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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. Calif. Conserv.

    It's quite pathetic that this is how pathetically low the demcorats have become. Last ditch effort to scream racism again.

    YAWN.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Okay, delusion.

      Apparently, according to Calif. Conserv., all the racist comments made since Obama took office were just a figment of our imagination. Group hallucination.

      Yawn (nutjob).

      November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You scream racist now name calling. You're no longer even worth a response. You're to pathetic.

        Keep name calling and screaming racist. Next you'll blame Bush, right?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magnetron

      Some day white Americans will be the minority and then you can form the NAAWP and cry racism when Latinos don't hire you.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPINJ

      I yawn at the FACT that every negative comment about this article is coming from white America. So who is racist? You say aren't racist but when anything black American comes up, you show your true colors. I cant wait when my kids have kids and all of you old racist white people are gone so the rest of the world can grow together without your superiority complex.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFKINAZ

      Wow, this is exactly what the article meant. Some are too close to the forest obviously.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      You should ask The GOP and FOX news how pathetic, racist they have became. For the last 2 years congress led by conservatives and tea party has done everything to block any progress economically or socially.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    So Romney dontates over a decade of time as a pastor clothing the needy, providing food, and helping them find shelter, and donating 30 percent of all his income to charity and Obama is the compassionate one.. this is laughable. If you say government health care is really meant to be compassionate you dont understand the agenda. Why do liberals push cradle to grave goverment intervention and help, because a whole new generation of votes are involved. Dont doubt me

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrApplesauce

      Donating time and money because you are *obliged* to because of your religion in no way represents compassion or caring.

      It represents doing what you are told to.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Believe in America

    FIY: You can google "elephant hangs from tail over the edge of a cliff and find a video of it. I'm sure that stuff is out there. This racial ignorance however, is just disgusting, as are you!!!! Racists and conservatives can never give you reliable facts about anything, It's because they are DUMB!!!!! like you!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      The only dumb one here is the one who can't figure out it is FYI.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laughing at CNN

    What good is using the race card going to do for left wingers and blacks? Are you just venting your bigoted and powerless anger and fear? Do you think we should vote for your black president simply to not offend you by kicking him out? Do you think you are going to actually scare us into voting for Obama or else? Or else what, you will be hopping mad? Whoopty doo, get ready to be mad then because Romney will be the next president. You aren't doing yourselves or this country any good with this pathological race card playing. All you are doing is driving more and more of a wedge between whites and blacks with this crap. All CNN is doing, is dividing the country more and more by race and making already ignorant and scared blacks and left wingers more fearful and paranoid.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFKINAZ

      The amount of anger and denial in comments like these are sadly ironic. Its obvious many people did not learn anything from this article and American history. In yet, if Obama does win again, you will be the first to complain about something he did or didnt do.

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

      The beauty of it all is this – 100 years ago whites dominated the USA. Today we have a mixture with native americans – the ones you call hispanics on the rise. 100 years from now, what do you white folks think your descendants will be doing? Think this discussion will be quite different -your descendants will be the ones feeling what we feel now. So yuck it up all you want now. Remember, you childred, grandchildren etc will hear it

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    I already voted for Romney (absentee voter). According to some of the posters here, I must be a racist. Well, if it makes you feel any better, I also voted for Mia Love as my rep in the house – have I been absolved of racism yet?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      No, they get to define that not you. That seems fair, right?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kimo

    I can't believe CNN publishes this drivel! This is 2012, not a post civil war era. The race baiting is egregious and needs to stop. Disagreeing with Obama's policies does not make one a racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. K

    Whoever wrote this is a total bigot. Their intention is to be divisive and destructive. If Obama is not reelected, it will not be because he is being judged by the color of his skin. It will be because he is being judged by the content of his character (thanks MLK) and by his record! He has been a failure as a president and therefore should not be reelected. The race card is being drawn to incite more division in this country just as the gender card was drawn earlier.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Luke

    You have cried wolf too often. Call me a a racist if you want. I could care less. It is meaningless.

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

      Exactly the kind of response white people are famous for.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • d

        Yet some black people are famous for the phrase "black people can't be racist." If you believe in that phrase then you are ignorant and agree with that form of racism. By your response I can see that you are a one way street.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPINJ

        I like how D. wont even let people reply, but anyway just by you stating that black people say that "black people cant be racist" you are proving what I just said. Obviously this subject makes you brittle so you must feel some kind of way when black people say they can be racist. Let me ask you this, are white people ever racist? Think about it before you answer

        November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roman

    This really is a vile piece, a scurrilous slandering of opposition to the Obama administration trying to pose as some kind of scholarly analysis, quoting "scholars" and "historians" no less, good grief! – just one more in a long series of obfuscations and diversions from the main stream media trying to cover the very obvious failures of fiscal, monetary and foreign policy on the part of the Obama administration. Not to mention his complete lack of adherence to his own calls for civility (and this includes the absolutely degenerate behaviour of that cackling hyena Biden – so much for hope and change – welcome to the French revolution) and their scandalous attacks on freedom of consciences. I'm telling you, many of us in Canada are holding our breath as the fate of the entire world hangs in the balance. Perhaps a bit dramatic but I don't believe that the world economic order can sustain another 4 years of probably the most irresponsible American administration ever.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BorninPhoenixAZ1977

      Two wars of choice. The legalization of torture. The Patriot act. Response to Hurricane Katrina. Terri Shiavo. The Downing Street Memo. Valerie Plame. No Bid Contracts. U.S. Attorney Scandal. Pushing for an "ownership society" and deregulating so much it caused the econom to collapse. Sitting for seven minutes after learning about the second plane hitting tower 2. And you speak of the Obama Administration as irresponsible?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mets fan

    I applaud success for any race or faith. yet is we seek to use an angle of discrimination in this political race we will fail. First because we are smarter than to listen to the bigots: both white and black. And regretfully my black brothers have used it more than the whites. I measure Obama on sucess and the story cannot be talked over: his economic policies have been a failure. I am voting for Romney.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. danielw02

    This is a great article; I had not known most of the history related about the reconstruction period; props to CNN for providing this important historical context.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vsaxena

      #Salute at somebody with intelligence who genuinely appreciates history and intelligent discussion for finally commenting. F**k all the other idiots here.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Calif. Conserv.

    90%+ blacks for Obama

    0% for Romney.

    Who's racist?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Hmmmm....they didn't vote for Jesse Jackson.

      What's your point, clueless one?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Ha ha ha. Your ignorance is amusing and pathetic at the same time.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mets fan

      I agree but i sense it has become a moral obligation to those of my brothers who are black. I hope that they will see that whites can and have been huge proponents of change.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrApplesauce

      And what numbers did blacks vote for Gore, Kerry and Clinton?

      Whatever difference is probably the amount of whites that vote against Obama because he's black.. but you will never be able to admit that.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Atlas Mason

        Oh, was there a black guy running then?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. filofilo1

    Why is CNN's obsessiveness that Mitt Romney is a white male and running for president? I

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Because of all the dumb racist signs/postings by tea baggers.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      CNN White liberals have much guilt over their own racism, much like the Sweds racism causing them to award Obama a NOBEL for being elected president.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gloria

    If we are not in a post-racial society after electing Barack Obama, then we will never be. I will not accept the fact that if Obama is not re-elected, then we are all racist. If we re-elect him because he is black, then that is racist.

