no. obama made race relations worse
yes, obama has united races as never before
obama has had no effect on race relations
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So injecting himself into issues that he and his followers gave racial overtones (Martin/Zimmerman, the 'professor', along with most issues his hit man Holder has been involved in, voting laws, gun running, not going after obvious voter intimidation, etc) has no effect?
Let's be honest here.
Lets not forget the Justice brothers, Al and Jessie.
So if race relations are worse than they were six years ago, I think it's primarily because it serves the interests of critics, not because Obama has been promoting any kind of divisive agenda.
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It is not now, nor has it ever been, Obama's job to "bring the races together," whatever the **** THAT means.
Even if it was, it's an impossible job for one man.
Seriously, move on.
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
This poll and entire line of discussion is dishonest and manipulative.
Obama did nothing particularly good or bad for race relations. Although he did touch on racism a little.
His existence however, has had a tremendous effect.
African Americans in America do not have a worsened view of whites. They have a worsened view of Republicans but that is due to how Obama has been treated since he took office, by Republicans. Not so much a race issue for them.
Whites however, are very split. A percentage of Republican whites are not bothered by a black man in office and do not dislike Obama any more than they did Clinton.
Unfortunately a larger percentage of Republican whites, especially white males from the South, are particularly bothered by having a man of color in America's highest office. For these people, Obama has worsened race relations by his very existence. And they are unable to even see it because they are already blinded by their own racism to begin with. Going through life actually believing that they are not racists at all.
The proof for this is everywhere.
Obama has made far less speeches about racism than anyone would have expected. The few speeches he has made have been spot on, good, and rather enlightening. So he has done nothing in particular other than exist, as it pertains to race relations.
However, the constant attacks have been completely ridiculous. So much fiction has been made up about the man that even those creating it have become confused.
Some good examples of just how far his opposition will go are the "lazy" comments and complaints each time he takes a vacation, EVEN THOUGH he has taken less than 1/4th as much time off as Bush and only half as much as Reagan. The fact of the matter is that many whites just can not stand to see a black man taking a lavish vacation on their dime.
Another example is that even though Obama nominates many moderates and even some Republicans, the total nominees he has had filibustered in the Senate is greater than the total number of nominees filibustered by all previous Presidents combined , throughout all history.
It is very clear that Obama has had a negative effect on race relations for white Republicans.
But it is also clear that it is Obama's existence that has had this effect, and not his actions.
(I wish to point out that I am a White Male from the South)
He has weighed in a handful of times on race and I think he's been clearly wrong each time but I wouldn't say he's a significant factor in the divide though. I put a lot of the blame on his party though. Democrats have fostered an atmosphere of dependence and resentment for too long.
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