AP ASKS: DO BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORT OBAMA BECAUSE HE’S BLACK?
STACEY DASH – 10/15/1012 USA
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"It goes both ways," said Gary, who is white. "There is racial bias amongst whites, and there is racial bias amongst blacks. But as far as the press is concerned, it only goes one way."
Antonio Luckett, a sales representative in
who is black, called the attacks on
Dash unfair. But when people speak out against a symbol of black progress like
Obama, he said, "African-Americans tend to be internally hurt by
"We still have a civil rights (era) mentality, but we're not living in a civil rights-based world anymore," he said. "We want to say, 'You're black, you need to stand behind black people.'"
Luckett said one reason he voted for Obama in the 2008 primary against Hillary Clinton was because Obama is black: "Yes, I will admit that."
Is that racism? Not in Luckett's mind. "It's voting for someone who would understand your side of the coin a lot better."
Such logic runs into trouble when applied to a white person voting for Romney because he understands whiteness better. Ron Christie, a black conservative who worked for former President George W. Bush, finds both sides of that coin unacceptable.
"It's not the vision that our leaders in the civil rights movement would have envisioned and be proud of in the era of the first African-American president," Christie said.
READER COMMENT: Make what ever excuse you wish. Voting for a candidates skin color is just as bigoted as not voting for his skin color.
READER COMMENT: With 14 percent of the Black community unemployed, you would think that the “Hope and Change” of a free house, car, job he promised in 2008 might get them thinking less on racial lines and more in survival mode. Racist is when 90% of the people of your race vote for the incompetent guy running who is of your race, but has NO solutions to your problems other than robbing from people of all races, which makes your race look like a bunch of robbers and criminals.
READER COMMENT: Judging someone and voting for or against someone just because of the color of their skin would be racist. So, since everyone knows that only white people can be racist, and I’m a white person, it makes perfect sense that I am probably a racist and the only reason that I am not voting for Obama is because he’s black. Obama is half-black from his father’s side. How then, would you explain that I would vote, in a second, for Congressman Allen West, who happen to be black from both sides? The fact that this is still a topic of conversation is pathetic.
READER COMMENT: I told a black man I work with that I would have happily voted for Herman Cain for president. There are many qualified men for president who just happen to be black. Barack Obama is NOT one of them.
Besides, he has very little in common with American blacks. He was raised in
Indonesia by his white mother, then in by his white
grandmother. He had college degrees at prestigious universities handed to him,
possibly while posing as an international exchange student. He never had to
fight or struggle for anything. He was able to graduate high school while
spending the majority of his HS career stoned. He had to go to Reverend Wright’s
church and marry Michelle to get some black bonafides. He actually thinks that
experimenting with drugs like cocaine makes him more in touch with the black
community. If I were black, I would find it incredibly offensive that a
half-white rich kid thinks that cocaine is part of the black
READER COMMENT: Being a member of several groups, chat rooms, blogs, etc on the internet, I can say, with confidence, based upon comments from Obama supporters…
There will be more bigots voting for obama simply because he is black than there will be bigots who vote for Romney simply because he is white.