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

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

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

By John Blake, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope and change in another time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obamacare, 19th century style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A campaign to 'save' America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innis has a different take.

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

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

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

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

'White Girl Bleed a Lot'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From post-racial to most racial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.

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

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

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

What happened to Revels?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The image is still haunting.

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

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

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

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

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


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  1. ciaopaparazzi

    The Liberal News Media is grasping at any straw now that the election is almost here. If you don't vote for Obama, you are Racist. (Of course, Obama isn't black – he's bi-racial – and that's why he won in the first place.)

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. ace8842

    This might be one of the stupidest articles I've ever read. White people elected Obama. The unemployment rate has been over 8% most of his term. People don't like his policies. End of story. Stop complaining about fake racism. Why aren't you focusing on the pastor who gave Obama's inaugural benediciton? He made a racist statement then about "when white will get it right" and today he said "all whites are going to hell." Why aren't you covering that CNN?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Calif. Conserv.

    Can someone please explain to me why I am uncomfortable around black people. And women? And especially my mom? Mother has come all the way down into the basement and is looking over my shoulder as I type this. It's kinda creepy.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      Don't be so hard on me, myself. Jeez.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Rogue351

        It might be because Conservatives have no social skills. They think everyone of going to steal their food when the end or days come. Or it could be that the conservative IQ is much lower that a person that actually believes in evolution apposed to men riding dinosaurs, the earth being 6000 years old, and all science is wrong. It is a matter of perspective, a perspective that a narrow mind is incapable of comprehending much less understanding. You make fun of things you don't understand, as a means of self preservation for your over inflated ego. Sorry, in most cases this disease is in fact terminal, terminally stupid that is. And I am sad to say it is also contagious to other that are just as simple minded. It is just a matte of time until Darwin's theory works it all out. But until then we have a name for people like you. Troll

        November 2, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        But I really love it when my daddy is hard on me...Especially from behind.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stimpy

    I know CNN it's hard to believe, but we're not a bunch of racists and we've moved on. Apparently though you and your ilk want to keep stirring this pot, at least until the election's over. Give it up already.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jonas

    I'm a street walker and I'll do you and your brother for free.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. jblahblahblahkeepkiddingyourself

    It's obvious CNN is biased and in the democrat's pockets. THroughout the entire article, not one mention that the jim crow campaigns were run by democrats. They avoid that, and call them "white southerners" in an apparent attempt to relate them to republicans. No wonder, with dishonest media like this, that we have so many doofus calling tea party and republicans racist. Bad job CNN.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Pokernicus

      You're overlooking the meat of your argument. Yes, the people who were racist during the "Civil Rights Era" were typically members of the democratic party, BUT as the Republican party has changed drastically over the years, so too did the democratic party of the Civil Rights Era. It's been said in history books for years (if you ever read those) that the democratic party of the past is no longer the democratic party of today. BAM. Knowledge is power.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • NoRace

      After LBJ and Nixon's Southern Strategy, the Southern Democrats became Republicans.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jonas

    I got to wear the presidental knee pads tonight.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      What is CNN trying to convey here? What a bunch of race card puke.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. michaelgranse

    I think that even racists of ALL races have probably reached a point where they would ALL vote for a candidate with orange skin with pink stripes if that candidate seemed to have a solid plan for fixing the economy!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. B

    This article is one of the larger pieces of garbage I've seen on CNN's website.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jblahblahblahkeepkiddingyourself

      a few days till election, and a LOT of garbage is coming from this liberal mouthpiece.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rogue351

      Simple solution, stop reading CNN and move on. No one is holding you here. It is just like TV, don't like the station don't tune in. In Fact the solution is so easy it boils down to a point and click,

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
      • I don't drink the kool-aid

        So you agree the article is garbage?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. jblahblahblahkeepkiddingyourself

    No, actually, I voted for him in 2008 because what he said sounded great. Wont vote for him this time because his actual policies, particularly on economic and social aspects, are very harmful to the country. You sound a lot like the old Jim Crow bunch, but with a different target, same means. Suppress voters, lie, cheat, steal. Guess who ran the Jim Crow campaigns? Hint: Left wingers. Times change so their tactics change, goal remains the same.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. B

    This is article is one of the larger pieces of garbage I've seen on CNN's website.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Calif. Conserv.

    All Obama has left is saying the other person is worse than himself.

    PATHETIC CAMPAIGN.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Pokernicus

      Most of your comments are pathetically ridiculous. It just so happens that IF Obama wanted to use that argument, he'd be right. Romney is leagues beneath him.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Right Wing Conservative Christian

      Why are you playing with yourself? Check the previous posts.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        :cause Mom is watching.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. neff

    republicans only whant cotld hartt dic////

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Calif. Conserv.

    Jonas – That's a new one. Can't beat em join em taken to the next level, become them. HA HA HA

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Calif. Conserv.

    Jonas – I'll bet you were a partical birth abortion that somehow survived. Yeah you are.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      I, Calif. Conserv., think I am so very awesome that I will reply to myself just to give myself someone to play with. I also like to twiddle my schwartz, which I am doing right now.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        By the way, what's a "partical"?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Oh sorry. Made a boo boo. Finger must have slipped. They're kinda slick at present.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Rogue351

    So Obama is a communist, Marxist, Socialist, Muslim. But the best solution the GOP could come up with is a guy that openly admits to belonging to a faith that is so socialist in it's very origins that it was declared a "Cult" up until a few weeks ago. Romney pays 10% of his yearly income into his faith whom then decides how to distribute it. This organization does not pay taxes. The have secrecy ceremonies, under garments, and temples that the general public are not allowed to enter. Blacks where not allowed into priesthood roles until one fateful weekend in Salt Lake City Ut. that just happened to be rascally charged and, guess what happened ? The LORD him self spoke directly to the Mormon profit and changed his mind. Was it the LORD or pressure from the people. How was it that all of the so called sins of the black man was simply washed away. When just a day before every Mormon was told the reason that black men could not hold the priesthood was because they where cowards that refused to fight in the great war for heaven. These so called cowards where told to stand with there hand against a wall and there feet flat on the ground and where then burned. In the eyes of Mormons marking these people forever for their sins. But all of this was forgotten over night. Exactly the same way Billy Graham removed the Mormons from the list of cults he had on his web site. It is all to funny how rules and stereotypes apply to some but not others. Obama had been hounded by these types of people since day one in office. It is either the birth certificate, or he is a muslim, a socialist, communist, or a Marxist. Most people throwing these terms around have no idea what they even mean, but are repeating what they have been told by the racist media campaign that has been waged by the GOP since before the end of the last election. With the help of people like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and a host of local haters and lets not for get FOX network. They have lead the willing to believe these bold face lies. The one thing the have proven without a doubt is. If you tell people a lie enough times eventually it will become a fact. You need not look any further than your own candidate if you want the epitome of coverup, conspiracy, corruption and hypocrisy. The fact that one of Romney's so called strong points is his faith lends pause to the term freedom of Religion in the United States. Obama is openly Christian, in a nation that is NOT a Christian nation. But at every turn this is over looked and Obama is judged as either not that good of a Christian or totally dismissed and labeled a Muslim. Didn't it say someplace Thu salut not judge ? But isn't that exactly what the Mormons did with the blacks. Isn't that exactly what the GOP has done with Obama ? I 100% believe that the GOP wants a nation that is always at war. A nation that is afraid of the rest of the world and a nation that is controlled by there "FEAR" or as they often call it their faith. Mormonism is undeniably a form or socialism. More socialist than anything Obama has said or done. However your faith blinds you from seeing this for what it truly is. There is a reason Pastors, Bishops, Profits call the members their flock. You truly are sheep. They tell you and you believe, what they hold over you is your eternal salvation. Your greed, and self righteousness directs you to do their bidding. Why do you do it ? Because it is inservice to a GOD that will make your after life better. Not one religious person does anything for the good of the human race. Not one religious person makes the choices they make based on the best interests of others. They make the choices they make because they believe THEY, not mankind will be rewarded in the end of times. Greed and self preservations is what drives these folks and they have been so brainwashed they cannot see it for themselves and will elect the very thing they have been fighting against in the process.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Rogue351

      Free American from the death grip the NRA holds over all of us. Free American so that a black man can earn the same as a white man. Free America so woman are treated and paid as equals, Free American, because a free America does not go to war for profit. Free American so people can choose their own religion, or none at all and do so without persecution. Free American so that people who love each other can enjoy the benefits of being married without the very real chance they will be held back because they are gay. Free America from the rich that seek to control every part of our life via MONEY. Free American and Vote for OBAMA.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • HauteWheels

      You spelled prophet wrong.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Eric

    For all the reasons cited here, I want an in-your-face win by Obama to tell all the racists out there, both white & black, that this country is not going to repeat the racial violence, rhetoric and segregation of the 19th and 20th century and that we have taken a definite break from such a sorry, stupid past.

