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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billcass
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billcass 11/20/12 - 10:31 am
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Simply sad

On many levels. Sad that for all of his/her achievements, Dr. Pollard still believes the country is somehow holding him/her back because of their skin color. Sad that with all the gains we have made along racial lines in this country, this issue continues. I agree that some of what Dr. Pollard says is true. Like an earlier writer suggested, I had many of my conservative (and I count myself among them) friends send me racist material relating to the President. But I also saw many left wing people taking racial shots at Condeleeza Rice and Herman Cain. And there is perhaps no greater example of racism in our nation than the fact that 96% of African Americans voted for a president whose financial policies have made life for African Americans much worse, and whose social policies are generally out of line with their views. But no matter. He is black, so the black community votes for him. So again, it is simply sad that race continues to permeate all of us.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/20/12 - 10:40 am
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Tiger is mixed
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....but is still considered Black.

What's that rule about the black gene being dominate???

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/20/12 - 10:42 am
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Walk a mile in a black
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Walk a mile in a black person's shoes first. Then comment.

Ph.d's are not handed out.....you must have a certain level of intellect.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 10:44 am
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"Ph.d's are not handed
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"Ph.d's are not handed out.....you must have a certain level of intellect."

Yet he STILL draws illogical conclusions based on no evicence whatsoever.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 10:45 am
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"What's that rule about the
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"What's that rule about the black gene being dominate???"

What the heck rule are you talking about?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/20/12 - 10:52 am
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The black gene being dominate

Another Stereotype racist remark.
any color can be breed out of a gene pool.
I am white, 6'2" with Asian, Eur-Asian, WASP bloodlines.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/20/12 - 10:58 am
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Tiger

Not sure what that was suppose to mean, but Tiger doesn't consider himself black.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/20/12 - 10:58 am
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@ SteveSwimmer

Steve assumes if you are white you must be racist.

You are guilty until proven innocent by a polygraph.

He wants all white people to form long lines to prove their faith and allegiance to the president.

Just a tiny bit frightening, but probably a sign of things to come.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/20/12 - 11:01 am
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If you believe in the race

If you believe in the race concept then you are by definition a racist-it is a myth. It is like the belief in BigFoot both are myths. There are no biological races. There is no black "gene" what a ridiculous notion-there is a human genome not racial genome. If you see Obama as a black man then you are a racist. Genetically he has more genetic contribution from Mom than Dad, however Dad's can turn off dominant gene by imprinting. However since we all came out of Africa-we are all African-Americans and everyone is of African descent. It's called "e-v-o-l-u-t-i-o-n.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/20/12 - 11:01 am
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"Ph.d's are not handed

"Ph.d's are not handed out.....you must have a certain level of intellect."

Not really; it depends on where you get the PhD from. A person of average intellect may be able to accomplish a PhD from college "A", while being totally inept at college "B".

I have no idea about Pollard's education, so not insinuating or judging his/her degree.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/20/12 - 11:06 am
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I find some irony that

I find some irony that progressives always talk about their belief in science and evolution, yet propagate a lie like races. It has to be disingenious to present something you know is a falsehood. Oh it is political rhetoric-not reality. I get it.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/20/12 - 11:06 am
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Now, now BizKit....

Don't go confusing them with that highfalutin' big worded science talk!

It will make their heads hurt! (like mine does when I try to wrap my brain around time/space/infinity, LOL)

Jane18
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Jane18 11/20/12 - 11:13 am
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Who's Calling Who A Racist?

Leslie Pollard, Edward Maner, and all the others that think as the racist they are, will always blame Caucasians for what they see as unfairness. But, that is their problem and hatred to carry. In my circle of relatives and friends, there is one that would be considered racist, but not to the extent of out and out hatred. As we have said so many times before: We do Not like Obama because of things he has said and done! I did not like him when he was a senator from Illinois, he has never impressed me, not one single time. So, tell us now, what has he, as the leader of the greatest country in the world, done to make us even better........nothing! And what do others think of him? There are two people that like him, Chavez and Putin, what does that tell us? I have a feeling they laugh at him ...................No, ten thousand times no, we do not dislike him because of color, but, it seems that color Is the reason some of you do like him.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/20/12 - 11:34 am
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And this shows what a PhD is worth today

This letter is so patently absurd that it should be an embarrassment for its author. What must it be like for "Dr." Pollard to know that he is the object of intelligent ridicule for making public that he genuinely holds such inane opinions and so skewed and obtuse an analysis of the facts.

