Jimmy Carter And The Race Card


I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American,” Carter told NBC News. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shares the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.

That racism inclination still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people — not just in the South but around the country — that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply,Carter said.

The oldest son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Alan Wilson, has come to his father’s defense in regards to a racial motivation to the uncouth interruption of President Obama during an address to a Joint-Session of Congress.

There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body,” said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general in South Carolina. “He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him.

It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.

I personally believe that former President Carter’s words were the absolute truth. I doubt that Rep. Wilson was motivated by a direct, personal hatred for Barack Obama based on his skin color but rather that he chose to be so disrespectful and chose to insult the nation in the way he did because of the exact principals that Carter touched on in the above quote.

The notion that Obama is not qualified to state facts as a President addressing the Congress and that one must not even hear out his entire address before rebuking him, is so outrageous and unheard of up until this point, that few other explanations remain. Joe Wilson continues to defend his un-American slander and claim that he was truthful in his statements when in fact he was, and is, completely misguided.

The notion that all strong resistance to Obama coming from the middle and the right is pure racism is also inaccurate, in my view.

However, the people who constantly use the argument that not everyone opposed to Obama is a racist are very often the same people who fail to point out the racists on the right and fail to be honest about the reasons for their outrage. Or they fail to give any rational explanation that makes any kind of sense for their intense fear and willingness to believe wild claims about Barack Obama.


4 comments on “Jimmy Carter And The Race Card

  1. hippieprof says:

    Excellent post – well written and well reasoned.

    One of the insidious characteristics of modern racism is that people don’t recognize it in themselves. We don’t have a lot of overt KKK-style racism anymore – but we have quiet racism – born out of a subtle mistrust and disdain. If asked directly, these people claim that they are not racists. If tested indirectly, many racist attitudes show through.

    — hippieprof

  2. charleyjk4 says:

    I do not think that Joe Wilson acted out of racist motives.He had criticized Bush(43)over the Iraq fiasco.
    Carter misses the point.The right wing are a dangerous faction in the mold of the Hezbollah.They attack whom and what ever policies they feel are inconsistent with their principles.They call be classified as political suicide bombers.They even attack their own.Look at what they did to Bush(41.They are bound by ideology not reason.I feel sorry for Obama.They will attempt to impeach him sooner rather than later.

  3. charleyjk4 says:

    Typo error.Call should read can.

  4. I agree with you, hippieprof. The days of mainstream overt racism are over, at least in politics. But the days of veiled racism and shrouded bigotry are in full swing.

    I do think Wilson acted in part based on race. Wilson has a record of … voting for giving illegal immigrants health care and keeping the Confederate flag above the statehouse. At a glance, it looks like maybe he was flying high off coming from town halls and just was emotional. But any close review of facts shows that this man accepts unproven and highly questionable theories about Barack Obama (born in Kenya) and was lying to the president when he called the president a liar.

    Joe Wilson might be a subconscious racist, but in my view he is a racist all the same.

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