Race and the Election

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the role race is playing in this year’s election. His latest article in the September issue of The Atlantic is called “Fear of a Black President.” We’ll look at how race is or is not playing a role in this year’s campaign


Ta-Nehisi Coates

Comments [8]

CK from Yorktown

I'm sure there ARE people who don't like the President due to his race, just as there would be people who wouldn't want Hillary for Pres because she's a woman. You can't make small minded people bend to your view. But you also can't assume that everyone who doesn't support the President feels that way because they're racist. Perhaps some of us just think he's failed. White or black or any other color: don't agree with his policies. It's not all about race.

Sep. 04 2012 12:43 PM
Henry from Manhattan

As a mulatto person, like Barak Obama (just swap race of his parents in my case), sometimes I think that some Blacks read too deeply into how Black Obama is.

Yes, mulattos identify as Black, but we also self identify as “not Black and not White.”

The reason Obama probably doesn’t refer to race at every moment is because there’s a different dynamic with having parents from two races. It’s hard to harbor any sort of Black resentment against White people when one of your parents is White.

Mulattos have a foot in each racial door, so to speak, we are also something of outsiders in each respective identity, so it’s not quite the same as being “thoroughly” African-American (for lack of better term).

Sep. 04 2012 12:42 PM
john from office

Folks, Obama has to avoid any issue of race of any sort including dancing, singing and who he shakes hands with, because it will be used against him and used in some commercial showing his otherness, his blackness.

People in the US are racist from birth it is ingrained. I say that as a proud American and just know that race is a BIG DEAL in the USA.

You will never see Obama eat chicken or watermelon or any other stereotypical foods because it will be used against him.

GOD BLESS OBAMA, 4 more years.

Sep. 04 2012 12:41 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Anyone who believes that Obama, after spending 20 years in Rev. Jeremiah Wrights church,

- never heard anti-American rants from the mouth of Rev. Wright
- never heard it first hand
- never heard about it from his wife
- never heard about it from fellow parishoners
- never read it in the church newsletter,

must believe that the Emperors new clothes are made of the finest silk.

Sep. 04 2012 12:37 PM
BK from Hoboken

Ed- all you have todo is pull footage from the '08 campaign where Palin and others talk about how "he is not one of us" to a lily white audience. Romney just dropped more birther issues recently. The vitriol towards Obama has certainly been strengthened by his race and funny name. You are right that there are black conservatives who are supported. You may not care about his race, but when 40% of registered Republicans don't think he was born in America, how can you not link that to race?

Sep. 04 2012 12:37 PM
CK from Yorktown

I think Michelle makes a stunning First Lady. I still don't like her husband's policies and results and it's nothing to do with race. But.. Michelle will go down as a lovely and engaging First Lady.

Sep. 04 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Ed, it says in the description of this segment that they'll be looking at how race is *or is not* playing a role. I agree that some people oppose or support Pres. Obama on the basis of his policies (or of how they perceive his policies, which also may or may not be influenced by racial bias in either direction) & others by their feelings about race, & some by a combination of both.

Sep. 04 2012 12:13 PM
Ed from Larchmont

It's really kind of insulting to be told that one's opposition to President Obama is on the basis of his race. It really could be that one opposes his radical agenda, no? And there are African American conservative politicians I would be very happy with.

Of course there are people who oppose him just because of his race, but there are those who support him just because of his race (see 2016).

Sep. 04 2012 06:04 AM

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