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September 27th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Has President Obama made racism worse?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama has made racism worse in America.

So says the African-American actor Morgan Freeman. He told CNN's Piers Morgan that the tea party's opposition to Mr. Obama, the nation's first black president, is rooted in racism.

Freeman claims tea partiers will do whatever it takes to "get this black man out of here."

He adds that the tea party shows the "weak, dark underside of America," and that "we're supposed to be better than that."

The only black Republican candidate for president pushed right back. Businessman and tea party member Herman Cain says most of the people who criticize the movement have never been to a tea party rally.

Cain says "name calling" will continue because opponents don't know how to stop the tea party movement.

Meanwhile - with black leaders grumbling that Mr. Obama hasn't done enough about staggering black unemployment - the president has evoked language that sounds a whole lot like the civil rights era.

He told the Congressional Black Caucus to march with him: "Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes."

Americans are split on how Mr. Obama's presidency has changed race relations in the U.S.

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows 35% of those surveyed said race relations have improved, while 23% say they've gotten worse under President Obama.

41% percent see no change.

Back in 2008, when the nation voted for "hope and change," Americans had a much rosier view of what this president would do for race relations.

Gallup found that the day after Mr. Obama was elected, a whopping 70% predicted race relations would improve.

Here’s my question to you: Has President Obama made racism worse?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rick:
Not really, but a lot of people have grown weary of all the "race card" excuses for Obama's very poor performance. And those critical of his performance are really sick of being labeled racist. Presidents are subject to criticism of their actions, policies, and coordination with Congress. This president gets no "get out of jail free" card for being black.

Charles:
Yes and no. He has made racism better by allowing us to talk about the issues, debate them and see a black man as a man. We are not there yet completely, but closer. And yes, he has made it worse: just look at the type of president that he has been. Awful. I say this as a black man who voted for him. Maybe we as a nation and we here in the black community might have been better off if Hillary had won or if Colin Powell had been the first black president.

Debbie on Facebook:
No, the president has not made racism worse. People were already racist and when a man of color became president of "their country", they stopped trying to hide what was already there.

Barbara:
Somehow his being elected brought the worst out of people. They are having a hard time hiding their racism - just the opposite of what I hoped would happen. It’s a very sad state of affairs. No one can convince me that his race doesn't have a lot to do with the Republicans’ hatred. A lot of these good Christian, family values people are indeed racist.

Bob:
Obama has made everything worse; I think he does it on purpose.

Billy:
Herman Cain's success is proof that the economy is more of an enemy than racism. So in a weird and unanticipated way, he has actually made things better.

M.:
You have got to be kidding me with that loaded question. Short answer: No. He's bi-racial, and I think that many of the Caucasian people (Republicans and Tea Partiers) have a problem with his skin color. He didn't make it worse by running for President. This is one of the worst questions you have ever asked.

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  1. Rob

    Jack,

    With all due respect, think about how idiotic that question sounds. President Obama cannot MAKE racism 'worse'. The more accurate inquiry would be: 'Has the election of President Obama made racism more prevalent or obvous in America?"

    THink it through a few more steps next time...

    September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. roseann cherasaro

    No Jack..I do not see how President Obama has made any kind of racism worse..I do think that the tea party and the right are making this an issue..you know..he isn't one of us..he hangs out with terrorists..where is his birth certiificate..all of this while the republican party stands and says nothing of these lies.John Mccain once spoke up while palin started this ugly and has spread this ugly..

    September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Reggie

    Obama and his people have used the race card so much that it has divided the country. We do not need his negative way of thinking so I think its best if we vote him out in 2012. I have never seen such a divided society and this only started since Obama was elected in 2008. We need to get back being a positive thinking country so Obama has to go. He encourages the negative racism talk and right now we need to focus on getting our country back on track rather than on racism. If that's the only way he can win, then he deserves to lose.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  4. Christine

    When Bill Clinton was in office, it was our right as American's to criticize his administration and question his decisions. In the Bush years, if you questioned or criticized, you were Anti-American. In the Obama years, if you say anything at all, you are labeled a racist and a hater. He may not be the one saying it, but he isn't saying anything to stop it. So, yeah, he's made it worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Diamond

    Has President Obama made Racism Worse? Jack, that is the wrong question. The question should be has the election of a Black President brought Racism to the Surface. The way you phrased the question implied that it was Obama's fault and I'm sure that was not your intent

    September 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  6. LEE JR II Barton MS

    No Jack, it just made many who was already racist came to light. Black & White.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  7. EJ in Metro Houston

    I think in a way he did Jack and it's not all his fault. The once "closet" racist, you know the ones that have the saying they have BLACK friends have come out and wound up hiding in places like the Tea Party and other right wing groups. How often on talk radio does the host have to talk about or bring the subject up of race on his show? Limbaugh does it often and so do others, yet I can't recall anyone attacking President Bush because of his race or even bringing the subject up. Personally I think had the president not have been Black more things might have gotten accomplished. I am pleased to see it happen in my lifetime yet I have NEVER seen a POTUS so disrespected in my life.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  8. mike halter

    No Jack but I think it brought it out in the open though.
    I've been to early the Tea Party rallies and the N. word was used to
    describe Obama.
    But I allso saw Tea Party members tell them to shutup were not about that.

    Mike Largo F.L.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Randy

    Dumbest question yet. Racism was always there, it was just behind the scenes. You can google study after study showing how a black person with the same healthcare, education, and job as a white person received worse treatment, promotions, and loans than their counterpart. Obama hasn't even hinted at threatening white privilege and whites are beside themselves trying to undermine an enemy that isn't there. In fact, with the talking down to black people at the same time he GIVES white failing institutions trillions of dollars, I would argue he's their biggest cheerleader.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Jason Mitchell, Virginia

    The media and Democratic Party loves to talk about racism. Meanwhile the "racist" tea party members pick Herman Cain in Florida, and the nation elects Obama as the first black president, but they still talk about racism like it is rampant in white society. Black people kill thousands of other black people every year largely as a result of the drug war and somehow a small minority of ignorant people who are racists are a major problem? This whole issue is just brought up to make black people keep voting for people who have created the problems that they face. Where is Obama in ending the drug war and helping the incarceration rate for black people? Answer: no where. He and the CBC are more happy to blame racists than take simple steps to help black communities.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Mel - Houston

    In a reversed sense of your question the answer is yes. By the fact that a black person is in the White House has scratched off the scab of an old wound. The old South just will not let it heal.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack: Racism does not get worse or better due one elected offical. Racism gets worse when related to violence, or denying a person their rights under the U.S. Constitution. President Obama has not made racism worse, but those who hate or believe they must do everything in their power to stop President Obama because of his race are wrong. There are many in Congress who feel they must stop President Obama so much, that they would deny disaster relief for victims of floods and tornadoes and not fund FEMA. It is this type of behavior that brings into question race as a factor.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Hell no.

    It always amazes me when there are those who make one sided judgements, completely uninformed assumptions, and attempt to try and enlighten others to their narrow ideology through pedagogy.

    Think how each and every one of us as toddlers knew nothing of bigotry or racism, we were taught this as we became domesticated. Today there are still those who wish to teach these dastardly feelings, it is time we return to our authentic self's, and concentrate on love rather than the fringes of hate of trying to analyze someone else with our own emotions.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  14. leemarie50

    No, He has not made racism worse, Obama has made class warfare worse.
    The media and other black representatives make racism worse with the illusion that if you don't vote for what Obama stands for your a racist.
    That is bunk.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  15. Kenny from North Texas

    Well .. Jack, In a sense things have been quite disconcerting ever since the President has been in office. Since this tea party movement, racial tensions have been running high. The Latino community is under fire for immigration, African-Americans are witnessing an increase in economic disparity and legal racial inequality at the same time. Its even to the point where some "so-called Americans" have no remorse for human life at all and in this country.... This is sad!😦
    The only way things are going to get better is when we put aside this hatred... roll up our sleeves and get to work.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  16. Pete in Georgia

    Yes, without question he has.
    His black constituents worship him with blind allegiance without knowing or caring about anything factual with his careless, misguided, reckless agendas. All they see are promises of a utopian life with no concern about the cultural or national consequences. Voters of every race see this more clearly as time marches on and it only serves to divide America.
    And..................it will only get worse with time.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  17. Shawn

    No President Obama has not made racism worse. It was already worse. The fact that an African American holds the highest office in the land has brought this ugly racism back to the surface. Everything was fine until he became President. The people that have spread hate through this country from the beginning of time have made this racism worse. The media has provided a platform for the spread of this hate. President Obama is trying to so what's best for all regardlessof race. It is the racists of this country disguised as politicians that want to make sure that we go back to the times of Jim Crow.

    Chesapeake, VA

    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  18. Rosemary

    NO, he has caused all of those people who had suppressed their racism to come out openly thanks to the TEA/GOP who alwaya flirted with it using dog whistles. Now, the Candidates just use it as a matter of fact.

    This President goes out of way to look colorless. It is obvious that it is not his policies that riles the TEA/GOP, but his color and they are making it obvious everyday.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Oh Goodness Jack,

    I can't wait until we realize that we are human beings, and not racial, not political, not class, not anything but human beings. Everything in the news now is labeling us as people, but not once have you News People labeled us just plain human beings. Toledo WA

    September 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    No, the Republican party has made it worse. Men like Mitch McConnell can't stand seeing a black man in the White House. Why else would he have made the number one priority of his party getting rid of President Obama? Why else are they doing everything they can to block jobs programs and economic recovery between now and election day?

    President Obama was simply the trigger that brought all the suppresed racism displayed by so many Republicans to the fore. The accusations that he is a Muslim. The birther faction. Calling him Barak Usma Obama. The cartoons portraying him as an ape figure.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  21. Kevin H SD CA

    Considering that the only reason Racism still exists is because of the brown, and black race peddlers, and Reconquista, yes! Do you ever see the media focusing on brown and black leaders who oppose affirmative action? I am a minority as a white man in California now; where are my affirmative handouts now?

    Instead of the government subsidizing Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and illegal alien failures they; should be looking for the ethnic successes like the Sikhs, and others, rather than continuing to use blame with no shame, or personal accountability!!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  22. hongli Tor Cda

    Jack the answer lies in the so-called "TEA-PARTY MOVEMENT".The Tea- Party followers are 99% white with 1% black like Rice and Cain. Go figure!!!!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  23. Cliff

    Jack,
    Come on with this question. He had no control over his skin and he as not played "the race card" at all. Last time I checked there were Tea Party members have the President's face on a witch doctor photo with a bone through his nose. Do I think most republicans or Tea Party members are racist, no I do not But the few who are cast a horrible shadow over the sane person in the party.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  24. Sarah Walters

    Why are we still talking about racism when the world should be working towards peace. Many people are acting as if Obama made the government this way. Wake up people he met the government the way it is and all he is trying to do is clean up what the replubicans did and how can that be done when they are fighting him down constantly.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  25. Loren

    No. Anytime people are talking about it, it's better.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  26. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    President Obama has not made racism worse. Don't forget how Bill Clinton was treated by a similar bunch. A group of Republicans wants to ignore the Constitution and about 50% of the people in the USA and have everything their way – or no way. Perhaps they can't help themselves. Isn't it a sign of insanity to try the same thing over and over and expect a different result??? We've tried tax cuts for 10 years and still the results are the same, maybe they are not sane.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  27. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Absolutely! When famous actors say that the TEA Party is RACIST because they are committed to defeating Obama in 2012, What else can you call a statement like that? I have NEVER heard anyone say that black organizations who want to defeat a White president are RACIST? What's the difference, Jack?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  28. Bill of New Mexico

    Has Obama made racism worse?

    When Obama forgot so very quickly about his campaign promise for "change," I was so angry I could only see red.

