Race motivates attacks

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Guest columnist Edward Maner is correct in his claim that criticisms of President Obama often are racially motivated (“Obama is an unfair victim of hatred,” Oct. 14).

This is particularly true of the editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, despite the editor’s protestations to the contrary.

By my calculation, you have published more than 650 editorials and cartoons criticizing or attacking President Obama. This does not include snipes at the president from other topics, comments by like-minded syndicated columnists or letters from readers who take their cue from you.

You have told your readers directly, or by innuendo and insinuation, that the president is a narcissist, an ignoramus, a bully, a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, an elitist, a Nazi sympathizer, a conspirator, a Hitler, a hatemonger, a socialist, a non-patriot, a Muslim, a propagandist, a phony, a divider, a flip-flopper, a spendthrift, a dictator, an alien, a friend of terrorists and, of course, an abject failure.

In addition, you claimed that first lady Michelle Obama’s attempt to control the products in school vending machines “puts us well on the way to creating a police state.”

At the core of your world view is the belief that black people have a proper place in this society and any African-American in a position of authority is out of his or her proper place.

President Obama, as head of the free world, is so out of place it is unimaginable.

Your treatment of this president is not politics, but bigotry and obsession masquerading as political opinion.

Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.D.

Augusta

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Insider Information 11/20/12 - 12:35 am
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Dumb

The writer lists a litany of criticisms of the president (whether they are accurate is irrelevant) and then promptly ignores all of them and decides that criticizing the president is racist.

To people like Pollard, the president is nothing more than a black man. So, any criticism must be because he is black.

Criticism has nothing to do with something as superficial as the color of his skin and everything to do with how deep his liberal agenda has harmed this country.

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faithson 11/20/12 - 01:19 am
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people of color

before all the bombast's chime in, Ms. Pollard is obviously a person of color, a person who's history tells her that for all the denials, many a white person still holds an almost inherit bias towards her race. If many of you had read the many emails I received during the campaign from my white republican friends, you would be in agreement with Dr. Pollard. I would ask all to 'review' the messages sent to them through their social media friends and syndicates during the campaign, and after such thoughtful purview, think twice about commenting on this LTE.

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scgator 11/20/12 - 04:55 am
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If it walks and quacks like a

If it walks and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck; I am sorry that you cannot recognize his character traits as being socialists and NOT pro American; it still doesn't change the fact that he is the least most qualified president in our history; and has put us in more long term debt than any president or ruler in the world's history..................he is on a mission to destroy the American way of life and those who believe like you do are giving him the fuel for the fire. MY SUGGESTION IS THAT IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM "AND" HIS WIFE..............THEN QUIT READING THE PAPER.................

It is also interesting to note that you are on the board of the US Dream Academy that according to the website financials has received at least 50% of it's funding from government grants
http://www.usdreamacademy.org/about/staff

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/20/12 - 07:09 am
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"a person of color, a person

"a person of color, a person who's history tells her that for all the denials, many a white person still holds an almost inherit bias towards her race."

And why is it that a person of color can not believe that most "whites" are not racist and can actually judge a man by his character and not his color.

Your answer is because they are racist themselves towards whites so it must be true that whites are racist towards her race.

So many soon forget that this President is not black, he is also white......is that so distastefully to the black race that they want to forget it. This man's mother was white, his grandparents were white, he is half white.......quit using the race card cause it doesn't fit.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 07:18 am
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the last refuge for a liberal

the last refuge for a liberal is the race card....only the liberals talk about race we as in the conservative world view always talk about the individual..there are conservative blacks in polotics and entertainment that are constantly attacked as uncle tom and far, far worse by the left...why is that ok...bush was called all kinds of names..yet we refer to obumlers policies as bad and somehow now are racist..i thought equality was achieved when we had leaders from all stripes that bore critisicm of their polocies with dignity as true leaders ought to. leaders do not divide they unite..

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 07:44 am
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please name 1 prez who hasnt

please name 1 prez who hasnt had his share of policy driven criticism that exaggerates to make a point..that is what the loyal oppostion has historically done and expected to do...along with positions of power comes critiscism ..to cry differently defeats your arguement of equality...

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CobaltGeorge 11/20/12 - 07:54 am
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The Best Description Of Our Hammer & Sickle Man Yet.

"the president is a narcissist, an ignoramus, a bully, a liar, a hypocrite, a racist, an elitist, a Nazi sympathizer, a conspirator, a Hitler, a hatemonger, a socialist, a non-patriot, a Muslim, a propagandist, a phony, a divider, a flip-flopper, a spendthrift, a dictator, an alien, a friend of terrorists and, of course, an abject failure."

