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. Megan

    It looks to me like the only people dwelling on the past are those who have no concept of the present. Racism is alive and well, it's just more thinly veiled than before. I experienced small town America at its worse when I was bartending a year ago. A very white town, and the patrons were constantly using the N-word. So no, it's definitely not just black people who use it on each other; it's very much used in the everyday vernacular of all kinds of people. I'm a "white" person (very pale with light hair), but I have black and native in my background. Once these people found that out, and I would make sure to point out the terrible the things they were saying, I was respected and had (only slightly) changed their small-minded, whitewashed views. I know they never would have listened to me had I had darker skin, because the respect for my understanding of both sides would never have been there. Please don't be blinded by your own misunderstanding of what others go through. That's why things like war and racism and classicism and prejudice exist.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrm

      I'm going to call bullpucky on your "experience," unless you happened to catch a couple of f00ls in the right place at the right time. I have _never_ overheard anyone white talking like that that was under the age of 80 and I've been all over the south. There's no shortage of off hand references to be sure, but they are by both sides, although for some reason it's funny when blacks do it. Regardless, if you hear any real derogatory terms for blacks while you are out it's from blacks themselves.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Megan

        I am not making this up, and I live in the north. I grew up outside of this town I was bartending in. I went off to college, moved around some, came back just two years ago. I assure you, I was floored when I heard people talking like this. Maybe you've never seen it...I certainly hadn't until this experience. But try being a bartender in a bar...people are never more honest and open...it's part of why I liked being one. And it was unexpected and surprising, and that's why I mentioned it. I'm not saying these people were bad people, please understand that, because a lot of friendships grew out of this bar. They just simply didn't know another way to be, because they grew up in an environment where this kind of talk was normal...and yet they'd sit in the bar and root for the Packers, with 70% of the team being black, and they loved those players. It was such an odd disconnect. And not one of them ever spoke badly about the President, at least never in terms of race, and that I respected about them. This thread of comments, however, is a startling example of how many people still judge people on their freaking skin color. Read these comments, and then tell me this could never have happened.

        November 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • old lady

      President Obama has been disrespected as no white president has ever been. A group of angry white guys said as of his first few months in office that their intention was to make him fail. I cannot remember that ever having been said of another president before, and I am 65 years old.
      Still, that is not the issue. He has done a fine job considering the mess he was handed. I sure don't want no republicans messing with the Medicare I earned after being a classroom teacher for 35 years.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Linda Graves

        I completely agree with you "Old Lady." You're not really old for one thing, and I think he's done a great job for what he's had to deal with. I am so sick of all the lies from the other side! I can't wait until he wins!!! Oh, and the biggest thing, he really cares about America and wants to help the "average American!"

        November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • J Guido

        Old Lady, I wonder if you remember what Jessie Jackson said about Obama, remember he had an open mic on at the time. He indicated that he wanted to cut off his you know what. That was coming from a black Reverend. A so called civil rights leader at that.

        November 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Quit your whining at least you had a job. I am from the South and I have many bigotry remarks made about me. Does not bother me in the least. I just tell them to "kiss my grits" smile at them and make them feel small. Also we get lots of talk about how slow a Southerner is or dumb – but that is legal – but we can't call you the 'N" word. Does not seem fair to me. Get that chip off your sholder.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahlahbing

      Megan........ you are absolutely correct. I live in North Carolina and racism is alive and well. Most of the people I work with openly admit they would never vote for a black president. You'd only be fooling yourself to think otherwise..

      November 5, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Megan

    This is not me, by the way, don't know who this Megan is...just wanted to clarify

    November 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yohan

    Everyone is racist, black, white and including myself. As a white person, try to live in an all black community such as the US Virgin Islands – that we, as a nation supports through economically, militarily and health – and the black community Georgia, you will find blatant racism openly practices by the local islanders and black Georgians toward non-black people from all the world.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      i'm not racist. that is hatred......Don't include me in that.

      November 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yohan

        Of course, you are the exception.

        November 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Schelle

        you can say what you want.....I guess I am. I hate no one. If that is you, fine. Don't include everyone in your problem. Admit who you are and move on. Christ died for everyone, he exclude no one, why should I?

        November 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda Cornmesser

    I have never in my 51 years been racist . Never! And I'm darn sick and tired of now being labelled as a racist because i choose to not support a person who to my way of thinking has been a poor and ineffective president.. the only ones crying race are the democrats. Has it now come down to being forced to vote for a minority just to not being labeled racist? no matter how incompetent they are at their job?

    November 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      No one is calling you a racist, read all the awful comments below...unfortunately the majority of these people happen to be of your political party. That is the sad truth.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • DelFuego

        You are really sad.

        November 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      i agree with you. It's just crazy these days. Obama is not the best, but don't see how Romney is going to be better. People have the right to vote for who they want. People make a big deal either way.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      @Linda. You may not be a racist but who will white racists vote for? Obama or Romney? You get to share the party with them whatever your reasons for voting against Obama.

      November 4, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • yrrab

        The only racists here are the 95% voting for Obama because he is the same color as them.

        November 4, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Raul

    UT OH!... Obama might lose the election because he is THE WORST President EVER!....TIME TO PLAY A RACE CARD!

    November 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • old lady

      No race card here...are you really happy with romney not producing tax records beyond 2010? He is definitely hiding something.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • dave

        old lady – don't get me started on hiding something like romney's yax records. he has produced all the required papers. what about your beloved obama who has spent countless millions of dollars keeping all the paperwork from his past a secret? have you seen the long form birth cert, college transcripts or applications, application for his connecticut social security number, draft paperwork? the list goes on and on for what he is hiding. get real old lady and get your head out of the obama quick sand!

        November 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sara

        Once Romney is in office we are going to have a new nation. Children born that is abused and starved. He will stop the food stamps to the poor. You may vote for this man but you will be so sorry if he is elected. I promise you that. When you retire he will see that you have no Social Security nor Medicare. He scares the do do out of me.

        November 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sara

        He is hiding the fact that all his income comes from other nations. He does not even support the country that he claims he wants to be president of. He hid most of his income and that is why he refused to share all his income tax records. But it seem America will Be America AGAIN where the man with the most money always wins. American are indeed stupid as most all other nations believe.

        November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • yrrab

        Absolutely happy with that.–
        Not sure what the point is going 20-30 years back in a persons records. Its fantastic and very positive that Romney has been successful, it makes him EVEN MORE QUALIFIED. -–its certainly not a negative.
        But how many years of tax records did Obama produce????? your not talking about him or his wife's money huh??? They are millionaires as well -you do know that right???? More important why is it Obama has not produced his birth records, His school records, arrest records . Like ALL presidents prior to him have???

        November 4, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • gmgreen

      Obama has been a great president, hampered at every turn by the most craven and obstructionist opposition in decades. I really don't know where you people get all this animosity. I challenge you to find any human being in this country who is more even-tempered, more judicious, thoughtful, and steadfast than Obama. The hacks and blowhards that the republican party turns up as presidential candidates are a disgrace – just look at how Romney alienates people wherever he goes, and the rest of the lot? Bachmann et al? Seriously? Give me a break. They are a threat to any hope of progress whatsoever.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rosethornne

    You know, this is all just a stupud discussion any way.

    Every one of us is some kind of brownish pinkish shade, with some individually unique level of epidermal melanin.

    So what?

    November 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. allan1776

    Liberals believe the antidote for racism is more racism. Racial quotas, racial set asides, racial this and racial that. Liberals preach living a color blind life while defining their very existence with the color of my skin and their own.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Since when is being racist a political affiliation?

      November 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      I've enjoyed the company of several beautiful and wonderful women in my life. Looking back much later, I realize some were not WASP, although that was my own upbringing. That aspect didn't come close to affecting the beautiful and wonderful characteristics and so never bothered me, nor them it seemed. And I wouldn't have missed knowing any of them for the World.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CoachM

    It just kills me when I read these blogs and all the people who are not minorites simply say to black people to just get over racism and that it doesnt exist. Child please I'm a very educated young black family man and I experience forms of racism everyday. White folks havent been in bondage the last 800 years in America like African Americans have or how many times have you been passed over for a job only to give it to a Caucasian that is clueless but gets a job because his or her daddy knows someone of importance. How many white folks have been racially profiled or how many times have we seen law enforcement kill an innocent brother only to be exonerated and placed on paid leave, I could go on for a century about the oppression that blacks have experienced. So shut the hell up about getting over racism try walking in a black mans moccasions before you tell us to get over racism just look how bad the GOP has openly disrespected the POTUS its a shame.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You do not sound very educated.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jene

        Even withdrawing the race card and putting aside the color of your own skin all of you who read or are interested in reading. What kind of nation are we that we stand for jobs being sent to other countries and our educational system being defiled with money woes, large class sizes and failing infrastructure. Why can't our Government work for us and ensure that the less fortunate have medical care, education, food, shelter, and access to give. It is better to give than to recieve and we have multi-billionaires looking at the collapse of our earth. We have time to debate about color, find an organization and be of help.

