It's time for all the pre-election race-card politics to go away

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  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    If no one cares about race then it will go away.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    The race card will continue as a vote getting tactic for the liberals. Getting 95% of the African-America vote and deceiving others into believing that the opposition is racist has won many a contest for Democrats. It is similar to Sen. McCarthy accusing someone of being a communist - easy to say and difficult to disprove. It's a continuation of the class warfare tactic advocated by Karl Marx and other revolutionary theorists, right and left; divide the people and make them fight one another.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Obviously there is still racism, though we should keep trying to reduce it. Sadly, there probably always will be racism. There certainly always has been throughout the history of mankind (most are aware, but some may be surprised to learn that the US did not invent racism).

    Racism may be a factor in the outcome of this election.

    Given the fact that 96% of blacks voted for Obama in 2008 (based solely on the issues, I'm sure), and almost that many probably will again, I feel pretty comfortable guessing that for every person that votes against Obama simply because he is black, there are two or three people that vote FOR him simply because he is black.

    Which is their right. Everyone gets to decide for themselves what their criteria is, whether it's height, skin color, university attended, policies, debate skills, religion, whatever. Doesn't mean they're smart, and it doesn't mean it's best for the country. But we each decide on our own.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    the AP already ran an article laying the groundwork to blame racism if BO loses. It ran in Sunday's print edition of the DN. I don't know when it ran on-line

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    The fact remains that racism (either explicit or implicit) is a factor in this election. The only question is the extent. The Southern Strategy of Richard Nixon continues to this day and Republican strategists take advantage of prejudice and bigotry in shaping their message. Who can forget the Bush campaign's smear in South Carolina against John McCain in 2000 for having "fathered a child by a black prostitute"? Karl Rove was the true apprentice to Lee Atwater, and today's conservative operatives understand the necessity for exploiting racist feeling.

    For those who doubt, just take a look at voting patterns before and after the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Republican Party inherited the Dixicrats and the masive shift in voting that came with them and has dominated this voting group ever since. Republican's have developed Fear Politics to a high level.

    It doesn't have to be race, however, Mit Romney experience a version of this because of voter distrust of his religion. And how often did we see this fear card played during the Republican primary? Romney wasn't Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or (perish the thought) an atheist which made him, fortunately, more acceptable.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    race card politics going away? HA! Right. This is THE main platform of team Obama and their lap dog media. Take away the race card and what are you left with? Issues and actual governing. OUCH!! The dem's want nothing of campaigning on their actual record. Nothing!!