September 20, 2009


Former President Jimmy Carter said he thinks the recent hostility to President Obama's agenda is based on racism. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."

While I am sure there are some in this country with that feeling, I personally don't know of any, and I live in the South and listen to lots of "Right Wing" talk radio. The only time race is brought up is in response to outlandish comments like this. I, along with many millions of others, am happy that a black man became president, it proves what a free and great country we live in. But the fact that Obama is the first black president, doesn't mean we all ignore his policies. Conservatives are very upset at the huge swing toward the European-style liberal state that Obama is trying to take us. Socialized medicine, cap-and-tax, government takeover of private businesses, bailouts, massive spending and give-aways, crazy anti-capitalism rhetoric from top White House advisers, illegal activity from top funded groups close to Obama, hostility toward Israel, appeasing Russia and Iran, etc. This is why hundreds of thousands of people showed up in Washington DC last weekend in protest, not because Obama has dark skin!

Maybe Carter is just incapable of saying anything negative about a black person, since he was actually a racist in his past. Maybe he is trying to make up for the guilt?

[Jimmy Carter] was a member of the Sumter County School Board, which did not implement the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision handed down by the Supreme Court. Instead, the board continued to segregate school children on the streets of Carter’s hometown. Carter’s board tried to stop the construction of a new “Elementary Negro School” in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be “too close” to a white school. As a result, “the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools.” The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter’s request because of “the staggering cost.” Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board “would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school.”
Wow! So why is he qualified to judge others about racism?
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