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-Is It Really All About Race?

by Dr. D ~ September 17th, 2009

(Picture by Getty Images via Daylife)

Is the opposition to President Obama really all about race? In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Former President Jimmy Carter said he thinks so:

"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."

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."

The day after an opposition crowd between 250,000 and 1,000,000 showed up in Washington DC to register their opposition to what the President and the Congress are doing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said:

“I don’t think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin.”

Response: I think that Pres. Carter has done a terrible disservice to the country in his claim that the opposition to Pres. Obama’s programs are substantially racist. Even the President is said to disagree with him over this. While there are still undoubtedly racists in this country, to claim that any disagreement with a black President is racist is on its very face racist itself.

The opposition to Pres. Bush was just as loud and uncivil at times. A whole bunch of Democrats in Congress booed and carried on during the last speech that Bush gave before a joint session. Only one person interrupted President Obama yet somehow that is worse, more uncivil, and even racist? I don’t think so.

There are plenty of good reasons to oppose President Obama’s leftist programs and none of them involve race. Anyone out there agree with Pres. Carter on this one?

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  3. Bill

    “From a Christian Perspective”

    It says that right on your header.

    What’s “Christian” about lying?

    In your commentary, you say…

    I think that Pres. Carter has done a terrible disservice to the country in his claim that the opposition to Pres. Obama’s programs are substantially racist. Even the President is said to disagree with him over this. While there are still undoubtedly racists in this country, to claim that any disagreement with a black President is racist is on its very face racist itself.

    Please point to a quote in which President Carter — or ANYONE ELSE — said that “any disagreement with a black President is racist….”

    If you cannot find a quote in which Carter says that, then you should devote as much space on your website to apologize as you did to lie about what Carter said.

  4. Dr. D

    Sorry Bill, I stand by it, no apologies. Pres. Carter did say that he thought that the opposition was substantially racist–race being a contributing factor.

    If he had merely pointed at some of the signs at the rallys and observed that some of the opposition may be racially motivated it would be a point well taken

    However he doesn’t differentiate at all so the effect is to call into question all of the opposition–by his general statement he leaves it open that any and all disagreements with the president could be at least partially motivated by race. Therefore all who disagree with the President are suspect.

    It is Pres. Carter that needs to be apologizing to millions of Americans who should be able to disagree with the president on some issues without being questioned whether they are racist or not.

    Call me a liar if you want but that is my perspective and I believe my deduction is sound.

    Pres. Carter is one of the smartest individuals ever to hold the office of President unfortunately also one of the most inept. He obviously knows exactly what he is saying and how it will be taken–that’s what makes his statement so diabolical.

    Perhaps Bill you are only hearing what you want to hear and not taking into account the full implications of his statement.

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