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

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

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

By John Blake, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope and change in another time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obamacare, 19th century style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A campaign to 'save' America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innis has a different take.

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

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

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

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

'White Girl Bleed a Lot'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From post-racial to most racial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.

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

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

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

What happened to Revels?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The image is still haunting.

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

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

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

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

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


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soundoff (4,517 Responses)
  1. Texasmike

    You are a perfect example of an ignorant white man. Pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    This article is garbage, just CNN saying racism in a long drawn out windbag sort of way. Racism for the most part is dead. This is a weak attempt to drum up enthusiasm I'm white and voted for Obama and will not do it again

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think For Yourself

      Oh man, please tell me what planet you live on, I want to go there. Racism is alive in well, just in a different form....

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texasmike

    True racism is born from fear and ignorance. The people who would hate African Americans fear them as they become true keystone members of society. Their ignorance of them spurs their hatred further....and they fear that the abuse they have dumped on them for so many years will be repaid in kind.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Loyal Northern Democrat

    Church's Chicken is offering to give all democrat votes free rides to the polls so they will not have to take a chance on being on "Bait Car."

    November 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfred123

      Your "loyalty" to racism, ignorance, and bigotry seems to be going strong. I really hope you die soon.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charlotte

    Gov. Mitt Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

    The Romneys’ gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a limited partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.

    According to ethics law expert Dan Curry who drafted the ethics complaint, Ann Romney does not have a federally-approved blind trust. An approved “blind” trust may not be used to hide a major investment which could be affected by Romney if he were to be elected President. Other groups joining the UAW and CREW include Public Citizen, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. REDFIRESTORM

    History has little to do with 2012 POTUS re-election bid: "Vote for the candidate of your choice - no matter gender, race, religious creed or ethnic origin - vote for the candidate of your choice (just make sure it's for me)"

    November 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hugh Mann

    Things will get better when Americans start acting like Americans, not gangs

    November 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry

    Its not about black or white but the rich taking our minds off their goal of stealing our country so it will be "For and by the rich". While a lot of people may think they are fighting for something important to them the rich are laughing all the way to the bank. Doing away with the minimum wage, health care, enviremental and banking regulations are their goals. If you want to see what this 'Goal" looks like go to any third world country and you will see the effects of this. This is why I will vote for Obama so Mitt and his rich buddies can be defeated.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CutterIV

      Thanks for being alert. As for the sinister belief by some posters (Who are like clones of Jones and B. Young) that blacks are less intelligent, just where is your anatomy, biology, and evolutionary learning coming from..if any? Your civil respect? Other posts have correctly addressed that issue. When a society has the offerings of higher learning for everyone and slums and poverty are nonexistent, there will arise genkus and even child prodigies from people of all color. Factually, color is just melanin production established over thousands of milennia...and eminating from Africa where once upon a time, our distant relatives were of a dark skin. Go figure.

      November 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fat white& 50

    If we don't learn from history we are sure to repeat it.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rfilips

      I plan to vote for Romney, therefore I am a racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alfred123

        Did you figure that deep thought by yourself or got help from Fox News.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jean Sartre

        We know, CNN already told us...

        November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Disgusted with CNN

    Exactly, just what I thought. Denial.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. liz

    Barack Obama was elected President of The United States of America-Enough said.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Yes he was Liz, and he betrayed that trust and broke the oath he took.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Liz, you are an ignorant idiot.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alfred123

        Liz, allow to respond. Pat, that's what you are but what'm I ? (and thank you for uplifting the intellectual caliber of the debate).

        November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bronco bama

    Take it in folks, what you're witnessing is the liberal media in full blown spin/damage control mode in the final days before the election, in a last ditch effort to save their failed leader. What a sight to see!!

    Their man is losing, all they can hope for is that the alternate universe they live in, and constantly force on the rest of us, hoodwinks and guilt-trips enough voters to win Obama the requisite number of battle-ground states.

    From the overwhelming number of comments rejecting the narrative in this article, though, We the People aren't buying it!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPINJ

      Thats mighty white of you....

      November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pat

        Where in his post does he mention race?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        And mighty racist of you.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • tired of it

        I am sure you are not white. Why is everything negative racist? That in and of itself is pure ignorance.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      "Those who do not follow the data intensively can be forgiven for not knowing what good shape Obama is in, because it is rarely reported in the mainstream media. There is a simple reason for this: it has a huge vested interest in maintaining the idea that the election is so close it cannot be called and will come down to the last vote cast on Election Day.”

      In other words, bronco bama billy, you are talking to an empty chair...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. blake

    More far left drivel and pro-Obama propoganda from the good folks at CNN. How about some real probing and news reporting. Might I suggest looking into and reporting on what really happened in Benghazi. The daily lies coming out of the White House. And the coverup.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      I guess you didn’t know about the two republicans that serve in Obamas Cabinet …AKA the White House.
      Timothy Geithner (R-I)
      Robert Gates (R

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miniche

    I'd probably be angry if I were black and worked with you too. You're not a racist if you don't vote for Obama. You're a racist if you call Obama out for something that Bush did virtually his entire term. I'd have a bit more respect for the Tea Party if they would have started up in 2001 or so. Establish TSA (big govt.), wage 2 unpaid wars, increase deficits AND cut taxes at the same time. But no, it's only bad when the black president does it. And another thing... Romney has integrity? Please!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hugh Mann

    mob attacked? really? where's the proof of that,,,in your closet?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      How about you start with the Rodney King riots and go from there. Quit looking in your closet and open your eyes.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobzilla

      http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Svenghooli

    Did he get paid by the word?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MH

      Read a book. Maybe not Dickens.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mark

    I dint give a rats flock about race.
    Give me a Prez with the guts to do something real.

    Obama aint it. Romney aint it.
    At this point I almost welcome a few dirty bombs or a big rock from space to bring reality back to the world.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      Self mutilation is always the best logic…I’m guessing you’re a cutter…please go back to middle school.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • nostalgicsound

      As a non Democrat or Republican but an American who wants what's best for the country, seeing these articles on CNN is getting old and obvious that this news network is pushing a Democratic agenda. It's alright if they are as MSNBC is for the left and FOX is for the right. But don't say your unbiased and your fair and hold middle ground. These race relation and racist storries will be being place more and more as the last days of the election draw near and it's no surprise. I believe it is a major issue but dayum! Coming from someone who's voting Democrat.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LOVEAMERICA

    These guy's are shrinking daily...that is why they are spending millions to stop America's growth...And for all those who say whites voted for President..This is true..BUT ..not those whites in the Republican party...

    November 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      Don’t leave out the radish-orange and the bluish-yellows. He*l, I heard the turquoise people don’t even vote…
      …And for all those who say turquoise people voted for the hall officer… This is true..BUT..not those turquoises in

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ABC123

    Regardless of his color, Obama was elected because he's a better candidate. As side benefit, he inspired all minorities, gave them hope that they can achieve the ultimate.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The Doug

    Yep, it's all a white backlash. It's not that some people are partisan or that others voted for him 4 years ago but are not happy with him today, it's just a white backlash. Always blame it on ole whity. If one thing is safe in America, is that one is always safe to make blanket statements about white people.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texasmike

      They don't generally blame "whites" for all their troubles, but try telling THAT to a guy who can't get a cab to stop for him so he can get home. This white victimhood is pathetic.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. 4Mel

    So if I disagree with Obama's policies, I'm a pre-Reconstruction racist? Sorry, simply not true. There are some people who are racist, no denying that. But the generalization that opposition equals racism is not only false, it's antagonistic and ultimately dangerous.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      How much of the article did you read before you decided "F-THIS-NOISE! I'MA RESPOND!!!!!!!" – Had you actually read the article, you would have noticed a very important word used throughout: SOME. Oh, feel free to hit CTRL+F (or CMD+F if you're on a Mac) and type "Some". You see that? Some historians. Some scholars. Some conservatives. So, no. Just because you disagree with Obama does not make you a racist pre-Reconstruction. Even if your comment is trying to imply that was the author's intent. Tool.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tim

    Wow, what a racist article. Apparently CNN is trying for the 'white guilt' vote for Obama. Pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. KeninTexas

    The only thing missing from this article, is the statement, "I am Barrack Obama and I approved this advertisement".

