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October 24th, 2008
08:43 PM ET

Uncovering America with Tom Foreman

We assembled two panels – one black, one white – both evenly divided among McCain and Obama supporters, to talk about some of the more controversial statements on the campaign trail.  Watch AC360° at 10p ET to see what each panel had to say about McCain's question "Who is the real Obama?", whether Reverend Wright is fair game, and Obama's ties to Bill Ayers.

Here you can watch extended clips of both panels.  First, the caucasian panel, interviewed by Tom Foreman.


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
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  1. Felix Perezchica

    I have been watching the presidential race from the beginning and very please with his integrity and come to the conclusion that Barack Obama is an extrodinary human being. There is a gentle spirit about him and I appreciate that he looks at the whole picture. There is something definetly different about him that I have not seen in the opposing candidates. He has demonstrated to me that he respects people and, is willing to have dialogue with other countries. I am very pleased that he is not trigger happy especially in our volatile times and it could evolve into a (nuclear) war. If there is a question about his leadership look at the effectiveness of his campaign and his success ie. new voter turnouts, inspiring millions of people, and not to mention all the money he has raised. He is very knowledgeable about socio-economic, foreign affairs, and the list goes on. My last point John McCain made a big mistake by picking Sarah Palin-to the advantage of the democratic campaign and that raises a question of his judgement.

    Felix , Coachella CA.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  2. Rosie

    It is so nice to see that at last we are able to discuss race and its affect upon this country. My heart goes out to White's who have become prisoners of the slave era, and the Jim Crow era. It is so sad to hear that in 2008, there are those who believe that Black's are vengefull people.
    But what I do not understand is, if the enslavement of the Black's is supported by the Bible, as it has been said, Why would White's think that Black's would go against God's plan for his Dark skin people? Therefore, to fear that Black's are going to seek revenge, says that the ill-treatment of the Black's did not come from the Bible, but from man's own mindset.
    We must also remember why it was possible for the White man to enslave the Black man; it was because he was the most humble of all men. If Black's were as violent and vicious as history has painted us out to be, it would have been impossible to have enslaved the Black race of people.
    But God chose us for such a lot in life, because as the Hebrew's in their time; we are the mose humble race of people, in our time.
    We must also remember, that it was the Dark skinned people, whom God sent to build this Country; so why is it so strange that now that the Country is in serious trouble; he would, again, call out a Dark skinned man, that he might rebuild this Country?
    Also remember, that after the flood, the first to build his Kingdom was Nimrod, the grandson of Ham.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:31 am |
  3. Nancy

    Until July, 2008 Hal Turner had a controversial tv show until he was inundated by the media, Federal government, and special interest groups because they didn't want this information out. Is it true that the US government has shipped $800B Ameros to the Chinese Development Bank in preparation to devalue the US dollar. Within 6 months the US dollar will be converted by the Canadian, Mexican, and US government into a new dollar. A force Ljour Only the stock market, banks will know what this is, until the dollar will have no value which will rob the US from any US money that exists, leaving everyone destitude. He says to open foreign bank accounts to save our money. The Euro is not safe, only gold and silver. He says that there will be civil unrest and the National Guard has their orders already. Hopefully, this is a scare tactic or bad propaganda. Please verify that this is not true.

    October 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  4. marini

    racism is alive an well in america, muslin has become the new word for saying the n word for older white americans

    October 26, 2008 at 1:00 am |
  5. linda

    I am an independent, white middle-aged voter and I was a Hillary supporter. I have never been very involved in politics, but I was ironing and watching the Democratic Convention and I have no idea what came over me. For the first time in my life I feel passionate about the Presidential election. I want Obama/Biden to win with all my heart. Barack has the temperment and intelligence to be our leader. He will guide us through this economic crisis and he will be be able to deal with our enemies in a diplomatic, responsible way. McCain wants to re-live the Reagan era- he is too short-sighted to bring us into the future. Palin is just self-serving and clueless. McCain can not even unite his own party let alone this country.

    October 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  6. julyienn

    Obama is a good man. Smart and very intelligent and oh so cool. I admire the way he thinks before he reacts and in his own calm, clear way gets right to the heart of the matter. So many negitive things have been written about Black people over the years, until when one comes along that doesn't fit the sterotype that they've molded for us, they automatically start to attack them. From what I've seen, if Sara Palin would have tried to stop those hecklers that day during her speech, maybe some of this hatred would have been curved.

