Race and racism in the obama presidency


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Race and racism in the obama presidency

  1. 1. Race and racism in the obama presidency<br />By Naja Pulliam Collins<br />
  2. 2. The president's image has been altered to look like a witch doctor and the first lady's a gorrilla in some cases. The idea of having a black family in the white house was initially so senitive a topic that every move he made was analyzed for racial undertones <br />
  3. 3. One year into Obama's presidency. ABC News tried contacting some of the offenders of racial comments towards President Obama. Here are some then and nows from the article. <br />
  4. 4. Rod Blagojevich (former Illinois governor) <br />Then: Jan 2010<br />NOW<br />“I am blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little Laundromat in a black community not far from where we lives. I saw it all growing up”<br /> (ABC News 2) <br />“I deeply apologize for the way that was said and having said it. Obviously, I am not blacker than President Obama. <br />
  5. 5. Mayor Russ Wiseman<br />December 2009 <br />NOW<br />Wiseman lashed out at Obama for being a “Muslim President” he said “ask the man if he believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute dissertation about it when then answer should siply be yes. <br />“[His comments] were totally taken out of context.”<br />
  6. 6. Rusty De Pass (South Carolina GOP Activist) <br />JUNE 2009 <br />NOW <br />When speaking about an escaped gorilla from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia he wrote on his Facebook “I’m sure it is just one of Michelle’s ancestors—probably harmless. <br />He later confirmed that he was speaking about first later Michelle Obama <br />“Do you think I changed my mind?. I’ve said all I’ve got to say about it” (ABC news) <br />
  7. 7. Mike Green (GOP Activist) <br />June 2009 <br />Now<br />“I just heard Obama was going to impose a 40% tax on aspirin because it is white and it works.” <br />“I sincerely apologize for the comments I made…I realized that my comment were hurtful, wrong and have no place in civil discourse.” (ABC news) <br />
  8. 8. Sean Delonas (cartoonist for the New York Post) <br />FEBRUARY 2009 <br />The cartoon says “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”. <br />This cartoon was in the New York Post and caused quite a bit of uproar. <br />Delonas stated that the association between the chimp and race never occurred to him <br />