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Why black folks loved the first 100 days (barf)
The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2:00 a.m. May 3, 2009 | Melissa Harris-Lacewell

Posted on 05/03/2009 7:06:15 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr

On April 27, The New York Times reported that the percentage of black Americans who believe race relations in America are generally good has doubled since July. This statistic forces me to ask: Why are African-Americans feeling so good about our country in a time of economic crisis and international conflict?

It is not just the fact of a black president. Instead, with everyone analyzing the 100-day mark of Barack Obama's administration, I think the answer lies in understanding this historic moment through a black cultural lens. I believe African-Americans are feeling racially optimistic because they respect how our first brother president is handling his business. Not all black people, of course; there is a group clamoring for “accountability.” But the polls are clear that most black people remain enthusiastic supporters of this president.

In January, Obama kicked things off with the ultimate political party. African-Americans stood with numb fingers and toes on the National Mall to watch a day we never thought would come. Obama had Mary J. Blige singing on the weekend, Aretha in her Sunday-going-to-meeting-hat celebrating on Tuesday morning, and Beyonce serenading on Tuesday night. It was an unrivaled R&B trifecta, challenging even the Essence festival.

But the best part of Jan. 20 was that Barack and Michelle got out of the bulletproof, black Cadillac and walked the streets . . . and no one shot at them. I know we are not allowed to say it, but one reason black people believe that race relations have improved in America is because Barack Obama lived through the primaries, the election, the inauguration and now through 100 days.

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1 posted on 05/03/2009 7:06:15 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Jagdgewehr
I know we are not allowed to say it, but one reason black people believe that race relations have improved in America is because Barack Obama lived through the primaries, the election, the inauguration and now through 100 days.

Yep - mayb- just maybe - blacks have been painting whites with a brush dripping with hatred. I don't want to burst their bubble, but all whites aren't KKK members - anymore than all blacks are Willy Horton.

2 posted on 05/03/2009 7:08:36 AM PDT by GOPJ (We sleep safe..because rough men stand ready..to visit violence on those who would do us harm-Orwell)
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To: Jagdgewehr

I didn’t used to be a racist


3 posted on 05/03/2009 7:09:06 AM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... protege of the unholy union of Karl Marx and affirmative action)
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To: Jagdgewehr

What racist bilge. The racist africanhyphenamericans would gladly justify an open race war against white people with the blood of B. Hussein Obama or Michelle Insane.


4 posted on 05/03/2009 7:09:50 AM PDT by RushLake (Democrats & Maobama have never met a terrorist they didn't like.)
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To: Jagdgewehr
You can get that on Jerry Springer. A dozen women come in, each demanding a DNA test, which the show has gotten, for exactly one guy ~ the same guy and he's a first cousin to half of them, and "guy in the neighborhood" to the others.

The results come back ~ he's the daddy!

INEXPLICABLE!

5 posted on 05/03/2009 7:10:58 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Jagdgewehr

It matters not what he does....because he can do no wrong that would open their eyes.


6 posted on 05/03/2009 7:11:45 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Jagdgewehr

“It is not just the fact of a black president. “

Um . . . yep. It is.


7 posted on 05/03/2009 7:12:54 AM PDT by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

African American studies professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell ( at Princeton)

Why am I not surprised? And how is Obama her brother? Oh wait, I see the previous post.


8 posted on 05/03/2009 7:14:26 AM PDT by DeLaine (If love were oil, I'd be a quart low)
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To: DeLaine

Well, post 5 was the previous post when I started typing.


9 posted on 05/03/2009 7:15:09 AM PDT by DeLaine (If love were oil, I'd be a quart low)
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To: Jagdgewehr
...understanding this historic moment through a black cultural lens...

Seems racist to me.

10 posted on 05/03/2009 7:19:07 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

This hyphenated author is pointing out that blacks are racist.


11 posted on 05/03/2009 7:19:44 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

One thing you can bet on is that, should Obama be shot, it will be a liberal Dem who does it. Obama has to stay to the far left or else it will be his own who comes after him but the libs will find a way to hang the Pubs for it. Republicans are hoping he lives long enough to hang himself - it is only the Libs and the press who keep bringing up assassination attempts - have no doubt that if the Republicans gain too much good-press and good-will as a result of this President and Dem Congress, it will be the Dems who cook up something like an assassination attempt in order to discredit the right. Obama has more to fear from his own than he does from the right.


