Glenn Beck claims Obama Racist!

Racist!? No way!

Racist!?

Glenn Beck give opinions. His speech is protected by the first amendment His opinion need not be supported by the facts. This begs the question why does Glenn Beck and many Americans believe that Obama is a racist?

This is because Obama called the Cambridge Police Department actions with Professor Gates stupid. The President his own words: YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZYsW_PxWAM .

Your opinion is formed from your experiences, and your articulated opinion is even more complex because of the percieved potential responses to your opinion.

I believe Glenn was stating what he believed. I also believe he felt such a statement would help him as a TV personality.

The President was asked his opinion. He gave his honest belief. The President was not looking for his opinion to help himself.

Please comment on whether you believe the President is a racist with deep seated hate of white people.



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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Racism is defined as:–noun 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.

3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. this definition comes from dictionary.com. Racist is both a noun and/or adjective in the way it is used. Please report your definition of racism/racist/and racial animus.

My race you ask? I am an American: All that is good about it and all that is bad about it. I am a proud American with no racial animus.


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

Obama is about as far from being a racist as anyone I can imagine. Racists are dividers. Obama is a uniter. His racist and ideological opponents are smearing him in order to defeat his programs and prevent him from winning a second term.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your to the point comment. Mr. Ralph Deeds you are the reason I now write on Hubpages. Thanks a second time.


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readytoescape 7 years ago from Central Florida

Mr Deeds, and Your comments Doctor are hard to defend when compared to what Mr Obama wrote, choosing his owns words in his books. The quotes I have seen and heard Mr Obama utter in excerpts from radio interviews and his audio books certianly appear racially segragated and socialistic. Just google any of his quotes from these doctrines and the overtones are apparent. I do respectfully disagree with your opinion of Obama or Beck.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your comments and opinions. The first amendment is great. I know that many Americans believe Obama to be a racist. I know some are unsure. And many say: No Way! I still say it is one's life experience that cause two people to look at the same thing and differ on opinions. I am so glad I live in these USA. God bless America!


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readytoescape 7 years ago from Central Florida

I do not like to use the racist term as applied here which enacts as an action. But there certianly does appear divisional thinking. As to the depth of the division there is much to yet be unearthed and thereby some of the real issues and concerns that have been demonstrated by many Amercians.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks once again for your thoughtful comments. Only when you express your comments can others better evaluate their thoughts and opinions. You have unearthed two other thoughts about Obama: racial segregation and socialism. More hub analysis to come.


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Derrik 7 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

Obama racist? I do not know. However, blasting Glenn Beck and showing his words, WITHOUT actually showing the full context is racist. Biased, racist, showing a small fraction of a story in order to support your own views, and only your own views, is narrow and irresponsible. I watched that small youtube presentation, the words did in fact come out of his mouth. However, here is MY opinion. Since Obama took office, there have been a good number of issues that were presented about his personal history and involvements with other people and organizations. The issues were not the people, not the organizations, but the beliefs, philosophies and actions, DOCUMENTED beliefs and actions, ADMITTED beliefs and actions, committed by them. I was not against Obama initially, but when I learned of Reverend Wright, William Aires, and Acorn and other people and organizations he has been affiliated with, I became suspicious. Then after learning more about them I was 100% against that man sitting in the Oval Office. Let us say just for the sake of argument, that those claims were false and Obama indeed claims that they were false. Don't you think it is quite ironic, that today, President Obama has a very large group of individuals advising him, who were themselves, affiliated with these same groups, or similar minded groups? Several of the "special Advisers" are even ADMITTED COMMUNISTS!! And how many of these men, who have our President's ear, are directly linked to radical black movements like "The Black Panthers"? (That is probably one of the more radical ones.) For sure, Mr. Beck may be wrong, he may be out of line, but there were serious reasons for that comment. I do not believe that those issues make President Obama racist, but if you are willing to put opinion aside, and do a little research, you will see the underlying threat, that President Obama is allowing people who are admitted socialists and communists, at the very least with hard, socialist and communist philosophies and beliefs, AND GOALS, to advise him. We are in serious danger people. And the Health Care Reform's Bill that was NOT written by congress, but by ONE of these very groups, The Apollo Alliance, is the hard evidence staring us right in the face.