    November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Mann

      or a Texan to say so

      November 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ira

    I get it. Desperate attempt to make white people feel bad about being white and vote for Obama. It's not the color of skin, It's the policies!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl Lopez

      Hello Ira,
      I just had to make a point of the photo on this story.. Did I see people protesting the "black" President- In front of JEEPS?!
      If so, that makes me sick to my stomach. I think we should send that to the car company- Maybe get the folks fired.
      How would they like that? What do you think? Cheryl

      November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. PATRIOT

    Im a black guy who voted for 5 white (GOP) guys and 1 black (DEM) guy, does that make me a racist. If McCain was the guy from 2000 (The Maverick) instead of that 2008 right wight nut job, it would have been 6 white (GOP) guys

    November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Slater

      PATRIOT, what you say speaks volumes. Many will look at a GOP member who is white and voted for candidates who are also white, and will come to the conclusion that they must have done that based on hate. If suddenly 96% of the U.S. caucasion population voted for Romney, do you think there would be a huge backlash from people saying that whites are not voting for Obama because he is black? Of course there would be. Yet 96% of blacks last election voted for Obama. Could that same logic be applied here?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hugh Mann

    "Whites" are 72% of all Americans, so who voted for Obama,,,,???

    Romney says it was the gutter vote

    November 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bernie

      So I guess bout half of all white people voted for obama in 2008 if it was i landslide. i don't remember. but i do recall his victory being uncontested by mccain

      November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. d_heps

    It seems people seek out racism, almost hope for it, just to make the guy with other ideologies look bad. The media is complicit in this perpetuation of racism. When every little thing that could maybe or maybe not be racism gets magnified and pointed out, guess what? It becomes racism whether it was or not. I am so tired of it. Tired of D's and R's and divide and conquer. Obama was supposed to unite the country and bring real change to Washington. He's done none of that, which is why I am not voting for him this time, not because of his skin color. Gary Johnson is the only real candidate we have, but the power hungry duopoly that all you sheep fawn over will never let a 3rd party have any chance. Alas, I will vote 3rd party anyway, on principle.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rob

    Blake reveals how little he knows about the true nature of Federal occupation in the Deep South following the Civil War. Or maybe he simply twisted his knowledge about "Reconstruction" in a failed attempt to draw an intelligent parallel to our political climate. If an unbiased professional edited this article for content and accuracy about Reconstruction, and what happened to blacks and whites alike, he or she would have to chunk this article and start over. By the way, racism is disgusting in any age and place, but so is political correctness. Come on CNN, return to professionalism or reduce yourself to the likes of the Enquirer.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Robrob

    You might want to look up "logical fallacy" and "correlation does not imply causation."

    November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Richard

    What a disgusting screed. This "racist" country put Obama in office. Now that people have seen the reality of his policies and his divisive demagoguery and want a new direction, all of a sudden they've become "racists"?? It's not racism that's divided the country. It's Barack Obama. Take your race hustling somewhere else.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott in Texas

      What a load. Do you feel better now?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texasmike

      What a coward or blithly blind idiot.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. JOhn

    Show me some new jobs and concrete efforts at keeping jobs here in the US... What good will voting do me if I don't have a job to support my family. We need a strong president like FDR who re-built the nation with unemployed American workers. Show me a president willing to bring back some FDR ideals, or I'll vote for None of the above, again.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • snebmiester

      FDR had a congress that cooperated, and when the SCOTUS was not cooperating he threatened to add enough judges to the bench to get what he wanted. Obama issues an executive order and everyone flips out. And as for Romney, if you remember he was on the news 8 days after Obama's inauguration, calling all of Obama's policies a failure. 8 days, never even given a chance. Oh and remember that "Super Majority" that Obama had for a whole month, (Sen. Franken did not get sworn in until Aug, and Sen Kennedy died in Sept. and was replaced by a Republican) people argue that Obama could have gotten anything done, except without a super majority all it takes is one senator to filibuster.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • snebmiester

      Oh and one more thing, Republicans are all about bringing in new jobs, but it is Congress' job to pass laws, so where is the jobs bill, that Obama was pushing for and if it was not good enough, why didn't they make it better.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Hugh Mann

    It's not "the coloured people" that elected Obama,,,you need to work on your own race

    November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Don

    White American.
    German ancestry (American born).
    Independent voter (both parties have problems)
    Obama supporter.
    Race isn't a factor. Logic is. If you vote for Romney because of Obama's race...you need to evolve logically. Prejudice must be eradicated.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      I am voting for Romney because Obama has run up debt that has absolutely nothing to do with the conditions we had when he first came into office. I know too many stories about where a lot of that money went that I know are true. We can't afford four more years of this. I am even worried about what is going to happen in the next two months!!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew

        Your Dumb....

        November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • waheid

        If you would check your facts, you would find that it was George Bush and his conservative Republican friends in Congress who dug the financial hole that we are in. He financed his two wars by deficit spending. While it is true that the deficit has increased under Obama, much of his increase is as a result of the financial crash at the end of the Bush presidency when hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs and needed help. Remember: Bush started his presidency with a surplus, thanks to Bill Clinton. Bush spent that and then much, much more. The situation we are in now is a direct result of Republican financial mismanagement.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Texasmike

        How many times do the facts have to be repeated to you idiots? Bush ran up the debt, stupid. With tax cuts AND two wars that were paid for by the Chinese. Not to mention TARP (a portion was repaid by Wall street but plenty wasn't). WHY do you rightwing idiots continue to LIE about this? Are you mentally incapable of telling the truth?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Evidence

        Race :African American
        POB: USA
        Independent Voter
        USA Supporter

        I agree that race, racism, citizenship and all of the other "tools" used during the last four years are just absurd. The simple fact is this country is broken. Not by one man but by a group of policy makers who only make excuses. Sure Obama can be better, but the fact remains that you cannot turn a "one hundred mile train" on a dime. It is going to take time and a lot of sacrifice. You will not feel the effects of "change" for another 3 years and in some cases more. I would like to see someone give me one tangible way the POTUS, be it Mitt Romney, Obama, Bush or Clinton can create jobs with out affecting OUR tax dollars or controlling the interest of private business. OUR dollar is OUR voice... we need to stop finger pointing and get proactive. What made the great presidents in US history great were the people who contributed(Congress, Local Government, the citizens etc...). I didn't choose the color of my skin, my creator did and life gave me the ability to know that you have to do different to get different.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jean Sartre

        Yes, Jane, you might grow a brain to go along with your "stories."

        November 2, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Gayle

      More people will be voting for Obama because of his race than will be voting against him because of his race, yet there is no discussion whatsoever about this racism.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • CommonSensePlease

        The same can be said for Romney voters....

        November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dave

    Seriously CNN? This is pathetic. Let's not report on the biggest story NOT being reported on in Bengahzi and focus on how the Republicans are not voting for Obama because he's BLACK?! Wow. If Romney wins and riots ensue, you can now take at least partial credit for that. Republicans were prepared to vote for an actual black candidate (HC). Didn't work out, media got to him first, and he was being crucified in the black community for being an uncle Tom. Sad that the left can't see that they've become what they used to hate.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      As desperate as you are to make "something" out of Bengazi, you're clutching at straws. Your time might be better spent coming up with an actual fiscal policy.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jane

        Rob, if you think our ambassador and three good men getting killed is "nothing," you are sorely lacking in good sense, and it reminds me far too much of our president and his take on what happened.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Q Public

        Rob, why don't you go back down to Zucati park?

        November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facts are Fun

      The Headline just a few hours ago was all about the Benghazi timeline. Maybe think before you speak?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Hugh Mann

    "Blacks are less than 18% of the population

    November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Will

    Refreshing and educational to read a historical perspective of racism in America. It does exist and fuels the hatred of the Republican Party and there disdain for the President. No racist is going to admit to it,as is so very evident here. What they should realize is that 1969 was the start of the end of white male privilege in this country, and it will happen, it has happened, and it will continue.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      yawn....

