Racism certainly isn't dead in the United States; and unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there's an end in sight. A valid question being asked lately is whether or not the presidency of Barack Obama has done anything positive for race relations in the U.S. While various online polls show a mix of responses, it's blatant that racism is more apparent than ever. That's probably because of how loud and angry the racist far-right is being simply because of the current president's race.
Baylor University researchers have so far tracked more than 20 Facebook pages dedicated to racist attacks against President Barack Obama, and the bigotry of figures such as Ted Nugent and other once-popular figures has gone mainstream in an embarrassing display of ignorance. Social networking sites are apparent hotspots for racist behavior, according to political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson, and he's right.
In 2008, a Gallup poll indicated that 56% of Americans believed race relations would improve with Obama as president. It only took a year before those numbers fluctuated negatively. As of 2012, the hateful rhetoric against President Obama is displayed by some of the most vile of racists such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and other insensitive people who speak to masses who are easily swayed and manipulated into behaving negatively.
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