ANALYSIS: Director Lee Daniels is Right About America’s Growing Racism

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  • 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.

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    4. 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
      Their justice fighting went from days to years without seeing JUSTICE come to light. The court will not hear the long kept evidence. So, while we cry for help, they flip the calendar of no justice.

    5. 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

    6. 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?

      • Beth, on Planet Negro I’m sure CNN is considered an objective source for news. It isn’t. Great, you found a news story about two crackas who planned to kidnap a cop. The proves what, Beth? Here is reality, and it shows that blacks murder over twice as many whites every year as whites murder blacks:
        Last confirmed statistics:
        Murder 2011 – Blacks murdered 448 whites; whites murdered 193 blacks
        White Murder Victims: 3,172 (2,630 murdered by white / 448 murdered by black)
        Black Murder Victims: 2,695 (193 murdered by white / 2,447 murdered by black)

        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

        Beth, using Earth math, what is statistically incredible is that blacks (12.5% of the pop.) murdered twice as many whites as whites (77% of the pop.) murdered blacks, even though there are 600% more whites than blacks in America. Do you understand the significance of that from an Earth math standpoint?

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

      • 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.

      • Beth, you said: “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.”

        Again, Earth to Beth on Planet Negro: Beth, do you understand Earth math or just Planet Negro math? Here on Earth, we understand that if 12.5% of the population is black and that 12.5% black gets 39.8% of welfare, and if white people are 77% of the population and get 38.8% of welfare then not only are more black people on welfare, but they are grossly overrepresented statistically (300% black OVER-representation on welfare by population) vs. whites who are UNDERrepresented (50% UNDERrepresented on welfare). Don’t talk smack, cite facts: http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

        Beth, on Planet Negro you believe that whitey is out hunting blacks and its “open season no blacks”. However, facts and math here on Planet Earth (not Planet Negro facts and math you are using) show that the truth is far different than what you claim. See, Beth, if young black men are 5% of the population and they are committed over 51% of the murders, that means that blacks are not only murdering more than whites, but OVER-represented in murder by about 1000% (yes 1000%). Furthermore, if blacks are only 12.5% of the population, yet are murdering twice as many whites as whites are murdering blacks, then statistically (Planet Earth facts and math which you don’t understand apparently), that’s incredibly bad, like call out the National Guard bad. Quite simply Beth, you’re talking out of your arse and just repeating nonsense and gibberish that the race hustlas you call leaders on Planet Negro are force feeding you. Clean up your hood. The race card is played out and whites are getting tired of it.

    9. @RayarJohnson
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      Children Withdrawn from School
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      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
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    10. 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

    11. 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!!

    12. 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!

      • 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

    13. The facts and the truth don’t support the black race hustle. A recent Rasmussan poll showed even blacks admit that blacks are more racist than whites. Deep down you know it, and I know it; only useful idiot leftist whites think different and that’s because they are idiots. You know who I’m talking about, the whites who try so hard to be down that you laugh about them behind their backs. Another hard fact that is never reported is that blacks murder over twice as many whites every year as blacks murder whites. While this fact is incredible, what makes it astounding is that the white population is six times larger than the black population yet you murder whites at twice the rate they murder blacks. How can you rant and rave about whites’ “racism” and “open season on black men” when you murder twice as many? What makes this disgusting is it isn’t reported by the leftist media. Here are the facts: The last confirmed DOJ stats show that in 2011 448 whites were murdered by blacks and 193 blacks were murdered by whites. Blacks (12.5% of the population) accounted for the majority of murders in America. 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 . Blacks committed over 70% of the armed robberies in America, despite the fact that you are only 12.5% of the population. At some point the country is going to get Negro Fatigue and your silly race card is going to get laughed at because it is ridiculous at this point. Obama is no more beat up on than Bush, and in fact less. The sad fact is that the only reason Obama was elected was because he is black. That’s terrible for us all. I had actually been happy about his election and even re-election because I thought at a minimum he would bring the country together. However, he’s race hustled too for political purposes and it’s never been worse. Your problems are not caused by whitey, or racism, or guns. Your problems are caused by your incessant blaming of others for your problems, lack of leadership, and complete failure to be responsible and accountable for your own conduct. Until you face the truth and facts, rely upon yourselves and not the gubment, and stop the race card playing hustle, you’ll never solve the problems in the black community (i.e, rampant crime, fatherless children, lack of education, drugs, poverty, violence, murder, etc.).

        • 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?

        • “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?

      • 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

        • 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.

      • 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.

    14. 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

      • 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?

    15. 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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