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Shorter Clyburn: If you think Obama's problems come from high unemployment, a free pass for banksters, war, and torture...

... you're a racist. Wow, I'm just shocked an Obama supporter would say that:

"You know, I'm 70 years old," he said. "And I can tell you; people don't like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president's problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin."

The only card they've got. Look. I know there's no place for me in the Democrat Party, so why keep telling me over and over again?!

Yay! 2012 is getting off to a great start!

NOTE Nice qualifier on "in large measure," I grant. I'll be waiting for the Kossacks to make a clear distinction between people who send racist faxes of Obama with a chimpanzee's body and people who oppose Obama from the left. Based on the 2008 experience, na ga happen.

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Submitted by jm on

Cyburn is the number three guy in the House's Democratic Caucus after Pelosi and Hoyer. A quick look at Clyburn's voting record--and, more tellingly, all the issues that never even came to a vote when the D's controlled the House--reveals that issues like high unemployment, a free pass for bankers, war, and torture are not, in large measure, you know, problems.

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

The Dems don't want Cornell West anymore or Harry Belafonte. Glen Ford is persona non grata as in Kevin Alexander Grey. So, I guess, they are black racists for pointing out that Obama is a conservative who doesn't want to pursue a "progressive" agenda.
Good luck with that meme.

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Submitted by FembotForObama on

used to be a signal of racism, as probably what Clyburn experienced. But now we saw countless depictions of W as a monkey. Remember those? But now applied to Obama is again racist. Can't these dems come up with anything else? I'm waiting for a real example of racism, and not just juvenile political theater run amok.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

When applied to a black person, vs a white person.

There isn't centuries worth of negative associations with white people and chimps, as there are with black people. So, yes, using it in reference to Obama, is still racist. Electing the first black president doesn't erase that.

And yes, a big portion of the negative attitudes towards Obama have to do with race. My boss talks about the disgust she felt when she went to vote in Nov 2008, and there where *gasp* black people there in their slippers, just to vote for the black man. Never occurred to her to be disgusted by a) all those white people there just to vote against the black man or b) all those white people through our history who always got to vote for a white man(that's just the way things are supposed to be). That's a very racist attitude. She can't sit there and list all the betrayals that he has done to his base, or the ways he's sold out to moneyed interests, she just doesn't like him. And she's a Democrat.

Then there are the Repubs, with their stupid bumper stickers and editorial cartoons, that are blatantly racist. So it's not that the racism isn't real(and who are you to judge "real" racism, that's like asking you to determine what's real sexism, it's not something objective you can submit to a committee you know), it's just that Obama's biggest problems has been his complete and total neglect of the question "And we get?"

We get higher taxes and DISemployment. That's why his support has fallen, not because the "new" wore off of electing the first black president or because we just hate black people, he was elected after all.

The racism charge is what they fall back on, when they don't want to acknowledge what Obama's problems really are, but that doesn't mean the racist attitudes aren't "real" or numerous. They are just mainly coming from people who wouldn't have ever supported, it's the loss of support amongst people who did vote for him, that accounts for where he stands now, and that loss can't be explained away by racism.