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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:12 AM
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The Republican Right's Project: Bring That "Boy" Down
James Ridgeway writes:


September 16, 2009


President Carter said yesterday what everyone knows. Any journalist who covered the Democratic presidential primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania could not possibly have missed the naked hatred of the man based on the fact he is black..Comments such as Oh Ill vote for the nigger, and he ought to hang from a tree. These same kind of comments were in the air in western Maryland during a recent town meeting on health care.Western Maryland has a history of being not just right wing territory,but klan territory.

Lets stop kidding ourselves. The unsilent generation knows racism when it sees it. America has not crossed any divide on this subject. The Republicans, especially the Republican South, reborn under Nixon,based on young white men, can be easily ignited on this subject. After all this is a region of the nation where black men are still addressed as boy.
The racist attacks on Obama wont end with health care.Theyll just roll on into other issues on his agenda.the Republican Right is determined to bring him down. And if racism does the job, so be it.

And after all, Jimmy Carter knows what hes talking about when he spoke.

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In an interview last evening with Brian Williams of NBC, former President Carter stated:


"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."




More from Ridgeway:



As I wrote in Mother Jones last week,

Joe Wilson isnt just some mean-spirited buffoon. As a South Carolina legislator, he was one of only 7 state senators who fought to keep the confederate battle flag flying over the state capital. South Carolina, of course, was the first state to leave the Union after Lincoln was elected. Flying the confederate battle flag was a big deal in the south, which was onceand in some cases is stillinhabited by the Ku Klux Klan and its successors

The decision to fly the Confederate battle flag was made by an all-white legislature in 1962 as the civil rights movement was picking up steam. The bill passed in 2000 didnt even remove the flag entirelyit called for a different version of flag to be flown in front of the state house instead of on top of it.

The continued presence of a Confederate flag at the state house has caused the controversy to continue. In July 2009, the Atlantic Coast Conferenceafter discussions with the NAACPdecided to move three future college baseball tournaments out of South Carolina.










From DU's own Tommy_Carcetti: An open letter to the woman with the "Lyin' African" sign:


Racist bigots such as this are not the future of America.





THIS IS THE FUTURE OF AMERICA:









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