        November 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • DL

        Jeff, what part did you not understand??

        November 4, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • allan1776

      Exactly when were you in bondage? How about never. The US goverment has had laws discriminating against white people for over forty years. The minority communities have received hundreds of billions of dollars in welfare, food aid, free medical and every other concievable freebie over the last fifty years. What has it done? It's put chains on your mind and shackles on your soul. God help you.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • DL

        Really, Allen?? I have to tell you that Whites receive the biggest chunk of public aid dollars. Here are factual statistics: Some 61 percent of welfare recipients are White, while 33 percent are Black, according to 1990 Census Bureau statistics. For example, The government writes retirement and disability benefit checks to 35.4 million recipients of whom 88.7 percent are White and 9.6 percent are Black. The reason behind this shocking disparity is perhaps the most lamentable of all: The life expectancy rate for Blacks is six years shorter than that of Whites, meaning Black workers spend years paying into a retirement system only to have White retirees reap the benefits for a longer time. Not only that, but Among the poorest of the poor–single mothers, living below the poverty line with minor children to support 39.7 percent of AFDC (aid to families with dependant children) clients are Black single mothers and 38.1 percent are White women with children. Food stamp recipients are 37.2 percent Black and 46.2 percent White. Medicaid benefits are paid to 27.5 percent Black recipients compared to 48.5 percent White clients. So as you can see, government figures show that Whites, not Blacks, make up the bulk of clients on these public aid programs; a fact that dispels the notion that Blacks are scheming for a free lunch courtesy of the American taxpayer. “Disagree Intelligently, Use The Facts, Truth & Common Sense.”

        November 4, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
      • DelFuego

        DL those figures would be impressive if there only 40 million whites as opposed to 220 million. The statistics just show that as a percent of population blacks are on more kinds of welfare than other races. Sad but true. Learn a little about stats before you try make yourself look knowledgable when your not.

        November 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Coach, aside from the fact that America is not 800 years old, have you heard the disrespectful things said about Governor Romney and his religion? Isn't that also a form of racism? If you want things to change, then you need to change too. Yes racism still exists but it's not exclusive to blacks. The past is the past and if you want to see things change you need to let go of the past and move on. My ancestors were killed and experimented on by the Nazi's, but I don't blame Germans today for it.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      They dont know. Racism is about race, not religion. If you never been discriminated against, then you wouldn't know. Some say Obama is the worse president......How will Romney be better. What is he offering that is better? I don't care about race, religion, or whatever...who is going to make a better tomorrow for my daughter? I'm voting, but thank God, i'm a christian and I know who is in control...

      November 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis Rockwell

      I'm just a 65 yr old blue collar caucasian man living all my life (except for a tour in the army) in a region of the USA that votes over 65% republican, but my life experiences have taught me that every word you wrote in your post is God's truth.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DelFuego

      And where on this blog has anyone said "just get over it"?

      November 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • DelFuego

      There weren't any white people here 800 years ago. What do you do, make up stuff to fuel your continuous anger?

      November 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • DL

        DelFuego, based on the various comments you've made, none of which are substantively meaningful, you appears you are just angry, bitter, and a hater!

        November 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      My friend pulled over to help two old white ladies with a small child, who were broke down on the side of the road in July. They were terrified because he was black, and afraid to open their hood at first. He used to carry thirty pounds of parts around in his truck just in case, and actually replaced their bad alternator with a junk one so they could get home. The little boy rolled down a back window and asked him timidly if he was a slave.
      Give the poor white folks a break, homie. They are more 'country' than evil, and more ignorant than malevolent. This country has a lot of really dumb people in it, all colors.

      November 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. corpsman

    Conservatives seem to believe that acknowledging racism is a form of racism. That's like believing that acknowledging crime makes you as criminal.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ricardo

    Typical perspective from older people. Older generations like this reporter grew up in a different time. We are the only western country to have elected a black president. Old people stop thinking this is the 60-70 and 80's. Our Generation from the 90 and 2000's grey up as one. Stop trying to convince people that we are the most racist country in the world. You should speak with minorities in there 70's-80's. The world has change unfortunatly the old reporters on tv have not!

    November 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Cornmesser

      Old people? How dare you! You just showed not only disrespect for my generation who fought for equality but you proved your predjudice AGAINST US CONGRATS.. WOULDN'T YOUR MOMMA BE PROUD!

      November 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lizzie

      You said it, you voted for him because you been told you make history, no clue about his policies or anything else, you must be one of those smart east coasteners who blieve there is nothing between NY and Calli. Yet you probably never informed yourself all you heard was HOPE and CHANGE, and he is black. PERIOD. Yet he has no ties to black Americans that been brought to this country as slaves, unless you believe the media that somehow somewhere EVERY American is related to a black person, and every american owned slaves and every black american is a victim, thus you need to vote for a black person no questions ask. But hen Cain ran, you destrye him with lies and accusation, where are those women now, after the got payed of by the DNC and Axelrod, and he was more black then the urgent occupant of the WH.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      "Older generations like this reporter grew up in a different time. " What are you, about sixteen? I can tell you with great regret that the more things change, the more they remain the same. The Confederacy is running three candidates for office in my county right now.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • e

      You do know that we are not the only country in the western hemisphere don't you?

      Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Portuguese pronunciation: [feɾˈnɐ̃dw ẽjˈʁiki kaʁˈdozu]; born June 18, 1931), also known by his initials FHC ([ˈɛfjɐˌgaˈse]), was the 34th President of Brazil and served for two terms from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 2002.

      Léon Dumarsais Estimé (21 April 1900 – 20 July 1953) served as the President of Haïti from 16 August 1946 until 10 May 1950. He was the first black head of state since the US occupation of Haiti ended in 1934.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kai

    This is one of the most insulting pieces of journalism I've ever read. Dems are so flabbergasted that most Americans don't buy into their B.S. they hide behind accusations racism to protect their crumbling worldview.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Comen

    As long as there are racist laws on the books, such as affirmative action, then racism is unfortunately an accepted part of our government and our society.

    Judging President Obama by his success and failures over the last four years is enough to change my vote from for him to against him. Racism is unnecessary and not appropriate. I challenge pro-Obama supporters to reject racism and vote for the person according to his success and failures.

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

      Pretty much sums up the article. Revisionist histrionics and basic non cooperation of the great white power ,through media,banks,insurance,and yes right wing governance. All at the cost of the nation and all its people. Grow up Americans or quit calling yourself Americans.

      November 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darren

        Totally agree with you. It seems like working-class white men and the elderly are terried of losing "their" America. Afraid and unable to accept the changing demographic of this amazing nation. It's there last feeble attempt to keep things as the status quo. But unlike the Reconstruction the changing demographic won't allow those bigot laws to last for long. America is in fact now more diverse and becoming more multicutural then ever. I'm a Generation Y'er and I see how my generation and younger generations have gone past race. I now know the day will come when issues will be solved based on improving welfare for all and bettering society. It will no longer be "us" (conservative white america) vs them "( miniorties, multicultural Americans), but instead it will be us America with all groups being included, because at the end of the day that is who America is. So have your divisive, and incendiary views cause, just like the republican party aging, white and dying. That way of thinking is ending, and America is chanigng for the betterment of all Americans.

        November 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justsane

    i would venture to say that most of the posts here prove the author's point...

    November 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chuckt

    America has never been so divided as we are now. Thank you Democrats and great job destroying america O'bama.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • xsp17

      It's not all of sudden that America is divided. It seems that way because now that we have a black president, the people who did not think they were biased or racist are now realizing they are. Having a caucasian president for all these years really inhibited people's true feelings about race; Now it's time to look at that man in the mirror.

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

        XSP17..I think you hit that nail on the head. As long as there were only old white men in charge there was no reason to "experience" racism.

        November 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • DelFuego

        xsp17= So you nailed it. We have always been racist just never needed to let on though. Way to absolve yourself of any cognitive thinking on the issues that confront us.

        November 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      Sounds like your knowledge of American history goes all the way back to the year 2000.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      people talk about Obama, Bush did his damage for 8 years...thank YOU supporters of Bush...No one saying anything about that. I'm curious to know the major damages Obama has done.