    I did not vote for him in 2008; this had nothing to do with the color of his skin, but because of his lack of experience. I will not vote for him in 2012; not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of his character.

    Shame on you CNN, for this disgraceful, race-baiting article.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrApplesauce

      A % vote for him because he is black.

      A % vote against him because he is black.

      Do they equal out? Who knows.

      The fact is, though. One is a negative vote and the other is a positive vote. If blacks vote for him because he is black, that isn't an outright negative vote. Voting against him because he is black is negative.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rare_earth

      If you 'disagree' with Obama's policies, and vote for someone that has no policy, then you are indeed racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • gar

      Your "reasoning" is without any logical content whatsoever.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      Gloria, shame on you. President Obama displays more character than ANY president in our lifetime. YOU are extremely disilusioned.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. John P. tarver

    Abraham Lincoln had selected a Democratic Party member to be his vice president in his second term. Once the 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865 the Democratic President blocked enforcement, until the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, after the election. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified, but Democrats would deny Blacks the right to vote between 1876 and 1965. Malcolm X (R) suggested that White liberals would buy off a few Black preachers and that revolution was over.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Charlie

    Obama is being rejected becuase of his policies not the color of his skin. Liberals who voted for his skin color not his abiliity can not understand this. This article compares a President we are rejecting for performance to a man who was just elected simply becuase they are of the same race. Race had nothing to do with Obamas failure. He is bad president and a socialist regardless of the color of his skin and will be rejected as such.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • calg

      Your basic premise is incorrect. Pres. Obama is being supported because of his policies. Pres. Obama is not being rejected, except by a minority of zealots and low information voters.. We can look forward to his re-election

      November 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rastronomicals

      The very suggestion you make that liberals vote(d) for Obama because of the color of his skin betrays your thoughts on the issue.
      As a proud (white) liberal, I see less attempted repression by the Republican party based on color of skin than by economic advantage or lack thereof. Bush for example is no racist. But he sure f^&*ed up a lot of people who happened to be poor and black. Poor and white, too. And lower middle class and . . .
      If the core of the Republican party is truly "post-racial" it would promote policies that benefit all equally. And it would be willing to at least have a discussion about the merest possibility of racist effects to law without screaming about the race card. It would admit that voter fraud is basically non-existent. It would be aggressive in denying the continuing myth of the Reaganite "welfare Queen." And, sheesh, it would go out of its way to shut the mouths of these idiots talking about roving gangs of blacks, what's that about?
      Was this article a little hysterical? Yes. But the response from offended conservatives below it has been much more so.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Armani Nelson

    Sorry CNN, but I am voting for Mitt Romney because President Obama has a mediocre record at best. Guese what color my skin is. You cannot continue down the bias road you are on once Mitt Romney is elected.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Shalako77

    In the Civil War, Southern Whites let themselves be talked into committing barefoot 2-bullet mass suicide fighting for the economic interest of the rich elite; these economic interests (mainly the protection of slavery by slaveholders) were sold to the Southern Whites as "states' rights", "freedom", and so on. You would think that Southern Whites had learned their lesson by now, but they are still acting like gullible pawns of a small % of rich people who don't give a darn about anything but their bank accounts. Now the sales pitch is "protect against socialism", "guard against government intrusion into our lives", and so on.. but once again the sales pitch doesn't hold up to scrutiny. In the example of 'Obamacare' this plan was originated by conservatives and in fact the vast majority of people favor all the individual aspects of the plan. As for 'socialism', it's a joke, this administration has been very business friendly and taxes are lower than they've been for generations; talk about raising them even to what they were in the Clinton administration though, and the rich elite will label you a socialist, a communist, and worse.

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

      I sincerely believe that Obama IS a closet communist and is out to destroy our nation. Simply look at what he has done and what he is planning to do. All of his plans have a superficial appeal under the guise of good and noble causes, but they come with an enormous price tag that is destroying our nation. The most effective weapon against us is to destroy our economy. With each passing day, we become more impotent as a nation. Either he is acting intentionally or out of incredible ignorance. Either reason is entirely unacceptable (though I hope it is simply out of unbelievable ignorance).

      November 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Natfka

    The author must not understand that its not the color of Obama's skin that people dislike, its his policies and irresponsible spending of our tax dollars. Call me a racists if you want, do whatever you want, but destructive policies towards business kills jobs, and puts us every day middle class citizens out of work. Rather you can unblind yourself and look to the poor, it is they who have suffered at the hands of an Obama administration.

    I look forward to a more positive and productive country. Whether or not you like Romney, he is the clear and obvious choice to get this country moving.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalako77

      You're just repeating things you heard, without any education about it. What are all these destructive policies towards business? Can you even name one specifically? Would you say Obamacare? Then what specific policy about Obamacare is destructive towards business and bad for the country, I challenge you to name one...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • K

        Ugh his spending on failed energy policies. Read a little more babe.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • reldra

      Romney is anything but clear and obvious. I can't imagine how you even used those two words near his name. A vote for Romney is like playing a shell game on the boardwalk.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Magnetron

    Perhaps I'm in a very small minority, but I'm satisfied that the US alternates from time to time between a republican and democratic president. This seems to keep our country on a course that keeps us firmly in the middle of the 2 extremely diverse mainstream political ideologies – either of which would ruin our country if it remained on one side for too long. Sort of reminds me of 2 big blacksmiths with hammers pounding on a glowing peice of metal, a peice of metal that will be forged into a mighty sword. That's how I see America.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Calif. Conserv.

    Affirmative action can and does in fact promote racism.

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

      Once we fix the educational system and every kid has a fair shot, affirmative action won't be necessary.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Sounds like you'er promoting racism against white people.

        I call them how I see them.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. frank

    I think that most whites in the US were quietly excited about the fact that our country had changed enough to elect a black President. Regardless of ideology or party affiliation, this showed that the majority of the population in the US was accepting of a black man in our highest office. This was a major sign that the perceived and real barriers faced by blacks in the US were eroding. The problem is that Obama does not represent black people, just as Bush did not represent white people. If more white people than black people do not vote for Obama he will not be elected. Social or workplace criticism of Obama has to be done in hushed tones, as not to be overheard and considered a racist rant. Obama is inexperienced and overwhelmed by the job. I feel that the overwhelming majority of people in the US could care less about the color of the President's skin. The Obama administration has been a disaster and is an embarrassment to our country. Publishing this article less than a week before the election is pathetic. I would also allow that many more people will vote for Obama because he is black than will not vote for him because he is black. Black persons voting for Obama because he is black does not have to be perceived as racism. The wish for a black person to succeed at a high level is not racist. Voting against a black person is also not racist. Voting against a black person because he is black is racist. I do not think that this is happening in but a tiny fraction of this country. Such racist persons are marginalized and and have no real voice in the US. White people generally hope racist white people shut up and go away. This article is a piece of trash designed to stir emotions rather than illuminate an actual problem.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Even though I didn't vote for Obama, I quietly hoped and prayed for him. But it didn't take long (the stupid beer summit) to realize he repeatedly stood on the wrong side. And everything he failed to do when he had both houses of Congress that needed fixing, while he played, was yet more. But when he stood with our enemies in the Arab Spring, he became my enemy and an enemy of the United States. Nothing racist about a traitor.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Calif. Conserv.

