Attitudes on race have not improved in 4 years since Obama elected

  • Article by: SONYA ROSS and JENNIFER , AGIESTA
  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 5:22 PM
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just1oldgoatOct. 27, 12 7:41 PM

When I'm told that if I use use words such as, Chicago, angry, chair, or golf, that I'm considered a "racist", then I will agree that "attitudes on race" have not improved. However, it may surprise some people that the people who shout "racism" the most, are the ones that are perpetuating the problem. And in my second sentence, I apologize for using the term, "some people".

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herdboarOct. 27, 12 8:30 PM

Well you can thank your guy, the Great Divider for that. He is the exact opposite of what I hoped for when he was elected.

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ikyabwaiOct. 27, 12 8:54 PM

Pretty clear where the right wing stands. When the GOP proclaim before President Obama is elected that they will do whatever it takes to make him a one term President without trying to work with him says it all.

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bethmdOct. 27, 12 9:31 PM

This test is bias, why does not talk about attitudes towards whites? It implies that "Americans" feelings towards blacks have gotter worse, I am guessing black americans attitudes towards black americans have not gotten worse. What percentage of respondents were black? White? Hispanic? Etc. An what the heck is an implied attitude towards racism? Ignorance on a topic doesn't mean someone will not hire, work with, vote for or live next to someone on the basis of race.

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bethmdOct. 27, 12 9:33 PM

ikyabwai "Pretty clear where the right wing stands. " - Yes, the stand on the right. This is one of the most left presidents since carter, even clinton slid to the middle.

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myhrepOct. 27, 12 9:51 PM

ikyabwai - actually it says nothing relevant to this article. It has everything to do with politics, and nothing to do with race. All these "implicit" interpretations of racism only diminish and distract from the actual cases that occasionally exist. And most people I know are tired of it.

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crystalbayOct. 28, 12 1:57 AM

Billboards depicting Obama as Hitler saying "Comrade Obama"; Palin saying he "schucks & jibes"; Romney T shirts with "Let's get the white back in the White House"; birtherism; strange demands for his 30-year old college records; countless Republicans referring to him as "Not American" or "foreign to American values"; etc. Obama, by virtue of being mixed race, unwittingly became a lightening rod for all the ugly residual racism in the country. Whether he wins or loses, I will always believe that this man was the right person at the right time of history to save us from ourselves and that America clearly doesn't deserve someone of such integrity and character. He's recently been selected as one of the best 10 presidents in US history - and the only one with but one term served so far. The intensity of the irrational hatred toward him make me ashamed to be an American.

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ltc612Oct. 28, 12 3:28 AM

Tell it like it is. Retired Col. Lawrence WMy party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicableilkerson statedto the Huffington Post," I agree and I have observed that the Republicans have gone out of their way to undermine Obamaand his efforts only because he is Black. Reminds me of Senator Clayton Calhoun when in 1848 he told the congress that incorporating the mix races of Mexico into the union of white men would be the down fall of this government. Same racist idea whether it be yellow, black, brown.

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jathu001Oct. 28, 12 4:24 AM

"Take back the White House." "Go back to Kenya." "Worst President since forever." This has all been "code" for power back to white America, "if they don't like it they can just go back to Africa" (remember that line from the 1970's?), and "nothing this guy does matters because the bottom line is that he is black." OK no one is going to say these things outright--well, actually, there are still many out there that would. But then people of color know "the game." White folks can say these things "in code." But if you accuse, draw out the prejudice, they can come back with "playing the race card." And those types who want to feel good about America and believe the best in people, keep their heads in the sand. But don't doubt it. Bigotry in America is alive and well. President Barack Obama has shown remarkable, extraordinary grace in coping.

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chickfilaOct. 28, 12 5:29 AM

Obama has become known as "The Great Divider" and hasn't brought people together like he promised, but then again, he hasn't fulfilled any of his promises. Please vote Romney/Ryan to get this country back on track.

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