Could Obama be a racist

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
March 14, 2008 12:44pm CST
I am not calling him a racist, but is there a posiblity that he might be. If you have been listening to Rev. Wright for twenty years, maybe you agree with him. If you had Rev. Wright marry you and your wife, maybe you like him. If you have Rev. Wright baptize your children, maybe there is some connection there. If you gave Rev. Wright over 20,000 dollar in one year, maybe just maybe their opinions are not to different. I have a pastor. I agree with everything he says. If I did not I would just go find a different church. My pastor, just like Obama's pastor, and maybe your pastor is someone you choose for yourself. Why go to a church that you disagree with. Not only did Obama pick Rev. Wright to be his pastor, he pick him to be apart of his campaign. Obama called this guy his "Moral Leader". Maybe just maybe there is something to this.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I still can't believe what I heard from that video of Obama's pastor. Obama claimed him to be his mentor, his moral leader as you point out, and someone that he looked up to. I am stunned at this whole situation. I am not a fan of Obama nor will I support his candidacy should he become our democratic nominee and now I am really mad. A few days ago he is calling the words of geraldine ferrarro..a great woman nonetheless..rediculous and his aides called it racist. She said nothing of that sort but merely stated her opinon. Now, here is his pastor..preaching & receiving praise for calling America the KKA!! is that not a racist comment? I am just utterly shocked with word after word that I heard him speak. This man "mentored" our presidential candidate. Do we really want to express to our children that America is the KKA? Obama looks up to this man and values his guidance....does that mean that he thinks America is the KKA too? i am just shocked.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I wish that the Republican in every state left would go and vote in the Democrat primary, if they could. I must say as a proud Conservative Republican that I would rather have Clinton than Obama. Clinton has said stuff that I disagree with completely, but what Obama and his supporters have said are just unconscionable.
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@sid556 (31002)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Why would anyone subscribe to a church unless they agreed with the morals and views of that church? You have a very good point and I hope that people pay attention to it. I personally find Obama to be very likeable but this does make one wonder. I understand that this pastor is like family to him but at some point one grows up and makes choices that are suiting to ones own personal values regardless of that. I was raised catholic. It was drilled into me so much thru my childhood and teen years. I have a mind of my own and I honestly don't believe in many of those beliefs. As an adult, I moved away from that church. I don't know...I don't understand it either.
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@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
15 Mar 08
yes,he is an undercover racist.he will say whatever to get elected.you dont go to a racist church for 20 years and be close friends with the pastor and then say "i dont beleive in my pastor nor my church" cmon people dont be so gullable
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Exactly, that is what I am saying. I cannot understand why someone who hates this country, and everything that this country stands for want to be the leader of that country. The Obamas are wealth people, they could live this country, and live a good live in a country of their choosing.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
14 Mar 08
I don't think Obama is a racist. If he is I'd love to read that case study, considering he is bi-racial. Obama did not give Rev. Wright $20K in a year, he gave the church that money, and anyone who is familiar with Chicago knows the great amount of good that this church does. I saw the video too, and I don't think that we can hold Obama accountable for all the things that came out of Rev. Wright's mouth. Obama, to my knowledge, never solicited Rev. Wright to be a part of his campaign, all he said was Rev. Wright has been one of his mentors. Bill Clinton is also one of his mentors but no one is saying anything about that. I look at it this way. I've had the same best friend for 20 years, and I have alot of respect for her, but that doesn't mean that I always agree with her actions or things that she says. But I still had her stand up for me at my wedding, she was there when I gave bith to my kids, and has given me great advice when I've needed guidance in my life. In my honest opinion, I think the influence of the media is making mountains out of molehills, both on the Obama and the Clinton side. Although I don't agree with Ferraro's remarks, I don't hold them against Hillary. Maybe it's a bad analogy but I think it's like holding parents responsible for what their adult children are saying. Absolutely ridiculous.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
14 Mar 08
You are right Soccermom, Obama can't be held accountable for everything that comes out of his pastors mouth but what he can be held accountable for and should very well be is his long time association with this man! It's like the little boy crying wolf and then going back and playing with the wolves! He can also be held accountable for his own words; calling this obvious racist a "moral leader" is just another example of the kind of leadership Obama brings to the table! $20 thousand to the church or pastor lets split hairs shall we! He gave it to the church but the church as a whole agrees with this pastor or they would fire him! A church can do a great deal of good in a community and still be racist!
