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Yes, Race Influences Opposition to Obama
The Nation ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jamelle Bouie

Posted on 09/15/2012 8:20:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s no exaggeration to say that race and racism have been defining issues in the Age of Obama. And with the election on the horizon, the question of race and Obama’s political fortunes has returned to the fore. To wit, at the Associated Press, Jesse Washington wonders whether prejudice has played a part in the concerted conservative opposition to Obama’s presidency:

The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president.

It is an accusation almost impossible to prove, yet it remains inseparable from the African-American experience. The idea, which seemed to die in 2008 when Obama became the first black president, is now rearing its head from college campuses to cable TV as the Democratic incumbent faces Mitt Romney, the white Republican challenger.

When people ascribe racial motives to President Obama’s opponents, the thought is that we’re calling them “racists,” in a Bull Connor kind of way. But that’s not the case at all. As Ta-Nehisi Coates argues, racism often manifests itself as a “broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.” Despite the fact that he grew up exceptionally privileged in a world that privileged people who fit his description (white and male), no one has ever questioned Mitt Romney’s ability to perform the job of president. No one has ever accused him stupidity, and no one will ever call him an “affirmative action hire.”

By contrast, these are things faced by Obama and other minorities that find themselves in traditionally white domains. During her confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was frequently described as “not smart enough” to serve alongside men like Antonin Scalia or John Roberts, despite her clear qualifications—Princeton University and Yale Law School—and long service on the federal bench.

As I’ve said on several occasions in other outlets, the vast majority of conservative anger at Barack Obama is not based in race, but it’s clear that it shapes the nature of their opposition. If Hillary Clinton were president, I would say the same of gender and sexism. Indeed, there’s no need to imagine the response to a Clinton presidency—during her campaign, items like the Hillary Clinton “nutcracker” emerged as ways to ridicule her candidacy (while also making a quick buck).

The real question isn’t whether race affects our political disputes, it’s how. This isn’t an easy question. Yes, there are clear racial implications to things like Mitt Romney’s false charge that Obama is “ending the work requirement” in welfare and simply cutting checks to recipients. But, when it comes to the role race plays in voting—did Obama lose votes because he’s black—it’s a little complicated.

In any case, if you’re trying to answer the question of race and opposition to Obama, here’s something to remember: we’re only forty-seven years removed from the official end of Jim Crow. White supremacy was the governing ideology for the vast majority of this country’s history, and—in the broad scheme of things—we’re still in the first legs of our journey toward racial equality.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: obama; racism; romney; welfare

I guess when you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

1 posted on 09/15/2012 8:20:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here's an interesting, related article: http://hillbuzz.org/prominent-members-of-chicago-black-community-confirm-those-closest-to-obama-know-there-is-no-second-term-coming-42773.
2 posted on 09/15/2012 8:24:57 PM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, no reference to the racism of voting FOR Uhbama by certain groups.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 8:26:00 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No race influences SUPPORT for 0bama. Samual Jackson is just one black support of O who recently made it clear that is why he is supporting 0


4 posted on 09/15/2012 8:26:00 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

That ain’t racism, foo, that jest keepin’ it real, dog.


5 posted on 09/15/2012 8:27:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Yes, Race Influences Opposition to Obama"

Maybe that's because he himself was chosen because of his race, and NOT because of his abilities or his leadership skills, in the first place. And because people voted for him because of his race and not because they knew even one actually relevant damn thing about him or the other candidates!

6 posted on 09/15/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When you ain't got anything else scream Racism!

That's sooooooooooooooo 20th century.

7 posted on 09/15/2012 8:30:44 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This drivel is compliments of another Affirmative Action hire. Gotta have that Black, that “Native American”(as though most of us aren’t), that “Hispanic” (whatever that is) on the faculty or board or committee to prove how incluuuuusive we are.

Then we wonder why many of these people simply can’t do the job. Perish the thought that we would go back to the bad old days of hiring the most qualified so we could get the job done instead of wasting time on the ever-popular “sensitivity training.”


8 posted on 09/15/2012 8:31:23 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, etc. Examples of Blacks getting too uppity.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 8:32:19 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Race doesn’t affect my dislike for Obama, but stupdiity, incompetance and serial lying do.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 8:33:46 PM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It influences the ninety five percent of the black vote that supports him too.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 8:36:01 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you base your life on being a VICTIM, I guess everything looks like racism, sexism, etc.....these people are soooo sickening. I can’t stand Obomba because of his POLICIES....Clarence Thomas is someone I’d much rather have as President!


12 posted on 09/15/2012 8:40:14 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How many people voted for 0 solely because of his race (notwithstanding that he's more Arab than black).

And how many people of color are racist against those who are of a different or of no color?

/rhetorical

13 posted on 09/15/2012 8:41:46 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These people live in a different universe


14 posted on 09/15/2012 8:43:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the TV show CARTER COUNTRY the bigoted cop once said “There hasn’t been a white man named Washington since George.” Let me repeat: I didn’t say it. It was on a TV show.


15 posted on 09/15/2012 8:52:45 PM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons are extremely afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have black friends who were Republican up til 2008. Now, I can hardly talk with them because they are so in the tank for Obama.

It is sad and sick that they responded like this, and I pray for them.

16 posted on 09/15/2012 9:41:22 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (christian.bahits.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt


17 posted on 09/15/2012 9:50:33 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: timestax

18 posted on 09/15/2012 9:50:59 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As Ta-Nehisi Coates argues, racism often manifests itself as a “broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.”


