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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Race in Politics

An Associated Press article, by Jennifer Agiesta and Sonya Ross, titled: Poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks surmises that racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some Americans' more favorable views of blacks, yet Andra Gillespie, an Emory University political scientist, says "President Obama's election clearly didn't change those who appear to be sort of hard-wired folks with racial resentment".

Cowboys and Tea Parties Comments: There has been an over use of the race card associated any conservative view, policy stance, or proposal as being racist. In the beginning this tactics by the left certainly caused Conservatives to be very careful about phrasing everything from speches to policy, however with the race card's overuse and with conservative politicians such as Herman Cain exposing the use of the race card to scare and motivate minority voters, the impact of the race card is getting very tiresome.

Americans can certainly dislike, not vote for and even hold Obama in contempt without it being a race issue.

Recently John Sununu said words to the effect that Colin Powell is supporting Obama because he is black. I think he backed off those comments because of the racial accusations, yet 95% of Blacks vote for Obama and nobody discusses the probability that at least some of these are voting their race. It has been put forward that 11% of Americans (presumably White) would not vote for Obama simply because he is Black. Wonder how the percetnage was derived?

The bottom line is that anybody,...anybody who uses race as their determination for who gets their vote is pathetic. This goes for Whites, Blacks, Hispanics,....everyone.

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