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
14 Mar 08
Actually Obama DID solicit Reverend Wright to be part of his campaign. He wanted Wright to introduce him when he made speeches. It was on the advise of his campaign manager that he decided not to. I disagree with your comments about parents being held responsible for what their children say. Children don't choose their parents and parents don't choose their children. Obama chooses to go to this man's church. He chooses to give money to that church. He chooses to attend and cheer for this man's racists speeches. I wouldn't choose to associate with anyone who spoke in such a manager and I think it shows questionable character to be associated so closely with someone like that.
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@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
15 Mar 08
his church targets and only helps black families or causes.his church gave louis farrakan an award,if they helped a white family it was only token.his church by its own admission is a racist organization
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• Indonesia
15 Mar 08
Americans need a leader with a strong vision, especially when this country is facing accute problems in all aspect of life. Barack Obama has come to answer these problem. White House need a president with clear vision to lead the country toward a better life for all, not only for elites, upper-class entities, but also for those who are voiceless, powerless........It is the Americans itself that seemingly are not ready to see a fundamental changing in leadership. Let Obama lead the way to make America more secure, more democratic and be a safer place for all..........
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@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
15 Mar 08
your joking right??
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• United States
15 Mar 08
he must be, i am amused.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Mar 08
How can Obama make this country more democratic when he already agreed to disenfranchise voters in Michigan and Florida? Not exactly a champion of democracy if he wants to take away voting rights from people.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I think the words spoken by Mr. Wright are very disturbing, and all should be disturbed at them.. I mean I believe it was wrong the way we treated the Native Americans (I think the true manifest destiny would have been to live side by side).. slavery was horribly wrong.. But that does not mean I hate my country or race. All races have been guilty of wars, oppressions and slaughters. It's not a matter of race, but of being human and very flawed. No one race is more to be blamed than another, but we (as a whole) make the same mistake over and over.. Always within humanity is the desire to point the finger and say "it's that group over there. They're the guilty ones.. more guilty than the rest." We did it with the Jews, if ya think there isn't a new one shaping up quite solidly, think again.. The conservative, the christian.. the new accepted hatred. [Only I'm pondering if Rev Wright doesn't strongly dislike all white americans, and I have to wonder how many of my fellow americans feel this way?.]
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
I think there is a great danger of reverse discrimination here. For so many years the majority leaders of other races have been stomping on the heads of the minority races. Now we have someone who is using mixed race as a ticket to his candidacy. I think it is a wonderful thing but its sad that it has to be so obvious. I also think it is really interesting that we are seeing a WOMAN and a man of mixed race pitted against each other. They are so close in their race, it will be interesting to see what happens.
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I have been very concerned since seeing the videos, reading the stories, and listening to the pundits. If Obama is elected, I'm concerned about the safety of my family.
• United States
15 Mar 08
may be if Rev. Wright was Martin L. king It will be the same comment you will make. I don't think that Obama is racist. He's young and very full of strength to rule this country in the right direction. Clinton has used very nasty words and I think that it is Clinton who is racist. Very much all the white people now want her, but Black people are voting this time, because if you, look at the way they treat black it is unfair while the rich whites work at target and other large stores Blacks don't get much of that and more black people have to start on construction jobs, but the white people don't do that why? is it bush or Clinton that had been racist in the past? Obama is the light to equality, because I think a lot of those white president grew up in lux. It only help make them stupid when they get there, they don't know hardship. a black man goes through hell to get up to where Obama is today. I think we should be proud of him.
• United States
15 Mar 08
did you forget this is America..the land of the free...freedom of choice...freedom of speach...freedome to live as you wish. people make choices about how they live their life....not the government. if a person doesnt finish high school because he or she engages in crime or whatever it may be it is not the governments fault, it is the individual who chose to live the life of crime and not finish school. the president is not going to make people stop committing crimes. He is not going to provide more opportunity for black people. hello black people, white people, asian people, hispanic people already have opportunity!!!! CHOOSE TO USE IT AND THEN MAYBE THE SUFFRAGE THEY CLAIM WILL GO AWAY!!