      November 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • notraitors

      Hey, shouldn't the government provide each and every one of us our own laptops? Or is that just if you live in a housing project?

      November 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • e

      You think America has never been this divided? So you never heard of the Civil War?

      November 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chuckt

    Now that is the actual picture of a Democrat. Too funny how the Democrats say Republican's are racist as they pull their hoods over their heads and start a cross burning. They can't do anything for america and they have nothing to hang their hat on, but hate. Playing the race card and calling names is all these losers have to do.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jay in DC

    I read CNN mainly for entertainment these days. Think "TMZ" but just about racial things. The one thing I always find the MOST funny here is this statement by white guilted liberals- "I am not racist but..." They simply MUST start their sentence with a disclaimer for fear of that nasty ole stigma! Mainly women, some men. Either way, pure comedy. Let me start my sentence; I am racist. We made a dreadful mistake importing Africans here. African Americans live like KINGS compared to the vast majority of Africans today and they don't even know it. Yes, a few of your ancestors drew the short straw and were "farm equipment" before electricity was invented and that did suck for THEM. However... for you, generations upon generations later, you are living the good life as most of you damn well know. Europeans created "The World" as we know it today, and all races benefit from it. This is called, wait for it.... wait for it.... Reality(tm). Something most liberals aren't familiar with. No autographs please, I'm here all week...

    November 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Well that's honesty. I don't know what else to say, except maybe get a grip. This world is not all white, in fact I'm sure you know that whites are a minority, and this country was not white until 400 years ago. It's the cycle of life...freak out right now about the scary black people (who have been here just as long – Europeans, the Dutch specifically, brought them from the get-go in 1619), but remember this is an immigrant country, first and foremost. It will keep changing, and there's nothing a scared white boy can do to stop it. You could maybe get over your hatred though, that would probably help.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Schelle

        Europeans created the world.....hmm really? God created the world. They say racist are ignorant.....by your answer i guess so. No matter what you say about africans, african-americans, etc.....there will be a judgement day...you don't get your life together you are hell bound. I'm not going to argue about blacks and whites, because at the end of the day it's about Jesus. Just like he died for me, he died for you....

        November 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jay in DC

        Reading comprehension, which is lacking in most of the "diverse" crowd, would help you tremendously. I did not say most of the world was White anywhere in my post did I? I said the world you live in today, right now in the 21st century was created by Europeans or those of European ancestry. The computer you are using to try and verbally joust with mental giants, the internet you are using to send said jousting, the electricity to power it all, the wires it travels across. Anything within your eyesight was created by us. I do have white guilt by the way. I feel guilty for being the only race on Earth that invented every single thing of importance or value in the 19th and 20th centuries. As I said we BUILT this reality you live in. If you are feeling -really- connected to your peeps, I highly advise a one way ticket to any African country, particularly the sub-Saharan ones. You will be begging within a week to return to this "oppressive white man's world", I assure you. Again, I'm here all week...

        November 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      I have to disagree.....God created the heavens, earth, seas, oceans, etc...oh yeahand MAN! wow! how awesome is that. "your race" created what is important? Hmmm God still takes the cake....and sorry Jay, you created nothing.

      November 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yohan

        Schelle, you are very righteous – as far arrogance disguised by humility.

        November 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Schelle

        I know who's I am...God's. Everyone talking about race, and things, in the end it's not going to matter. I read these post and they are funny to me. I comment because I'm bored. But people really be into their opinions and thoughts. Just make sure you vote on Tuesday, so your voice can be heard. Doesn't matter who wins, because if we keep outsourcing our jobs, and allowing other countries to buy out our businessess......We will be under someone else's rule and these comments don't mean anything. God loved me first and because of that, I love everyone...no matter how anyone feel about me, because of my race. Let's just pray for a better tomorrow, no matter who wins. Gnight...

        November 4, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • DelFuego

        Why are you here instead of the fantasy posting blogs.

        November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jene

      YOU ARE quite entertaining. Now which creator of everthing I use is European. I want to believe European in your reference is an individual void of any other biological or chemical make up other than Europe. If that is the case you are not even one of those and I will bet my Third Pay check. Not the first two I use those but the third is betting material. You are as European as my Mother. However you are a dangerous breed in that you believe that other countries would some how be the worst experience of someones life. Have you ever ventured to these dangerous places and if so please tell me you loved the natural elements, the weather, the food, the smells, they are fabulous. You are not being honest and you are angry but I want you to know you are okay I can see the future and she is beautiful and dark complexted.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mikey

    Don't ridicule me because I am a flamin ho-mo! Just cuz I like to pump dudes in da plump rump...doesn't mean I am any different. Just cuz I like to schlob da knob...you know...wax up dat corn cob. Just cuz I be into monster sized jig-a-booo meat stiks....its all good. Obama be my main boon cooon!!

    November 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. JamesFoley

    Hey boy toyz! Give me your digits and I will give u a ring. We can hook up and I will make it a fling. I will rock dat coq and play with your sack..when u spray all dat spooo I won’t give u any flack! I slurp it all down and make your head spin…I guzzle that salty stuff with a grin!! Fill me up…Solo cup!!

    November 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Arden30

    Who cares about the crazy racists? They are suffering from incurable deep mental issues. Don't mind their existence.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lizzie

      Just like Jesse Jackson, Rev.Wright, Rev. Al Sharpton, Louis Farrahkan, who live on hate and would be unemployed and poor if they would preach HOPE and unity.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. Joe

    This article sucks. Get over the racism. Some people always will be, in both directions. Forget them and move on. End affirmative action

    November 3, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen Jones

      There is so much misinformation out there. Generations are learning a false history in our schools. Dems have demogogery wired. A good rebuttal to this article can be found here: http://www.realitybatslast.com/2012/11/02/senator-hiram-revels-would-be-ashamed-of-president-barack-obama/
      Setting the record straight:
      ■1865 – Republican Abraham Lincoln won the civil war and abolished slavery. Good start for the party.
      ■1870 – Republican Hiram Revels is elected to the US Senate. The first black man to be elected to the US Senate got some support from Democrats because they thought that his election would break the Republican party.
      ■1870 – 1948 Not much happened for the Black population of the US despite powerful presidencies of Democratic heroes like FDR and Truman.
      ■1948 – Republican Dwight Eisenhower forces desegregation of the armed forces against strong opposition. After Brown vs Board of Education, Eisenhower famously deploys the 101st Airborne Division to forcibly desegregate schools in Little Rock, AR. He declares racial segregation a national security issue and establishes the Civil Rights Commission and puts a permanent civil rights office in the Justice Department. The first civil rights legislation since the 1870′s, the Civil rights act of 1957 was passed despite strong Democratic opposition. Senate Democrats did manage to water down the bill so that a second voter rights bill was necessary. Partially at the request of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Eisenhower passes a follow-up voter protection civil rights act of 1960, again against strong Democratic opposition.
      ■1964 – Democratic President LBJ passes the landmark Civil Rights Act against Democratic opposition in congress.
      ■1970 – Republican President Richard Nixon signs the Philadelphia Plan and Affirmative action is born (yes, Richard Nixon is responsible for Affirmative Action). Though not pertinent to racial issues, it is also interesting to point out that Nixon is responsible for the Equal Rights Amendment guaranteeing equal rights for Women under the law.
      ■1983 – Republican President Ronald Reagan makes Martin Luther King, Jr day a offical federal holiday. In 1988, he would expand and strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
      ■1991 – President George H. W Bush appoints the second African-American Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • corpsman

        Great cherry-picking, Karen. Maybe one day you'll dig a little deeper and learn the other half of the story.

        November 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen Jones

        Why dont you tell me the other side? It consists of a lot of pandering, and lying about the past.

        November 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • mardella

        Thank you for inserting some historical facts into this bizarre barrage...I'm a Danish Spaniard & agree.

        November 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • old lady

        Wow, Karen...on occasion black people were really treated like human beings! And no, I am not black. I am just honest about racism being a huge part of American life. Until you walk in someone else's shoes...

        November 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • chris

        It's too bad you don't have many of the old' time republicans anymore. You know, the pro-government, socially liberal type, like what Mitt Romney and his father used to be. The GOP of today has moved to the deep south and has assimilated the white southern culture, while the Democrats have moved north and absorbed the party of Abraham Lincoln. It's a role reversal since the Civil Rights movement.

        November 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • yrrab

        Great Job Karen
        Although you left out:
        Condoleezza Rice (Republican) who was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American (after Colin Powell Republican), and the second woman (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.