    October 25, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  7. Larry L.

    The people here will be the ones to vote Obama in if that happens.Sales were mentioned by a member of the panel,Obama is a great salesman and that's how he will win.These people want to believe this will be a good change.People are so simple,they follow like sheep to be sheered.

    October 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  8. Taylor, AZ

    I'm just writing to say that I really enjoyed all the comments posted here so far. Thanks to Harold for that added perspective on the quiet 'votes' of confidence.

    October 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  9. Tonya Stringfellow CA,

    Im worried the Republicans will underhandedly take the Presidency from Obama like they did from Al Gore. Mark my words. If something like this happens it will be a Riot throughout our great nation.

    October 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  10. stephanie

    rob i agree with you 100% . thanks for being truthful about your comments. but i must say this is a racial country. black people have to get a mastersdegree just to get the same job a white person get witha high school diploma!! This is the truth and very factual , I see this kind of radical mess everyday. they use alot of code words to communicate with their peers. Like you people , they are not like us, etc.. etc.. racism is alive in this country. for instant look at the nut that accused a black man for attacking her. now white folks what do you have to say about that? they need to throw the book at this racial bigot! I hope that letter B stay on her face forever, so she can explain this to other racial bigots like herself. the B doesn't stand for barack it stands for bigot!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  11. R. Wood

    Thanks CNN for playing the Rev. Wright clip last night. I'm sure the McCain campaign is grateful for that as well as your disturbing habit of playing McCain's campaign commercials as news items. O.K., I know you need to try and keep conservative viewers from turning to Fox. So how about a little fair play. Convene a focus group on marital infidelity. Play them a clip exposing McCain's history. Then ask them to comment. Finally, could you please stop airing Pat Buchanan as a cross-dreser. We all know it's him and MSNBC is getting upset. Oh, that's his sister....really!

    October 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  12. Pat A Canada

    This election is not about the past! This election is about the Future! This election is not about past degradation and suppression of African Americans. Those who are trying to make it such are those still living in the past. Those who fear change and a new path.

    This election has put a spot light on the progress that has been achieved since that era. The progress that we see today in Barack Obama, the progress that is perceived by the majority of Americans as the man who is the Best Leader for their Nation. The man who is perceived as the leader who can bring unity, harmony and a new, much needed direction to a Nation and it's people.

    I don't believe Americans who are supporting Barack Obama are supporting a man of either color. Barack Obama is not white or black in their eyes. They see Barack Obama as the Man they believe in wholeheartedly and the man they perceive to be the Best Possible Choice for Americans as the Next President! Barack Obama's accomplishments have exemplified the progress that America has made since that time long ago! And in my opinion, that's progress that all Americans be pride of. It is progress that can continue to flourish and succeed under the leadership of Barack Obama. I applaud Barack's tenacity, strength, courage, discipline, faith, and undying hope that his committment to a Dream would make a difference. These are characteristics of not just a leader but of all who have been considered Great Men of our time. Great Job Barack!

    October 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  13. Diane

    Enjoyed the various comments from the panel discussion last evening faciliated by Tom Foreman. It is interesting and puzzling how misinformed Republican supporters are. OR is it that they are just in denial? There is a refusial to recognize that Barack Obama would make the best choice for President because of his judgement skills, intelligence and temperment? And Barack's running mate, Joe Biden is a far superior choice for Vice President .

    Many Americans still seem to be living in the l950's and are definately divided and racist when it comes to skin color. Although those same people enjoy colored people in sports and entertainment – go figure??