12 posted on 05/03/2009 7:21:08 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: Jagdgewehr
"Why black folks loved the first 100 days.."

They haven't sobered up yet?

13 posted on 05/03/2009 7:21:36 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Jagdgewehr

She grew up in the Virginia cities of Charlottesville and Chester with a black father, the dean of Afro-American affairs at the University of Virginia; and a white mother, who taught at a community college and worked for nonprofits that helped poor communities. “I’ve never thought of myself as biracial,” Harris-Lacewell says. “I’m black.” But she has white siblings and black siblings (both her parents were previously married), and in the 1970s in the South, the family often was met by harsh and open racism, she says.

http://www.princeton.edu/~paw/archive_new/PAW06-07/13-0509/features3_lacewell.html


14 posted on 05/03/2009 7:22:42 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Jagdgewehr

Hope the day comes when African Americans refer to themselves as Americans. After all some of them can trace their roots back as much as three hundred years.


15 posted on 05/03/2009 7:23:10 AM PDT by kenmcg (cOMMBYAH)
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To: Jagdgewehr

He is only half black, so they should only be half satisfied. (ok, it had to said)


16 posted on 05/03/2009 7:27:24 AM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

“the percentage of black Americans who believe race relations in America are generally good has doubled since July.”

Maybe because racism in America is purely a matter of perception that’s fueled by a political agenda?


17 posted on 05/03/2009 7:28:44 AM PDT by Spok
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To: caver
...they respect how our first brother president is handling his business.

Brother? Wow.

And she has lighter skin than me.

http://www.melissaharrislacewell.com/

I think I'm going to be African-American on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Caucasian on Tuesdays and Thursdays; maybe Hispanic on the weekends....

18 posted on 05/03/2009 7:29:50 AM PDT by library user
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To: Jagdgewehr

They loved the 1st 100 days because their Prez-ee-dent is a black man. That’s it. Marion Barry is black and could do no wrong. “Chocolate City” dipsh%% in New Orleans is black and can do no wrong.

Blacks have been trained by dems since the “Great Society” that rich white men are the devil and out to use them. A lack of education of any sort, thanks to public schools, solidifies that. “Black History Month”, “BET”, “Jet” magazine etc are black ONLY because blacks are “owed” for the years of heartache the white man has caused them.

“Kwanzaa” was invented in the 60’s to help blacks have their own identity other than the white man’s Christmas and to stop the out of control rioting of the 60’s.


19 posted on 05/03/2009 7:30:02 AM PDT by albie
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To: Jagdgewehr

If he wasn’t a hard left Marxist we could have all been proud. Instead, we now have to defend our opposition to his insane policies from a race perspective every single time.


20 posted on 05/03/2009 7:30:39 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (I long for the days when advertisers didn't constantly ask about the health of my genital organs.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

BTW-If Rush or Ann Coulter used the term ‘folks’ in the same sentence they referred to blacks, there would be blood in the streets.


21 posted on 05/03/2009 7:30:44 AM PDT by Spok
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To: library user

I’ll support you in that.
I’ll take Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


22 posted on 05/03/2009 7:31:36 AM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: Spok
Maybe because racism in America is purely a matter of perception that’s fueled by a political agenda?

And the word "Diversity" itself forces racism to the front of the priority line every time it is uttered.

23 posted on 05/03/2009 7:31:41 AM PDT by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: library user

“I think I’m going to be African-American on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Caucasian on Tuesdays and Thursdays; maybe Hispanic on the weekends.... “

...it will be a great benefit to you if you squeeze in a day of being a Muslim.


24 posted on 05/03/2009 7:34:33 AM PDT by albie
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To: Jagdgewehr

“It is not just the fact of a black president.”

Boy, 13% goes a long way, I guess!

B.O. -— 50% White, 37% Arab, 13% Black...HUM!

It’s like Queers -— They’re 2% of the population, but want us to think they’re 98%!

B.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!


25 posted on 05/03/2009 7:35:31 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Black people are wearing rose colored glasses. I think it should be obvious that Obama is setting race relations back one hundred years. The fact that white people don’t go around preaching hatred for black people does not alter the fact that black leaders DO go around preaching hatred for white people.

White people are now the oppressed but there is a huge effort to pretend that we are still in the fifties when it was the other way around. At the current rate we will soon see public drinking fountains with “no whites” signs over them.

