Book puts Obama era in perspective

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Something amazing happened for me when I read Gwen Ifill's new book The Breakthrough, which focuses on politics and race in the year of President Obama's election. Ms. Ifill is the senior news correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer .

Before her book was published, she was heavily condemned and criticized for being selected to moderate a presidential debate between candidates Obama and John McCain. Her critics thought her book was about Mr. Obama, and it was assumed by Obama-haters that she would show favoritism to him over Mr. McCain in the debate. Of course, this didn't happen.

Three of her major critics were Fox television commentators Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, plus radio show host Rush Limbaugh. Personally, I consider these individuals to be modern-day, corporate Klu Klux Klansmen. They actually have taken racism upon people of color to a whole new level.

I found Ms. Ifill's book to be quite fascinating and intellectual. She did a beautiful and remarkable job in comparing and contrasting ideologies of politicians of color from the civil rights era to those of today.

She also explains in great depth how the new generation of politicians want to leave the civil rights agenda behind to forge a new path by making America more inclusive for everyone, not just for people of color.

I do feel that Ms. Ifill subliminally reveals her preference of what side she's in most agreement with, but I'm not going to reveal this information because I want individuals to acquire this knowledge by reading her book. Ms. Ifill's book is a brilliant and timely work that advances the mind to a whole new level for political understanding in this era of President Obama.

E. Maner

Augusta

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justus4
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justus4 04/18/09 - 06:12 am
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Ifill's book is timely and
Unpublished

Ifill's book is timely and shed some light on politics through the eyes of minoritiy citizens. Of course the usual suspects attacked her book during the debates, but they were wrong. They have constantly been wrong, but continue to adopt a negative approach to the new president and his policies. In fact, many non-minorities are still baffled by the elections and are slowly becoming unglued. This book would help them understand how Blacks, only been voting for 45yrs (whites always forget that fact) along with progressive groups have elected a minority president. The writer is also correct about the level of racism that exist within certain circles and their reactions to the election. America has a bright future, and this book puts how we got here in a more readable forum. It may help some people get over the 2008 elections.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 06:34 am
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Ifill's book is by a black

Ifill's book is by a black woman who knows her place. She grovels at the feet of Obama. What a surprise. Of course, her book is very popular with other black people who know their place.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 04/18/09 - 06:48 am
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Name ONE person who "forgets"

Name ONE person who "forgets" that blacks have only been voting for 45 years? Your racist remarks never do end, do they?

slippery 25
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slippery 25 04/18/09 - 07:06 am
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I believe the issue with Gwen

I believe the issue with Gwen Ifill was with her honesty not her race.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 04/18/09 - 07:25 am
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Anyone care to give examples

Anyone care to give examples of how Hannity and O'Reilly have " taken racism upon people of color to a whole new level." I'd LOVE to hear this one.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 04/18/09 - 07:59 am
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Another kool-aid drinker. If

Another kool-aid drinker. If you don't agree, your a klansman now. Is their no end to what the fruit bats will say to try to get everyone to worship the new pres. I know they pay them for votes and to attend rallys, but when will it end? 2012? Hopefully

dashiel
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dashiel 04/18/09 - 08:43 am
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If some of you would take off

If some of you would take off those hot hoods for a moment to try and see beyond Ms. Ifill's skin color, you might begin to understand what a professional journalist is. And if you would watch Washington Week, the news panel analysis program she moderates, you will witness yet another endangered species: reasonable and well-informed discourse on current American politics. This program is broadcast on Friday evenings at eight. After 10:30 pm on Fridays video of the entire program is available over the Internet. Simply google Washington Week and go there whenever you wish.

apex24
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apex24 04/18/09 - 09:03 am
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Dash, we cannot forget skin

Dash, we cannot forget skin color becasue blacks won't let us forget. If I were to disagree with Ifill's book then I'm a racist. If another black were to disagree with her book they would be Uncle Tom's. Race relations will never be any better because blacks don't want it to be any better.

dashiel
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dashiel 04/18/09 - 09:19 am
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apex, I'm sure you're right,

apex, I'm sure you're right, none of us is without prejudices, but as with weeds, we can at least pull a few of them up. Life is for learning and growing. It goes on whether we agree or disagree about anything. Mutual respect is life-enhancing and much better for the digestion.

palomino9
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palomino9 04/18/09 - 09:22 am
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patricia, spoken like a true

patricia, spoken like a true bigot

confederatelady319
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confederatelady319 04/18/09 - 09:24 am
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program after program has

program after program has been put out there for the black people to better them selves,most haven't took advantage of these programs.the educational system has been so dumbed down that a moron could pass it.all you ever here is slavery,is that suppose to mean a free ride.oh yea 40 acres and a mule came from northern democrats after the civil war if they would vote for them,the southern politicians were not back in office at this time.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/18/09 - 09:31 am
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" Knows her place". Where is

" Knows her place". Where is that? The cotton fields? Maybe on her back at Massa demand? What an idiot.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/18/09 - 09:32 am
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dbs319, who taught you how to

dbs319, who taught you how to write a paragraph. You were cheated in English class. Rewrite so we can understand what you mean.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/18/09 - 09:36 am
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Hypo, Massa died long ago and

Hypo, Massa died long ago and should be forgotten. I think she meant in a sarcastic way at the feet of President Obama since some think he is the king.

confederatelady319
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confederatelady319 04/18/09 - 09:47 am
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ww1949--i do not need to show

ww1949--i do not need to show off my education for most of you on hear,you got the message thats all that count's

apex24
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apex24 04/18/09 - 09:57 am
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Hypo proves the point on my

Hypo proves the point on my 9:03 post. No matter what you do as white people you will never, never satisfy blacks. Never!!!

TechLover
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TechLover 04/18/09 - 10:01 am
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Georgia is number two: Lay

Georgia is number two: Lay off the kool aid comments. O'Reilly and those who parrot him may think making fun of mass murder is humorous, but I don't.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 04/18/09 - 11:11 am
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SisterX, the proof is in the

SisterX, the proof is in the pudding out there plainly for all to see. Next time you're listening to these people, pay attention. You can get your needed proof at any time on any day of the week. Easier yet, go look in the mirror.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 11:23 am
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TechLover, you think "kool

TechLover, you think "kool aid" comments are making fun of mass murder? Are you referring to the mass suicide by the Jones followers? Well, I guess that's why you have such a hard time understanding what people post. Let me lay it down for you brother. Kool Aide comments are in reference to the act of blindly following without thinking. Other terms used are myrmidons, sheeple, unaware, easily tricked, socialist democrat workers party and Dem. It has nothing to do with mass murder, just the act associated with foolish behavior and beliefs.

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Ode to Augusta 04/18/09 - 11:23 am
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dash is correct. Ms. Ifill is

dash is correct. Ms. Ifill is a professional and Washington Week is a good informative show in which many on here could learn from if they would attempt to educate themselves somewhat.
However to say minority policticians want to leave the civil rights agenda behind is just absurd. All Americans have had the same civil rights for over 40 years and initiatives like Affirmative Action, race based scholarships, etc have even provided even more opportunities to miniorities yet these politicians want to redistribute wealth, mandate salaries, and enforce socialist programs because a large percentage minorities refuse to take advantage of the opportunites presented to them because they feel they are owed something. So now the current agenda is bring down the majority and limit their opportunities and incomes because the minority can't pull themselves up to some ambiguous standard. Sounds like socialism to me.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 11:24 am
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palomino9, written like

palomino9, written like someone that knows their place. (9:22)

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/18/09 - 11:30 am
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APEX, you jackazz. If you

APEX, you jackazz. If you look at PT's 6:34 AM post, he brought up about " Black people knowing their places". What an idiot. You are damn right that I will respond to it.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 04/18/09 - 11:37 am
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Examples please, Lobosolo.

Examples please, Lobosolo. You don't seem to understand that when you simply say something is true, does NOT make it so. I can just as easily say that "President Obama is a racist!" but if I don't cite any examples then it is a baseless statement. Just as accusing Hannity and O'Reilly of racism is a blatant lie unless you have some evidence to back it up. You Obama worshipers have got to be the world's worst at backing up your libel.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 04/18/09 - 11:39 am
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It seems that according to

It seems that according to Mr. Maner, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Hannity must be racist because they are white males who openly disagree with and criticize President Obama. Using that logic, any black man who openly disagrees with and criticizes, let's say, Sarah Palin, must be both a racist and a sexist. It works both ways, you know.

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 04/18/09 - 11:48 am
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Mr. Maner, calling you a

Mr. Maner, calling you a jackass without offering substative reasons as to why you are one would make me as guilty as you calling conservatives racists for no reason. Ifil claims to be a journalist while cooing over Obama even BEFORE the election. Her bias is pathetic. How is race an issue here? Only one like you (a lib) would find a reason to bring race into this. Thats why you are a jackass. (PS, do you have a job?)

Chuchi
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Chuchi 04/18/09 - 11:52 am
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BTW, just a heads-up for Mr.

BTW, just a heads-up for Mr. Maner and anyone who shares his point of view: Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Hannity would be poor candidates for KKK club membership since they are practicing Catholics, and the KKK hates Catholics almost as much as they hate Jews, blacks, etc. I think Mr. Limbaugh is a Methodist so he wouldn't necessarily be excluded on religious grounds, but he might not be granted admission based on the fact that he has never made any racist slurs on his radio show or otherwise openly displayed racist sentiments. Just, you know, FYI.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 04/18/09 - 11:55 am
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Churchi.....neither have

Churchi.....neither have Hannity or O'Reilly, but that doesn't stop the left from accusing them of it. The truth never held them back.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 04/18/09 - 11:55 am
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Rev. Jeremiah Wright very

Rev. Jeremiah Wright very harshly and very publicly criticized Hillary Clinton, so I guess that would make the good Rev. both a racist and a sexist as well, since he's a black man and she's a white woman. Just using this editorial's logic, is all.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 11:59 am
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Hypo, black Americans that

Hypo, black Americans that know their place do just exactly as the Dem party says to do, votes as the Dem party says to vote and has opinions that the Dem party says to have. If people don't like knowing their place, they can vote differently, say other things and have other opinions. Many like knowing their place. Personally, I think it makes them very predictable. There's never any doubt what their position is or what they'll say. On the other hand, black Americans that don't know their place are "Uncle Toms" or "ackin white", depending what the Dems are calling them today. Speaking as a black American, I definitely don't know my place.

apex24
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apex24 04/18/09 - 01:10 pm
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Hypo, everytime someone hits

Hypo, everytime someone hits you between the eyes with the truth you get [filtered word]ed off. Why don't you admit it that no matter what white people do they will always be racist. My neighbor across the street is black and tells me that because he lives in a mostly white area other blacks tell him he's trying to be white or he's not "black enough". Please explain to me how in the hell will white's and black's ever get along with that kind of mindset. Most white's are not going to cowdown to black's just because they think that someone owes them something.

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