        November 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • yrrab

        Democrats have NO track record of helping anyone-the ONLY thing Dem's do is steal hard working people's money then blame others....For instance –The Bush tax cuts, Dem's have been screaming for years about how they are for the rich and how its unfair etc etc...Why then did Obama continue them until this Jan 1st? if they were such a bad deal why didn't he get rid of them-I think we all know that answer to that...Next why are MY & YOUR taxes going up as much as 33% if nothing happens before Jan 1st??? Bush tax cuts affected every pay level and everyone benefitted as it should be. As far as tax cuts being paid for or the cause of our debt is the most absurd ignorant idea I have heard.
        It is our government officials JOB to make the adjustments needed when revenues change for WHATEVER reason. They are responsible for our debt....You don't continue spending the same amount of money when you don't have a job -RIGHT well neither should they. Problem is there are NO consequences for their actions. Especially when you have Morons co-signing your lies, slapping you on the back and voting you back in to do it again......liberals are really ignorant and never learn..

        November 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Candy

        OK KAREN you can stop this past copy over and over again. WE GET IT! Enough already!!!!

        November 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • notraitors

        "President George H. W Bush appoints the second African-American Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas"

        And look at the flack he got from the left for that one

        November 5, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • e

        you left out the Southern Strategy, the Dixiecrats, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms... I wonder why?

        November 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mujicafan

    This article is frightening because it makes sense. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, Santayana once said. The obstructionist Congress, the "birther" movement, Republican efforts to limit minority voter participation, now these make sense in the light of being reminded of this real history of the US in this regard. Word to the wise: let's pay attention and not go down this road again. We've been there before, and no matter your politics or emotions on the subject, it just doesn't work for the USA.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • chuckt

      Remember racisim is a democratic party issue and not Republican. Talk about history, then look at Nazi's and how Hitler killed 12 million jews. Racisim is not the concern here, but the government trying to tell you what they want you to believe. funny how there are no facts behind Republicans being racist in history period.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Feminista

        Six million Jews. And if you look around at Republican rallies and the conventions, it's hard to find a more white old guy crowd.

        November 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • mardella

        Are you really that naive or simply insane?

        November 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • old lady

        chukt...who wrote the history textbooks?

        November 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Praveen

      Why use the all caps? It doesn't get your point across any better? I don't like it when people respond to me in all caps. It is the personal equivalent of SHOUTING!

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

      Couldn't have said it better, Mujicafan. I concur.

      November 4, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  22. Daniel

    The problem is, and was, that Black moms and dads teach their children that they will always be slaves in the White man's eyes...a lie of course. Instead they should teach their children that God created men equal; that they can be doctors and lawyers and whatever they like. Not to follow the hidden agenda of Liberals to keep them believing the lie that they can only survive through government handouts.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Kay

      Let's hope!

      November 3, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      Daniel, You are absolutely wrong about the teachings of black parents. Your assessment is the equivalent of me saying white nparents teach their children that they are the masters of all blacks, and the world. Please stop generalizing. It is so unbecoming.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheri Caker

      Your statement is not correct. Black moms and dads are not teaching their children what you stated. My children have always been taught that they can be what they want to be. Politician, teacher, lawyer, designer, artist are all goals that are attainable for my black and children and any other black child. Please understand not everyone has a negative mentality.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Malia

        I believe that majority of parents teach their children to be responsible citizens, to study hard, get an education, to be GOD fearing ... I was not born here, I am from the third world, but I believe there are parents and families who are GUILTY OF MAKING RACE, COLOR, ECONOMIC STATUS AS AN EXCUSE FOR FAILURE. AND THE PRES. And the DEMOCRATIC PARTY are feasting on these issues !!!!

        November 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schelle

      What black household you in? I was never taught that, my child is not taught that. We were taught to love everyone. I teach my child the same. LOL 🙂 No one I know was taught that. Please don't spread lies about our household. I was never a slave...and I'm a slave to no one. Everything I have in life I worked for. Slave to the white man? LOL no.....my bible says I am free......please get your information straight. LOL too freakin funny. I'm copying this and sharing. hilarious!

      November 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Of course your assessment does not cover all andI am hoping that very few do that. If someone can blame someone else they can always drag out "the color of my skin" stopped me from achieving. If they are not taught that then they will put the blame where it belongs, on themselves and accomplish anything. Look who is president!!!

      November 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • whiz

      What black household have you been talking to?? You have MORE WHITE PEOPLE RECIEVING GOVERNMENT handouts than black and latinos combined...but you want to blame THAT on the President...and blame black moms and dads on poverty of black people by virtue of bad parenting?? you are so far right that if all your $$$$ was in your left pocket, you would think your broke

      November 4, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mike Kay

    The author is stuck in the past. Look to the future. I hoped for change. But all I got was failure bt the first black president. I hope we don't have these problems with the first woman pres. But I digress. Racisem ends one friend at a time. You are not making friends... The author is stuck. I hope his children and grandchildren grow past...

    November 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jene

      He is far from stuck. You must first know from whence you come in order to know were you are going. Before this Article I didn't even knew he exsist. Quite interesting. Now alll of the comments about race and the past not being of importance is a sign you didnt do so well in history or social studies. I can brag and say I did quite well. I digress. The author is simply doing what analyst in other fields such as economics, weather, health, etc. and draw on experiences from the past and you have said something about his grandchildren or future members of his family. They will do great things provided they know there history. Be sure to share the story. I have already sent it to all my german friends, italians, latinos, and yes of course you know by now I am a uncolored woman with ethnic ties to all. LOL

      November 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • DL

        Well said, Jene.

        November 4, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        Jene, though you make some good points, the problem I have with the article is that it assumes Obama may be voted out due to "white backlash" instead of the fact that he's a terrible leader and unfit for the office of president. The author seems to be hedging his bets in the event Obama loses tomorrow–the excuse is built in. And the best part is, if Obama wins, look at the unbelievable odds he was able to overcome! It's brilliant journalism, if not short-sighted.

        November 5, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
    • e

      You cannot move forward without understanding the past. You have to know it to learn from it and prevent repeating the worst of it. People like you who want to pretend that the past didn't happen, or that it was all roses and ponies an rainbows are the very people who continue to repeat the same horrible actions and words.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Gina Roberts

    Making voters think that the election is a referendum on racial tolerance is a brilliant way to get more votes for Obama.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • donjerry

      I wonder who started this....................................hmmmmmmmmmmmmm What God do you worship!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Scott

    Ah yes, Communist News Network, errr I mean the propaganda department of the Obama Re-Election Campaign is getting very concerned that their prez might not get re-elected. How can you tell? They pull out the old worn out and disgraced race card. The propaganda department of the Obama Re-Election Campaign (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC & PBS) wore out the race card during the first year of BoBo' presidency. It's the only thing that they have left seeing how their Dear Leader can't run on its record.


    November 3, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. Tea Party Patriot

    One time while vacationing in the Middle East I saw a muslim by the side of the road with his arm all the way up a camel's butt. "Car trouble?" I asked.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • dogphartt

      He was just checking the oil and transmission fluid levels!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  27. Thomas A Milton

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

    November 3, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas A Milton

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

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

      November 3, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        Race baiting is the ONLY thing the libs have left. Dear Leader can't run on its record, so they can only whine racism.


        November 3, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Praveen

        Hi Thomas,
        Where did you get your numbers from??? Can you cite an actual source to that. I won't believe you unless I see a source, but thanks for your post.

        November 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Helen

    Why can't we just GET OVER IT? The decendents of the people who were slaves have been given special priviledges not offered to whites. That includes education and jobs because of the color of skin. Any one in the nation of Africa would gladly trade places with any of the African Americans. If not for this horrible time in our history the blacks here would either not exist or still be in a land where there is famine, tribal killing and etc. Just get over it and be thankful you are an American. We are glad you are here. Be glad also.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Added to that fact if the fact that every nation since time began has had Slaves. Some still do but the USA just can't seem to get over it and continues to open that festering wound. Whites living today had no part in what happened those many years ago and no one living today was a slave. So just get over it please.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  29. Eric Sotelo

    I criticize the president, the Muslim in Office, that does not make me a racist. I'm so frickin tired of racist people from black folk to white folk trying to tell me that I'm racist because I disagree with the president.

    The president is a criminal, not because he half black or white, it's because he is a criminal, period. He has committed the act of treason from the Healthbill to Benghazi. The President should be treated as a treasonist against the U.S.A. and he should be imprisoned for breaking the law. Period..