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

      That's a racist statement.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
      • MI6

        Troll.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
      • I don't drink the kool-aid

        I'm not a troll. Voting for Obama because he's black (sortof) is just as racist as voting against him because he's black (sortof).

        November 2, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • MI6

      Amen to that.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • South TX

      Growing up Christian we were taught that only believers in Jesus. I am not stating this to say that is true or is not true. What I do not understand is the Mormon religion believes this as well AND they say Joseph Smith was equal to him. If so that belief contradicts the "Christian" belief – yet now the they are saying Mitt is more Christian. I don't care about if it is or is not a cult – moreover that people are saying Mitt may be something he is not.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. Mike

    I made it through the first five "paragraphs" before I stopped reading. So, if the USA as a whole does not choose to re-elect the President for any reason, it's racism? Give me a break. Four words are swaying my vote, though I respect the President's abilities. The words are Economy, Socialism, and Media Whitewashing. Enough said. I don't believe that qualifies as racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • AndrewFromNH

      Just to address one of your four "words," I'd like you to consider the economy. President Obama has been doing his best while the New Republicans in Congress have declared that their sole priority has been to "make him a one-term president." They've made it clear they would not support him even if he proposed to make gun ownership mandatory, though that struggle might make some of their heads explode. As a result, jobs bills and other legislation that could help the economy have been delayed or abandoned so the New Republican leadership could point at how much they opposed the president.

      At the same time we've seen a lot of the New Republicans across the country taking actions like those in Wisconsin. Despite promises to create jobs and strengthen local economies, they've instead been screaming about the evils of unions while reducing employment by reducing state government payrolls, cutting education funding, and rejecting federal money for infrastructure improvements that would have increased private-sector work forces. Then, as national unemployment numbers are announced, they and the talking heads linked inextricably with their leadership declare that all those people without jobs prove that the president is incompetent.

      If these same people were doing the jobs they were elected to perform, even while following their consciences, the country would be far better off than is now the case.

      It's hard for me to believe that, if Romney were elected, these same people would suddenly turn around to do the jobs they've ignored so effectively for the last two or more years. They'd rather find out how they could also benefit from Romney's investments with people who earned him tens of millions of dollars from the same auto industry bailout that he has called a terrible mistake.

      You want to have the economy fixed by the same people who think that it's great for Fox News to get commentary on political and moral values from ex-governor Mark Sanford, because that time hiking the Appalachian Trail must have cleared his head and improved his vision for America.

      If you want to oppose President Obama, that's your right. I can name things he's done, or failed to do, that I flat-out hate. Weighed in the balance, what's gotten done in spite of the opposition gives me more hope for his second term than do any of the promises made by Romney, whose performance as governor I got to watch from right next door. The rest of the New Republican field, at all levels, leaves me aghast, and expecting them to help the economy seems to match a mindset from which "Women for Mitt" seems a lot like "Chickens for Colonel Sanders."

      By the way, read up a little on your second word, "Socialism." I'm not sure that it means what you think it means.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  19. I don't drink the kool-aid

    Your ignorance and bigotry are showing.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • South TX

      I have to agree with Will here -it does not work to tell other ppl they are judgmental and in the same breath say similar things.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. Right Wing Conservative Christian

    To all my fellow right wing conservative Christians, does anyone know about the White Horse Prophecy and Planet Kolob in Mormonism? I was always told that Mormonism was a cult...

    November 2, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      Haven't heard the Mormonism one. But I have heard about a bunch of people believing in a man who rose from the grave as a zombie and now causes people to act like complete idiots, shouting about the bible and stuff. I think it's a cult too.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Jonas – Can't even stand on your own you have to become me?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Why stand on my own when I can stand with myself?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      Whatever Mormonism is, it's irrelevant. We have a separation of church and state, remember? Except when the liberals and democrats won't to exploit it, that is.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
      • I don't drink the kool-aid

        *want

        DOH!

        November 2, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. Calif. Conserv.

    I'm a racist, you're a racist.
    He's a racist, she's a racist.
    Wouldn't you like to be a racist too?

    Ask me how!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      Jonas – You're a typical liberal. Say someone's doing something then do it yourself.

      Comical I do admit but extremely pathetic at the same time.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Calif. Conserv.

    Why do democrats have serious trouble with reality? Rhetorical question.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. bobsuruncle

    This article seems premised on the idea that because there has been a backlash against the Obama administration and the democrat party, that it equates to a racial backlash because their leader is black. Comparing this backlash to the racial one that ended reconstruction is simply ridiculous. The social, cultural and political atmosphere of the country is so much different than it was in the 1860-70's that comparing the two does not even hint at causation much less correlation between the antecedents and the events of post-reconstruction and post-Obama election. There has been a backlash against Obama and his policies, and no one can deny that there will always be less educated people who turn to racism, but the average person who disagrees with Democrat policies is not racist. The backlash that the Democrat party has experienced is more similar to the backlash that Republicans faced after 8 years of Pres. Bush than the backlash of post-reconstruction racism.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Liberal

    Obama needs to KILL KILL KILL ALL REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      I see Calif. Conserv. changed his moniker.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You're clearly delusional. Completely expected though.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  25. akmac65

    Just to clarify, Conservatives are not racist as a group, but racists hide behind the "conservative" banner to hide their true intent. The anti-gay crowd does the same thing using religion. Few people will stand up and proclaim their prejudices publicly. That was considered the difference between Northern and Southern racism for many years. Southern racists were not hiding but Northern ones were and tried to be subtle about it. The victims of prejudice are far more aware of reality than the ruling majority.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      LOL. You better observe the black community if you want to see an anti-gay crowd. Who do black people vote for again?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      racists hide behind their liberal/democrat banner as well. No single party has a monopoly on racism. I'd venture a guess that a higher % of democrats are racist than republicans.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You might want to consider not drinking the Tang either, bud.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
      • I don't drink the kool-aid

        Come to Birmingham and witness racism in action. I know whereof I speak.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. Liberal

    Republicans just need to DIE.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      Better watch out. Karma is a b****.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Marxist

      By saying all Republicans need to die, you are doing what you are condemning: stereotyping a group of people. Racism isn't exclusive to the Republican party and neither are all Republicans racist. Cool your jets.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  27. Davidbiz

    I've been saying this for a long time! Absolutely correct!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  28. Norm

    All the negative comments here just make people more determined to vote for their candidate.
    None of you late night pot smokers are going to change anyone's mind.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  29. JohnC

    Over the last week or so have seen several stories with the same tone of this one trying to basically guilt white people to vote for Obama out of past wrongs in history. Basically Obama needed 40 percent of the white vote to get elected and got it last time. He is right on the cusp of that number again and yet the tone of this article makes it sound like almost every white person out there will not vote for him out of pure racial hatred. It is true there are instances of this but not to the degree this article portrays and I find it amazing that when 95 percent of a race votes for one candidate and yet that is not questiioned in any form or fashion. I hate the political season and when I see articles like this to try and sway votes it just is sickening,

    November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. Will

    How do tea baggers reconcile the fact that Karl Marx was an Atheist, while the Isla mists who they feel President Obama represents are hard core religious loonies (just like them ironically). This might go over your heads, because you don't have any of "dat dar fancy yanky book lernin'", but he can't be both an Atheist Marxist and a Religious Mohammadean at the same time you bunch of animal fornicating inbred low life white trash morons.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Ayn Rand was atheist as well. And she lived out her last years on medicare and social security. That must really give the tea-tards the red but.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I think Southerners are fully aware that President Obama isn't a "Muslim" or a "Communist" or a "Nazi". The truth of the matter is, they're just ITCHING to call him what they REALLY think he is - an "uppity niggеr" - but they can't get away with that type of rhetoric anymore can they? So rather than just blurting out what they REALLY think, they just start nonsensically spewing out the most offensive epithets (to a Southerner's ears) they can think of in order to vent their frustration ("Muslim", "Marxist", "Athiest", "Yankee", "Educated", "Elitist", "all high and mighty with your fancy indoor plumbing and full set of teeth", etc)

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Lene

        You've summed up the white trash pretty well. I always wonder why they let their teeth fall out, and are racist to boot. Really? The IQ of a dead roach, and they're racist? Not only the white trash, it is the entire mentality of the whites who fear change. No matter what their social status they're trash, trash, trash.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. Pokernicus

    I'd like to know how many of you highly intelligent commentators out there read the entire article... anyone?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  32. Calif. Conserv.