    Then when Obama ramped up the Afghanastan war, my anger made me see nothing but red anger. His dithering was salt in the wound. I knew what Obama was going to decide when his dithering went beyond a month.

    Has Obama made racism worse? I don't know–he's done enough already for me to vote "against" him!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  29. James in Springfield, VA

    No, he has not made racism worse. The narcissistic mentality of those who engage in racism is the reason why it still exists in this country. And the sad part is that it will never change. It could be another 150 years from now and if society still exists there will be racism. I have been a firm believer in the fact that all people are equal and good to bad others do not feel the same way.......

    September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  30. Karl in Flint

    Not worse, just more obvious. You can hear the racist words and phrases hissed under the breath of too many Republicans. It's what makes the Party of NO, the Party of NO.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  31. Phyllis G. Williams

    Has President Obama made racism worse?

    I think he is an expert at it, as I have the same
    problems with a Jewish mother and African father
    but know Galatians 3: 28 "ye are ALL ONE in
    Christ Jesus, with the same eternal inheritance-
    1st Peter 1: 4 (smile).

    September 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  32. Jk from Minnesota

    I don't think so, Jack – racism has always been the 800 pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to discuss and come to terms with since Obama took office – you just have to go back and listen to some of the very racist things spewing from Rush Limbaugh here and there. He's had to take a lot of ridiculous crap from the fringe nuts. I believe they need to be called out for it so we can get past this stuff and move on.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  33. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Okay, Jack, all I saw was the headline of your question; can't seem to locate your normal preface/background on which you based your query. On the face of it, though, did President Obama make racism worse? He? Himself? Or has the fact that he has been President in the first place made racism worse? First, it was not the President's job to make racism better, I mean check the track record of all the white guys who were president previous to him and see what they did to further the cause of racial tolerance in this country. Secondly, would that he–or anyone, for that matter–wave a magic wand and make racism better, but we know that's not how it works. To answer your question, though, it is not he, the President, who has made racism worse. Instead, it is the all the folks who are (still) angry that he was elected in the first place (and I do believe that many of the members of the Tea Party are in that number). are making it better. What sticks in my mind was the day after the 2008 Presidentail elections, after President Obama's victory, reading a post on the Political Ticker by an African American man who said that despite his remembrances of all manner of racial bigotry, from white women holding their purses tighter when they passed him on the street to full-on racial epithets being directed his way, for the first time in his life, after Obama's election he could hold his head up high and walk proud as a black man. Remembering that man, and hundreds who probably felt as hd did that day, it is neither they nor the President who have made racism worse, it's the people who were racists already, still ticked as heck that a black man is now Commander-in-Chief of this country. Again, I give you the congressional Republicans and many of their supporters.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  34. Bert in CA

    Hi Jack, No, racism and hate only seems worse now because the Klan has removed their hoods and is going incognito as the Tea Party.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  35. Rich in Gainesville FL

    If racism has gotten worse, it's our own fault, not his. Whoever our first black president was going to be, that president was going to be imperfect – just like our white presidents – and was going to come under criticism. And that criticism was going to get nasty and personal, again just like our white presidents. We are making progress and one of these days Americans are going to get past race. It just hasn't happened yet. And that's not Obama's fault.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  36. Matt Anderson

    Matt Anderson – Cole Camp, MO

    Unfortunately, I believe so. He hasn't made racism more common, nor the repercussions of such more severe, but he has caused a major shift in what we consider racism. We are moving farther away from a healthy viewpoint regarding racism, that it's broad, can take many forms and includes statements, behaviors, policies, beliefs, etc. to a more closed, restrictive definition where many racist beliefs are being re-framed, excused and defended and re-defined as "not racist" because they make up a significant portion of a major political movement's motivations. I fear that if the current trend continues, very few things will go on being acknowledged as racism aside from perhaps a few very overt instances that involve blatant examples, mostly vulgar speech and imagery and this new racism will root itself in the mainstream as something that isn't as wrong as classical racism.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  37. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Don't blame the victim, Jack! President Obama has done what he could to help EVERY American knowing that the Black community would also benefit from education programs, better health care and an improved economy. Sadly, racism in American runs wide and deep in the north and south to this day and they've noticed that there is a black man in the White House.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  38. Ken in California

    Probably for the many racists populating mostly the GOP, who are the People of the United States, who care not form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, etc.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  39. pdm

    Obama hasn't...the tea party, KKK, white supremacists, etc are against him as a black man (they could care less that he is half white) because they are afraid of losing White power. So then everything he stands for has to be bad. Thanks to the media hashing everything over and over again...you either believe it or shut off your tv. I am sick of those who claim to be Christians with all the hatred they spew out.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  40. pdm

    Obama hasn't...the tea party, KKK, white supremacists, etc are against him as a black man (they could care less that he is half white) because they are afraid of losing White power. So then everything he stands for has to be bad. Thanks to the media hashing everything over and over again...you either believe it or shut off your tv. I am sick of those who claim to be Christians with all the hatred they spew out. Ardmore, Oklahoma

    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  41. David of Alexandria VA

    Not on purpose, but yes, his presidency has made it worse in some ways. African Americans who feels he should be doing more for tend to wrankle other groups who feel he should be doing the same for all of us. And people who criticize a struggling president are too quickly labeled racists by people who can offer no better defense than "it must be bigotry" and are ironically bigotted themselves

    September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  42. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    No, Jack. Hate crimes are up, but none of it is his doing. I heard an Irishman from Southie speak up for Obama in 2008. He couldn't have spoken better of James Michael Curley himself. Truth be told, I bet Boehner thinks a lot of Obama and I doubt if he'd give two cents for all his Tea Party freaks and crackpots. Hell, even I like Obama and I don't like anybody.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  43. Jesse from DFW

    If the 10 poorest states are Republican and the majority has documented history with their racist behavior ... it appears this may be the case when it is evident a man with color being elected President of the United States regardless of his family heritage.

    Is it one nation under God? ... No! Racism will always exist!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  44. Harriet J. Brown

    Racism has never really gone away. But, there is a lot of hostility for Democrats. Remember what they did to Bill Clinton.

    Bayside, NY

    September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  45. Michael in Seattle

    Did he make racism worse personally? No. Do racists have more to yell about these days? Yes. Having a black man in the white house is going to cause some people to speak out where they otherwise might not have, both black and white citizens alike. That doesn't mean Obama did anything to cause that.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  46. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    When a Democratic president can't get a Republican bill passed, you've got to ask yourself how much does racism play a part in Republican politics. Without demonstrating a willingness to work to support a legally elected leader, one would have to come to the simple conclusion that race is the driving motivation for bringing our government, and our country, down.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I would not say that it has become worse with Obama-–regardless of all the struggle--it has taken a different form-–it has become more hidden-–more unknown-–more unapprovable--more dismissal--it remains a hidden torture for those who are African-Americans-–and most of us do not fear what we know--it is what we don't.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  48. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    President Obama hasn't made racism worse BUT the fact that he is black has brought out the latent race hatred that unfortunately still exists in America. all one needs to do is listen to right-wing talk radio and that becomes obvious. they call him every name short of "the N word" and then whine "Who ME?" when called on it.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  49. Dan K

    Jack: Don’t think you worded this question very well! It should read “Has the election of Obama made racism worse” ! Obama has done nothing to make it worse, just the radical conservative hate propaganda we hear about in the media and get emails about every day! The conservative hate propaganda is the race factor, not Obama!!!

    Dan K
    Owens Cross roads, Alabama

    September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  50. Barbara Leavitt

    Somehow his being elected brought the worst out of people, they are having a hard time hiding their racism. Just the opposite of what I hoped would happen. Very sad state of affairs. No one can convince me that his race doesn't have a lot to do with the Republicans hatred. All these good Christian, Family Values people are indeed racist.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  51. MYSTERIOUS

    You have got to be kidding me with that loaded question. Short answer: No.

    He's bi-racial, and I think that many of the Caucasian people (Republicans and Tea Partiers) have a problem with his skin color. He didn't make it worse by running for President.

    This is one of the worse questions you have ever posted.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  52. Juanna Bell

    Your question suggest that President Obama, by merely being elected President while "black," Is making racism worst! It has nothing to do with Tea Party Republicans stoking racism in resentment of the first Black President or national republicans and fox news dividing America for political and financial gain,!

    Philadelphia, PA

    September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  53. bob z.

    he has made every thing worse . i think he does it on purpose

    September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  54. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, President Obama is who he is. If his election has nurtured the seeds of racism that is the fault of the racists.
    There will always be racists in the world, and they will use any excuse to define their hatred, They feed off of
    hate and intolerance simply because they are unable to feed off of their own self-worth. So, has Obama made
    racism worse? No, the racists have. They found a way to come out of the bushes under the pretense that they are
    patriots, spewing their vile because they pretend to "Amer'kkk'ins".

    September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  55. LA Belle

    Mitch McConnell and the rest of the disrespectful Republicans come directly to mind, to that question. How dare we expect these white guys to humble themselves to do for this country and allow a black President to take the credit.

    The people spoke when they elected President Obama; we want a change in the corruption that exists in this country. However, the Republicans twisted it around and said the spending was out of control and that was the message the voters were sending. Now, the Republicans are screwing the voters, in every possible way, because we elected President Obama.

    These guys have been so over-paid by the taxpayers and it's time to get the racist dead-heads out.

    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  56. Richard, in Kansas

    Absolutly! How dare he parade around in his dark skin pretending to be a human being. If it wasnt for black people there would be no racism. And it's also the rape victims fault for being a female. If there were no females there would be no rape.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  57. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't know if you can say president Obama made race worse but by becoming president of the United States he help to expose it more. I think there are people especially in the tea party who were find just as long as there were no black presidents. Now that we have one they are out to see him defeated in any way they can because he is black. Not all of tea party, but there are just enough for us to be concerned about.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  58. Doug

    The flood of immigrants from one country, Mexico, is a problem which Obama refuses to acknowledge, let alone, do anything about it. I am not sure of the actual figures though. Does anyone know how many people have immigrated to the USA in the last 2 years, and how many from each country? The Islam Religeon thing is another area of racism, but I don't know how Obama has affected that situation, other than he clonked some of their extremist leaders. I don't see an African American, Whitey, thing going on any more or less under Obama. Obamas "March with Me" speech the other day was a little disturbing, however. If Obama tries to use the race card in the election, it might backfire on him, because he hasn't done anything for the minorities, ( Latinos, African Americans). Tough question. Doug.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  59. Fay in Abilene Tx

    No. The bigots are just much more vocal because Mr. Obama is occupying " their" White House and it drives them absolutely crazy.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  60. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Only a racist bigot can exacerbate or mitigate racism – almost always the former. They are very easy to spot. Just listen to the audience cheers at Republican debates and particularly, the “family values” group, tea party nut cases.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  61. David in Tampa

    Not for me. Color doesn't matter; deeds do. Enough said.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  62. Mycroft Lake Travis TX

    Jack You can't blame President Obama making racism worse directly, however the Republicans, under the leadership of Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh,Glen beck, and FOX news are pushing racism and hate, through many of their read between the lines comments. Since almost 35% of Americans are white lower middle class, poor, and extremely poor, the Media's Republicans are targeting that voting block. They do this by creating an image that minorities are the reason for the country's problems. They use the same tactics to demonize democrats, calling them communists, socialists,etc. President Obama is only at fault vicariously, because he has not used the Attorney General to investigate the criminals of the Bush Administration, the crimes are many and complicated.The day after he was sworn in he should have started investigations, yet he opted to let by gones be by gones, which flew in the face to many of his supporters that voted for him to make good on his campaign promise of "Ending Scooter Libby Justice"and the result is those criminals aren't in court or prision, but are still at work destroying our country, now they are presently at work seeding and harvesting racism, so they can win an election the next election.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  63. Dean Marchant

    No Jack, The President Has helped the African/American minority immensely. He is an example to us all. We can elect the one who sounds the best, The one who gives us the most hope, The one who appears to be the most honest. And yes Jack, We can now say this without race being a factor.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  64. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No, President Obama is not responsible for the actions of some of his opponents. Bullies are responsible for their own actions, including racist bullies.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  65. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    Absolutely not. This story is a non issue. The President dropping his G's? Even Wolf drops his G's. As for quit complaing and let's get to work, I believe that is a message for all of us. And ithese knuckle heads who say the President is making racism worse should maybe focus on state governments and private citizens who fly the Confederate flag while professing it's just part of thier heritage, which includes, by the way, no small amount of racism.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  66. Charles Davis

    Yes and no. He has made racism better by allowing us (Americans all) to talk about the issues-debate them and see a black man as a man. We are not there yet-completly, but closer. And yes, he has made it wose,.....just look at the type of president that he has been. Awful. I say this as a black man who voted for him (actually I ordered an absentee ballot so that my daughter, my only child, could do the honors), but President Obama performance is not a good example of the thoughtful commander. Unemployeement through the roof for all (higher for blacks), more people are losing their homes, jobs and minds to boot. Maybe i am just venting-but we as a nation and we here in the black community may have been better off if Hillary had won or if Colin Powell had been the 1st Black president.....