    November 3, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      Now George W. Bush was the criminal and you people loved him. Remember him. The war monger that almost destroyed our nation. Give Obama another four and maybe with any cooperation he can keep trying to find our America lost while under the Bushes.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric Sotelo

        The only crime that President GW Bush committed? Is that he is White, He is Rich and he was effective at shutting down a murderer of millions of his own people, Saddam Hussein.

        The Criminal in the office now has not responded for his non-action in Benghazi, like he has not responded in New York, New Jersey. Impeachment is in order very least. Imprisonment for treason at the highest..

        November 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. rjsenterp

    This is not about racism and everything about ideaology. The democrats are the party of the 47%ers, those who want the government to support them from cradle to grave (also known as socialism), the republicans on the other hand are the party of the 53%ers, those who believe they should work for a living, pay taxes, and purchase the necessities on their own without the government intervention.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. Paul Teague

    We're in a better place now as a country than in 2008. Race will be around for a long time. Just like the article says, we will take a few steps back as we stride towards racial acceptance and equality. We're not there yet, but we are marching forward. Racial equality is inevitable.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jen

    President Obama has not been a failure. It's the republican congress. They refused to work with him. At the beginning when the democrats were the majority, Obama got a lot done for the benefit of the country. The republicans were complaining of being overworked. The great depression was caused by a republican and the recession was caused by a republican. After reading the article I was wondering if they didn't do it on purpose. One has to wonder.
    When President Obama was voted in as president, I was so proud of America. I really did think America would accept him. I thought we had come to the place where we believed all men were created equal. Next Tuesday President Obama will still be our president. I hope there will be minds changed to accept him as an American and get over this stupid Tea Party ideas. They represent the lowest class of people I know. Not money wise but brain wise. Before I die I want to see bigotry completely wiped out of America. Only then will it bring peace.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Excellent post – but only intelligent people are able to see into a man's soul past his skin color. I was raised in a family who did not like black people but as I grew up I saw it differently. Now I try hard to accept people for what they are inside and not the color of skin. Try it – it feels really good.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mikey

    Hey boy toyz! Give me your digits and I will give u a ring. We can hook up and I will make it a fling. I will rock dat coq and play with your sak..when u spray all dat spooo I won’t give u any flack! I slurp it all down and make your head spin…I guzzle that salty stuf with a grin!! Fill me up…Solo cup!!

    November 3, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  34. kaelinda

    I'm so sorry to hear so many hate messages about Obama. I have a list of 50 of his major accomplishments – things he got done in spite of the way the House and Senate treated him. It was like he had to run the country blindfolded, with one arm tied behind his back, and one leg in a cast. The Republicans in the Senate were enough to start and maintain filibusters. I understand the rules have changed now and that if someone is going to filibuster, a member of their party has to be speaking at all times. If that is so, it will be interesting to see how long they will keep it up.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen Jones

      There is so much misinformation out there. Generations are learning a false history in our schools. Dems have demogogery wired. A good rebuttal to this article can be found here: http://www.realitybatslast.com/2012/11/02/senator-hiram-revels-would-be-ashamed-of-president-barack-obama/

      Setting the record straight:

      ■1865 – Republican Abraham Lincoln won the civil war and abolished slavery. Good start for the party.
      ■1870 – Republican Hiram Revels is elected to the US Senate. The first black man to be elected to the US Senate got some support from Democrats because they thought that his election would break the Republican party.
      ■1870 – 1948 Not much happened for the Black population of the US despite powerful presidencies of Democratic heroes like FDR and Truman.
      ■1948 – Republican Dwight Eisenhower forces desegregation of the armed forces against strong opposition. After Brown vs Board of Education, Eisenhower famously deploys the 101st Airborne Division to forcibly desegregate schools in Little Rock, AR. He declares racial segregation a national security issue and establishes the Civil Rights Commission and puts a permanent civil rights office in the Justice Department. The first civil rights legislation since the 1870′s, the Civil rights act of 1957 was passed despite strong Democratic opposition. Senate Democrats did manage to water down the bill so that a second voter rights bill was necessary. Partially at the request of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Eisenhower passes a follow-up voter protection civil rights act of 1960, again against strong Democratic opposition.
      ■1964 – Democratic President LBJ passes the landmark Civil Rights Act against Democratic opposition in congress.
      ■1970 – Republican President Richard Nixon signs the Philadelphia Plan and Affirmative action is born (yes, Richard Nixon is responsible for Affirmative Action). Though not pertinent to racial issues, it is also interesting to point out that Nixon is responsible for the Equal Rights Amendment guaranteeing equal rights for Women under the law.
      ■1983 – Republican President Ronald Reagan makes Martin Luther King, Jr day a offical federal holiday. In 1988, he would expand and strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
      ■1991 – President George H. W Bush appoints the second African-American Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas.

      November 3, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Wrong wrong Claude do you remember what condition our nation was in after the 8 long years under Cheney and Bush? Or are you trying to forget. This young senator offered a chance for us to get out from under the Bushes and bring back our country. We were in two wars, our nation bankrupt, and going down hill fast. This young man regardless "color of skin" offered us that possibility. But the GOP made certain to make him look bad by refusing to cooperate with any of his efforts. He was able to kill Bin Laden and is keeping us safe. I did not vote for him last time but because of the lack of respect he has received, from my party, I and my family, white folks, are voting for him. You go Obama!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric Sotelo

        You mean when unemployment was 5.7%? You mean when our deficit was only 8.99 Trillion? You mean inspite of a major war, our NGP was still 3.4% higher than it is now? When taxation was 18 to 20% lower for small business?

        Boy do we remember, if there was a way we could it, we would have Bush back.. We need to send this criminal packing back to his home land Sudan or wherever he is from really..

        November 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mikey

    Yea yea yea. It's always someone else's fault. Cry me a river.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen Jones

      I revel in the progress we have made in race relations. There is so much to be celebrated. Majority of white people elected a black President. I have never met a white person who is racist. Liberals continue to promote victimhood and it is truly ugly. If you keep pushing the idea that racism is rampant – you can keep the victims where you want them.

      Obama has wasted his brilliant opportunity. It has nothing to do with his color – but with the content of his character

      November 3, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Hope

        HUH?? His character and exactly what are you pointing out? I can't think of any family man who seems to have better character than Obama. He loves his family and makes the former president look pitiful. At least Obama can form a sentence and is a brilliant man. I hope someday we can be truly color blind but it won't happen in my days sadly enough. Comparing him to Bush as far as the worst president is impossible since Bush will definitely go down in History as the worst ever. You know that of course don't you?

        November 3, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  36. erick

    I wanna jig-abooo with a big ol tool. I see that size and it makes me drool! I grab ahold and ram it into my rear…he slams my fat rump and it brings out a tear! Now I be sore but its all good…cuz I be a flamer and keep searchin da hood!!!

    November 3, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  37. Randy Johnson

    I like gaay men and I luv to share....we pump each other silly and do stuff on a dare! We all like to roll a train...we pound dat hole till its really sore! Da dudes with the super-sized meaty rod.....they iz da ones with the killa bod! Now dats my story and u all know...when the party gets goin the guys start to blow....da dongers be floppin and flyin around....cuz we be fairies and get da gruntin sound! Boyeeee!!

    November 3, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  38. Isaac Bickerstaff

    Let's sum up this piece:

    If you vote against the Marxist, you're a racist.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  39. erick

    Yes, They are still racist , But they now know that GOD is on our side and not on their side? Be warn "LET MY PEOPLE GO"

    November 3, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  40. andrew

    CNN at it again...it took lots and lots of white votes to get Obama elected, he didnt get in by the black vote. Racism is dead. Any hate for Obama is not due to his color, its due to his failure to lead. Btw they also drew cartoon depictions of Bush as a chimp...get over it.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |

    CNN MANAGEMENT: Gallup reported that WHITES give Obama a 38% approval rating - yet 94% are employed. BLACKS give Obama a 91% approval rating - yet 86% are employed. Whites are the most happiest yet hate Obama the most, and Blacks are the least happiest yet hate Obama the least. This election is about RACE as much as ECONOMY, so face it folks.

    November 3, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  42. Frankly Fred Comment Reviewer

    Yes John Blake, we know you didn't like your posts taken down, but they were just as racist as your article so their was nothing we could do. Understand we like biased articles like this to stir emotion and give more excuses for Barack.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  43. Bunnie

    This is exactly what kind of garbage I expect from CNN. My husband is a blue collar union worker and I work at a government agency. I will not vote for Obama because he has been a horrible president and came into the job without any experiemce. He's never had to prove himself in the real world (that means outside of political jobs). I am not a racist. Several years ago when Allen Keys ran for president we both voted for him in the primary. He was our first choice and he is not of mixed race, he is African American. The website is nothing more than a left wing propaganda machine,. And don't you just love to pit the races against one another?