    The hypocrisy of the left is simply astounding.

    ROMNEY / RYAN 2012

    November 2, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      The hypocrisy of the right is simply astounding.

      OBAMA / BIDEN 2012

      November 2, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Pokernicus

      Your comment is simply astounding. Romney just lies and basically says whatever he thinks people want to hear. No details, no substance. I can't imagine him representing this country around the world. Although, if he does get the chance, I'd love to see some Iraqi man throw shoes at him.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      Cal.....That's odd, in my experience it is the more radical "right" that denies proven facts that disagree with their opinions.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Conserv. Cali : ....what can I say? Your view differs from mine in EVERY way. And that makes democracy great. You don't respect Democrats and Democrats think you would be an ideal Supreme court justice in 1888. May the better voter turn out win.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  33. Marc in Virginia

    I've been a reader of CNN for years and this is my first post. I MUST commend those who took the time to research this story, it's rare to read such well researched reporting and this article is very thought provoking.

    I believe an unflattering truth about myself (and you too). Human nature does not change. That is why I felt this article was important. Which of us had EVER heard of these seven men, much less the reasons that their terms in office were so short? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    Expecting to simply coast down the highway of civil rights progress is naive, given human nature. I pray that as Americans we can all be inspired to take the baton handed down from our ancestors and run with new determination to stand up against that which divides while promoting that which encourages a more perfect union. The direction of this country is not a riveting political game with no real life consequences, so sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • strangel00p

      Well said Marc, well said.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  34. Here we go again

    Less than a week out from the election and CNN plays the "race" card. It is just completely inconceivable to liberals that people can disagree with Obama's politics and management style without being racist. Sad and sick............

    November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Elliot Dash

      . . . . . . . says the racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      It is not simple disagreement that suggests something beyond politics was behind the opposition, it is the shear venom. Before the President ever took office, the opposition was gearing up to block everything he tried to do to help the country. That was their publicly declared intent right from the start. Compared to past presidents, the obvious factor was the President's race. The wording that many (not all) opponents use in these public forums frequently reveal their underlying bigotry.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  35. American MBA

    I just attended an economics conference and all signs point to deep recessions if Obama is re-elected. Mark my words, job cuts, higher unemployment rates, stock prices crashing, and hiring freezes till at least 2014. The market is efficient and it does well immediately following the election of a fiscally conservative president, and poor when a non-fiscally conservative is elected. Remember the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009? Do you really want that all over again?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      You go ahead and mark your own words, Mr. MBA.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      The fact that the economy has been on a slow but steady recovery after Obama brought us back from the brink of Bush's failed policies would seem to argue with your little "conference."

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

      The market has increased since 2008 last time i checked my 401K.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Pat

        Don't confused the haters with facts. They have their own parallel universe with Romney. I believe he is will leader of some new planet or something.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Boris

      Yes, I remember the end of 2008 and the mess Bush made.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I just attended a conference that said Romney's plan does not add up. So there.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Davidbiz

      But what you're not saying is that there's absolutely NO proof that it would be any better with Romney!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      MBA..... You mean a return to the policies that created the recession before this President took office will somehow magically not do the same again? One would think that higher education would promote more thoughtfulness. One gathers that you attended a conference of Republican economists.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rashed S

      You are right... after Mitt Romney is elected, Harry Potter & Voldemort will join together to put a spell on the U.S. economy and the rest of the world... and it will go something like this: "Fixeo Economess". And viola... on Wednesday morning, we will all wake up to a rising stock market, an economy with full employment, and a book 8 on Harry Potter. By the way, you need to stop going to this MBA events if you want to have a real career in the real world.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • B1812

      Do you recall where all that troubled started before 2008? Did you skip that whole timeline of events that led to all these problems? No POTUS of either party could turn all that around in 4 years. At the least, it will take 10 years maybe more to get the economy on track and don't need an MBA to tell you that fact.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  36. Adi

    Is it black history month already?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  37. KiloTango

    The South used to be democratic until the Civil Rights movement forced them to the Republican party. Lyndon B. Johnson said, "We have lost the South for a generation" after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. America is doomed if we allow race to decide the Presidency over good policy. I wonder if this election would even be close if our current President was a white.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      You got to be carefully taught to learn to hate who your relatives hate....so sad this is an issue in 21st C. God is not pleased.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kent

      Sad but if Obama was white Romney would be a Ross Perot character in our political conversations.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  38. RacistButTryinNotToBe

    This is a plea....to anyone capable of rational thought. Don't let the media use you...Don't let them think for you..speak for you...manipulate you. White people put the man in office, and everyone is a little racist. Let's get those two things clear. Actually believing you're not is the worst kind of blatant denial. It's ok though. The moment I admitted to myself I was a little racist, I started challenging my reasoning and noting how often I was right and wrong in my preconceptions. From that I started working on it. Rather than demonize my own behavior as evil..I approached it as if it were simply "immature" Thus began the taming of the social Doppelganger that I had otherwise allowed to run wild in my private thoughts. I'm not all the way there yet...but I'm tryin. The media and the government miss no opportunity to point out how different we all are, fueling racial tension to sell advertising and get votes. Racism in this country is a weapon wielded by people who benefit from the chaos the sheer mention of it creates. I try to spend more time these days discovering how similar we are....

    November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  39. Calif. Conserv.

    A lot of liberal haters here. Nothing new for CNN.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      It's an equal opportunity emotion. Buddhists say, "Hate is a choice, don't choose it."

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Try taking your own advice there slick.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • lordnimrond

      Sounds like you're a CNN hater.... Maybe you should take your hate somewhere else...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • AndrewFromNH

      I've been fascinated by the number of posts here that talk about all the liberal posters, and how CNN is all part of an "Ebil Librul Conspiracy."[sic] When I've been reading in a number of "liberal" sites I found them referring to CNN as Conservative stooges, or something to that effect. Pretty impressive for CNN to exist if it is so good at angering both extremes.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  40. JP

    For someone finishing up their Ph.D. in History, specifically studying and writing about Reconstruction, I find this article laughable at best.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc in Virginia

      The authors took the time to develop their thoughts and interviewed many historians, can you elaborate beyond what you have shared?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        My main beef, if you will, with the article is the author jumps from one historical subject to the next without making any rationale connections. Take for instance his section on voter ID. This is not even close to what occurred in the South during many of the elections from 1863-1876. The freedmen did not have to prove they were citizens. In fact up until around 1874-75, the freedmen vote was enormous in the South!! In many cases there were poll taxes and grandfather clauses attached to voting, but this was more common in Southern states when full Redemption had occurred. The solid South was not fully established until 1876 when President Hayes removed the last remaining troops from South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida though. These poll taxes and other restrictive measures were more common during the Jim Crow years. What was a very successful measure, and the author should have spent more time researching, was the insane use of violence by Red Shirt factions and white supremacist groups like the Klan and the White League, who forced the freedmen (economically and socially) to vote the Democratic ticket. In fact my dissertation is based on President Hayes rightful winning of the presidency because the freedmen in large numbers in the South were disenfranchised. Tying this to 2012, I have not seen Republicans or Democrats violently forcing any race into voting a specific ticket. If you want, I can recommend a few books from my bibliography that can shed light on Reconstruction elections. They are very interesting to say the least. However, and though I applaud the author for consulting Foner's definitive work, I am afraid this is more political rhetoric than historical relevancy. To equate Reconstruction with what is going on today actual undermines many prominent historians who argue that Reconstruction was completed during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950-60s.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        I would also like to point out that his section on Redemption is inaccurate. He actually contradicts one of the best sources on the subject as well, the late historian C. Vann Woodward. The Redeemers were not conservative businessmen, they were mostly ex-Confederate soldiers who had ties to the old-Whig Party in the South. The Redeemers were hell bent on removing black politicians and Carpetbaggers because they were doing very little at improving the economies of the southern states. That is why the second biggest part of the Compromise of 1877 was that President Hayes would push forth projects to fix much needed internal improvements in the South, including the construction of the Texas and Pacific Railroad–although it failed to amount to anything in the end.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • 123elle

      You sound jealous to me.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Jealous, informed, it's all the same to a liberal.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  41. Majesty Rider

    Why am I not surprised?... The south is still sore from having their butts kicked by the north... boo hoo...

    November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      We've been looking down our noses at those hillbillys ever since.
      Riff Raff......inbred degenerates.

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

    I can tell you that race hate is alive and well down in the south. While obama did get elected. Let me assure you that he created record turn out with white southerns to vote against him in 2008.. And 2012 i am sure we will have record numbers of whites turning out again to vote against him. As well as record black turn out to vote for him.

    Many many many voted on 1 key issues in 2008 that was because of the color of his skin(both black and white people did that).

    November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      Blacks have been moving back to the South. It's a numbers game now and the game's changing.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • preferredpennyauctions

      Steve is absolutely right. Racism is alive and well and running rampant in the south. Poor and uneducated whites have registered to vote for the first time to vote against him. An ignorant family member, who is a 35 yr old divorced single dad who lives with his parents while working an $8 an hour job. He is a recovering addict on daily methadone treatments and has medicaid for his young daughter because he cannot afford his employer family coverage health insurance. He eats up the words of hate mongers such as Beck and Limbaugh and registered to vote for the first time so he could cast a vote for Romney because 'he probably won't do anything for us but at least he's white".

      That mentality is rampant among the very people Romney looks down on – the 47% – in the south. I am thankful every presidential election cycle that the state of Alabama, and other deep south states, do not have much of a role in choosing our President. They do, however, never fail to mostly elect the wrong choice in state elections.

      Watch the Bob Vance/Roy Moore Chief Justice race next week. Vance is an honorable, qualified candidate who is a great fit for the job ... but he has a *gasp* D by his name on the ballot. Roy Moore is a stark raving mad idiot who is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama but "by golly he is a religious man and he stood up for those 10 commandments and he has that R by his name and I don't really understand what it means to be a Republican but Rush Limbaugh knows what hes talking about and he says we should always vote for Republicans or we will go to hell so I'm voting for Roy, I don't really care if he's the least qualified for the job or not, that other guy is a liberal and the liberal media probably just made up all that stuff anyway to make their liberal candidate look good because they think they're smarter than us. Well I'll show them!"

      November 2, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
      • rare_earth

        Well said.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jessy The Gnostic

    Wow, people in these comment sections are really idiots. Both democrats and republicans alike. You all disgust me as you act like self-righteous kids who always play that "who-gets-the-last-word" game. It's moronic at best and repulsive at worst. The next time any of you travel outside the US, don't be surprised about other people asking why your country's education ranks #25.

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

      Didn't you know? People in the US eat their young!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      And the best part is that no one cares what you think and we're all laughing at you.

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

      USA ranks #1 in education when you only count whites. We rank #25 when you include blacks and Hispanic. Its a fact. Look it up.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Flashdog2

        I teach school and I can tell you unequivocally that is simply not true...

        November 2, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Elliot Dash

        Obviously poopmenot you were the one white to miss the education bus. What complete drivel . . lol

        November 2, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      I agree with much of this article, though I think that it is incorrect on one major point. Attributing the anti-Reconstruction sentiment in the South solely to racism and hate is historically inaccurate. Southerners were much more concerned with the economic exploitation and military occupation that was going on in their homeland than with race relations. The acceptance of former slaves as equal was simply one more thing being imposed upon them by their military occupiers. Thus, one can argue that the hostility and maltreatment faced by the South during Reconstruction fanned the flames of the racism that pervaded in the Jim Crow era. The same phenomenon has been readily apparent in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well. Many who would have not considered themselves radicals prior to the U.S. occupations of these countries have become much more extreme in their ideologies. The U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan did as much to engender radical Islamic fundamentalism as it did to curb it. The same can be said of the correlation between Reconstruction and racism.

      However, as I said, I still agree with much of this article despite this one historical inaccuracy. Racism has certainly made a significant comeback in the United States since President Obama's election. As a Republican, I am sad to say that much of this racism seems to be issuing from the mouths of ignorant, radical members of my party. Disagree with the president on policy issues. Challenge his worldview. You can even mock him when he makes mistakes or has the occasional gaffe. Do not, however, stir up outdated and close-minded racist rhetoric to try to discredit his citizenship or implicitly hint that he is unqualified based upon his status as an African-American. People who do this should be ashamed of themselves. They play upon the fears and latent prejudices that exist in this country in order to vaingloriously extol themselves and their own backwards ideological musings. The Republican party needs to figure out a way to win this election without bringing out the worst in its own members. In some ways, losing this election may be the wake-up call that the Republican party so desperately needs. Perhaps it would herald the death of crazy conservatism and archaic race-laden rhetoric and force the party to moderate.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
      • akmac65

        Well said David.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gayle

      Jessy, I always find it amusing when people accuse others of being self-righteous, then proceed to express how inferior they all are. Does the irony escape you?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  44. American Red Cross Volunteer

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Forget Democrat or Republican. Our brothers and Sisters need our help. Please donate TEN dollars ($10) to The American Red Cross by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 You will be charged $10 on you cellphone bill by the American Red Cross. Please. Our brothers and sisters need us.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessy The Gnostic

      Unfortunately the idiots here are too busy being idiots. All the democrats and republicans can do is throw a kitchen sink at each other while everyone suffers.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Norm

        And what are YOU doing here?
        LOL...get over yourself you boorish cow.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Calif. Conserv.

      Already done

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      Amen, already done.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  45. jaline

    In the past few years I've voted for Alan Keyes and Herman Cain. I don't vote against skin color; I do vote against ideology.

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

      Condolences.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      There must be something wrong with you to support those two opportunists. Glad we don't have to vote for the pizza man.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Aren't all politicians opportunists?

        November 2, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  46. BILL

    .AMEN.......Excellent and very important historical analysis. Everything in here is relevant for TODAY

    November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  47. czar33

    Hey, Romney you S+C++U+m OF+EARTH I WISH YOU DIE IN A JET CRASH When you come to Philly people will defecate in their own hand and then throw it at you! I wish you get a stage 4 cancer!

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

      You're pathetic.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Agreed

        November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      Born in the USA...

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

      Romney might not be ready to lead our nation, but he doesn't deserve your kind of rhetoric. The man should be respected for at least trying to change things. I don't see your name on the ballot Czary.

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

        Romney is trying to change things...for the worse. From economically to basic human and the right of women.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Oh good!! So you think Romney may win in PA. Cool!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I've seen this before.
      This is one of the Fox Republicans pretending to be a liberal democrat.
      Only another fool would believe it..