• United States
16 Mar 08
i just don't see a leader who will be able to have that power to do that. but i think the idea that Obama is racist is not ture.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Ok, so did you just make all that up? Historically black people have liked Clinton. 88% of black voters voted for Bill Clinton against Bob Dole. That's a pretty overwhelming majority. What has Clinton done that you feel you should call her a racist? I have seen ZERO evidence of that. I don't like Hillary, I just don't believe in throwing around baseless accusations. Rich whites work at Target? Are you kidding me? I don't know a single rich anything working as a cashier at Target. I mean, they aren't a bad employer, but their employees aren't rich either. I've seen a proportionate amount of every race working at Target. There is no reason to accuse them of racial discrimination in their hiring process. You say other large stores as well. Have you been to a Walmart lately? Most Walmarts I've been to have more black employees than white. That's been my experience. I've had plenty of black and white friends working construction jobs. It may be hard labor, but they get paid well. Some construction workers START at $25 an hour. It's not easy work, but they aren't going home poor. In fact, they are much wealthier than those people working at Target. Obama didn't go through hell and even if he did, that doesn't qualify him to be a president. If he were truly suffering from some sort of financial hardship, he would have never had the money to run for public office in the first place.I really think you are just making all this garbage up without taking 5 minutes to actually obtain any factual information.
@pkc3000 (1268)
• India
15 Mar 08
Dear friends I do not think obama is racist. You might have heard that clinton's close aide and financial advisor geraldine ferraro step down because calling obama a racist by clinton. As a result of which round the corner election campaign of hillary suffered due to quiting her close aid. Though Mr ferraro was not asked by clinton or her staff to step down. He also told that his quiting is due to such remark and not repenting in her statement. Do you think it will affect clinton's poll strategy or campagin? pkc3000
• United States
15 Mar 08
geraldine ferrarro did not call Obama a racist. Please get your facts straight. She made a comment and the Obama camp called the race card on the comment. The things that Rev. Wright say are anti-American and I feel very much racist.
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@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
15 Mar 08
geraldine ferraro was right too,obama hussein would not be in the position he is in nor getting the media coverage he is getting were it not for his claim to blackness(he doesnt really claim his white half)hmm lets see "hides his middle name" , "seems to neglet his being half white",goes to an openly racist and anti-american churh","wants to make a deal with iran"and he is a socialist,yep i think he will fit right in, in washington
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@clrumfelt (5425)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Such a cryptic view of American politics, and yet, I'm sorry to say, has a ring of truth to it.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
I don't know if he is a racist or not. I hardly follow what's going on in this area, but one thing I can tell you... starting these rumors is a great strategy to get a lot of people a bit upset and reconsidering voting for him. Isn't that what is done in all campaigns? Finding things that can be distorted to discredit opponents? Myself I'm not living in the states and still I have been receiving several emails with rumors of everything about him, including that he is the Antichrist! They all seem to be well substantiated but to be honest to me they just read like alarmist rumors. Well constructed, way too well constructed. WHen one looks hard, there is always something in every candidate's life that can be used against him/her when people know what they are doing and how to start discomfort against the person.
@ddzdvd (361)
• United States
15 Mar 08
these are not rumors,they are facts.if you hardly follow whats going on your oppinion counts but doesnt carry to much weight.someone who is silent can be mistaken for wise
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
True, it doesn't even have to count any. ANd it's true as well that I'm not really following it in any specific details. I might later but I"m not right now. But my answer was also in general. It sounds to me a lot like what happens in all political campaigns: FInd the dirt. Facts can be distorted in any way people want to make then look better or worse. That's common practice. I'm afraid that the way it works is: the ones that are open minded well informed and impartial are a minority. The ones that will follow anything that is told to them are often the majority. Alarmists know that and use it well. Campaign analysts, builders and all the psyche masters, do the same, why wouldn't they? It works. Is it true? Or a distortion of the truth ? It's up to you to find out,if you're interested. I just gave a general answer of real facts as well - what happens in political campaigns. I sure can be wrong. Or I can be right .
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Mar 08
This is true. There is video tape of Obama's pastor making these statements. Obama himself has claimed this man is his moral leader. These are undisputed facts. Calling Obama the antichrist is just some made up garbage. What we are dealing with here are clearly proven and acknowledged facts.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
15 Mar 08
You heard those words from Obama's pastor, not Obama. Obama has publicly said he does not agree with the Pastor's words. Hilary has publicly apologized to Obama also in regard to Geraldine Ferrarro's words being out of line. The pastor is about to retire and I think this is his swan song - going out with a bang - silly man!
• United States
17 Mar 08
..it will be very ironic if Rev Wright, so on fire for the rights and opportunities for black citizens, is 'responsible' for the delay of a first black president..
• Malaysia
15 Mar 08
I'm not US a citizen, but I think he is not racist. He's mixed black and white right?