    November 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Bunny,you're getting CNN confused with Fox news. CNN has only published a historical account of actual facts. Even though those facts hurt your sensitive feelings.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • joe

        blacks are the real racists and cnn=Colored News Network support them,they refuse to report black on white crime,but cnn puts down white people every chance they get.one day they'll regret it, realize they were wrong but the damage is already done

        November 3, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • James Foley

      Incidentally Bunnie, you need to learn the difference between articles full of observations [CNN] and those filled with accusations [Fox News/MSNBC]. If you feel something from this article, it has to do with yoru own unfounded resentment.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Randy Johnson

      James is right – please give us your in depth explaination of why racism has increased since Obama was elected. These are historical FACTS there Bunny. How could this article be bias? Give me a better explaination of why racism has obvioulsy increased since Obama has been elected. I could give you examples but it would fill around about 3000 pages of snipes, slurs and just downright pig s**t comments from Americans and media like F**ks news. Maybe just read the article again – (did you even read it before you posted your f***k head comments)?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      Agreed bunnie!

      November 3, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  44. The Sanity Inspector

    Already cueing up the alibi in case he loses? At least the article included plenty of contrary opinions.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Alexander Hamilton

    What an amazingly biased article. EVERY ONE of those early African Americans in Congress were...drum roll please.....REPUBLICANS!!!!

    And who passed the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments...AND thte 1866 and 1875 Civil Right Act....REPUBLICANS!!! Not one Democrat Party Vote!

    And to Obama's losing the 2012 election to the ascendancy of the Democrat Party after Reconstruction ended....that is laughable. Mia Love anyone?

    November 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      It's true, they did sign on to a republican party, one they thought they could trust, but that's the problen today. A false recognition. A false premise... that it's republicans that are racist, when in reality it's republicans that had been infiltrated back then by what we call conservatives today. The single contiguous thread is the conservatism with prominent white bias. The republican party isn't in and of itself racist, but if you're looking for a racist you are far more likely to find one in the republican party these days. You see, the new republican ideologues are the olde conservative democratic guard. As this well researched article points out, the rhetoric and actions of the new republicans are the same as reconstruction era democrats... but to be crystal clear it was the conservatives within that party rather than the party itself that were at fault. We see similar forms in organizations like the Posse Comitatus group who got their inspiration from the silver shirts. Following along now or do I have to dumb it down for you further?

      November 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoThisIsTheReal Truth

      Did you ever stop to think that they were not really Republicans but slaved by the white Republicans to be of the Republican party???

      November 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |

    I'm not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Independent. At this point, I am just Uninterested!

    November 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndrewFromNH

      If you are uninterested, why are you reading any of this?

      November 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. NoThisIsTheReal Truth

    For people who are asking why the "race card" is becoming a topic is because of responses seen on here today...
    Example one.. Someone who posted their name as "Truth" posted this today (see copied/pasted comment below)...

    "America IS judging n1ggers by their character now (or complete lack thereof).
    We had learned by doing this, that they are simply better off dead.
    By the time we're done with them, the n1ggers will be BEGGING us to judge them by their sh!t-colored skin again.
    November 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply"

    How disgusting and racist can it get!!!! The very sad reality is that Racism is not only in history but still very much alive today in 2012. So, no, you "gimme a break"!!

    November 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Do try to read and comprehend what I write. I was saying gimme a break to those exact people you mentioned :/

      November 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • NoThisIsTheReal Truth

        Pardon my assumption. 🙂

        November 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  48. blade1975

    You can blame a white president for everything.

    But expect a failed black one to man up and accept he failed? Racist...


    November 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Obama is a big failure– if you only watch faux fox news. We should definitely hire someone more like Bush. He was a HUGE success!!!

      November 3, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  49. Dawn Laughlin

    During his historic inauguration in 2009, some of us at work gathered in the breakroom to watch. One of our female coworkers opened the door into the breakroom and yelled "HASN'T ANYONE SHOT HIM YET"!! We were all white and I guess she thought we all thought like her. I was proud when everyone in the room proved her wrong and chewed her out! This happened in Melbourne, FL. OBAMA & DEMOCRATS 2012 or the loss of the middle class!

    November 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. JamesFoley

    Dear god people learn the difference between the race card and the history card. Gimme a break.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  51. NoThisIsTheReal Truth

    Imagine a world where blonde haired and blue eyed were outcasts because scientists have "proven" that its caused by a "recessive (mutated) gene" ... would it be ok to call them mutants?? i don't think so... just like black people shouldn't be called "n*ggers" or be viewed as not human! Black people are People who happen to have "black" skin just like White people are People who happen to have "white" skin and some with blonde hair and blue eyes... We are all PEOPLE!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Rabbi

    So tony–guess you don't have anything to say if all you can do is attack the messenger. Sad.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Rabbi

    If this was found anywhere but CNN, I'd think it a joke. Race or color has nothing to do with it–NOTHING. Inability and unwillingness and pathological narcissism are the keys to his failures!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • From David

      Well said Rabbi

      November 3, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Over It

      Thank you, Rabbi. Simple, to the point... and TRUE.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  54. pablo4200

    I wouldn't care if he was the color of a baboon's ass. I'd trade him for Herman Cain or Thomas Sowell or Allen West in a hot minute. Hell, I'd trade any of them for Mitt Romney too. Obama needs to go not because of his skin color, but because he's worse than Carter, perhaps the worst President ever. He's horrible at this job and he doesn't much care to do it.

    I'm voting him out because I know America is better than his vision of it, as well as his performance.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • john atkins

      A bout time they took this article off CNN's feed. Was a shame it lasted so long.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • john atkins

        sorry was not in regard to your post not sure why it replied.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Yes! Herman Cain! I would completely trust him to handle complex foreign policy. He is a true man of integrity- he was very faithful all those years to his mistress. Indeed that is the man I would want as a president.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  55. Aristocles

    Basically, they are saying "vote for Obama or it's Jim Crow all over again." Utter nonsense.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Over It

      Too true. Fear mongering is all it is.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  56. Name*AMERICA 1st

    Vote Romney on nov. 6th

    November 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Cheryl

    Hey Daniel, I didn't see what you wrote before I posted. As you can see I agree. Nice to know there are other people who see a better future. Growing pains, eh?

    November 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Cheryl

    There is actually something hopeful in this article. Although it highlights the deep vein of racism in American culture it can also stand as a lesson in the gains that have been made. A black man has been elected president and despite the expected racist backlash, he perseveres and is favored to be re-elected. However slowly or painfully, America is on the right track. Interracial relationships are up 28% in 10 years, and most young people have greater tolerance for other races than their parents did. One day the hate filled voices in these blogs will seem as archaic as denying women the vote.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Daniel

    I think the author is right in the sense that certain groups wanted a come back the the reconstruction era. They are justifying their racists policies by using the fear of change that many people feel. Americans were used to see a white president sitting in the oval office. Seeing a person of mixed descendant means things are really changing. People that are not checking the news closely may ask themselves what this will mean for the country and for themselves.

    It is natural to feel certain restrain about a newcomer. And those extremist elements are using that uncertainty to create fear and ignite a response to gain adepts and power. Of course, this is not 1870 again. There is the instant power of the internet at which more than 50% of the population have access now. It is not that easy to mislead people anymore. It requires a sofisticated apparatus put together and tons of resources.

    There is a backlash because some people dont want change. Some people want to stay where they are because it is comfortable, because they have priviledges and they are not willing to give them up. But change happens. There is going to be a struggle. It will never be easy.

    But you have to remember that there is a caolition behind the president: whites that believe that a future of shared prosperity is better for the people and the country. Blacks that are happy to see a president of their descent, hispanics who dont feel welcome by the extremists but that are a strong and growing force. Other groups that see in the President a signal that another future is possible.