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/20/12 - 07:57 am
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And

Not one word of being BLACK!

americafirst
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americafirst 11/20/12 - 08:04 am
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This man actually has a PHD

This man actually has a PHD yet he can see no legitimate criticism of a president that is not based on race?

harley_52
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harley_52 11/20/12 - 08:06 am
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What A Thoroughly...

...disgusting letter.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/20/12 - 08:17 am
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Well now

Let us grab that ole race card again & again.....notice this too...some are disgusted with Susan Rice ....for her ACTIONS...but already some blacks have started with the race card.....& ya wonder why we just as soon not even bother....ain't worth the hassle...it will always be a thorn to some....
btw...I see Obama 1/2 white.....as he is..

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wayne2410 11/20/12 - 08:31 am
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I submit it is the author
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I submit it is the author that is the racist, they totally ignore President Obama's white heritage. C'mon Dr Pollard, drop your disgusting hatred of white people, your education should have brought you above this. Of course most colleges are liberal leaning nowadays so that would explain Dr Pollards hatred and ignorance but it does not make it any more appealing.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/20/12 - 08:37 am
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Have You Noticed

that all the descriptive words used to define the Hammer & Sickle Man are backup with proven documented facts.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/20/12 - 08:38 am
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I am surprised someone with a

I am surprised someone with a PhD would be so illogical and themselves racist. Note they conclude that because the President is (supposedly) black then anyone who disagrees is a racist-which is illogical and denotes the writer is the one who is actually racist. No criticism of the Prez was prefaced because of his ethnicity. It is like saying people hated Bush because he was white. Funny really. Madonna says he is a muslim so that is problem for progressives too. Of course there are racist who hate whites, african-americans, hispanics, asians, etc. but I don't think applies to any political party. Fortunately we still have the freedom to advocate such drivel, although I don't agree with the ignorance of belief in the race concept.

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LillyfromtheMills 11/20/12 - 08:45 am
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Wonder

what it's like to always have a chip on your shoulder and feel mistreated - can't imagine what else we "whites" can do to prove we don't care about your color - we care about your character.

willie7
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willie7 11/20/12 - 08:49 am
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Thanks Dr. Pollard for your
Unpublished

Thanks Dr. Pollard for your letter. Just what the doctor ordered.
The crap the editors at the Chronicle write, needs to go.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/20/12 - 09:16 am
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List

CG, I too admired the succinct list of traits that Dr. Pollard tabulated for us here.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 09:05 am
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"before all the bombast's
Unpublished

"before all the bombast's chime in, Ms. Pollard is obviously a person of color"

Why us the Dr obviously a person of color. I saw no mention of the writer's race.

Faithson, are you using the same convoluted logic as the writer?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 09:19 am
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Does the left realize how
Unpublished

Does the left realize how tiresome the race card is when they throw it with ZERO evidence as in this case, and many many other cases?

SteveSwimmer
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SteveSwimmer 11/20/12 - 09:30 am
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Polygraphs anyone?

Come on! Of course, the Prof. Pollard denigrators are racists.

Perhaps not 100%; but, close enough for government work.

To prove the point: each of the indignant naysayers agree to take a polygraph with the “racist” test questions designed by Prof. Pollard.

Nothing to hide? Well.., nothing to fear.

As for Prof. Pollard: We all owe many thanks and much respect. For, so deep in this bright “Red” territory, a voice of reason is greatly needed to show the lost Souls: There is indeed a far better way to live than being captive in a small social bubble hiding behind the little power left in the Southern, bigoted sub-culture of our Great Nation.

Please, Prof. Pollard: Keep up the Good Work. And, for absolute certain, keep on keepin’ on.

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OpenCurtain 11/20/12 - 09:40 am
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Poor attempt at a Guilt Trip

May I suggest, that Dr. Leslie J. Pollard Sr., as a PC Academian, review additional data elements outside of his predefined scope and predetermined findings. If he does, he will find that most of America has problems with Mr. Obama for many other serious reasons. There are dozens of primary motivating issues that have just over 63% of America, at last count, doubting one or more of Mr. Obama's ultimate plans, background, status, raise to power, legitimacy as President and his own words of his plans.

Mr. Obama has done ZERO to dispel these concerns other than hire Lawyers to seal records.

Race has little to do with it from the White-American side, but Race has every thing to do with it from the Black-American Side.

More Liberal White-Americans voted for Mr. Obama than Black-Americans. But as a general whole Black-America voted racial lines.

Closing note:
According the NEWSWEEK findings back in 2008.
Based on their research, Mr. Obama is more White that Black.

His Slave Roots, "that were suddenly", found during his run up to re-election were on his White side.

BTW: Is this the same Leslie J. Pollard affiliated with:
http://www.usdreamacademy.org/about/staff

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RMSHEFF 11/20/12 - 09:49 am
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Mr Pollard

Because of baseless charges of racism from people like Mr Pollard, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton the term "racist" has lost all meaning and effect. In their eyes anything bad that happen to blacks must be the result of racism. Very sad !