    FACT: Racism is color blind. Anyone of any race can be a racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ami

    You can disagree with the President's policies but to carry banners with him wearing a turban or erect a billboard calling him a jihadist is not only ignorant but disrespectful of the office of the President. If you really consider yourselves Americans you should show some decorum and respectfulness.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MaryM

    You are the consummate tea bagger ignorant fool. Fortunately, you are an endangered sub-species.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Andrew

    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.

    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

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

    Those were all direct quotes from this article. The hypocrisy of the right is so glaringly obvious.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. R Raygun

    So much hate!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. mike

    Hey retarded Cnn writers/readers! Where was the racisim on that sign? Its NOT racist to compare him to communists and Muslims seeing as how its TRUE! Racism would be griping on Obama because of his skin tone, bate is open and obvious. NOT disguised! If the sign doesn't remark on Obamas skin tone, then guess what? Its NOT racist. You are the ones keeping race an issue you freaking racist ignoramuses! I disagree with Obana on EVERYTHING 100% and race doesn't even enter my mind until j read these stupid liberal agenda articles trying to stuff racism into everyones faces! How are Republicans. Racists if liberals are the ones always bringing it up!? Take a long deep honest look into your hearts (or what's left of them) on THAT one people. Try using your noggins for once and THINK before you spew your emotions rather than researched facts. You real 1 emotional article from Cnn and you believe everything in it 100% just because it sounds right to you. How about you actually go visit republican web sites and see what's they are saying tor your OWN selves! Honestly, where's the racism on the Republicans website? Where? Have you actually ever HAD a Convo (not an argument) a Convo with real Republicans (notice the s) and determined the FACTS yourselves?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      That's ridiculous. Of course it is racism. The president is neither a Marxist nor a Muslim. And he definitely can't be both because those two ideologies would be mutually exclusive. Obama's policies haven't been Marxist by any stretch of the imagination. His policies have not been Muslim by any stretch of the imagination so you have to ask yourself why label a man with such terms? Was Mitt Romney decried as a communist when he introduced health care programs in Massachusetts? Was Romney labeled a secret Muslim when he spoke of reaching out to our friends in the Middle East? No, because Mitt Romney is white.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlblogsyankeeblogspot

      Look at the pictures and read the article. This is drumming up racism, the Obama campaign is reversing the civil rights movement

      November 2, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. ulaby

    Christ. 16 Trillion in debt and CNN is pulling out the race card. 98% of blacks voting for Obama and everyone else is racist. This is pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Jesse Jackson ran. African-Americans voted for white men.

      How dumb.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  30. MrApplesauce

    Most Republicans aren't racist. Unfortunately, many have no problem joining up with and in no way ever denouncing those that use racism to help them politically.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Michelle

    seriously? A blog post as top news on a major news channel – because there is NOTHING else going on?

    This is conjecture at best – faulty logic (a type of propaganda) at worst.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Vivek

    This is pathetic that CNN will play the race card for Obama! Obama's problem is Obama! He never realized that he had ;become a President and had to stop campaigning. He never reached out to people who disagreed with him and continued with his grandiose ideas of spending Trillions of Dollars to transport us into a Green Century and provide free food, housing and healthcare to all when we were already 10 Trillion Dollar in debt. He has added 4 Trillion Dollars to our debt and despite that he is accusing Republicans of not cooperating. Can you imagine how much he would add to Debt if Nancy Pelosi had majority in congress? If you spend 4 Trillion Dollars you can give direct employment to 10 Millions people for 4 years with 100K salary! How many jobs has Obama created spending 4 Trillions Dollars? 0! This number would be OK if he did not spend 4 Trillion Dollar more than we earn.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. regallady23

    (clears throat-taps mic) Um, Black people (especially in this country) cannot be racist. Racism is acted out, and has been employed by individuals who have overwhelming power...White people. Black people with all their academic achievements, contributions to the American landscape (political, academic, science, medical, art, etc.), personal wealth, still, have no power in this country. This isn't up for discussion or debate. (drops mic-exits stage)

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • KTP9

      So then why is the fact that white people are changing their votes from Obama to Romeny all of a sudden make them racist?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You are an idiot. Of course blacks can be as prejudiced as anyone else, and regularly prove it with comments like yours.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Wow, for not having any power you somehow were released from the chains to type up your racist rant. People of all races are poor and powerless but instead of looking at their skin color they should look toward their parents and family for not doing everything humanly possible to help them excel. There are more poor white people than black in this country, forget not that blacks make up 12.8% of the population so don't expect to see blacks make up more than that in whatever demographic you are using as your yardstick.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz Douglas

      (picks up the microphone, sighs and rolls eyes in disbelief) Black people can be and ARE racist in this country. Black Panthers ring a bell? I am not negating the historic racism black people in this country have endured, but that is NO reason to suggest that black people cannot be racist too. Also, disliking Obama and all he stands for is not racism. It is smartsism. It is patriotism. It is crazy that everyone is dropping these ignorant comments like they really have something to prove. Straight up, race was brought up by liberals within this whole thing to keep people that are against Obama from speaking out at risk of being labeled racist. It is an intimidation tactic. I am not falling for it. I am white, Republican, and will NEVER vote for Barack Obama. I will NEVER agree with anything he stands for. This does not make me racist. This makes me a Republican. I disliked the Clintons even more... and they are white. Quit showing the intellectual capacity of a five year old with the race card.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. rare_earth

    All a person has to do to verify this article is read the comments.
    A vote for an evil thief like Romney is based on one thing and one thing only.
    This article spells it out perfectly.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz Douglas

      A vote for an evil baby killer like Obama is a vote for murder. I would pick a black thief over a white murderer any day. However, in this case, the skin color and stance is opposite, so now I guess I am racist. Boy that is smart thinking. I truly think people should have to pass an IQ test to vote in this country. I truly think people should have to pass an IQ test to post news blogs too.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlblogsyankeeblogspot

      .....wow

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  35. Calif. Conserv.

    We even have a demcorat (Dianne Feinstein) not debating their opponents because they say they have nothing to talk about when in fact their opponents do. They say it so they don't have to debate the other side.

    The arrogance of some democrats is pathetic at best.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. KTP9

    This is the most disturbing thing coming out of this election. The thought that somehow America has become more racist over 4 years. If you look back to 2008 election, many whites voted for Obama. He did not deliver, they change their votes, and now they are racist. Look at the black vote, 96-97% for Obama. Not even a comparable number against the white or hispanic vote. Same no matter age group, income level, any measure. If their is evidence of racism in this election and the last. It is the fact that the black population is voting based on color and not record as evidenced by the voting statistics and polling information. If whites voted in this way, Obama would have never been elected and this race would not even be close. Not to mention, if Obama was whiite, and his record what it is today, he would not get half the turnout he will get in this election. It is a shame this country has not gotten past color and people are unable to make educated decisions based on a candidates views vs. his color. I do not doubt there is still racism in this country, however I think the term racism is only directed in one direction which is truely unfair and just not true.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • hearmenow

      well jim thats just not true because whites are no longer the majority in this country and mind you the black vote consist of hispanic,indian, and carribean as well so with all of these majorities voting in a whole thus you get the out come you had in 2008 and will recieve in 2012 but to add to that many of those whites are re-electing obam again so because you are under a disalusion that a few people (that are well within thier rights as a citizen to vote how they please ) are some how going to change the outcome of this election your sadly mistaken and i you will be holding that notion all the way till nov 6th until the truth is revealed to you how this nation truly feels what is best for the MAJORITTY!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. JM

    I can't vote for Romney because I'm a Christian. =>

    He represents absolutely nothing that Christ teaches.

    Christ said that his followers were to sell all their possessions and give the money to the poor.
    Christ said that his followers were to love their neighbors and their enemies.
    Christ said that his followers were to go the extra mile; if someone took their cloak, they were to give the person their shirt.

    Yeah, that sounds like the Republican party.

    Pro life? Right. How many of these people adopt un-aborted babies or take care of kids in foster care or orphans? Or cared about all the lives aborted in Iraq? Words, not deeds = hypocrisy.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eugene

      So... you won't vote for Obama either. So.. who will you vote?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz Douglas

      Do not insult the Word of God with your ignorance. Jesus fed the poor with the fish and loaves, but did not tell them to keep following him around for the free food gravy train. Paul also spoke out, and he was ordained by Jesus himself to speak out, and he said that if a man does not work he shall not eat. When God made Adam and Eve, he expected them to tend to the animals and grow their own food. He did not just tell them to hang lazy and he would just give them all they wanted and needed. He provided, but they had to be proactive in the process. You cannot negate the pro-life stance. Taking care of and adopting orphans is different than being okay with murder. Jer 1: 4-5 and Luke 1:39-44 is all you need to read considering abortion and the Bible. As for Obama and all of his cronies being envious of the wealthy, that is sinful too. It is actually a commandment. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not MONEY itself. Quit hating on Romney for being successful and saying you are Christian if you vote in favor of infanticide. Under Obama, 4.6 million babies in this country have been aborted, and since we are discussing race in this article, 76% of that 4.6 million are African American babies. Notice, if you look really close, Planned Parenthood is mostly set up in black neighborhoods. That is no accident. The founder of Planned Parenthood was interested in wiping out the black population. Read about it. It is amazing if someone actually reads the Bible instead of picking out what works for their argument, they would understand the true nature and heart of God, and they would see that Obama doesn't represent that interest in ANY way. Romney is no saint, but he will keep babies from being murdered. Obama wants to make that the rule and not the exception.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz Douglas

      We are also told to not be foolish in thinking as well.....use discernment as well. Why would I open my pantry in my own house up to those that wake up everyday and refuse to work? Opening that pantry is not helping them.
      It cripples them.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • IDSpud

      JM. Where have you gotten your information about Mitt? He is certainly not perfect, and he might believe in policies that don't line up with your political allegience, but how on earth can you make such insinuations? Astounding. You simply know absolutely nothing about the man - that is very obvious.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  38. Rex Remes

    Here's what Romney should do ... he should make a speech and state the following:

    "Four years ago, President Obama said he could bring change. That he could improve things. That he would help the country prosper again. He said if he could not, then he deserved to be a one-term president. Well, four years have passed and he hasn't kept his promise and he's asking for four more years.

    So, here's my promise: I promise to help this country grow and prosper again. To make sure the right balance of policies are in place so business can succeed. I promise to work with Democrats, Republicans, Independents to get things done. To get things done that help all Americans ... from the people struggling to get an education or find a job ... to business owners and middle class families that want to see the light at the end of the tunnel that means times are getting better. My final promise is that if I don't help make America stronger than it is today, that I don't improve the economy ... I won't stand up and make excuses. If I don't succeed over the next four years, then I would respectfully step aside and not seek re-election.

    I hope everyone can see and understand that I love this country and I dream of a better America, a better future, that is better for everyone. God bless all of you and God bless America."

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Um, it doesn't matter what he says because it belies what he has said/done in the past. He's a snake.

      And, we already tried 8 years of the Bush catastrophe and look where it got us.

      Thank God Obama's cleaning up that mess.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Liz Douglas

        Well JM just goes with what they tell JM. Blame Bush and keep saying that Obama is doing a good job, and eventually people will believe it. Well, some of us with brains can think for ourselves and not get brainwashed in to thinking that this perpetual chanting of "look what we inherited" and "we are moving in the right direction" is really true. HAHAHAHAHA

        November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
      • IDSpud

        JM. Last I knew we don't have dictators in this country - yet. And yet so many seem to pin all of America's problems and successes on the President. Most of what happens, or doesn't, at the national level is via Congress (House and Senate). We currently have a do-nothing Senate, and a House that is less than stellar (although they have passed several budgets and other laws to try and get the ecomony going, but everything has stalled in the Senate). It just pains me to see how dumbed down the electorate has become.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • landob

      Congress has has a lot to do with progress, we need to get rid of the Boener, too move ahead what a jack-off.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  39. SAS

    You do realize white people get handouts too, right? Even the rich ones.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      It is astonishing: the level of ignorance.

      Blind fools.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cj

    This article is full of racism. I've never seen the N word used in comment sections to describe our president. Where do you see this?? On hate sites?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Laughing at CNN

    Haha, look at CNN and it's tiny fan base spewing the same old racist claims. What good is this going to do the democratic party? Or the country for that matter? I already voted for Romney btw.
    This network reeks of desperate and fearful leftists. They are so scared they are trembling. I can't wait for Romney to win this.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  42. John Gleason

    If we oppose Obama's ideas it means we are racists? But if 90% or more blacks favor
    Obama because he is black....doesn't this mean they are racists?

    I oppose Obama because of his pro choice stand and his bad record on the economy
    in his lst 4 yrs.

    Let's stop blaming whites if they oppose Pres.Obama just because he is black.
    I would have voted for Herman Cain and he is more black than Obama yet
    look how blacks treated him.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      What exactly does MORE BLACK mean? Does it definitely mean something to you? If so, think about your comment.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Goldberg

      To accept the modern liberal presentation of racism and race relations in the United States, you must first accept that 1) there are blatant double standards that you must ignore and 2) applying any critical thought to it is itself an act of racism. At its ideological core is the belief that because your skin is white you are automatically conferred great societal advantages and privileges, everything you do or say is an act of oppression against a minority group, and that it is your moral responsibility to be meek, apologetic, and accommodating for the crimes of your ancestors towards the victims of injustices they never experienced.

      In short, it is acceptable for minorities to openly support members of their own race (such as nearly all blacks supporting Obama), lobby for advantages and privileges based on race, and general act on a double standard that, if applied to a white person, would be considered the vilest of racist acts. Our society still has problems with race and minorities still face covert forms of discrimination, but this white guilt-fueled double standard when it comes to treating members of society equally is not a sustainable path towards curing racism once and for all. Only when race begins to matter as little as eye color, favorite song, or number of freckles in terms of receiving a scholarship, how attractive your job application is, or how people will treat you will our country finally move past its "race problem." Electing a black president doesn't magically absolve us of our past sins (though I feel that may have been one of the motivations for many who voted for him).

      November 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Goldberg

        Never mind, of course, that the first slave owner in the United States was black, that the people primarily responsible for capturing and selling slaves were other Africans, that only a very small minority of white society owned slaves, that many Americans' ancestors paid with their lives during the civil war to free the slaves, and that many White Americans are the descendants of European immigrants who came later and had nothing to do with the slave trade. Please ignore all that as it doesn't suit our revisionist narrative of history.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. HeWhoLaughsAtDeath

    From someone who has no hatred toward blacks–this undisguised display of racial hatred begs the question–if you hate them so much, why did you bring them here in the first place as slaves? Were you too lazy to work for yourself?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. John P. tarver

    The Republican Black leaders MLK jr and Malcolm X were murdered in the 1960s, when the things this article points to happened, 50 years ago. What we may see is a resurgence of the Republican Party amoung Blacks, who know now that even electing one of their own under the Democratic banner is a recipe for poverty.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Omeomy

    Does this article mean we should vote for a man because of his race, regardless of his failed policies? People are suffering because of the stagnation of the economy, and CNN talks about reconstruction from years and years ago? Crazy and misleading. If Obama had kept his promises and grown the economy he would be reelected with no problem. It is his policies that are getting the boot.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      As you may remember from US History, Abraham Lincoln had selected a Democratic Party member to be his vice president in his second term. Once the 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865 the Democratic President blocked enforcement, until the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, after the election. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was ratified, but Democrats would deny Blacks the right to vote between 1876 and 1965.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ex

      I agree with Omeomy....
      White people look past race and
      vote for the best person and that
      persons character. I think the Black
      American Community looks only at
      race! I think there are more blacks
      that are racist than white people.

      We can admit too and fight against
      white racism...Can Black America...?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  46. revolting peasant

    Obama had bad timing for the first black president. When times are tough people are mean and unforgiving and have to watch out for themselves. Tolerance and love for your fellow man is much easier when you yourself have plenty.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      yeah and when times are tough, who usually gets blamed?? MINORITIES!!!
      even though 99% of the time the fault lies with RICH WHITE MEN!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Goldberg

        #SandyLootCrew

        November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Clip

        what a racist thing to say.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Bill

    To compare current events to the horrors of the post-Civil War era does a terrible disservice to the thousands of African-Americans who suffered oppression, discrimination, and lynchings after Reconstruction failed. Shame on you CNN.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeWhoLaughsAtDeath

      Have you not heard that history tend to repeat itself??

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Goldberg

        When members of the Tea Party begin the large scale lynching blacks in today's modern, militantly PC, high speed information world, I will concede to you that Obama's waning popularity is the social equivalent of the post-reconstruction era.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Howard

    Amazing and striking similarities to the vicious racist's of the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's.... But if you were to ask them I am sure they would hide behind "free speech"...

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. david

    white people are racists

    end of story

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bribarian

      Everybody is racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Goldberg

      If white people were truly all racist then Obama would lose in a landslide.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  50. nanna

    My God what is wrong with people? This is so stupid, dumb gets dumber. God gave us a brain, use it! Quit hating! Tell your stupid self in 2013 I think I will quit hating!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeWhoLaughsAtDeath

      amen!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Timothy

    White americans are as racist today as they were 60, 70 or 100 years ago, they merely conduct themselves differently. The overwhelming amount of anti-Obama sentiment in america is racial and nothing else, despite the continued attempts by white americans who claim it is about his "policies". The only "policy" that truly matters to Presidents Obama's detractors is the color of his skin.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      AGREED!!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      The main policy I am concerned with is the 16 trillion in debt and the promise of expanding that to 20 trillion by the end of another term. I don't care if Obama is black, white, green or purple. Bad policy is bad policy. Frankly, I wished he knew more about economics because I think the idea of an African-American president is wonderful. But his policies are causing irreparable damage to our nation. We have to cut him lose despite his ethnicity.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Igloo heart

        No. Youre wrong. Bush had horrible policies and who asked for his birht certificate?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Goldberg

      Yes, because the only reason anyone would ever disagree with anything that Obama has done is because he is of mixed race. A little bit under half of the country would otherwise love him and support him wholeheartedly if only it wasn't for the color of his skin.

      Race does play a huge factor in this election though. I will agree with you there. There is a race who is nearly universally supporting a candidate for president this election primarily due to the color of his skin. I'll give you a hint. It isn't white people.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoRealist

      And this is exactly what racism is. "White" people are something "not nice". You might as well say I like mayo, or that I say things like 'golly gee' and preach 'hangings'. Are you hearing yourself? You sir are the racist even if you happen to be white as well. You cannot take a group "white" then classify the entire group as being something negative, despite whether they agree with you or not. Complete and utter racism is coming directly from you.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Calif. Conserv.

    Hey CNN, How much did this administration pay you to continue to play the race card?

    Truly a page out of NBC's book.

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

      whats the matter??? truth hurt???

      November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You democrats spew whatever you think will benefit your radical agenda is all.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shawn

        You my friend are a bigot. How dare you say that i don't want to relect him due to his race and not his failed policies. Last time I checked he was black when he got elected the first time. Are you saying that the white people that voted him to be President the first time have become racists within 4 years? I know you are smarter than that!

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

      radical agenda??/ oh wait you mean like yours

      November 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  53. revolting peasant

    It bothers me when people depict Obama as a monkey or chimp. No American should take that kind of pot shot at the President of the United States. One has to be racist not to realize how fundamentally wrong it is to portray the president that way. One should be able to criticize the president regardless of race, but then you can NEVER make it about race.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Goldberg

      And all the big eared, monkey like depictions of Bush were okay then?

      We like to drag up Bush whenever Obama needs something to blame for our economic recovery not going as quickly or as well as he promised it would, but we seem to pretend all of the venom and public mockery of Bush never happened when we complain about all of the mockery and hatred Obama is receiving. For example, do you remember the cartoon that briefly ran called "Little Bush" on national television? Do you not think that was blatantly insulting and disrespectful to the president, even if you disagreed with his policies?

      Mockery and disrespect of the president from voters who aren't in the ruling party is standard fare. Just because Obama's skin is a little darker than his predecessors doesn't make it a new phenomenon.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • nanna

      Thank you!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • womeninministrynetwork

      Although when Condoleezza Rice was portrayed as a chimp during the Bush admin, no one was upset. Because for some reason that wasn't racist...????

      November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. David Goldberg

    It's already begun then, has it? Liberals are already putting out the "if you don't support Obama then you are a racist!" articles? Because it's simply not possible to disagree with the president on issues of policy, his record, or his broken campaign promises from 2008. Nope, it must be because the president is of mixed race.

    I will tell give you one thing, though. One of the candidates running has near universal support of his race and the other doesn't because it is acceptable in politics to be a blatant demagogue to certain groups but not others. I'm willing to put down money that if Obama and Romney's situations were reversed that each and every liberal would be screaming bloody murder about how racist it is for a candidate to have near 100% of his race's vote just because of his skin work. It's only okay to openly play for your own team if you aren't white.

    But hold your fire, Mr. Blake. Obama hasn't even lost yet, relax. At least wait to accuse half the country of being ignorant and prejudiced for not sharing your political beliefs AFTER Romney wins the election. Obama isn't out of this yet.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  55. billNY

    Amazing amount of garbage being written. Racist people we republicans. Wow, we have a loser of a president and his problems are about race. Why dont we talk about his half white side? Then it would not be about race. He would just suck.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Sam

    So...Tea Party. You really are not that new.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  57. barbara451

    pure and unadulterated bigotry at work. The country is full of it. Sad, sad commentary on the US population.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Will

    The picture of the tea bagging ret ards on the front page is why everyone hates southerners

    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. dprichmond

    Perhaps race wouldn't be an issue if the media would stop making it one. Every time someone levies a criticism at the media's darling President they are labeled a racist. How about we judge a man by the content of their character, their body of work and their work ethic rather than the color of their skin?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Bribarian

    Time for more racebaiting articles, maybe if CNN puts out enough they'll get obama reelected.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  61. quietgoesthedon

    Has CNN lost its mind. Why give a platform to a bigot like Larry Schweikart? Who, really, wants to complain that Obama has engaged in this stupid nonsense of "reverse racism," which was invented by bigots, and ignore the very real racism that has been directed at the President since the early days of 2008? Putting together a good story isn't just going out and finding people who agree and disagree with an idea. You have to have some intelligence and a sense of civic responsibility about the people you're engaging.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Calif. Conserv.

    Democrats screaming racist YET AGAIN on here while spewing their hatred.

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

      what hatred??? please tells us your delusions

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    The race card ? Really, I had never given race any thought since he was elected until this article. He has done an average job at best. Romeney is the 1% most would agree he can't relate to the hard working and doesn't need to be our president. Obama has never had a real job outside of politics so he can't relate either and has failed as president. How about voting for a 3rd party just to give us a 3rd choice next election. The two party system is killing us slowly.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlblogsyankeeblogspot

      Oops I pasted wrong comment I meant to say this...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlblogsyankeeblogspot

      I just love how easy CNN can make robots of people, Romney donates 10-15 years of his life feeding the poor clothing the naked, and helping people get shelter as a pastor and he's the one that can't understand people....

      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  64. JM

    The only people we think are racists are the ones who say racist things or hold racist signs.

    Obviously not all Republicans are racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Inquisitive mind

    Of course, these anti-Obama are racists, just to name a famous one – Donald Trump.

    Do people ever wonder if there is any braincell under that pile of weeds on top of his head?

    Obama is a true success man. Win what he has fair and square. Romney is lying, cheating, stealing, faking, and call himself "Success". LOL. No wonder Mormon cult is indeed different.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      Get a clue.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dc3219

      First sterotype all Anti-Obama as rascist. Then you insult all Mormons.
      Take a look in the mirror, it will make you sick!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Pearson

    I am a white conservative. I can't stand Obama's ***POLICIES***. His skin color is of absolutely no importance to me. I wanted Alan Keyes years ago, now I wish Colonel Allen West would run for president. Years ago I hoped General Colin Powell would run for president, but then I found out he is pro-choice.

    Sure, you can find racism in BOTH PARTIES, and in ALL RACES, but to AUTOMATICALLY assume that someone who does not want Obama as president is a racist is absolutely ridiculous and irresponsible, and I think it adds fuel to the fire which is splitting our country.

    Again, POLICIES matter to THE VAST MAJORITY of conservatives, NOT SKIN COLOR.

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

      Of course they do, that is why the Republican Party is 99.9% WHITE.

      Just what Obama POLICIES are you against?

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

      Pearson: I am an independent and do think there are some conservatives that only care about policies. However, if that was all conservatives cared about this hatred that started in 2008 with Palin wouldn't have latched on and become "normal" like it has. I am an independent, voted for Reagan, so I am not speaking as a democrat. As someone who has watched this brewing I think this article is completely accurate. I am very happy to gear you don't see this as a race issue but please open your eyes to what's really going on around you. Also, you said you wouldn't vote for Colin Powell now that you found out he's pro-choice. Does the fact that Romney ran, and became Governor of Massachussetts, based on a pro-choice platform make any difference to you ? My family is made up of all conservatives, except me, and I am continually amazed by the fact the so blindly follow what they are told by others, especially Fox news. That is not to say you are, just curious where you stand on that/

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

        Like

        November 2, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  67. Calif. Conserv.

    Is the race card really going to be the last thing democrats play before Nov. 6th? SERIOUSLY?!?!?!

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

      Do you not read these comments or see those signs (in the pic above).

      If (some) Republicans weren't making racist comments, no one would say that they were making racist comments.

      See how that works?

      I don't think Romney's racist (not that I'm aware of). I just think he's a liar and could care less about anyone other than himself (which is why it is so easy for him to lie; if one's entire agenda is to get something for oneself rather than to do something 'for' others, the truth–and principles–don't matter).

      I do not like/trust that man one bit.

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

        If Romeny shifts positions one way or another, he's a liar. If Obaman changes of shifts positions it's called evolving. Simply amazing.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Inquisitive mind

      No, Republicans are the one who are playing the race card, very desperate!

      It is their own faults for supporting a snake oil salesman and pathological lair.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Believe in America

      All I know is they don't need to. Obama will win regardless. Conservatism is the worst failure of all time.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  68. gregoryiamlivengood

    Now, call me what you will, but everything I have learned about history says that it was the enormously corrupt government of President Grant, coupled with waves of voter fraud during the election that culminated in a partisan selection of Rutherford B Hayes, that ended the Reconstruction- it was part of the deal- Hayes becomes president, and Reconstruction ends. Sorry to disrupt your romantic view of Obama, but he isn't fit to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Rhodes. Please try to keep your history straight, and don't confuse bias with historical fact.

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

    I for one hope that your biased liberal views along with your network are packing your bags along with Obama on January 20th 2013. It has nothing to do with race! NOTHING! It is selling out the Christians, selling out to Russia, a broken economy, an out of control debt and the list goes on. GOODBYE OBAMA and GOODBYE CNN!,

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikefromTO

      Let me guess. You voted Bush in '04. So who do you think got you into this mess?

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

      Very well said indeed!

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

      How do you sell out christians when the government is supposed to have nothing to do with religion? This is the real problem, all the voters that vote based on faith and ten commandments. Religion should not play apart in politics, because if that were the case nobody will ever agree since America is comprised of mixed belief systems.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  70. mikefromTO

    Reading some of these comments to a well balanced and thoughtful article makes me realize that racism is alive and well.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • alideaz

      Yup, pretty much what I thought. We must also remember that these corporate interest puppets have been bought out and are probably getting paid right now to write their nonsense and ignorance

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

      Well, I don't know about balanced, but certainly well thought out. However, it does not pertain to current events.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  71. Lavana Church

    GREAT JOB CNN....last ditch effort to put race in the forefront rather than ability and leadership??!!! see what kind of old dust you stir up that should not matter anyway anymore.. since we ARE ALL AMERICANS WHO VOTE!! WHO CARES WHAT COLOR THE PRESIDENT IS ANYWAY IF HE HAD GIVEN POSIITIVE HOPE AND CHANGE..( notice past tense) ( and hopefully not to be repeated in the FUTURE!!)...
    PS...love the bumper stickers that say "I WORK SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO!"..
    NO OFFENSE to all those hundreds of people out there that had a job and LOST IT!!...am referring to those "career welfare people"...white, black, pink, purple or whatever color you may be....

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

      Yeah, there are a lot of PURPLE PEOPLE here in Amerika...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Shaun

    Looks like MSNBC isnt the only news source with "Thrills up their leg"? This is Journalism? Were worried about rasism in our country when you have articles like this written still calling for a clear division? CNN is in the tank for Obama, we all know that....but for the love of pete, could you at least put a bib on first?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Calif. Conserv.

    I knew they'd play the race card to end this. They've come full circle.

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

      If you do not support Obama, Obamacare, and voting without id then you are racist. Racist pure and simple. Racist.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  74. SPINJ

    You can say that when everything is white this and white that....People are voting for Obama for the same reason some of you are voting for Mitt Romney....Its kind of funny how every Caucasian person I know will call Obama a moron on challenge his credibility like he cant be smart because he is black. Fail. Just like that throwback caveman Donald Trump with his nonsense. But I know plenty of Black people who know that Mitt Romney is great business man, just not right for the country. We know he his intelligent, of course he cant be dumb to have made a living like he has. All the Obama haters will call him something like Obama Bin Laden or some crazy mess, or claim he has to be a muslim...but black people are racist? You people are paranoid.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  75. edward

    Most whites are NOT racist....that is a term used frequently by the black race.....majority of the blacks ARE racist but will not admit it nor own up to it. A black minister in Georgia today proclaimed that ALL white people are going to Hell because that is how God wants it! On national TV he said this. I would say he is racist!

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

      I would say that most whites wont admit that they are racist and do things considered racist without knowing. Just like how President Obama is obviously an American, graduated from Harvard right? So how come all of the birther talk is coming from white people and not black? I just saw on the internet, somebody actually wasted their time making a fake video of Obama being born in Kenya...seriously nobody black made that. I am voting for Obama because he is better for the country and has the ability to bring people together, unlike Mitt Romney who would like to go back to the same good ol boy system, making deals at the country club, and talking talking about how he relate to black people. How about you relate to everyone first???

      November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Sam Break

    A racist article ...a pre-excuse if Obama loses.

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

      A pre excuse? Who's excuse if CNN wrote the article. Has FOX NEWS ever done an article about black history in the government that was respectful of the history, which is a FACT. So nobody is allowed to report on the reality and history in blacks in government???

      November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jessica Worely

    Fox News + Tea Party + Uneducated Inbreds + White Folk + Republicans = Racist Fearmongering Hypocritical Christians

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

      Sho nuff, Jessica?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-o

      Jessica Worley = uninformed , bigoted, ignorant moron

      November 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Believe in America

        I can see you and Jessica have something in common then, if that's the case..

        November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Average Bum

    The race card ? Really, I had never given race any thought since he was elected until this article. He has done an average job at best. Romeney is the 1% most would agree he can't relate to the hard working and doesn't need to be our president. Obama has never had a real job outside of politics so he can't relate either and has failed as president. How about voting for a 3rd party just to give us a 3rd choice next election. The two party system is killing us slowly.

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

      I just love how easy it is to program society today. Watch CNN and you here robots like this. I just love how a guy like Romney can donate 12-15 years of his life as a pastor helping people get food and shelter, donate a third of his income to charity and he can't relate to people....Obama hangs around with wired folks most of his life and runs around community organizing and he can relate...give me a break.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • SAS

        No he can't. Not to the majority that make up this country. He never had to struggle financially, worry about putting food on the table. I am not saying that he is a bad person, but he is out of touch. I can tell that based on the comments he has made. Not everyone has a mommy or daddy they can borrow money from to start their on businesses.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Billy Bob

    CNN should be renamed BNN!!! BLACK NEWS NETWORK! What happened to the days when CNN reported news in a fair, impartial manner. Now, they just cater to minorites in many of their stories and most of their commentaries.

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

      Like how FOX news caters to racist rednecks named Billy Bob?

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

        At least Fox does not hide behind the screen of impartiality. CNN purports themselves to be neutral. I would argue that FOX caters to conservatives, not "racist rednecks". This article was really misguided and blatantly timed.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPINJ

        FOX caters to deep down hatred, oppressive, blatantly untrue and negative portrayal of anyone not Caucasian. If I watch FOX for 2 minutes, it makes me want to jump through the television because the racism is so obvious.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eugene

        ... and how do you know that Billy Bob is a racist rednecks? he might be an Asian, a Latino or African American. No wonder America is in mess with people like you and still noticing that many Obama supporters are like their failed president Obama to blame Bush after 4 years? Hilarious.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPINJ

        He is white...just like you obviously....and you FAIL! lol America is messed up because people like you cant notice when somebody lik Billy Bob is blatantly being racist...yet you challenge me. Open up your eyes Rain Man.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      CNN is just trying to reach you, Billy Bob, and let you know the Civil War is OVER and you have to FREE YOUR SLAVES...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tricia

        hilarious!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      lmao

      November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  80. hfxchas

    This election is NOT about race. Getting "paid by the word" to write this arcticle won't change the fact that this election is about the future of Amercia. Obama has brought economic ruin and poverty to Americans of all races, and sadly more proportionately to single mothers (and their children) and to people of color. THAT's what this election is about. Talk of racism is smoke and mirrors and a deperate attempt to confuse the electorate and either distract them from this administration's broken promises, or at worst "guilt" white voters into voting for Obama simply because he is Black. If Obama had kept his word about reducing the deficit and reducing unemployment, this tactic would not be used.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Humanity4All

    Tea bagers the civil war is over, come out your bunkers and face the reality. Vote for Obama if you love this country.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eugene

      No... I already voted Romney and I love this country too.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • SPINJ

        Eugene, the civil war really is over...its okay to come out now....oh my bad maybe you still think its the Cold War and the Russians are gonna beat us in the space race...ha ha ha

        November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  82. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    Who writes this stuff ...Al Sharpton ?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Real

      Oh no! He doesn't know that much history!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  83. JM

    Only really dumb people.

    Hitler? Killed people.

    Obama? Wants to give everyone access to healthcare.

    These nuts on the right are seriously braindead.

    Many call themselves Christian but are following a guy who is pretty anti-Christ in both the way he lives/behaves (greed; lies).

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

      That was supposed to be in response to another posting....

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

      What does America and free stuff have in common.....nothing whatsoever, perhaps Iceland would be a good place for you to live, socialism is rampant there

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

      Well apparently the people who started this country liked free stuff too.

      They saw the country and took it from the natives; then they murdered them.

      Then they went to another continent, saw people, took them, brought them here, enslaved them, abused them, murdered them, raped them and had them do all the work because they were too lazy to do it themselves.

      Speaking of free stuff...

      November 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • billNY

        loon alert.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh come on...

      This is supposed to be Land of the Free. Obama shoving healthcare down our throats, fining us if we don't buy coverage is just another infringement on our freedom. No excuses!
      Romney/Ryan 2012 for a chance to reclaim our freedom.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jean Sartre

        An idiot like you doesn't deserve FREEDOM, especially when you don't understand the word or concept!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mikefromTO

    Wow great article. I am not from America, so I really learned quite a bit from reading this. Thanks.

