Lee Daniels, the director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” believes America has become more racist since President Barack Obama – the nation’s first black commander-in-chief – took office in 2009.

“I think that people are angry that he’s president,” Daniels told Piers Morgan on CNN this week.  “And I think that they are showing their true colors.”

Morgan asked Daniels if the country has become more racist since Obama was elected.

“Sadly, I think so,” Daniels said.

Daniels’ film inspired by the real-life account of Eugene Allen, a longtime White House butler, opened No. 1 at the box office last weekend, grossing nearly $25 million. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character leading the ensemble cast including Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, James Marsden, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz.

The film not only tells the story about Allen’s life in the White House, but it also spans several decades that includes the Civil Rights Movement, riots in urban cities, the emergence of The Black Panther Party, and Allen’s interaction with Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, and President Barack Obama.

In fact, Daniels told The Grio that the only person he was unable to cast in was was President Obama.

“I was too afraid to ask him,” Daniels said. “I think that he was in the middle of something called the election. It would have been weird if I had somebody playing Obama. I couldn’t have anybody playing Obama but Obama.”

Daniels’ observation about Obama, race, and present-day America comes one week after many African Americans were angered last week by a rodeo clown in Missouri who wore an Obama mask and mocked the president. An announcer taunted the clown, saying: “We’re gonna smoke Obama … Obama, they’re coming for you this time.” He also called the masked Obama a “big goober.”

The incident, which has been condemned by Democrats and Republicans, resulted in a lifetime ban from the fair for rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling.

But Daniels’ broader observation about America’s increased racism since Obama was elected is cause for concern. People who didn’t like Obama to begin with have become more outspoken and filled with hate, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America.

According to The Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, there are currently 1,007 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others. Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 67 percent.

“This surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African American president,” the Center explains.

“These factors also are feeding a powerful resurgence of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, which in the 1990s led to a string of domestic terrorist plots, including the Oklahoma City bombing. The number of patriot groups, including armed militias, has grown 813 percent since Obama was elected – from 149 in 2008 to 1,360 in 2012,” according to the website. “This growth in extremism has been aided by mainstream media figures and politicians who have used their platforms to legitimize false propaganda about immigrants and other minorities and spread the kind of paranoid conspiracy theories on which militia groups thrive.”

These hate groups – which are on the rise – are also fueled by right-wing fanatics and so-called leaders like Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) who shouted, “You Lie!” inside the U.S Capitol during the president’s speech about health care reform last year.  Wilson was one crazed voice, but he spoke for many.

And since Obama took office, he has been called a “jack-ass,” a “dick,” a “monkey,” a “tar baby,” – Rush Limbaugh called Obama “Barack, the Magic Negro,” and conservative loudmouth Ann Coulter called the president “retarded.” In Arizona this year white protesters shouted “Bye Bye Black Sheep” when Obama arrived for a speech.

And who can forget the Florida public school teacher who was suspended for 10 days for writing this so-called joke on the chalkboard for his students: “What does ‘CHANGE’ stand for?” The acronym spelled out reads: “Can You Help a N***** Get Elected?”

When is the last time these kinds of ugly racist insults have been directed toward a U.S. president?

Never – at least not until now.

Lee Daniels is right: Some Americans are deeply resentful that Obama is president and they’re showing their true colors – in black and white.

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44 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Director Lee Daniels is Right About America’s Growing Racism

  1. Yasmine Taylor on said:

    Racism and Prejudice in America

    Even though it is the 21st century and in modern times, racism and prejudice still exist today. A lot of people in America right now seem to think that just because segregation no longer exists, racism is “dead.” That is definitely not the case. Here are just three of the cases to prove it. In the most recent event the LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly made a racist comment saying that he didn’t want his girlfriend to bring black people to the clippers game or post pictures with black people on social media. This shows how some people truly feel about the opposite race behind closed doors.
    Another recent event that occurred was Clive Bundy comment on slavery and racism. Bundy stated that black people are better off as slaves picking cotton because they have nothing to do. I took offense to this comment because I know and have family members and relatives that are doctors, lawyers, and engineers etc. Thousands of African-Americans live very successful lives, not all African-Americans just sit around and “do nothing.”
    Now a third incident that occurred is not so recent because it took place last summer. The Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case really brought out the worst in people. It showed how just one case could expose people’s true colors and how some people really feel.
    Now on the other hand, America has made some great progress in the right direction to putting an end to racism. Some examples are interracial marriages, the election of Barack Obama as the very first African-American president of the United States and Ruth Simmons as the very first African-American president of Harvard an Ivy League university. Ruth Simmons also became the first female president of Brown University.
    Although the last three cases presented prove that that this country has changed dramatically over the last 100 years, the previous three cases shows that this country has a long way to go until racism is slowly eliminated. In order for this to happen, parents of upcoming generations need to raise and teach their children how not to judge other people based on their race, ethnicity, or stereotypes.

    • Yasmine, I agree with your post. In addition, since President Barack Obama was elected to the Oval Office, minorities have been under increased racial bombardment. To add to your point, the Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Voter Rights Act, a provision of the Civils Rights Act that has been in place for 49 years. Moving forward, we all should remember the blood, sweat, and tears our ancestors endured and that power comes from education and respect for all people.

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  3. P Doddie on said:

    The rumor mill has it that Lee Daniels is trying to make a Miss Saigon… how about he stays away from making a Musical that romanticizes prostitution in the age where anyone with an internet connection and reading skills of whatsoever their native language is can read about how severe and dangerous Human Trafficking is? Most of those prostitutes aren’t of age and if their are young and illiterate enough, they won’t know the difference between a dangerous and better life. Based on how the producers of the show forced the pick in the role of the engineer on Equity, I don’t think Lee will get a chance to make a proper Miss Saigon showing the realities of prostitution and the racism she would have gotten from her own people for having a half asian/caucasian child, where many of the children were left in orphanages, many of whom disappeared or turned/forced into prostitution themselves because they were not accepted.

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  5. 50 years MLK Day celebration: KKK Threat saddens my heart. They’re marching I’m still dealing with racism, unfair education system and violations of injustices. 50 years later, there is less of an” innocent until proven guilty system.” There is less interest in remedy injustices and equal rights. There is almost no interest in discovering the truth. People that can provide legal help, don’t have time unless you have the money. By the time a poor person can save the money, the statue time of limitations is up. This plan works out perfect for the persons and corporations in the wrong. However, it keeps the oppressed depressed for they have waited so long for nothing. http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338
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  6. Yes, racism seems to have increased in America, but it is black racism against whites. That’s particularly true if you look at black crime perpetrated against whites. A recent Rasmussan poll, which is much more authority than Lee Daniels personal opinion, confirms this. Blacks and whites agree that blacks are more racist:
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/july_2013/more_americans_view_blacks_as_racist_than_whites_hispanics

  7. Bob White on said:

    Beth says “Second, you are only listing crimes by blacks YET you are not listing crimes by white (there are many that I am looking at right now in the news but they are not in the NATIONAl news).”

    Beth, here you go. These tables use Earth math, not Planet Negro math:
    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.
    -2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6

    Here are your welfare tables Beth, also Earth math based (more blacks on welfare in the US statistically and numerically):
    http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

    Beth, why must I take a urine test to pay for welfare when people on welfare don’t have to take a urine test to receive it?

  8. Racism is not growing, racism NEVE left and political correctness only made these racist hide their feelings. and now the NEW thing is to say there is “reverse racism”. Give me a break. At least with the black criminal they will beat ANYONE who gets in their way; however, I doubt Zimmerman would have shot a white guy with a hood on and would have been able to walk out of the police station uncharged.

  9. Blacks can not be racist but black can be prejudice- Learn the meaning of words before you speak. If black could be racist, blacks could OWN everything and be in controll of everything.

  10. BOB WHite, take your racist @$$ out of here. It is clear you views is coming from your own racist beliefs. First, you are GENERALIZING a whole race. Second, you are only listing crimes by blacks YET you are not listing crimes by white (there are many that I am looking at right now in the news but they are not in the NATIONAl news). Third, you talk about blacks on welfare when the TRUTH is WHITES are more on welfare. Forth,White women RUN to abortion clients more than any other groupd so of course your out of weblock numbers are going to be lower. SHut up and move on.

    • Bob White on said:

      This is Earth, calling Beth on Planet Negro, Earth to Beth on Planet Negro. Beth, the fact is that the leftist news media ignores black on white crime, or reports it as “random crime” with no racial element. However, when a “white Hispanic” shoots a black teen thug in self defense, blacks hoot, yell, shriek about “racism” and “open season on black men”. I guess it is rare that white people murder blacks, so it’s a “man bites dog” news story. You’re stuck with the fact that blacks murder over twice as many whites every year as whites murder blacks. You’re stuck with the fact that young black males (less than 5% of the population) do the majority of murders and over 70% of the armed robberies. Instead of cleaning up your act, you blame white people and “racism”. Meanwhile, your hoods are hellholes. You don’t have to have money to clean up your litter, rear your children, and act civilized. My single mother didn’t. But I had a stable home and was taught right from wrong and personal responsibility. I wasn’t taught to blame people for my own failures.

  11. Now your race knows how it feels to live in fear we did for 400 yrs. remember what goes around comes around and its your race turn!!!!!

    • @RayarJohnson
      Need legal help!
      KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
      Children Withdrawn from School
      Children have a right to an education in a safe environment!
      http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

      Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com
      cc: Black America Web, The Root, Policy Mic

    • Bob White on said:

      Devia said: “Now your race knows how it feels to live in fear we did for 400 yrs. remember what goes around comes around and its your race turn!!!!!”

      Devia, Africans captured your slave ancestors and sold them to other blacks, Arabs, and Europeans. Had your ancestors not been sold as slaves the other African tribes would have simply killed them. Sorry sista, I don’t “live in fear” nor do any of my friends because we don’t fear blacks. You ever start that race war some blacks like to threaten and the race problems will end. Do the math. True dat.

  12. @RayarJohnson
    Need legal help!
    KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
    Children Withdrawn from School
    Children have a right to an education in a safe environment!
    http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

    Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com
    cc: Black America Web, The Root, Policy Mic

  13. Bob White on said:

    America’s “racism” isn’t growing. America is getting Negro Fatigue. We’re getting exhausted by the race hustle, the shrieking of “racism” constantly, when blacks are as racist or more so than whites. We’re tired of your astronomical crime rate and welfare rate which is grossly disproportional to your 12.5% of the US population. We’re tire of you shrieking about Trayvon for a year, then when two black teens shoot a white baby in the face and when three black teens (one who “hates 90% of white people, they nasty”) shoot a white Australian kid in the back for fun you ignore it, or blame guns, etc., but never take responsibility for your failed communities. We’re tired of paying the bill to subsidize bad conduct. I have to take a urine test to pay for welfare, why don’t people on welfare have to take a urine test to receive it?

    • You need to shut up. If you are going speak and list crime incidence, then list ALL of them. List the number of whites who kills, who run to abortins clients more than any other group, who commit more child molestatons, who bring the drugs in the country, etc. Yes, those teens killed but let not bring the stats of blacks who died in slavery and beyond. And for the records, WHITES are more on welfar than blacks. See some of you want to push that “stats” on blacks when it is really WHITES. ANd Travyon was more about how the justice system treat blacks than about nasty teens (who would have shot anyone). get your facts straight Bob instead of twisting them to spread your hate. And for the redord, blacks can NOT racist but they can be prejudice

      • @RayarJohnson
        Need legal help!
        KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
        Children Withdrawn from School
        Children have a right to an education in a safe environment!
        http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

        Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com
        cc: Black America Web, The Root, Policy Mic

  14. I would like to believe that he was elected because he is the right person for the position. But the way that he has been treated and disrespected at every turn lets me know its pure RACISM!!

  15. Obama was elected because he was a MAN! The racist politians/people did not want a Woman for president! That is the only reason he is in the whitehouse. Think about !!! This country is not ready to change its racist ways!

    • Bob White on said:

      What “racist ways”? You mean when you’re in a parking lot and thug looking black males roll up on you at night you lock your car door? The fact that black males 16-35, less than 5% of the US population, commit over 51% of the murders and 70% of the armed robberies has nothing to do with the stereotype? What about YOUR racist ways Naimah? You’re not racist because you’re black? And when will black people stop race hustling? When will you declare the “end of racism”? When you can come up with a better excuse? Africans are more hostile to American blacks than anyone. You know why?

      • Again idoit, blacks can NOT be racist but they can be prejudice. A racist must come a group who think they are superior and they have the POWER to controll, Blacks do not have that controll NOT even the black President. I know we as blacks need to improve (so does whites) but your generation is making you lose your arguement. In my city, it is the whites who OUTsell drugs of Meth, heroine, etc than blacks YET people like you want to overlook that and focus on blacks. That is where you lose your debate. YOu expect blacks and their leaders to speak out about crimes done against white YET you get upset when they speak out about injustices of Trayvon. That makes no sense. What does that mean? that blacks can ONLY speak out when some WHITE person approval of them to speak? I think not and that will NEVER happen.

    • @RayarJohnson
      Need legal help!
      KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
      Children Withdrawn from School
      Children have a right to an education in a safe environment!
      http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

      Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com
      cc: Black America Web, The Root, Policy Mic

    • Bob White on said:

      “Karma” and “shut up”? For telling the truth? I welcome karma in the form of truth. What have I stated that was not the truth?

    • Bob White on said:

      How are the crime statistics compiled by Eric Holder’s DOJ “propaganda”? How are facts “propaganda”? What is it that you dispute? That blacks are approximately 12.5% of the US population or that blacks murder over twice as many whites every year than blacks? I look forward to hearing your response. Even without statistics I know for a fact, with what I see with my eyes, that blacks where I am commit the overwhelming majority of murder and crime where I live. Anyone who is sane, white or black, would confirm that. Ever look at the murder stats in Chicago? Detroit? DC? Is that all “propaganda” too? That’s your problem. You refuse to acknowledge the facts and truth, instead shrieking “racism” whenever you run out of facts to support your rhetoric. If there is any “propaganda” it is the article and comments by Lee Daniels. I’ve supported my statements with hard facts. What has he done other than render his biased subjective opinions?

  16. Yolanda Penn on said:

    And black ppl remember even when we were not happy with President Bush but we never made racial comments about him but look at what they are doing to the President every time we turn around he being called this or tht….if we don’t continue to wake up their plan to continue to enslave us will come true

    • Bob White on said:

      Plans to “enslave” you? What planet do you live on? You know where you would still stand a chance of being enslaved? Africa. In Mali over the last two years it is estimated that French peacekeepers freed over 200,000 black slaves held by black slave owners. That’s real slaves Yolanda. Those Africans would be the same people who have engaged in the slave trade for hundreds of years, the same black Africans who captured the ancestors of those American blacks who are now Americans. Yolanda, you are enslaved. You are enslaved by welfare and gubment handouts and excuses and race hustlas. Want to know what the median annual wage is for an African? About $900. Blacks on welfare make more than that in about two weeks for doing nothing. Please explain, Yolanda, how white Americans want to “enslave” blacks. Can you articulate that rhetoric or are you just making noise?

  17. ABC NEWS: School Gunman Took Hostages, Car May Have Bombs

    KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
    Children Withdrawn from School
    Need legal help!
    http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

    Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.
    rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com
    cc: Black America Web, The Root, Policy Mic

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