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ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
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LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama's candidacy, claiming "whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen." The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running "as a 'black' candidate," he "should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he's one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals." Ending her column, Kaplan writes, "We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can't identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It's the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That's not justice." PHOTO: AP
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ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
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LA Times Columnist Says Obama’s Candidacy Has Yet to Result in Meaningful Progress

A Los Angeles Times Opinions contributor wrote about the historical aspects of Barack Obama's candidacy, claiming "whether his candidacy (or presidency) is a turning point beyond the racial symbolism remains to be seen." The writer Erin Aubry Kaplan also notes that although Obama is not running "as a 'black' candidate," he "should certainly address issues of concern to African Americans, not simply because he's one of us (though that helps) but because such issues impact all of us. The state of black people has always been a barometer of how well America is fulfilling its democratic ideals." Ending her column, Kaplan writes, "We can congratulate ourselves for having a black candidate, but that candidate can't identify too much with other black people or he risks losing his appeal, magic or whatever. It's the same old game America has always played, defining the limits and qualifications of blackness to its liking and comfort level. That's not justice." PHOTO: AP
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