Originally Posted by Rogifan
Ah, I see you didn't request the same for this comment:
"You do realize that there's a massive amount of people who voted AGAINST Obama because he's black, right? If the nastiness of the last few years have proven anything, it's that racism/bigotry/xenophobia is alive and well in the US. Stop dismissing his success as something due to his skin color- it's cowardly and cheap. "
Actually, that's a fair question.
I had thought about doing so, but then judged that his statement was an empirically correct one with very high likelihood. Why? It would be true even if a few million people voted against him because of 'race', which, even though it's a 'massive' number would be a small proportion of people who actually voted. Second, that statement would be true also for those who voted for him because of his race (although, I'll admit that's not the way he intended it). Third, your own post implicitly acknowledges this premise!
The problem with your statement was that you were making a relative comparison between one type of 'racist' versus another -- i.e., you were claiming that the number that voted for him because of race outnumbers the number that voted against him because of his race -- and that, unfortunately, requires empirical support.