Skip to comments.Obama faces a white flight
Posted on 09/27/2011 6:21:27 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology. So far, Barack Obama has been involved in two elections that suggest such racism is no longer operative. His reelection bid, however, may indicate that a more insidious form of racism has replaced it.
The 2004 Illinois Senate race between Obama and Alan Keyes, two African Americans, was a unique test of old-fashioned electoral racism. For a truly committed racist, neither would have been acceptable.
In 2008, the long primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama added hundreds of thousands of Democrats to the rolls. By October, it was clear that Obama could lose the general election only if many of these Democrats failed to turn out or crossed party lines - which, after eight years of Bush, could be interpreted only as electoral racism.
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.
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“Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University.”
Perfectly indoctrinated, poorly educated, too.
As a graduate of Tulane Law and a person who loves Louisiana and New Orleans, let me just tell you, many of us think she is a nut job.
I can’t eat hope and change,sweetie!
Barack Obama has, if anything, been held to a LOWER standard than any past president -- and he has failed even by that standard,
FDR was reelected three times while pursuing much the same economic lunacy as Zero has, with the same results. But at least he wasn't trying to help the Iranians get nuclear weapons.
“Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.”
So how DO we vote for him based on his ‘qualifications’ or his ‘ideology’ instead of his race.
This author claims that any vote is racism.
I found Melissa Harris-Perry’s picture on Google, and she looks like a liberal.
You've got it exactly bass-ackwards babe. We witnessed electoral racism in its most egregious form in 2008 when essentially the entire black population voted for a person because of the color of his skin, NOT the quality of his character (or any other damned thing).
Readers Digest version: Vote for Obama again or you are a racist. My reply? If you voted for Obama to prove you are not a racist, vote against him this time to prove you are not an idiot.
...a second common strategy of argument about ones racial innocence: the I have black friends claim. I was shocked and angered when Salons Joan Walsh used this strategy in her criticism of my piece. Although I disagree with her, I have no problem with Walshs decision to take on the claims in my piece. I consider it a sign of respect to publicly engage those with whom you disagree. I was taken aback that Walsh emphasized the extent of our friendship. Walsh and I have been professionally friendly. Weve eaten a few meals. I invited her to speak at Princeton and I introduced her to my literary agent. We are not friends. Friendship is a deep and lasting relationship based on shared sacrifice and joys. We are not intimates in that way. Watching Walsh deploy our professional familiarity as a shield against claims of her own bias is very troubling. In fact, it is one of the very real barriers to true interracial friendship and intimacy.
Failing to vote for Obama is by definition “racism”. Even though Obama has not proven that he is eligible for the job. Even though Obama has proven that he is not competent to do the job. Even a vote for Cain over Obama is racist. Regardless of the relative merits of the incumbent anti-American communist or the (hopefully conservative) challenger who gets our votes, any vote other than Obama has been defined to be racist. I am relieved to live in a world where we no longer need the words “racism” and “racist” for their intended purpose and can play with them as political toys. I just hope those who are still influenced by the race card will soon recognize that it is an empty accusation that is only worth ignoring.
“...many of us think she is a nut job.”
It wasn’t just the black population that voted for him because of his skin color.
There were lots of whites that voted for him for nothing other than the color of his skin as well.
And, yet again, The One is being pressed into service for all mankind to break still another barrier. What more can one anointed man be asked to endure for the cause of his people?
Get out your bunny slippers and hop to it, pioneers. As for me and my people, I have a Krispy Kreme, and I'm going to eat it for breakfast.
Spelling correction : “ All the more reason to just do the opposite, vote against him. “
It’s NOT ‘liberal’ support which Obama is losing; it is support from the so-called center. Clinton held on to ‘liberal’ support because liberals had no one else to support. but he also held on to a decent percentage of so-called centrists. In 1996, when Clinton was re-elected, so-called centrists had either Bob Dole or Ross Perot to choose from in additona to Clinton, but he STILL managed to maintain enough support from them to win re-elecction with a plurality of the vote.
Barack Obama is unlikely to duplicate that feat, and it has NOTHING to do with voters being any kind of ‘racist’ - overt or subtle.
I never thought of mere friendship as needing to be as deep and lasting as Ms. Perry suggests.
I would have loved to seen Joanie's reaction to Perry's comments.
It had my interest until I came to that statement and then, I had to stop reading. Neither was or is "centrist" and to refer to Obama as centrist is incredible.
Wait! I’d like to amend my comment:
Barack Obama may duplicate Clinton’s 1996 popular vote percentage (43%) in 2012, but it would be against one opponent, not two.
