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10/8/2009

Post-Racial America

Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 10:04 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

According to a Ramussen poll, the post-racial President hasn’t helped us become a post-racial America:

“Only 14% of African-Americans now feel society is fair and decent. That number has dropped 41 points from 55% a month after Obama took office. Sixty-six percent (66%) of black voters think society is unfair and discriminatory, up 26 points since early February.

The majority of white voters (65%) say society is fair and decent. Seventy-two percent (72%) of all other voters agree.”

John Hinderaker at Powerline analyzes what this substantial change means:

“The only possible answer is that many Americans have opposed President Obama’s policies. But why would that cause African-Americans to think that our society is “discriminatory” rather than “decent”?

No mystery there: in a well-coordinated campaign, the Democratic Party has relentlessly portrayed all disagreement with the Obama administration’s policies as “racist.” That contemptible and divisive tactic had seemed to produce no results, but we now see that it had one consequence: alienating African-Americans from their country.”

40 Responses to “Post-Racial America”

  1. i can’t be racist: i only despise the half of him that’s white.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. You see, to be post racial, we have to all agree with whatever the Prez wants. That’s what he meant.

    And here I thought the man’s race had nothing to do with any of his decisions or policies. That being the definition of post racial.

    Silly me. It’s all about niche politics, to get votes no matter the cost. Which is why the man sat silent in a pew, for years, listening to “Reverend” Wright claim that the US government created HIV to kill black people. And he said nothing.

    Eric Blair (8484db)

  3. While this is something most folks will snark at, this to me is incredibly sad news.

    Black folks often grow up in a really crummy situation, and when you are programmed to believe this racism crap, only the rare few can see through the lies.

    These people had the fortune of being born here, and they don’t get to taste the full glory of it. Instead, they are being used, and fear the very country that welcomes them. I would hate to think most of my countrymen hate my race, and knowing the history of racism in America, if I bought that line, I would be full of fear, anger, and paranoia.

    Tapping into that potential is extremely evil. I pray it backfires.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  4. Post-racial post-partisan post-hooha.

    JD (b94234)

  5. Fresh Prince?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  6. I agree, Dustin.

    DRJ (7fbae6)

  7. The little president man never found a shortcut he didn’t think looked pretty darn zippy.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  8. Typical white people.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  9. Somehow I didn’t imagine pictures of Obama as a witch doctor in post-racial America. That image might count for more than the policy of the Democratic Party, even if your description thereof were accurate.

    Andrew J. Lazarus (a44e10)

  10. #8: so he objected to being portrayed as a Paupa New Guinea health care professional? at least they didn’t put him in a racist white coat.

    besides, the location is right next to his childhood home of Indonesia, where he spent his formative years attending Islamic schools, and living with his Muslim step father……

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  11. sorry: make that “#9″

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  12. Somehow I didn’t imagine pictures of Obama as a witch doctor in post-racial America.

    Somehow I didn’t imagine pictures of Joe Lieberman or Michael Steele in blackface in post-racial America.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  13. AJL – I didn’t imagine Condi Rice or Colin Powell being called house niggers either. Do you want to keep going?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  14. AJL – Howlin’ Howie Dean has some nice post-racial comments about Republicans in his repetoire.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  15. “Only 14% of African-Americans now feel society is fair and decent.

    So pathetic it borders on the loony and deranged. But it merely illustrates the huge amount of chronic leftist sentiment throughout the black community. Which is the reason that if Obama were no less “post-racial,” but happened to be a conservative who favored right-leaning people and policymaking, a lot of the same African-American respondents in the poll would be singing the praises of “black self-hatred” and questioning whether diversity and civil rights were all they were cracked up to be.

    Mark (411533)

  16. Stephen A Smith has something to say to the “sack of Andrews” and the black community. It is worth hearing.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

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  19. You people are so full of it..

    How do you explain the ease with which false rumors and lies about Obama spread so quickly? How do you explain the popularity of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and the ready acceptance of lies by the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman and thousands of others?

    Death panels , internment camps , killing grandma, denial of his American birth, insistence he is a closet Muslim, comparisons to Hitler, posters of him as a witch doctor, cries that he hates America, Socialism, Communism, Fascism and on and on and on. And that is just for openers.

    These are false lies easy to see by those that care to open their eyes but their eager acceptance and the resistance to facts by Republicans and Conservatives and their obvious glee at the Olympic rejection shows that something else is going on. And even the false claim that Democrats have portrayed opposition to his policies as racist is another eagerly accepted lie.

    When you consider the enormous amount of hate and invective hurled at this President and the frequent reference to HUSSEIN you know something deeply felt is being touched and this poll, if correct, probably reflects Black reaction to all this.

    It is no longer acceptable in American society to be openly racist and use racist terminology but the feelings are still there and need to be expressed. So they just come out in other ways denied even by those that feel them.

    For the record I am a while male over 60 so I have seen all this before during the civil rights movement when racism was disguised as concern about States Rights. They denied it then and they are denying it now. Its fine to oppose or disagree with any policy but dont try to deny that there is something deeply felt here and my best guess is its racism

    If your upset with this poll you ought to try something Conservatives never do.. Look in the mirror at yourselves and accept responsibility for what you have created.

    PS Does anyone doubt that the right wing will spin the Nobel Peace prize as negatively as possible? Care to bet???

    VietnamEraVet (9f20cf)

  20. That it a special kind of crazy, the kind that should be nurtured and cared for, by medical professionals.

    JD (4fcc05)

  21. Who benefits from racial tension?

    Amphipolis (b120ce)

  22. JD you have repeatedly posted that same line of attack. Guess you just point out the fact that you have no real answers to my charges.. Thanks my friend for making my point!!

    Amphipolis you ask a good question. Long term no one benefits from racism but most people and politicians think short term, and short term, a few decades hate and racism can keep you in power for a long enough time to make a fortune. Just ask Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck..

    VietnamEraVet (9f20cf)

  23. Yup, those Obama Hitler comparisons (largely by Larouche nuts) are beyond the pale.

    I mean, no one has done that before to a sitting president .. have they?

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  24. Ok Vietnam Vet, care to explain away racist attacks on black Republicans? Condi Rice and Colin Powell, the house niggers? Joe Leiberman in blackface? Michael Steele the “token”?

    Yea just remember that the Democrat party was the party of Jim Crow before you go all Maxine Waters on anyone(R). That was in your lifetime bub. Mine too. You have no room to smear anyone as a racist simply because we don’t approve of Obamas socialism. Try arguing the ideas, rather than trying to shut others up with cries of racism. Try to remember you fought for our freedom to disagree with you, just like I did.

    SGT Ted (c47cc2)

  25. “Long term no one benefits from racism but most people and politicians think short term, and short term, a few decades hate and racism can keep you in power for a long enough time to make a fortune. Just ask Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck..”

    Yea just ask Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Water, Reverend Jim Wright, and the Nation of Islam. But you don’t want to go there do you?

    SGT Ted (c47cc2)

  26. And even the false claim that Democrats have portrayed opposition to his policies as racist is another eagerly accepted lie.

    Gee I guess you haven’t listened to Jimmy Carter or Jesse Jackson lately, to name two. You can go back to sleep now.

    Gerald A (a66d02)

  27. a few decades hate and racism can keep you in power for a long enough time to make a fortune. Just ask Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck..”

    Why are Limbaugh and Beck racist? I thought it’s a false claim that Democrats portray opposition to Obama as racist. It’s getting very confusing following your “analysis”.

    Gerald A (a66d02)

  28. VietnamEraVet is flush with his Nobel Obtuse Prize, Gerald. cut him some slack, will ya?

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  29. And even the false claim that Democrats have portrayed opposition to his policies as racist is another eagerly accepted lie.
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    It is no longer acceptable in American society to be openly racist and use racist terminology but the feelings are still there and need to be expressed. So they just come out in other ways denied even by those that feel them.

    For the record I am a while male over 60 so I have seen all this before during the civil rights movement when racism was disguised as concern about States Rights. They denied it then and they are denying it now. Its fine to oppose or disagree with any policy but dont try to deny that there is something deeply felt here and my best guess is its racism

    If your upset with this poll you ought to try something Conservatives never do.. Look in the mirror at yourselves and accept responsibility for what you have created.

    Again it’s getting confusing. Is it a false claim that Democrats portray opposition to Obama as racist or not? Do you have a split personality or something?

    Gerald A (a66d02)

  30. I don’t think Hindracker quite captures it. I agree that the surge of “fairness” last year was the result of euphoria related to Obama’s campaign and election, but the longer trend is economic.

    When so many people are conditioned to think that our fates and the facts of our lives are controlled by society’s treatment of our ethnic/religious/gender/etc. group, then our sense of society’s “fairness and decency” will naturally rise when things are going well and fall when things are going poorly.

    This is not so much the result of Democrat’s recent overuse of the race card as their multi-decade effort to balkanize society into interest groups. The recession is not just a result of the business cycle and boomtime misdeeds coming home to roost, but more personally a result of America’s inherent racism/sexism/???ism.

    tim maguire (4a98f0)

  31. I’m post racial. Before O’Dumbo I would hire anyone who would work hard, now if a contractor/repairman shows up with a black/Mexican on the crew I send them away. Good to see that the blacks now realize they have been had and the glory was only temporary. Now they can go back to their normal life of riding welfare and doing drugs. Nothing has changed for them. If you are a half white/half arab Islamist O’Dumbo will protect you. All others just move on.

