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Carter’s Views

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Former President Jimmy Carter injects his personal opinion into the national debate by issuing a statement that (he believes) public opposition to President Obama is based on the “fact” that white people (in a sweeping generalization) believe “that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.”

“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 Nightly 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.”

In commenting on remarks by reporters that some have compared Obama to a Nazi, Carter also said,

“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care. It’s deeper than that.”

He grouped Wilson’s shout of “You lie!” during Obama’s speech in that category, according to AP.

“I think it’s based on racism. There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.

“The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state. And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect.”

Just where do “these people (Carter, Pelosi, Rangle, etc.)” get the notion that they can broadly and generally ascribe the motivation of racism to anyone who happens to disagree with the policies of our President? How sanctimonious of them.

Carter grew up in the South, in a time when there indeed, and regretably, there was widespread racism. But as even he pointed out, “the South (has) come a long way.” For him (and others) to continue to attempt to apply the old racism of the South to anyone who disagrees on a policy-basis, is totally ridiculous. Carter indeed knows a bit about “sin in his heart,” and he has an absolute right to confess his own sins, but it is outrageous for him to ascribe the sin of racism to the hearts of any other person, especially when he so broadly applies the accusation to “an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama.”

I’m not saying that none of the opposition to Obama’s policies is race-based. I’m sure that some of it probably is. But for Carter and others to try to broadly paint any opposition as race-based shows them to be attempting to subvert genuine and honest discussion of the actual issues. How would they suggest we can discuss the issues? I must conclude that they ultimately don’t want discussion of these issues, and that is why they are trying to cheap-shot their way out of it with attempts like this one.

The accusation of racism has gotten out of hand. Anyone now who opposes Obama’s policies, because he happens to be black, is a racist? I don’t think so. Applying that logic, would it be accurate to say that because President Obama called Kanye West “a jackass,” he is a racist? It would have to mean that, because Kanye is black. Obama “criticized” him. Therefore, Obama did so out of the motivation of racism. How ridiculous does that look? Every bit as ridiculous as Carter’s statement claiming that my opposition to any of Obama’s policies is based on racism, in my opinion.

Carter may know well the Old South. But I claim that he knows absolutely nothing about what is in my heart. And I resent that he would try to ascribe racism to my motivation in my opposition to President Obama’s policies. He doesn’t know. And he should remain silent on things he knows absolutely nothing about.

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Written by jb

September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

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  1. But isn’t sweeping generalization what America is all about? How else except by sweeping generalization can one claim to have a finger on the pulse of such a mongrel nation?

    An aside: I have a colleague who canvassed widely for Obama during the election–Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina. She told interesting stories of widespread racism among the people she met, even those who intended to vote for Obama. (I won’t use any of the actual language offered by Obama “supporters.”)

    Michael

    September 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm

  2. As you probably know I wrote about this this morning too…after listening to idiots speaking out that Carter’s statements were right on in today’s society. Give me a freakin’ break! Sure there are racists out there…always will be…but crap like Carter’s comments are just…well….racists! But you’re right jb…it’s to get people sidetracked to not talk about the dictatorship ways of a radical mostly white man who looks sort of black and wants to destroy a nation.

    Mark

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

  3. And just to be perfectly clear…he wants to destroy the nation along with all the other white, black, and poi porri of colors in Washington. It’s not about race…

    Mark

    September 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm

  4. Wow, Mark. How do you really feel about it?

    I agree with you that there are real live racists among us. I also agree with you that it really is racist for (people such as) Carter to pull out the race card at the drop of a hat the way they are doing in all of this.

    Ok, so let’s talk race… If white people feel like a black President has certain ideas which are really bad ideas, that will be harmful to the nation, they certainly can take a strong stance against that black man and his views, without being motivated at all by racism. To think otherwise would just be nuts.

    jb

    September 17, 2009 at 12:24 am


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