I am flameproof so anyone who wants to turn on me can feel welcome.


26 posted on 05/03/2009 7:37:09 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Change has come to America and all hope is gone.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

Black racists and White “guilters” voted him in. He won. We all lost.


27 posted on 05/03/2009 7:37:10 AM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: Jagdgewehr
I believe African-Americans are feeling racially optimistic because they respect how our first brother president is handling his business

Nothing like a little street lingo to bolster the intellectual credibility of a writer.

28 posted on 05/03/2009 7:37:22 AM PDT by relictele
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To: GOPJ

Imagine if a white author eluded to the point about the first black president taking money that he didn’t earn in the 100 days? Using words like “mugging” the American people, etc.? This article is not any different.


29 posted on 05/03/2009 7:38:57 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: RipSawyer
White people are now the oppressed but there is a huge effort to pretend that we are still in the fifties when it was the other way around. At the current rate we will soon see public drinking fountains with “no whites” signs over them.

40 acres, a mule, and a couple of white slaves. All done indirectly, of course, through quotas, preferences, and transfer payments.

30 posted on 05/03/2009 7:39:23 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Jagdgewehr

Oh those bad white people shooting poor black people.

It’s the blacks that are commiting the violent crime against the white people. Black/White interracial crime is 9-1 committed by blacks.

Blacks need to find a moral compass. I don’t believe most have one (abortion and most other moral issues) because they have no problems voting for a man like obama. They certainly won’t find a moral compass with people like hussein obama or rev. Wright.


31 posted on 05/03/2009 7:40:47 AM PDT by boycott
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To: library user

The honorable Pastor James David Manning would say, “Melissa gotta white momma.”


32 posted on 05/03/2009 7:42:51 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Jagdgewehr
Because "black folks" support abortion, homosexuality, porn, Communism, evolution, ad nauseum? Good grief, they worship like rednecks. What "bible" are they reading?

The arch-typical Black political hero must not be Nat Turner, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, or Malcolm X but Hubert Henry Harrison.

33 posted on 05/03/2009 7:47:56 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Vaydabber Mosheh 'et-mo`adei HaShem 'el-Benei Yisra'el.)
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To: Spok
You're are correct.

I often use "folks," "boy" etc. in conversations or to address other people. However, I have to be careful how I use these terms because I'm white. Apparently because I'm white, I'm racist by default.

Remember the uproar some time back when a poor fellow used the word "niggardly" in a public statement?

34 posted on 05/03/2009 7:49:46 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Jagdgewehr

“Remember the uproar some time back when a poor fellow used the word “niggardly” in a public statement?”

I do. And as I recall, he was a black man who used the word absolutely correctly, according to the dictionary. This kind of race-baiting hysteria only results in turning the whole thing into a farce.


35 posted on 05/03/2009 8:10:08 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Jagdgewehr

They have opened my eyes and NOW I see the Democrats for the hateful racists they are.


36 posted on 05/03/2009 8:18:49 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: StAntKnee

There, I am told, an old saying that “There would be a black president when pigs flew”.

Well, on Obama’s 100th day - “Swine Flu”!


37 posted on 05/03/2009 8:25:06 AM PDT by supermop (Somebody has to clean up the mess he will leave)
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To: albie


They loved the 1st 100 days because their Prez-ee-dent is a black man. That’s it. Marion Barry is black and could do no wrong. “Chocolate City” dipsh%% in New Orleans is black and can do no wrong.

Blacks have been trained by dems since the “Great Society” that rich white men are the devil and out to use them. A lack of education of any sort, thanks to public schools, solidifies that.

bump


38 posted on 05/03/2009 8:28:49 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: Jagdgewehr
understanding this historic moment through a black cultural lens.

Well, while I understand they are busy being black racists, they might want to take a breath and try understanding through an American Cultural lens. Then they might, MAYBE, just might have some thin inkling as to what an utter disaster their support and voting for a black communist "anonymous" presidential candidate really is.

However, I do not believe that will ever happen. Racism appears to be ingrained in the “liberal.” They can not stop fixating on it.

39 posted on 05/03/2009 8:35:38 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Jagdgewehr

Okay, okay, I get it. They love that a black guy got elected. But at some point, even for them, that novelty is going to have to wear off and they have to come to the realization that, man, this guy is a fool.


40 posted on 05/03/2009 8:47:51 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: GOPJ
Also blacks have to realized that it was the white people who actually put Obama into office. Even with 100% of the black vote which makes up between 12 and 15% max of the population, that isn't enough votes unless a whole lot of whites voted for him.
41 posted on 05/03/2009 9:04:08 AM PDT by classified
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To: Jagdgewehr

Obama is black?????


42 posted on 05/03/2009 9:08:26 AM PDT by central_va (www.15thVirginia.org Co. C, Patrick Henry Rifles)
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To: Jagdgewehr
Various callers (black) to radio talk-shows are of the opinion that the reason white people don't like Barry is that he is black.

They don't seem capable of getting past skin color to address things like redistribution of wealth, apologizing for America's foreign policies, his executive inexperience, and the corrupt Chicago social network from which he sprang.

I personally can't stand him for his gun-grabbing mentality which is shared by many white liberals who I can't stand either. I seriously doubt my disgust for the likes of Feinstein and Schumer would increase were they to rub shoe polish on their faces. Yet, according to some, this would no-doubt increase their popularity in 'da hood'.

43 posted on 05/03/2009 9:08:32 AM PDT by budwiesest (I calls it like I see it. FUBO)
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To: classified

Paul declares that it is not the gradual disappearance of truth that brings on the day of the antichrist. Rather it is the love of the truth that dies. To wit; “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thess 2:9-10)

Unfortunately what follows the death of the love of truth is delusion. What follows delusion is the death of decency, democracy and nationhood. Paul said “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2Thess 2:11)

This theological principle is perhaps the most shocking revelation in the bible. We think of all deception as coming from the ‘arch deceiver’ or Satan but never from God. The key to this enigma is simple. If the love of the truth is abandoned then God will no longer offer the truth. He will pull back the restraints so to speak and allow the flood gates of error, deceit and flagrant falsehood to fly wide open and it will come in with a vengeance.


44 posted on 05/03/2009 9:09:05 AM PDT by classified
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To: Jagdgewehr
But the best part of Jan. 20 was that Barack and Michelle got out of the bulletproof, black Cadillac and walked the streets . . . and no one shot at them.

oh.
my.
God.

I don't think it's possible for a white person in 2009 to say anything more racist about black people than this stark statement -- about whites, let's agree on that right now -- that whites were driven so completely, foaming-at-the-mouth insane by the election that it was a certainty that somebody -- and probably more than one -- would try to assassinate Obama within minutes of his appearing in public on Inauguration day.

45 posted on 05/03/2009 9:19:58 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Jagdgewehr
Leroy and his wife go to the San Leon Primitive Baptist Church revival and listen to the preacher. After a while the preacher asks anyone with needs to be prayed over to come forward to the front at the altar.

Leroy gets in line, and when it's his turn, the preacher asks: "Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?" Leroy replies: "Preacher, I needs you to pray for my hearing."

The preacher puts one finger in Leroy's ear, and he places the other hand on top of Leroy's head and prays and prays and prays. He prays a blue streak for Leroy. After a few minutes, the preacher removes his hands, stands back and asks, "Leroy, how is your hearing now?"

Leroy says, "I don't know, Reverend, it ain't till next Wednesday."

Just adding a little humor into the mix!

46 posted on 05/03/2009 9:36:43 AM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Forget the white slaves. Scare the mules.


47 posted on 05/03/2009 9:40:48 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Election of 2008: Given the choice between stupid and evil, the stupid chose evil.)
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To: RipSawyer
White people are now the oppressed...

True, but it's not blacks who are doing the oppression, its hollywood and the MSM. Riots against hollywood and the MSM would be well deserved, but will never happen.

48 posted on 05/03/2009 9:53:45 AM PDT by balls
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To: balls

True, but it’s not blacks who are doing the oppressing, its hollywood and the MSM. Riots against hollywood and the MSM would be well deserved, but would never happen.

(that’s a little better grammar)


49 posted on 05/03/2009 9:56:11 AM PDT by balls
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To: Jagdgewehr
... the percentage of black Americans who believe race relations in America are generally good has doubled since July ... I think the answer lies in understanding this historic moment through a black cultural lens.

"Black" Americans, looking through a "black" cultural lens ... sounds great!

"White" Americans, looking through a "white" cultural lens ... sounds racist as hell!

50 posted on 05/03/2009 10:12:39 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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