      November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chancho

      Abraham Lincoln once said,"If you are a racist, i will attack you with the north."

      November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      Well said.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Excellent point. Ben, I'm sorry to hear that you are not intelligent enough to understand what is being said..

      November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      It is sad that so many people have no clue about the history of this country when it comes to politics. They are blatantly ignorant of the fact that Democrats were responsible for trying to keep the lid on black people and mistreating them in any way they could. They were still doing it when I was a young girl.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Facts are Fun

        Yes, Democrats, and Dixiecrats in general, were the conservative party for a long time. No matter the name of the party, it was the conservatives that have always been the party of racism. That Democratic Party has no connection with the Progressives in the Democratic Party today.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve p

        @Facts are Fun – No, that's an absolute lie. The majority of dixiecrats joined the democratic ranks. Including, but not limited to, Klansman Robert Byrd who was the democratic senator of West Virginia up until 2010. Check your facts, they are fun...

        November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-o

      Get a life Will and stop grouping. I'm a white conservative and my best friend is black... oh and many of my friends are black, Hispanic, Asian, Arabic etc etc. If Romney was black and Obama were white I'd still vote for Romney. It has nothing to do with race. Stop turning this into a race thing you bigot. Like someone else so intelligently pointed out...it was a nation comprises of 72% whites that voted on Obama.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123elle

      I agree. I was surprised to see such an in-depth report hee on CNN. The facts are staring us in the face. I too have noticed an intensification of racism since Obama was elected, although I consider him anything but an activist. The people expressing that racism are really scary as well; they are not reasoned or edicated conservatives, but more like rabid dogs.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. circleinsideabox

    i stopped reading after this
    (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,

    November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Hugh Mann

    Haters gonna hate

    November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ricke1949

    Another CNN article trying to raise the race flag. We are 5 trillion more in debt and have the worse recovery .
    Blacks have the highest unemployment. If Obama was white there would be articles on his racist handling of the recovery.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJC2010

      If President Obama were white and had the identical record, the only state Romney might have a chance to win would be Utah. They're still hoping for a return to plural marriage, just as you seem to be hoping for a return to 1949.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jane

        A president has never won re-election with anywhere close to the disaster that has befallen this country under Obama. NEVER! You are so misinformed.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        If Obama were white he would never have been elected in the first place. Hillary would be president.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BOTELLI AYIK

    I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION FOR JOHN BLAKE & THAT IS,BLAKE IF SCRATCH YOUR SKIN, WHAT COMES OUT IS BLOOD. IS THE WHITE? .IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO THEN MR BLAKE YOU'RE THE MOST STUPID, CONSCIENCELESS, ILLITERATE LITERATE.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      wait, what? First of all, no one knows what you're saying, second of all, john blake is a black dude

      November 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. sybaris

    "If I vote for anyone other than Obama I'm a racist"

    Your post sounds more like you are trying to justify your veiled racist tendencies

    November 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Slater

      sybaris, why are you so racist?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Hugh Mann

    There are an awful lot of Americans that don't act very American

    November 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Patriot

    Race is not an issue to me, I look at values!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Mann

      what about the issue of discrimination and human rights then?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  44. honestmidwest

    Some Americans are still so full and obsessed with hatred. Just sad and sick.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      Please
      listen with your ears and not with your eyes

      Then make a call

      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      I agree! The hatred that liberals (progressives, whatever) have for southern white Americans is deplorable. It is only surpassed by the low opinion they have of black Americans. Why wasn't this article written during the electronic lynching they gave Clarence Thomas or Herman Cain? Conservatives judge Barack Obama to be a poor president because of his collectivist and redistributive policies. We reject him just like we rejected lilly-white Jimmy Carter in 1980.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. westsacvoice

    Doesn't matter. America is changing as population shifts. The Latino vote is referenced more often. Many other folks continue to move to America from India, China, etc. We are all Americans and anyone who doesn't see it that way is really, by definition, not an American. This country was built on immigrants and the melting pot concept. People will try to stop the changes but it is inevitable simply because there are many more non-white Americans.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humanity4All

      There are folks in Caucasian community that are dividing the country with intense hate and deception. Unfortunately, many are well educated and well to do Americans.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Tmoney

    Why not pay attention to history... it knows more than you do.

    (sorry if that's hard to comprehend for those without a degree in anything.)

    November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Such an ignorant statement.....

      November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Cinchy

    Racism has diminished, except among blacks. A tiny percentage of them could correctly describe Obama's policies, actions, and platform - but will vote for his skin color. Whites, to their credit, have moved much further away from skin color.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tmoney

      Cite some sources please.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • do the math

        Yes, cite some sources...this is a comments section on a webpage; i expect copious footnotes, citations, etc...just like Fareed Zakaria...nevermind

        November 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hbmckinn@yahoo.com

      When you get back to Earth, write a response based on reality.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Pelham

      Thank Yo Clinchy EXACTLY!!! Fer as I am concerned thar will always be Black folk who don't rightly like White folk and vice versa but both being American Citizen's that thar be thar GOD! given right! If Black folk and White folk thus choose to be Racist all I can say is that thar be thar right to be so period!!!! I rightly knew CNN and all these here other Liberal Media Outlets would be shuffling the ole' Race Card deck right up until next Tuesday so this here was NO real shock too me!!!! Personally I'll just be glad come early next year once President Romney takes over and we can all be done with all that thar silly Race-baiting nonsense once agin!!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      Project much?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Real

      Cinchy, please wake up and pay attention. Racism is still just found among whites at an alarming degree. The election of Obama proved that by showing the world how much many hate African-Americans in this country. I have never heard so much hatred toward a President. When you have people questioning his citizenship, like Donald "Racist" Trump; Ann Coulter calling him "retarded", while he was giving the State of the Union speech, someone openly disrespecting the office and him as a man by calling him a liar. I can go on and on. We who have experienced racism recognize it when we see it. Now, blacks are just as racist as well. Many of our blacks vote just because he is part African-American. That is ridiculous!!! I don't agree with much of what Obama believes and that may have shifted my vote. My problem, its hard for me to except Republican because historically that party has rejected me and my community.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSensePlease

      Really....wow! You need help!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ellen

    Actually it was because of Huckabee that we did not get Romney as the candidate last time. Huckabee stayed in and siphoned off enough votes that would have gone to Romney, and so, McCain became the nominee most unfortunately. I wonder if Ronmey would have been able to beat the Democratic nominee at the time, might have been Hillary, who knows. Anyway, there is ample proof that this current President should never have been in the primaries, let alone become the nominee at the time. He simply is bereft of anything that you might call American in nature or predominant culture, he simply acts as though organically, he is not from this land whatsoever. You either are by nature or you are not, by your personal exigency, and in his case, he seems in every way to be from somewhere else. Now that can be in the form of ideology of course, but, nonetheless, not from here.
    Good luck to all.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Interesting, except that he is president because he was voted in. So you are clearly missing something that the majority saw.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baffled

      It really amazes me how clueless some people are. It's like explaining things to a brick wall...you just get tired. This President had done a great job with what he had to work with. Some people just don't get it.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Real

      Really? That is the problem. Many whites in America believes if he doesn't agree with the right he must be from somewhere else. He stands on the Democratic platform period. I have never heard any whites say other Democrats are not from America. Why is it the moment we have a black President he must not be American or is from somewhere else? You just exposed your hand as one that is full of racial cards. You can be against what he stands for, against his policies, against his party, but give him the respect of being the President, of being a man, and also of being an American.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. ferisbueller

    Race? What race? We're talking about what? Race. Hey, what is that?!?!? Look over there. No the other way, to your left. Gotta go....BYYYYEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Hugh Mann

    so what you are saying is that the "coloured" people snuck Obama in the White House while you weren't watching....and now you "deserve" it back

    November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tmoney

      No. That's what you're saying.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Had to chuckle! Great comment...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Orlando

    Maybe we all just forgot just how bad the country was before Obama took office and how my beloved Bush II ignored how fast the economy was falling. What happened to being your own man and standing for your beliefs? My party seemed to of had One belief, which didn't help this country....

