Obama has been put on the defensive by those who think the word white is synonymous with patriotism. These are the flag pin wearing right wingers who believe that they are the true American's. They don't operate on facts or fairness. They believe that they represent in image and thought the true Americans and anyone that's different is second class and taking up space. They are also reluctant to acknowledge that Black and Hispanic Americans have served valiantly in all of America's wars despite being mistreated at home.
POLL FINDS WHITES USE STEREOTYPES
Three of four whites believe Black and Hispanic people are more likely than whites to prefer living on welfare, the General Social Survey by the National Opinion Research Center found in a survey made public Tuesday. Most whites also believe Black and Hispanic people are more likely than whites to be lazy, violence-prone, less intelligent and less patriotic, the survey found.
The survey was one in a series on social issues sponsored by the National Science Foundation over the last two decades. The research center, a nonprofit institution at the University of Chicago, conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,372 adults nationwide last February through April. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.
Despite their proclivity toward stereotypes, the survey found that a growing number of white people support racial equality. White support for busing to achieve school balance rose to 29 percent last year from 14 percent in 1972, and white disapproval of laws against interracial marriage rose to 76 percent from 48 percent. Six Characteristics Rated
Respondents were asked to rate white, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish and Southern white people on a scale of one to seven on six characteristics: rich or poor, hard-working or lazy, prone to violence or not, intelligent or not, self-supporting or on welfare and patriotic or not.
The survey found these attitudes among whites:
*Seventy-eight percent thought blacks more likely to prefer living on welfare, and 74 percent thought Hispanics more likely to prefer welfare.
*Sixty-two percent thought Blacks less likely to be hard-working; 56 percent thought blacks more violence-prone; 53 percent thought Blacks less intelligent, and 51 percent thought them less patriotic.
*Fifty-six percent thought Hispanic people more likely to be lazy; 50 percent thought them more likely to be violence-prone; 55 percent thought them less likely to be intelligent, and 61 percent thought them to be less patriotic.
Obama's Speech On Partiotism sets the record straght: