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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. Jamal

    For the same reason nobody should vote for or against Mitt Romney because of his religion, nobody should vote for or against Barack Obama for his race. What a sad state of affairs it is if this is about demographics and not policy and records.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      whatever – we are witnessing slow and gradual cultural change anyways. All the old white racists will die off soon anyways. Illegals are out reproducing any white American. Their growth replacement rate is 1.4 to Hispanics 6.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Jdot

        Illegals will produce more kids... that is true. Just like domestic women produce more kids without married fathers because they can work the system better that way. It was not meant to be set up for folks like that, but they've found a way to 'use' the system. Then they will have more votes to get more 'free' money. The only problem is that the working class won't be able to support all the free programs and everything collapses. Socialism is great until you run out of giving away other peoples money.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
      • caesarbc

        JDot – this is America...
        if the people want to vote in a socialist for a President...
        then they will vote in a socialist for a President.

        you cannot stop them.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Ranger Luna

        Guess you don't know much about illegals do you? Why don't you explore 3rd and 4th generation "illegals" as you call them! We are 100 pct mainstreamed, we are white, and we have progressed and embraced western values and traditions! We still cling to our tortillas, religion, and some Spanish... But sorry to disappoint you, we not that "white" separatist stereotype you choose to create to validate your social insecurities!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      What's the saddest part of all is the fact that this man got elected into office precisely because of his race. If he were some white dude, there is no way he gets the voter turnout that he got during the first election.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. caesarbc

    Before Obama leaves (if he loses) he will paint the whitehouse black and announce he is the 12th Imam.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • morgan

      caesarbc, you are such an ignorant fool who didn't see the 4 walls of a class room, Obama is president of the united state, what are you? an ignorant big fool

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • caesarbc

        Barack Hussein Obama is a POTUS who reads from a TOTUS.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Absolutely pathetic by CNN to throw race into the Election 4 days before the election. Are you that desperate for page hits or that desperate to have Obama win?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    The problem with saying the Tea Party arose because of Obama's failures in governance is that it was founded before he was sworn in...and when it was founded many of the keynote speakers at their conventions were white supremacists. It wasn't until a branch of the Montana Tea Party denounced racism that Tea Party organizations (reluctantly) stopped welcoming these people with open arms.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • kws

      How 'bout he's just a bad president! Nothing to do with race, everything thing to do with poor job performance.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        How could he have been a bad president before he took office?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jdot

    race card.... race card... oh continue to play the race card!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chutzpah

    Thanks for the article. I realize that some people think they're against President Obama because he's a socialist (whatever that means in 2012), and it has nothing to do with race. But the sheer amount of lunacy involving birth certificates, school transcripts and so much more is impossible to understand on the face of it. That's NOT a rational response to someone whose implementation of the social safety net you have quibbles about.

    Reading these historical notes gives me a feeling of deja vu... all of the tactics and rhetoric suddenly make a lot of sense.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ruth C

    we will see Obama rise for 4 more years all you Romneycare bullies can kizz my azz

    November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Megan

    The most sweeping social reform since social security, the ending of a war (remember war?), the scaling down of another war...

    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. mary

    When the other choice is a proven liar, proven to be taking jobs to china, refuses to show his taxes. keeps bank accounts in the cayman islands and other known tax havens for the rich.
    When he flip flops and changes his opinions..
    When he has no plan.. And the only thing he comes up with is going to hurt most ALL americans.
    When he sneers and puts down 47% of the people.
    (And there is more.. But for the sake of space I won't put it here).
    When this kind of man is preferable to a decent Black president who has saved the people of this country from hitting rock bottom.
    Then 'YES 'its about race~!
    Don't even try..
    You are choosing a guy with 70% of Bush's advisors on his payroll.. And you want to convince us its NOT about race??
    Not buying it.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      No Mary, it is not about race. It is about a failed President.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
      • mary

        NO BILL it is not about a failed presidency..
        If it isn't race then the only other choice is > 'It about stpidity"..
        He has but the breaks on the free fall Bush had us in..
        And you want to go back there?
        Stupidity.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Chutzpah

        If it was really about a failed Presidency, why would so many be hot to vote for a virtual clone of GWB? Are peoples' memories really that short?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • superbole

        Bravo Mary. I feel your passion. I believe that Mittens hasn't put enough space between himself and the fringe conservatives who ARE racists. In my mind, that disqualifies him as a viable candidate.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      I'm not buying it either. There's no other way to justify the rants about the president being "evil"... virtually the antichrist. The hatred is so far over the line that sheer, ignorant, throwback racism is the only explanation.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
      • AC

        Not true. Its not race for most conservatives. Its the big government, big spending social, heavy handed liberalism that is what can be so maddening. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt was detested by many conservatives in rural America for his policies. Sure a majority of people liked him, but many people hated him with an intensity that exceeds the anger directed at Obama. And FDR was white.

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

        AC, I'll concede your point to a degree because I can remember the hatred and lies that were directed at the Clintons for eight years. But there's still an ugly element here that goes beyond any previous case of which I'm aware.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      There you go again, blaming Bush. You see, if Reagan had been elected in 2008, he would have fixed this mess. Romney is the closest thing to Reagan that we have. Obama winning is like having a nightmare that Carter was re-elected for a second term.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mavrik

      I am sorry Mary, but your comments are just silly. You are as much to blame for the lack of civility in this county as the racists.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Mary,
      There ARE those of us who don't want this country to go bankrupt. While I agree, against most republicans out there, that some amount of spending was needed to help our economy out of the freefall it was in, we have stemmed the blood flow. Yet we are still spending at record paces and most of the ideas I here from our president involve putting more people in government and giving them oversight.
      I'm sorry, but it's not about race. It's about the fact that I don't want my children to inherit so much debt that our country can never get out of it...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steve Lyond

    Please stop saying anti-Marxism is racist. It is not. Nor is being anti-Socialist. Nor is being anti-collectivist.

    The history leading up to the tearing down of the Berlin wall is more akin to the desire to tear down all things Obama.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      I think people typically associate racism with anti-Marxism is two-fold.

      First, it's not based on reality. Marxism has never existed. Marx didn't even write a prescription for society. Mostly he just criticized. Socialism is when the government owns the means of production. So when Obamacare widens access to the private healthcare industry, it is not socialism. Taxes are not socialism. Taxes are capitalism. The post office is socialized. The military is socialized. Service members who use the VA hospital are using socialized medicine. So calling Obama a socialist means you don't know what socialism is.

      Or, you do know what socialism is and assume that despite his policies, he's socialist because he has a funny name. I do agree that xenophobia and religious hatred is often placed in the umbrella of "racism," which means the term is over used.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        Megan,
        Many people believe that the government having too much say or influence over a portion of the private sector is Socialistic. While the government may not own it, if they control it it's virtually the same thing. That's why people think that Obamacare is a Socialistic idea because it gives the government too much oversight and control into PRIVATE healthcare.

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

        ? I don't think you fully understand what socialism is. Here is a dictionary definition for you: "A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community (government) as a whole." That means when the government starts directing part of the private sector socialism is being practiced. Back to school.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cliffintex

      Yeah right...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • superbole

      Calling Obama a Marxist, Socialist, or Collectivist is utterly idiotic – not factual in the least. He's a Capitalist – end of story (he quacks like a capitalist, walks like a capitalist, et cetera). Therefore – using Occam's Razor as my guide – people who insist on the absurd must either be the simplest of idiots or they have an ulterior motive. Hate makes a poor example for people who claim not be racist. I hope you remember that...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    I'm white, college educated, read books and the newspaper daily, and have a high IQ. Of course I voted for Obama. Someone has to save the poor uneducated rednecks from themselves!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      Seems like you go manure for brains.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Ruth C

        Melvin, manure for brains is better than nothing for brains you puke

        November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Painter

      I ain'ts white, am college educated, knows what's going on, don't kiss the feet of a kenyan clown, Extremely High IQ, and I sure the hell didn't for an inexperienced POS!
      Someone has to save you from sinking in the obama manure pit.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Chutzpah

        Please don't save me! I really don't want to live under the kind of religious fundamentalist, militarist, totalitarian system you guys are drooling over. I'd rather the government kept out of my bedroom, wasn't attempting to symbolically "rape" women seeking control over there own bodies, et cetera, et cetera et cetera...

