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dancingme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:05 PM
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Jimmy Carter - animosity toward Obama based on his race
"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."

Carter continued, "And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief of 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."
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:07 PM
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1. But of course, a wise man like Carter knows this
no matter what the deniers say.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:07 PM
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2. I am glad this is finally being discussed in the media.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:28 PM
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21. I question if the story will grow legs. The media covered it, end of story.
A cynic, I am. :shrug:
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:33 PM
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25. KO kicked the story this evening.
So did Rachel.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:48 PM
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27. Did he kick it into the weekend?
Will the Talking heads be discussing this on the weekend? That would happen if the MSM gave it more than one, two, news cycles, but 'the man behind the curtain' will not allow it.

I would love to see it grow legs, but it ain't gonna happen, and I'm still the cynic.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:10 PM
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3. Absolutely. And of course they deny it. There's no subtlety here:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:13 PM
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4. "Deport" this asshole back
under his rock.
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:31 PM
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12. I saw this photo posted
somewhere else with the caption: Proof that you can pick your nose, ogle breasts and be a racist dumbshit all at the same time!
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:17 PM
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5. Silence, is approval.
Thank you, Mr Carter, for being a great role model for all.
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angee_is_mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:21 PM
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6. Finally an ex-Politician
telling it like I T is!!!!!

Jimmy Carter is straight up gangsta!!! He don't give a fuck, he is going to tell it!!!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:24 PM
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7. Everybody knows it. Many lie about it.
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:33 PM
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13. It makes my eyes glaze over....
I've seen lots of individual "denial" but this "collective" inability to be honest is astounding. :evilfrown:
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:51 PM
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28. Eric Holder was right.
Preach, brother Jimmy, preach.
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:24 PM
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8. Link
Do you have a link for this?
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:29 PM
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11. It is on the MSNBC front page now
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:25 PM
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9. Jimmy Carter is right on.
It is easy to see that there are whites who cannot tolerate a Black being in the White House, let alone have one speak down to them from the dais. For Wilson to say he was told to call and apologize...and, to apologize to Rahm, rather than Obama, was as close as he was going to come to apologize to a Black man. He showed it again when he was told to apologize from the well.

Boehner said it the best when he stated something to the effect that he didn't need to be lectured to by Obama. He's said that several times and I get the feeling that he not only won't be lectured to by a Black man, but a young Black man.

There are a bunch of egos that can't handle Obama. They hate that he is so polished and can draw huge crowds and fire them up like we've never seen before.

I'm just surprised Wilson didn't end his outburst with Boy!
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:37 PM
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14. I saw
some of DeMint's speech at the rally, and he mentioned the "we won't tolerate being lectured to" thing as well. Got lots of cheers. Of course he was pretending to be speaking as a "fellow patriot" not as an asshat senator responsible for the runaway spending the last 8 years.

They do seem to have found a code that all the "patriots" understand.
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:27 PM
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10. Jimmy Carter has made me love him even more. n/t
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Sheltiemama Donating Member (892 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:03 AM
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29. It was time someone of his stature said this.
I live in the South. He lived in the South before and after the civil-rights movement. He knows racism when he sees it, and I was thrilled to hear his statement tonight. If I ever meet him, I think I'd have to ask him if I can give him a hug.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:52 PM
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15. I think Janeane Garofolo was the first to call them out on their racism.
She did it on Keith Olbermann's show fairly soon after Obama took office.

And they hated her for calling them out on it. The truth hurts.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:00 PM
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16. (ahem)
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dancingme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:11 PM
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20. Yes, she did
She is the first person I heard say it on TV.
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Lilyeye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:46 AM
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30. Yup and she was bashed by some right here on DU for it.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:04 PM
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17. K&R
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:06 PM
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18. K&R. But don't get mad when Gibbs is asked if Obama agrees and he says he doesn't.
It's just politics.
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:38 PM
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23. he will have to say he doesn't agree
we are still at the point where black people cant talk about racism without being piled on by the mainstream culture.

see: Professor Gates.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:44 PM
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24. Exactly...
but I know some posters here think Gibbs SHOULD say he agrees or else he's weak.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:10 PM
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19. Now maybe the media will start actually telling the true story
show some of those signs
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Nancy_Thompson Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:35 PM
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22. They media won't tell the truth
They'll just show the phoney outrage of the racists.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:48 PM
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26. because the media are creatures
what happened to the swamp we are supposed to be draining?
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:34 AM
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31. Carter is EXACTLY on point
Sadly this the reality of it all. :-(
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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:06 AM
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32. As Maddow pointed out
virtually all Democratic Presidents in the last nearly 100 years have had to deal with it in some form. But there is something about the overt stupidity, threatened violence, and complete incivility of this round that speaks to something different.

I don't think it is just because President Obama is black. It is also that he ran precisely opposed to them, as a more or less unrepentant member of the left, unafraid of the word "liberal" (true or not), and won large. This is just an extra thumb in the eye for those folks.
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:07 AM
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33. If they can ruin Obama's presidency that will prove their point.
And it may be enough to convince the electorate not to "take another chance" on a minority candidate. (Or so the theory goes.)

It could be a very long 8 years of sedition and pure obstructionism on EVERYTHING.
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