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Obama support driven by racism

October 25, 2011

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At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Sen. Barack Obama said, “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America.”

Those were welcome and commendable words. Unfortunately, they appear to be only words. Since then, Obama has divided us along race and class lines more than any modern president.

Some of his strongest, high-profile supporters in the black community are now saying that Obama’s race, alone, should be enough for black voters to vote for his re-election.

Krissah Thompson of The Washington Post reports that on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which has an estimated 8 million radio listeners, Joyner, who is black, said, “Stick together, black people.” The show reaches one in four African-American adults.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who also has a radio show and a gig on MSNBC, admonished blacks who have been critical of the president, “I’m not telling you to shut up. I’m telling you: Don’t make some of us have to speak up.”

The attempt at poetry is getting tiresome, Al. Why don’t you leave that to Jesse Jackson?

Joyner went even further on his blog, writes Thompson: “Let’s not deal with the facts right now,” he said. “Let’s deal with just our blackness and pride — and loyalty. We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing. And I’m not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he’s a black man.”

Try that in football. Never mind that the black quarterback continues to throw interceptions or drop the ball, keep him in the game simply because he’s black. If that happened, he’d be booed until the coach pulled him off the field, and those boos wouldn’t just be coming from whites.

In the same week the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated in Washington, Joyner and Sharpton are saying that Barack Obama should be judged not on the content of his character and policies, but rather on the color of his skin. How sad. How racist.

If a black president cannot be held accountable for his policies and must receive the votes of African-Americans solely because of his race, then all of the marching for equal rights has been for nothing. The question ought to be this: Are African-Americans, indeed, are all Americans, better off than they were when Barack Obama took office? By any objective standard, the answer must be “no.” How do black people expect their circumstances to improve if Obama is elected for another four years? If they conclude they will not, why not vote for someone who can create the conditions under which more of them might get a job, for example? Black unemployment is 16.7 percent, the highest it’s been in 27 years.

Recent Washington Post-ABC News polls reveal a decline in the number of blacks with “strongly favorable” views of the president and his efforts to improve the economy. What people like Joyner and Sharpton fear is a loss of a place at the political table, a table that has been set far more elegantly for them than for too many of the African-Americans for whom they claim to speak.

What the slide in Obama’s support in the African-American community demonstrates is that increasing numbers of black people are beginning to understand they have been played for suckers by the Democratic Party. They are right to feel this way. Their loyalty should not be to a party, but to themselves, their families and their best interests, which lie outside a welfare system that has locked too many of them into dependence and an addiction to a government check. What they need instead is a reality check.

Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email address is tmseditors@tribune.com.

Comments

Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Liberal guilt had a lot to do with the result of the 2008 election.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

Liberals could alleviate alot of this racism prattle if Obama secured the boarders with more guards,,,

A few months ago, President Obama received and was reading a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado . The Colorado ranchers had protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, so he ordered the Secretary of the Interior to fire half of the 'cattle guards' immediately!

Before the Secretary of the Interior could respond and presumably try to straighten President Obama out on the matter, Vice-President Joe Biden, intervened with a request that...before any 'cattle guards' were fired, they be given six months of retraining for Arizona border guards. "Times are hard," said Joe Biden, "It's only fair to the cattle guards and their families!"

(from a source)

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tecuani 2 years, 5 months ago

What a load manure Cal.

Everyone knows the REAL racism in politics comes from the Tea Party. These self described freedom protectors were quiet during the Bush era. They were silent during the implementation of the Patriot Act. Quiet during the formation of the DHS. Quiet as wiretaps were issued without warrants. Quiet as American citizens were detained and taken away. Quiet as billions were given to Wall Street. Quiet as the United States loses thousands of soldiers and trillions of dollars in unnecessary wars.

When do they finally speak up? When do the tea partiers finally try to change Washington? When a black man is put in charge...

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 5 months ago

Funny, that old saw about welfare considering that most welfare beneficiaries are white. Are they addicted dependents driven by racism, too?

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Mike Ford 2 years, 5 months ago

Really....You know about the King Phillip's War with Metacomet right? many of the Narragansetts, Pequots, and Wampanoags were sold off as slaves after that war to the West Indies and Bermuda in the 1670's....and land theft practices took off in the colonies....please leave out the bad stuff in your naivety so I can report it....you're smart right????