      November 2, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      As a liberal, I wish you would shut up and go away. Your hateful spew is an insult to all humanity. I suspect you are a Rove plant, not a Democrat of any type.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  48. Norm

    Obama is a great job creator.
    Just image how many new jobs were created over at Fox News the day he decided to run for president.
    If Romney wins...all of the inbreds on BS mountain will be out of a job.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam Bragg12

      all the people Obama put in charge? You are racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Norm

        And Sam...YOU are a pathetic liar and no one cares what you think.
        Everyone is laughing at your post because it's so obviously uneducated.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  49. Natealec2

    Wow, no surprise no one reads NY Times or watches CNN. You need to focus on telling us how great America is not how bad you think it is. As a writer, especially at CNN, I'm sure you have plenty of time to think this garbage up. I'm sure your mom is going to put this article in her scrapbook because she's so proud of you and what you're doing to help this country.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      You DO know you're at CNN right now.
      Put the crack pipe down and go back to Fox News

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

      What's surprising is that you're trying to pass yourself off as a clever intellectual.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mrs Time

      I hate to point this out to you, but America is only as great as the people who reside here, and from what has been seen in this election we are in deep trouble. We are on the road to recovery from a very bad situation and the recovery is thanks to President Obama. Until we can all work together for the betterment of the PEOPLE and not corporations we are doomed as a country and on the road to being a sad, sad country.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  50. Norm

    Oh take it easy hillbillys.
    Only four more years and we promise not to elect any more brown people for a while.
    We only did that in 2008 to p i s s you off.
    Its obviously been working perfectly ever since.
    What would Fox News do without Obama.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • czar33

      I wish that Romney dies! may his jet crash, I wish he gets a stage 4 cancer and rots with pain

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

        How about he just loses the election and goes away. No violence. Just goes away.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jan

      how about a black african american pres next time- not a kenyan born bi-racial- and by the way obama has already lost –

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

        If only you racists weren't such a dying minority.
        Theres never going to be enough of you ever matter.
        The day they close the lid on your box, the noise will stop.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  51. Calif. Conserv.

    Demcorats playing their ignorant card on the Benghazi issue.

    Typ.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      You spelled irrelevant wrong.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      Whites are just another minority in CA.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Says the racist bigot.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
      • macbaldy

        Gotcha! Blew your thin cover!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You didn't catch anything but maybe AIDS.

        You're living in Utopia.

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

        CaCon, AIDS? So you're not only a racist, but also a bigot? My, my, my. Break down that closet door, gurl. The world is ready to see your pretty new dress.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Norm

        A Californicate Conservative thats so bitter because she can't post comments on Fox News anymore.
        LOL....I love it.
        We shut you pathetic losers down over there.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • czar33

      Hey, Romney you S+C++U+m OF+EARTH I WISH YOU DIE IN A JET CRASH When you come to Philly people will defecate in their own hand and then throw it at you! I wish you get a stage 4 cancer!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Liberals are so tolerant. Not like those racist republicans.

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

      If only you knew how little we all care what you think.

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

        You obviously care enough to reply.

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

      Move down to Alabama if you love conservatives so much you animal raping tea bagging lowlife

      November 2, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      What a pathetic person you are.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      Benghazi is as much a non-issue as is Fast and Furious. Those are small items when compared to recent history. Obviously not "small" to the individuals who died or their families, but small compared to the historical context. Shall we match the Bush administration's slaughter of innocents against Obama's record?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        You could try, but Obama's drone attacks which killed civilians in Pakistan went largely unreported, so the comparisons would be difficult.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  52. Karl Marx

    Barack Obama ist nicht schwarz... Er wuchs vor allem durch seine "weiße" Mutter und die Großeltern Arbeiterklasse "weiß". War er der Herausgeber der Harvard Law Review. Soooooo... ist dies über Rasse, weil weiße Konservative Amerika ihn als schwarz bezeichnet hält.

    Ich habe gehört, dass einige Leute sagen "Wir brauchen, um die N- – aus dem Weißen Haus. Als ob das allein alle Probleme sofort beheben würde. Amerika verdient, was wir bekommen, weil wir nicht zusammenarbeiten, um die großen Probleme interessiert sind. Parteilichen Politik zerstört dieses Landes, nicht liberalen oder Konservativen.

    Ich wohne in Indiana und ich nicht sogar Stimmen, denn wir keine qualifizierten Kandidaten für eine Position haben, und der Kerl von Survivor für Gouverneur lief.

    Teil von mir hofft, dass das "Recht" auf bekommt, was sie wollen, weil ich kann lehnen Sie sich zurück und sie hören beschweren sich, wie sie nicht bekommen etwas getan. Alle Narren.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • James Foley

      Actually BArack Obama IS black. As a matter of fac t, the only people who pretend he isn't are the one's who can't stand how black he is.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
      • czar33

        President Obama is a man! I pray that he wins 2012!
        Hey, Romney you S+C++U+m OF+EARTH I WISH YOU DIE IN A JET CRASH When you come to Philly people will defecate in their own hand and then throw it at you! I wish you get a stage 4 cancer!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Gayle

      Gesundheit

      November 2, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  53. Calif. Conserv.

    Sorry democrats but your race card has EXPIRED

    November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      Says the racist.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        You're clearly the racist.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • macbaldy

        Everyone's a racist; that's basic to the human condition.

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

      Race isn't a card, it's the whole deck. Any Californian knows that. It's a non-majority state.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • James Foley

      What you're doing is actually the racist thing. That you are called out for your racism doesn't make the person calling you out is a racist, just observant. They arent' insulting you, just describing you. And the fact is, you're both wrong, Dems arent' pulling the race card, they're pulling the objective history card. Too bad, so sad... for you. You're world is dying and I'm onbe of the proud people killing it.

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

        There's nothing objective about history. It is always skewed by the perspective of the person recording it.

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

      This is what racists say, hoping they can get a pass to be more overt with their racism.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      It still seems to say "active" when we swipe it through the slot on your face.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Sorry tea baggers but your condoms have expired. Looks like you'll be giving birth to another generation of degenerate southern white trash lowlifes. But that's okay though, Karl Rove don't mind. He needs another generation of ignorant tea baggers to vote for GOP candidates.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Thats really clever.
      Did you make that up yourself or did you learn it over at Fox News?
      "Your race card has expired"
      LOL...that's so original and witty.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • International Lib

      This race card that you are refering to. I don't think anyone is suggesting that if you don't vote for Obama it is because you are a racist. What they are saying is that some people will never vote for him because he is black. People are free to disagree with his policies but some people will simply not vote for him because of the colour of his skin. To believe otherwise is naive and childish.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Even more people will vote for him because of the color of his skin. Why isn't this racism being discussed by CNN.

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

    PRESIDENT ROMNEY

    PRESIDENT ROMNEY

    PRESIDENT ROMNEY

    2012

    November 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Noisey little conservative.
      How childish and juvenile.
      Such low IQ prey for the liars that run the GOP circus.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Majesty Rider

      CULT LEADER

      CULT LEADER

      CULT LEADER

      NO THANK YOU!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • neff

      f))))))))))))))YYYYUUUb A______H L____

      November 2, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  55. Calif. Conserv.

    Can't wait for the Benghazi cover up to break wide open. Details coming out every day.

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

      Idiot.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      That's a non-issue, especially after this super storm.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Majesty Rider

      Wow... you're really desperate... so sad.

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

      Yep... those "details" from Fox news no less... more WMD, eh?... LOL...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Naa...it will be covered up like Bush's 911 failure.
      Only this time just four people lost their lives.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  56. vancooler360

    PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Vansilly063

      America WIll Lose!!!!!
      America WIll Lose!!!!!
      America WIll Lose!!!!!
      America WIll Lose!!!!!
      America WIll Lose!!!!!
      America WIll Lose!!!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • James Foley

        ONLY IF ROMNEY WINNS!!!!!!!
        ONLY IF ROMNEY WINS!!!!
        ONLY IF ROMNEY WINS!!!!!!!!
        ONLY IF ROMNEY WINS!!!!!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
      • neff

        if mitten win u will loose yours big time

        November 2, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
      • neff

        urrrrr a nnnnnneeeeessss

        November 2, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Only the hillbilly part of America. The rest of us will be just fine, thanks.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  57. Dell

    This election has show how as much as we try to pretend that democracy is alive and strong in a nation built on ternary and oppression. The only color that matters is green. The american people are like spoiled children who want there just deserts even if they've not earned them. Sacrifice is an easy word to say as long as your not the one making it. The rich keep being richer because the poor will continue to let them be. The Golden rule , he who has the gold makes the rules, welcome to reality neo now your awake.

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

      Grammar checker?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  58. Jdot

    please keep playing the race card. You've got nothing else!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      Race isn't a card, it's the whole deck.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • vancooler360

      Wow your ignorant!!!!!

