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The Obama surrogates have made race as an issue in this primary (with the blessings of the Obama campaign?) and race-bait, too, maybe as a counterpoint to whatever future controversies and scandals that Obama might have in the future. He has made race and race-baiting the central portion of his campaign. It is with a certainty that Obama surrogates (with the blessings of the Obama campaign?) will answer every controversy and scandal with statements pertaining to race.

Remember the time when the Somali tribal dress that Barack wore in 2006 and was leaked thru the Drudge Report? David Plouffe immidiately accused the Clinton team of "shameful offensive fear-mongering." Then there is the op-ed of Orlando Patterson in the NY Times that tried to put race in the 3 am ad of Sen. Clinton.To qoute the 1st paragraph of the op-ed: "On first watching Hillary Clinton’s recent 'It’s 3 a.m.' advertisement, I was left with an uneasy feeling that something was not quite right--something that went beyond my disappointment that she had decided to go negative. Repeated watching of the ad on YouTube increased my unease. I realized that I had only too often in my study of America’s racial history seen images much like these, and the sentiments to which they allude." And that is only the first paragraph.

Then there is the latest "brushing the dirt off the shoulder" incident which the Obama surrogates(?) have linked to the Jay Z song, "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," a racially charged song (judge for yourself).

This can be construed as race-baiting tactics of the Obama team and surrogates. It only needs a spark.

Please forward to your friends because it is imperative that the American people know who the real Barack Obama is.