    So for me reelecting the president is a matter of re-stating that another, a better future is possible. A future where all races work together to make the United States a better nation.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      re-electing this president means you didn't learn from your mistakes. Unemployment is worse now than when he took office, we are in debt up to our eyeballs which is his fault (blame Bush all you want), and we have a government too big for its own good. We need someone who can balance our budget, not spend more money on things we can't afford. Small business' can't be taxed any more, it is killing our potential jobs. There is no reason to expect anything different from Obama then the last 4 years, he can promise you all he wants, its not going to happen. At least give someone else a chance to fix the problems Obama couldn't.
      Vote for Romney if you want a job. Vote for Obama if you want a welfare check.
      Romney/Ryan 2012

      November 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • JamesFoley

        Tony you haven't got the slightest clue of what you're talking about. Unemployment is a lagging indicator. And this particular level of unemployment is lagging severely as it stems from administrations [plural]prior Obama. You wouldn't blame a tow truck driver for the wreck that happened before he got there, and you damned well shouldn't blame him that the guy before him got it all wrecked so bad, but that's what you are doing. Why are gas prices still so high? BEcause of rampant oil speculation during the clinton and Bush years, and because we're still beholden to foreign sources of oil, in lands that have become increasingly hostile since and because of Bush Jr.s war in Iraq [Afghanistan notwithstanding]. Why else is your gas so high? Because those same oil speculators also invested in the housing market and they're trying to recoup their losses from both screw ups. All of which is driving up anything shipped, processed and manufactured with the help of oil for producing gas, lubricating vehicles and heating homes. Do try to see the complete picture instead of just cherry picking the stuff you WANT to see. In short don't be so disingenuous.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • tony

        Oh please, the excuse and blaming others it's getting old!
        You don't double our deficit and blame it on someone else!

        If you can't see that our government has agencies for agencies overlooking other agencies, you don't understand that we are spending too much money that we don't have. You think Obama Care is a good idea? You don't know the facts.

        Obama has used a lot more money and created greater deficit. Stop throwing it under the rug and realize that he hasn't fixed any problems. And no, unemployment is not a lagging number. It comes from the Government and their ties to unions who fund them strangling our private sector. Democrats, like Jimmy Carter (a carbon-copy of this term) have been doing this for years. Making huge governments that cost too much, waste too much, and can blame others for their mistakes.
        Like someone posted here before, Vote Romney if you want a job, Vote Owebama if you want a welfare check.

        November 3, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  60. serr8d

    This entire article contains not one instance of the word "ideology", but it is his far-Left ideology that defines Barack Obama for me.

    If only he were not a Left Liberal Progressive, then he would be a fine President. As it stands, he is far too far-Left for me to have anything but contempt for his Presidency.

    Sorry, but that's the bottom line: Barack Obama is a far-Left who is an awful president because of it.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  61. rodboy

    When you have a junior senator in the WH what do you expect,, so 95% of the black pop. will vote for him regardless of record or experience – it is MUST win for them

    November 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Isaac Bickerstaff

    A vote for Romney is a vote for a return to Reconstruction?

    I thought it was a vote for a return to slavery. Darn that Joe Biden.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamesFoley

      Actually a vote for Romney is a vote for a return to pre French-revolution second estate aristocracy with mittens and Ryan leading the presieu's. You all give Obama the backhanded compliment of being a marvelous Orator, but you fail to recognize the truth of your stupidity; namely that as an orator Obama is akin to Cyrano De Bergerac and that makes Romney Valvert and Ryan De Guiche...all vying for the hand of Roxane represented as America/the people.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • tony

        I can also tell you whole black colleges that will not vote for Romney because he is white. Is that racist?
        Obama did not do our economy well and blaming Bush is not a good enough excuse to get re-elected

        November 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac Bickerstaff

      James, buddy. Don't drink and post.

      November 3, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  63. Mike

    "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 South is a great place to do business- lots of cheap labor.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  64. pdxqt

    This tells you everything you need to know, America. The Democrats have NOTHING except screaming "RAAAACIST" to try to shut down discussion.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      So, what's your discussion? Here's a fact: Republicans are the ones attempting to deny certain people the right to vote. How can you be so blind as to not equate this with Jim Crow.. your party? And let's all get this clear.. the economy tanked under Bush to the point of utter collapse. It's as if people refuse to remember where this country was in 2008. We are clearly on a better track- to deny this makes clear minded independents wonder what the hell are you talking about? We're out of Iraq, coming home soon from Afghanistan, GM is now turning profits.. I mean what the hey? Great article.. as a white male I can tell you I personally know a half dozen family mems that will not vote for Obama due to his race.. it's sad and it's real. If your white, your lying to yourself to think this isn't real.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. zmwj11

    Funny, the same thing was said of early immigrants in the 1900's. If you broaden your reading to something other than hate books, you would know. And by the way, at some point in our illustrious history, you sir were included in the same boat as other minorities are now. Read, it doesn't hurt and you might like it.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Big_D

    So the CIA was already on site defending the consulate and they were killed doing their duty. I guess FOX should stop pooping on the graves of our brave soldiers.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Big_D

    The attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 by what is now suspected to be a group of al-Qaida-linked militants killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Two of the four who were killed, ex-Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty, had been identified as State Department contractors, but were actually CIA security officers who responded from the CIA annex.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. From Deep South San Francisco

    this just in from Biden who thought he was in Florida but actually was in Oregon.... When asked about the CNN scandolous racial hatred webpage, sponsored by the DNC. Biden said... The sad fact is that the economic reality for the average family is far worse today than it was 4 years ago and the trend of declining wealth is firmly in place.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Studypeople

      The Middle Class has been suffering for the last 30 years. The reason for their suffering is Supply-Sided Economics. Nothing else.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • From David

      Very funny, trying to lighten the mood of the people here. Obama has made a real mess of the US economy, but that can be said for Carter, Clinton, and Bush 1 and 2. Why do I include Clinton, its because Clinton belived that giving mortgage loans to poor people whould make them better off. Naive yes, but well intentioned.
      Obama has let his idealogic views on colonial powers outlined in Dreams of my Father to skew his view of what makes American great. Diversity and the Opportunity to succeed.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  69. Big_D

    With FOX News warping Benghazi way out of proportion you have to give some credence to the fact that Obama is being treated with bias but that has more to do with his political affiliation than his race. FOX lies about all Democrats and they sued for the right to lie calling their news "news entertainment".

    November 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Big_D

    "Hyping Benghazi Madness, Right-Wing Projects Its Darkest Obama Fantasies" Is the lead story on Media Matters. The rest is a fantasy in your head.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mal

    Shame on you, Blake. Not voting for "the Democrat" has nothing to do with skin colour to the people that now regret voting for him last time. It's about failing to do the job, you racist twerp.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Studypeople

      Then you haven't read the Extreme Right Wing Propaganda for the last 4 years..... Or you are just in Denial.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Big_D

    This is the actual front page story at Media Matters: "Hyping Benghazi Madness, Right-Wing Projects Its Darkest Obama Fantasies"

    November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  73. jamessavik

    So it's racist to vote for somebody else because Obama is incompetent?

    Good luck with that.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Studypeople

      Incompetent? Boy your type is all over the Board. One day your "Type" is yelling on how Pres. Obama is changing everything... (Health Care Reform, Spreading Socialism, and Bailing Everyone Out) and the next day you complain about him not getting anything done.

      Your emotional complaining is the reason for this article.... You are not fooling anyone. It's obvious to any rational person that you're just running on emotions... and we all know what you are afraid of.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rabbi

        Studypeople–you know crap, but then deep down you know that...pathetic.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. CNN_Bull

    A very good article. Hope this piece of history won't repeat itself ...

    November 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  75. From Deep South San Francisco

    this just in... Media Matters lawyers have retracted the story that they had written the absurd CNN story on racial discord in America. CNN advertising sponsors were said to be shocked by the outlandish assertion, calling this a Wolf Blitzed propaganda piece for the Obama Re-election Campaign. Senior CNN staffters have been put on administrative leave until after the election. news on the hour

    November 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      I checked Media Matters and all they have is the story about how the Bengazi issue is being hyped too much by FOX.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  76. NC

    Nate – we know you are a young black man...

    November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  77. JoeP

    I find it curious that the article didn't mention that the first black lawmakers were republican. Moreover, it was the democrats that successfully stopped black representation.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Just shows what greed and corruption can do to a political party that has no accountability.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Cheryl

    zmwj11 I agree completely with your post but you must know it will fall on deaf ears. Logic cannot penetrate a hardened shell of fear and anger. The best way to influence the ignorant is to live your life as a good person and hope your example will make them re-evaluate how wrong their ideas are.

