Does racial bias fuel Obama foes? The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies, and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president.
It’s impossible to believe that race is fueling every so-called “Obama foe,” some of whom are black themselves, and many of whom certainly just don’t like the president’s policies, regardless of his race. Even some people who vociferously dislike Mitt Romney are finding themselves unable to cast a ballot for Obama because of all the innocent blood drawn under his command. That said, if conservatives are finding themselves angered over the accusations that there are in their ranks a number of outspoken racists, perhaps they should direct that anger toward the outspoken racists in their ranks.
Here is an abridged list of some of the most prominent racist attacks on Obama in the last year (several have come in the last few weeks).
1. A Texas woman woke up last week to find that the Obama sign in her front yard had been made to look like this:
2. Also last week, but far away from Texas, in the quaint New York hamlet of East Hampton, 63-year-old Lawrence Nickel was arrested and charged with a four-month anti-Obama graffiti spree. Amongst the elderly man’s other tags was this one, scrawled on a bench: “Obama is a lying nigger.”
3. This week the Virginia GOP had to ask its Mecklenburg County affiliate to remove from its Facebook page pictures of President Obama depicted as a thug, a caveman, and a witch doctor.
4. Earlier this month, civil rights groups said they planned to demonstrate a Marietta, Georgia, bar whose sign read, “I heard the White House smelled like collard greens and fried chicken.” Earlier, in the same state, another bar owner came under fire for putting this on his sign: “I do not support the nigger in the White House.”
5. In March, a woman named Paula Smith came up with this punny anti-Obama bumper sticker:
6. In December, a right-wing candidate who’d lost a bid for city council in Carson, California, tweeted of Obama, “Assassinate the f*ckin n*gger and his monkey children.”
Note that these are just the ones the press found out about, and then ask yourself: “Might race be fueling some of the opposition to President Obama?”