I'd move.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/20/12 - 11:58 am
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Who dun it?
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Whomever decided to classify humans by race are the true racists.

scgator
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scgator 11/20/12 - 12:00 pm
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Come on, admit it, we all

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.

I HAVE NEVER ENDORSED CLINTON OR SMILEY CARTER !!! Your post is typical liberal rhetoric; you make a statement as to a person's voting history and choices, without a single shred of tangible evidence to back it up; I don't recall you contacting me to get my voting preference during the Clinton and Carter years; way too many people (Democrat AND Republican) make too many accusations publicly that have zero factual base, and expect everyone to believe them. The ONLY thing that has kept Smiley Carter from going down in history as the worst president, is the current president...........and THAT is just "my" opinion !!!!

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/20/12 - 12:03 pm
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IJS
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How do we know what their skin tone was 5,000 years ago? The science of Genetics shows that Blacks can produce all races but it is impossible for a brown, yellow or white (or ruddy Red) race to produce a black race...Ancient Kemet spoke of a ruddy red race as that of Seth.

You can't get genetically recessive to blacks, whose genes are dominate,
white people are a variant - mutated from the great African Negroids.
(not trying to be racist here)

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 12:04 pm
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scgator.....unless I
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scgator.....unless I completely misread the post, JTF's post was sarcasm.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/20/12 - 12:12 pm
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Actually when modern man left

Actually when modern man left Africa they already displayed all the skin tones. Our common ancestor had light skin and hair-we lost the hair and some became darker. Evolution selected on the skin tones after they left Africa-becoming lighter farther away from the equator to assure Vit D synthesis in the skin from UV light. It isn't simple dominance and recessiveness-few human gene apply. Most traits have a minimum of three genes and the vast majority are hundrends of genes and gene networks. Two dark skinned brown eyed parents can give rise to lighter skinned children and they could have blue eyes.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/20/12 - 12:19 pm
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scgator

Whew, sorry dude.....my sarcism button was turned off. Wow.

scgator
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scgator 11/20/12 - 12:26 pm
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PLEASE answer this question Dr. Pollard.

I have visited the "Dream Academy" website; some things I found were somewhat disturbing.............most of your funding is from government grants; YOU "push" the racist issue, but there are ZERO connections, references, or pictures of white children being helped or mentored by your organization ! NONE........wouldn't YOU admit that is RACIST !! If I did it, you and those like you would go out of your way to convince the public that I was a racist............ALL of the references and photos show African-American and Hispanic children. EXACTLY WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US HERE? ONLY minority children deserve your help, or resources; or are you trying to tell us that the vast majority of parent's (criminals) incarcerated African-American. If you are going to make accusations, you MUST allow the opposing side to voice their opinion while maintaining the same "game" rules that YOU are playing by...........if we are not allowed to voice our opinion in like manner, it is simple, YOU need to SHUT UP, because your true concern is NOT about bringing the races together, your agenda is Socialistic and YOUR goal is to divide the races. If Mr. Obama were a top level manager in ANY corporation in the world market, and had more than tripled their overhead, and destroyed their profit base...........he would not have even been allowed to stay out his 90-day probationary period; and THAT IS FACT !!! YOU serve on the board of the DREAM ACADEMY.................be honest now, if one of your major managers tripled your overhead, and as a result, greatly reduced you ability to service the children (your customer base)..........just how long would you "allow" the managerial abuse to go on ?

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 11/20/12 - 12:43 pm
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Good observations & detective work

You've made some good observations about the Dream Academy web site, scgator, and you did some good detective work in finding Dr. Pollard's connection to it. While the web site speaks of help for poor children, it shows no non-black children participating in the program.

I enjoy reading of organizations that help children regardless of race. It would be tragic if Dream Academy doesn't help all kinds of children.

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dichotomy 11/20/12 - 12:54 pm
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That sound you hear is the

That sound you hear is the race card being played as part of the new norm of double standards for performance evaluations and criticism.

If Obama steals your money in order to give it to somebody else and you object....you are a racist.

If Obama steals more of your money and ruins your healthcare in order to subsidize others and you object.....you are a racist.

If Obama trots a black female out to lie to you about Benghazi and you question her competence and motives.......you are a racist.

If you don't get a tingle down your leg when Obama comes on the TV.....you are a racist.

I could do this all day but any reasonable person, not you Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.D., gets the picture.

I no longer feel obligated to even try to justify my objections to Obama's socialist, race baiting, divisive policies to people like you Mr. Pollard. If I MUST be branded a racist for disagreeing with Obama, if that is your definition of a racist, if that is what schools you attended taught you (and it probably was), then I will proudly wear that label. So you can put your race card back in your pocket and so you can play it the next time a black person gets a sub-standard job performance appraisal. We all know that could never actually be true. I mean we all know that there is no logical reason for anyone to disagree with higher taxes, socialized government controlled healthcare, doubling the national debt, wasting billions on bankrupt from day one "green" energy boondoogles, "wave of the magic wand" ignoring of immigration laws without congressional approval", etc., etc. etc., etc. Oh yeh, absolutely no room for legitimate disagreement there. Obviously 100% racism.........just like you Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.D.

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LillyfromtheMills 11/20/12 - 01:09 pm
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Still wondering

Could the reason the race card is always presented is because Rev Lowery/Rev Jeremiah Wright keep telling them that they should hate us? Guess it worked! We are the enemy! Thank God we were taught differently.

Blue State Of Mind
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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 01:55 pm
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I would be lying if said
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I would be lying if said George Bush didn't have a lot of criticism leveled at him. He did. However the criticism of Obama goes above and beyond the levels of absurdity.

No one questioned whether Bush was born in the U.S. No one yelled "you lie" in the middle of a state of the union address. No one waved their finger in Bush's face as soon as he got off a plane. No one accused Bush of trying to cover anything up when we didn't immediately have answers after the multiple Embassy and Consulate attacks that occured on his watch where over 40 Americans died and even though there are some conspiracy theorists when it comes to 9/11, they aren't in the mainstream of the democratic party. So yes, even a level of respect that the dems showed to Bush would be much better than what we're seeing now.

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burninater 11/20/12 - 02:04 pm
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That's funny. There's one

That's funny. There's one poster today saying the list of criticisms of the President have nothing to do with race, and yet that poster actually PROCLAIMED HIMSELF A NEWLY-TURNED RACIST BECAUSE OF THE ELECTION RESULTS.

I know there are short memories out there, but now people can't even remember 3 weeks ago? Now that's just sad.

burninater
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burninater 11/20/12 - 02:08 pm
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I'm sure the decision to

I'm sure the decision to "become racist" because the President was reelected had nothing to do with race. Makes perfect sense.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/20/12 - 02:18 pm
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Blue State

"So yes, even a level of respect that the dems showed to Bush would be much better than what we're seeing now." Really? How about having a sewage plant named after you. How about being humiliated at the new President's swearing in ceremony by the crowd booing you and singing the na, na, goodbye song at the top of their lungs as you come on stage? Please, save your righteous indignation.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 02:28 pm
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Blue state Democrats don't
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Blue state

Democrats don't say "you lie" during Bush's speeches...nah..they just state it in prepared statements on the house floor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEHKgNnfN5M&feature=related

How soon we forget.

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owensjef3 11/22/12 - 11:24 am
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I think Dr. Pollard has hit
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I think Dr. Pollard has hit it on the head. Some may talk all they want, as if people are stupid. I guest the folks applying to secede has nothing to do with race. I guess all the other things that has never happened to any other President has nothing to do with race. To some President Obama will always be "That One", Oh yea lets not forget "You Lie"

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