    October 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  14. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    In rural America north, south, east and west there is indeed a visible element associated with gun racks, Confederate Flags and those sickening and all too transparent code words. This I believe is because there is an element of the white population that is that has been left behind as America is being transformed into a more tolerant more humanitariam nation by the great liberal movements of the past century. These folks do indeed feel more comfortable with what they percieve to be the more 'stable' and 'orderly' society of the 1940's and 1950's even though in reality they were by comparison extremely cruel, inhuman and intolerant. In those long gone societies the white supremisist was dominant. It was the White Supremisist that determined the fate of the Racial minorities. If he (the White Supremisist) felt inclined to roll a few free watermellons off the truck to satiate his fellow black or brown citizen that was a sign of good Christian 'fellowship' and as long as the ethnic minority was full of 'yes massah thank you's' than everything was as it should be. These same past 'supremisists' now find themselves having to share the stage and they simply don't like it. To get around legal and criminal issues an intricate array of code words have entered the stump speeches to communicate sympathy with this disgraceful minority which by all accounts seems to be rooted at the core of the Republican base. That is the base that McCain in his desperate and misguided attempt to obtain political power is appealing to.

    I have enough faith in America to feel that MCCain\Palin will ultimately will fail BIG in this election and hopefully this will result in a complete and overt repuduation of the image of a slack jawed, slumping foot dragging, gun toting, bible thumping, hate mongering racist Red Neck as Mr or Mrs' Rural America. Maybe even the Republican party will then realize that one doesn't need these morons to win an election and they will stop pandering to them.

    October 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  15. Mike

    AC, maybe your panel can talk about the competing 40 billion dollar pipelines to bring natural gas to Chicago from Alaska that Palin was responsible for. You can interview authors Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson of the new book "Sarah takes on Big Oil" that talks about it. It will be the largest construction project ever in North America. Maybe talk about the National Guard units in Alaska over which Palin is Commander in Chief. They are on call 24/7 as part of our nations missile defense system. I suspect the panel will instead talk about the clothes the RNC bought for her, that will likely end up at that consignment store in Anchorage she typically shops for her clothes at.

    October 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  16. Tyrone

    EXPERIENCE JUDGEMENT AND NOT MCCAIN

    John McCain has a proven record of wrong judgement! Voting for the Iraq War was wrong ! McCain and President Bush forgot to purchase the proper armor to pervent the death of American troops! Mother's of American's troops had to find the armor and send it to their love ones! All this talk about McCain being so experience.IS JUST TALK! McCain was in the military for over twenty years and a P.O.W! That does not make him a expert in foreign policy! That make him a veteran! All McCain so-call experience did not stop him from starting the wrong war! The Iraq War cause the needless death of 4,117 ( AND COUNTING)_Americans. ( HE SHOULD BE IMPEACH FOR THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF AMERICAN CITIZEN) Not rewarded with being President! Many many book have been written by former President Bush staff. About the lie of the Iraq War threat! McCain is counting on white racism and hate and divide to help him to the White House"! The problem with that is white are understanding and respect their country more so then hating anyone. They see that they are in the same boat as non-white! Whites pay just as much for gas as non-whites. 600,000 to a million Americans both whites and nonwhites will be losing their homes!

    October 25, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  17. Chris

    I have two points to make, first point...

    I respected Sen. McCain in his 2000 run for president and preferred him over now President Bush. But, during this election Sen. McCain has allow his campaigns direction to take several turns for the worst. He has allowed campaign pundits and even his VP pick Gov. Palin to change his Country First and Change message to one of division ("Pro-America", and Barack is a "Muslim"), as well as the camps insistence on Sen Obama's ties with Bill Ayers' radical actions during the 60's, calling them terrorist acts against America. I feel he could inspire millions and win the election with honor if he had stuck to his original message of being a Maverick, war hero, POW, right change for America, and energy independence. I voted Republican in the past, but this year I am voting Democratic because the Barack/Biden message has been about uniting America and rebuilding our image in the world, as well as, the most important issue in America-"The Economy."

    Second point...

    Why hasn't the media jumped all over Sen. McCain's private visit with Chilean dictator Pinochet "without preconditions" in 1985? It relates to his debate over Sen Obama's judgment in foreign policy with Iran; as well as relating to Bill Ayers because of Gen. Pinochet's associations with terrorist acts in Washington Dc in 1976.