    September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  67. MNResident

    Ask Tavis Smiley, who declared that the 2012 elections would be the most racist in our country's history (I guess even more so than before the Civil War, when blacks were not even allowe to vote). On the other hand, Herman Cain wins presidential straw polls like Florida's, so if even the Republicancan can prefer blacks to run the country, it can't be racisism that is driving anti-Obama feelings.......

    September 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  68. Billy D.

    Herman Cain's success is proof that the economy is more of an enemy than racism. So in a weird and unanticipated way he has actually made things better.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  69. Simon/Orlando

    He has by intonating that everybody that disagrees with him politically is doing so because of his color and not his stupid policies. He's just incompetent whether he's black, white, pink, or green.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  70. Pat in Michigan

    President Obama doesn't have to do a single thing to make racism worse in this country. All he has to do is wake up everymorning and listen to the parade of racist pigs on the radio and television who pretend he is trying to destroy the foundations of this "GREAT NATION" by trying to do his job and clean up a mess left by the predecessor.The Gullability of this country is staggering .
    Just stop for a second and Imagine if Ted Kennedy was President and had pushed through a health insurance Bill.Would they check his birth certificate,put a hitler mustache on billboards,put cartoons with watermelons on the white house lawn? No!!! He hasn't made it worse .You'll have to check the other side of the aisle for that Jack.
    Tea Party my Butt !!more like Lynching party if you ask me!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  71. james in north carolina

    Jack, I don't think he has had any effect on the level of racism. When topics like this start popping up you can be assured the campaigns are heating up. How do you measure the level of racism anyway?

    September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  72. Rick McDaniel

    Not really, but a lot of people have grown weary of all the "race card" excuses, for Obama's very poor performance, and those critical of performance are really sick of being labeled racist, for their performance criticisms.

    President's are subject to criticism, of their actions, policies, and coordination with Congress. This President gets no "get out of jail" card for being Black. Critics will be there, no matter what color his skin is, and they are not going to give him more leeway, just because of his skin color. He still has to be the President, and he still has to live up to the expectations of any President.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  73. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Not in my opinion. There has always been racists in our country and there always will be. We are the most diverse society on Earth. If anyone created more racism in recent history it was Martin Luther King.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  74. Mark

    Obama has not made racism worse, but I do see our society, Blacks as well as others, thinking we no longer need to work on racial issues. If you want to blame Obama, first start with the Congressional Black Caucus who should be publicly engaging house leadership and the tea party. Don't push Obama to do something you don't have the courage to do yourself. Minorities need to get busy again and work the issues at city and state levels before we label Obama as the cause of the problem.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  75. lindaglenn

    Jack! when it come to racism i think most of Americans have their hand in the cookie jar on this one.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Debra

    No he hasn't. But it is more prevalent with the GOP than any other time in history. I know I've been told that racism started with the Democrats but I think that went away with the Civil War. Now since the GOP is so cozy with the wealthy they are associated with them and against poor black Americans. Anything they attempt to do backfires against the minorities of this nation.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  77. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Jack

    In response to your question has President Obama made racism worse I can say the answer is unequivocally, NO. But the election of Barack Obama has significantly made racism worse. The Man himself has done everything possible to avoid being partial along racial lines. The resentment of the election on a non White as President of the United States of America brought back to surface the ugliness of racism and a desire to return things back to the way they were...Whites only in the White House.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  78. Mike L. Wilson

    Yes and no... He has excited some people who may feel this way about all people of color... so they come out and get identified... and he is making the same statements Martin Luther King Jr. made where a man must take command of his own life and never take no for an answer when you are right... So it may have made racism worse in a manner of speaking... but not in the way you would first think.

    From Southern Appalachians in the Deep South...

    September 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  79. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Only to the extent of drawing the racists out of the Tea and Republican parties. He doesn't seem to irritate blacks because he is half white.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  80. TGD

    President Obama has been incredibly devisive. I don't know that he could make racism worse but he definitely increased the divide between the races. If you were a racist, I think he has given you more reasons to hate.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  81. Debbie Jo

    In the RED state of GA. it starts out l'm not pregidous BUT... Here racism is covered up with a smile and a you know what I mean. Beinging white and a Obama fan in GA is hard. Racism worse no, it's just more out in the open now.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  82. lou

    It may have brought some racist people out of the closet. My in-laws voted republican for the first time in their lives to avoid voting for obama. They agreed with him on all the issues but said he was just too full of himself. In other words, uppity. I've known them for 25 years and would never had thought of them as racist, but that election sure brought it out of them.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  83. Steve Newman

    The question should have been, "Has President Obama's election made the GOP more racist?" The answer is Yes, it has. The Republilcans have been selling racism for years. They are now the home for the vast majority of racists who vote

    September 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  84. Dean Marchant

    No Jack, The President Has helped the African/American minority immensely. He is an example to us all. We can elect the one who sounds the best, The one who gives us the most hope, The one who appears to be the most honest. And yes Jack, We can now say this without race being a factor. Dean Marchant: from Eugene Oregon

    September 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  85. Fred (Maryland)

    Jack, I don't think He has made it worst But I do think the fact that he is half black has brought it out in many who have kept it "undercover" for sometime.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  86. Jayne in NH

    After reading your remarks, it would appear the tea party has made racism worse, not Obama.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  87. Micah Phelps

    Obama has not only made racism worse, but he is using race as a means to stay in power. I thought when he was elected in 2008 that race would no longer be an issue. This whole black and white nonsense needs to stop. In these troubled times our leader needs to bring the people together, and not focus on the differences that separate us. We are Americans and that spirit of genuine patriotism will be what saves our country.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  88. Robert

    C'mon Jack, blaming the victim is not the way to phrase this. Why are American"s still so reluctant to allow a black man the presidency? I'm sure that the voters that stayed home last election never in a milion years thought Obama would be elected, because we don't let black folks do that in this country. Its the GOP/TPers that have made racism worse, not the president.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  89. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Let's see now.... Obama has caused a depression; cast millions of people out of work; caused congrefs to be totally disfunctional; separated the haves from the have-nots in America; spent uncounted trillions of dollars in useless wars; increased the national debt 500% (at least); led this country down the wrong wroad emotionally, fiscally, morally, and scientifically; sold out to the elite 1%; become a member of the elitist, snobbish, "educated (wheww!!)" caste; and in general destroyed everything he has come in contact with. His attempts to start some sort of clean-up of the environment has led to disastrous oil spills, floods, and natural catastrophes of all sorts, as well as cost the billionaire elitist upper crust (himself?) tons of money. His attempts to cooperate with the "opposition" party have led to separatism, hatred, mistrust, and enmity between brothers.

    Of course he is responsible for the rise in racism. He is trying to do away with it. The simple fact that he is against something is the cue to the kakistrocrats to be FOR something, AND THEY ARE.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  90. Paul From Austin Texas

    No unless you consider the extrem Tea Party hate factions that are out there. When I say extrem I mean the ones that are in the Tea Party because the hate Obama and anything he stands for. Most in the Tea Party are well minded people that want the government run conservative and not by hate.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  91. CONNIE G., Chicago, IL

    This question is beyond the pale. The President has been accused of many things, but "America's racism?" His election has highlighted what has been simmering beneath the surface ever since Jackie Robinson became the first black professional baseball player. The President's election sharpened what a lot of american racist will never accept, "a Black President" or a black person in a position of power . This is why we have continuous Congressional gridlock, and why the Republicans' with the help of the Koch brothers are doing everything they can to suppress minority voter turnout in the 2012 elections. .They want president Obama out of the White House that was built by slave labor.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  92. Matt Mclendon

    No, he has not made racism worse. Truth to the matter is that people have reignited the fire of racism and started to throw insults at one another. What we should do is encourage him, help him do a better job instead of complaining so much like a bunch of pre-schoolers.
    Rockingham, North Carolina

    September 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  93. Evelyn Berryhill

    President Obama made the predjuice one show theirs true color. It was there all the time but it came out through punishment of others, the america people through unemployment and jobs that left. It came out through want to cut the poor people funds and the health care reform, they did not want the poor people to be help.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  94. Linda from Kentucky

    I was one of those 70% that had those feelings of hope and elation when Obama was elected President. And no, Jack, Obama has not made racism worse...all he's done is bring the freaks out of hiding. They've been there all along. Now, they've been given free rein by the opposing parties to voice their idiotic racist ideas. And, while the political opposition would never cite racism as their reason for being against our President, they are all laughing on the inside. They will claim that they did not "fuel the fire", but they certainly aren't trying to put it out. If any of these hypocrites get elected, THEN you will see racism really get worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  95. Tina Tx

    No racism was just under the surface and people were so stinking glad to get Bush out of office and when they woke up and realized they elected a half black man and then the jobs went away the hatred came boiling back to the top.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  96. Al

    No. I suppose Mr. Freeman might be right insofar as folks generally do not notice race until a person from another race enters a room. But that is far different from making racism worse. The economy and unemployment in particular are today's most serious challenges to the nation's progress in overcoming racism.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  97. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    What's happening is that people are showing their true colors.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  98. barbara in nc

    Wrong Question Jack.

    He didn't cause it - but he did cause the racists to let their hate and anger come into full view for all of us to have to see. The baggers and some republicans are hate-filled to the very core of their soul. It shows.

    Quit trying to blame him for being a half-white intelligent man. I'd much rather have him as President than some of the white not-so-intelligent old fat men that claim to be running (they can barely waddle).

    September 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  99. Brandon castille

    location: Lafayette,LA
    No PRESIDENT OBAMA has not made racism worst by becoming the first African American President he has only exposed the the truth about racism in america , showing that racism has not died it was only in hibernation waiting for the right time to be seen. As an African American it disgust me to see extremist groups like the tea party simply disprespect our president in many different ways. Its time for us as Americans to come together as one and stop trying to Bring our President and country down only then will we continue to be the greatest country.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  100. Richard C.

    Jack, Obama has screwed everything else up to the point people are basically angry. I don't know if he has made racism worse but he sure hasn't improved race relations. I do not like obama's socialist policies. Does that make me a racist? I don't think so, since, right now, I would vote for Herman Cain.
    Malvern, PA

    September 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  101. s in fl

    Yes, Jack. He won the presidency. He's black, he won the presidency and no matter what substituted label or diversionary language you use, the fact is a black man was elected and for a very loud portion of the electorate, that's a bridge too far.
    Unacceptable. He made racism worse by his very existence.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  102. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    Morgan Freeman is right. Where was the Tea Party when President Bush and the people in Congress at that time were running up the deficit/debt. They only showed up after President Obama was elected. BTW, isn't he bi-racial (white and black). So isn't the Tea Party half hating on itself?

