Timeout: Don't trivialize this

Timeout: Don't trivialize this

There are 61 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 9, 2008, titled Timeout: Don't trivialize this. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A black man being elected president of the United States - how did that happen? Through sports, more than a few explanations have been offered.

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Nov 9, 2008
Oh Please !
HoCo guy

Baltimore, MD

#2 Nov 9, 2008
Yeah, he did good. I don't care what color the President may be, but I do care if he doesn't have the experience to do the job. His own VP elect (name is Biden in case you forgot) said " the White House is not the place for on-the-job training" That about says it all for me.
Comments Mother

Tuscaloosa, AL

#4 Nov 9, 2008
why did this come up as link for the ravens, this is laaaaaaammmmmmmeeeeeee.

Alexandria, VA

#5 Nov 9, 2008
Wow is that hate i'm sensing? Suck it up Obama is our president show some respect. Would you rather Palin run the country after all she thinks Africa is a country. Change has come, oh yeah by the way I'm Black.

Washington, DC

#6 Nov 9, 2008
I read a very similar column the other day by William C. Rhoden in the Times. His was a little better, more moving, but do they all have to weigh-in?

Baltimore, MD

#7 Nov 9, 2008
England had it's Oliver Cromwell. Order will be restored to the universe soon enough. In the overall scheme of things, he's just another mediocre President elect. If his past deeds are any indication, largely ignorable.

Fort George G Meade, MD

#8 Nov 9, 2008
Yawn. I clicked on this link hoping to read a sports column, not a social commentary.

I guess David Steele is now a political columnist, not a sports columnist.

I follow politics, but like to get away from that once in awhile. Sports is one way to escape from that. When I read these kinds of stories in what is expected to be a sports-related column, that's a real annoyance.

Montgomery Village, MD

#9 Nov 9, 2008
Affirmative action is dead. That means the Sun can fire this racist no talent hack

Glen Burnie, MD

#10 Nov 9, 2008
J.C. Watts/Peter Bolware in 2012.

Greenwood, IN

#11 Nov 9, 2008
these entitled people feel now that soeone out of the order of things has invaded their place. Face it America a new order has come, your talents and abilities determine your sucess. Obama has it, and it can't be taught. I think this man half white and half black, a "mut" as he referred to himself has the chance to change America as did MLK. I am a white man, and it would be nice if all african americans would recognize that white america elected this president too, not just the african americans getting over. America got over its past and that's a good thing.
Dr Fred

United States

#12 Nov 9, 2008
The reference to the Suggs comments about "thuggery" in pro-football related directly to the "thuggery" of Obama's election. Thuggery is the theme of both. A Chicago Resko thug who joins with other thugs to promote an empty suit candidate should be an insult to every African American alive. Their theory that African Americans and those who want good relations would over shadow their hijacking of American Politics worked. The Stock Market has dropped over 700 points since he won. He was asked one specific question at his first news conference- when are you going to implement the tax hike on the upper 2%. No answer. Welcome to Jimmy Carter II and the era of not God Bless America, but God d*** America.
Dr Fred

United States

#13 Nov 9, 2008
GO OBAMA GO wrote:
Wow is that hate i'm sensing? Suck it up Obama is our president show some respect. Would you rather Palin run the country after all she thinks Africa is a country. Change has come, oh yeah by the way I'm Black.
Not hate- PITY. Oh, you didn't have to tell us that you are black.

Parkville, MD

#14 Nov 9, 2008
I do believe that sports has had a lot to do with acceptance of African-Americans in positions of prominence. So has Hollywood and popular music. When your favorite player, favorite actor, or favorite singer is black, then it's not a great leap to accept that your favorite political figure may also be black. I voted for Obama, but not because he's black. For me, that had absolutely nothing to do with it, and I'm a little surprised at the post-election focus on his race--as if this country elected him because he's black. That may have been foremost in the mind of some. In others like me, he simply seemed like the most promising of the two candidates to get America out of this mess it's in.

Owings Mills, MD

#15 Nov 9, 2008
Whether you recognize it or continue to stick your head in the sand, this election result is monumental.
We finally elected an intelligent, thoughtful and sincere man to lead "our" country, and yes he is considered to be "black".
I am more than encouraged, and not surprised that the venom, and hate still resides in so many, or just the very vocal on this blog.
I feel that for the minority community, this is a resounding accomplishment, and hopefully a cause to start healing the obvious racial divide in our land.
It has to be a resounding difference maker for those so long oppressed and discouraged.
Hope reigns supreme, yes for us all!
57 States for Nobama

Raleigh, NC

#16 Nov 9, 2008
GO OBAMA GO wrote:
Wow is that hate i'm sensing? Suck it up Obama is our president show some respect. Would you rather Palin run the country after all she thinks Africa is a country. Change has come, oh yeah by the way I'm Black.
Well, Nobama does think there are 57 states so you cannot use the Africa mistake.
Ed from Park Heights

Frederick, MD

#17 Nov 9, 2008
Would someone from the Sun finally do their job and fire this creep. I am so freaking tired of having to look at let alone read his political tripe. Get over it Steele. This is a damned sports section. We don't give a s**t about your political opinions. I'm tired of hearing your racist crap. You bring out the race card more than anyone I have ever read. Get over it! If it wasn't for affirmative action, you wouldn't have a job. Write about sports or go find a rag where they need an angry black man writing about politics and race. Get over it or go somewhere else. Please!!!!
Fed Up in Towson

Cockeysville, MD

#18 Nov 9, 2008
Keep politics out of the NFL. A lot of us like to unplug from how messed up the country is for awhile when we watch a game. I don't care of the WR pulls out a flag for Obama or McCain . . . anyone doing that crap should be heavily fined and suspended for a game. Keep your political opinions for your Tuesday afternoon radio shows, please.

East Stroudsburg, PA

#21 Nov 9, 2008
I'm not sure what is being said here. All the examples given only demonstrate the extraordinary people have continued to accomplish amazing things throughout our lifetime.
The legacy inherited by Americans remains undiminished despite all the prejudices and shortcomings that we can throw at it.
Census Bureau

Owings Mills, MD

#22 Nov 9, 2008
I will give Steele credit for only saying African-American once. At what point does some one become just AMERICAN? Yes he is black, but he was not running against a European-American.

Washington, DC

#23 Nov 9, 2008
I'm still in the "Shut up and play" camp. I watch sports to escape from the non-stop political commentary that pervades every aspect of my day-to-day life.

When I read comments from Obama supporters criticizing McCain supporters for being bitter and petty, it makes me laugh. I'll take bitter and petty following an election any time compared to the chaos and violence that would have erupted in the streets of some of our urban settings if Obama had lost. The election would have been "rigged", clearly the underhanded doings of racist white America. Never mind that three quarters of the people who put Obama in office were white. Give me a break.

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