This guy and Tanehisi have a broad sympathy for some (socialist blacks and browns) and a broader skeptiscism toward others (non-socialist whites and others).

I wonder if these people ever listen to themselves or if understand the meaning of the high and mighty words they string together for tribal studies. Socialist black racists used to say, “we can’t be racist because we have no power.” Well, we have a black president and they are still belly aching. That’s because, as the brilliant race scholar Tanehisi explains, they are big fat racists.


19 posted on 09/15/2012 10:06:26 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is Stupidity a race? If so then I am voting against Obama on racial grounds.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 10:11:00 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: the anti-liberal

Obama is indeed half Black, NOT Arab. Kenneth Lamb is a douche. Ask Beckwith how reliable a source Lamb is.


21 posted on 09/15/2012 10:23:09 PM PDT by Jacob Kell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

when you are a victim every one else is a victimizer.....sick to death of this mentality


22 posted on 09/15/2012 10:29:51 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Nation is the Bible of the American Extreme Left. They shilled for Stalin in the 1930s, for Pol Pot in the 1970s. It is not surprising that we see this racist baloney coming from them.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 10:42:13 PM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is “The Nation” -progressive/communist/dem rag magazine.
Anything coming out of it—including “journalists” is pure offal.
Case in point: “...we’re only forty-seven years removed from the official end of Jim Crow.”

This implies the dems/progressives/communists were the party of civil rights. BAH!

The Nation magazine would NEVER interview Col. Francis Rice. They imply they love strong women, but...they don’t:

http://www.nbra.info/


24 posted on 09/15/2012 10:43:21 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Uncle Lonny

“READ AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY SINCE 1865.
Social Studies and History teachers! We have primary sources from 1865 to today. Click here for information on The Nation’s 140+ year digital archive. “

“Alternative” being the clue here-—(this was copied from their website!!!!) Yeah-—let’s get the commie teachers accessing this pap to help indoctrinate the next generation of tax slaves!

I knew the mag was bad, but, thanks, Lonny!


25 posted on 09/15/2012 10:52:24 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Have them research Col. Francis Rice.

Black woman...conservative...loves this country...blames democrats for the poverty and troubles of the blacks. She’s brilliant.

If they disagree with this wonderful woman, ditch them, after telling them Bath-House Barry is after their 401k’s. If you get no response from them of any intelligent worth, realize they are lost and cut bait.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 10:59:27 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An example of the idiot commentors over at The Nation magazine....pathetic losers!

“YES, YOU ARE BETTER OFF!
10 GOOD REASONS to be thankful that Barack Obama is our President...

1. Killing Bin Laden!
2. Having a sane foreign policy with no crazy wars. Romney’s continuing foreign policy misadventures tell a sad truth.
3. Saving GM and Chrysler and millions of good-paying middle class jobs!
4. Giving the USA has the BEST (still terrible, but the best) economy in the advanced world. Meanwhile, much of Europe is in or heading into recession due to austerity at the wrong time!
5. After inheriting a $1 trillion yearly deficit, Obama didn’t do a Herbert Hoover and make it worse with destructive austerity and a depression!
6. Enabling American business to have record profits and record cash-on-hand of over $2 trillion! The S&P500 stock market has doubled thanks to Obama-Bernanke.
7. NOT doing stupid things as Romney-Ryan would do, such as supply-side economics all over again! Fool us twice, shame on us! Or as George Santayana put it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!”
8. TRYING to bring a large, economically healthy, and growing middle class back to health after 8 years of Bush43 trickle-down devastation! It’s a long road back.
9. OPPOSING Paul Ryan’s immoral budget!
10 The right man to endure all the hatred of being President Jackie Robinson Obama!”

(dontcha feel kinda sorry for these idiots? Yeah...me neither.)


27 posted on 09/15/2012 11:17:11 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Black Racism is a bigger problem today than any alleged White Racism. Black Racists have their White Guilt Liberal friends to cover and coddle them.

There are not too many Black Guilt Conservatives running around, the last time I checked


28 posted on 09/16/2012 12:03:54 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Blaming Terry Jones for the recent Muslim riots is like blaming the St Louis Rams for football)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bouie is like a lot of black Americans who think a nasty, white racist is behind every failure of black Americans. These are people who actually believe white conservatives would support Obama if he were totally white. I would say Bouie’s problem is one part self-delusion and another part leftist ideology. Until a Black conservative Republican runs against a white, liberal Democrat, we’re going to be hearing this crap. Even then these morons will still use the race card.


29 posted on 09/16/2012 3:29:40 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whereas 99% of Blacks voted for Obama because he was “Black” and a bunch of the idiots that comprise the White Left also jumped on the “feel-good-hoipey-changey” bandwagon, it is obvious that there is racism due to approximately 4% of the non-Black population that didn’t vote for him last time and won’t vote for him this time because he is “Black”. The other 96% of the non-Black folks who won’t vote for him this time are racist because they really don’t recognize how racist it is to not vote to keep the “Black” guy in. Affirmative action is not dead and we have our first affirmative action/food stamp/baby-killing/America destroying etc... “president” who need folks to be reminded that their racism could ruin it for everyone...


30 posted on 09/16/2012 4:33:48 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Huskrrrr

If he wants to see real racism he should look at how liberals attack black conservatives.


31 posted on 09/16/2012 12:33:03 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: upchuck
No racism here, just (Bro on Bro.........)
32 posted on 09/22/2012 2:24:58 AM PDT by yoe
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