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Pres. Jimmy Carter

Pres. Jimmy Carter

From NBC’s Mark Murray
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition that President Obama is receiving to the issue of 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,” Carter said. “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.”

Seen at the DC 9/12 Rally

Seen at the DC 9/12 Rally

Carter continued, “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.”

Jimmy, you’re stating the very obvious…

Elephant in the room: Race also present in rebuke of Wilson

“It feels very O.J-ish,” said Kathryn Russell-Brown, the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, referring to the racial divide in public opinion over the guilt or innocence of former football star O.J. Simpson for the 1994 murder of his white wife. Surveys found that white majorities thought Simpson guilty was and blacks didn’t. Simpson was acquitted in 1995. “It’s deja vu all over again. People have staked out their ground: ‘It’s about race; no it’s not about race.'”

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., also black, said that the racial undercurrent against Obama has been the least discussed aspect of his presidency.

Scott said he experienced some of the racial vitriol aimed at Obama when someone painted a swastika on his Smyrna, Ga., office following a contentious town hall meeting on health care last month.

One letter sent to his office addressed him as “Nigga David Scott.”

“The folks are not going to stand for socialized medicine even though negro’s (sic) refuse to stand on their own two feet,” another letter read.

Con’t at: McClatchy


Filed under Change, Democrats, Republicans


  1. audiegrl

    President Carter is speaking truth to power. This needs to be discussed. Right now the MSM is just pretending that it cannot happen.

    President Carter brings the weight of both the Presidency and the Nobel Peace Prize behind his words. I really hope that people will listen, before things go to far.

    BTW, I placed my first presidential vote for Jimmy Carter in 1980. He did not win again, but I have always respected his opinions.

    President Carter has always spoken out against racial policies.

    From PBS:

    Growing Up in a Segregated World

    In addition to a strong work ethic and iron will, Jimmy inherited the legacy of racial segregation from Earl Carter, who believed wholeheartedly in the system. Carter’s mother balanced this by offering a very different example to her children. A working nurse and outspoken iconoclast, Lillian Carter nursed her black neighbors even when they had no money, cheered for African American athletes — boxer Joe Louis and baseball great Jackie Robinson — and generally refused to abide by the social code of segregation. “That gave Carter this unique perspective,” notes Brinkley. “He had the kind of new liberal South, that his mother represented. And the old South [of his father].” As a politician in the 1960s and 70s, Carter would be well served by his ability to understand both sides of the racial divide.

    A South Georgia Turtle

    In his January 1971 inaugural address, however, Governor Carter earned the ire of segregationist and the attention of the country when he declared that “the time for racial discrimination is over.” That spring he graced the cover of Time magazine, representing the political class of a “new South” putting racial turmoil behind it and joining the rest of the nation on an equal footing. Governor Carter made good on his inaugural promise by appointing more blacks and women to state office than any of his predecessors, and by hanging a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Georgia State House.

    Plus in October 2002 President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to peace, democracy and human rights throughout the world.

    So what he says about this matters…. 🙂

  2. audiegrl


    How long do you think it will take for Republican’s to demand that Pres. Obama denounce President Carter’s statement?

    • At this point I say F*** the Republicans if their leadership can’t speak out against this racist trend in their midst.

      They deserve many years in the wilderness.

  3. Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter never has know anything about what he speaks. This no exception to that rule.

  4. buellboy

    President Carter at 85 years young had the cajones to give all this a name and I for one applaud him! He’s got nothing to gain from telling the truth other than to piss off the right wingers and be a voice of reason rising above the fray.

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