    November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. david

    The last gasp of CNN to get Obama re-elected! Who opposed seating Revels? Democrats! Who destroyed reconstruction? Democrats!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Mann

      and now that the Republicans have flipped sides, you think that you can blame the Democrats for what is happening today?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starshiprarity

      At that time, Democrats were political conservatives, advocating limiting social rights and government intervention in the affairs of states (believing that slavery was a state's decision).
      Republicans of the time were social liberals and promoted government intervention in state affairs and economics.
      Choose your history.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Izoto

    I'm willing to bet if Obama had been white - same name too - he wouldn't have had gotten the heat that our Obama gets.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      If a white man named Obama Hussein had run he would NEVER have been elected. Never, never, never!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Justin D'Affronte

    BELIEVE IN AMERICA

    November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  55. carl

    Here comes the race card. Wondered when it would be played. Desperation is stting in.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Sitting in what?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Racism is out there it's not a 'race card' it is reality. If you cannot see that then you are blind.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Facts is facts.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I know. And as you read this article and all of the twists they put into it, they subtly imply that if Obama loses it will be the start of another long period of oppression and restriction of rights, while his election will usher in a new age of reason and rights. LAUGHABLE tripe. Talk about trying to lay guilt on folks. Whats most amazing about this one sided article is how they never speak to the other side. For example why do all the nations in Europe (including former Warsaw pact nations) have voter ID laws which wow .. aren't seen as supressing any voters (and the ID cards issued in Lithiania have allowed them to move forward with on-line internet voting!). Or note how the article keeps painting those that oppose Obama in the racist light, yet it never touches on why 96% of blacks will vote for Obama and won't consider Romney (if you want to talk racism, this group is the biggest source of racism in the country today).

      November 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jas

        96% of African Americans supported Bill Clinton and the democratic party...what's your point? Some people are so quick to make black people racist to make themselves feel better. Would you say Latinos that supported a alatino candidate were racist? Mitt Romney/Republicans have done nothing to truly get to know issues important to African American.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stephanie

        You do bring up some very good points. Yet, it is fascinating to read these parallels to history. But I have often wondered if it's simply the "underdog" mentality? We often root for what seems impossible or the less fortunate at the time?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rookie

        No Ken,

        The issue is why do we have the reemergence of the vestiges of Jim Crow Laws in a similar context – reaction to the perceived enfranchisement of the same minority group at the expense of the same antagonists – its about context, correlation, causation, etc,.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  56. btlprod

    Well the Sandy coverage wasn't bringing in Obama Voters, so CNN runs yet another race article. Leaving out the couple of days Obama "didn't campaign" due to Sandy this is the 11th article on CNN in 7 days playing the race card.

    Desperation at its finest.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Tell me that on November 7th. The Republican Party is dead, co-oped by the radical evangelical right it has lost it's soul. Read Margret Hoovers book on the death of the GOP

      November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jane

        If the Republican Party is dead, why do you people worry about it so much? Hmmmmm? You are all such dreamers, methinks!

        November 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Stork

    Once again, CNN is doing its best to foment racism.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbequed Bird

      CNN fomenting racism? Sorry, but the Rethugs do a bang-up job of that all by themselves.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      As far as I can tell they are dead on. We've all (those who have a real head on our shoulders) been thinking this for years... and they finally came out and said it. Truth hurts doesn't it.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Montgomery

      I agree, Really seems that way. I voted for Obama this year and I'm white. I really don't see how whites are any worse than blacks on this issue. Many blacks are also racists or hateful to me, without even knowing me, so what's the difference? I see politics as an emotionally charged issue, that people will turn to race in frustration of promoting their political agenda. Blacks generally won't vote for Romney because he a Republican, and they have never supported Republicans in big numbers. I just don't see many whites changing their political ideology, or political alignment over race, not in signifigant numbers anyhow. Sure, racism will always exist to some extent, but its not just a white issue, as CNN would have you believe. I have black friends. I share a rental property with a black man. I generally like people of any color who are civil and respectful. I expect the same in return, and that tiny fact limits my interactions among Black Americans to the largest degree. Seems to me, in todays world, racism cuts both directions equally.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Thank you!!!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jas

        Curious – what makes a black person that is mean tobyou racist instead of just a bad person?

        I agree that ideology is the larger reason why people support theirbrespective candidates. However the Presidents race has bubbled some extreme blatant racism out those who already had it in them. As a black person it makes ie nervous how much hate comes at him or anyone that stems from the Color of skin. I believe the majority of white people are good people and not racist but the craziest make itbhard to know who to trust. (Just like the few black people that commit crimes makes everyone afraidbof us). We will all keep fighting the good fight.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • nostalgicsound

      I agree! CNN is biased and it's obvious. This is coming from someone who voted Democrat last election.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  58. sybaris

    My parents are in their 70's, their friends are in their 70's and I have friends in their 70's. They all have two things in common, they grew up when the country was segregated and they hate having a black man in the white house more than the political ideology he stands for. Those that say there isn't a race issue in this election do not know the subtleties of racism and have probably never experienced it themselves.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. a concerned citizen

    it takes longer than 4 years to fix the economy that Bush left us in. Just saying

    November 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Exactly right.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      And you don't do it spending in excess of THREE TRILLION DOLLARS that we don't have.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • waheid

        Jane – Why not? That's how George Bush and his conservative Republican allies financed their misadventures. Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were paid by deficit financing. In addition, we killed about 4,000 Americans so that George W. could prove that he really could be commander-in-chief. Did you notice that none of the Republicans running for election this year even mentioned George's name? In fairness, however, it should be noted that he had a lot of help from conservative Republicans. The increase in the deficit since Obama became President results, in large part, because of the two wars that were ongoing when Obama came in and because of the unprecedented expenses that resulted from the financial mess that Bush and friends got us in to.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  60. dudecarewhereis

    it will be great to see 4 more years of Obama our hero!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gayle

      Yeah if the next four more years he's retired in Hawaii.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  61. a concerned citizen

    does anybody realize that when Romney left as governor of Massachusetts the job rate in that state went up and left mass. with a 1 billion dollar deficit?

    November 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • do the math

      1 Billion!!!! oh no...wait, that's only 1/1000 of the deficit Obama is running every year for the last 4 years.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      were are you getting your facts i live in massachussettes and we have a 1 billion dollar surplus you moron

      November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Facts are Fun

        It's $460 Million. Now. Not after Romney left office. Why would you call someone a moron, when you clearly have your facts wrong?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. jrt1098

    What is alive and well in this country is the Liberal Left tired old practices of using the RACE CARD, the GENDER CARD and the FEAR CARD to try to scare and divide the American people !

    What I find especially offensive is that they do this EVERY election cycle ... and in so doing actually INSULT the intelligence of the population in general ... very DISHONEST !

    November 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      There is a commercial out that states Blacks should vote for the Republicans because Lincoln freed the slaves....Come on, look at the record of the Tea Party and their reps. obsessing over birth certificates.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      You need to read about The Frankfurt School, a group of Jewish intellectuals from Columbia University. This group was the beginning of today's political correctness and they promoted the idea of "victim groups" (ie gender, race, etc) to achieve thier Marxist utopia.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • agathokles

      The right uses the fear card all the time. "Obama's going to take away your guns. Obama is a socialist. Obama wants to redistribute wealth. Obamacare has death panels." All lies.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        So Obama was lying when he said that he wanted to spread the wealth around? Much like on Benghazi, he is either lying or incompetent, and if he were white and doing the same thing he would still be lying or incompetent.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Cinchy

    Racism wants to die, but the media and academics are doing their best to keep it alive.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irskan

      well, lotsa goobs helping too....

      November 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jason

    Thank you for your long article. Usually, in today's news, you don't get anything longer than 5 paragraphs. I teach history and thoroughly enjoyed the nuances of the article, some of which I had thought of and some of which I had not.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Yes, a long article that said absolutely nothing.

      White Americans aren't upset because a black man is president. They are upset because they are accused of racism (no matter what they do) they are lied to about race (yes, there are racial differences in intelligence) and because they are becoming a demographic minority AGAINST THEIR WILL in a nation that their fathers and grandfathers built and fought to defend.