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Most of the forum members are let down and they are on que to attack the messenger. Class warfare is a last ditch attempt to fix things in their minds. Fact is, the truth hurts and a harsh reality stings.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 5 months ago

zzzz from a know nothing.......expected......

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

Well said Cal: What the slide in Obama’s support in the African-American community demonstrates is that increasing numbers of black people are beginning to understand they have been played for suckers by the Democratic Party. They are right to feel this way. Their loyalty should not be to a party, but to themselves, their families and their best interests, which lie outside a welfare system that has locked too many of them into dependence and an addiction to a government check. What they need instead is a reality check.
Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email address is tmseditors@tribune.com.

---Blacks are leaving the democrat plantation. thank God.
democrat welfare policies, starting in the '60s, pushed men out of families. this hit hardest among black families and dramatically increased out of wedlock births over the decades.
that in turn caused far more, generational, poverty. and that empowered the democrats further.

herman cain 2012!

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beatrice 2 years, 5 months ago

44 White male presidents in a row, and the first non-White president comes along and it is because of racism. That takes some stretch of logic to reach that conclusion. Apparently to Cal Thomas, only White presidents can be elected without racism playing a part.

I'm sure the first time a woman is elected president, Thomas will think it is because of sexism -- if it is a Democrat.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 5 months ago

wow...you stepped into a big pile of ..... with your lack of knowledge.... William Penn's sons used the Walking Purchase Treaty of 1737 to defraud the Lenape, Munsee, and tribal refugees from the Delmarva Peninsula (Piscataway, Conoy, Tutelo, Susquahannock) of lands. Bunches of lower class emigrants from the coast invaded Lenape, Shawnee, and Wyandot lands and instigated the Paxton Boys Massacre of the Conestoga Peoples and the sacking of Lenape villages on the Pennsylvania Frontier between the Seven Years War and the Revolutionary War. I know of this because I do legal and historical work with Munsee people whose ancestors fled Pennsylvania in the late 1760's and went to the Muskingum and Tuscarawas River valleys in the early 1770's. These people's ancestors were massacred by Pennsylvania militia at the Gnadenhutten Massacre in 1782. You sound like a George Will/William F. Buckley reset button every time you talk. Better yet, why don't you explain the actions of Rhode Island towards the Narragansetts in the last 140 years. Rhode Island took their tribal lands in 1880 violating the Indian Non Intercourse Act of 1790. Rhode Island agreed to federal recognition for the Narragansett people after a claim settlement act in 1978 only after the tribe wasn't allowed soveriegnty on their own reservation lands with state jurisdiction due to the elder US Senator Chaffee inserting a rider into the recognition bill. Recently Governer Carcieri initiated a US Supreme Court Case against the Narragansetts that affected land into trust for tribes nationwide. Your statists are thieves just like the others. Know the whole history instead of your quasi patriot enlightenment mumbo jumbo.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

Tuschie... Tushchie... Tuschie... what... big... hate... you.... have.... (from a source)...

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Mike Ford 2 years, 5 months ago

better yet, President Obama....you won an election and your gutless opposition has done nothing but mount a "NO" campaign every since 2009. You are called clueless by clueless people afflected with amnesia and blinders who don't dare say the "B"....er Bush word. Acheived....Health Care Affordability Plan.... Wall Street and Bank Reform..... Cobell Settlement Act.....Auto Companies reduced badges took loans survived and paid loans back..... Don't Ask Don't Tell.....Got Osama Bin Laden.....practiced diplomacy with NATO and assisted the capture and death of Khadafi.....Republican idea of success.....disarm federal government....run everthing like a pta meeting....pass immigration laws that leave states like Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, with no one to work agriculture because white southerners won't do the back braking work (Actual quote heard on NPR from Alabama farmer can't find help because of new Alabama anti-immigrant law) roll back everything propose 999 trickery that aids no one but rich people and brings back the 1980's theme....I got mine I don't care about you... I got plenty for you Rush.... want more??????