    Oh and Deep South, and Nate, thanks so much for your posts. Your incessant ranting does more to turn undecideds off of Romney and his supporters than a hundred Democratic ads.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  79. tony

    Hey, He's Trying!
    Even though job unemployment went to 7.9%, gosh darnit thats not his fault, we need to work on this together in his next term. Even though he passed Obama Care without a public vote on the idea or whether we would even want it, gosh darnit we will need to work together to get our kids to pay for it.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  80. From Deep South San Francisco

    CNN apologized to the American electorate foday for attempting such a blatant attempt to support President Barry Obama. In other news.... CNN poll has Obama in the lead at 35%, Romney 65%. news on the hour....

    November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Mike D

    Why such vitriol to history and possible similarities? Thou protested too much.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Paid superpac contractors. Older angry white folks, on social security, and feeling the pinch after Dubya's great wealth transfer of 2001. Probably getting as much as a dollar a hate post.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Dwight

    You know if you turned the gun on yourself, then you wouldnt have to put up with all of those people you hate and it would solve your problem and be a whole lot easier than shooting everyone else.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Your own hatred is disgusting. Isn't it better for us to pray for each other to overcome and come out of such things so that we might live together in peace?

      November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  83. danryan27

    You don't have to go back to the 1870's and it's not racism. Obama is more like Jimmy Carter's second term.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. CJ

    unbelievable, these comments scream racism. OBAMA in 2012!!

    November 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Cheryl

    You don't get hundreds of responses to an article from the same few people because they're concerned about the economy. Only emotional rage drives people to be that obsessive. This kind of foaming at the mouth doesn't happen over a political disagreement. Only deep seated prejudice/hatred gets people this worked up.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • john atkins

      or just from a poorly written article using the race card as a defensive for Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • danryan27

      When you call someone a racist, expect them to be mad as hell. Also, most of the racist type comments posted are by liberals trying to gin up the BS put forward by this article. If the country was full of racists, Obama never would have won election. He's nothing more than a tax & spend liberal.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chutzpah

        "When you call someone a racist, expect them to be mad as hell."

        Only if they recognize themselves, since the article didn't name any names.

        "Also, most of the racist type comments posted are by liberals trying to gin up the BS put forward by this article."

        Show me ONE.

        "If the country was full of racists, Obama never would have won election."

        Who said it was? The Republican Party, though, seems to be full of racists. And NONE of these people elected Barack Obama president, did they? Or did I miss something important?

        " He's nothing more than a tax & spend liberal."

        No he's a Muslim, Moaist and Marxist socialist. He's the embodiment of evil – the antichrist hmself. Please get your talking points straight!

        November 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Barack Obama

    I am Barack Obama and I approve of this article.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  87. zmwj11

    It never ceases to surprise me when a article such as this come around and comments are that it's the leftist media at work again. How the media once again is bias against the right. People, this is history. Not something made up. This is who we are, like it or not. America is a collection of different people. Read a history book, get out of your phones, emails and go read a book. This is America, like it or not. As a black man in this country, you out there who think this article is bias and shows some whites in a poor light, get over it. It's the way it was then and I can tell you it's that way now. I wish all you out there who think this is just left wing trash, take a walk in any minorities shoes. I wish all of you could be another race for one day. And then maybe, you would understand. History is said to repeat itself. The article points this out.It's not a hollywood story but real events. If you want to see a hollywood story, take a look at "Watermelon Man" or "America X". While the stories maybe fictional, they tell a real story of life in these America. I will vote for the President, not because he black, but because Gov.Rommey's facts and figures just don't add up for me. I've read his hope for America, been to his website and listen to speeches. Surprised? It call not believing what in the papers, online, and believing what ever talking head is on at the moment. It will be interesting to see what comments I get from this and I look forward to the dialog.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • zmwj11

      Tony, if history and events which really happen, events which are on record, yes,i'm a idiot. Look up some of of what in the article and then come back. It not bias when the truth be told. It's a comparison of what happen then and now. The similarities are striking. As I said, history will and does repeat itself to some degree. Its our reaction to those events which cause changes. Thanks for your replay.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      "your an idiot " (sic)

      Unfortunately, this is the kind of "dialog" you should expect here. I applaud your attempt, though.

      God, if only it were possible to wave a wand and transform people into one of the minorities they despise, just for one day... Nice thought.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dwight

    Hiram Revels was the first black Republican in the Senate and opposed by the Democrats at the time using the Jim Crow law. This may suprise people, but its public record. This is not even mentioned in this article above.
    "In his maiden speech to the Senate on March 16, 1870, he argued for the reinstatement of the black legislators of the Georgia General Assembly, who had been illegally ousted by white Democratic Party representatives."

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  89. kylefromohio

    This story and it's relationship to the current times only proves; When good people do nothing , a loud minorty can and will do evil thing to humanity.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rationalintn

      You are completely correct! When reasonable people sit back and do nothing – that is the real tragedy. History has provided us compelling lessons that should remind Americans to speak up when a group of people is being targeted with hate. It doesn't matter the groups' skin pigmentation – because it could happen to any of us.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. magpie36@yahoo.co

    Umm. no

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  91. CA_Concerned_Citizen

    This article is a disgusting, one-sided piece of garbage! I'm officially boycotting CNN........absolutely ridiculous and irresponsible.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Bye! Need a hug before you go?

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

      I agree, this stuff is getting so biased! CNN needs to stop trying to sway voters with deceitful ads promoting Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Cheryl

    If you need any proof that this article is accurate just read the comments here. More white sheets on display than at a Halloween party. Tons of posts filled with racial epithets followed by people claiming there is no racism. Unbelievable. You may not want to believe that the US is racist but the evidence is right here.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      Racism exist in all races and is not one sided. Do white people hire white people? Yes! Do asians hire asians? Yes. Do blacks hire blacks? Yes. Do Hispanics hire hispanics? Yes! This article makes the case that racism exist because people are against Obama and never admits that many white people voted for him. MAybe they were voting beceause he is half caucasion?

      November 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • rare_earth

      Correct, Cheryl.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      stop calling people racist for crying out loud! We all disagree with the article and the way CNN delivered it! That doesn't make us racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • zmwj11

        I agree Tony.

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

    CNN staffers were fired earlier today for fanning the flames of racial hatred. Rioters in major cities across America respond to CNN race bait. In other news... Most Americans wondered aloud "Due to Obama’s lack of specifics, why should America expect anything different than his dismal record for four more years? It only leaves voters wondering if Obama is even capable of seriousness instead of celebrity puff."
    Letting them wonder that is a mistake.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  94. For DS in SF

    Give it a rest, Jethro.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  95. JD

    The measure of any human being is their character not their color. As a Canadian I am sad to see the polarization of your country. With an absurdly large military and an investment banking system that not only kneecapped your economy but other parts of the world too, you are so far in debt that it is hard to believe. When one party has to swear allegiance to Grover Norquist just to run for office it shows that things are way out of whack. My only hope is whomever wins your election next week they figure something out because nothing breeds strife more than poverty and inequality. I have always admired the US despite its flaws. Good luck.next Tuesday.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  96. From Deep South San Francisco

    Breaking news. Valerie Jarrett was incensed when she read that Media Matters wrote the absurd story promulgated by CNN about racial discord in America just three days before the most important election in our lifetime. Valllerie wanted to take credit.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Merkin

    Read the article. Then, read the comments.

    I'm just sayin', folks.

    The DELUGE of racist, bigoted, idiocy just in the COMMENTS to this excellent article speaks VOLUMES about our wonderful country.

    Land of the Stupid, Home of the Bigot.

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

    Breaking news. Valerie Jarrett was incensed when she read that Media Matters wrote the absurd story promulgated by CNN about racial discord in America just three days before the most important election in our lifetime.

    Protesters outside CNN were heard to chant: Hit the road Barach. Don'tcha come back no more! no more, no more, Don'tch come back no more.

    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 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Theresa Abernathy

    Shame on you CNN on your racist comments! No wonder CNN's viewership is so far down in the basement. Gratefully not many people will even care to read this. Sorry I wasted my time. I am voting for Romney because he has the experience that our suffering country needs to get out of this mess. I pray for this country.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • From Deep South San Francisco

      Thank you Theresa. America appreciates your prayers.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • interlopert

      It is a shame, a disgrace and tragedy that this Presidential election has become a racial race. America is far greater than that, America is about values, ethics, hard work that leads to a better life- America is about "standards". That should be the focus, high standards, period. Striving for ever higher standards is what made America great and this spirit sees no difference in one's skin color. Being a civilized person and a contributing member of society is not about any particular race or skin color.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rabbi

        It is only a racist race because idiots on the left only have that to fall back on. Personally, I am genuinely colorblind–all I care about is who you are personally and what you are able to do. In both cases, Obama falls short. Funny, I'm upset with the incompetency his white-half also ;c)

        November 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
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