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April 3rd, 2008
11:20 AM ET

Tonight, 360° does something special

Good morning folks..
 
Tonight, as racial issues continue to roil the presidential race, we at 360 join CNN's sweeping on-air and digitial initiative in examining race and politcs in America.
 
Starting at 9PM ET, Black in America, reported by anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, begins with the two-hour premiere of Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination (watch a preview), a first-person account of what happened on April 4, 1968. In this first installment of CNN’s Black in America series, O’Brien investigates how James Earl Ray, an armed robber and escaped convict, had already spent an uncommon year on the run that included plastic surgery just a month before his path collided with that of the civil rights leader in Memphis, Tenn.  Through interviews with witnesses and investigators, O’Brien retraces the steps of King, Ray, the FBI and Memphis police and explores alternative scenarios of who was ultimately responsible for the murder that, for some, represented the end of the American Civil Rights era.
 
Then, at 11PM ET, Anderson anchors a special edition of AC360: Race & Politics, Black in America:
 
Randi Kaye talks with PA Governor Ed Rendell about his belief that some Pennsylvania voters - "conservative whites" - are not ready to vote for an African American as president. The governor's comments raised howls of indignation that he was injecting race into the contest for his party's presidential nomination.

Joe Johns looks at the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.... no, not the words you usually hear, those inspiring words of hope. Instead, Joe looks at some other things he said that are, in some circles, controversial to this day. Dr. King was known for speaking truth to power. That didn't always make people comfortable.

Soledad O'Brien examines the intense pressure on some black superdelegates to vote for Barack Obama.

Candy Crowley looks at the racially charged moments in the Democratic presidential race: The Reverend Wright sermons, the Bill Clinton comments in South Carolina, Geraldine Ferraro’s comments…moments that some viewed as racist, others did not…sparking racial debate and tension in the campaign. 

A panel helps make sense of it all: Soledad O'Brien, Roland S. Martin, Candy Crowley, David Gergen and more.

Please let us know what you think. Thank you for joining us.

-Barclay Palmer, 360° Senior Producer

soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Abraham

    I think a way to remove the race factor out of the Rev. Wright controversy is to imagine a Democratic candidate of any race who attended Noam Chomsky lectures regularly over a 20 year period...

    Abraham
    Los Angeles, CA

    April 4, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  2. Kevin Waugh(VA.)

    This is not about race. This country is, as Rev. Wright said, run by rich white men. This doesn't only effect blacks in America, it effects poor white folks also. I think it would be a good thing for CNN to focus on the classes of people, rather than the color of our skin!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  3. Simon...Fla

    Mr. Gergen has it right..The Clintons are using "race" as a politcal weapon rather than elevate the discussion into a positive message on
    a subject that can and must continue to progress..

    Rather than Sen. Clinton making jokes about Sen. Obama's "gutterballs" at a bowling Alley, I would rather see her make some profound comments about "race" and take her own campaign out of the "gutter"...

    April 3, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  4. Jane

    When will we get into the meat and potatoes of politics? I see Hillary trying endlessly while Barak just continues to spin and never talk policy.
    Infact any thing he has said about policy seems to be a close variation on something Hillary actually had formulated and offered to the public first.
    But thats his thing right plagiarizing and faking it...he strikes me as a poser not the original.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  5. NY Opinion

    YES RACE IS AN ISSUE HERE!
    The racists are the Obaminations! With their openly racist Rev Wright and that hag Michelle Obama saying many 'off-color' statements.
    EVERYTHING and the kitchen sink has been used to racialize this primary... by the Obamas! Because cheap white guilt benefits them and averts attention from the FACT that BO is inadequate and undeserving in many ways to be President. And that includes his own issues with being bi-racial and embracing a racist double standard.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  6. Ahmir Questlove Thompson "The Roots"

    Dr. Martin Luther Questo

    The Era in which Dr. King found himself was
    hyperviolent,xenophobic and segregated.
    In spite of these things his vision was
    still utopic, full of dignity, moutaintops
    and lunch counters at Woolworths.
    It was a simpler and violent time with
    a kinder and gentler subtext. Noble Blacks,
    children and grandmothers pitted against
    remorseless rednecks with dogs and hoses.
    It wasn’t complex, just rich and poor, good and evil,
    black and white.