        November 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
      • tim

        Mr. Painter, if you are going to claim that you are an intelligent person, please make sure your grammer reflects this statement. Anyway...why all the hate? The country is moving in the right direction. Bush's policies crushed us and it's taken us a long time to recover. But we ARE recovering. Don't send us back to the policies that sunk us in the first place. Be smart and also have some compassion for your fellow man. Being part of a democracy means it's about all of us, not just you. Don't be a selfish, shortsighted, smallminded whiner. Do your part for the greater good and it'll come back to you.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
      • superbole

        This "Melvin Painter" character is quite the hater, isn't he? Won't some other conservative come to his rescue and prove to us that Obama is a Kenyan? LOL...

        November 2, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You forgot to say that you are an idiot.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. mmd

    Here we go yet again. Another article that implies whites are racist. If whites are so racist, please explain how Obama was voted in as president in the first place? While there are racist people in all countries and in ALL races, in America, racism is not at levels that the liberal media would like everyone to believe. This article covers two things. First, it is playing the race card in an attempt to get people to vote for Obama (get more minorities to show at the polls and guilt whites into voting for Obama). Second, if Obama loses, the liberal media is setting the stage for the race card.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • randy

      As soon as I read your parroting of the term "liberal media" I didn't need to waste my time reading any further.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Obama was voted into office because he got the support of the normal democrats in the country, but also had an absolutely amazing turnout from the "poorer" people in the country who traditionally don't take the time to vote.
      They saw "One Of Their People" running for president and voted for the "Brotha".

      November 2, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      The reason why Obama was elected was not because white America had suddenly embraced the concept of racial tolerance, but more to do with many Americans being fed up with 8 years of incompetent leadership, a costly war and a financial collapse that brought the U.S. to the brink of bankruptcy. That combined with a fired up youth and Hispanic turnout propelled Obama to victory.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Buck

    Pledges to obstruct Obama and to Grover Nordquist by the RepubliCONS. Welcome to the THeocracy Empire of America (TEA) Party platform.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. An Il resident

    I deeply apologize with my yearly mis-key... I was 2007... Sorry for any confusion....

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    OBAMA IS A RACIST! HAVEN'T YOU FIGURED THAT OUT YET? I PRAY TO GOD THAT HE LOSES THE ELECTION...THE WORST PRESIDENT THE U.S.A HAS EVER HAD ! THE PAST 4 YEARS, HE HAS DONE NOTHING, EXCEPT TRAVELING AND SPENDING OUR TAX MONEY.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Buck

      Mary, Go fill out your ID TEN T form because you are an IDIOT.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      Mary wheres your little lamb? Find it and go fXXK it

      November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • randy

      Mary, find the caps lock key on your key board and give it a good, strong press. Or, better yet, turn off your computer.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    Why is it that anyone who disagrees with Obama is accused of being a racist?? Can't I just disagree with him on principle regardless of his skin color? It seems to be that Democrats seem to be the one who have issues with race – not Republicans.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Hear! Hear!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Esaias

      It's about time someone tells it like it is. Democrats are bigots too.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      One thing is for sure, racism will never end as long as people keep looking for it. The biggest problem is that it seems to require absolutely zero evidence to claim racism.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      If you can name his policies and how you disagree with him, sure. But otherwise, no, then odds are your dislike of him is based on race.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • superbole

      Sadly Daniel, because too many conservatives have made way too many ridiculous claims about Obama for us to take you guys seriously any more. We have one troll here calling him a Kenyan – another group calling him a Marxist/Socialist (take your pick). If conservatives stuck with the pure politics of his decisions and kept with simple facts, you might have a point. But the truth is the conservative lexicon is far too polluted, far too extreme. It doesn't matter if Mittens held up the Golden Key of Prosperity for all of us to behold – none of the present Obama supporters would vote for him – simply on principle. Hate is a double-edged sword – and the GOP is about to get whacked by their own hand.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. I don't drink the kool-aid

    One of the worst, most biased articles I've read in years. I think it bolsters the argument that the liberals/democrats are fostering division and a race/class conflict. Disgusting.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      Agreed.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • AJW3

      You're joking.............right? No one could be that stupid.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • joedog

      Because I voted for Obama and am now discouraged and will vote for Romney, I am a racist. Drivel bordeding on race mongering.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Esaias

      That's b/c they are you moron. Get ur head out of your a$$.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      There was a movement 1830s or so called Nativisim which ordained U.S. BELONGED to White Anglo Saxon Protestants. Civil War's aftermath produced Jim Crow which really wasn't weakened until 1950s. Reagan's primary run for GOP nomination began in Philidelphia Miss. just miles, repeat, miles away from place where civil rights workers bodes where found. No coinicidence to a thinking person. His clear intent was to capture the white southern vote that was reacting to civil rights movement. South's been GOP since. Blacks make up 12 percent maybe of pop. but bulk of prison inmates. Tuskegee black farmers had sphylis but not treated in gvt study. North Carolina black women underwent forced sterilization without their knowledge. If you don't see a PATTERN here, you need your head examined but not sure of the outcome. Does CNN pretend, jouralistically, that racism has simply died out?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Calif. Conserv.

    NBC propagates racism and they even admitted they injected racism into the Trayvon martin case. They said they fired someone over it although they never released the persons name (didn't fire anyone).

    November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  19. Brian

    Wow! What an offense to think the writer(s) of this article want to insult the millions of people who KNOW Pres. Obama is over his head but they want to try and gain a few voters by attempting to back us into a corner by calling us racist. How shallow, immature, and childish.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. solrac

    But that's the funny thing: compare Obama to Reagan's first four years, or even Clinton. Not very far off on unemployment, spending, etc. There are very strong parralles to Obama and Reagan's first four years. So why on earth are you allowing people to warp your mind by sound bites? You never, ever, thought to verify the information yourself. You brain washed drone. I can't believe YOU have the power to vote, when you're so easily manipulated. F you all.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • AJW3

      Sometimes I'm ashamed to be American. I love this country but there are a lot of simple minded easily misled people.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      The posts in here prove the article is true

      November 2, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  21. Dave

    All I want to say is I think this talk about race has been mostly a excuse for Obama's lack of change. Now I do not know about others but during elections, I do not take the promises these candidates make as truth of the future. Things are more complicated than that. The problem is we only have a two part system, that is why nothing gets done. Every poll out there is 50/50 or 49/51 on this election and it is because the country is divided. The division in this country runs much deeper than race but lays within the principles we have let the government take away from us. Also them having a big brother mentality of all these cameras and a constant watch on everyone. Some see it as safe, to me it is a controlling behavior. It is time for American's to quit electing these rich, over agenda politicians and like before have the people be represented by one who lives and understands the people.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  22. Simon

    Here's to four more years with one of the finest presidents of the last 75 years. Only the mindless fear and hatred of the rabble would remove the man who successfully steered the country away from the medieval policies of the Bush administration. If Bush was our Nero, then Obama is our Marcus Aurelius.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • BossHog

      what are you smoking? they're the same damned president...nearly identical policies. i agree with you though, they are medieval

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  23. me2

    the racism and hate and ignorance has NOTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA but much to do with america

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tony

    Such tortured logic to explain why we weren't racist when we voted for Obama four years ago, but we will be on Tuesday if we don't do it again. The article itself is unreadable. It's always about race to you.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  25. roger

    I am neither black nor white. The way I see it – that you cannot make blanket statements about those who oppose Obama. Many white's support of Romney has nothing to do with Obama's race. However, I will say this. I have travelled extensively in some areas of the deep South mostly in small towns. For example in Toombs County in Georgia, where the overwhelming majority of whites oppose obama, and a sizable portion of these openly seethe at the idea of a black man in the white house. Many said to me personally, I would rather have a dog in the white house that that n-word. This is not at all an uncommon sentiment in the small towns and rural areas of the deep South. Clearly some things have not changed in a couple hundred years.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • AJW3

      I'm in Az and I can't believe how many people have come up to me and said "we need to vote that n***** out of office. Because I'm working I'm not supposed to engage in their conversation. DISGUSTING PEOPLE!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
      • caesarbc

        That's OK – the old white racists will die off, and be replaced with brown people. Because of SB1070, it backfired on the racists – there are more illegals here than ever, and you cannot stop them. Arizona will be a blue state in less than 4 years, easy.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      Obama's going to leave the whitehouse with a big surprise – he is planning on painting the whitehouse black, and have a speech in Arabic, stating that he is a Muslim and works for Al Queda, and ran for President to implement socialist policies just to prove a point that America has been undermined and losing the war against Islam.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. KM

    "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"

    Yet black Americans refer to each other by that word constantly.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bill

    Yes, as someone said earlier, this is very disturbing. Who is this moron John Blake guy? If Obama loses, it is because: 1: He has been a bad President, spending money on the wrong things, and not having a clue about economics, 2. The economy sucks and he has had 4 years to fix it and it is worse than it was 4 years ago and 3. Romney seems smarter and he actually has experience in economics and business. He has a clue, and a plan.