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

More appropriate as well as more accurate headline would be: "Obama "OPPOSITION" driven by racism"

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Mike Ford 2 years, 5 months ago

it's funny.....for the most part the Democrats let people of color represent everyone in office....whereas if a minority runs for the Republican party they have to espouse majority views and not present any threat to the mindset of majority Republican voters who wrap themselves in the their view of America. I once had a racist grandfather from Mississippi who statement to this subject was.....I don't care what color they are as long as they make as much money as I do. Not racist at all and it reminds me of some of my arguement flipping cohorts on here... example number one....US Vice President Charles Curtis of White, Kaw, Osage, and Potawatomi ancestry....Mr. Curtis' ancestors were French and Indian and were part of the group of Kaw Indians that the US Government played divide and conquer with in order to gain land in the 1825 Kaw Treaty. The Full Blood and Mixed Blood Kaw people disagreed to the United State's advantage over the fifty years until the Kaw people wound up in Indian Territory in 1873. Mr. Curtis stayed in Kansas as his relatives went south and showed up in 1902 as Kaw land was alloted and got his children land allotments. By that time he'd become a White approved politician who'd pushed the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 on the Five Tribes with an 1898 amendment to the act and the furtherance of land theft allowed the Sooners to steal tribal lands for pennies on the dollar as Oklahoma became a State in 1907. He was always the good Indian at the expense of his own people. Gee, that doesn't at all sound like now. Even Governor Brownback has championed the sellout abilities of Mr. Curtis. Cal Thomas would approve of a sellout like Charles Curtis. As a Republican minority member one cannot offend the majority Caucasian people that would vote for them. If the Republicans ever publically support an un censored ethnic minority I will stop thinking that the racists in their party speak the loudest.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 5 months ago

What a retarded letter. Obama's done nothing to increase the racial divide. The GOP has not missed any opportunity, however, to display their archaic racist idiocy.

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classclown 2 years, 5 months ago

How is it any different from the last election?

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rockchalker52 2 years, 5 months ago

Jafs, I'm pretty sure that the term 'female lesbian' is redundant.

My dream ticket is beatrice/Gandalf in 2012.

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jonas_opines 2 years, 5 months ago

Ah, Cal Thomas. The yin to Leonard Pitts' yang.

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

I would love to see Cain get the nomination. 1. I really like his ideas and experience. 2. The race card is immediately thrown out the window so you have to vote based on the substance and record of the candidate. Will it happen? Probably no, but I can dream damnit

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tomatogrower 2 years, 5 months ago

I'll tell you what, Cal. I won't listen to Joyner and Sharpton, if you stop listening to Beck and Rush.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 5 months ago

as an american who happens to be black, i feel herman cain is more black than barack obama. he's also a motivational speaker and would do more good for the black community than obama.

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

How about right wing repubs who will only vote for their own religious candidate?

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beatrice 2 years, 5 months ago

I will agree that many Blacks will indeed vote for Obama simply because of the color of his skin. After a string of 44 previous presidents all being White males, this is what happens when a group is denied entrance into a certain field for so long. Even one person achieving the goal helps lift all of that group up, even if it is only a psychological boost.

I'm also sure that many Whites voted for McCain and will vote for Romney (likely) because of the color of their skin. However, this isn't about lifting a race up, but about attempting to keep another race down. We see the fear when, because of the election of a single man, someone on these boards (since removed but apparently still around under a new name) wrote that "White people have lost all power." Fear of losing power is far scarier than the hope for equality.

Had there not been such a long line of presidents and presidential candidates who represented only one race (and one gender), maybe people wouldn't be voting to see one of their own in the White House. Thomas, like many others, conveniently ignores the racial history of our nation.

Should Cain pull the upset and get the Republican nomination, and most blacks still vote for Obama, what will Thomas have to say then?

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pace 2 years, 5 months ago

Cal seems to have slipped to a creepy new low. what a crock.

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jafs 2 years, 5 months ago

Racism is the belief that somebody of a certain race is inferior simply by virtue of belonging to that race.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 5 months ago

Krissah Thompson, Tom Joyner, and Al Sharpton can alleviate all of their angst simply by voting for Herman Cain.

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jaywalker 2 years, 5 months ago

It's disappointing that Sharpton and the like would call for re-election based on race, and it certainly can't help the overall cause that is racial equality. But Cal pointing it out leaves a bad taste in the mouth, doesn't it?

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 5 months ago

Let us hear more about African Americans and what we're thinking from one of the most qualified to tell us: A white republican who lives in a white bubble! Fairy penders loves it, not even wiping off the white stuff on his hand before stumbling through yet another highly-educated bout of trolling.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

No kidding. Shall we revisit Harry Reid's comment about Obama's flesh color and dialect?

Some people live off of disenchantment. It gets them votes and free money.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

Translation: Cal hopes that black disenchantment with Obama means their turnout in the next election is low so that Republicans can gain even more power to screw black (and other poor) folks even more.

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