      THAT is why White Americans are upset.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • agathokles

        I don't think all people who oppose Obama are racists. I wouldn't even venture to say that more than a minority of those who oppose Obama are racist. But I know there are people who oppose him because of his race. To think otherwise is to deny reality. It's what all those bumper stickers are about that say "We're gonna take back OUR country." It's the cry of xenophobic white folks who look around them and see whites becoming a minority in America and it frightens them. And that's racist.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Slater

        agatholkes, many times on CNN and MSNBC articles, I have seen comments from people saying "don't vote for Romney, he's just another rich old white man who doesn't care about (blacks, hispanics, women, etc.)" several times. Doesn't this play the race card. The idea that if you are wealthy and white, you automatically must hate all ethnic minorities?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jas

        Please expand on what you mean by racial differences in intelligence...weren't you supposed to make the argument that racism DOESNT exist? By the way my African American ancestors built his country too. If you think the country was only built by white Americnss than you are sadly misinformed.I know the proposed agendas of both candidates and contrary to what you would like to believe this highly educated black person is making an informed decicion. Unlike MOST voters (ignorant voting is equal acelross all races)

        November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. 2tired2care

    Racism is alive and well in this country. People love to hate others for their own failings.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • hbmckinn@yahoo.com

      Whites are not the problem, it's white's fear that is the problem.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuffgong

      Yeah, just like Rosewood and Tula. Blacks were blaming whites then too. white people are funny. 500 years of living in love with each other but one group hates the other for no reason. hmm

      November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  66. timtom

    Articles like this make me sick. Comparing this election in any way to the reconstruction era is just disgusting. I don't know how garbage like this makes it to CNN.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Your in DENIAL

      November 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rob

    I know that racism existed and I know that to some extent it still does but I can only think of one word to describe CNN printing this fear mongering drivel...IRRESPONSIBLE! I am sorry to be the first to tell you this but I was born in the 50's and now we are into the following century and I can tell you that things have changed. This article is just trying to play on historic fears to stir up your audience.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      The press is in Obama's corner carrying out his, and Jarrett's orders. And what did he say in '08?

      1. "If you don't have any fresh ideas, you use stale tactics to scare the voters"
      2. “If you don’t have a record to run on, you make a big election about small things.”

      Yep, his stooges in the press are playing right along like the good little commies they are.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kreeky Bones

        John Q. Did you read where you got your quotes from? And who he's talking about in your graciously supplied quotes? Density=mass/volume.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • JDDOC

        Look that up. Obama was referring to his opponent.
        Why are so many of the Republican "bad" Obama quotes taken out of context?
        Take 5 minutes and web search it. Try to swallow your unreasoning hate for 5 minutes.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  68. A

    I guess that is the new term for anyone that opposes or has opposing views that don't agree with the way Mr. Obama is taking the country. There are many that will say that Mr. Obama was elected because he was black and I really don't care if that was the reason he was elected all in the name of making history. Well history should be made if it's a good thing, the failure of the Administration was displayed by a Old White guy, Harry, an Old White Woman and a Black Community guy. Now that combination has been proven to be a failure, proof is in the amount of people not working, in the raise of welfare accounts created in the past 44 months, the raise in food stamps accounts. Now if that is good history then there are many people that are confused. Yes Mr. Obama allowed for the Navy Seals to go in and terminate OBL, I will give Mr. Obama credit for that, and nothing more, for he's not earned it, but then again it's not his party belief that things should be earned, thus we are where we are.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonnie3

      You said it WELL!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • B

        "A" did not say it well. There are many grammatical errors in the post.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Perhaps if you used "President" instead of "Mr." your post would have more credibility. I think your sour because he has done better than "President" Bush.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      How much of UNEMPLOYMENT issue is driven by Corporations refusing to properly staff their work groups. One worker today is doing the job of what 3 or 4 workers did yesterday. You know we need to do more with less and now for less to solely improve the bottom and/or profit margin. Increase in productivity with no increase in jobs and/or compensation. So where do we go next to improve that bottom line? Major Corporations ( Verizon, UPS to name of few is sitting on Billions overseas waiting and hoping a republican administration to take office and allow that money to be brought into this Country tax free. Why not bring it home now and help grow this economy by hiring more workers?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve p

        Because they are a corporation and their sole purpose is to turn a profit for their employees and shareholders. Their purpose isn't to fund out of control government spending. That's not how business works. And if you believe that we should force companies to do things that don't fit into their profit motive, then every business will take all of their operations overseas and you will be left with nothing. Contrary to what you believe, a business SOLE purpose is to make money. You take that away and you no longer have an economy..... Obviously this president, not unlike you, doesn't understand how businesses work. They go overseas because oppressive governmental conditions like high taxes. Which in turn, make people with money invest overseas in other economies to make money. Its economics. A subject Obama barely grasps...

        November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Kanageloa

    The President's performance? Please provide something of substance other than the greatest American debt in history. The Health Care Taxation Act. The closure of more coal mines than anyone in history. Please South TX give us your summation of his performance.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • South TX

      We are not talking about political performance here. This depot is about race issues for our President.
      I did not post my comment to argue what he has or has not done in his term only that the denial of racial issues is a farce. If you read my post I also said...
      Many people are anti-Obama because of issues that are not this and I understand and support those beliefs. My reference is that we can not deny that many people are also perceiving him incorrectly based on their own racial bias.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  70. WhiteGuy33

    And the point of this article is?????

    If Obama loses it will be because the people voted him out. It is really that simple. Not because of his skin, hair, birth certificate, etc. It will be because he had 4 years to do a job that he did, or did not perform well in.

    When will "white liberals" stop the racist dialogue? Does anyone ever notice that the white liberals are the ones who create the racist rhetoric and will never let it go?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I disagree I believe in what Col Wilkerson (a republican) said recently.

      Lawrence Wilkerson On Republican Party: "My Party Is Full Of Racists"

      look it up. Do we question his credibility? Well you don't agree with him so he must not have any credibility!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • trust but verify

      I love reading thecomments on this post. For once, I am reading intelligent people bombarding the liberal media. GO VOTE OBAMA OUT.

      P.S. I am part of the 2% of Afr.Amer. that did not vote for Obamination...that makes me a 2%er I suppose. I am a Christian (so my original pick was NOT ROMNEY...but he is the lesser of two evils and until I see him in action for the next 4 years, I'll state "it was a choice between a Morman and a Demon).

      For the very first time in my adult life...I am proud of my country.

      Obama: we know who you are.
      Romney: we're watching you too. You're not getting a blind eye just because you're up against Satan's advocate.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Well oh well

        Very well expressed.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bhawk1

    Ryan Romney have moved Mormons and Catholics into christanity in the South. Before Protestant churches view them as cults, pope worshipers, at best and never christans. Now they are. So the worst thing one can still be in the south is black.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ann

    The states has many men like your father, this is why there is so much hate in the world. You don't have to leave the USA to fight wars, as the war of the whites hating, blacks, Hispanics. White Americans are immigrants, this is not their land and black did not willingly come here, they were forced here into slavery.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  73. GreginMO

    I know the article doesn't explicitly state it, but once again anyone who dares to assert that President Obama is not a strong leader, or that he doesn't have the experience, or that his policies have failed is a closet racist at best. At worst, maybe we are all vile and openly hostile to anyone of color being president. I resent even the implication that this is true. Any criticism of the president these last four years has been labeled as an attack on the president's race. How unfair – and what a good way to mute any criticism: Throw racism at everyone who disagrees and see if it sticks. I resent being potrayed this way, even if it is indirectly. I voted for President Obama against my better judgement in 2008 because I was caught up like a lot of people in the history of the moment and in what it could mean for this nation. I have been sorely disappointed, but now that I read this article I know why.