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rebellious 11/20/12 - 09:43 am
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in 2008

after Obama's election, although I disagreed with his liberal stance and questioned his experience as a legislator, I thought well good, we have finally gotten this racial achievement out of the way. Now a black (OK 1/2 black) person has been elected as President of the United States of America. Now we can put this one behind us, as I view the Office of the Presidency as the pinnacle of responsibility and achievement. For a person out of an ethnic group representing only 18% of America's population to be elected to the high office surely proves we look at the person and not the color of the skin.

Then the dust of campaign rheteric settled and the pudding was proofed. Dr. Pollard has hit the nail on the head with his comprehensive list of descriptors. I studied them to see if there was one I could add, and came up empty handed. Yet as I studied the list I could think of specific examples of Obama's actions proving the points.

So, me thinks Dr. Pollard objects too much, and his objections are a reflection of the twisted racial prism he views society through. Sadly, this view is responsible for four more years of "abject failure" from a man sorely unqualified to occupy the chair in the Oval Office.

Dr King called for an end to discrimination and oppression. Today's activist desire supremacy with immunity, as I believe for the most part societal racism is a thing of the past. Yep, now they aren't satisfied with social equality which then requires each person to compete on a level playing field based on his/her own achievement and results. They want deference due to skin color. People like Dr. Pollard want black people to be judged (or not judged as it were) based on the color of their skin, not the content of their character.

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itsanotherday1 11/20/12 - 09:43 am
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I will give Pollard there are

I will give Pollard there are some who despise Obama for his race, our world will always have those on all sides. However, by a very large majority people who oppose him do so on policy. As pointed out above, he came into office with almost zero credentials, and it shows. Look up pole turtle, as he is the epitome. That is based on factual history.

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JggrNAUT 11/20/12 - 09:53 am
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Issues with criticism..

For the conservative responses: The reason the criticisms of the president are perceived as racist is the emotional rhetoric, labeling and name calling that comes with whatever problem is articulated with policy. The previous comments illustrate the point. If the criticism regarding this president or any other can address the ISSUE without the name calling, labeling and abstract negative conclusions there might be more of a concensus........

I'm not a Democrat or Republican. I'm an American concerned about America improving in any and every way it needs to. Do you who bemoan the status of where we are really believe liberals want to destroy America? I don't think so and I don't think conservatives do either.

The recent elections show that there won't be success unless you can embrace some kind of inclusion and understanding of values as AMERICANS regardless of color, class or status... It's not compromising its figuring out a better way to show your policies and ideals are inclusive instead of exclusive for those who don't always agree.

So, I know there will be some who will be negative and criticize my idealistic, optimistic view. Your loss. Until there are more optimistic, idealistic dreamers willing to work things out on both "sides" without perception of bias this country will be in trouble.....

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Fundamental_Arminian 11/20/12 - 09:44 am
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Conservative world view isn't racially biased

    At the core of your world view is the belief that black people have a proper place in this society and any African-American in a position of authority is out of his or her proper place (Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.D.).

I wonder if the letter-writer has ever visited this site, which lists a lot of African-Amerian Republicans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_Republicans

The GOP, and conservatives in general, welcome and embrace talented leaders regardless of their race. Meanwhile, as ICL noted, politically liberal blacks refuse to acknowledge that our president is biracial.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 09:54 am
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SteveSwimmer---- I'll take
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SteveSwimmer---- I'll take your polygraph....name a place and time, otherwise take your baseless accusation somewhere else.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 09:57 am
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"If the criticism regarding
Unpublished

"If the criticism regarding this president or any other can address the ISSUE without the name calling, labeling and abstract negative conclusions there might be more of a concensus........"

hmmmmm...name calling....you mean like calling his critics racist? Is that the name calling you are talking about? So now if someone calls you a name, a name that isn't racist, you are a racist for calling them that? This is the convoluted logic that is so infuriating when dealing with Obamas worshipers.......Oh am I racist for saying "worshipers?" sheesh

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justthefacts 11/20/12 - 10:11 am
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Swimmer and Pollard are right

Come on, admit it, we all voted for Al Gore and John Kerry didn't we? It's not about policy. Heck, no one EVER criticised Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter did they? Of course not, they were white.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/20/12 - 10:47 am
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Some facts for the disbelivers

The 2012 numbers have not been released yet.

But here are the 2008 numbers.
http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_08.html

Percentage-wise
More whites voted for Obama than Blacks

Numerically
More whites voted for Obama than Blacks.

The majority group that elected Obama was White.
The minority voters pushed him over the top.

Quoting a 1000 year old saying "Doctor heal thy self" I feel the White Minority Voters of Augusta are owed and apology because of this racist stereotype insinuation applied to whites.

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