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WaPo laments racist incidents during campaign
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In a long article, the Washington Post today talks about the alleged racism the Obama campaign encounters on a daily basis.

When you read the article however, it is mostly a collection of anecdotes, heresay (a student says he heard about racial epithets being used) and history (Kokomo was a center for Klan activity - in 1923). That's not to say I don't believe that there are racists or there haven't been incidents founded in racism during the 15 months of the Democratic primary. And I again want to emphasize this for everyone to understand - Democratic primary.

However, when it comes down to actually putting names to the incidents, only three anecdotes do that - and they're all about Clinton supporters. That is to say, Democrats:
In a letter to the editor published in a local paper, Tunkhannock Borough Mayor Norm Ball explained his support of Hillary Clinton this way: "Barack Hussein Obama and all of his talk will do nothing for our country. There is so much that people don't know about his upbringing in the Muslim world. His stepfather was a radical Muslim and the ranting of his minister against the white America, you can't convince me that some of that didn't rub off on him.

"No, I want a president that will salute our flag, and put their hand on the Bible when they take the oath of office."

[...]

Karen Seifert, a volunteer from New York, was outside of the largest polling location in Lackawanna County, Pa., on primary day when she was pressed by a Clinton volunteer to explain her backing of Obama. "I trust him," Seifert replied. According to Seifert, the woman pointed to Obama's face on Seifert's T-shirt and said: "He's a half-breed and he's a Muslim. How can you trust that?"

* * *

Pollsters have found it difficult to accurately measure racial attitudes, as some voters are unwilling to acknowledge the role that race plays in their thinking. But some are not. Susan Dzimian, a Clinton supporter who owns residential properties, said outside a polling location in Kokomo that race was a factor in how she viewed Obama. "I think if it was somebody other than him, I'd accept it," she said of a black candidate. "If Colin Powell had run, I would be willing to accept him."
The purpose of posts like this? As predictably as sunrise occurring tomorrow, Democrats will start throwing "racism" around during the general election. When they do, posts like this will remind them that they have absolutely no room to talk.
 
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Only the second anecdote looks racist to me.
 
Written By: Jody
URL: polyscifi.blogspot.com
If Obama is the nominee (and I continue to doubt that he will be depsite the media’s desperate attempts to close the sale before the Clintons do their thing), any attempt by the Democrats to hurl their usual accusations of racism over such things as disagreeing with their candidate will cause Obama to lose by a wider margin than he will otherwise lose by.

The Democrats have a choice between two con jobs. The latter con job no doubt inspired, at least in part, by the former con job. And both facilitated by their belief in the magical incantation "Bush."

"Bush" ain’t runnin.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Was Robert Byrd one of the people hurling around the racist epithets? Was he ever in Kokomo in 1923?
 
Written By: PWT
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I just came across your site. We know that there are people who discriminate for various reasons and they belong to all political parties. I have been calling and volunteering for months for Obama, and I can tell you, it’s not only racism. Primarily, I have come into contact with people who claim they won’t vote because he’s Muslim. Granted, race is part of it. But it is a wall of closed-mindedness and biggotry that we are trying to chip through one voice at a time. It is there. And if we ignore it it only hurts this country as a whole.
Thanks,
Bonnie
 
Written By: Bonnie
URL: http://
Bonnie:
I have been calling and volunteering for months for Obama, and I can tell you, it’s not only racism. Primarily, I have come into contact with people who claim they won’t vote because he’s Muslim. Granted, race is part of it. But it is a wall of closed-mindedness and biggotry that we are trying to chip through one voice at a time. It is there. And if we ignore it it only hurts this country as a whole.
I agree, Bonnie. So instead of running for President of the United States and offering the lame excuse that he never heard the racist, anti-American hatred spilling out from the pulpit of the church he attends, Obama should quit the presidential contest and show America how dedicated he is to transcending race by reforming his own congregation away from "black theology," with its racist, black supremacist, black power teachings.

