Do black people support Obama because he's black?

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  • Johnnyoh! ,
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Just suppose that it was Martin Luther King running for president as a Republican ( which he was registered as) I doubt we would see the same racial rift we have with this President.
    Obama is a product of the Chicago political machine in my opinion, and at best a very inept President.
    No fan of the Olympics, one can argue if it had not been for Romney Salt Lake City would be paying for those games until 2027, at a tab of 175 million a year, instead they enjoyed the luxury of 100 million profit, so the comparison of voting for another four years of what we have been going through really has nothing to do with Obama's race, it's more about competency.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 16, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    A running assuption of most Conservatives.

    Kinda of like their assuming the 47% will all be voting for him because their lazy, poor, and have no desire to better themselves.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 16, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    Perhaps a better question might be "Will black people in Chicago support Romney because he is white"?

    An even better question would be who comes up with these weird questions .... and why?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Qualifications to vote in America: 18 Birthdays, a pulse and warm body.

    And even then, some vote twice, even three times. The liberal mantra is "Vote Early...and OFTEN!"

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 14, 2012 11:14 p.m.


    Many Mormons are liberals, and will vote Obama, while many non-Mormons will vote Romney.

    Of course, many people don't know whats going on, and who knows which way they'll vote. Too bad a high school diploma isn't required for voting.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    Do black people support The President of The United States of America, President Barak Obama, because he is black?

    I really apreciate the thoughtful question suggested in the headline selected from todays news by the DN.

    Thank you very much.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Probably they do. Also probably many LDS support Romney because he is LDS. Presidential candidates often will choose a running mate because of the state they are from. People are more likely to vote for a person from their own state.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Of course they do. I saw it first hand when I lived in Chicago during the 2008 presidential election. I never brought up politics, but some people did and they almost always mentioned that they were planning on voting for Obama (or had voted for Obama) because he was black.

    Watch the youtube video "Blacksfor Obama Simply Because He's Black" for an example.

    And with the Romney/Mormon comparison, that's apples and oranges. Race is just a social construction which comprises mostly of skin color and heritage. On the other hand, religion is a belief and, in the case of Mormonism, is a way of life. Therefore, knowing someone's race tells you nothing about his/her values or beliefs, but knowing that he/she is a practicing Mormon gives you a good idea on his/her beliefs.

    Voting for someone because of their religion can be compared to voting for someone because they are conservative. Voting because of skin color is like voting for someone because they share the same first name or same birthday.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Of course they do, if I was in their shoes I would have done the same, especially for the first black president

  • roswell Saint George, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Unfortunately, for many, the concepts of post-racial and "by the content of their character" are not important to reach for, and so the animosity is perpetuated, on all sides. Can't we be better than this?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    Scott-Miller complains about stereotypes and then by her actions reinforces and perpetuates them.

    BO does not share the history of slavery and similar oppression with most African-Americans, unless by chance his african ancestors were among those who sold other africans to white slave traders.

    Furry, xscribe,
    most LDS will vote for Romney because a vote for BO is a vote for gay marriage, abortion, continued massive debt, successful attacks on US soveriengty, and the idleness of the dole. Same as they have voted predominantly republican for quite a while now. They are not so much voting for romney as against BO.

    "burden of proof to show how his party will do better"
    that's not what BO ran on in 2008, "hope and change (with no specifics other than "we are not them")" I guess your standards have flip-flopped.

    hope and change = smoke and chains.

    you choose to be blind to the success romney had at turning around the olympics and at turning a massive deficit into a surplus in MA, besides his personal business acumen which you dismiss out of hand. Actual success and competence does not meet your ever flip-flopping burden of poof.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 14, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Do certain parts of America support a white candidate because he is white?

  • nrajr SANDY, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

    In my opinion, this is an inane article. Of course many blacks will vote for Obama because he is African-American. There are certainly non-blacks who will NOT vote for Obama because of his race. Everyone I have ever discussed politics with weighs in factors that have nothing to do with the issues when they make their selection of who to vote for. On the humorous side, I remember back when Clinton was running for his first term as president. There was a poll that found that a fair number of women planned to vote for him because they thought he was good looking.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 13, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    I suppose the next voter qualification will be of the voter's character, as judged by worf.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 13, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    Of course the majority of blacks will vote Obama, and so will the takers, envious, and covetous.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Being "competent" at piling up great piles of money isn't a reason to vote GOP no matter WHAT someone's ethnic background is. BTW, no one is liable to change his vote because by being shamed into it. Romney has the burden of proof to show how his party will do better than Democrats, but so far, all the GOP seems to want is the nasty end of the white vote.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    Romney will win because he is competent and Obama isn't and the majority of American realize the mistake that was made four years ago. btw, the community organizer couldn't get elected for the dog catcher position that 1993 is familar with. Competence does count.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 13, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Do Mormons support Romney because he is Mormon?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    Of course there is an equal question to be considered for Romney -- are Latter-day Saints voting for Romney just because he's LDS (I'm not one of them -- I'm LDS but wouldn't vote for Romney to be dogcatcher). It wouldn't surprise me to find that his religion is a deciding factor for a lot of LDS voters. If one side of the issue (the importance of the President's race with voters) is considered and publicized, the other side of the issue (the importance of Romney's religion ith voters) should receive equal attention.