    If Obama loses, it really has nothing to do with race, or the black history of this country or whatever the hell you wrote that ridiculously long rant about (it was torture reading it after about 4 or 5 paragraphs – I kept skipping through, but it went on and on and on). It has to do with a President who is incapable of understanding our country and connecting with it's people.

    We really don't give a sh* whether he is black or white, so give us a break you idiot!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • smarter than you

      Dummy!!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  28. SS

    Not a suprise to anyone–dude wearing a flag hat hates the POTUS.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  29. Oh boy

    It's not who votes but who counts the votes!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  30. roger

    I am neither black nor white. The way I see it – that you cannot make blanket statements about those who oppose Obama. Many white's support of Romney has nothing to do with Obama's race. However, I will say this. I have travelled extensively in some areas of the deep South mostly in small towns. For example in Toombs County in Georgia, where the overwhelming majority of whites oppose obama, and a sizable portion of these openly seethe at the idea of a black man in the white house. Many said to me personally, I would rather have a dog in the white house that that n******. This is not at all an uncommon sentiment in the small towns and rural areas of the deep South. Clearly some things have not changed in a couple hundred years.

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

      My best friend made that same kind of statement 4 years ago..I was STUNNED, appalled and she is NOT my friend anymore.. I don't associate knowingly with that kind of hatred and ignorance..
      I know for a fact those that feel they can speak freely say all sorts of racist comments..
      YOu are correct.. There are Many that can NOT rise about their racist feelings.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • samuel

      i am getting so tired of everybody from the media making this election about race. Majority of the country voted for Obama in 2008, because they thought his policies and ideology was what the country needed to move us forward. Now because its election year and the presidential candidate is White, then all who don't vote for Obama are racist???? come on CNN, and every one else out there, get off your high horse and actually open your eyes for a change. if a man of Asian decent was challenging Obama and being liked by the masses because of his plans for the country you would still cry racism.
      Can Obama be challenged fairly without it being a race issue?? His policies have not held up in the last 4yrs, let someone with a better plan and idea in to the white house to lead this Nation forward in the right direction.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • superbole

      As I said to an acquaintance who uttered a similar refrain (about Obama and a dog), "You can't shake the hand of the Devil and say you were joking." The sad thing is, many of these people call themselves Christian. To whit, I will add, "There's a stain of blood on every person who is a racist – and the Good Lord knows who you are."

      November 2, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. For Real

    Let me ask. Do white Republicans really think there is no racism among the Republican party? Do white Republicans think there is no more white racism? I'm black and can assure there is racism among blacks in America. I'm willing to call things as they are. I wonder if white Republicans can do the same. I always hear them referring to others using the race card and though racism among their party doesn't exist at all.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      Certainly racism exists, but it is not considered normal or acceptable. I live in Birmingham Alabama, and I've seen more and worst racism coming from the black community against whites than the reverse. Most whites here are sensitive to it. Many blacks take advantage of it. BTW, most of our county and city gov't is run by blacks, so if you ever hear or read about racism or prejudice or oppression toward blacks in B'ham, it's a bunch of stuff.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  32. Brett

    All Americans elected President Obama and were not racists. Four years later if we decide to send him on his way we are not racists. Mr. Obama has failed as a leader in many ways....his race makes no difference now or then.

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

      I respect your comment. The only thing I disagree with is your belief that race has played or will not play a part in Obama's election/defeat. It did in 2008 and will have much more of an impact in 2012. I hate to say this but there is so many whites that literally HATE Obama. That is triggered by race.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
      • AC

        Yeah there are plenty of white people that will not vote for Obama because they are racist. But something like 95% of black people who voted in 2008 voted for Obama. Racism? Race definitely played a role in voter turnout among blacks too. Why are they never accused of being racists?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
      • samuel

        there are also many educated blacks who cant stand Obama. its not triggered by race, just his policies.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan Calderon

      That's B.S. in a chef salad! What are you talking about? Bush (Jr.) did an horrendous first term, and "thans to republicans just like you" he was president for a second, been the worst president ever. Obama is been a great leader, not perfect but great and with a lot of room to improve. MOST republicans can deal with the idea of having a "color" man as their commander in chief...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  33. Lee

    I found this article very disturbing. First, it sites an online poll from which to build its argument. Online polls are easily manipulated and inaccurate. Yet, though the writer acknowledges this, they use this unsubstantiated "evidence" to build their case; that is, if we have an honest disagreement on policy with someone of a different race, we are racist.
    For this to be the lead story in a major media website, leaves me no choice but to conclude that journalism is dead.
    This is nothing more than an attempt to do the very thing this article claims to abhor, divide our country based on race in order to promote one ideology. No honest discussion or debate allowed.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

      All attempts at racial discussions are immediately met with the terms "race-baiting", "reverse-discrimination", and "Obama is the one making race an issue". You are full of BS guys.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Plasnick

    Eureka! The most biased CNN headline yet. So . . . if I don't vote for Obama, I'm no better than a Southern racist from 150 years ago? Got it. Not gonna lie, didn't read the article.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      I read the whole thing. Your instant analysis is accurate.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  35. CNN propagates RACISM!

    According to this article, if you are of color and don't vote for Romney, you are a racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. BossHog

    This article is race bating dribble. If he was white, yellow, purple, or magenta he would still be a fiscally irresponsible Bush 2.0. The only racial issue that surrounds his reelection is the fact that 98% of black americans will vote for him again, many on racial grounds.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Megan

    The response to this article are exactly why I hate it when I finish reading an article on CNN. Every idiot with nothing to do reads the headline and the caption and then goes off. This article is not about voting patterns. Romney is not mentioned once. It's not about partisan politics. It's about the resurgence of racism in modern political discourse.

    Read it. Think about it for a bit. And go about your day. CNN isn't telling you how to vote. CNN is trying to open your mind just a tiny bit. Voting for Romney isn't racist. Voting for Obama isn't racist. Again, Romney is never mentioned in this article because that's not what the article is about. READ IT. The whole thing.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plasnick

      The headline was a shocking charge of racism leveled against all Republicans on the front page of one of the Web's major news sites five days before the election. You're saying the article is more thoughtful . . . maybe that's the case. I'm going to go read a different article.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  38. Truthforall

    lol media trying to make the election about race....ok then so what about the black panthers making threats to turn out at polling places to intimidate voters ? or the countless number of blacks threatening to Riot and destroy "everything white" if Romney wins ? ah these were left out right ? but thats right only white people can be racist right ?

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

      More right wing baloney! You people are unbelieveable!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • BossHog

        the black panther voter intimidation is easily accessible and all over youtube. quite unlike the supposed racist comments MSNBC is always accusing tea party rally's of hurling around

        November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • tcaudilllg

      Next Tuesday, we say NO to white trash.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Lene

        And there is plenty of white trash to go around. I swear, some of the people who post comments here are way past the crack pipe. I am a white woman, middle aged, who lives in FL but was born in the Northeast. And I absolutely hate white trash rednecks. Beyond reason. As much as the knuckle dragging Righties hate Obama, I hate the trash rednecks more.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JaiDavenberg

      Yet surprisingly, you never hear news of the "black panthers" threatening the polls and these absurd threats of blacks rioting if Romney wins...Yet every every time I turn on the TV, I'm seeing some rednecks in white hoods talking about a race war. I guess that "liberal media" is more interested in seeing "the blacks violently take over the country" and thus suppress the issue.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  39. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    Anyone want to talk about the economy....perhaps Libya, or maybe the fact that droves of white people voted for this guy 4 years ago... I GUESS they suddenly became bigots right. These enflaimers look for the rare bigot and say SEE here they are. Get a grip CNN your Al Sharpton tactics are old and stale as vince Lombardis jock strap. Dont doubt me

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

      exactly! 5 day til the election, worst storm in the history of the east coast, massive cover up in Libya, and this is the frontpage?!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • JaiDavenberg

        I would hardly call an OP-ED front page news. There's actually several stories covering the "front page" of cnn.com. Perhaps if you were to remove your hood you could see the whole page.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
      • BossHog

        i dont think this should be the feature piece so now I'm a klansman? keep playing that card buddy, its not gonna save your messiah come tuesday

        November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  40. Sandy

    Maybe white people don't like Obama because of his government first social agenda, but no, it must be because they are all racists that hearken to the Civil War era. To imply Obama's failures the past 4 years are the result of racism is beyond reprehensible. Obama has shown no leadership, has fostered partisanship to new levels, pushed government intervention and control to record levels, done noting to change the unemployment level (same as when he took office), and added 4 trillion to the deficit. Yet we are to believe from this article that is white America's fault. What is it with liberals and their constant need to blame others; Obama's been blaming Bush for 4 years, now it's white America that is to blame. Come on man.

