Do People Hate Barack Obama Because He’s “Black?”

muslimobamaIn previous articles I have tried to disprove the thought that a large percentage of Americans are racists. I think the mainstream media tries to cling to this, and I think radical political extremists love to play the “race” card.

My beliefs are that the average American person has no hate toward a man because of the color of his skin. I think that voting patterns are largely dependent on the two-party system. If you compare the 2012 election with the 1992 election, roughly the same percentage of black Americans and white Americans cast their vote the same way they did 20 years ago. Dukakis received roughly the same rate of black votes as Obama. Bush received roughly the same percentage of white votes that Romney did. The biggest shift between the two elections was the number of “minority” voters in this country. There are now a higher percentage of voting Hispanics, blacks and Asians as compared to white voters.

Most of these minorities are voting democrat which, to me, signals nothing more than a failing in the GOP to effectively communicate an agenda that speaks to minorities. I am not the only “former” Republican who feels this way. A lot of us feel that the Republican party doesn’t speak to conservatives or liberals. We believe that the GOP is dead.

I want to talk about something else today. If you want to go back and look at my earlier article, you can do that. Playing the “Race Card” in 2012

I do have an opinion that American people are prejudiced toward Obama but it has nothing to do with his skin tone. I think that many people do not trust Obama because of their belief that he is Muslim.

I’m not going to get too much  into my personal opinions today because I don’t want to make this about my agenda. I want to quickly share a few facts from two sources that most of us would consider reliable.

In 2010 Gallup conducted a World Religion Survey. Their findings were quite revealing.

The following is an excerpt from an article about the survey. You can read the whole article at:

The analysis, for release Thursday, is from the Gallup World Religion Survey and is part of a project on finding ways to increase understanding between Americans and Muslims.

President Barack Obama and his administration want to improve America’s image in the Muslim world. Many analysts who study extremism also say that U.S. Muslims who feel alienated from broader society resist integrating, potentially becoming more vulnerable to radical ideas.

In the poll, just over half of Americans said they felt no prejudice against Muslims. However, 43 percent acknowledged at least “a little” prejudice against Muslims, a significantly higher percentage than for the other four faiths in the survey.

About 18 percent of respondents said they had some level of prejudice against Christians, while the figure was 15 percent toward Jews and 14 percent toward Buddhists.

Asked about knowledge of Islam, 63 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “none at all.” A large majority of respondents believe most Muslims want peace. Yet, 53 percent of Americans say their opinion of the faith is “not too favorable” or “not favorable at all.” By comparison, 25 percent of Americans say they have unfavorable views of Judaism, while 7 percent say they have “some” or “a great deal” of prejudice toward Jews.

OK, so we have established that there is definitely some tension in America toward Muslims, more than any other religious faith, at least according to this Gallup poll. I am not about to credit or discredit that belief. That is not my goal. After 9-11-01 and the many subsequent attacks from extreme Islāmic terrorists, I can not judge anyone who holds a little hostility in their heart toward Muslims. I can tell you that I do not personally hate or discriminate against anyone for feeling this way, but I do not hate Muslims. I have some Muslim friends. These are not “token” friends. I lived with these men in college. They were my roommates. I can not jump on that bandwagon, but I am also not going to cast judgement on those who do because the terrorist attacks have been many, and it’s hard to distance yourself from the hate for the terrorists when so many so-called Muslim leaders seem to praise their actions.

My goal is to cut through the misinformation that you read and hear and get to the real core of the potential hate.

How many Americans believe Obama is a Muslim? That would be a telling statistic if we could find it. The following is a quote from the Huffington Post.

Three and a half years into the presidency of Barack Obama, 17 percent of registered voters still believe that he is a Muslim despite the fact that he is a Christian, according to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Forty-nine percent correctly identified that he is a Christian, while 31 percent of respondents said they did not know.

I do not agree with the way The Huffington Post presented this. They state that Obama is a Christian and imply it is a “fact.” I think it is a bit condescending. People are not stupid. They know that Obama claims to be a Christian. I think the general consensus of many people I talk to is that he is generally hiding a “Muslim agenda.” They realize that he claims to be Christian.

Either way, when almost half of Americans dislike Muslims on some level, and almost half of Americans at least consider the possibility that Obama is Muslim… Well do the math. That is a potential breeding ground for hate. So let’s stop talking about the tiny percentage of Americans who might be still chant “White Power” and talk about the real issues. I will admit that I would be in the 31% who are unsure. I know that Obama claims to be Christian but I have my doubts.