    It's because I'm a racist, of course.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      And you will be sorely disappointed with Romney even more in the next four years, this is why OBAMA will win again. Religion and Politics don't mix and God doesn't like racist people or war.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • GreginMO

        I have no idea if I'll be disappointed in Romney or not, but I know for certain that I'm disappointed with President Obama. What in my post had anything to do with the mixture of religion and politics? But I digress. I also wonder how you know I'll be disappointed with Gov Romney if he becomes president. Will he not address the unemployment rate? Well, it isn't being addressed now. Will he not address the number of people who have quit looking for jobs? Is isn't being addressed now. Will he not attempt to lower the deficit? It isn't being lowered now.

        President Obama, by most measures, has not lived up to his promise, and I am very disappointed NOW.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • sonnie3

        So Obama need to learn not to put politics into the rules that goes against 50% or more of the American Christian Values. Oh well he step in it and will be a one term non leader of America. What a waste of the past 4 years and what a cost to our children and grandchildren. Our leaders have no go nads and moral bones in their spine. Just greed and power and slam insults and lies on any one who run against them and their record is so poor, that is all they can do. What a bunch of nerds we have in Washington!

        November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Ann, Maybe you should do more research of the policies that have worked for this country and the ones that haven't worked. It is nothing more than obvious that OBAMAS policies don't work! We are headed straight for a world war. It's not because of his race! It's because of his lack of leadership and poor decisions. He is trying to lead this country the way his father would have wanted. His father hated America. Maybe you should watch "Obama's 2016". Watch it. It took Obama nearly 2 years to come up with a birth certificate!?? Why? The president of the United States of America cant come up with something as simple as a birth certificate??? It's a pre-requisite!!! Why is it that he(Obama) is not willing to let his college records surface as Donald Trump offered to give 5 million dollars to charity of Obama's choice? There is too much that is going on under the radar and so many Americans are so BLIND to see that! America is going to be the worst place to live in 4 years with Obama as president. I come from a very poor family and have put forth a lot of TIME and EFFORT to get where I am today. My family and I have worked hard for everything we have. We didn't receive government handouts. We have not been lazy like many Americans who have contributed to our debt crisis!

        November 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ER

      Oh plz stop being an silly and dramatic. Your dissapointed. We get it.
      The reality of the article is that asking someone to prove their
      American citizenship. This is and has been stupid. And yes, this has
      come from the basis of racist WHITE people,,, Plain and simple.
      Not liking Obama does not make you or anyone else a racist. And i am
      one of the many black people that feel that way. But the idea that one
      race has the right to make one of another race PROVE something because of their
      own deep seated hateful, bigoted feelings is something that makes me sick and this country
      not the once great country it was. Look the facts in the face. We all need to grow up a bit here
      and face the growth this 50 states still has in front of itself.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • sonnie3

        Ok, Now explain why he hides his college records.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • ED

        Why don’t you share your failing high school grades?

        November 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Maria

    Every day, I force myself not to step into the offensive beliefs and the shadow of the language cast my grandparents ("the Colored") or that of my aunts and uncles ("N–gers"). My mother and father, mercifully, were open-minded enough not to engage in such blatant racist behavior, but the poison spread by other members of my family still haunts my thoughts from time to time. Perhaps it's only one negative comment every other month that will come to my mind, but that is still one negative thought too many. (The irony being that my mother's side of the family is chiefly Irish, and the Irish were considered little better than dogs when they came to America. My father, although Caucasian, was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the States with very dark skin, so I have no doubt that he experienced a certain amount of racism that woke him up to the hypocrisy of racism.)

    November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • South TX

      Me to Maria. I even felt odd even explaining this by saying "black" people. I did not use a PC word because it is literally the color of the skin to some, regardless of heritage. Hence my explanation of his new derogatory word. Many people are anti-Obama because of issues that are not this and I understand and support those beliefs. My reference is that we can not deny that many people are also perceiving him incorrectly based on their own racial bias.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  75. David

    Reconstruction was an attempt to build an interracial democracy????? The Yankee myth of history never dies, it just smells stronger and stronger.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. llatpoh

    A totally ridiculous article designed to push the MSM’s pro O narrative

    Obama won the 2008 election because the American people were excited to see the American dream come true – the idea of Obama becoming the President... AND were rooting for him to succeed!

    Obama squandered his opportunity through his focused pursuit his lefty ideology

    This article massively underestimates the great people of the U S of A

    November 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      How could Obama succeed when the entire Republican party said, from six weeks in, that they wanted him–and subsequently, the entire country–to fail? The jobs bill failed to pass because of Republican influence, and not even two days later, they went back to complaining about "where are the jobs?" NO president, certainly not McCain, could've dug this nation out of the hole that past Presidents dug for us. Reagan pushed the national debt up 218%. Bush I and Bush II threw us in to two unnecessary wars in the Middle East, thus inflating our military budget and military expenses. Bush II left office with no plan to help the unemployed in place, so of COURSE it got worse; it takes 8-10 years for economic changes to be felt.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Charlie Brown

        What a lie you have spun. Where did you dig up those numbers on Reagan. Every President since and including Reagan has had an increase in the national debt. GW bush increased the national debt by a little over $ 3 trillion the second term. President Obama increased the debt by nearly $1.6 trillion THE FIRST YEAR of office. Clinton had the least increase his second term by $418 billion by reducing government spending not increasing it in a skyrocket fashion as our current President

        November 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Snoopy

        Do you make this stuff up as you type? The democrats controlled both the Senate and the House for the first two years of his term. The Republicans had no power to stop a jobs bill. As far as the wars the first Persian Gulf under Bush I was supported by the entire country and the world. Where do you get your info that removing Saddam from Kuwait was unnecessary? One third of the countrys debt in 236 years has come in the last 3 and a half years.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • h

        you have to understand something maria a "jobs bill" whatever that is anyway doesn't create jobs the government doesn't create enterprise or business. The government can't waive a magic wand and make work appear this is from businesses the republicans block alot of what obama does becuase it always cost someone else. Republicans are not for the rich their for everyone when taxes get cut its across the board all incomes becuase republiocans believe in smaller government please don't let the liberal media tell you otherwise visit a local library and reasearch these facts for yourself i use to be a hard democrat until I actually did reasearch and realised I was dead wrong the whole time. You can take my information with a grain of salt just stating facts I hope this helps.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonnie3

      Bingo!!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Great people of the USA....really ... How about selfish, inconsiderate and racist. The Land of Me and the Home of the depraved

      November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • llatpoh

        Another great thing about the U S of A is that we are a FREE country, and you are Free to leave it if you don't like it!

        November 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Charlie

    Do we all breathe the same air?

    November 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. organically

    Obama will get the 270 electoral votes and win the election, but Romney will win the national popular vote by a few hundred thousand. Just like 2000 when Gore had the presidency stolen from him. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      I have a microwave.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      It was NOT stolen from Gore, and I thank the Good Lord he didn't become President.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Kathryn Harlan

    I voted for Obama in 2008.. I do not care about polls ..I care about jobs under Obama and my family and friends and they continue to suffer so I will vote for change again and it will not be for Obama in 2012!

    November 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Your not going to get a job under Romney, they are sent to China. There was a BIG mess from the past republicans to clean up and your just going backwards...you deserve what you get if you vote Romney, the market will crash.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • onevoice

        yaaaaawwwwwwnnnn

        November 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • llatpoh

        ann dear, everytime the market thinks Romney is going to win the markets go UP. Gee, I wonder why – could it be because Obama has been the most ANTI business president in history??? The markets KNOW that with a Romney win, and more responsible monetary policy, the economy will improve. It's not rocket science.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • InVA

        Ann, Just to address 1 point. Jeff Immelt is
        the Pres.'s Jobs Council chief and GE is closing
        US plants and moving jobs to Asia. It is economics.
        A profitable company hires people

        November 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      You care about jobs, really all I read in your post is .......me and my

      November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Nitalynn

    I think answering that would require information on the percentage of each race living below the poverty level among other things related to advantages and disadvantages in society.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Basil30102

    Pat – DolorisC wasn't making a racist comment, she was only posting her observation.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Lizzy10

    American's need to stand together and we are all American's, no matter what your color. Too bad so many American's don't subscribe to that.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DolorisC

      You can't use an apostrophe correctly yet you give advice to the masses.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lizzy10

        Sorry, I am a nurse, not an English major.