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

      So, if someone robbed you, 4 years later they are no longer responsible? It magically becomes someone else's fault?

      Thank God Obama took on the incredibly tough job of cleaning up the manure pile that Bush left him.

      If it's as easy as you seem to think, everyone who was in debt in 2008 should have paid off all their debt by now (because it was merely a few thousand). How about you? Your kids? Debts all paid in full?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goldylocks

      You're out of your mind. "Obama has shown no leadership", clearly you've been watching too much FOX news with your ridiculous post. Dummy.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  41. An Il resident

    I am an IL resident and a registered republican and while it will be pointless since Obama will easily win IL, I will provide a reasonable explanation why I will not vote for Obama. No I did not vote for Obama last time and I am sure I will be labled as "#$%$#" by some side, but I think it pertinant why I will not to all of the racist rants out there. I had an issue while adopting overseas in 2003 (the dept of Homeland Security aka INS or Departmentof hopeless stupidity..sent my paperwork to the wrong country... go figure) when Obama was my Senator. I had spent weeks with INS to sort out the issue to no avail. I sent similar emails to both of my Senators at the time, Obama and Durbin. Within 12 hours Durbin called by home phone number and said that the issue was resolved and it was!!! I spoke personally with the consulate overseas and they actually apologized for the screw up!!! I have yet to hear back from Senator Obama!!! And, gasp... as a registered republican.. I VOTED for a democrate during the last Senetorial election... Shocking I know.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Head of Fema

      Senators divide the corresponces from the citizens. I am sure there are citizens who are mad at Durbin for not hearing back from him. The way to divide resources, and get all the citizens complaints answered is by splitting them. You are not the only person who has changed their political opinion because they feels their letter was not answered.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  42. Calif. Conserv.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    Because we can't afford 4 more years of no budget and blaming others.

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

      So we didn't elect a magician in 2008 who could undue W's mess. Believe me if Romney wins, we'll all be eating dirt except the 1% (which I doubt you are part of). Most poor and middle class conservatives are just old and angry.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  43. Phil Bickel

    Blaming Obama's falling popularity on racism is obscene. We elected him because he was Black, and we didn't even vet or know him. Now that we know him and have seen what his agenda is, we want a man who has our interest at heart, not the globalist, anti-colonialist who was raised in Indonesia, and reared in the Marxist atmosphere of Columbia.

    If he were Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, or Condlesa Rice, all fine Black conservatives, middle American would be 65% behind him. Get real people!

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

      Where does the article discuss Obama's popularity?

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

        Just looked again at the postings–you are an Obama troll!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  44. reply

    Leave it to CNN to make the election about the color of Romney's and Obama's skin color. Shame on CNN!

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

      Where does the article discuss Romney?

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

        Well, while it is a great historical artical [sic] it is certainly pointed!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  45. TM

    This article is garbage. I thought CNN reported the news on the front page, not an opinion.(?) While some comparisons can be drawn from this era in history, it is absolutely preposterous that this a highly correlated situation. Barack Obama has had a failed presidency in that he has doubled our debt, reduced our military and standing in the world and made us venerable in so many areas. The American people have every right to vote another person who is better suited to the job into office, especially without being called a racist by the "media". When I cast my vote for Mitt Romney, it is not about the color of his, or the color of Barack's skin, but because I see real people hurting and no real solutions–just a point-and-blame game and lies coming from the current administration.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SIR TO YE

      Stings getting called out your racist crap?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • TM

        How was what I said racist? Yeah, let's all point at the Romney voters and call them racist?! How do you know that I am not black? Obviously, you lack the intelligence to question the world around you. This election is NOT about race.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthforall

      CNN have never reported news ...News covers BOTH sides and is unbiased ... Cnn doesn't fit under that description they are in Obummers Pocket

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • solrac

      But that's the funny thing: compare Obama to Reagan's first four years, or even Clinton. Not very far off on unemployment, spending, etc. There is a very close comparison to Reagan. So why on earth are you allowing people to warp your mind by sound bites? You never, ever, thought to verify the information. You brain washed drone. I can't believe YOU have the power to vote, when you're so easily manipulated.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
      • TM

        I do verify the information. I am not a Rush Limbaugh subscriber. I listen to all sides- MSNBC (despite the fact that their lies anger me), CNN, Fox, AP, Daily Caller...both sides (I will admit the media is biased all around) do present facts sometimes and other times they stretch the truth to make it fit their point (to many reporters used to college papers with thesis' to prove, eh?). Speaking of me having the power to vote, why would argue my right to vote? I don't argue yours- you have every right to feel how you feel and vote who you want to vote for-that is a principle of the America. Your rhetoric of saying that I shouldn't even have the right to vote sounds like voter suppression! I'm not attacking you personally, but you feel the right to do that to me, something your side see's no problem with. However, when the roles are reversed, you take such great offense! My voice matters as much as yours.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • snakedog

      You IDIOT. November 7, 2012 will be a bad day for you. Obama will be re-elected and will become one of the most successful POTUS in US history. maybe then you & the rest of your kind will self deport to a deserted island near the Equator, were in a few years you will declare war on food and starve to death.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  46. retphxfire

    Reading many of the comments and I have to wonder if FoxNews (sic), the white brotherhoods/aryan nation neanderthals and other crazy, ignorant (by choice) fools...maybe Trump, too...took ads out in all the white boy mags and websites to go put their hate rhetoric and limited intelligence out for the world to read. Its hard to justify or stand-by the little, little men/women who are citizens.

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

      No, it's called common sense, something someone with it would clearly see from reading this garbage article.

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

        Yeah Sandy....keep believing right wing propaganda on Faux and listening to Rush. Tool.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  47. tony matre

    This election IS NOT about race...its about direction the country is going. Some disagree with the policies our current president is taking us...and he happens to be black. Can we stop now and be mature, honoring adults without bringing in race.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  48. mary

    Good grief. Grow up..
    This is the 21st century. We have decoded DNA.. We KNOW we are all from the same gene pool..
    Its the color of skin.. PERIOD...
    When are we going to act as smart as we "really" are now..
    Time for ignorance is OVER...

    November 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dick Bacon

    The South is a horrible, backwards, racist hellhole, full of ignorant, inbred white trash. Most of them are posting here.

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

      Because that comment isn't bigoted or prejudiced...I love it when hypocrites eat their own words.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dick Bacon

        You can't pull that with me. I'm white. I know the truth of how white people act when blacks aren't around. I know the codes they use, Kenya and food stamps and birth certificates and all of that disgusting drivel. All of you claiming Obama is the worst president ever and socialist blah blah blah. It's nonsense. You don't even know what those words mean.

        They shouldn't have tried reconstructing the South. They should have burned it down.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • phil

      I like that you call the South bigots and ignorant when your comment in itself is ignorant. How can you label an entire region of the US as one type. Your idiocy and hypocrisy astounds me. You are no better than any of the people you talk bad about. Grow up. The south has a higher black population then anywhere in the US and you're saying you want to burn it down. How is saying that you would have rather the southerners been left to die or whatever it is your implying any better than saying blacks shouldn't be able to use the same public restrooms or water fountains as whites?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  50. mindcrime

    I like the fact that the cover picture shows a guy holding a sign that says "Imam Obama" that clearly said Iman before he corrected it with some tape.

    My question is, why are these people newsworthy? They're LITERALLY stupid, all you have to do is look at their pickets for proof.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Head of Fema

      You are sooo right. I laugh when I see the same thing.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  51. PARTY of PROGRESS?