    Chris
    NC

    October 25, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  18. Tyrone

    BOTTOM LINE MCCAIN HOPES

    Bottom line McCain is counting on hate and divide and white racism! McCain is hoping that white hatred of blacks is stronger then there love of country! The problem with McCain thinking is that he is so out of touch with the world and the country! And he is wrong about WHITE AMERICANS"' Whites now see that they pay just as much for gas as non- whites and many more things. They are in the same if not worse condition as many black people. After the discrimination of blacks ,slavery , Jim Crow seperate but equal etc...White have done little more then give 1% of the country 90% of the wealth! McCain just as the white woman THAT LIED and said she was attack by a 6 foot black man. Because she supported Obama...She was lying just like McCain and Palin about Obama! Palin never met Obama. Never asked him to his face about any issue. Yet Palin repeats over and over. Obama paling around with Bill Ayers! LIE LIE LIE! While Palin's husband is a card carry member of a white hate group! NO ONE HAS REPORTED THE STORY! I'm counting on Americans remembering the troops that died in Iraq. FOR NOTHING! They Vulunteer and respected our government and their President to have the good and responsible judgement. When they are put in arms way! I'm voting in behalf of the troops that died in Iraq! THAT IS THE LEASE WE ALL CAN DO..............VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 at 10:39 am |
  19. Tyrone

    HOW FAST WE FORGET!!!!

    I don’t think white Americans understands how black Americans have the same love affair with this country like whites say they do. Remember Bill Ayer a white man hated at one time his country. When black people hear talk about how America is land of freedom and opportunity and it being such a great country; there is always a footnote. Because for the majority of America’s history those freedoms did not apply to African-Americans. Yet blacks fought and died for their country. AND STILL DO"' Blacks also fought and died to vote for WHITE PEOPLE! We have been abused and exploited by the policies of this government for over 200 years. And I have to say, we still SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. We do hold a grudge against the United States government but not white people individually. So hearing Jeremiah Wright’s comments don’t bother me because I have heard and had those conversations all my life. Rev.Wright was made evil by the pundits and John McCain's people! Rev. Wright was a American that serve in the Navy and Marine ! And many of the comment that Rev. Wright talked about was true! He talk about WHITE GREED "' Hello Wall Street! HOW FAST WE FORGET!!!!

    October 25, 2008 at 10:00 am |
  20. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Harold Muth................you are right.

    I walk around town wearing one of the only Obama shirts in town. I'm white and 43 yrs old, originally from MN. This town is terribly Republican. I don't care. I'm an Independent. I stand up for what is right. People are so worried about what other people think. White people around here are divided. Half will vote for McCain just because Obama is black. The other half won't talk about who they will vote for. They say they are undecided. Ridiculous. They will go into the voting booth and vote for Obama and tell no one........until Obama wins and it is apparent it is "ok" to vote for him. Then, and only then, will they wave the Obama flag and pretend they have been doing it all along.............Lol..........It will be Obama by a landslide. And, that cannot happen with ONLY blacks voting for him.........because it isn't only blacks........

    October 25, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  21. Tyrone

    THE REASON OBAMA WINS!

    Joe Biden, along with Hillary Clinton, has said on numerous occasions that Barack Obama is not ready to be President. Now, he’s telling us that our enemies will surely test Obama if he wins. SO WHAT! Biden ran for President three times and was rejected three times . And receive under 100 thousand all together in votes for all three times he ran! Hillary experinece was a first lady for 16 years and Senator for four years! Biden and Hillary are now campaigning for Obama. The American people make that decisions and the American people picked Obama. America see that the people that been in our government the longest are the worse for our government! Biden and Hillary voted for the Iraq War AND WHERE WRONG! That is why Biden is second on the ticket. Obama has the best judgement of all! Obama was not only against the Iraq War he told America WHY! AND HE WAS RIGHT! The reason Obama will win is that over 4,000 Americans are dead for nothing! And Americans are voting in their behalf! I know that is why I'm voting for Obama. McCain is out of touch with the country and the world! And still to this day McCain will not tell the American people he was wrong to go into Iraq!

    October 25, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  22. Carolyn - California

    Black Americans do love the USA! My brother fought in Vietnam because he loved this country. He was given the Bronze Star, Silver Cross(?) and several Purple Hearts for saving his company. I too love my country and I (as Black American) have a right to criticize it without my character being called into question. Only a few days ago, when President Bush met with a couple of foreign presidents, one of them said "America needs stop its hateful practices." While its true, I didn't appreciate an outsider saying it, but no offense was taken because the President of France is White. So while most Black Americans acknowledge that they are still treated unequal they love their home and would not permit outsiders to destroy it whether they are White or some other color.