Then, when he’s "chi[ped] through one voice at a time" the "closed-mindedness and bigotry," as you put it, he can come back and offer himself as a candidate who has reformed one of the most hateful black organizations in the United States.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Neutralized ...
The Texas megachurch pastor whose past comments about the Catholic Church have caused headaches for John McCain for over two months will issue an apology to Catholics later today, according a top Christian conservative.
John Hagee, pastor of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church, will send a letter to Catholic League President William Donahue expressing "deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful."
.. will Ayers follow suit ?
 
Written By: Neo
URL: http://
Now, this might be called a distraction.

Wow. Different strokes for different folks.
 
Written By: Neo
URL: http://
Then, when he’s "chi[ped] through one voice at a time" the "closed-mindedness and bigotry," as you put it, he can come back and offer himself as a candidate who has reformed one of the most hateful black organizations in the United States.

@Mr. McPhillips
So, let me this get this straight. Obama has the obligation to do something about a church which he does not run and enter a field in which he apparently has no interest. Well, in that case, how about after John McCain has purged the Republican party (which he belongs to) of "the close mindedness and bigotry" that have driven every Republican presidential campaign of the past 30 years (and please don’t tell me that it is not there - that dog won’t hunt) then he can run for President, too. That seems fair and makes about as much sense as your post.
 
Written By: James Ryan
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a church which he does not run
I don’t know if your just too Catholic to understand, but that’s not how most non-Catholic Christian churches operate. If you belong, you are part of running it.
 
Written By: Neo
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So, let me this get this straight. Obama has the obligation to do something about a church which he does not run and enter a field in which he apparently has no interest.
I’m responding to Bonnie’s comment about how the Obama campaign is trying to "chip through one voice at a time" the "closed-mindedness and bigotry" it has apparently been encountering. I’m telling her that Obama’s church is one of the most closed-minded and bigoted outfits in America, and that Obama’s presence there as a congregant lo these past 20 years has not seemed to "chip through" any of that.

He should first fix that operation with all that racial transcendence magic of his. After all, Obama is a superstar at Trinity.

 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Let’s see:

I have no legislative accomplishments upon which I can be judged.

I seek the highest office in the land, and would be the least experienced candidate ever with regard to legislative and executive experience.

I offer platitudes with no specific solutions for any problems.

You are not to question me, lest you be labeled a bigot.

You have no right to judge me by my long standing associations with criminals, hatemongers, and traitors.

I am however, a charismatic guy with the gift of glib.

Would you vote for me?



 
Written By: MarkD
URL: http://
MarkD:

Be afraid; be very afraid.

Hitler had a similar resumé except he had actually been in the army. It worked for him.
 
Written By: Arch
URL: http://
Bonnie:

Who are the racists? Obama, Wright and Shabazz are all black power people. They hate whites. Perhaps the solution to the racial reaction you are seeing would be to look inward.

Interesting that all these reactions are in Northern states. What a surprise. If you want to see world class racism, check out Buffalo NY.
 
Written By: Arch
URL: http://
Would you vote for me?
No, but Bonnie would.
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
Yes Bonnie would. And she’d volunteer for you, too.
 
Written By: KMan
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I agree with Jody - only one of the three really claim a distinction based on race.

Susan in Kokomo really made an even more politically incorrect statement - she’d rather vote for a Republican than Obama!
 
Written By: Whitehall
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America, for the most part, racism is over. In Alabama where I was born and now live, blacks and whites live in the same neighborhoods and go to the same schools and have the same hopes for their children. They are nice people who get along.

Colin Powell, as a voter said, could have been elected President hands down. If Barack Obama had the qualifications, accomplishments and experience of Colin Powell, he would have no problem running for President. The difference between Colin and Barack is not the attitude of whites with respect to blacks. It is a difference between the candidates. I think we are in a post racial America. Obama and his supporters, do not.
 
Written By: Arch
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