    Isn't it funny how the "party or progress" (aka. progressives) don't mind falling back 200 years to every now and then to paint a picture. It's all just words. Nothing of what they say parallels to modern times. It's a big long story and if you keep reading it, you might just start believing it. It's not racist to have an opinion. It's not racist to back up what you believe in.

    This stuff only resembles the truth if you believe in it.

    CNN is a propaganda machine.

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

      You obviously aren't smart enough to understand this article. Try something more remedial!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • hail to the ejumicated

        Oh, enlightened one. I will believe anything you say because you are so very educated.

        Wouldn't your world be nice if everyone believed that for you?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  52. JoeBob15

    In 2008, Obama won with 52.9 percent of the vote by garnering 43 percent of the white vote and 80 percent of the non-white vote. So who is being racist?

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

      There are a lot of smart people in this country who recognize a wonderful man when they see him.

      Obama 2012!

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

      JM

      Correct~! 🙂

      November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. noooog

    Jesse Jackson was a jack@ss. Obama just rallied a bunch of fed up minorities and brainwashed them into hating whites again.

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

      Wow. Stupid.

      Bush was a moron. How anyone voluntarily voted for him is beyond comprehension.

      Obama came along, gave an amazing speech at the 2004 DNC convention and people were thrilled to have a candidate who they could trust/believe in. We wanted him to run; he did. Voila.

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

    Really heart warming story....not.

    At least Obama isn't the first globalist president... lets see, there was Clinton and both Bush's....maybe preliminarily a few before them. He will be the one that brings this republic down however.... cheers.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Calif. Conserv.

    Benghazi

    I'm sure just saying that word is racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Omaha segregation

    Come to Omaha Ne for one day and you will quickly see that racism is alive and healthy. They actually passed a bill in 2006 that essentially reintruduced segregation into the schools. the legislation was repealed once the NYT caught wind and did a story on it. I am from the south and thought I knew racism, then I came to Omaha Ne and realized how naive I was.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jack

    Man, democrats so desperately want there to be racism. It's really creepy. Yeah, I'm sure no democrats used a lot of histrionic fear-mongering against George W. Bush. The "war on women" charge is even funnier, considering all the anti-male hatred commonly spewed by feminists on the left.

    Congratulations on promoting hostility, Democrat bigots.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      hey Jack.......OFF

      November 2, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  58. BGRommel

    I'm tired of the discussion on race. The harping on race. The attempts to guilt people with race. Maybe we should start talking about Americans as Americans and not as white Americans or Latino Americans or African Americans. That might be a good place to start.

    And maybe we should ignore the race of a candidate, whether he/she be white, black, latino, Asian, etc., and instead focus on their policies and accomplishments. Get over race people. No one can control what race they are, and what race they are doesn't determine who they are.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • F C R

      I really love the idea, however you are disregarding the reality. As long as there are any large multicultural groups in this country, there will always be racism. Not to say that it's not right, but it will always play a factor.

      Go Obama! From an Asian american married to a Caucasian and whose brother is married to a Puerto Rican and whose nephew is half black.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  59. AJW3

    Let's even things up by hangin' Romney

    November 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Paul

    As an outreach worker for a mental health center, I made regular visits to a 60 something schizophrenic in a group home. Each week I'd take him for a drive, sometimes to the store, sometimes to MacDonalds, and even to the cemetery where his parents were buried. I even took him to the bank to cash his SSDI or whatever it was. Non-drivers in Minnesota, including my client, can get a non-driver's license photo ID. And as for the elderly, if they go anywhere else (often with others driving), the market, church, casino, etc., for crying out loud they can get to a courthouse and get an ID. This song and dance that ID laws are racist is riduculous. It's more racist to oppose such a measure! Are you insisting that blacks, Hispanics, etc., lack the intelligence to walk into a courthouse and fill out a form?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Less than 1 week before the election?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      You should not have to pay to vote. Period. I don't care if it is one penny. Poll taxes are illegal.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      Paul you are an idiot

      November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
      • corpsman

        And yet he's doing more for his fellow human beings than you ever will....

        November 2, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  61. Calif. Conserv.

    The best democrat president in nearly 50 years was impeached. I'm sure democrats are proud of that.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Why didn't we impeach Bush?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      YOu're absolutely insulting and I am embarrassed to be from the same state as you

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

        The feeling is completely mutual.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • David2

      Yeah...and funny how that democrat is widely accepted for his policy accomplishments by BOTH parties. It gives me great satisfaction that the a**holes that led the impeachment charge in 1998 only made Bill Clinton stronger. That started things for the hard right. They knew they couldn't convict Clinton; but they tried anyway. It was about humiliating Clinton. No democrat is accepted by the hard right as legitimate. Win at all cost. One party control. Investigate until the end. Obstruct.

      George W. Bush on the other hand, has not been allowed back into the public discourse; because his policies were toxic. Romney is going to LOSE in 5 days..and the GOP is going to have to re-make itself.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Ruth C

        yes Obama is going to win and you all can cry

        November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      Calif conservative get a job and get off of Obama care you free loader

      November 2, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • F C R

      Calif, his impeachment had nothing to do with his policies... and so what.... we happened to be in one of the more prosperous times in the country during his presidency.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  62. Craig

    So that's it? If he doesn't get reelected it's because of racism? You can't win for losing!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Where does the article discuss his chances of re-election?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  63. John P. tarver

    Obama's economic ignorance impoverished Blacks.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      your ignorance is obvious.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      You obviously has a short memory and very low intelligence.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • F C R

      Back you statement up with facts, please. I'm open to any truth. Otherwise you seem like a low information voter.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • snakedog

      You are one big time FOOL.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  64. caesarbc

    It's not always racism. It is possible that the Republicans began this charade when Bush said the sky was falling in 2008, in a last ditch attempt to get Mccain to "look presidential" and show up to the economic meeting before Obama. Ever since then, Bush and Cheney carefully crafted the collapse of America to either get Mccain in office (which didn't work) or regain the Whitehouse with Romney (or who ever won the primaries in 2012). Repubicans are ultimately responsible for the collapse of America, and are continuously defiant in the face of Americans becoming the party of No to Obama because they always hoped he failed, and made sure that he did, and made it look as though it was all his fault by virtue of being the one in the whitehouse during their non-cooperative stance.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CD

      Wow. Look at the conspiracy theory there!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      CD is an Olynskyite, using Saul Olynsky tactics to shut the other up. All you have to do, is claim that a statement is a conspiracy, then you win!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Head of Fema

      This was stated so true. I have yet to figure why the repubs do this behavior. If these people love their country then why do they destroy it every time they get into the white house. They have a good thought the Dems will fix the probem, or attempt it anyways. Then again they feels they will have such a sucky time trying to fix the issue.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  65. twiz1

    Ok to start this is a news website not a place to post you college thesis on racial relations. The article is like 4,500 words long (or 28,000 characters). If you can't make your point in half that or less someone failed you in your journalistic training. That being said, thank you for confirming all of the race baiting concepts that Obama has enjoyed for the last four years. You and racist "journalists" on CNN have helped advance the cause of american who are tired of the whiny "oh woe is me" community. All of your stories about the 1800's are true, they are tragic and they are embarrassing to white Americans and we don't mind being reminded of it. That being said, this is not the 1800 and as you were so happy to admit there are as many white Americans at racial protest as there are african-americans (I prefer to call them just black americans since I called caucasian americans white).

    The real problem many of us feel is that while we have either moved past the 1800 sentiments, or are trying to at least reach out, that the leaders of the black community are trying to segregate the citizens for political gains. Sadly this is a EXTREMELY successful marketing campaign that will undoubtedly get many black and many hispanic voters elected to office at the expense of racial relations. I support the election of officials from any variety of ethnic background backgrounds but not if the election was won by a campaign of us versus them. It tears the country apart instead of bringing us together.

    Your article is horrible and as I said it confirms what many of us suspected, that the long term intention is to use racial tensions to stir up fear and anger to motivate the population to vote in minority candidates. I don't mind the minority candidates I mind the fear and anger that is used to elect them. I respect people's rights to vote and their selection of candidates and I expect them to do the same. I had my Romney sign trampled a dozen times Halloween night by rude, ignorant, and angry Obama supporters. That makes me angry and I don't like to let emotion take over good sense and common respect. Heck I don't even like Romney but I am surely not voting for Obama twice! He has done a terrible job and has done everything he can to stir up racial turmoil...as evidenced by my yard sign that in ONE NIGHT ripped out of the ground and stepped on (not by children on accident).

    November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiz1

      By the way I got started and failed miserably much the same as John Blake (the author of the above article). My comment was WAY too long. Sorry now I feel like a bit or a hypocrite...of course CNN doesn't publish my rants like Mr. Blakes and I don't claim to be a writer. Sorry anyway it was way too long.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rookie

        Pray, who are the "many of us.." you reference? Who made you the arbiter of other people's opinion?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      The "leaders of the black community?" Who? You're not only putting the entire "black community" under one label, but you're putting all black leaders under one banner. Did you read the article? No.

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

      You can't make your point in fewer words?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Head of Fema

      Should the homes of the Democrats be mad when I saw their signs being pulled and thrown in their yards? Remember people, when you as a citizen is harassed, it is the mind of the harassers who you have to fault, not the culture or the current events. To say the ones who beat up your sign were Obama supporters is wrong. Those could be your neighbors who hate you, or citizens who you ticked off somewhere in your life.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  66. Calif. Conserv.

    "I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid" ~JG

    November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Obama received his law degree from Harvard, Einstein.

      You?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Did you know right now he can not practice as a lawyer? He doesn't have his license.

        Go look it up Einstein.

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

      So typical of conservatives....that's why you are becoming a sad footnote to history.

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

        Cali Conservative, you're saying a Harvard educated lawyer isn't smart because he no longer practices law.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • F C R

      Calif, Obama gave up his license when he decided to run for presidency. This was absolutely voluntary and the Illinois Bar states that he was never under any charges or infraction that would limit his practice in law. So you're right, he no longer practices law, but organize your facts so that you don't across as a low information voter. I can't stand statements that are not supported by due research.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  67. Chris

    This disgusting racist article from CNN makes me very happy that I voted for Romney.

    Do you know what I see in these black race articles by left wing networks? F E A R
    Leftists are scared and rightfully so, you're black messiah is about to get fired.

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

      A news article makes you glad you voted for Romney? Really? Did you read the article? Do you know what it's about? It's not about voting patterns. It's about a resurgence of racism in a supposedly post-racial society. Think for five minutes. This article isn't partisan. It doesn't say that you're racist if you vote for Romney. It says you're racist if you call Obama a n**** because you don't like his policies. It says we're all racist if we tolerate the use of that language. That's what it's about. READ IT.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • twiz1

        Megan I applaud your positive thinking but if you think thats what this article says you have missed the nuances of writing, advertising, and campaigning. Its the "read between the lines" journalism that is a cancer on CNN. I used to love CNN as a fairly unbiased news source (as compared to FOX and CNBC, etc) but those days are gone. I get that you want this article to be about this but sadly I would ask you to step back and look at the ugly side of this race baiting article. You are not racist and therefore you don't see it. I am not racist either but much like the ridiculous articles writing by radical conservative websites (again like FOX and CNBC) this article stinks of stirring up the minorities to hate even you (if you are white) unless you happen to be at an anti discrimination rally.

        I would love to see some person do something courageous like refusing to move to the back of the bus in 2012 but these articles do nothing but stir up meaningless hate.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Megan

        Fair enough.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      And you've probably just voted for the antichrist.

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

      So you're happy you voted for a cultist?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hb northeest

      Hahahaha. You are so right. We are afraid! Lol. You need to learn to read before posting you idiot.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruth C

      Chris we will see in a few days, you will be pushing a broom and mopping floors loser.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  68. Josh D

    CNN this is not journalism, this is stupidity!! Obama secures almost 98% of the black vote and that's fine, but if your white and vote Romney your a religious fanatic that has a white hood buried under your collection of Bibles and Confederate flags. I would be embarrassed to even publish such a amateurish unfounded ridiculous article.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Where does the article say that if you vote for Romney you're racist? Where? Did you read it? Now would be a good time.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • twiz1

        And again I will respond to your post. First all of your posts are the same. How about this YOU GO READ THE ARTICLE.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • easyman

      Josh D, i like your comment. Im neither black nor white but its fair to say that in the USA, if a black man gets together a group of black people thats not racism. But if a white man does it, it is.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • krash

        America is guilty, and does not like took bad. the blacks here have more rights here than anywhere else especially latin america.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      You apparently don't read the posts on the cnn comment boards much.

      Every other one seems to be a racist post about Obama.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Josh D

        I just find it funny that any post that doesn't support Obama is a "racist rant" If CNN put a article out that stated "98% pro Obama black vote shows anti white sentiments in the African American community" The black community would be marching on the front lawn of CNN. But this article is OK and factual..come on really?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  69. Alvin

    It would be more racist to vote for a failed president because of his color than it would be to reject a failed president despite his color.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  70. CNN is RACIST

    Go to hell CNN. Take your fear mongering, race bating committee with you.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Man with a white pillow case

    Well let me put on my white pillow case before i goh Voting for Mitt Rommney. Perhaps after I pass away i can be converted in to a Mormon. Though i don't know if thats before or after i have my 3 wives.

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

      The Ku klux Klan required a member to be a registered Dmeocratic Party member until 1949.

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

        haha thats funny and so true.

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

      uh, so you're not a racist but you are an intolerant bigot?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mike

    Of course, the race card! Go figure. I don't care what color this man is, never have, he is NOT a leader, period. We don't want restructuring into a socialist Communist regime. Sorry CNN start reporting news, not BS. Oh wait, you are owned by Ted Turner, I forgot...... what was his quote recently? Oh ya, it's good that American troops are killing themselves.... I get my news from actual Journalists, not mind controlled college flunkies. Sorry CNN....

    November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • F C R

      Do you want your SSI check and Medicare to work for you when you reach age 65, if you're not already there? Because those conform to modern socialist philosophy, of which you would be a part of. Every Medicare or SSI recipient who uses that argument doesn't understand that they are subscribing to a "socialist" philosophy when they receive a check or benefit.....however, noooo....don't touch my Medicare or social security. It's a faulty argument of low information voters

      November 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  73. BRSDiehl

    Isn't racism attributing characteristics to a whole group of people without knowing them personally or individually? Think about it: To assert unequivocally that a whole group of people is racist is, in fact, attributing a characteristic to people you don't even know–or even care to dialogue with about their concerns (i.e., another form of 'racism'). Slapping labels on large numbers of people to separate them from yourself is what you do right before you give yourself permission to hate them; and hating a conveniently labeled group of people you see as separate from yourself is what you do right before you give yourself permission to destroy them. Let's all work for true and lasting equality-not just reversing inequality.

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

      OBAMA has invoked a racist backlash among racist republican white men. So sad. Abraham Lincoln sacrificed so much and these people with all their hate will never change. OBAMA / BIDEN 1012

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

      Guilt over racism is how Obama defeated Hillary.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Great comment. It's good to see that at least one other person here isn't rating/polling fodder...It also seems to be infallible
      , because I just became one of those biased people that you indirectly described! 😉

      November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  74. subzero05

    If the people claiming no racism can point me to a racist admitting that they are...indeed racist, I'll shave my beard. I mean even racists on StormFront say things like "Stop playing the race card". These people don't understand how their sub-conscious behavior and words are glaringly racist. They go into a corner with all their other reverse racism friends so that they can feel in the right. Of course, this doesn't mean the race card is never played, but the over the top denial...even with their reaction to Colin Powell's endorsement..is proof that they'll never admit their bigotry

    November 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  75. chris

    I'm sorry, republicans. It's not my fault that your base consists of some of the most welfare-dependent, educationally challenged states. Racism goes hand-in-hand with ignorance and poor education. Face it. As far as those who are yelling, 'race card,' well, if you have to CREATE a reason to hate someone...whether you try to lie about where he was born, what his religion is, what his political stances are...then there's a good chance that irrational hatred and animosity is tied to the color of his skin. You've called him a muslim, you've called him a Kenyan, you've called him the anti-christ, you've called him a marxist, communist, etc. All that stuff is JUST like Romney claiming that Chrysler is going to move production to China: It's a complete and utter lie. And for SOME reason, you guys don't mind whenever reality contradicts most of what you believe because you're being preached to by the wrong people and you buy into those lies. Sorry but this is coming home to roost for you folks. Obama is clearly the best president and he will be re-elected so he can finish the job of repairing what Bush and the republicans did in damage for 8 years straight. And for that, you're welcome. Because you're going to also reap the rewards of a more equal, better governed nation.