    What would Martin hope for today?
    Would he hope a good guy or gal answers the phone at 3am.
    That despots hang well on comedians punchlines.
    Would he hope for cheap gas and cheap prescriptions and not to be part of some unnamed
    war. Or to be part of some vague civil pursuit of some unnamed democracy.
    Would he hope for an end to forensic shows in our neighborhoods and for
    Black Pop culture as a trickle down economy.
    Would he hope for the poor and disenfranchised not to be caught in useless cycles of want but, for them to be better off…in useless cycles of want.
    What would King make of this era. When we are not shunned from
    Woolworths counters but welcomed at Wal Mart’s. Not segregated but
    not intergrated. Where the mountain top is a landfill and the rednecks
    are just brutish talk show hosts without dogs or hoses. Where good is not quite evil and black and white becomes a dystopic gray. Would his eyes still see the glory or just the coming.

    April 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Those wete scary times (at least to a child) back in the late 60s – the race marches which sometimes turned into riots, the hoses and dogs turned on peaceful marches in Birmingham Alabama, the bombing of the church which resulted in the death of several young girls in Birmingham, and then the assassination of Rev. King. There was also the Black Panthers and the black supremacy doctrine that some embraced. And you got to see it all in living color on your television set in your living room.

    As a very young white girl all of this terrified me and for many years I was literally scared to death of large black men. I'm older now and have gotten over those fears but I can still remember the images and I especially remember Dr King. In a time of darkness, violence, and strife, he spoke words of inspiration and encouraged nonviolent protest. It was tragic that he was assassinated.

    I look forward, Barclay, to the coverage tonight.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  8. Elle

    You have done so much for the sake of racial correctness as you are doing once more this evening.
    In all your efforts to support the black race issue ,here is my question and concern .
    Where is the womens night coming due ? The day where you examine and support issues facing women.
    After all we have a female presidential candidate .Should this not be reason as well to do the same for the female sex.As sexism exists you only focus on the race issue.
    I look forward to the night where you consider this as well.

    April 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Barbara Schieber

    The relevant issues of this election process are:

    1. The American people are finally going out and vote, in masses. They are participating. Bravo for the Americans.

    2. Americans got rid of the establishment candidates in both parties, bravo! It was not the big money that won the primaries, it was the candidates they selected. Big relevant change in American politics.

    3. Hillary and Obama are very good and brilliant candidates booth, better than the last few democratic candidates in 2004, especially windsurfer Kerry.

    4. Why are people voting for Obama: because they want to feel good about themselves. They are seeking redemption about the black race issue in America. They think that if they vote for Obama, all race issues, historic and present ones, are going to disappear automatically. Above all, people want to be part of making history. Obama is remarkable, but Americans do not know a lot about him. And they don’t really want to know. The media doesn’t really want to know either. It is much more appealing to have a shining star and not be looking at the details. The media is lazy. They are worn out by this long process. They are the ones who want it to be over. They have run out of ideas.

    5. Hillary is remarkable, and has been researched to death, there will be no surprises if she is the nominee. The media knows everything about her. They have reported on Hillary for over 16 years. And she is still alive and the better for it. She has survived the left and the right wing media, that is an accomplishment in America.

    6. There will be surprises if Obama is the nominee, because the media is so happy to have a star that they do not want to find anything. The media is also looking for redemption, after endorsing the Irak war without questions, and the other sins we know the media has on it’s back. The media also want to be part of making American history, they want to finally feel good about themselves again. But not researching Obama is not doing him a favor, if the “real” media does not do it’s job, you will have Fox News doing your job for you …………. In the beastly way they do their thing.

    7. Do not underestimate Carl Rove, he is calling the shots on the republican side of this race and he is giving his talking point memos for the right wing media right in front of you eyes, every evening on Fox News.

    8. McCain is the least worst of the republicans, even the republican voters where smart enough to get rid of the other republican establishment candidates. That has to be called progress.

    9. All in all, this has been one of the most remarkable election processes of the US of A, because of the people. The media commentators and columnists are the ones not living up to the expectations and challenges of this race. They are stuck in their old ways…………I certainly haven’t heard anything really brilliant from them in the last year. And declaring the deaths of McCain and Clinton so many times and be proven wrong every single time, that does not give me much confidence. I will listen to what the people have to say. Isn’t that exiting for a change?

    10. Americans, keep going, kudos for you!!!

    April 3, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  10. Maggie C

    Of course I've heard people say they will never vote for a Black person. I've also heard them say they would never vote for a woman.

    Then we can add: for a republican, for a democrat, etc. You've got the picture. It doesn't matter what is said, only how things are in the end.

    We need to quit making so much out of such garbage. Half of it is done just to keep everyone riled up and it works every time. Grow up people! Let's elect a president and quit bickering so we can heal our country.

    Maggie C

    April 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  11. Eunice Ave

    I sincerely hope that this examination of Reverend Wright includes the entire "chickens coming home to roost" sermon and not just spliced sound bites.

    The man is a reverend. Reverends are not politicians. Their prime allegiance is to God and their spirituality and the dictates of their religion and conscience as these things inform and instruct them. This means that as reverends they must, as adherents of religious principle, speak their TRUTH to power, even when that truth is unpleasant and painful.

    Reverends are not supposed to advocate for war. They are not supposed to trivialize and ignore the deaths of innocents perpetrated by governments for some obscure political narrative even if it is the narrative of your own country that you dearly love.

    Reverends are supposed to decry the unfairness and cruelty of man’s inhumanity to man.

    If only all of our reverends of every hue and ethnicity would be so brave, this poor man would not have to appear to stand alone. I find his counter-narrative compelling. America, we can do better, and damn us if we don't at least try. Yeah, I said it.

    Mr. Obama. I know you agree with me in your heart of hearts, or, at least you should.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  12. Yvonne

    Loraine, Tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary of MLK's death, that's why CNN is doing this documentary. Whether there was an election or not they would run this documentary.

    April 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  13. Pat M.

    I, too, am a little tired of hearing about race and having to watch another special about race. The big issue in this campaign should be about 'patriotism'-not race. Obama just gave his'race speech' to throw everyone off of the Rev. Wright trail-and all of you media,and others, fell for it. I'm sure Obama is tickled pink everytime he hears the media talking about race because then he knows that his ploy worked. Why doesn't the media start a whole in-depth discussion about patriotism and loyalty and pride in our Country and to what extent our Presidential candidates each possess these qualities. That is an analysis that Obama would start sweating about, but it would give the American voters a deeper look at this man that has pulled the wool over so many voters eyes! Race is not the issue here!!

    April 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  14. Rafael Escobar, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

    why is anyone shocked that america in general is racist? it has been that way overtly up until the mid to late 60's, then it went covert. we all know it is there but everyone turns a blind eye or act shock when it surfaces. give it a couple more hundred yrs. to run its natural course, it has only been just a few generations.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  15. andy

    personally i do not see why it is wrong to say I will not vote for any one because of race gender or what ever! why hide your feelings ? I will not vote Obama because maybe he is black or maybe he is to young or maybe he does not appeal to me with his words ! Whatever the reason it is my choice and this is AMERICA and I have the right to choose and say what ever dont I ? Or is it against the law or are we communist now and I have to be silent ?

    April 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  16. Sarah

    I am looking forward to Soledad's special and the 36o edition afterwards. Soledad does good work, and with all the Obamamania out there this will hopefully be very enlightening.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  17. Slater

    Why can't we all just get along?

    Instead of black history month, why not have American history month? Off the top of my head, I think this would be beneficial to a large percentage of the populous, rather than just a percentage of one group. Seriously, ask anyone to cite any part of the Constitution and wait for the answer. Some may even ask what the Constitution is. Every race here in the US of A benefits from the Constitution.

    Instead of all these one leader days (such as Christopher Columbus day, MLK Day, etc.), why not have "Distinguished Leader Day".

    Until we stop pointing out the differences in one another and separating one race from another in order to honor our leaders, we will continue to keep the torch of racism alive.

    April 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  18. Tammy

    I think this is awesome. While I don't agree with most of what Barack Obama says, I do agree we need to have conversations about race relations in this country. Programs like this are a good starting point for the diaglogue to begin. Thanks for having guts enough to continue tackling this head on even though many would like to forget it exists.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  19. Jill

    I think it is unfortunate that the race card is being played. I also think it is unfortunate that we expect the presidential candidates to have lived their lives in a bubble, hence comments like " I did not inhale" yeah right. The color of one's skin or gender should not be a key role in the race for president. Who the best person for the job should be the main focus. I just pray that America does not make the same mistake as has been made in the last two elections. Go Barak!

    April 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  20. Susan

    Barclay:

    Tonites topics up for discussion in the AC 360 special on race in politics will be very interesting to watch. This primary season has brought up some of the ugliness of the racial divide that still exists in this country. There are forces out there that want to keep us divided for their own agenda's. It is up to every individual to keep their minds open and not allow this to happen. Down deep inside we all know what is right and wrong. You earn respect by giving respect. We are all created equal.

    I can not participate in the live blog, but will be watching as usual.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    April 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  21. Melinda

    Part of the issue with race/gender/orientation discussion is that it's far too easy to generalize. ALL black people are not the same just as ALL white people aren't the same. I remember reading a comment from someone a while ago where she said that she and her friends are nice to white people's faces to get ahead but then behind their back dislike them. This is sad to me, because it goes back to the feelings that we are all the same. I would never want to be judged by the lowest common denominator of my race (and I do mean lowest). I do not judge a whole race based on a few people. We are not all the same. The color of ones skin means nothing in determining the type of person they are. I care more about the substance of a person...if they are caring and kind and not their race or gender etc.

    Discussing racial issues can be a good thing if we discuss things that can make it better and about how we can currently change things but that requires all sides to see where the other are coming from. It's far too easy to only see things from your place in the world. Understanding is what will help heal these wounds but I still think there are too many people on all sides that only want to scream about what they think and believe rather than listen to others. As whites we may not know what it's like to be discriminated against based on race but I do believe it's important to understand what some people go through, to see the other side of something. Every person should do this. Remember the old adage about walking a mile in someone else's' shoes?

    Danny- If you had seen the whole video clip from Obama's incident with the "white" guy you would have seen him talking to him before he entered the store and he recognized the guy as someone who sells pictures/autographs etc on ebay for his own profit. I can completely understand why he wouldn't want to keep seeing this guy and taking pictures for him.

    April 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  22. JDC

    Any white voters who may have had reservations about a black President have had the issue resolved by Mrs. O. and Rev.Wright. Obama is dead meat.

    April 3, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  23. georgia

    I have an idea ! Let's all be willing to observe & honestly address this together as the only "race' there really is...human. The "elephant " in our great country's "living room" will forever loom until we acknowledge it,find a way to disect & dispose of it together so that we can begin to re-build on what is left of our country. While we continue to bicker over the same issue what we say we're all very proud of,this country,is being sold & given away bit by bit. Let's finally get the lesson ,build on it & move forward ! I do recognize that it takes a lot of courage, compassion & fortitude to do this & some just don't have these characteristics. I also know that some do.

    April 3, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  24. jimmy velman

    Really like "Andy Coop"'s show. His panel with the likes of super
    political analyst David Gergen and the others is well balanced
    and they weigh in on the issues with thoughtful comments.
    Keep it up, Anderson Cooper.

    April 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  25. Linda

    We do not live in 1968 anymore. History is to learn from, but linking it to this election is a long shot. MLK was amazing, the whole country agrees. In fact if we compare MLK to Obama, that'd be a boost for Clinton. He was truly about change!

    If there was any racism involved, then the race would not be so close, so just focus on the issues and the future of our nation and our troops.

    April 3, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  26. Len

    "Soledad O’Brien examines the intense pressure on some black superdelegates to vote for Barack Obama."

    I just KNEW you were going to turn the anniversary of King's assassination into another occasion for a hit piece on Obama. When are you going to stop playing the race card?

    Except for people who never would vote for Obama in the first place, people are tired of hearing about the Rev. Wright. When are you going to do a big story on the crazy preachers who are endorsing McCain because they think he'll start an apocaplyptic war against Islam?

    April 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  27. Jan from Wood Dale, IL

    Will you be including the riots that took place right after Dr. King was killed? Living in Chicago at the time, the violence that took place on the West side is something I'll never forget. The looting and arson that took place went against everything Dr. King stood for and had tried to achieve.

    April 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  28. Lisa

    The bottom line is the candidate should be whomever is the most qualified to do the job and race or gender should have nothing to do with it. At this point with this country falling apart I just want someone who can do the job and lead this country. I want someone who has not lost sight of the fact that they are there to serve the greater good of the public and not whats good for corporate America. I want someone who will protect the public and do whats right. You can be pink with purple polka dots for all I care...the question is can you do the job?

    April 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  29. Cassie

    I think that in political figure who brings race or gender in the race really shouldn't be in politics period. Our government is suspose to transend race and gender. They are to represent thenation as a whole not one or the other. I look at a candiate based on what they can do for the country not what the look like. I also think that if we are going to discuss the race issue we need to look at all sides but we need to understand one another as well as put ourselves in the others shoes and ask ourselves how we feel if it was done to us. I hope that when we explore this that we can heal old wounds and be more united country like we should be.

    April 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  30. Mike in NYC

    Race is the elephant in the room that will not go away, no matter how much people want it to.

    An effective dialog on race must include an acknowledgment by blacks that the ideology of victimization and white guilt is a dead end. They need to start admitting that they bear the lion’s share of responsibility for the problems they face.

    The current dialog on race, such that it is, has been a one-way street.

    April 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  31. J. Benito Pastora

    In Texas, when candidates run for public office ( mayor of a city, state senate, state representative, etc. ) and nobody obtains a majority of votes, the two candidates with the most votes are considered to be tied and a runoff election between the 2 candidates is later held to determine the winner.
    The process to determine the candidate for president for the Democratic Party requires the winner to get 2025 delegates to obtain a majority and thus obtain the nomination to be the democratic presidential candidate next fall. Currently, neither Senator Obama nor Senator Clinton have obtained the required majority. It appears that neither of the two Senators will be able to obtain the required 2025 delegates at the end of the primary election process to get the nomination, so they will be tied, neither one will be ahead nor behind, THEY WILL BE TIED, it will be a draw. The runoff election will then take place at the democratic party’s national convention in Denver. This is the process, this is how it should be if neither candidate obtains the required 2025 delegate majority.
    At this point, telling either candidate to withdraw from the race is both ridiculous and undemocratic. If Senator Clinton withdraws from the race I will ask her for my money back and then I will become a Republican.

    April 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  32. Celia McKoy

    I hope you are also going to look at whether or not WHITE superdelegates are being pressured to vote for Clinton.

    Judy Stage, just because you don't hear someone SAY they wouldn't vote for Obama becuase of his race doesn't mean it's not true.

    April 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  33. Lilibeth

    Every time people say they are tired of hearing about race and are ready to put it behind them, something controversial happens that sparks heated debates and discussions. Clearly, we are not ready to admit that we are a color-blind society and put this issue to rest. Can you please ask your panel if they can discuss this question…even in this day and age, well after the MLK era, why is it still so difficult for some non-black people to talk to a black person without preconceived judgments about that person, and vice-versa? Thanks.

    Lilibeth
    Edmonds, Washington

    April 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  34. April in Texas

    I am so looking forward to tonight! I am white and even I understand alot of Rev Wright was saying. While I don't agree on his approach I did get the message he was attempting to deliver. Race is a huge problem which is long overdue on being addressed. I applaud those getting in the thick of it and addressing it head on.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  35. TL

    Why is it that Barrack Obama only acknowledge and embraced the black race ? after all he is of white and black. Seems to me he is using the race card to his further his political ambition rather than relying on his accomplishments. If Tiger Woods run for President I bet you he would not use the race card !!

    April 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  36. connie

    I enjoyed the program regarding Amanda Baggs and autism. I work in the school system, and I spend time with autistic children. They are all very different. It was so wonderful to hear her voice, her opinions, and remarks. It was insightful just to hear her words. It helped me, and inspired me.

    April 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  37. Nicole Blair

    This will be very interesting to watch – it's fine time for America to deeply explore and discuss this way past due issue.

    April 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  38. Judy Stage Brooklyn MI

    Barclay, I have six children and we discuss politics often in this election year. As a family we seem to agree that politicians are dishonest, morally corrupt and hypocritical. Race or gender is not an issue with any of us. We are most concerned about candidates solutions to our economic woes in Michigan and the Iraq war.
    I have not heard one person say they would not vote for Obama because he is black. I live in an area that is less than 1% black.
    In my humble opinion, I think the media is making a much bigger issue of the race card than the average American.
    I

    April 3, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  39. lucian

    I do not know what other people think in America but I do not care about race. No matter who will become a president but I would like that person to be experienced and capable to lead the country. I hate that president who is led by counselors and influent groups. We've been through this for 8 years and I think is enough. One candiat has only few years as senator. Could you name this person as an experienced person to run a country? I have doubts.

    April 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  40. loraine

    tired of all this racist bull when we goingto get to the facts
    a little ironic that mr kings special would be airing now thought black history month was over

    i lived through the king erro and it ws not so good i went to a promantily black school in philadelphia and there were fights everyday dont want to see that ever again ,,,,, black people hold good jobs today and most of them are law abiding citizens who fought hard and long for the respect that they have achived today, why would mr. obhma or the meda want to put his own people back 40 yrs are u kidding me i have alot of back friends and they dont even like obhma for what he is trying to pull mr. king was a well respected man and a man of truth mr. obhma only lies ,and is very racist we all know that tge oil companys in that ad have given him tons of money why dont he speek the truth to his own people instead of still holding them in bondage ,i am a dem, but will vote for none of the above demo, or rep

    April 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  41. Rob, Arvada, CO

    Good topic Barclay, I am looking forward to watching tonight's show. Race in politics is a very relevant issue today.

    April 3, 2008 at 12:43 pm |
  42. Mary Carnegie Oklahoma

    During the 50s and 60s, I lived in Oklahoma City and during the demonstrations by Blacks I remember being spat upon then tripped because I walked around a group of Blacks at a drug store so I could purchase medicine. They were trying to keep people from the drug store or purchasing lunch at a counter. After that, I did not go downtown on Saturdays. Don't think that is what Martin Luther King had in mind.
    We were a military family and respected citizens of all races. And during my working years, I met and worked with all races. My sons ' friends were welcome to our home without regard to race. I respect a person because of his character, not the color of skin. A person should be able to go to school or get a job without race being an issue.
    Yes, Martin Luther King is an American we can be proud of.

    April 3, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  43. Yvonne

    Racism is kind of like a cancer that needs to be removed, but sometimes can recur. Tonight is like a check up. Good job CNN.

    April 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  44. Danny

    Anderson.........! show me more about Obama Fan Founds please. Why
    Obama was take a picture with other three guy in the store and why he don't want to take a picture with the white guy out side?

    April 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  45. Slater

    I think race is still a very open sore for this country. Isn't it obvious? We are vacillating ferociously over voting in a man that is black for president. Why are we so ambivalent?

    I personally have a serious problem with the words of Rev. Wright. I tried to pacify my irritation with it with the assurance that he is just one man with one opinion, however deep in places where only God and I go I have to say the realization is that birds of a feather, flock together, and I just can't shake it.

    I question the following: Why would Obama sit in the pews for so long? Why would he listen to such nonsense in a public place where people go for assurance that there is hope and there is a power greater than ourselves that watches over us? Why would Obama propound to unite parties, races and genders as president yet listen for weeks on end to such separatist nonsense? Why would Obama belong to an organization that spews blame and further irritates the frustrations of Americans and promotes a stance of non-patriotism? Coupled with that is the promotion of racism. Do the followers of this so called Christian congregation really believe as Wright claims that white America owes the blacks America?

    Such garbage throws me into an outrage at the sheer ignorance of the statements considering that America is now a largely mixed population of more than whites and blacks – there are so many other races. I wonder if the African American community REALLY recognizes that there are more than 2 races in this country, and they are in competition with all races and genders.

    By the way, if you talk to deep conservative members of the Mexican population they will tell you that Americans owe them California, Texas, New Mexico and Utah. The truth is, we owe nothing to anyone. You come here, you get free will and opportunity at a better life if you choose. Yes, the past can be painful; but it is the past, and future opportunities can be missed by living and steeping in it. Those who choose to live in the present and plan for the future are the ones who benefit from our system.

    April 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  46. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Wow Barclay....tonight's show sounds really great. Can't wait to watch on tv and web cam as well

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  47. Debra from Fl.

    Sorry ... It's too anti white . I'l be watching PAY PER VIEW .

    April 3, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  48. Michelle

    Sounds really interesting. I am looking forward to the King
    documentary. The preview clips online are amazing,

    April 3, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  49. Jeff

    You guys talk about race too much as it is. Not that Soledad O'brien's story isn't important, but hopefully it doesn't lead to another discussion on the racial gotcha politics surrounding the democratic primary. The Wright comments and Bill Clinton's statement's have been dicsussed enough, they are provocative and contraversial which probably draws viewers, but there are more important issues for voters to discuss; like the economy and the war. I hope candy Crowley doesn't once again expouse the Clinton campaigns racially divisive tactics again, holding them up as smart politics; as David Gergen said last night on AC 360, the Obama campaign has yet to say, men will never vote for Hillary because she's a woman. People like rendell saying whit people will never vote for Obama are hurting the Clinton campaign. Also, on an unrelated topic, Anderson Cooper's coverage of the story concerning the man who accosted Senator Obama in Philadelphia was shameful and unfair, ne neglected to mention what the guy was doing was dangerous, the secret service should have protected the Senator.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  50. Cindy

    Barclay,
    I am really looking forward to the special at 11 tonight. I think this election has brought back to the forefront all of our racial biases in this country. And I really think we need to talk about them not shove them back under the rug so to speak. That is the only way we can ever get passed it and move on to really being a united country. Thanks to Anderson, CNN and 360 for doing this show and trying to help move along that process.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:29 am |
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