    And Herman Cain is way off base. But how is Godfather's Pizza doing after his reign as CEO. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

    September 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  103. Donna, Wisconsin

    I suppose in a sense he did but not in something he did or didn't do. Just being himself, an articulate, educated man who those that are racists in the Republican Party cannot deal with. Making him a one term president has much more to do with the fact he is black than anything else they spin. A few 'slips of the tongue' have proven that. Never has a President gotten so much dis-respect from everyone. But he's a "black man' so he can be looked and talked down to. By the way, I am not black! And I love this guy who can walk and chew gum at the same time!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  104. MYSTERIOUS

    You have got to be kidding me with that loaded question. Short answer: No.

    He's bi-racial, and I think that many of the Caucasian people (Republicans and Tea Partiers) have a problem with his skin color. He didn't make it worse by running for President.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  105. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the only way Obama has made racism worse is by making white southerners nightmares come true; he got himself elected President of the United States. This very act has galvinated conservatives, especially southern conservatives who have been fighting to undo the Voting Rights Act and all the civil rights legislation enacted over the past 50 years. They have taken advantage of an anti-tax protest to put together a coalition that actually stands a chance of destroying this country.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  106. Sylvia from San Diego

    I can not comment with certainly on race relations but he certainly has done harm to how people of different economic classes feel about each other. Thanks to Obama, the rich hate the poor, the poor hate the rich and those in the middle, don't know what to think!!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  107. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I applaud Obama for telling the Black Caucus to stop belly aching and get to work. We have a lot to accomplish. Obama has been a tireless working President who more than any other killed bin laden. I won't vote for him because of Employer Based Health Care, Dodd-Frank and pending Scream Act. An Independent voter who changes teams all the time.
    According to Freeman this makes me a racist. Does voting for Obama mean your not racist? I think not. I think all races have a prefernce. Some people like red cars others prefer green. Detroit makes sure you have a choice. Both Freeman and Obama are undeniable evidence the playing field in America has never been more level than it is today. If anything it now favors minorities over priorities. Bill Clinton was also born poor, became President and this subject never came up once?

    September 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  108. Paul P.

    The President himself rarely has singled out race and has conducted himself through his term with coolness and dignity. So the race relation issue is really all about perception, perception from those with long-engrained racist beliefs and those with a long-engrained history of seeing racism everywhere. The reality I feel is these people are leftovers of the past, and President Obama will mark the beginning of new roots of acceptance that history will nurture and grow in time.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  109. Dennis north carolina

    Obama has not raise the race word yet. Mr Freeman is correct that the tea party and the republican party are using race to try to beat Obama. Mr Cain is just a token candidate to make the tea party and the republican smell sweet but would never elect him, jut like they used Mr Steele as the party head. what you see is the rise of the old south or the confederacy again. Just like you said in a past question that the states that have been republican strong are the poorest and are right to work state because they back big business and want people to work for pennies.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  110. Jenna Roseville CA

    Has President Obama made racism worse?

    1st Herman Cain doesn't think that he's a black man. 2nd Herman Cain has never been to a Tea Party Rally 3rd The so called Tea Party (which they are NOT a political party – just a fringe group) has been racist all along. 4th President Obama has not added fire to the issue of race however the Republicans sure have since he initially ran for office and then won the presidency.

    President Obama has much to do but respond to racists he has no time for. He is concentrating on JOBS. Wish we could say the same for the GOP..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  111. Gail, Plano TX.

    No, Jack. The President has not made racism worse. His election as the first African American President has exposed those who are racist in America! And they are blatant about I'd! The disrespect afforded him by McConnell, and Faux News, S Palin, M Bachmann, Limbaugh, well I could go on infinitim. And yes, the Tea Party is racist. Do u or others forget the placards depicting him as a witch Dr with a bone thru his nose? Or The Joker? Smells racist to me, Jack. Let's remember racist Joe Wulson who yelled U Lie in the House! This week, a letter is being sent home to parents of all TX students asking if they want their children to listen to the President when he makes his school speech tomorrow. Will they give their permission? This is TX, not a great example in showing the Pres. respect. It is outrageous but is fed by bigots. This is why GOP thinks they can win in 2012. They would elect a zombie as long as he is white. Thanks Jack, for the chance to vent. It helps a lot. By the way, I am white!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  112. Annie, Atlanta

    President Obama? Seriously. Did you see the pictures traveling around the internet, like the watermelons growing on the Whitehouse lawn, or the President as a tribal warrior? Check out some of the progressive blogs on the internet where African Americans write about the subtle dogwhistles they're hearing from our elected representatives. The President isn't making racism worse. The Republicans are. You should have heard the filth I encountered making cold calls for the Obama campaign early on. I had to come home and shower. My skin crawled for weeks.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Jim-Charlotte NC

    My guess is that things haven't changed much. Those who were raacists before this election continue to still are. Of course there are networks that push this race thing all the time. Fox pushed the Philadelphia story and the Reverend Wright story. Then there was the attacks on Acorn and the push made against anyone who accused the Tea Party of racism.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama is not at fault for making racism worse. He has bent over backwards to NOT be seen as Black. RACISTS are at fault for projecting all of their problems onto the first Black president-aided by media figures like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and others.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Eric

    No, his presidency has reduced racism, since all of us can see a black man holding the highest position in the land, sometimes succeeding and sometimes screwing up, just like our white presidents. The few narrow minded morons that show up at this or that rally spouting bigotry or spout nonsense regarding the motives of honest people who simply disagree with certain polices, eventually isolate themselves and help us move forward. A small group may make a lot of noise, but they are still a small group. Though while narrow mindedness can be cured, stupidity cannot.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Layne Alleman

    Jack, No, I don't. I think instead, it's a combination of diverging forces; unemployment, economic back-sliding, home foreclosures, ect.,ect. You could have Superman president right now, and it simply wouldn't matter. Presidents are the highest raking people in this nation, and as such, take the heat no matter what. This one happens to be black, thus race will be pushed to the forefront as the reason he's screwing up. Some actor plays God in one movie, narrates another one about penguins, and this is who the media listens to????? Wake up America, for better or worse, we're all in this together.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  117. Ed from Harrisburg

    Jack, this is a terrible offensive question and you should be ashamed. Even suggesting that President Obama has made racism in this country worse is outrageous. Racism in this country has always been present and continues to be present with many of his critics playing into racist criticism of him. You are making him responsible for the racism of others and that simply is neither fair nor write. The queston should be, "Is the fact that the President an African-American bringing out overt racism in many of his critics and opposition? President Obama is not responsible for racism in this country. You know better and this is a loaded question that borders on asking people if they still beat their spouses. Shame on you.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  118. Walt

    Hi Jack, I dont think you could make anything worse in Washington, dump the Tea Party and start a good old tar and feather on everyone in Washington.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  119. Dave - Phx, Az

    Yes he has. All one has to do is read the viewer responses to any news article about him.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  120. Ann from Charleston SC

    I don't see that the country is any more racist now than it was before Obama's presidency. The difference I see has to do with location. I lived in the midwest most of my life and moved to Charleston when I retired. Believe it or not, I am now living in the first integrated neighborhood I've ever lived in, and I find more interaction between the races than in the midwest.

    Much as I love Morgan Freeman, I don't agree with him that the tea party is racist. Tea party people are as unyielding as racists in that they are unwilling to acknowledge an opinion that differs from their own. A democracy, a government of the people, needs input from all people, not just those on one side or the other.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  121. Denny from Tacoma

    Racism is a terrible disease of the mind that cannot be made worse by anyone; it is just as bad when expressed subtlely or openly. Racism destroys the good character of the offender as well as the offended.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  122. NJIE in Arlington Texas

    Yes.............................................without him we would've never heard of the racist Tea Party. They didn't mind the country being messed up by a white man in George Bush but are worried about a black man trying to clean up the mess. The majority of the voters are good Americans though.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  123. John Blythe

    I think the liberal left goes a little too far Jack. For one, Herman Cain and former GOP Chairman Michael Steele are both African American, so isn't it contradictory to say Tea Partiers and Republicans harbor racism, if Cain and Steele are both black? Or is Obama the only one who is automatically exempt like he's some kind of saint? I've seen Tea Partiers that are liberal and are also African American, so this is quite absurd as far as I'm concerned. There are times were people in this country cannot rightfully criticize this president without the fear of being called a racist. If you disapprove of Obama Care or the Libyan War or the phony stimulus, you're automatically labeled racist. Its like saying, I didn't want a hamburger, I wanted a cheeseburger and the left calls it racism... that is what our country's society has come to apparently... John – Los Angeles, California

    September 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  124. Overby from Melbourne

    It has nothing to do with race, it's his idiotic Socialist agenda and wasteful programs such as ObamaCare and his incompetence. And I'm sick and tired of his continual harping on how he 'inherited' all these problems...he didn't inhert them, he begged and grovelled and yelled and bobbled his head through hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been used for a good purpose to get the job.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  125. Brad, Portland, OR

    Obama didn't make racism worse. But seeing a black man elected President has caused the people who were already racists to climb out of their holes to start ranting and raving in public.

    And the Tea Party was formed to try to obstruct everything he wanted to do, so they can declare him a failure and make him a one-term President.

    Mitch McConnell even said making Obama a one-term President was his main goal, shortly after Obama was elected. Not fixing the economy, not creating jobs. Making Obama a one-term President.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  126. Ron WPAFB

    No Jack, but by being elected President, it provoked the Racists in Washington. You know, Mitch McConnell who repeats time and time again that his only job is to get Obama out of the White House. Him, Boehner, Cantor all speak about him by saying Obama! Not President Obama as decorum would dictate. Yes, racism is alive and lives in the Republican Party in a big way. Why else would the GOP alienate the Hispanics, the Blacks and if they can get away with it Women! they are throwghing the elderly under the bus by trying to do away with Medicare and Social Security. And after millions lost their retirements when the Banks collapsed, they have started this unbelievable idea to let the States do their own or , get ready, here it is, Let People Invest Their Own Money!!!! Some people do that also, and they lost a lot!

    So lets regroup, Racists against Blacks, Hispanics, and sometimes Women, and always the Old. They do idiotic things with money, ( which is how we slid into a recession/depression, depending on who you talk to, a CEO or a Blue Collar Laid Off Worker! Oh yeah, they won't give anyone a tax break but Big Business and really Rich People! And you know what, Jack, morons still vote for them, Wow!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  127. Mark

    Obama is not the first racist we've had in the White House. He spent 20 years in Rev. Wright's church of hate America, hate white people, and hate Jews. Go look it up, it's the truth if you don't believe me. When things don't go right for this egotistical, self-centered, and a product of affirmative action, he plays the race card.
    And shame on Morgan Freeman to play the race card too. People, including the Tea Party, do not like Obams because of his ideas and plans for America. Period! Sure there are racists out there and there will always be racists. But they come in all colors, including black. When someone cannot argue intellectually with facts, they resort to the race card.
    OBAMA IS A RACIST, do I make my self clear?
    Mark

    September 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  128. Ed in california

    If the "Tea Party" is racist, explain how a black man won the Florida straw pole?

    Ed in California

    September 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  129. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Racism can only exist if we agree to a belief that is a lie.

    There are many still who believe, the Tea Party extremists being some, that to run this country one must be white and maintain an 18th century belief and an set of 18th century values. In other words, look and act like these founding fathers so many are fond of and consciously and subconsciously model themselves after.