    Notwithstanding, I first took notice of Senator Obama during the early debates when he responded to a question on energy after Governor Richardson had responded. He answered the question effortless from the inside – out and that impressed me. Yes, I am proud of America because this is a first in our history and it proves we have come a long way – both Black America and White America. If anyone thinks that past racist actions has not affected both groups then they are wrong. The deregulating policies of this government the past 30 years caused jobs to be sent overseas and impacted Black Americans disportionately because we were groomed for "high school to work" jobs not "college to work" like White children and other groups. Now the economic crisis has hit and a lot of middle class Whites are losing their homes. So I wonder will race be more important to White Americans than our nation.

    Race politics takes place everyday in Black communities as Black ministers and politicians see the abundance of drugs in our community, they see fewer and fewer African-American students attending colleges, joblessness and homelessness at an all time high. This is what Reverend Wright was really responding to in his sermon. It's what we call a wake-up sermon because many Black Americans who can dress-up and go to church forget about this part of our community. I'm sure that many similar sermons were preached after Katina because otherwise we (Blacks) tend to think it is not my problem.

    So, yes race is an issue in this election, the same as when I voted for Bill Clinton. It which man I think will get the majority of us (Blacks) back to work and into college.

    October 25, 2008 at 4:27 am |
  23. wanda

    I am 54 yrs both of my parents have passed away with tears in my eyes how I wish that they could see this marvelous thing, but lately hearing all the hate from Mcain palin I am glad that they aren't hear to see this . I am and always be a democrat I think if Obama was white would Mcain would be differnet would he look at him , would he roll his eyes , he calls him non american and greedy barack grew up on food stamps but his white mother worked hard so her son and daughter could have a good education sad that she is gone so she can't see her son she would be proud. I hear over and over again that Jesse Jackson and al sharpton would be in the whitehouse do they know that he is taking abused by the older leaders for not seeking their advice jesse said that he talks down to blacks and isn;t black enough you all have no idea what he goes through and yet a little old lady sent a food stamp with his image on it with chicken, watermelon and koolaid . Asked why she did it ? she laughed it was just food now that is the new joke have some koolaide I can't listen to the news without crying a man had a stuffed monkey with his name on it . there are more interracisl couple now they hurt also by mcain he lets the crown scream kill him and said to obama hurt him with the remarks about the klan in the old south I just want america to understand how proud we are to have a qualified black man to be all of our leaders this is history for us and mcain has made a mockery of this moment for us please we are americans more than others I thought we were free I wonder?

    October 25, 2008 at 3:54 am |
  24. sp song

    Senator Obama is referred to as an African-Amerian by both whites and blacks. His mother is a white woman from Kansas, right? African-Americans seem more willing to own him than whites. I am a naturalized Asian-American citizen who will cast his vote for the first time in my life. Whether Barak Obama goes all the way or not, I am truly proud to be an American for the first time in my adult life. If Barak Obama becomes the President of the Unites States of America, I see it as a historic opportunity for all Americans get over the ugly past and come together as one people to shine as the democracy beacon of the world once again.

    October 25, 2008 at 3:10 am |
  25. Mari - Crown Point, IN

    Hi….does everyone remember when Sarah Palin got nailed for saying something like the “ultra-patriotic” part of the country……I forgot what words she used (maybe it was “pro-americans”). Anyhoo……her statement of saying that “they are not like you and me” I think means just that. She’s saying another way, that there are people who are MORE “American” and for their country than others. She can’t use her original words because the media hammered her for it……but in her latest statement you are referencing, she’s doing the same thing just using different words. It’s not a black or white thing…..it’s her being “not so smart” – AGAIN.

    Also.......I don't know if you caught this, but today while out on the campaign trail, she promised that children with special needs will have programs in EVERY school and parents of these kids will have their choice of where to send them (rather than to just a few institutions). Gee.........what happened to McCains FREEZE on ALL SPENDING????????????

    PS – I am white and she's an embarassment....to women, to those of normal intelligence (which she is not), and I can't wait until she packs her sled and heads back north again. Enough already !!!!!!!!!!! She hasn't changed this whole campaign!!!!!!!! ENOUGH !!!

