How do you feel when Obama says, "typical white person?"

United States
October 29, 2008 2:46pm CST
How do you feel when Obama says, "typical white person?" Are you a typical white person? What is a typical white person? Listen to what Obama says a typical white person is. I disagree with him. When I find myself walking down the street and I see someone I don't know, I don't fear that person. Now, if I am walking down the street in a predominantly crime ridden area, that is different. If I am walking down the street of predominantly black neighborhood, that is different. Those are areas where you know better than to walk down the street there if you are of a different background. It comes from proof. Experience. I know that some of you will know what I am talking about and if Obama says that does not exist, he is playing games. Those areas that are like that are not just black, in general. They are lower income and the kids are looking for trouble. Same goes for white neighbors of that type. Obama needs to wake up! We do not need him to try to make us feel guilty over something we have experienced and know about. Do typical white people vote for Obama? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abPQ9kZe3ZA
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@ClarusVisum (2163)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Wow, how desperate are you? These are PRIMARY season smears, for crying out loud. Why don't you create any topics talking about why John McCain is a good choice for President, instead of attacking Obama all the time? Is fear and smear really all you have at your disposal?
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• United States
29 Oct 08
Can you really excuse the fact that he said it. Is it ok to say what he did? It is not smearing when is comes right out of the candidates mouth. It is just repeating what he said. Which was very offensive. As for saying McCain is a good candidate. Well he isn't and neither is Obama. There is not lesser of the evils. The both suck.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
It's taken out of context. Here is a blog post that handily links to several YouTubes of different networks' coverage of the actual comments. http://baldeagle08.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/cnn-msnbc-fox-news-lies-about-barack-obama-typical-white-person-comment/
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Of course it's not true of all white people, but I am consistently amazed at how much racism still exists. Among white people of all backgrounds! Of course my experience is limited to the specific states and cities I have lived in, but I've lived in a pretty good sample. Philadelphia, the jersey shore, suburbs, etc... pretty consistently white people in these areas do respond, however subtly, to race. From outright "you're not welcome here" to tightening a grip on a purse, it is there.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
So then there should no such thing as typical white person. It does not exist. We are not typical. Or can we say typical black person? I think it sounds terrible either way. Until my husband speaks, most people think he is white. He was walking down the street in a lower income black area. I told him not to do that because he looks white...but he did. Two black guys beat him up and broke his glasses. A young black woman came to his aid and talked to him and tried to help him. She heard his voice so she knew he was not a white man. She told him that he should call the police. She said they attacked him because they thought he was white and that if they had known better, they would not have done it. Were they being typical black people? The black people in my life don't think so and neither do I.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
I think "typical white person" is a terrible! choice of phrasing, but nonetheless pretty accurate of what he was trying to describe in the interview. And you're right, "typical black person" would carrier a much heavier negative connotation.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
29 Oct 08
If McCain or Palin were to say "typical black person" it would be deemed as being racist. Obama can say "typical white person" and it doesn't seem to bother anyone.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
And then they go vote for him.
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• United States
31 Oct 08
There is a lot behind that comment and they should make a friggin' big deal out of it.
• Canada
29 Oct 08
I don't like it any anyone says typical any kind of anyone or anything.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
That is exactly right, but Obama is getting away with it. If a white person said typical black person, we would be considered racists and be outcasts by our peers. I would feel bad saying it.
• United States
29 Oct 08
"typical white person". To say I am offened would be the an understatement. So he is saying ALL white people are racist. All white people are scared of black people. Obama does not know many white people does he? It is not my experience that most white people are racist or scared of black people (and I live in the south). So how it is typical if it is not common? I know there are some stupid people out there that are racist and believe stupid sterotypes. But I do not think they are the majority of the population. Generalizations like this on any race is unexceptable. Man is he wrong. You know if McCain would have made a "typical black person" comment he would have been run out of the country chased every step of the way by an angry mob. But if Obama says wrong and discriminatory things it is ok, heck we will even make him our president. The double standard on that is just beyond me. What are people thinking?
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• United States
29 Oct 08
To think he can say such things and he is supposed to be part white. And to think since blacks are minorities, without the white vote, he could not win. Yet, he feels free to talk like this. And white people hear what he says, and they vote for him.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 08
I believe that black and white people are equal. I am not a typical white person because I respect all different races and tolerate all different religions. When I walk down the street I do not fear a stranger. Sadly some white people are racist and some black people have suffered racial abuse. This is sad and I wish all people would get on well together peacefully. Obama's grandmother is white and he describes her as a typical white person. When a person is in politics is can be challenging for them to please every person in the USA. They may make some comments that they wish they hadn't. Racism is sad and fear in one neighborhood should due due to danger not color of skin.
• United States
3 Nov 08
I think it depends on the body language of 3 boy gang that makes a person fear.
• India
30 Oct 08
hi, Every politicians key vote factor in any part of world is Racism and Regionalism..They will say that they are agaist both this anti-social elements..And they will be the most beneficiary of these two. I am an indian ..since india is largest democracy in world.... this is a daily drama here.
• United States
31 Oct 08
Lately, it has been a daily drama here.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
He is talking a bunch of hooey. I see anyone and I really do not care and I am very sensitive to people who shave their heads, and look mean,so if I really have no reaction to a black person or colored, or someone who is from another country, unless that person smiles, and says hi. In fact, when I see a black person who shaved his head I first start thinking he did that to scare and intimidate me and then the next thoughts is that he is too cheap to pay the barber so he shaved his head himself, he might have cancer and lost his hair, or he is going bald, poor guy! Obama just wants to create a race war and I think he wants all the money that the non=-black people make to go to the black people.
• United States
31 Oct 08
Yes, and a lot of white people cannot see it. Obama is laughing at them and so is his wife.