    Scrapiron (4e0dda)

  32. If 55% of blacks felt the US was ‘decent’ in February, and only 14% feel that way now, was it as high as 55% due to Obama being elected? Surprised gratification?

    Or did they feel that way in general, and have felt the decency quotient dropped that seriously in 8 mos.?

    If 55% felt society was fair for several years, the drop means something different than if 55% was a peak in Feb.

    jodetoad (059c35)

  33. Obama won. He even got a percentage of the racist vote.
    “We’re voting for the n-r.”
    But now there’s a backlash from the right: threats, some attacks, arguments for a coup.
    “Pulling our government down, pulling our President out, and putting him back where he should be […] [using] the right to bear arms, it’s in the Constitution. […] We need a coup, there needs to be a coup and if the United States military won’t do it, we’ll do it.”

    “Calling the government “destructive of our rights,” the founder of the popular conservative website FreeRepublic called for “removing from office the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States and all U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives effective immediately”
    thinkprogress.org/2009/10/08/anti-obama-violence/
    And on and on.
    A census taker killed and tied naked to a tree with the word “FED” written on his chest.
    Obama is “uppity.” Teabaggers waving confederate flags.
    And this week 30 republican senators voted against legal rights for rape victims employed by contractors of the Federal government.

    Post civilization America

    bored again (d80b5a)

  34. But now there’s a backlash from the right: threats, some attacks, arguments for a coup.
    “Pulling our government down, pulling our President out, and putting him back where he should be […] [using] the right to bear arms, it’s in the Constitution. […] We need a coup, there needs to be a coup and if the United States military won’t do it, we’ll do it.”

    This was some unknown caller to a radio show.

    “Calling the government “destructive of our rights,” the founder of the popular conservative website FreeRepublic called for “removing from office the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States and all U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives effective immediately”

    So what?

    And on and on.
    A census taker killed and tied naked to a tree with the word “FED” written on his chest.

    Who did that? Do you know?

    Obama is “uppity.” Teabaggers waving confederate flags.

    Where were teabaggers waving confederate flags? Are there photos? Or is that some hallucinatory episode?

    Who said Obama is uppity? I know Maureen Dowd put those words in Joe Wilson’s mouth, but who actually said that? Or is it now an established fact in leftie psycho-land that Wilson really meant that?

    Disconnected mix of fact and fiction all threaded together in one psychotic space.

    Gerald A (a66d02)

  35. “Where were teabaggers waving confederate flags? Are there photos?”
    Yes.
    yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/09/tea-party-patriotism.php
    John Perry on Newsmax talking about the military coup?
    Glenn Beck? Red State? It’s lunacy. It’s unhinged. And why?
    Why do so many people think Obama is out to destroy the country?
    It’s not all racist but it’s all bizarre.

    bored again (d80b5a)

  36. RACISTS !!!!!!!!!!

    This is becoming a common theme today.

    JD (c40e14)

  37. Well you got me there. A photo of a single individual with a confederate flag.

    I hadn’t heard about John Perry. Obviously he’s not exactly a household name. He did not advocate a coup either, which your imprecise wording in post 33 implied.

    This is what Newsmax said about it:

    In a blog posting to Newsmax, John Perry wrote about a coup scenario involving the U.S. military. He clearly stated that he was not advocating such a scenario but simply describing one.

    After several reader complaints, Newsmax wanted to ensure that this article was not misinterpreted. It was removed a short time after being posted.

    Newsmax strongly believes in the principles of Constitutional government and would never advocate or insinuate any suggestion of an activity that would undermine our democracy or democratic institutions.

    Mr. Perry served as a political appointee in the Carter administration in HUD and FEMA. He has no official relationship with Newsmax other than as an unpaid blogger.

    Sounds like this has nothing much to do even with Newsmax let alone conservatives generally although I see the moonbats are implying it does.

    What’s wrong with Glenn Beck or Red State?

    What did you think when Air America’s Randi Rhodes suggested Bush should be killed?

    http://michellemalkin.com/2005/04/27/air-americas-assassination-chic/

    There’s a bunch of other examples of lefty kill Bush fantasies that proliferated during the Bush years including films and novels.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2006/08/31/assassination-chic/

    Do you really want to play this game of who has the nutcases?

    Post civilization America

    Gerald A (a66d02)

  38. Oh, and John Perry’s a life-long Democrat.

    Rob Crawford (837ad1)

  39. Look in the mirror at yourselves and accept responsibility for what you have created.

    OK. I’ll do it if you will do likewise. What a pitiful excuse for a human being.

    thinkprogress.org/2009/10/08/anti-obama-violence/

    I missed the confederate flags. Where were they ?

    Mike K (2cf494)

  40. If it takes being a racist to save the U.S. Constitution and this country from African tyranny than that what must be done and in the streets

    Mike (ba41eb)


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