QUESTION:DO YOU THINK RACISM IS FUELING THE PROTESTS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND HIS POLICIES? WHY OR WHY NOT?
“I don’t think so, because racism is a thing of the past and has nothing to do with the current president.” –Jennifer Matos, Canarsie “Yes. One reason is because he’s the first black president. The second reason is that other parties, Republicans and Independents — and even some Democrats — are not giving him a chance.” –Mike Haywood, Bedford-Stuyvesant “Absolutely, it’s racism fueling the protest against Obama. Let the man do his job as the president. He hasn’t been in there long enough — give him more time. Then, if he doesn’t do the job, protest him.” –Shakina Ellis, Canarsie “No. I don’t think they are protesting against him because he’s African-American. Everybody has their opinions. It doesn’t matter who is the president. And I think the only good, honest president we ever had was Ronald Reagan.” –Gary Maher, Canarsie “I think probably 40 percent of the protests are due to racism. His policies are a lot like FDR’s — and FDR did not get trashed for those policies. Now that Obama is implementing those policies he’s being crucified. The human touch is lacking in this country.” – Adrian Mighty, Canada “Well, I think racism is being fueled against the president. Racism still plays a role in today’s society, even though it’s not shown. It’s affecting him because online they are always saying not to look at him as an African American. If there wasn’t racism, why would they even have to say that?” –Travis Clement, Flatbush “Yes, I do. One, because no one ever expected a black president. Second, they are trying to keep the underprivileged down and Obama is trying to pick them up. So it is racism.” –Twana Johnson, Canarsie “I believe it is racism, because there are stupid people in this country. They are living in the last century, especially Down South.” –Sy Gurwitz, Brighton Beach