    Well, those founding fathers were themselves mostly, more than 3/5's, bigots and racists to the very extreme who formed their beliefs on lies, just like so many today.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  130. Charles of Oregon

    Good one, Jack! Blaming our first African-American President for making racism worse! President Obama has not made racism worse, he's tried real hard to bring right-wingers into the debate on solutions for our many problems, including being willing to include their ideas in his legislation. Many of us independents suspect Tea Partiers are in denial when claiming to be non-racist while opposing every idea and plan Obama puts forth, even former conservatives' ideas– their uncompromising stance has damn near sabotaged our economy! What should we call their attitude & their actions, if not racist? Ignorance? Treason?

    September 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  131. Dan

    Dear Jack,

    It isn't Barack Obama HIMSELF that has had an adverse effect on race relations, but rather the FACT of Barack Obama as a symbol. Having a black man in the white house is more than a number of Americans can bear. Witness the Republican Party who, when Obama was elected, stated on camera that their sole mission for the next four years would be to unseat him irrespective of the needs of the country. As a result the United States continues to fall apart and Republicans thwart any effort to correct that. That is hatred of the first order.

    Dan NY

    September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  132. Jane in CA

    I don't think we can blame Obama for having black skin. But by showing that a black man was actually a full participant in American politics, and actually preferable as a presidential candidate, he has outraged and inflamed every bigot in the country who doesn't want to believe it. Just because he is the president, doesn't mean that the Republican party won't treat him with disrespect. As an (N-word) they do not believe he is entitled to the same consideration and privilege as a white president. Just look at the criticism whenever the president does anything. If he uses public streets, he is causing traffic problems. If he flies overhead in a helicopter, he is wasting money. As if no previous president had motorcades or used Marine One. Most bigots can't disrespect the president to his face, but they can commit racist acts against any blacks (or other minorities) available to them. So they do. I have heard a lot of borderline racist remarks about our president, and some not so borderline about other minorities, far more than just a few years ago. It is as if having a black president acts as a shield to protect the petty racist displays from being seen as racist. We can't be a racist society if we elected a black president. But that doesn't mean that the racist minority have seen the light.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  133. John

    I don't think it's fair to say that President Obama has made racism better or worse. It's hard to gauge the true feeling and opinions of people. However, I believe having a black president has certainly made the expression of racism different. In certain circles racism has certainly increased, this may be because of true distain for the policies of Obama, or perhaps trashing Obama is a means to express racist idea's already present, but only seen at these times. That being said, having a black president will certainly change how racism will occur in future generations, it will be interesting to see how the opinions of the children of today will respond to this dynamic period of time.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  134. Fred In LA

    Yes President Obama has made racism worse and it's of his own doing. He and his leftist cohorts play the race card every chance they get. Sorry to deflate your balloon but The Tea Party is not a racist organization but made up of concerned citizens of all color and background. Just ask Herman Cain or Alan West.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  135. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    No, I don't think that President Obama has made racism worse. I think that, despite the Civil War (one of its issues was slavery), despite passing three amendments to the U.S. Constitution (the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments), despite Jim Crow laws, despite the civil rights laws passed in the 1960s due to segregation, the U.S. still has not come to terms with racism and its past. Yes, African-Americans have more opportunities now, but I think that racism still exists, just under the surface, and sometimes people don't even bother to try to hide it. How sad.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  136. Alex in wisconsin

    Jack, are you seriously trying to put the resurfacing of racism and ignorance on President Obama? President Obama is not responsible for the ignorance of others. The day after his election, white supremicist and hate group recruitment soared. The better question is, has President Obama exposed the hidden, ugly underbelly of the American society. The answer to that is clearly yes.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  137. M. Rains, Ont. Canada

    Come on Jack!!! Yet another question written by the Republican Party!!!! You know the answer to that!!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  138. Mark in Houston

    When I hear all these so called Christian valued, family value types around Houston saying...."Can't wait to get that "N" out of the White House"....my guess is that racism is doing just fine without any help from the President.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  139. Bob from Melbourne

    The President hasn’t made racism worse but his cabinet henchmen and supporters have. If you dare to question any of his policies or ideas you’re labeled a racist. What he has made worse besides the economy is the class warfare.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  140. Cal, Los Angeles

    What a ridiculous question, again. You can blame the American people for electing him. It put all the bigots into overdrive. What a sad statement about America though.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  141. Mark, Indiana

    I do not believe he has made it worse, just hasn't made things better either. Sensitivity on both sides seems to have spiked especially now an election year is approaching. I think blacks were expected more that what the President was in any position to deliver and now are voicing their displeasure and sometimes transferring those emotions to others such as those in the Tea Party.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  142. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    He didn't make it worse, his being elect to office brought back out from under it's rock.
    Discrimination/racism has never gone away. It went underground for awhile.
    It was ok if a black person strived and succeeded professionally. It was ok if he occasionally achieved high local elected office where 'his kind' were the majority. It is not ok to be president of 'White America'. Pres. Obama didn't win the 2008 election. McCain/Palin lost it because of Bush's 8 years and because he was too old and she was an idiot. They still are.
    We will know discrimination/racism is truly ended when we elect a black lesbian to the Presidency

    September 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  143. Gigi Oregon

    Any time we use rhetoric such as, "put on your marching boots, take up the cross and fight" doesn't men a war of death and defeat. It means to fight for justice and truth. When we call others names which elevates us or dimisheshs others that is a time for fighting for change. Many, through the Internet have sent horrible pictures and rhetoric against a black President Obama. That is wrong and a internal terrorist threat to those whose race or religion is threatened. "We need to over come" these type of suggestions of discrimination. No, President Obama is not responsible for racism in the United States. Only those who keep it alive and feed it. President Obama has been dealt a debt ran up by the wars 2001-2008 by over spending of the former administration. His hope was to give to the 95% of us something for the labour of raised taxes of the middle class and a health care for the people of the greatest country in the world. But there are those who do not want to take responsibility for the debt they ran up. So they will try to turn your ears to radical talk which is irrelevant in creating jobs for the people. Even some of the richest families in the United States know that they should be paying a higher tax rate. And a fair flat tax. God Will Bless them if they can achieve this goal, with no help from the republican party. They (Republican) feel "helping those who already have the means to help themselves" is there mission statement for growing America. If we allow the tea Party to win we will be a third world country in four years.

    So put on your boots and carry your cross (truth and justice for all) and fight for a free America, the America our fathers and grandfather's fought for.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  144. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That’s very hard to say Jack because I have seen very little he has done to help it. America needs motre people interested in promoting white and black relations not destroying it. A point in case is His take on his buddies arrest when his house was broken into and saying the police handeled it stupidly. That certtainly hurt more then it helped.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  145. AB

    Obama has not made racism worse, the Tea Party made it worse!! Obama is trying to unite the country and solve its problems and the Tea Party is trying to create problems and disunity.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  146. Jim

    Jack,

    Last year I took my 10-year-old grandson to the annual rodeo here in Reno, Nevada. One of the announcers abused his microphone privileges by taking some cheap shots at the President. This immediately emboldened a few beer-bellied Bubbas sitting a few rows in front of us to cut loose with some racial epithets. It was very embarrassing for me and my grandson and I haven't been back. Obama hasn't made race relations worse but he's become a convenient target for those pathetic racists who haven't yet died out and who pine for the good old days when restaurant owners could hang "White Only" signs on their doors without fear of being run out of town. I remember those days, Jack, and race relations are much better now than they were back then. But the sick minority will still try to use the color of this president's skin as a convenient rallying point to rekindle old hatreds. The fault lies with them, not with Mr. Obama.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  147. Sean in Michigan

    It's been a familiar cry from some supporters of Obama ever since he was elected, that anyone strongly opposed to his policies were racially motivated. That cry in itself is racist, since it attempts to segregate a point of view that may well have nothing to do with skin color.
    So I would say in some ways things have gotten worse, but I don't blame that on Obama. Frankly though, one thing Obama and everyone else needs to understand that racism only stops when the focus stops being the (name your race) vote, the (name your race) caucus, etc. and just becomes about "the people", regardless our color.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  148. calaurore9

    Having a black president has shone the light on the last bastion of generational racism. Tea Partiers are generally those who were around during the Civil Rights movement. The racial divide amongst that generation runs deep on both sides. Black Caucus. Tea Party. I'm hoping our kids will indeed be post-racial.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    September 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  149. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Jack, racism has never really been abolished in this nation, and to think President Obama has made it worse is like denying the Holocaust happened. The Tea Party is simply trying to use Herman Cain because they refuse to admit there are racist elements within their ranks. Until people stop trying to blame Obama's skin color on the government's failings, racism will remain a major political tool.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  150. Dan in Albuquerque

    I don't think Obama has made it worse, but he has made it clear that he will not cster to either African-Amweican or Hispanice voters any more than the whites. He is truly a man trying to walk the middle when there are extremes at both ends squeezing the middle ground. I do think the GOP and Tea Party are somewhat racist in their policies, if not in their words. That's because many of the policies that benefit mnorities are opposed by Republicans and always have been.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  151. Carol L McAnulty

    He has only brought all of the hate to the surface.What other democratic president has been further right? Yet they hate him as a "socialist" what a joke.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  152. Kerry Bedford, TX

    The President is not responsible for racism in the U.S., for better or for worse. Quit putting everything at his feet. He has enough to deal with.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Tom Schultz

    No, racists make racism worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  154. Shaun from Pennsylvania

    What is race really?
    Does the amount of melanin in my skin really determine my social stature? If I can get a job? If I'm able to enjoy the things that I do enjoy?

    If a person has to think about this, then we have way more worrisome problems at hand.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  155. Adam

    Obama's presence hasn't made racism worse, it's simply revealed what has quietly always been there.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  156. Michael

    Yes unfortunately but not the way people think. Before racists were blatant or out in the open so you knew where someone stood. Now the racists have to hide behind so called constitutional rhetoric. I'd rather know where someone stands if they are a racist. Now you can't tell who is and who isn't. Kind of like the terrorists right?...

    September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  157. D - Atlanta

    No Jack, the President has not made racism worse.....intolerance and not being able to accept a Black man in the White House has brought racism to the forefront. That Jack, is not the President's fault.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  158. Charlene Hughes

    Has Obama made race relations worse or better? that's not the question to ask The question should be "What have all of us done to make race relations better!" What have YOU done to make race relations better Jack?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Dan from NJ

    Jack,
    Pres. Obama has not made racism worse. It's the racists in the Republican party who are responsible for that. There is such a strong racial undercurrent in the Tea Party in particular, and in the Republican party in general, it's ridiculous. The watermelon pictures, the birthers are just two examples.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  160. Lynda

    Jack, add due respect but only Black Americans can really and truly and truthfully answer this question.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  161. Tom in Maine

    Jack, the President himself has not made racism worse, but I believe his election has merely revealed emotions that have been dormant for years. We get all PC and everything and think we're making progress but the problems are generational.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  162. Courtney

    Yes because now if you don't like the president people assume your racist but if you don't like a white politician nobody questions your motives. It's not Obama's fault but unfortunately tensions have rose.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  163. Leo Abueg

    President Obama has NOT made racism worse. The Tea Party people made racism worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Kevin Humphries

    President Obama did not make race relations worst in America, because President Obama has'nt done anything negative concerning race. If others react in a negative way to a African American becoming president, they are the ones that make race relations worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  165. Paulette in Dallas

    I'm with the 41 % who think nothing has changed.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Reggie

    Racism works both ways. Blacks are just as racist as whites. Blacks are even racists among their own especially between the lighter skin and the darker skin. Blacks are racists against whites but they don't see it as racism. They believe its okay because they are allowed to express their opnions and nobody else can do the same. I am black and I am disgusted when I hear my own speak ill of our own and also against other races. There is racism in every culture but we have to learn how to deal with it in a diplomatic way and try to live with each other no matter what color you are.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  167. Lynda

    That should say Jack, all due respect

    September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  168. Josh

    Jack, the phrasing of your question suggests that if racism has become worse it is because of something Obama has done. Other than being the first black president none of his actions have had anything to do with race. As for whether his presence has brought racism to the surface, absolutely. Anyone spending a few minutes on public message boards or news comments will see both blatant and subtle racism abound.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  169. Scott

    Why would racism have changed under this presidency?

