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Jimmy Carter is awesome

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/16/jimmy-carter-you-lie-racist

salient highlights: 

Carter said the "You lie" interjection by Joe Wilson showed there was "an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president".

The 84-year-old said the case was part of a disturbing trend directed at Obama that has included equating the president to Nazi leaders. "Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national programme on healthcare. It’s deeper than that."

In an interview with NBC News, Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition to Obama to his race. "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.

"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 share the south’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.

"And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the 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."

2 thoughts on “Jimmy Carter is awesome”

  1. I realize that in England, heckling is a time-honored tradition, but I am still distressed at the number of people who don’t seem to realize that when this has not happened for at least as long as such things would have been recorded, and then suddenly happens the first time our first black President gets up to speak, that there is an obvious correlation. Are there people who are too quick to jump up and claim racism? Absolutely. Is Jimmy Carter one of those people? No. The fact remains that Joe Wilson would not have shouted in that manner at President Obama if he did not believe that Obama was beneath him.

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    1. Jimmy Carter says, in the tape, that no Brit would ever think about heckling the Queen, despite those traditions of heckling.

      the shout of Joe Wilson was problematic for the reasons you mentioned. his storied past includes defending Strom Thurman, denying the authenticity/existence of Thurmans’ out-of-wedlock-biracial daughter (which he later apologized for), voting to deny health care benefits to veterans, etc. he’s an all-around… loser? jackass? what’s the word I’m looking for here?

      http://www.alternet.org/story/142563/14_things_you_need_to_know_about_obama_heckler,_rep._joe_wilson/

      I posted about the creation of a racism in politics bingo card (don’t read the comments? someone is plugging a novel in them and it’s not about the Bingo Card. yet.)

      http://community.livejournal.com/racism_101/55865.html

      there’s also a great post about Joe Wilson a few posts down in racism_101 that includes the above article…

      just: Jimmy Carter? awesome!

      It’s an abominable circumstance and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

      that’s really all I have to say about that….

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