What a remarkably stupid conclusion. "Standards never before imposed on an incumbent"?! If Zero was being held to standards that HAVE been imposed on previous incumbents, his own party wouldn't even give him the nomination.
His race is irrelevant. His incompetence, arrogance, and marxism are.
Voting for more jobs; for a stronger America; and for a sound economic future for America is RACISS.
Voting against socialism; against overreaching Federal bureaucracy; and against empty promises by a teleprompter-reader is RACISS.
Voting for a more secure Israel; for a return of competancy to the Executive branch; and a Justice Department that once again acts with JUSTICE, is RACISS.
The only standard that applied to this goof is that he is a committed marxist and has black skin.
The CPUSA approved of obama.
The Democrat party approved of obama.
The drive by media approved of obama.
This claim that poor little baraq will be held to a standard never before imposed on an incumbant is just planting the seeds of cries of racism and discrimination. “See, all you white racists didn’t reelect the first historic black president. You are all a bunch of bigots.”
They are pre protesting just in case.
Sounds like Melissa Harris-Perry is the hater, hates Joan Walsh and refuses to be friends because Joan is white.
Not really. 88% voted for Kerry, 95% for Obama.
Given that blacks, like other Democrats and many other Americans, were really pissed off at the GOP in 08, the Democratic candidate would have gotten 90%+ of the black vote regardless of the color of his skin.
Where his skin color did make a difference in the black vote was in the number of black voters who showed up.
Yeah, I’m voting to throw Biden, Reid, Pelosi and Warner out too because they are black and I’m a racist. /s
"It's the economy, stupid."
It’s okay for 95% of blacks to vote for a candidate because of his race, but not okay for whites not to vote for someone because of the candidate’s race (although the reason for white flight from Obama is not race, it’s policy and performance).
Melissa Perry is anything but an intellectual. The truth is Melissa, Obama is an abject failure at governing. He is an absolute success at destroying. Blacks should be turning their backs also if they want any semblance of this country to remain
Ah, the elephant in the room that nobody is allowed to address.
The SCFOAMF got about 96% of the black vote in 2008, IIRC. Hell, Kim Jong Il doesn't even get 96% in his "elections" and that dude is a way better golfer than Zero.
When you have 96% of any group voting in lockstep, I think it's safe to say that you have some serious deficiencies in individual thinking at work.
This “professor” is one of many people who have been teaching multiple generations of her own race that they are instantly “disadvantaged” at the moment of birth by reason of the color of their skin. She and many others continue to perpetrate white racism towards blacks whether it is real or imagined, while ignoring the rampant racism among themselves.
Antisemitism, hatred of whites, hatred of different Asian races and black on black violence and murder are the modern hallmarks of Professor Harris-Perry’s people, but you can be sure she does not focus on any of those issues.
Look at the bright side, this line of attack by the liberals is going to BACKFIRE bigtime. I had an apolitical female friend who supported Barack Obama tell me the other day that she is really sick all opposition to Obama being labeled a racist. She said she won’t vote for him again based on that reason alone.
This conclusion makes some sense.
Of course, Obama ran not as another politician, but as the savior of America and the world.
If you oversell yourself, you don't really have a right to get upset when buyer remorse sets in more strongly than if you'd been more realistic in your sales pitch.
Yeah yeah white conservative here so I gots to b racist
Let the liberals have their theories, conspiracies and paranoia. Bottom line is their cipher, their hope and change is about to get beaten badly next year. How they rationalize or blame the loss on the moon cycles, racism, voting machines it’s meaningless to me that they like our verdict on Obama. I listen to the liberals logic as much as I used to listen to my daughter when she was 6 and would make excuses why she should stay up past her bedtime. They are lunatics, they have a demonstrable mental disorder, for some it’s a malignant pathology that would lead them to violence and mass murder. If we could dispirit and demoralize another black, white or purple leftists from running again even better. That’s right liberals we are crazed racist, you can’t win in the long term, surrender, quit liberals there is no hope. This liberal egghead in particular I would worry, your six figure cushy tenured job, we are going to get rid of that also. Hope Rachael Maddow or HuffPo pays well because your Buppie lifestyle is going to be over. Higher ed is one of the biggest scams going, 10’s of billions in waste a fraud and obsene salaries for proferssors and administrators.
My Husband and I will have no qualms writing-in Herman Cain’s name if the powers that be neglect to add it to the ballot! The character of a man is what counts. This Country needs Herman Cain in the White House.
Call me what you want, but I’ll NEVER vote for this muslim, gay, crackhead, commie..
Want to know what keeps blacks down?
Talk a walk, at anytime during the day or night, through Louis Armstrong Park, right there in New Orleans.
Then take a walk through the Garden district.
When it comes to the survival of our country, character trumps all.