I am not about to argue for or against the hate or religious beliefs. That is for another place and time. However if 17% believe he is a Muslim and 31% are unsure, then I think we are getting to the facts of the situation. I am not about to believe that those 31% have not thought about it, they just don’t know who to believe, much like myself. Barack Obama has been caught in lies before. We still have no credible proof that he was even born in this country and is eligible to be President. In fact his book publisher printed his biography in the early 90’s saying that he was in fact born in Kenya. 20 years later we are supposed to believe it was an honest mistake. There is also a school of thought that his Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery. These are the things that the minority culture of “hate” is talking about but the mainstream news is not.

I don’t believe that many Americans hate Barack Obama because of the color of his skin. I do however believe that a large percentage of people do not trust him because of his perceived beliefs.

I personally dislike his politics for a lot of reasons not necessarily related to whether or not he is a Muslim. I do abhor the fact that I believe he leans hard toward socialism. I will bite my tongue and save that rant for another time.

This is not about black and white my friends. This is about real issues. People will cling to issues that they feel are important for the future of this country. I totally resent the fact that so many want to make it about racial prejudice and not about issues.

By the way, the last time I checked we were all part of the human “race.” Get over yourself, people don’t hate BHO because he’s black. Many of us just don’t feel like he is on our side…for various reasons.

You won’t see this reported on CNN. Of course one of their former award-winning correspondents has claimed that the Obama administration has paid CNN to either run or withhold stories. That is the kind of stuff we should be talking about. However, any time we try to talk about a real issue, someone slaps us across the face with the “race card.”

The American people are not stupid. Some of them will believe whatever you try to feed them and others are discerning enough to spit it back in your face. We will keep searching for the truth until someone offers to pay us.  LMAO Sorry, I need the money. At least I’m honest.

About Dean Garrison

Dean Garrison is a husband and father of six, who faithfully pursues the American Dream. He has been MOSTLY self-employed for the last 20+ years and has been a top earner, executive and leader for several direct sales companies.
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2 Responses to Do People Hate Barack Obama Because He’s “Black?”

  1. Gary Jennings says:

    I found your article to be well written and does show that bias against religious affiliation is still prevalent in our society as is bias against race and even gender, and it is unfortunate. However my criticism of Obama is for an entirely different reason. I do not like Barack Obama not because I am a racist…I am not, and not because some believe he is a Muslim…..I don’t, but because according to some, he can do no wrong. During the Bush administration there was criticism aplenty and it was healthy, it was needed, and often times it lasted for months, or as is the case with arguments over who created this bad economy, years. With the Obama administration any criticism is met with accusations of racism, intolerance or that ones criticism must be evidence that they are just not be as enlightened as he his. There have been things he and his administration has done, or had responsibility over that they should have been dragged across the carpet carpet for; from the extension of the Patriot Act to Benghazi and instead it is no more than a footnote in the news a week later. I have seen comments on news outlets where someone will bring up Fast and Furious or the targeting of an American dissident in Yemen, or any other folly under his term and the response is, “Are you still beating that dead horse?” Whereas if these events transpired under another Bush or another Nixon the person asking that question would with rabid fervor be demanding action. I do not like Barack Obama or his administration because they take no responsibility for their mistakes, and worse the media and a growing number of the public are not willing to hold his administration accountable for them either, and those that are are increasingly being labeled as bigots. In my opinion this un-checked blind followership of the Obama administration is very dangerous to the supposed progressively free and open society our country stands for.

    • Very well said my friend. I tend to dislike the policies which I tend to think are moving us more toward socialism and farther away from the ideas of our founding fathers. Since this article was written, Obama has actually been quoted a couple of times saying that he is looking for “fundamental change.” I don’t like the thought of moving away from what this country was built on. But I like to be able to express my opinion without being called a racist. I had two people jump my rear on facebook for mentioning that I have Muslim friends in this article. They both pretty much told me that I can’t be a Christian if I have Muslim friends. I met these guys in college. Maybe they aren’t extreme Muslims and maybe I’m not an extreme Christian which allows us to get along. And maybe that’s a good thing. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion. It was very well thought out and supported, and I happen to agree with you. Either way, that is not a requirement for posting here. LOL Discussion is good. I’m not always right. Happy New Year my friend.

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