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

      Reap rewards? Bahahahaha!! Thats a good one! Obama has secured 98% of the black vote, and that's fine? We have fewer jobs, more welfare, more debt and Obama's the best choice? You my friend have drank the kool-aid.

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

        lol the black vote? more like the womens vote. Romney and Obama have many things in common . They support Big Businesses, they both approve of the big companies overseas which means les Jobs for the u.s... The only difference is maybe the obama care oohh wow.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Too Smart

      Chris, the problem you have is you think these Republicans understand facts! They turn a blind eye to what you say, and they constantly live in their bubble. You're not going to get through to them. Thank goodness Obama is going to win, and he can continue to improve this great nation and save it from the 8 failed years of the previous president

      November 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Rex Remes

    "They feared this would create a dependent class of people."

    'They' might have had a valid point.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Calif. Conserv.

    Interesting how when debating on CNN that all demcorats think conservatives/republicans are white.

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

      Have you not looked at the FACTS? Republicans have the support of about 4% of blacks in America. And you're suggesting that democrats assume republicans are WHITE? Statistically, they indeed are. Whether it fits into your convenient narrative of what you want to believe or not, that's the truth. Do some research and you'll know.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  78. John P. tarver

    Obama has much in common with that Black Klaven leader.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  79. corpsman

    Leave it to us Americans to shoot ourselves in the foot and vote in Romney. Obama is better in every way, and better for our future.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      Obama has failed.

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

        Congress has failed. The President doesn't operate in a bubble.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        MASSIVELY

        November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • chris

        Failed who? The bankers that busted this nation? He stopped the bleeding at a time whenever this nation was sinking. Almost every economic expert said that the best we could do in four years was to keep America from sliding into another Great Depression. Obama didn't just do that, he created improvement...as much as he could with an obstructionist House of Representatives...all of whom walked in lockstep. THEIR number one goal was NOT to save America or get it on the road to recovery...they made it publicly clear that their main goal to was to make Obama a ONE-TERM president. They didn't just fail Americans, they failed at the one goal they worked toward.

        Republicans failed America in every way. They did their best to halt progress at a time whenever progress was vital and they spent their time focusing on stopping Obama rather than figuring out a way to work with him for the good of this country and it's citizens.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • suciobeats

        Wow...I didn't know that Obama is a dictator....

        Just for a second there I forgot that half of his tenure was in a congress that filibustered nearly everything that was proposed.....

        You won't get progress if there isn't any compromise.

        And if the Dems win Congress and Romney wins, he'll suffer from the same thing....

        November 2, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Kliph

        You are ignorant. When Obama was elected the democrats controlled both houses of congress(super majority in fact). Many republicans voted for him and he had a 70plus% approval rating. He could, and did, ram through his priorities. He had 2 years of almost no opposition. It is not always the republicans fault. Oh, and, your racist.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
      • corpsman

        Kliph: Get it straight. There was never a supermajority in the House as Romney claims. The balance at the start of the Congress was 257 – 178, which is a Democratic share of only 59 percent, not 67. Obama never had a super majority in both Houses, let alone for two years. In the Senate, his super-majority lasted seven weeks.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Amen. Best president in decades. Thank God he came along to clean up Georgie's incredible mess.

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

    CNN propagating racist B. S. Dems and libs must be desperate to play the race card.

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

      OBAMA has invoked a racist backlash among racist republican white men. So sad. Abraham Lincoln sacrificed so much and these people with all their hate will never change. OBAMA / BIDEN 1012

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

        Let me explain it to you: it has nothing to do with race.

        It's about the incompetence of the Obama administration. He's had his shot and failed.

        Now he can go hang with Jimmy Carter.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • corpsman

        Let me explain it to you James. For many right-wing voters it has everything to do with race.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  81. scott

    Yeah, Thats it. Obama is the victim here. Have enough respect for him as a man and a president to admit tat he has done a poor job and does not deserve a second term. He said as much in 2008.

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

      Well that made a load of sense.

      He wasn't president in 2008.

      'Member? Georgie was still trying his best to destroy America.

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

        He was elected in 2008 and common convention is to refer to president's terms as being from election date to election date, i.e. "George Bush was the President from 2000 to 2008".

        November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Actually, JM, you might 'member' that Obama himself said if he didn't fix the economy, he should be a one-term President. 'Member that??? Of course, it IS easier for people like Obama to say things and not commit to them.

        Come Tuesday night, Obama is one and done.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Real

      Why? Because it takes longer than 4 years to pull us out of the mess 8 years of Bush helped generate? You are ridiculous! Yet you still can have respect for him as a man and President. Even if you don't agree with him.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Rookie

    You would think this is something folks would embrace – why are people apprehensive about the past?
    History is an asset people!!
    99% of any education you receive in life is about, of, and from the past(history)!!
    I paid good money to learn this in college back in the 80s along with the plight of the Scot-Irish(taxation by Treasurer Hamilton and Pres Washington), the marauding bachelor-gangs(not enough females in the population), the folks uprooted by the TVA etc, etc,. Get a grip, people!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  83. gnomeenthusiast

    Or...it could be that Obama is just an awful President and that you are the racist for automatically assuming it has a deeper meaning. Seriously....he is awful at the job.

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

      And by awful at his job do you mean in the way Georgie was awful at his job (you know, destroying America, killing people) or in the way Abraham Lincoln was (trying to fix America)?

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

      Correct; he's just not a good President...but of COURSE anybody wanting to vote for somebody else MUST be racist. Don't think so!

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

      He is better at his job than you are at spelling.

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

      JM, he's been awful at this job by NOT being a uniter, as much as he yammered on about being one. The POTUS is arguably THE most significant leadership position in the world, and there is NO excuse for not being able to work with people who have differing viewpoints. That tired old "well, people across the aisle wouldn't work with him" excuse does NOT fly. If you're the President of the United States, you FIND a way to get people together. Period.

      As for how else he's been awful, his policies and philosophical direction would lead us down a path of mediocrity and financial ruin, and we'd look more like Greece or Spain than the country we can and should be. Obama doesn't understand business. Period. He's a community organizer who has done a phenomenal job of getting himself elected into positions of higher and higher authority. He did almost NOTHING in his two undistinguished years in the Senate except try to get himself noticed with his speaking ability, and if he wasn't as "cool" and as good a speaker as he was, this election would have been over LONG ago.

      Obama is in over his head. His public speaking ability has kept him popular, and that's the ONLY reason this race is tight. But come Tuesday night, it's going to be over and he'll be a one-term President, and that's the best thing that could happen to this country, even if you and others can't see it right now.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Let's put aside the idea that Pres. Obama is the worse president, I could easily do pages on how wrong you are, but since your ignoranct is self-inflicted it would probably not get through the level of denial and prejudice (look up the meaning). When you see cartoons with overt racism, read comments – some responding to THIS article – of blatant racism, when you see bumper stickers and see people carrying signs all with extreme racist messages...yeah, too many of the country are racist or just plain bigots who choose to remain ignorant because they refuse to be rational, like you and so many others.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  84. davecu

    Has anyone thought to consider that this may not be racism but rather an country's reaction to a smooth talking elitist who has no credible credentials to hold the office he's running for?

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

      Elitist? Now that's a word fitting for Romney.

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

      You are so right: Romney is a lying snake who will say whatever it is that his current audience want to hear. He lies like it's his native language.

      I could never vote for someone like that. It would be like selling my soul to the devil.

      Thank God for Obama!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  85. CNNBLOWS

    So 51% of Americans are racist... basically saying if Romney wins its only because 51% of Americans are racist and voted for Romney because he is white. classy CNN real classy.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  86. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    Anyone want to talk about the economy....perhaps Libya, or maybe the fact that droves of white people voted for this guy 4 years ago... I GUESS they suddenly became bigots right. These enflaimers look for the rare bigot and say SEE here they are. Get a grip CNN your Al Sharpton tactics are old and stale as vince Lombardis jock strap. Dont doubt me

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

      ZING!

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

      What good is there changing presidents if you are going to keep the same congress? The reason a lot of things didn't get accomplish as they should is because of congress's inability to cooperate.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  87. me

    Nonsense. In the US, voting has typically been about 50/50, even when both candidates were white. If white people are voting against Obama this year, it's because, 1. about half of us always vote Republican and 2. we don't like his policies. While I'm sure there are a small number of people who are voting against Obama because he's half black, I don't know any of them. On the other hand, I wonder how many African-Americans are voting for Obama because he's one of them?