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

      Its true...if Obama loses this election it will be because he's brown...not because he failed as a president.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        and if Romney loses it will be because of the mean ol' librul media we here so much about

        November 2, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  59. TJ

    Stoppen Sie die Vorhersage der Wahl. Stoppen Sie streiten. Denken Sie und stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie stattdessen zu stimmen.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  60. David in Washington state

    I absolutely love this. You know the columnist is spot on just reading through the comments. The teatards are practically frothing at the mouth trying to discredit the writer's premise – if it were truly false, the comment board would be nearly empty. Instead, a nerve has been hit in the old white racist south. Can't hide from the truth, teatards. Too funny!!!

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

      No, the columnist is racist, and so are you for agreeing with him. Tea Party movement is mostly about government spending, and has nothing to do with race.

      It is you and only you who have created that perception in people's minds for your own goals.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
      • David in Washington state

        Oh yea, Bill. And the Civil War was about "state's rights", correct? Yawn.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Majesty Rider

        Wow... you're as clueless as they come...

        November 2, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Majesty Rider

        David in WA State is absolutely right, Bill. You're off your rocker. The Tea Party is totally about the fact that they don't like living "under a black man." That's the fact of the matter. You've diluted your mind so much with the BS coming from Fox that you forgot what the word "OBJECTIVE" means. Guess what Bill, I finally got re employed as did a friend of mine. She was looking for a job for THREE YEARS... Don't tell me the economy isn't improving, because IT IS!

        So stay under that rock you call a home, and I will stay in progressive Washington State.. as well.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • akmac65

        The TP started with the valid premise that government should be more efficient but it was hi-jacked by extremists in the GOP who were seeking validity. Grover Norquist is for G.N., not for Americans. There are many others like him, seeking power on the backs of well meaning people. See also, Sarah Palin.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  61. lolwut

    This just in: a vote against Obama is a vote for racism! Tune in later for more level-headed election coverage!

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

      Everyone's a racist whether they vote or not.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  62. TJ

    Stop predicting the election. Stop arguing. Think and make sure you vote instead.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      I agree with that! Go out, vote for the person who best has your interests and philosophy in mind and hope he wins! And no whining when your guy loses! Then get on with your own life the best you can.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  63. Jdot

    AVD – he won because he was a fad and the opponent was dead and nobody told him. It's worn off.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  64. neff

    to CNN you better listen to Neff ocampo before I ERASE YOUR ASS

    November 2, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  65. Bill

    No Stephen, Herman Cain just paints his face black. He is really a super white guy out to trick all those black people. He also had a nose job and a permanent done to his hair. (I am probably saying too much).

    He also talks the way he does to make you think he is a black person, but believe me, I have some inside information, and Herman Cain is as white as they get.

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

      Why is it that Blacks like Herman Cain are marginalized? Do all blacks have to think and act the same? Why do media outlets impugn the motives of conservatives? Why do people so readily believe the stereotypes that the media portrays? Any one of these questions would make a better article than the tired, old "conservatives are racist" diatribes.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  66. rotorhead1871

    it started with the privileged status of EEO.......you get a position just cuz you are other than white... when you start giving it away...you start destroying and devaluing what everyone has built .........when you dont have to earn it based on merit.....it has no value.. and on it
    goes....down the rat hole......

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

      Lots of Asians are getting jobs ahead of whites because they're more qualified.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  67. TJ

    Obama sucks and will suck even more

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

      Do your parents know that you're online?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  68. Johnny C

    OUTRAGE CNN! Shame, shame, shame! Your propaganda is now "Brave New World" and "1984" caliber. Disgusting. This is my last visit to your repulsive site.

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

      I assume you didn't watch 2016.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • James Foley

      Your laziness, disingenuousness and ignorance is what's truly repulsive. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jdot

    Caesarbc – 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 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      You have that memorized well.

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

        Well he is right.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • James Foley

      Jdot – Mormons will produce more kids... that is true. Just like racist white 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.

      Compassion and the general welfare is great until idiots like you ruin it by creating straw men fallacies about how compassionate christians are all just out giving away other peoples money.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Compassionate Christians give away their own money. Power hungry politicians give other people's money away, so that they can stay in power. They use the ruse of compassion to make it seem more palatable, but in reality government assistance is demeaning, demoralizing and debilitating. Once dependence has been cultivated and blossomed, it is easily multiplied, and people are led to believe the awful lie that without welfare they would fail, when in reality because of welfare, they have quit trying. This applies to whites as well as any minority.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
      • James Foley

        Actually Gayle I've heard that nonsense before and jsut liek you the other people saying it said that these people had been brainwashed and enabled into being lazy, but noone can actually make that connecdtion. That' just another straw man and false dilemma. It is an unreasonabley pessimistic view of the situation and confines people to rigid, unchanging animals. It's is the most insidious form of bigotry. A bigotry born of unreasobely low expectations of minorities. Nice try though racist. Better luck next time.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        James Foley you obviously missed my last sentence. Though the ratios are lower, there are more whites on welfare than blacks, why do you feel compelled to turn everything into a race issue? Have you ever received public assistance? I have. There are much better ways to help the poor than the current system. Your whole straw may argument is itself a straw man argument. I never said that people can't change, you pulled that out of somewhere along with that whole race issue. The way the welfare system is designed promotes professional poor. It rewards bad behavior and punishes good behavior. Yes, people get off of welfare. It happens all of the time, but is despite the programs, not because of them.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      You believe everything the right-wing talking heads say, obviously and sadly.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  70. TJ

    Obama sucks and will suck even more.

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

      Wow. Maturity.

      Jealous? Try to emulate him. You might amount to something.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Uncharted25

        I agree, forget the reasons why these people don't like the president, BUT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR RESEARCH. Obama is nothing like Marx or whoever they are supporting. far from it. You may disagree with him on whatever, but dear god, you all sound like incompetent fools and its no wonder the GOP is so scorned for its stupidity. Its shameful that this country has so much, but still sinks so low into pathetic lashing arguments and insults instead of proper political discourse. GROW UP. most people don't have a chance to talk and voice opinions like you do. USE IT PROPERLY. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Stop saying stupid things.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        Obama is Bush in overdrive. If people didn't like what Bush did to the country why would they like what Obama has done? And why would they want a fourth term of Bush's failed fiscal policies?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  71. Michael

    There definitely are people who have legitimate criticism of the president, but anyone who denies there's a racist element to a good chunk of the opposition is kidding themselves. We're talking about the birther crowed here, the crowd who insists (without offering ANY evidence) that Obama had inside knowledge about the Benghazi attack and allowed the consulate (though these people usually call it an EMBASSY... they aren't interested in facts, remember) to be attacked for reasons that are conveniently left unspecified. People who make it a point to emphasize the president's middle name, though they never did so for any of his predecessors, people who allege he's a Muslim, the list goes on and on. Such irrational behavior is inspired by hatred, pure and simple, and we never saw this kind of behavior towards any of the white democrats no matter how much the right despised them.

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

      riiiiight... I'd buy your thesis if you believe Romney's Mormonism is an issue.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      As completely idiotic as your entire post was, the part that really made me laugh was your idea that past president's middle names weren't emphasized. Ever hear of Franklin DELANO Roosevelt or Harry S. Truman (the S didn't stand for anything, but it was still frequently used). I'd ask you to try to come up with some more, but people like you don't support their points of view with any semblance of factual information.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • akmac65

      Michael...Good points.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  72. Calif. Conserv.

    They don't call Obama the Great Divider for nothing.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      They call him that because he apparently brings out the true character in people, which has proven to be insane in some cases.

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

      We divided ourselves.

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

      The only people who call Obama a divider are the rightwing clowns that want to divide the people. Mitch McConnell the undistinguished republiCONman Senator from Kentucky said before Obama even walked into the Whitehouse that his #1 Goal was not to rescue the collapsing economy, not to bring our troops home, but to make Obama a 1 term president. And you are gullible enough to believe that Obama is the divider, here's a dollar, go buy a clue.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      The Great Divider? That was Reagan. I was there.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  73. avd

    guys, let's end this right now.

    It makes no sense to pull the racist card in this election – did you forget Obama already won in 2008? If it was a racist thing, he wouldn't have won. Let's move on please...