    Until our leaders grow the backbone required to start putting out the message that it is not just white males that must release their antiquated views of other races and cultures, why would we expect any change?

    As long as we reward "minorities" for racist viewpoints and actions........ wouldn't we be a bit silly to expect any change?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Jeff

    Obama has not made racism worse, but his incompetence has enabled myopic Obama supporters to bring the issue of race back into the spotlight, taking us backwards as a society. They label all who criticize our president a racist, regardless of the profound merits supporting the criticism

    September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Ron

    Of course President Obama didn't make raciscm worse. Racism is no better or worse than before, but a person of color in a position of power and leadership will always anger a certain segment of the white populaton. If you don't believe me, watch Blazing Saddles.

    Bush created a Rock Ridge economy and Americans are hoping Obama can save the town. Maybe this makes Mel Brooks a prophet.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  172. Sully

    The race relations haven't gotten better or worse, they've been exposed for what they are.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  173. Diann

    I don't like the way the question is framed. President Obama has not "made" racism better or worse. The question places blame on the President before the answer can be given. Re-frame the question: "Are Americans more or less racist since the election of a Black President?" The answer? I don't know, but the racists are certainly louder and have grabbed a greater portion of air time in the media.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  174. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Obama hasn't made racism worse. It was bad when he took office and it will be bad when he leaves office. Racism just became more apparent because Obama happens to be black and the first black man to be elected POTUS. As for Cain, he's nothing more than the Tea Party's token black man, just like Michael Steel was the GOP token black man until they found out how bad it was when he opened his mouth. I have a better chance of getting the GOP nomination than Cain does and I'm not even thinking of running. And if the Tea Party isn't racist, where were they when white man Bush and company were running up the national debt by trillions?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  175. Roxanne, Michigan

    No, he hasn't. But his election has caused the racists to became LOUDER! And the louder they become, the more pitiful they sound.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  176. Tony D.

    The election of Barack Obama was rooted in racism by the very people who voted for him just because he is black. People jumped on the bandwagon to elect the first black president just because of his skin color. That means that they didn’t vote for McCain purely because he is white. The “mainstream” media has for years stated that anyone who questions Obama’s policies must be racists. The Tea Party, like ALL organizations, has people with prejudices. That does not mean they support or encourage racism. When you are elected because of the color of your skin, how do you think you’re lessening racism?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  177. AARON

    Jack Racism is only as bad as it was before! All Obama has done is invoke people who were already racist to sat how they feel . His presidency has show a side of America that we havnt seen since the civil rights movement.

    ~michigan

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  178. Miriam

    Obama hasn't made racism worse, he's brought a lot of feelings to the surface that were repressed and only expressed in private. He has however, inspired minorities, particularly African American children, toward less self-hate, more optimism about their own roles in America's future. I remember seeing a little boy on television all dressed up for his first day in a charter school looking in the mirror and commenting that he looked like President Obama. That is progress.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  179. Peter Kestenbaum

    With all due respect to our Pizza exec did he look at the audience in the T party debates.. in each state... about as diverse as a loaf of white bread... A loaf of white bread that spewed hate ( let em die ), homophobia for a soldier who asked a legit question, booed immigration ( I guess they were all native indian descendents ), As another TV commentator would say, if you do not believe it go to the tape... I think most americans understand the T party agenda less government more responsible fiscal actions but the rest of us would rather ship them off to some other location.. The republican's by their comfort with their core base show what many of us feel is their agenda

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  180. Tom K. from Santa Monica, CA

    Jack,
    Yes it has and I've never seen so many people of all ethnicities use the race card as much as they are now. It would really be a great country when all backgrounds stand together, but now it feels as if this "diversity" is directing all their efforts against the "whites." I never heard of a congressional "Black" caucus until after President Obama was elected. What's going on with this country? We should all be equal! As the saying goes, "United we stand, divided we fall."

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  181. Christina

    You're joking right? Asking if Prez Obama has made racism worse is like asking a woman who was raped if she was wearing a sexy outfit to bring on the attack. Obama isn't the cause of racism raising it's ugly head, he's just the latest high profile target of the hatred.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  182. DP

    No he hasnt made a difference in people who were already programmed and taught at home.
    Racism is like DNA. Its passed on from parent to child. A President can only influence thought which hopefully leads to perception.Obama's presidency relative to race relations will pay off in years to come, long after present day perception is questioned over and over again.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  183. Fran Fruit

    President Obama's election may have made the existing racism more visible, but he didn't cause it. By exposing it to the light of public attention, his example will help to end it.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  184. Linda in Arizona

    Amazing. Now they're going to blame racism on obama too? This is a racist country. It has always been a racist country. Obama did not create racism in this country, nor did he "make it worse". His presence in the White House just brought out the hidden racism that always existed beneath the surface. By the way, black people have good reason to hate white people, and when they do, it is a false equivalency to label it racism. I'm white, by the way, born in the south. I grew up seeing racism firsthand.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  185. Tim in Evans, GA

    I agree – DUMB wording of the question. It is not Pres. Obama who has changed race relations. I would reword the question "Has the ignorance of white America made race relations worse due to their still entrenched racisit views and narrow minds?" I moved from DC to Georgia, and i am appalled at White people here and their stupidity (Fox news is on everywhere you go). This is supposed to be the Bible Belt, whatever that means, and it is incredibly hostile here (Augusta), very class divided. Blacks and Whites totally ignore each other, and i still hear "coloreds" in white people's vocabulary. During the Obama election, a lot of Whites said he should be killed. It is frightening. Notice how this Presidency is not referred to as Obama-Biden, like previous administrations? The Republicans and Tea Party people place all blame at his feet alone. Have they totally forgotten the Bush years?? And how come the media doesn't go back and disect the lies and econimic damage he left behind, and force these right wingers to speak on that subject?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  186. Terry in Sherwood

    Yes, Jack. Every time he shows his face, it enrages those few racist amongst us and motivates them to find new ways to sow their hateful and ignorant message. President Obama blew up their world view of white supremacy.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  187. Gary H. Boyd

    You bet Jack - Obama came into office on a low flying plane, that just cleared the runway and then, while circiling the field, has found big lumps in the runway. If he makes it down safely, it will be a very bumpy landing.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  188. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I might believe the tea party claims that they're not racist if I had ever heard of them while Bush was still in office. I didn't. But within weeks of Obama's innauguration they were out demonstrating and protesting, supposedly for every reason EXCEPT his skin color. Obama hasn't made racism worse, his winning the election just pissed off all the closet racists who have to invent other reasons to be against him publicly. After all, if they openly admitted to being racist everything they said would be dismissed, so they claim it's all about politics. Obama's presidency has just opened our eyes to how much further we still have to go before racism is truly behind us.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  189. Roger L. Jones II

    No the president has not made racism worse, white people that cannot accept a black man being their commander in chief have made racism worse. Most whites hate to admit their racist tendencies that are deeply ingrained in their pyche from birth. Unfortunately this is a reality in America.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  190. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    No. Those that were already racists crawled out from under the rocks and slime they were living in and asked stupid questions like this.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  191. Gabby Johnson in Montana

    Obama's election was the long-feared, worst nightmare of the many - but declining - number of racists in our society. It's behind the birther movement, Sharia law fears and the other specious "arguments" of the Tea Party.
    But what bothers me most as a former Republican is that no one in the party seems to have the courage and integrity to stop this nonsense. If party leaders consider this cesspool of hate the "base," I guess I'm glad I'm an independent.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  192. Quiann, DC

    I don't believe President Obama has made racism worst. I believe that his election as President of the United States uncovered the deep embedded racism that people have in their hearts. In college, I learned that Racism is a system of advantage based on race. Because black people or any other minority don't have that "system of advantage", racist Americans deem Pres. Obama as inadequate first, because of the color of his skin and everything else comes second.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  193. Jane - GA

    Race relations have gotten much worse under Obama because in my opinion he's a racist or he couldn't have set in a church for 20 years listening to a speaker spuing venimous language against white people. That tells it all about Obama and his wife Michelle. If I didn't condone the teachings of my minister I'd get up and walk out and he would have too if he was against what was being said.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  194. Dana in Georgia

    why did you phrase the question that way, jack? why didn't you ask has the tea party made racisim worse? and the answer to that is a resounding YES!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  195. Kathy

    I think that the Obama presidency has brought out all the racists in full force, because they can't stand seeing a black man in the white house! Racism is alive and well in this country!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  196. Pat British Columbia

    Jack its sad that the US Media still devides Americans by race. Black Polls,Latino Polls etc. Why not be like the rest of the civilized world and poll the question to every person. If there is any one reason that there is a division in the USA its the media.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  197. Kenyese

    that question is worded incorrctly. one man cannot "make racisim worst". the ignorance embedded in the people of this country are those to be blamed for the increase in the level of racisim in this country. if you think of it this way, racisim has never left, it simply laid dormant for years and years. the fact that a BLACK man took office those racisit idologies have been spouted and are allowed under the right of freedom of speech. to think those who are carrying on and promoting this racist way of think are the conservatives, the same conservatives who claim to be God fearing Christians. to my knowledge, Christians are supposed to be praying for the leaders of their country, not ridiculing them. racisim has never left, the ignorance of those before us permiattes through the acts and words of those who have come after, all because of influences. learn tho think and act for your self.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  198. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    No Jack, the Fat White Evangelical Republicans have made it worse, these jerks had rather drink a gallon of castor oil as have a black president. it just runs up their butt to think that the President of the United States is black and they will do anything to try and get him beat in the 2012 elections. They can't lie enough to cover up the fact that they are a bunch of racist and if people don't believe it then they are dumber than Palin, Bachmann, Perry and Romney all combined.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  199. K T Sponcil

    The black community endorses O'Bama by 95%. Until O'Bama, I've never seen or heard of a politician with a favorable rating that high. So, the logical conclusion is that the black community is racist. This is something that no one wants to vocalize. But the rest of the country sees the prejudice and there is a very strong silent backlash underway.

    The country is no more or less racist since O'Bama has been elected. But the black community, with a 95% approval rating for O'Bama, has a bright light shining on what their true beliefs are.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  200. Chris from Colorado

    Shorty after President Obama was elected, we started hearing the chants of "We want our country back!". Where did it go? It didn't go anywhere, except now there is a man in the White House who happens not to be white. At Tea Party rallys, there were signs held up of him dressed as an African tribe member, bone through his nose included. While President Obama did not make racism worse, his election focused a bright light onto the racist element still left in this country.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  201. David

    Really ?! Blame the bigotry already in the country...enough said,he has nothing to do with racism(The President) !

