Jimmy Carter Dares to Say “It”

By Yul

Humans are hung up on black. Black cats and dogs in shelters are often last to find homes. And now, in his dotage with nothing to lose, former president Jimmy Carter is stepping forward with the guts to condemn the not-so-subtle racism toward President Obama.

We’ve seen it twice lately. When Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) yelled “You lie!” during Obama’s healthcare speech. And when many school districts last week refused to let kids watch Obama’s back-to-school speech, because having him tell kids to work hard and not drop out would be brainwashing.

In neither case was Obama saying anything inflammatory, so the only rational explanation for the disrespect is bigotry. They think Obama is inferior and not worth listening to.

Unfortunately, Obama can’t agree with Carter. To admit, “Yeah, they’re probably picking on me ‘cause I’m black!” would just signal to the bigots they have succeeded in “putting him in his place.”

Wilson is the new racist poster child, raising more than $1 million since he mouthed off. He’s so proud, he’s refused to publicly apologize for acting like town hall trash in front of his fellow Congressmen and the nation.

Republicans have clearly shown during the healthcare debate that they just want to destroy anything Obama touches, no matter what the consequences for Americans. And as long as Obama keeps turning the other cheek, pretending he’s not dealing with irrational hatred, he only emboldens them to diss him at every opportunity.

Jimmy Carter is right. But if winning the majority of the vote to become president didn’t earn him at least a little respect from the bigots, I don’t know what else Obama can do. We’re showing the world that the U.S. wasn’t ready for a black cat in the White House after all.

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6 Responses to Jimmy Carter Dares to Say “It”

  1. catsworking says:

    Bosco, thanks for the link. Good article. And we’ve read the two that Maureen Dowd has written about the Joe Wilson incident.

    In Wilson’s defense after Jimmy Carter essentially called him a racist, Joe’s son claimed his dad doesn’t have “a racist bone in his body.” No, but he championed leaving the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina statehouse and said nasty things about Strom Thurmond’s black illegitimate daughter before she proved it.

    What I’ve usually found is that people who SAY they have nothing against black cats are the ones you can’t turn your back on. If acting like a bigot isn’t something you ever think of, then it never occurs to you to do things that make people think you are one. Did anybody ever call Ted Kennedy a racist?

    Wilson’s belief that black people aren’t his equal, and that they deserve to be taunted and demeaned (see Confederate Flag above) is part of his public record. And now he’s glorying in the adulation of ignorant people who have been stoked by LimpPaw and Beck to hate Obama. It just shows what a sorry excuse for a congressman he is.

    Makes you pity South Carolinians. Between Joe “Mr. Mighty Whitey” Wilson and that blubbering philanderer Sanford they still have as a governor, I hope they do better picking ’em in their next election.

  2. Adele says:

    Yul, what a change since Grant Park on Election Day, huh? For about 48 hours, even though I knew that Obama would never be progressive enough for me, I was proud to be an American. There are so many serious issues, the economy, health care, an unwinnable war in Afghanistan, confronting this administration. I just hope more than we suspect is getting done behind the scenes. Obama can’t constantly go over the same ground about racism; he’s got so much on his plate, but I’m beginning to fear for his safety.

  3. catsworking says:

    Adele, Karen’s sister has been saying the same thing. Obama might as well have a big target painted on him.

    His decision to scrap Bush’s missile defense system in favor of a more mobile one came as a surprise, but it certainly helped to thaw out Russia.

    But no sooner were the words out of Obama’s mouth than John McCain was on the Senate floor sounding like Dick Cheney, predicting Obama had made Americans less safe. Repubs can’t let up on that fear-mongering for one freaking minute. It’s only a matter of time before Sarah Palin weighs in with some utterly stupid tweet, probably claiming she can see from her house a Russian missile pointed right at Alaska.

  4. Pegu's underling says:

    America need a viable third political party to help foster meaningful debate and rekindle what little vestige of democracy is left in the country. It’s embarrassing how juvenile US politics is, but I think it’s a reflection of the country’s social mores as well. Grow up already, please. The rest of the world is waiting on you.

  5. catsworking says:

    Pegu, you’re on to something. It’s really embarrassing to have all these crazies turning up at town hall meetings with their ignorant signs, and in Congress screaming like morons, and have it broadcast all over the world. We thought we were a laughing stock for letting George Bush become president — twice — but it hasn’t ended with him being out of office. If anything, they’re acting worse.

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