    November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      What I haven't forgotten is that Rush Limbaugh said, "I hope he fails" before he was even sworn in. Wishing failure for a president is wishing failure for the country... if he'd been wishing failure for a specific policy, that would be one thing... he was wishing the president failure in everything, and the president plays a crucial role in our success as a country. Limbaugh would rather have the country go down in flames than see a successful black democrat president, and that is the GOP's stance as well, as they have proven these past 4 years.

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

        you clearly weren't listening to Rush when he said that and just heard the small portion of what the mainstream media played for you. He hoped certain policies would fail (i.e. Obamacare)...seriously that just makes you look ignorant.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  74. barbarianofgor

    So, calling Obama a Muslim even though he's a Christian clearly is OK...

    But don't DARE point out the kooky, weird, sick parts of Mormonism...

    "Hallp us! Hallp us! Haaate Criiimmeee! Hallp us! Hallp us!"

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

      Let's see how they answer...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • MEPr

      so are you saying you are judging Romney b/c of his religion, and b/c he is white it's OK to judge him? This article is clearly an attempt to make the American people look ignorant. COME ON, you are smarter than to believe in this hoax. The American people need to look at the facts and the issues, become educated and you will see right vs. wrong. Don't blindly be loyal to a party, be loyal to your country and your own success.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
      • AndrewFromNH

        The first and only party I've ever been registered for was the Republican Party. Back then it offered candidates I liked, respected, and voted for. I'd love to see it do so again. In this year's primary, the candidate who made the most sense was Buddy Roehmer, with John Huntsman in second place, but apparently sense wasn't a desirable trait for the year 2012. For most of the last twenty or thirty years, what used to be Republican values have been pursued by the Democratic Party. I haven't been able to figure out what the values are of the New Republican Party, so I'm now an Independent.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  75. Mavrik

    Obama will lose the election not because of parallels to Revel, but to Jimmy Carter. He is simply a poor leader who is has not focused on the right priorities domestically and is seen as a weak leader internationally.

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

      You state that as if were some kind of supported fact instead of merely your own troubled opinion crafted from right-wing rhetoric...

      In my opinion, you are absolutely wrong...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Gayle

        It's a fact supported by observation. When was the last time our country had a budget pass? When was the last time Obama's proposed budget received even one vote? What exactly did Obama do to shape the direction of the healthcare bill that now bears his name? Why did it take almost a year after knowing where Bil Laden was to actually do something about it? When is Obama going to man up and tell the American people exactly what he knew and when he knew it about Benghazi? When is this man going to do what he says he is going to do instead of letting other people lead the way for him? When is he going to take responsibility for the current state of our country instead of blaming Bush? Leaders get things done. Figure heads let other people do all of the heavy lifting while they play golf and appear for photo ops. Nobody is leading our country right now!

        November 2, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  76. Tupelo12

    I am a white Mississippian, and yes, people in the South are still racist. The plantation class is still alive and well, and they're still using the same tactics to manipulate poor whites into letting them keep power. It's always somebody else's fault with them. If it's not the blacks, then its the Mexicans, gays, or non-Christians. The Republican party is a party that uses fear and hate to fool people who can't think for themselves, and I'm tired of it! It is undeniably racism that is keeping Southerners from voting for President Obama. Since when are Southern Christians approving of Mormons? Hypocrisy!

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

      I'm glad Obama wouldn't use fear and disinformation in his campaign. All republicans want to make birth control illegal. They want everybody's grandparent's (even their own) to die quickly. They want the ocean to be filled with oil instead of water and all they care about is the rich becoming really, really, really, rich while everyone else starves to death. Any other supposed planks of their platform I might have missed?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  77. BlackDynamiteNYC

    Governor Chris Christie just praised President Obama for "springing into action" for the State of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

    Did "Dubya" "Spring into action" after 9/11? Or Hurricane Katrina?

    I don't think so.....
    BD

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

      actually he did, but the media will tell you otherwise.

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

        I guess you missed the video of Dubya sitting in a classroom full of children for almost ten minutes, staring into space, after he was told the nation was under attack on 9/11

        You are quite the historian.....
        BD

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

      @black dynamite....w's 10 minutes beats the h3ll out of 7 hours. Dontcha think.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  78. America_is_Best

    The Republican party USED TO BE the party of progressives such as
    Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Eisenhower but these are presidents
    Republican never talk about!

    That was the past! Today's Republican Party consists of mostly fanatic
    racist elements being manipulated by the big money. Also, true that
    Democrats used to have racist elements in the south which were called
    REAGAN DEMOCRATS. They migrated to Republican Party after civil right.
    They are now proud elements of the new Republican Party.

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

      And Democrats consist of people ashamed of the country, who are manipulated by the media. Don't believe everything CNN tells you. They are just as likely to have an agenda as rich white people are.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  79. vrnn

    Barack Obama isn't black... he was raised primarily by his "white" mother, and his working class "white" grandparents. Wasn't he the editor of the Harvard Law Review. Soooooo... this IS about race, because white conservative America keeps referring to him as black.

    I've heard a number of people say "We need to get that N-– out of the White House. As if that by itself would instantly fix all our problems. America deserves what we get, because we're not interested in working together to address the big issues. Partisan politics is destroying this country, not liberals or conservatives.

    I live in Indiana and I can't even vote because we have no qualified candidates for any position, and the guy from Survivor ran for Governor.

    Part of me hopes the "right" to gets what they want, because I can sit back and listen to them complain how they can't get anything done. Fools all.

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

      Thanks for starting your post off with some ignorance.....
      BD

      November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  80. caesarbc

    This is great! The country is so divided – all we need is guns in the mix. Oh wait – we have the 2nd Amendment... get ready for Civil War.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  81. neff

    OBAMA 1212 HANDS DOWON that little rommy rum and little eddy monster ryen go home before you make a bigger ass of you yourself

    November 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  82. Calif. Conserv.

    I"m also sure democrats are proud that their party founded the KKK.

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

      The Southern Democrats, Dixiecrats became Republicans under LBJ.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Calif. Conserv.

        Progressive democrats created the KKK and now presently hold them down. You people make pathetic look good.

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

      There seems to be no difference between the tea party and the KKK.

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

        You're delusional.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • AC

        There seems to be no difference between JM and a raging liberal radical intent on labeling people racist for political gain.

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

      Sorry, but you're about 120 yrs. too late.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  83. dave3051

    Exhibit A to demonstrate we aren't in a post-racial society is that media outlets continue to publish articles straining to find a racial explanation for the backlash to Obama. CNN is part of the problem, not the solution.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  84. Jay Rizzo

    Shame on you CNN. Now in desparation you decide to play the race card. How dare you! Can't I have consevative priciples which Obama resents without you impling that I am a racist? Get a life!

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

      Obviously, you didn't read most of the article. Political opposition isn't the problem. But when people LIE about his character (e.g., birthers, marxism, muslim), then you have to wonder about the underlying motivation. Frankly, I'm voting for him despite the fact that I believe Romney would be better for business. But now, we're talking about the soul of America – and I refuse to give birthers and other like-minded nitwits any satisfaction whatsoever.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Chutzpah

        It's possible Romney would be better for business, but the way business is treating their employees (and former employees, like my elderly parents) these days, I question the assumption that that would be a good thing.

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

        You may be right – nevertheless, I'm voting Obama out of principle. I could really care less if Romney had the golden key to prosperity. What people have attempted to do to Obama – out of spite and out of fear – is simply unforgivable. I pray that upon losing the WH and possibly both houses of Congress, the GOP will rethink their strategy and come back to real politics and real statesmanship.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  85. Brian T

    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 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      What about Bush?

      Not over his head?

      And how is Romney, who doesn't have a plan or principle of his own, but just says what's most popular at the moment (often with ridiculous results) not in over his head? The man couldn't even manage to say something normal/not stupid in England.

      Bush? Romney? Total fools.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
      • I don't drink the kool-aid

        Democrats seem to have only two cards: Race and Bush. The first won't fly any more. That's history. The second won't fly either. Obama is responsible for the mess he's in with his flawed policies.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  86. BlackDynamiteNYC

    So Revels was an Uncle Tom sellout.
    And white people, when they didn't get the country handed to them on a silver platter, resorted to swift, blinding violence?

    Tell me something I didn't know.....
    BD

    November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  87. theorycraft

    ok, I couldn't read on.