    October 25, 2008 at 2:45 am |
  26. James

    I am a 39 year old African American. I grew up in this country. I have also lived outside of this country for more than 15 years. Racism exist in every country that I have visited. It's a fact of life through my eyes.

    Yet it is much worse in this country than any other that I have visited. So It would not be wise to think that it does not exist in this election.

    One thing I continue to hear is that 90% of blacks support Obama, because he is black. Is everyone forgetting that he is also half white? I support the candidate which I think will be best for this country.

    Race has nothing to do with the issues. Let's focus on what really matters.

    October 25, 2008 at 2:28 am |
  27. CRAIG WILLIAMS

    Americans need to wake up, and getting out of that fear of a black man conplexs.

    October 25, 2008 at 2:20 am |
  28. B Mack

    African Americans have been voting "democrat" since the 1930's. To say that they are only voting for Obama because he is black is untrue. Had Hillary Clinton won the nomination, the same percentage of African Americans would be voting for her. Why??? I'll give you three guesses (but the first two, don't count.)
    If Obama were a Republican and received this large percentage of the Black vote, then you could say the African Americans are voting for him because of his race. Until then, there's nothing you can say because Blacks have ALWAYS voted for the Democrats. The percentage of times is probably close to 98.
    The question should be, why haven't the Republicans done anything to attract this obvious "guaranteed" vote?

    October 25, 2008 at 2:12 am |
  29. Bob

    In some ways, Hawaiians seem higher on the evolutionary sociological scale than most of the rest of the country. Obama is, above all, Hawaiian. Kids in Hawaii are PROUD of their multiple ethnicities. Kids who are not of multiple ethnicities are the exception rather than the rule. "Ohana", the valuing of family (in more than just the blood relative sense) includes caring for everyone in the community. Peaceable problem solving is valued over confrontation. Most of all, Obama's cool, no-drama, reflective approach is quintessentially Hawaiian.

    October 25, 2008 at 1:58 am |
  30. Bill

    In response to being aware of code words and interpreting statements differently, I am white, however, I am a minority in that I am a gay male. I find myself being aware of my surroundings and reading into seemingly innocent statements around friends. Usually, comments will go under the radar and are meaningless and harmless. Although, I do find myself more aware of these "code words" which are different in the political realm.

    To say that certain constituencies will hear these code words of "us" and "them" etc differently than the majority is right on target. However, one chooses how it will affect themselves and their views on the campaign issues and decisions.

    October 25, 2008 at 1:55 am |
  31. Erin

    Just thought that i would say..... I think that the US as a whole has everything to do with our feelings on race, we put way to much empasis on things that invole it: "The first black woman as..., The first black man to..... The only hispanic to...." I do not want to lessen any victory felt by any minority, I am not trying to devalue that. We just put way to much emphasis on it. Seems to me that we are all to blame for the fact that nobody can get passed the racial issue.

    thanks erin

    October 25, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  32. James from Concord, NC

    Did anyone notice on AC360 tonight when they were doing the segment on whether race plays a factor in peoples decision to vote one way or another and if there are "code" words that some may or may not hear...., During the 4 way split screen...., as the 3 other correspondents were giving their opinions...., Tom Foreman appeared to have lights go off in his head as if he had never considered another point of view....or as Oprah likes to call it ... "ah hah!!" moments. Anyone with a dvr or tivo should play it back and observe his reactions to everyone else's opinion. It just further reaffirmed the idea to me that some people can probably empathize a certain idea or point, but will never understand.

    October 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  33. Daniel Congdon

    Interesting segment but I was more that a little perturbed when Tom Foreman characterized the majority of America as white and Christian. Where does this assumption come from.

    October 24, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  34. G-way

    Thank you all for making it possible to discuss the Issue of Race. As an outsider in this important decision making process, I feel so strongly that Race plays a crucial role in the way MOST Americans vote. I believe there are people who will not vote for Barack Obama just because he is black. Despite the fact that he is of mixed race, the fact that part of him is black makes some people think otherwise.
    Apart from the fact that some people will not vote for him because he is black, I was stunned that people like the mother-in-law of my ex-white-girlfriend would not vote for him because they think “he is an injustice for being of a mixed race.” She told me plainly that a child of mixed race in America is an “injustice” and that was the reason why she would not allow us (her white daughter-in-law and me, a black man).
    I think the issue of racism is something that should still be addressed even after the elections.