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Derrik 7 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

Another point that I need to address is the issue with Professor Gates and his arrest. I watched President Obama's video as well, and I have a response for that. If the police arrived at MY door, because someone thought I broke in, I would NOT be angry. You cannot be upset at law enforcement for doing their job, AS THE RESULT OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL'S CONCERN. His entry DID look suspicious and I WOULD WANT my neighbors to report such an incident, even if I myself were involved. The fact is that that man DID get angry, he DID start screaming and yelling about being persecuted racially, and those outbursts are what got him arrested. And for crying out loud, that man got what he deserved. He had no right being that angry, or angry at all for that matter, GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE ORDEAL. If you treat the police with respect, even if they are themselves being disrespectful, which is NOT what happened according to RECORDED SOUNDTRACKS of the incident, they will respect you as well. Get a clue people. The problem that got that man arrested was lifetime of black propaganda aimed at making black people distrusting of the rest of us, simply because of OUR skin color, and that my friends, is RACIST. Sure, Black Americans have had a tough time in the past, but today things are not as bad as they have been in the past. Prejudice will not be fully eradicated for a very long time, but with every passing year it is getting smaller. For sure, a man of Professor Gates' stature, or supposed stature given his gross performance, should be mature enough to handle a situation like that one with a good amount of dignity. But I guess that is too much to ask in his case. I have no respect for the man.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Derrick thank you for your well considered comments, your research, and voicing your opinions. Only by dialogue, research, and finding the truth will we understand each other better. I really appreciate you reading and responding to this post. The Appolo Alliance I had not hear of before. I will research this group and write a hub about them. Derrick you will find an interesting written statement by Professor Gates when he graduated from Yale: see this in this wiki post on Professor Gates, the second paragraph of the biography section--

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates :what is your response to his "embarrasing" comment.


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Derrik 7 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

James BenjaminjrMD:

That was an intersting comment in the wiki biography of Mr. Gates. It seems to me that, based on his work history, his obsession with black American history and so on, this man seems racist to me. Being educated in history is not bad, knowing your roots and being proud of who you are is not bad, but obsessing about wrongs done in the past and teaching hate is just irresponsible. His comments and use of ridicule ("Mr. Whitey" for great example...) suggest that because of his upbringing, and the society in which he was raised, he received much propaganda and "conditioning" growing up and now, he seems to abhor white people. My problem with this mentality is that people like Mr. Gates air their dirty laundry to everyone around them, thereby creating a large group of people who hate ME just because I am not like THEM. They seem to feel they have the right to bring down upon me the same, very unfortunate and EVIL treatment that their ancestors received at the hands of white America in this county's infancy, as if I am reponsible. Ironically, I am 20% Scottish, and 20% Irish, so my actual ancestors received poor treatment as well, but our Ivy League educated Professor Gates will only see my skin color and hate me for that alone.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Derrick thanks again for your response and opinions. Have you seen "Grand Torin". A lot of our responses as adults are a consequence of our up bringing as children and young adults. Sometimes we are scarred irreversibly. We are a great nation. We will steadily improve. Children and young adults convince me of this all the time.


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Derrik 7 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

JamesBenjaminJrMD:

Jimmy, you just rock. I have the feeling you do not see things as I do, at least in some respects, yet you are very cordial and understanding of others' views. I only wish many others out there thought and acted as you do, and I wish they too were not judgmental of others for having a different view. You know, I am not Republican. I am honestly at issue with the Republican party on a number of topics. One example is a video on Fox news where a Republican man is walking around one of those town hall meetings for the Health care reform, and he is shouting out so loud about that particular Senator/speaker being a "baby killer" and "baby murderer" not allowing the man to actually speak to the crowd. The guy seemed to have a small following of around 5 people tailing him with signs too. Let me ask you, what the hell does a Senator's view on abortion have to do with our crisis with the Health Care System?!? I am AGAINST abortion, but THAT issue is not only irrelevant, but that issue should have NO BEARING on who I vote for- if I vote only for people who are against abortion, as horrible as I think abortion is, then I am closed minded to real issues that really matter and that really shape America's future. The truth is that abortion is just an immoral hangup for many Republicans, I think it is wrong, but the smallest most insignificant percentage of our population commit or try to commit abortion- and if everybody is NOT doing it I am forced to put my efforts and thoughts elsewhere. Especially now. Seeing that man in that video made me ashamed to even vote Republican. I do, I suppose, but only because I agree with the policies I have heard from Republicans and have disagreed, mostly, with the policies of Democrats. Especially Obama during the campaign. I had serious issues with his policies from day 1. And I own "Gran Torino", fantastic movie. Those kids in that movie, were open minded right in the face of adversity, that being their neighbor spewing racial comments right in their faces. Yet they were friendly and accepted him and because of their attitude, he saved them all in the end and it just goes to show you that people can change. Except me. I will never stop playing my Xbox 360, not until they come out with the 460. ;'D


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA Author

Great Post! Thanks.


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Derrik 7 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

Just for the record, the reason my arguments are so hard to counter, is because I watch Battlestar Galactica and Smallville. Propaganda at it's best!! AND action to boot!


b-Dawg 3 years ago

Black skin would be a shield for the white man. Black skin wouldprotect white men from black sin.


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JamesBenjaminJrMD 19 months ago from USA Author

SIN DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. SIN EMPLOYS ALL WILLING SOULS, AND IGNORANT SOULS ARE NOT EXCLUDED.

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