    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.

    so government is just a giant employment office for black people??? And yes, those blacks were recently freed so they were disproportionally poor. What disadvantage do blacks have today?? You can't tell me there aren't poor white people. Are you saying black people are less creative, so they can't come up with a good idea and bank on that? I don't think white people would like to be friends with someone who thinks everyone around them is racist. Yeah, you're a different skin color, and there will be differences, but black people are blaming everything on that! And people using the n word etc... I think there are far fewer people today that use slurs than back then. Just admit it, you guys will be whining until white people bow down and hand absolute power over to you... ALL MEN WANT POWER stupid, and blacks are just trying to use race to overly guilt people (and unfairly) into giving them more handouts. Shame. On. You.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  88. Esaias

    To vote for someone because of their color of skin is just as bigoted as to not vote for someone because of the color of their skin. 95% of blacks who voted, voted for Obama 4 years ago. Blacks are bigots.

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

      So who are you accusing of voting for President Obama because of the color of his skin? There are probably a couple, I concede, but I'm interested to see if you can actually name one or two.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  89. Gayle

    You're (notice the spelling) living in an alternate universe if you think that the two time periods are in any way similar.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  90. caesarbc

    Let's call a spade a spade .. or ... is that racist???

    November 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  91. Jason

    The tea party and race has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do w/ people's dislike or disapproval of the President. If Obama would have come into office and focused on bringing everyone together and even more than that put everything into fixing the economy their never would have been a Tea Party movement. The entire Tea Party movement came about because of ObamaCare. By the way – there were NEVER any comments or riots or arrests during a Tea Party meeting – unless some liberal was trying to trash it or disrupt it. Nothing about Race – except that other networks tried to make it about that – and even Pelosi & Obama said things about it – this President has been the most disappointing President in the history of our Republic because he's done nothing but divide the country. Even after the 2010 election when the people spoke that they wanted change he continued to ram his agenda forward w/ no compromise. The Press has misreported everything the last 4 years including Libya as we speak – where is the uproar over the failed cover up CNN? Instead you throw out an article about Race 4 days before the election – at least you don't hide your bias like you used to.

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

      The Tea Party was founded after Obama was elected but before he was sworn in. That blows your theory out of the water.

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

        LOL

        Beautiful, Sam!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  92. Timmy

    But I'm black, you have to vote for me or your racist!!!1

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

      Everyone's a racist. Vote as you like.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  93. Jim

    Race card rises again just before an election. Dems are getting desperate I guess.

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

      Race isn't a card, it's the whole deck. Times are different. Black Americans aren't the largest minority today, latinos are now the largest minority. The fastest growing US ethnic/racial groups are actually Asian Americans of composite source. Today's internet is reassuring the world that it's a mixed population everywhere. Times are different despite CNN's revisionist allusions.

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

      Well... maybe it's a bloody shock to you that there are racists in America. I think this is a very relevant headline – it asks a provocative question about our character. For instance – people who say Obama is a Marxist or Muslim. What other reason could they have to make such an idiotic claim other than because they are racist? Flat out.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      Not desperate, just willing to tell the hard truth.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  94. POOR CNN

    I cannot believe this a HEADLINE story on the CNN website. This is the reason why they are losing the ratings battle, the false notion of being a non-bias news organization while having clear political leanings.

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

      Disagree. CNN is finally asking hard questions about the soul of America. We've sat here blithely winking at the fringe conservatives make the most absurd claims about Obama – about being a Marxist, a Muslim, and doubting his citizenship – and frankly, people by and large are sick of it. To be clear, I believe that MOST Americans are not racist, but I also believe that the few who have fabricated these ridiculous and unfounded conspiracy theories ARE. So this is very relevant – deep thinking and introspective discussion. We should be talking about this more openly – if only to shut the fringe up so that the rest of us can have a real political discussion.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ranger Luna

      Losing?... Geez CNN lost it a long time ago... Their ratings are in the gutter... and will stay that way so long as they act like "psychological engineers"!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  95. mlblogsyankeeblogspot

    CNN is no friend to truth, and offer intellectual bondage. This is slavery of the mind. Break free of the BS

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

      Well said.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  96. Calif. Conserv.

    Why didn't/doesn't democrats get mad about NBC fabricating racism in to their stories? NBC even admitted it.

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

      It's news if NBC does it. It's a weekday if Fox does it.

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

      Bunch of pusillanimous wimps on this blog! Build a backbone and stop whining! This election is not about our racial psyche... It's about the future of our country... End of story! Obama has taken us way off course and we have a right to steer back toward a path of rebuilding, growth and rebooting our entrepreneurial capacity! Team Romney/Ryan 2012!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  97. Stephen the Latino

    Remember Herman Cain? Unless my eyes deceived me, wasn’t he was a black man? Cain was a Tea Party favorite. Isn’t it time that CNN recognizes that real and incompatible philosophical differences divide the political parties and the Country? Where is the continuing op-ed series on that fact? That is the real issue in the age of Obama, not racism.

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

      I really liked Herman. Even with the whole thing that made him leave the race- no worse than Clinton. I would have still voted for him. 9-9-9 plan, man!

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

      Herman Cain is a CLOWN and you know it. If he wasn't, why didn't you Talipublicans nominate his stupid azz?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  98. mmd

    The constant implication that whites are racist is actually racist! White people, especially white older males, are constantly being told they are racist either directly or indirectly. Opposing policies or someone's opinion does not make anyone a racist. If that were true, everybody is a racist. While I am sure there are some racist people and there always will be, racism is not isolated to whites. Racism comes from all races. Two words that are overused and misused in America are racist and offended. We can disagree without labeling and name calling!

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

    Hoping with this that the black community would stand up and do what's right. Obama kinda gave hope to the hopeless and voice to the voiceless. It's Obama all the way. We love this country and we do all it takes not to bring about the odds of the past

    November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  100. Recent Reminder

    Just two nights ago I sat down at a restaurant bar to watch the NBA games and eat dinner. An elderly man was already there, sitting two seats away and I noticed he was a bit terse to the waitress serving him. I made eye contact a few minutes later and he drunkenly said "Can I tell you something?" He then gestured at a booth where four men sat talking and said, "I'm going to kill them." I took a long look at him and then at the booth and realized that they were 4 guys speaking a foreign language– may be Spanish or Arabic. "They shouldn't be in this country."

    Seeing that he was really drunk, I told him, "You're not being polite right now and I don't want to hear any of that."

    The bartender and a manager both came over and let me know that he'd been making others feel uncomfortable before I came in. The manager told him to let everyone enjoy their dinners and to be polite.

    After paying his tab, he slid off his stool and stumbled over to the booth. I got up, put my arm around him and walked him toward the door before his drunken mouth could kick in. He was too out of it to even realize that he was being led out until I handed him off to the manager and another waiter.

    I've only lived in the south for a couple years, having moved here from the left coast. It's clearly a different here, although I guess some drunken bigots reside everywhere. But I see more of it here, and a more hateful version of it than anywhere else that I've lived.

    I just think that it's so important for us to keep telling the stories of what bigotry is. Just like the stories that tribes used to explain right and wrong– we have to keep letting our young ones know that this exists, that it's wrong and that we have to stay vigilant against it. It's just so confounding that the political party borne from the slavery issue is the same party today that tends most to harvest bigotry to rally its voters.

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

      I lived in the northeast for awhile...Long Island. I was astounded at the bigotry and racism that was so prevelent. The views here are...ignorant.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • I don't drink the kool-aid

      You said yourself that it was one drunk in a bar, and everyone else there was uncomfortable. Why are you focusing on the 1% who are racist rather than the 99% who are not? And maybe you need to not go to bars so often.

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

        Because your "1%" is closer to 50%.

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

        My family are among the original colonists who came to North America in the early 1600s. I am a SOR and a Mason by birthright. Every generation of my family has served in the military ever since. It just so happens that my mother is Spanish – my father was a good ol boy from Minnesota. I went back to visit some friends who just purchased a cabin near Leech Lake. We went to dinner at one of the local steak houses. I presented my California drivers license for the beer we ordered – but was refused service for no other reason than they didn't like the shade of my skin color. There's a dark underbelly to American society – and their numbers are far greater than you know.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
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