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  202. Steve

    Steve Los Angeles

    Jack, Onlly to the racist.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  203. Greg Rockford, IL

    Of course not. What his election has exposed is the class of people who attack him solely because he is black. Those people happen to usually belong to a group that starts with "TEA" and ends in "PARTY." I actually feel sorry for the Tea Party members who are actually concerned with real issues like limited government, addressing the national debt, and closing tax loopholes for corporations.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  204. Lorin (Los Angeles)

    It's one thing to ask if President Obama has made racism worse, but something different to ask if racism has become worse under his presidency. Your question suggests that Morgan Freeman blames Obama for a perceived increase in racism, whereas his comments actually blame others, such as the Tea Party, for increasing racist rhetoric since Obama's election. Before an answer to this question can be offered, the question itself must be clarified.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  205. JAB in MO

    No. He has just brought sill simmering racism to the surface. We are not and have never been as tolerant as we give ourselves credit for being.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  206. Lisa

    YES!!! I don't think I have ever heard so much talk about race in my whole life since Obama campaigned and is now President. Im tired of people telling me because I don't agree with his policies that its racist. Lets call it what it is Jack........the economy hasn't improved, unemployment is 9%, a $530 million dollar taxpayer defunct solar company. He wanders around aimlessly and has proven to not be a leader. Lets face it your skin color doesn't make you a great leader......its your ideas and how you implement them. He farms everything out to everyone else. This President should wear a cheerleading outfit because that is about the only thing he is good at, which is campaigning!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  207. Eric in Pa

    President Obama has not made racism worse, however the fact that an African American was elected president has stirred up a lot of dark, racist attitudes among many Americans. There has always been partisan battles against the party of the president. However, I believe strongly that the level of hatred, hostility, anger, etc has intensified during President Obama's presidency more than ever before. There has always been a certain level of respect for the President, that seems to have vanished lately. Whether it's shouting out "liar" during a State Of The Union Address, or not attending a Presidential speech to Congress, a feeling of open disrespect for our president is impossible to ignore.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  208. glen from Dallas

    What does your Obama quote mean: "get out of your house slippers and march with me??"

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  209. Ted Lane

    Obama lives like an African King.....while cajoling the gentry! Do the peasants like what they see from him. This one doesn't.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  210. Jim In Pittsburgh

    No, simply because no one man is that powerful. But the worsening bigotry is a reflection of the radicalization of the conservative movement which considers anyone who is not white, heterosexual Christian Fundamentalist as someone is not truly American.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  211. Jeanette

    How could the President make race relations worse?. I think this president has bent over backwards to try to accomodate everyone. Obama make race worse? Hey Jack, remember Rush's song on his radio show-Barack the Magic Negro during the campaign. Do you really think the President has made race relations worse. Oh yea, & then there was the tea party birthers & lets not forget the pictures of Obama during their rallies. You all just don't want to report the truth. I am so scared of my neighbors, I don't dare put an Obama sticker on my car.(That is, if I want to keep it)

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  212. Kim Coon

    No! I think the true extent of Racism is rearing its ugly head! (and this is from white female who worried during election that if he won, the true violent racists would come out of the woodwork). It's sort of like a special I watched recently about the Civil War. The North fought for the freedom of slaves but when they moved north to find work, they didn't want them living or playing next to them. hmmmm.
    Honestly I don't think most people understand the volume of jobs that have left this country. They keep talking about consumer spending being down because of fear. How about the 400,000 something that are continuing to be laid off. Could the decline in economic spending be just because there are just that many people who are out of work and don't have any extra money to spend?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  213. Irving

    What ! Being silent about race makes the president a racist amplifier? If that don't sound silly to you then maybe it was the media who made it worse. Airing extremism just makes other feel comfortable to voice there real feelings that's more likely the reason..

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  214. Leida Aycott

    No Jack, the only thing that happened as a result of Barack Obama being elected was that all of those "secret" racists thought it would be ok to come out of the closet, hiding behind the guise of the Tea Party, McConnell, Boehner.....etc. Plain and simple... whites could not, and can not stand the fact that one of "them" had gotten so far.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  215. Antoinette from Charlotte

    Jack, the racists who have made it impossible for a Black President to do his job have made racism in America worse today than it ever has been. All the ranting and raving about taxes and health care for the middle class is a distraction from what is really going on in D.C. Refusal to do the job you were sent to do is anathema to me. I cannot believe we haven't had a massive RECALL of some of these haters.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  216. Joy

    Obama's Presidency hasn't made racism worse. We've always been a racist nation; and to a certain extent we always will be a racist nation. We're dealing with humans here folks.....and some people are prejudice/racist and some people are not.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  217. Ceemak. La.

    I dont know that president Obama has made it worse.....its more like his election....has brought this simmering Teapot..... to a boil.....it was the younger voter who elected president Obama....I live in louisiana racism is more subtle than it used to be, but it is alive and well.........why else would some schools not allow children to listen to his innauguration speech?I am a white senior, who hears the subtle racial slurs toward the president almost daily.....seems like in my area these folks call themselves religious too.....go figure.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  218. Chris From Alexanria VA

    Did Racism get worse under Obama? Yes. Was it Obama's Falt? No. Just because you bring up an issues that affects a specific group more that an there doesn't mean that you're responsible for how people react to it. This is how i see it, if you say "this bill will help low income familys". I bet that most republicans don't have a picture of a white famly in there head family in there head. Then they say that "thats unfair to HIGH INCOME FAMILYS they are the ones being treated unfairly!!" then the idea of race is introduced into this argument and that reaches you guys at CNN and you ask this question.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  219. Vince Hugh

    There has been no change in racism since Obama took office. Blacks are just as racists as ever!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  220. david bidlack

    dave b. from michigan jack its time to find new writers for your show that can ask better questions that are not stupid! if you answer that thing are worse that means that race in the white house has made it so. if you answer things are better that means again that race in the white house has made it so. this kind of question does nothing more than to put a divide between the races of this great country. the last election for president i would think proves that most americans have moved foward in the need to ask questions as stupid as this one!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  221. Ken, Nazareth PA

    Jack ~ Racism defined "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race". It seems that every time someone mentions a person's race in today's “politically correct” world that somehow it's racist. The first step to eliminating racism is to remove the “race” checkbox on every form around the world. The fact that many African Americans who would not normally have voted in the last Presidential election came out to vote because of Barack Obama is in effect a vote based on race. So now it seems any person who opposes President Obama's policy such as the Tea Party movement is deemed a racist. So inadvertently President Obama has made racism worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  222. Kim Coon

    Crazy thing about it is his mother was white, correct? He was raised by her and her parents, correct?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  223. Arlin Robinson

    President Obama has not made race relations worse in America. Rather the election of a black president stirred a fury in racist people (conscious or unconscious) and the tea party movement is the most visible manifestation of their outrage. One of their initial slogans was that they would "take the country back" mainly from Barack Obama, who opposes everything these people believe about the abilities of blacks or any non-WASPS.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  224. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Racism in America is about 400 years old. It is based on a paranoid schizophrenic view of human genetics and variation, i.e., a delusion, with separation from reality. The election of the first African-American President has two effects – it unrealistically raises hopes for the end of racism, and it stimulates the racist element to even greater activity. Mr Obama cannot help being black, and he cannot help that some Americans hate all blacks for psychotic reasons. His election has made some small progress as well as generated some backlash. Mr Freeman's substantive issues, those of African-American poverty and unemployment, are under Congressional control, and Mr Obama had actual control of Congress (House majority plus 60 in the Senate) for exactly 49 days, in mid 2009. Our hopes must be measured, not against some ideal, but against what can actually be accomplished under the Constitution. If Martha Coakley had actually campaigned for the Massachusetts Senate seat, and had actually won it, the story would now be very different. What Mr Freeman needs is 218 votes in the House and 60 votes in the Senate to go along with his man in the White House. That is the objective reality.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  225. Coop from Texas

    The fact that we now have an African American President has hightened and has exposed racism even more in this country. And it just so happens we have racists that hold positions in congress and possibly even more in congress since the 2010 elections which in turn gives voice to the closet racists. Black unemployment is a staggering 17% and is a reminder of how much hate there is for this President. This is a snapshop of where we are and where we are about to go.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  226. Bryant

    First, the word racism has to be used in proper context. It is impossible for a minority and/or a minority group to make racism increase or decrease. Racism is the term used to define a mechanism used to impact a group in all possible ways, including making a living, what one does as a career, obtaining an education, where one can live, what one can worship, who one can correspond with and any other people activity. No minority has the influence to impact a majority to impact the lives of the majority. Now the term prejudice can be demonstrated by anyone. Prejudice is a byproduct of Racism, but they are not synonymous or interchangeable. Therefore, the President couldn't make Racism worse if he tried.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  227. Larry W.

    Obama has exposed the disgraceful level of race relations people of color face every day, while we listen to main stream media tell everyone we all have equal opportunity. The round table of decision makers are not at all diverse, looking the CEOs, and board rooms of your favorite companies, hard to believe that this is the land of the or if its the land of the non-minorities. The reality is that this country is very racist, and it was founded on racist views, and this country needs to honestly stop holding on to the good old days, as they are in fact old but not really all that good.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  228. Austin tabb

    Hello Jack,
    I would not say he has made racism worse by any means. The only reason why it seems so prolific at this particular time however is due to the fact that he is President though. What we have now is a combination of those who are openly racist and those who were once before "closet" racist, now becoming open about their prejudices. Racism is still an issue in our nation, only President Obama has awoken us to really how bad it still is.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  229. shannon g

    What do you mean by that question? Racism has been alive and well. When Obama became president it became more on the surface.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  230. Brian Samuels

    No Jack. His winning and having success with passing the Health Care bill just caused a racist element, already there, to rear it's ugly head.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  231. Terr

    To answer your question Sir, racism hasn't become worse. It has simply become more apparent. I believe that the Tea Party movement is a direct response to Pres. Obama's appointment. When the Tea Party says that they want to reclaim American values, what I hear is "We are offended by the appointment of this Black president". I believe that there is a level of hostility amongst many, because progress has been made, and certain individuals are forced to accept it, lest they be labeled racist.

    The problem and the issue is that being labeled a racist in the minds of many means that they are a back-woods, old Southern Klansman barbarian. Most people don't want to carry this label, but at the same time, they are in fact racist.

    Racist don't want to see or experience the progress of the people that they hate. Racist especially hate having to keep their mouths shut about their hatred in order to fit into polite modern society. Again, the Tea Party is a result of many people feeling cornered; these people feel that they have no right to be racist, and they resent this.

    The Civil Rights Act, and the Civil Rights Movement changed the law. These never changed minds or hearts.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  232. Dan Leahy

    The question is worded as if Obama is at fault for more racists coming out from under their rocks. That's just nuts.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  233. Tony Rose

    Jack your question is very leading and loaded. Mr. Obama has never acted as a president concerned about his race or racism. Why are you trying to light a racist fire. The man may have his failings, but you can never accuse of of pushing racism.

    Not because he urged the CBC to take off their bedroom slippers and march with him means he is a racist. He was speaking to an audience who relates 100% to MLK's marches. Thus the analogy'

    And, by the way, Morgan Freeman was right on in his comments. There is no doubt that the tea party primary objective is to remove not just the president, but America's first BLACK president. All the tea party members need is to wear hoods and carry torches and be renamed the KKK Tea Party. As for Cain how do you say UNCLE TOM?

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  234. Kate in Cincinnati

    The idea that President Obama is somehow harming race relations in this country seems absurd to me. I didn't vote for him, and I think his economic policies are a disaster for this country, but even I got teary-eyed watching his inauguration and thinking about how far our country has come in terms of bringing races together. Judging by recent comments, I think it might be more appropriate to point out the damage Morgan Freeman is doing to race relations. Accusing fiscal conservatives of racism simply because of their opposition to government spending not only shuts out any chance for reasonable discussion of economic policy, but pigeonholes all black people into the camp of those who support Washington's chronic overspending habit. Herman Cain should be applauded for calling Freeman out for those offensive comments. Way to go, Herman! You've got my vote.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  235. L Boyd Garden Grove

    Racism worse? Now that never crossed my mind till Mr. Freeman said it. Love him as an actor, not so much for his opinion race relations. Then again he has a different perspective. In my opinion race relations are about the same. The general opinion of our federal governments capabilities,on the other hand....