        November 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoloresF

        You can't spell Delores correctly, and yet you correct other people on punctuation.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basil30102

      Regardless of where you put your apostrophe, it was a good statement that people should think about.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  83. westthea

    WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS & REPUBLICAN DECEPTION
    "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."

    This statement is an often heard distortion of reality. Since the era of Bill Clinton, the US government got rid of laws that prohibited corporations from merging with multi-national companies and selling its manufacturing out to other countries. It first started under Ronald Reagan. This enabled many men to become extremely wealthy, one being Mitt Romney, because they were selling America's economic future for their own personal gain. At the same time there was a big push to cut property taxes for education and a movement away from trade types of jobs and away from teaching people skills that would get them a good job or enable them to start their own company. All of this piled up under Clinton, then Bush until the bottom fell out. Along comes Obama as it's announced the bottom has fallen out. You have lots of people without usable skills, a record number of people retiring, some without much money and who qualify for food stamps (babyboomers). All of that is blamed on Obama. Now, how realistic is that? It's like saying the "black welfare queens" are responsible for America's deficit. Any sane person knows that's not the case. When the bottom falls out, there's a requirement that government and private enterprise quickly do something to stop the bleeding, while revamping the system so that people who are not debilitated in some way, can eventually fend for themselves.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      THIS STATEMENT WAS PAID BY ROMNEY.......nothing but lies

      November 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        This is a ROMNEY STATEMENT.....WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS & REPUBLICAN DECEPTION
        "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."

        November 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Ellison

      westthea:

      Come on, that is a reasonable and articulate explanation on your part. Meaning, those racists and/or conservatives here will simply ignore it and go on with their feckless ramblings.

      Carry on . . . .

      November 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      So these are ramifications from just the last 4 years? The BUSH policies from 2001-2008 has no bearing nor influence.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  84. ibsurfing

    Where is CNN's expose of Benghazi? They reported it only because of a congressional hearing and have ignored it since. Where is CNN's follow up? Is CNN really so partisan that they ignore real news? Are they so corrupt that they have abandoned reporting real news? Are they so pathetically in bed with this White House they can't be bothered to report the news? Is CNN so completely corrupt that the rape and murder of an American Ambassador is nothing to them? Has CNN abandoned the American public in the interest of promoting their own politics to such an insane extent that they experience themselves as honorable, and non-partisan?

    November 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • llatpoh

      The truth about benghazi does not support the pro Obama narrative that C N N (and the rest of the MSM) wants to tell... so they just ignore it, hoping that the American people are too stupid to notice...

      November 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pearson

      In a word...yes.

      It's sad, too, because at times it appeared that CNN was attempting to show both sides, but when something as important as Benghazi is swept under the rug, I remember why I stopped watching them as much as I used to.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • trust but verify

      Good one. Obama sat and watched our men get murdered when he could have helped. I'm wating for Kanye West to say "Obama does not like White people!"

      Oh wait, maybe it's because Chris Stevens has those names that reminded Obama of the first Christian martyr and the name "Christopher" reminds him of "Christ". Hmmm.

      Oh wait, they're not mentioning it because 4 years ago when they didn't mention anything about Obama's past, people blindly voted for him.

      What would be sad, is Obama does have a chance of winning the electoral vote. That's when I believe all hell will break loose. Are America's chickens coming home to roost?

      Fear not, God is in control (not A**ah).

      November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Haroldwolf

    If Obama loses it is because he was the worse of two choices. The fact that he is black or mixed race is less important than his inability to perform.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      The fact that Pres. Obama IS the better choice of the 2 options for the MAJORITY of the population tells me that if he loses it IS because he is half black! Many of Pres. Obama's idea's were/are rupublican idea's until he adopted them; then the republican's decided they didn't like those same idea's that were originally theirs. I can think of only 1 reason for this.....how about you, can you think of more than 1 reason why the republican's would abandon their original positions?

      November 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • sammy zoso

        It must drive the right wingers and/or racists nuts to know that a highly intelligent, articulate bi-racial or if you prefer black man, is president. No matter what happens next week in the election, he has saved us from certain economic disaster despite obstructionist/racist Republicans in Congress. Quite a legacy for the POTUS. Makes me proud to be an American. Vote for Obama!! He will win!!

        November 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        Hell yes! That's right.....what Sammy said above!!!!

        November 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Drew

    She's right. We should all take our share of the responsibilty for the past wrongs. Afterall, it wouldn't be fair to vote him out of office, he deserves eight years to fix "Bush's Mess". C'mon, he is surely the most qualified guy for the job (Just ask him). Give me a break. He was a rank amateur four years ago and it shows....Do for him what he has done to too many Americans...Fire Him!

    November 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. konrad_k_kay

    It is unfortunate that the right rips on Obama so often and not once do they consider that me managed to get some kind of national health care rolling, prevented the second Great Depression, killed Osama bin Laden, smashed al-Qaeds (even if temporarily) , ended the Iraq war and has improved US relations all while only being HALF-WHITE!!!

    Man, if that guy were all white he would be curing cancer with once hand while toppling North Korea with the other!

    November 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LARRY McGerald

      So you were there when obama killed Bin Laden in hand to hand combat...
      any president during this term would have "killed" Bin Laden it was the military give credit where credit is due

      November 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        LOL....this administration is 100% responsible for killing Osama AND....Obama is the leader of this administration....enough said! The last administration had 7 years to get him and FAILED!

        November 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ralph Ellison

        Larry, the blasphemer Gov. Mitt Romney said he would not "move heaven and earth" to get one man (he was talking about Bin Laden)?

        Oh, I am sorry – the truth doesn't matter to you. Carry on . . . .

        November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        Then why couldn't Bush kill Bin Ladin, Larry.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  88. rcsdinthehills

    For you people to say it is not about race, that you simply do not like Obama- try pulling your heads out of the sand for a moment. Maybe you dont like Obama, but this certainly is about race in too many instances. There has never been another President in our history who has been treated with such disrespect. Those of you trying to say that blacks are picking on you- good grief- get a clue what the history is here. Grow up.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  89. janelle

    President Obama has not sparked a "racial backlash", he has sparked an "ideological backlash". It's not black vs white it's Liberal vs Conservative. It's about the role of federal government in the lives of citizens, not the color of a person's skin!

    November 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haroldwolf

      100% Correct

      November 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      LOL...how can you say it's an "ideological backlash" when Obama has adopted SOOO MANY of the republican's ideologies only to have them shot down? Come on, open your eyes!

      November 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      WELL SAID JANELLE...It is so sad that white American are still so racist against blacks or any other color. I am a white Canadian looking from the outside in, Hitler is all the racist people walking the earth.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      Exactly! Race is not an issue to me, I am looking at values!

      November 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Alyssa

    That is disgusting. Seriously. Whites are just as capable of doing bad as blacks. The color of someones skin has nothing to do with the merit of their character. So you are basically implying that if a black person commits a crime that it is because of their Genetics??? Then what is the excuse for when a white person commits a crime? I am white and i absolutely hate that even now this is such an issue. Get over it, the color of a persons skin should not have anything to do with how they are perceived. It is just plain stupid

    November 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      do you realize that your remark itself is racist? Of course you do, you cannot possibly be that ignorant to not know what you said. If so let me clarify for you... You said that a black person is not qualified to be president, but I'm pretty sure you know that. When does the ignorance end!

      November 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  91. El Cid

    I think it's hilarious that this article talks about race and Barack Obama without mentioning that the man attended one of the most racist churches in America. At least Romney's Mormon Church had the sense to drop their racial stupidity decades ago.

    But of course that's why the media barely touched upon the history of the Mormon Church because they'd (ostensibly) be forced to address Obama's religious past.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Ellison

      El Cid:

      Trinity United is a multi-racial church. When the psycho racists and/or conservatives brought up Rev. Wright's comments during the 2008, many WHITE fellow pastors in Wright's denomination (Church of Christ) supported him and said he was certainly no racist. Moreover, what Rev. Wright said is TRUE and was spoken in the tradition of the biblical prophets and apostles: God is not mocked – what we do to others can come back and visit us seven fold,whether we be an individual or a nation.

      And, why is it that out of the hundreds of video clips of Rev. Wright's sermons on the Trinity website, all we heard about was this clip?? Rev. Wright – unlike the coward Mitt Romney (who supported the Vietnam War but snaked out of fighting) – served this country as a Marine and as a Navy surgical assistant. He helped nurse President Johnson back to health after a surgery. He is a great American.

      Please, El Cid, take a seat somewhere . . . .

      November 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Ellison

      And the corporate media doesn't talk about Mitt's Mormonism, because then so-called conservative Christians will be confronted with the fact that Romney's religious beliefs shake the very foundation of Judaism and Christianity (and Islam), to wit: That God was once a man who was raised to Godhood, and that a faithful Mormon can be raised up to Godhood as well. That, El Cid, is blasphemy, and makes me nervous to even write such madness . . . .

      November 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. George

    It is the race card and the fear of past racism that is keeping him in office. If he was white, he would have been run out of office so fast for his poor performance that he would have made Jimmy Carter look good; In the Nixon era he would have been impeached if he was white for the Libya cover-up and mishandling

    November 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Bob Knippel

    What does it have to do with race? Some people simply do not like Obama's policy.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I think Republicans gave up on trying to turn this non-issue into a scandal, just like they did with "Fast and Furious." People aren't going to get mad at him for something that barely matters, isn't his fault, and isn't a true reflection of his presidential capabilities.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  94. SPW

    People want to pin this on racism but I really think if Obama had been a white person the agenda for Republicans would have remained the same, but with a more religious overtone.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • menoc

      You don't believe the tone was different with president Clinton??? . . . . When in Clinton's entire presidency did a member of congress stood up during a presidential address to interrupt and call the highest official in Government a lier?

      What would have happened if a black member would have done the same thing to a president?, any presiden. . . . . Probably immediate termination.

      November 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  95. menoc

    Should the descendants of slaves who were "NOT PAID A SINGLE WAGE FOR WORKED PERFORMED FOR 400 YEARS" be allowed to recover for the next 100?

    Let me remind you that blacks were not allowed to sit in the front of public carrying vehicles in the year 1965 . . . . I was born two years later . . .

    November 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basil30102

      The first transaction of slavery did not begin in North America until 1619 and ended in 1865 so that would only be 246 years and at that time is was about 20 people. No, they did not receive any wages for their hard work, however they did receive food and shelter like many people of those time periods received in return for work. If you really think about it in today's economy, our pay checks are only paying for our food shelter as well, and not enough for anything more.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • James B

        and don't forget the first slaves to America were White Irish men and women not blacks. Ireland was cut down to under 600,000 people because of slavery and then because of low prices were made to have black babys to get a higher profit.

        November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • James B

        Anthony Johnson ( A free Black man) sued Robert Parker in the Northampton Court in 1654. In 1655, the court ruled that Anthony Johnson could hold John Casor indefinitely. The court gave judicial sanction for blacks to own slaves of their own race. Thus Casor became the first permanent slave and Johnson the first slave owner.

        November 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCR

      How are you going to prove who is a decedent of slaves and who is a decedent of whites whose ancestors were here at that time? We've had massive migrations since that time (accounting for most of our genes), and I don't see transferring tax dollars from white construction workers whose Russian parents moved here in the 80s to a wealthy Nigerian physician who moved here in 2006. To get this 'right' you'd need to investigate every person’s history and genetic heritage and fraction of genetic heritage...it's just not feasible. We need to concentrate on the people who are here now, and creating the best quality lives for all.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  96. thunderbolt_lightning

    The moderator proved my point when they jerked my comment. If you don't think this is about votes, your fooling yourself. Cnn would honestly throw the baby out with the bath water if it would gain them in their agenda. And they prove that point everyday, and have for sometime now.Don't believe me? Look at Libya, and the facts we now know. Is anyone's agenda worth one life? Should we act like nothing happened just because it might make , lets just say someone look bad. Why I admit there isn't many things worse that racism, what I see happening in the media scares the hell out of me............

    November 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Rustydog42

    Mitch McConnell, a high-ranking republican said that "job number one is to make Barak Obama a one-term president" . The man hadn't even taken the oath of office when this statement was made!

    Can anyone, with a straight face, say that there was no racial overtones to his statement?

    I have a dear friend that I have known since college, but over the last few months, his comments on the web have echoed the same sentiments that bigots utter. Poor people don't need help, liberals should move to South America or Canada, minorities are stupid and lazy, and only pro-lifers can truly claim to be christians.

    I am not going to vote against Mitt Romney this time around. But I am going to vote against the hate and bigotry that has come to epitomize the republican party since Obama took office.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basil30102

      The problem with your quote is that someone else told you about it rather than you personally listening to the interview. If you did you would have know that he then said "I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change." He was speaking in regards to how Obama wasn't willing to meet the Republicans "half way on the biggest issues". It is a standard remark any party would make about the opposing party's leader when they can't see eye to eye. Not race related in any way.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • onevoice

      For every republican you bring up to defend your position, somebody can bring up a statement from a democrat. Nice game, but I'm not buying it, nor would I vote for him. There are dems/repubs I wouldn't vote for but they keep coming back.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmwinsd

      I'm with Basil. I'm an Obama supporter and view McConnell's remark as pure putrid politics. I fail to see the racial element in it. The Republicans have a four-year record of betting on Democrat failure instead of providing constructive bipartisanship. That's enough in itself, no need to bring race into it.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  98. trevor

    Obama is no different than Adolph Hitler, in fact that probably have the same lineage.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • janelle

      I wouldn't be surprised, he is somehow related to every other historical figure!

      November 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim L.

      My God! I am not voting for Obama and will never support him but for you to compare him to Hitler that is just irrational. Hitler hated blacks so why would Obama be any similar to Hitler

      November 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bhawk1

      Trevor you have shown the world you no nothing about Hitler. If your ignorant one should not speak and remove any doubt about it. Not one action or policy in this admin is the same as Hitler policy and action.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • TrueAmericanatHeart

        yeah Obama is more like Karl Marx. Someone whos ideology (while good in nature crumbles over time) eventually clouds there judgement and will eventually be someone most people will want to have them erased from history. After all obama already honored Cesar Chavez ( a known communist ), so obviously the next step up is to honor Vladimir Lenin and say " Now... I hope America can be like the early years of the original USSR" or say " All american citizens must quater a illegal immagrant in there house, for it is the Libral way" the Libral way being treating immagrants better than USA citizens. (P.S. because i dont support Obama i'm racist according to the Democrats)

        November 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robrob

        "After all obama already honored Cesar Chavez ( a known communist ), so obviously the next step up is to honor Vladimir Lenin..."

        One so rarely sees such a blatant use of strawman "logic..."

        November 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • TrueAmericanatHeart

        im sorry if i dont want to support a man who has honored a communist. After all communism is indeed something that this great nation has venimously rejected due to its limiting of freedom and self destructive nature. I'm also sorry that a joke is so hard for a democrat to take.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • squoose

      Outside of the fact that Hitler killed millions in concentration camps, invaded other countries to annex them, and was ruler of a country that had already had a universal healthcare system before he was even born.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Austin

    What a joke of an article. I am an independent voter that moved back from the middle east to DC, and grew up in Atlanta. If you want to know the truth about racism in this country then look up "double standard" in the dictionary. It makes me sick that democrats label people racist that do not agree with them. People also think southerners are inherently racist and nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike our "northern" brothers and sisters, down here people of all races work together, play sports together, and go to school with one another. We respect one another and I find it humorous when I meet someone who has grown up in some random town outside of Boston, calls me a racist, and claims all of their best friends are "black". These people have never grown up with or around any minorities, and if they had they would know that we live with one another and respect one another. Political correctness has made this country soft. Get over it, stereotypes do exist. Living in the Middle East taught me that identifying stereotypes = situational awareness. Don't be naive to your surroundings or how others perceive you there, or you could put yourself or someone else in a very dangerous position.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Very nice write-up, far better than anything put out by CNN's so-called journalists.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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