    November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Chris

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi_KaZ53eDg

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

      Amen brother

      November 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • nostalgicsound

      VERY VALID POINTS!!!!!!!

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

      Or, Christians could listen to Jesus...

      Jesus told his followers to be on their guard against the hypocrisy/greed of the self-righteous Pharisees who thought highly of themselves and looked down on everyone else.

      Who does that sound like? (Clue: Republicans)

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

        I like how you had to give a clue because nobody would have guessed your answer.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • dezy

      can we leave God out of political parties.parties should not preach religion period.Jesus didn't support any political party or govt. when he was on earth.can we stop deceiving pple while calling God's name.religion is a personal belief n conviction n shouldn't be forced on other pple.keep your advice to yourself pastor,I know better.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      Nuts come in all colors. This guy just said with straight face that Planned Parenthood is worse than the Ku Klux Klan. Everything he says after that can be assumed to be nonsense.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • mcspud

        Well, makes sense, Planned Parenthood has murdered alot more human beings.

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

      Chris< what a super, super video. thank you for sharing. I agree this election is much more than economics it is about who controls us God or the democratic party. wonderful , wonderful. God bless.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  89. arosel

    Remember folks the South lost the civil war.

    Inbreeds like the southerners that fought in the civil war are the same "type" of people out there today crying and lying about our great President.

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

      Wow. You don't sound like an ignorant bigot at all.

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

      This Southerner suggest you bring your genius self south and I'll kick your nappy azz

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

      your comment in itself is racist and shows what an ignorant primate you are. If it wasn't for white people, Obama would not of been elected president. White people voted for Obama because they thought he would be a good president, not because he is half black, while black people voted for Obama because he is black. Proof...the last election had a record turn out for black voters who came out to vote because Obama is black. nothing more. That makes them the racist. Sad and pathetic you and your fellow racist are!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • JFKINAZ

        Primate? Classy! Again you have landed on the wrong website. You wanted Faux News

        November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  90. South TX

    .

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

      I found this article very disturbing. First, it sites an online poll from which to build its argument. Online polls are easily manipulated and inaccurate. Yet, though the writer acknowledges this, they use this unsubstantiated "evidence" to build their case; that is, if we have an honest disagreement on policy with someone of a different race, we are racist.
      For this to be the lead story in a major media website, leaves me no choice but to conclude that journalism is dead.
      This is nothing more than an attempt to do the very thing this article claims to abhor, divide our country based on race in order to promote one ideology. No honest discussion or debate allowed.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • mcspud

        Exactly, nice to see there are still some people who can make thier point without name calling.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  91. Reverend love joy

    As an outsider who follows American politics, it's very sad to see how people disrespect their president regardless of who is in office... A country divided is more easily to come under attack than a country that's united or shows a united front in front of other nations. Thinks other leaders will respect your president if it's own people don't? That's why America is losing it's power around the world. You have to support whomever is in office for the four or eight years they are in power, then vote them out at the end of their term... Do we ever hear bickering in countries like Sweden,Norway, Switzerland etc? And look at how well they are doing economically. Please support your leaders as they are there to help the country. Leave as one nation and stop looking at your neighbor s like they are a threat to you. Peace to all of you!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  92. arosel

    Bigotry exists in this country due to tolerance for it by some.

    Some of these GOP bigots hate Obama so much that they shamefully will repeat lies to make themselves feel good.

    We need to keep fighting them with the truth.

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

      Amen. =>

      Preach it.

      The truth shall set (the rest of) us free.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P. tarver

      Silly child, it is the Democratic bigots in the South who will deny Obama re-election.

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

      Faulty policies are faulty policies regardless who the president is.

      Theories that fly in academia do not always work in real life.
      Those who have worked in real like would know this.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Andrea W

    I'd like to know who the two white men are in the cover photo? They should sue CNN for defamation, libel and slander. The sign they're holding has nothing to do with race, but the author puts these two white men up as the poster boys for the author's racist ideology comparing them to cartoon of two white men holding a gun to a black man's head. Maybe CNN needs a good kick in its financial racist pants so they'll stop this fear mongering and sensationalist reporting. Oh, and by the way, who exactly are "some historians" as mentioned under the Obama's photo. Clever to not list a single reference.

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

      They got their sign wrong.

      Obama's more like Jesus. => Jesus was the biggest socialist of all time.

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

        Amen! AND CAN EVERYONE SEE THE IRONY HERE???
        They should call it The Christian LEFT!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dex

      Andrea, what an outstanding and observant point you make. Could the author truly be so lazy in regard to due diligence in the gathering of facts vs. fiction whilst putting together this piece of trash editorial, that such a simple fact got so twisted? On the other hand, if the misrepresentation of the two gentlemen was not a result of laziness or ignorance, then perhaps it was intentional. You would think one could look at the persons featured on the sign and conclude the message had to do with political ideologies, not racism. More and more often, I can only scratch my head in disbelief.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  94. Calif. Conserv.

    Many democrats say just using Obama's middle name Hussein makes you racist.

    Democrats cry wolf too much hence people starting to ignore them.

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

      Republicans make up lies too much.. people stop listening to them liars.

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

      Many Republicans get giddy using his middle name because they think it can reference "evil" Islam.

      You are pretty sad.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        I it because it's his name just like demcorats using Willard for Romeny.

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

      Um.. I think it's pretty clear what's implied when Republicans like yourself use his middle name – Hussein,. I think it's pretty clear that when you go back in the annuls just 4 short years ago and further that in no other time in history did Republicans such as yourself use any other Republican President's middle name. I find it almost hilarious the arguments your side brings to the table if they weren't so staggeringly moronic. I find it rather obvious that republicans who use Barack's middle name are either 1. afraid he's a Muslim which in itself is bigoted. or 2. knowingly or unknowingly – racist.

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

      Cali, its time for your meds and therapy appointment obviously. Please go for society and your family too! Clearly this article has raised some internal issues you have.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. And No Religion Too

    Until CNN reports as a responsible NEWS network and not a partisan Obama crony, I take nothing posted here as valid. You, along with the others, have attempted to sweep the Benghazi story under the rug until after the election. This is appalling. And now this is what you come up with? The race card? Nice to know just how stupid you think your viewers are.

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

      OBAMA has invoked a racist backlash among racist republican white men. So sad. Abraham Lincoln sacrificed so much and these people with all their hate will never change. OBAMA / BIDEN 1012

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

      Then please feel free to go back to Faux News and get your propaganda there. Thats where the uninformed deniers should stay, you must have landed on this site in error.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BorninPhoenixAZ1977

      When Benghazi gets 4000 Americans killed, then you can complain.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan

      Benghazi? are you kidding how about all the of the American deaths that have taken place in Iraq, Benghazi is only an issue because the republican party feels like it should be....compared to our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Benghazi is small potatoes...I mourn the loss of American live's and their sacrifice's for us, however put Benghazi into some perspective- it was nothing compared to Iraq and Afghanistan

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

    LBJ bribed and blackmailed enough Southern Democratic Senators and House members to pass Republican civil rights legislation. These Southern Democratic Legislators would be forced out of the Democratic Party by the Ku Klux Klan, handing Nixon his Southerm Strategy. Robert "sheets" Byrd would avoid the fate of becoming a Republican because he voted against Civil Rights.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  97. jamessavik

    Why is it that whenever Obama is in trouble, his lapdogs in the media trot out and start yapping about racism?

    The last 4 years have shown Obama to be incompetent. His programs have failed, his economy is dismal and we look like a joke in front of the world when he's out there bowing and apologizing to everybody that will listen.

    Furthermore, his administration will soon be discovered to be the most corrupt since US Grant when there is a full accounting of TARP funds.

    It's all about results. Obama himself said: this will be a one term presidency if he doesn't fix the economy and blaming Bush for everything including bad weather just isn't cutting it.

    IT'S NOT ABOUT RACE. IT'S ABOUT RESULTS.

    Put away your race card. It's overdrawn and frankly, pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Rodeo_Joe

    America has a terminal Cancer known as Racism. Colorblindness is the only cure.

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

      lol no it doesn't. Left wingers and blacks have a cancer of racism. America? not so much.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  99. don

    This is 2012, and nobody gives a crap about racist. This is about America.

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