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

      It's amazing how some things can be made to say what you want them to isn't it mikefromTO? Take 5 people and give them the same statistical data and they'll come up with 5 different conclusions. I'd classify this article as "clever" rather than "great". The author gave it a good try but it is ludicrous to suggest that racism caused the many crisis situations being faced by American citizens today.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jean Sartre

        That's only because you do not understand statistical data!

        Statistical data either says the same thing to ALL or it says NOTHING...

        November 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Pete

    I'd vote for a black man if I agreed with his politics such as a Colin Powell. Sure there are a few white people who didn't vote democrat because Obama is black, but the black vote is extremely biased. An NBC news poll has black voters leaning towards Obama 94% to ~0%. 0%! How is that even possible? You can't tell me its all politics. There are African Americans high in the Republican party. Might it be because they are voting for the color of his skin? That's a story almost no one will touch. Stop demonizing groups of people when other groups are even worse.

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

      We are talking PERCENTAGES HERE!

      The population of America is currently 310,000,000; do you really think 3,100,000 black people are going to vote for Willard?

      That is 1% of our population... 3,100,000!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  86. theduke

    what a bunch of knuckle dragging mouth breathing rednecks......puke

    November 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Pat

    Racism is rapant in EVERY country

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. lifesabeachobx

    Funny how people call obama a "black" president......I think he is multi-racial.....

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

      lifeabeach, if you want to go down that road then most people are multiracial. Stop calling a person white if they have a Native American or asian ancestor.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  89. mark armstrong

    Yawn...........

    November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  90. jvance

    The disease of racism may never disappear from American society but the virulent form appeared to have subsided appreciably in recent decades. But the election of Pres Obama resulted in the widespread re-emergence of a blindly vicious strain that had lain dormant within people who had previously seemed completely free of that pathology.
    The cold, poorly disguised hatred that I have seen expressed from friends and co-workers with whom I had communicated and worked with for many years shocked me. The disorder was veiled with referrals to "taxes", and "socialism" and "communism" and "anti-patriotism" and sundry other buzzwords of the extreme right wing but the true enmity was disgust and visceral animus that a black man could have usurped such a position in our country.
    I have been disappointed in the performance of Pres Obama and may well be voting for Gov Romney this coming Tuesday, but I will be making my decision with a clear and healthy mind. Anyone pulling a lever because they are nauseated by the sight of too much melanin are spreading a contagion that endangers the life of our country and the entire world.

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

      It isn't about Obama's race, it's the economy, stupid.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • jvance

        Mark. Thanks for the comment. Actually, it is about the economy and that is why I may be voting for Gov Romney. What my comment was aimed at were the people for whom the issue is race. It was about people I thought I knew better until I heard them make statements that would warm the heart of a 1950s KKK member.
        I hope you're not one of them. If you're voting on real issues, I have no issue with you or your choices.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  91. jack

    Mmm. Love me some ignorance right before bedtime. Yours is extra delicious, as well. If you don't mind, I'll take some extra as well...oh shoot, I see you replied below. And, sure enough, you delivered. Your ignorance is amazing. Keep up the great work!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Chris

    Obama is anything but an eloquent speaker sans the teleprompter. Stop lying to us.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  93. lifesabeachobx

    obama is multi-racial......

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Gary

    So much for the hope racism will die out with you GOP fuqheads

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Ed

    This article is absurd.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Chris

    In 30 years of my life, I have seen enormous amounts of black violence, much of black on white violence. They are definetely less intelligent and far more prone to violence than real humans. They utterly lack in school and it has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with a less developed brain. CNN is a black supremacist propaganda network which ironically is laughable because there is nothing supreme about this primitive race. Why CNN is so pro black and anti white? I don't know but what I do know is that these CNN employes don't live in the real world, because blacks are definitely not victims, they are the perpetrators of most of the violence and rape in this country. Victims? Haha CNN, that's a good JOKE.

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

      You prove that 100 years doesn't necessarily improve the genetic pool.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Think For Yourself

        Gary, please tell me, when was the last time there was a widespread riot when a white person was convicted of a crime. What I disagree with is the comment that they are less intelligent. That may have been true at one time, primarily because they were denied access to higher education. Nowadays, at has to do with the fact that they are raised with a chip on their shoulder and they expect to be taken care of and given a free pass because of how blacks were once treated in this country. Only an idiot can try to deny that blacks are more prone to violence. Everyone is capable of it, but blacks are far more violent. It is the sad truth, whether you want to come to grips with that reality or not

        November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Well said Chris! My brothers and I have been "jumped" on three or four different occasions back when we were kids by groups of blacks. Once was even in the front yard of our home across the street from a church! Never once happened from a group of whites,etc. We have had home invasions and items stolen from our yard...all of these were from black perpetrators..but im not racist....

      November 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfred123

      Hey Chris, why don't you just put the white hood back on your "more developed" brain and crawl back under the rock you came from with all your KKK budies.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Why don't you just tell us how you really feel?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Dave

    PATHETIC ARTICLE.
    And I agree – if someone can't pass a literacy test he / she should not be voting. If someone has not paid taxes in the last 10 years they should not be voting. Oh yeah – and that is regardless of what color skin you have.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfred123

      Yeah! and only those making at least a million dollars a year should be allow to vote. I'm sure that we'll keep our beautiful United States of Saudi Arabia as immaculate as Tea Party members would like.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  98. I Hate Racists

    Should "this black President", who is in fact biracial, also speak out against the mob rape of children (especially little boys) perpetrated by white men?

    If not (because it's not a "black crime"), why are you supporting the 100% white male, Romney, when his fellow followers of his Mormon religion represent on MAIN group of perpetrators of such HEINOUS crimes against children?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  99. REDFIRESTORM

    CNN BREAKING NEWS: AMERICA IMPRESSED WITH POTUS CRISIS LEADERSHIP - NY/NJ TEARS OVER POLITICS. DAVID AXELROD SAYS: "THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY SEE THE POTUS AT HIS BEST WHILE CAMPAIGNING." PARTY IN THE VEGAS HOUSE - GOV CUOMO SAYS NO HOUSES IN QUEENS - DESPITE BLOOMBERG NOD, BLACKS TELL OBAMBI-POO "SORRY BRO, WE'RE STAYING HOME ELECTION DAY" BONSOIR OBAMBI-POO - 15% ALREADY VOTED, DID YOU KNOW THAT? MOST OF THEM SHOWED LOVE FOR GOV. ROMNEY, DID YOU KNOW THAT? YEAH YOU KNEW –YOU OUT THERE BUSTING BUTT –CAMPAIGNING WHILE NEW YORKERS AND NEW JERSEY SUFFER - YOU KNOW ROMNEY GOT YOU BEAT 52 TO 46 - YOU SWEATING BLUE RAIN BROTHER RAY? -- PUMP IT BROTHER RAY - PUMP PUMP PUMP IT - PUMP IT LIKE STREET SMART WISHED YOU DID THE WATER - PUMP IT LIKE SHE WISHED YOU COULD (BUT CAN'T - YOU TOO SMALL) LMFAO

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