 is his lack of leadership, results as promised and inability to find compromise when he shared a Democratic controlled Congrress in his first two terms. His policies have the business large and small in our country fearful of what is next and refusing to invest.

      In summary, I am exactly what you don't want to support your supposition....A white Independent voter, who values diversity; in part voted for Obama for it, but in the end, puts ecomomic growth and prosperity above everything including race of any kine. I resent having my vote cast under a shadow of racism in a world wher the Media will put blinders on to any reality that Mr. Obama's record is the issue in this race, not the color of his skin

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

        NO ONE is portraying the LOSS of any white voters (former Obama supporters, that is) in racist terms. In fact, that is highly improbable.

        What this article, and many of us are saying is that the looney tunes who have been treating Obama like the antichrist from even before the 2008 election are doing so for blatantly racist reasons. Those people may not represent all of the Republican Party, but they're a big part of it, and the Party embraces them warmly.

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