In a poll released Saturday by the Associated Press, it found that racial prejudice towards blacks since 2008 has increased.
In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.This is clearly concerning. If Obama loses this election, it will likely be because he doesn't turn out enough white voters compared to 2008. If this poll is a sign of prevailing sentiment among many white voters, he's in trouble in states like Ohio and Virginia. I also don't think it's too far of a stretch to say that the media, particularly the right wing media, has done a lot to foster this prejudice. From very explicitly linking blacks and other minorities to welfare, to creating this sense of otherness -- that the president is somehow just not like we are.
If this ploy succeeds, and we just won't know until November 6th, this sets a dangerous precedent for American politics.