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  236. Jim Brown

    The other day our five year grandson was watching a TV show with two professionally dressed black sportscasters.. Jack asked his dad, "Are those guys presidents?" That's a question that would never have been asked by a child prior to President Obama. And it speaks volumes about the impact Obama's election will have for years to to come on how new generations of Americans will see that the color of one's skin will not be the barrier it has been in our past to leadership roles in our diverse country. Thanks, President Obama. Your leadership is helping us exorcise the racism demon. I hope Jack Brown gets to meet you someday.

    Jim Brown
    Novato, California

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  237. kathy from peoria az

    No! The president has not made it worse. It is the people who are racist to begin with who can't stand having a black president. My daughter who is in high school tells me all the time the comments that are made about President Obama and they aren't very nice. What are their parents teaching them. I remember when the President spoke to all the children before school started and our school superintendent didn't want it shown at their school because he was afraid the President would brainwash them. How ignorant are all these people. I thank God my parents taught me not to judge someone by the color of their skin or their religion.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  238. Eddie B McCoy

    Jack, that's a really, really dumb question. If America appears to be more racist, it is not Obama fault. After the election, all kind of creepy, crawling things crawled out from under rocks and out of crack. Those things were always there. Those things were reacting to Obama's election. I am a 63 year-old African American grandmother. I can not believe some of the stuff that I have seen and heard since Obama's election. I am ashame. It's not Obama's fault. I think that I know what your are trying to ask, but the question is poorly framed. Obama has gone almost three years without addressing African Americas as a group. To his credit, he addresses the nation. He is not the African American president. He is the president of all Americans, whether or not all Americans want him to be. Please stop contributing to the madness.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  239. Larry W.

    Obama has exposed the disgraceful level of race relations people of color face every day, while we listen to main stream media tell everyone we all have equal opportunity. The round table of decision makers are not at all diverse, looking at the CEOs, and board rooms of your favorite companies, hard to believe that this is the land of the FREE or if its the land of the non-minorities. The reality is that this country is very racist, and it was founded on racist views, and this country needs to honestly stop holding on to the good old days, as they are in fact old but not really all that good.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  240. Kathy from Elgin

    Jack,
    I don't particularly care for the tone of your question. It sounds as if you're asking if President Obama has personally done something to make racism worse. Racism is the result of small minded people not liking a black man in the White House. Blame them. Or maybe rephrase your question.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  241. Dorothy

    Jack President Obama has never mentioned race except for the one speech he made during his campaign, Yes racism has gotten worse because he is considered black. I am convinced that white people do not want a BLACK man in the whitehouse. Mitch McConnel confirmed that when he said that he is going to work to get Obama out of the whitehouse. The black people I talk to feel that Obama is getting a whitehouse lynching. He is president but they are determine to tie his hands. The disrespect is OUTRAGEOUS. .

    September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  242. Marquis

    If the presidency of Barack Obama has caused racism to be worse in America then I'm sad for my country. I don't believe it has, but the idea that people will show biased hate and disrespect for the POTUS just because he is anything but white is shameful, and there is no way anyone should be proud of such a country.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  243. Virginia

    It was a stupid, and ill conceived question in the first place. It's hard to figure out what Piers Morgan is getting at with those ridiculous questions, but you didn't need to be a genious to figure out how it would be interpreted. Rather than saying "did the ELECTION of Pres. Obama make racism worse", Piers framed the question as though Pres. Obama had almost intentionally made racism worse–and, we all know he DID NOT.

    The person I feel bad for is Morgan Freeman–a man who rarely does interviews, and who stated as much during this particular interview. Now the man's words have been parsed and taken out of context, and he–a strong Obama supporter–is being credited with saying the Pres. Obama "made racism worse." When that is NOT what he said at all.

    In answer to YOUR STUPID question Cafferty–Of course, the President didn't make racism worse. His Presidency actually EXPOSED it.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  244. Mairto

    I would say yes, but not intentionally. It's human nature to blame someone when things go wrong, so why not blame the African-American. He is in a scapegoat position. No matter how much good he may do, people will vent out their frustrations. This time it's the black guys turn. I wonder how many of these same people would dare to blame God if he came back and sat at the White House for a while. Since he promised he could walk over water, would people point out blame when he slips into a puddle. We cannot hold a one person (black, white, hispanic, asian, etc.) to blame for everything that goes wrong, we need hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  245. DaveB

    Of course the President hasn't made racism any worse inthis country! Has the FACT he is president made racism worse among people with racist tendencies, now that they have a prominent figure against whom to direct their attacks? Absolutely!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  246. Pat in White Rock, BC., Canada

    Jack,
    If I go by the numbers of ' viral anti-Obama email' I receive...YES.things have gotten worse since Mr. Obama was elected. (HE hasn't made them worse......it seems to be his 'presence' s POTUS and his 'residence' in the White House that has the 'haters' in a frenzy.) The emails began when he first announced his candidacy......and have gone steadily upward in numbers ever since. They almost never criticise or make fun of the President for anything he is 'doing'or 'NOT doing'.......but for 'who he is'. Racism lives!........and I find it sad. Iam 75 years old and I have never seen a President so disrespected .

    September 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  247. Mustafa

    Yes. We are more divided now than ever before.Tea party is the cause of divide between some whites and every one else. Herman Cain is white. Oh no, I’m sorry, he thinks he is white. Mr. Cain, you are not white and not presidential quality.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  248. Rose in Glendale, Az

    I believe that Obama's black supporters are the people who are assuming that people who do don't agree with his policies are simply racists. I don't think Obama has encouraged his supporters to use the term racist but I also don't hink he has discouraged them either.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  249. Jerimiah from luzziana

    Interesting way to pose the question Jack. It is clear that the "Conservatives" want to defeat and humiliate him, at our expense. I don't know many black folks who are Tea Party members, do you? Some people just can't seem to accept that a black man is President. Yes, an African-American man is President, and that will never change now. It's been done. Get over it and grow up.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  250. Susan from Idaho

    Bigotry is alive and well. Those that judge others by the color of their skin are looking for a scapegoats. Next you'll be asking if Obama has made being gay worse.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  251. Patrick, Pullman WA.

    Made it WORSE??? Are you suggesting President Obama Created Racism, Jack?? Of course not, anyone who is racist now, was a racist long before Obama took office. However, it certainly seems to be more prominent, and has definately revealed some hidden truths about our society as a whole.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  252. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    Asking if Obama “made racism worse” is ludicrous—asking, however, if Obama being elected president brought our racists out of the woodwork like so many cockroaches—would be dead-on accurate—and is the reason the vitriolic debate is greatly exacerbated, today.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  253. Chris. Hillsborough, NJ

    If he hasn’t made it worse he certainly has brought it under scrutiny. Considering that he’s our first black president race by default becomes, if not a central issue, a pertinent one. I personally think it’s irrelevant, but those who hold deranged, racially motivated beliefs are only able to further them because of the current uncertainty bearing down on the country today.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  254. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Racism always existed Jack. The Tea Party is being used as a cloak for a lot of racist to do racist things. All while being protected by the Tea Party brand. I don't think all Tea Partiers are racist, but they don't openly denounce racist behavior either. And this serves as protection. Herman Cain will never be President, not because he is not qualified, but the Tea Party racist right has vowed never to vote for a black President. They didn't vote for Obama and they won't vote for Cain. A straw poll is not the ballot box.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  255. Ralph Nelson

    No. The Tea Party and closet Republicans have. They are bigots and WASPs. The President has gone out of his way to be a white person to the extent that he has alienated my blacks. I sometimes think this is his problem and why he is so Conservative. That is, he grew up in a white society and had to watch it or face rejection or worse. So his personality is to get along and don't alienate whites. It's kind of a sad comment on our country...politically, racially, economically...the Republicans and Teas Party has us head back to the "ugly old days" before FDR.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  256. dan patterson

    It is not any worse with Obama then it has been. The problem is some think if you do not agree with him you are a racist.
    Couldn't be that it is because he is a Democrat or just don't agree with his policies.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  257. Annie, Atlanta

    Technically, no. It just made the racists crawl out from under the rocks where their hate thrives. It's not like we didn't know they were there, even though we pretend they're not.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  258. AJ

    Wow Jack; I think that you may have outdone yourself with this ridiculously framed question. On the one hand, if one answers, "Yes"... meaning relations are worse, then answer can be misconstrued to suggest that this is the fault of the president. If one answers, "No"...meaning relations are not worse under this president in particular, then the answer can be misunderstood/misrepresented to mean that race relations have not gotten worse, in the past three years. So, I'm going to give your question a qualified answer of, "No." I believe that the new (socially conservative) Tea Party has stirred up radicals, and brought to the surface the true feelings of a lot of people who would not like to think of themselves as racist, but who are, and always have been. (Also, many people do not even know that some of the things that they think, and say are racist.) Regardless, the negative displays (including of racist watermelon patch references/Hitler comparisons, the combining of the President's name with that of Osama Bin Laden etc.) are due to the new Tea Party, not due to the President. (By the way, the original Tea Party had a more singular focus on Economic Conservatism & fairness, which the current Tea Party has hijacked; this is a great shame.)

    September 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  259. Claudine123

    One person, due to their race cannot CAUSE racism. However, due to President Obama's declared race, the Tea Party has clearly demonstrated that racism lives on, if only in a few. Most of America has moved on beyond the racial injustices and prejudices of the 50's and 60's. Most people realize that many people are the product of more than one single race, and America is a multiracial country counting the Native Americans, the African- Americans, and the Anglo's who represent the European countries. Therefore, President did not cause racism to increase, but because he is in a highly honored position, there are the bigots who do not want to believe that he belongs there because he is other than a "white male".

    September 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  260. Dick Petersen

    Morgan Freeman was way off base. People want Obama out of here because of his incompetancy and vision of European Socialism; not because he is black, purple, green or white. Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a genius.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  261. Douglas Wilson

    We African-Americans knew there are more racist whites than many White-Americans want to admit. All you need to do is go yahoo, look at a article, any article and read the comments. Guarantee you cant get pass 3 comments without someone saying something racist towards blacks or hispanics. If anyone feels Obama being elected president made you racist, UREKA, you were racist to begin with.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  262. Brian

    Statements like the foolish one Morgan Freeman just made is what I sets us all back. Everything is about race to some people. I have no room for it in my life, and I'm no racist. Morgan Freeman obviously is!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  263. D Illuams

    No, racism is just racism. Just because he is a black president does not mean that white people are no longer racist. Majority of the votes he received were not white (hello)

    September 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  264. Jeff In Minnesota

    When exactly does using the "race card" actually stop? It seems like anyone that discusses this topic in a way other than the way that Blacks/Hispanics/Chinese/Japanese/etc. want it discussed is a racist. Where does it stop? I know that there is still racism around, but it seems to be just as bad with Blacks/Hispanics/Chinese/Japanese/etc. as the Whites that are supposedly the root cause of all evil.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  265. lynnej in nc

    No racism has not been made worse by President Obama's election. If anything, it showed how rooted discrimination and prejudice is in this country. It was always there, but now it is very pervasive with elected members of Congress not respecting the man or the office he holds.

    You have to be one sick individual to want the country to crash because you don't like it that a black man sits in the Oval Office.

    It is all out on the front porch for the world to see that the mighty United States touts inclusiveness, but doesn't practice it.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  266. Jeffery Little

    Jack, The President has without a doubt made rascism worse but not by his own doing. It has been the biggest topic of unspoken topics. Obviously unemployment and a lagging economy has not helped but more than that we have a nasty overtone none as the Tea Party . You can blame them because like Ultra Tide, I believe they represent the Ultra White of the Republican Party and they have made it clear what they're objective is and that concerns me more than anything.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |