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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:24 AM
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What was said about Carter's comments on the Sunday shows?
I was busy all day and didn't have time to commit to TV. Can anyone bring me up to date?
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:30 AM
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1. Bubba's comments are more interesting. There's a thread here somewhere...nt
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:37 AM
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2. Everyone lied and said that race was not a factor in opposition to Obama.
It's called being politically correct to protect your ass. Anyone with half a brain should know that most Southern Republicans hate Blacks, Hispanics and Asians. Carter can say things because he is not running for any political office. He also lied when he was running for president in order to get the White vote.
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:47 AM
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3. Not surprised.
We're getting to a point in our society where veiled racism is being allowed in the public discussion. And any attempt to categorize it as what it is, is covered-up. We should have seen it coming with the way the Right talked about Hispanics and it was allowed. It was only a matter of time before they turned their vitriol on the first Black President.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:19 AM
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4. They crossed the line right after Palin showed up
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 10:21 AM by lunatica
And it's taken this long, a full year later for our side to react because we simply couldn't believe it would keep growing. In my lifetime we managed to make the bigots go underground for the most part. We made them keep it in the closet and under their rock, but along came Sarah Palin and like Pandora she opened that box again.

It's one thing to have the idiocracy class or their msm mouthpieces blathering their ignorant racism, but when it gets taken up as the clarion call of the elected Republicans who are supposed to know better then we have a true problem. Then we know it's pervasive because we believe that education dispels racism yet we see educated Congresspeople spewing the hate. Which means that racism is also a political expediency. If it get you votes you go racist. If it get you votes you go anti-racism. Racism can be turned on and off depending on whether it gets you the votes.
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AuntieK Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:39 PM
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5. Carter's Comments
I completely missed all Sunday news and am playing catch-up, too. I do want to say that there is an aspect to former President Carter's statement that I haven't seen discussed or even acknowledged but which helps explain why he said it and what it has already begun to accomplish. As a 64-yr-old white female who grew up in Georgia and returned home after 36 years in New Mexico, I can assure you that his statement is causing many southern conservatives who oppose Obama's programs to take a second look at their motives, and to be more aware of the line that must be drawn between opposing programs and policies, and denigrating the man. Some who are horrified at being referred to as racist realize they have allowed a racist element to lead the opposition's actions and that failing to speak out against those objectionable actions is, in effect, condoning racism. Only Carter, respected by Southerners on both sides of the aisle as a good man, an honorable man, and a true "southern gentleman", could make his statement with any expectation that it would make a difference; that it would encourage those who were closing their eyes and minds to the racial element responsible for the activities Carter called "intense demonstrated animosity" to be more responsible when making decisions about supporting opposition activities, not only by attending events, but by contributions and in their daily conversations and discussions at home, at the office, at their clubs, and online. Anyone else could have made the same statement only to have it summarily dismissed, but Mr. Carter knows his Southerners, he knew exactly who needed to be reminded that racism lives just below the surface in many people and that responsible people who oppose racism must be always be careful to acknowledge it and avoid association with it.

Former President Carter has done this president, this administration, and this country a service by throwing light on the elephant in the kitchen to prompt those who had been ignoring it to analyze their own motives and ensure they won't continue to be used to further the racists' agenda of violence and hatred. This will be reflected in coming days as decent people opposing programs and policies without racial motivation are more careful to separate themselves from the gun-toting, nazi-symbol-making, death-threatening, extreme right-wing racists who have appeared, so far, to be leading a much larger group of supporters than is actually true. One indication that the message was received by those who needed to hear it is the lack of protests, denials, and indignation over his statement from the white, middle class, conservative, primarily Republican, southerner. Oh yes, the extremists, the party spokespeople, the political pundits, the media, even the liberals, have all scrambled to give their opinion on his statement but there has been a great silence from the mainstream conservatives, the "normals" which indicates to me that the message was received and noted.

Most people reading this will be skeptical that Carter made this convoluted analysis before making his statement but this is the truth: because he was raised in the deep south, because he lived with and dealt with both blatant and repressed racism every day of his life knowing it was wrong, because he had to find ways to address and fight racism without alienating his family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, that analysis was innate and automatic and he was right to speak out.
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