Today on CNN Newsroom

The latest news and information from around the world. Also connect with CNN through social media. We want to hear from you.
November 21st, 2009
01:45 PM ET
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ecurra19

    It is my impression that the question presented to College Students by Tony Harris is a little bit late. Racism is not a factor in the criticism of President Obama? The criticism is based on the lack of action but America has to understand that his actions are mainly based on the financial situation in the United States.

    November 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  2. Bob

    To a very small degree. The main reason that Obama is picked on is of course thanks to the Republican party who has developed the "TV Commerical approach" and that is that it makes no different if your right or wrong only that if the public hears and sees it enough they will beleive it. This is of course also fostered by the Media who repeat anything and everything without really doing any "in depth research and then calling whomever the liars are out.

    I am not a Democratic or Republican but someone needs to mention the fact that it is "impossible odds" that the entire Republican party thinks one way and that way is against everything Obama does, the odds are pretty darn good that out of X number of people who think one way the will be X number who do not. This simply means that the Republicans are all voting the same ONLY because the are Republicans and that is really SICK politics. P.S. The same would go for Democrats if the Republicans were in power. America and Democracy are not working real well.

    November 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  3. Warren

    When the GOP students and others chose not to understand that the confederate flag represents the oppression of American of African descent it upsets me. Today I read the article below and know that the we still have a long ways to go for racial equity.
    Crowd Heckles KKK Protest After Ole Miss Nixes 'Dixie'
    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Print ShareThisOXFORD, Miss. — About a dozen hooded Ku Klux Klan members rallied briefly at the University of Mississippi before Saturday's football game with No. 10 LSU.

    The members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan spent about 10 minutes waving flags, displaying Nazi-style salutes and occasionally gesturing at a group of about 250 hecklers that included young children. They were protesting the school's decision to drop a pep song that included "Dixie."

    Some fans had been ending the song by chanting, "The South will rise again." Chancellor Dan Jones asked the band to stop playing the song after fans ignored a request to drop the chant.

    The Klan said it was protesting over lost Southern symbolism at Ole Miss, which has been rocked by racial strife before.

    November 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm |
  4. John

    The “Southern Cross’ was a Battle Flag during the American Civil War. The shame is that the “Southern Cross” is currently used by those who would instill fear into people of color. There are those who say it is a show of southern pride and while that may be true, the truth of the matter is that this flag still represents the oppression of blacks. There are other ways to show pride in our heritage without purposely trying to incite others (that goes both ways folks).

    For those of you who believe the Republican Party represents an environment of bigotry and racism, chew on this little tidbit:
    By 1860, sectional disagreements between North and South revolved primarily around the maintenance or expansion of slavery. Historian Drew Gilpin Faust observed that "leaders of the secession movement across the South cited slavery as the most compelling reason for southern independence." Related and intertwined secondary issues also fueled the dispute; these secondary differences (real or perceived) included tariffs, agrarianism vs. industrialization, and states' rights. The immediate spark for secession came from the victory of the Republican Party and the election of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 elections.
    Civil War historian James M. McPherson wrote:
    To southerners the election’s most ominous feature was the magnitude of Republican victory north of the 41st parallel. Lincoln won more than 60 percent of the vote in that region, losing scarcely two dozen counties. Three-quarters of the Republican congressmen and senators in the next Congress would represent this “Yankee” and antislavery portion of the free states. The New Orleans Crescent saw these facts as “full of portentous significance”. “The idle canvas prattle about Northern conservatism may now be dismissed,” agreed the Richmond Examiner. “A party founded on the single sentiment... of hatred of African slavery, is now the controlling power.” No one could any longer “be deluded... that the Black Republican party is a moderate” party, pronounced the New Orleans Delta. “It is in fact, essentially, a revolutionary party.”

    The Republican Party was the impetus of ending slavery. Racism does not choose a political party, people choose to be racists and I’ve seen my fair share across the wide spectrum of races in this world. We need to stop using race as a crutch and get on with our lives.

    November 23, 2009 at 3:18 am |
  5. Angie

    for those who do not believe that the current Republican party represent bigotry:
    the currrent white supremists groups are all Republican.
    So is the Republican party representative of racists in America?
    That would be a big "You Betcha!"

    November 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  6. Randy N

    We are out of work and they are having a party. The way I had been raised you don't open the jug until the job is done. What has this president done? But it's all good some of your people were invited right?

    November 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  7. John

    So let me see if I get this straight...There are White Supremacists out there that are Republicans so, ALL Republicans must be racists.

    Let's see how that translates to other groups:

    There are Socialist groups that are Democrats so that means ALL Democrats are Socialists and want the U.S. to become a Socialist State.

    There are MANY Blacks that hate Whites so ALL Blacks hate Whites, there are MANY Whites that hate Blacks so ALL Whites hate Blacks. I get it now...we are ALL RACISTS so we are either all wrong or we are all right.

    Come on people, there are bad apples on both sides of this issue. That doesn't make ALL of us bad. You CANNOT lump all people from one group into a neat little box and label it. That is the coward’s way out.

    November 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  8. Phillip Hanks

    People hear that race is to blame for so many issues in the US, they are becoming emotionally numb to the idea, as it seems to serve primarily as an excuse for an actually problem. Therefore, in the situations in which race actually is to blame, it is given little weight. Stop blaming criticism on race unless it is one of the extremely few cases in which it is true.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:43 am |