    October 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  35. Harold D Muth

    Bumper Stickers for McCain/Palin abound. Not so for Obama/Biden.
    There is an existing "Bradley Effect". I have voted for Obama not because he is part black, or because he is part white. I voted for him because he is the best candidate. I have friends who will not vote for him because he is a "muslin". That is baloney! They do not want to see a non-white in the White House. I have other friends who will vote for Obama but will not advertise their choice – nor will they display a bumper sticker. These are the so-called Independants that will counter-balance the Bradley effect. I believe that the quiet Obama voters will out number the prejudiced voters and that will make Obama/Biden the winners.

    October 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  36. Vince

    As a black male who is supporting Obama because I think he is the best canidate not because he is black. If you take the candidates, their policies and their judgement, but you switch their race, ie Obama is now white and McCain/Palin are black, I would still be voting for Obama because he has the write temporment. Yes, it will be a historic moment in our conuntry if Obama is elected, but give black people more credit. We would love a black person to become the leader of the free world, but we don’t want just any black person.

    October 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Candace Vance

    I don't think white American understands that black Americans don't have the same love affair with this country like they do. When black people hear talk about how America is land of freedom and opportunity and it being such a great country; there is always a footnote for us. Because for the majority of America's history those freedoms did not apply to African-Americans. We have been abused and exploited by the policies of this government for over 200 years. And I have to say, we are still a little bitter. We do hold a grudge against the United States government but not white people individually. So hearing Jeremiah Wright's comments don't bother me because I have heard and had those conversations all my life.

    October 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  38. rob

    I'm a 58 year old white man born and raised in the south from an Air Force family. The south in the 50's-60's was divided by colored and white restaurants, bathrooms and drinking fountains. There are definitely "code" words left over from that hateful time. Boy, uppity and others far worse. I now live in Oregon yet my extended family sends me emails from Florida full of these code words and ennuendos meant to reaffirm this southern prejudice. We have come a long way since that time but to believe these old prejudices don't exist would be naive. The measured attempt by the McCain-Palin campaign to run on Barack Obama's "not one of us" is, to me, just an attempt to revisit the past and work to the peoples emotional fears of a black person. Just look at the white woman who claimed a black man attacked her, the press jumped all over it without stopping to question.

    October 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  39. Alison A

    I think the kind of "transformation" that our country needs and that the Obama campaign represents could stir up different feelings among different people.

    Today on NPR I heard a focus group discussion among a mixed audience. One middle aged woman confessed that she was not going to vote for Obama because she "feared chaos" would result. She went on to describe how 40 years ago, that black people were pushed off the sidewalks. (She confessed that "some" blacks, if given the power, would now want their payback).

    I could hardly comprehend this person's perspective - but it was so interesting to hear the thoughtful response from a male black school teacher. He explained that if Obama should win the presidency that the there would be joy and celebration (such as dancing in the street)– But that Tranformation is NOT chaos.

    I wonder about how fear tactics and code words going on in the Republican campain is trying to create fear and uncertainty about "uprisings" and "class wars."

    A real example that has not been addressed is the recent speeches of "SHY" Cindy McCain (Her reference that "Obama send a chill up my spine")....like he is Boo Rattly or something even deeper and darker.

    Ashley Todd was just a "gross example" of these subtle tactics and inferences, John Lewis was absolutely correct with his assertion about the tacit inferences of the McCain Palin campaign.

    But between Palin AND Cindy McCain it's been soooo obvious that these women are trying to stir up fear and uncertainty among voters.

    October 24, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Agni

    My black friends say that at the time of a crisis like this, only a black man can help America. They are saying the supremacy of whites is a story of the past. Now its going to be "Black" america. Even whites think a black man is their savior. Dont you think its very ironic that now America has to depend on a black to save when they degraded them for years? I think in a way its good that blacks who have been suppressed for years and energized so much. Do you all think its a positive development?

    October 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm |