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September 16th, 2009
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We Listen – Your comments 9/16/2009

Editor's Note: Former President Jimmy Carter’s remarks on racism towards President Obama dominated Wednesday’s American Morning viewer response. The majority were in agreement with Mr. Carter, stating “you have to be blind not to see it.” Those opposed to Mr. Carter's assessment noted that every time something “is not going how the Democrats would like…they [make] racism a big issue.”

Agree

  • Lee: To argue that disrespectful behavior shown to the president, like that of Joe Wilson or the "tea baggers" comparing Obama to Hitler and Stalin, isn't racist is to be an ostrich with its head in the sand! Racism is deeply entrenched in our society and people's willingness to undermine Obama's administration at every turn is symptomatic of this racism.
  • Gabe: Jimmy Carter is certainly right about racism figuring in the Washington demonstration. You have to be blind not to see it. (Look at those awful signs deriding Obama.) Certain white people have suddenly discovered that there's a black man in the White House and it scares them. Wilson, too, was being racist, if only unconsciously, in his outburst in Congress. Alas, all is not well with the nation.
  • Sandy: Today race still plays a subtle and underlying influence in the lives of most black people. It is my belief that people who would never consider themselves racist are doing so unconsciously because its interwoven into our present society in such a quiet and sometimes no so quiet way. I have observed this trait in many of my white friends who would never consider themselves racist. I've had them apologize to me after they spoke to me in a demeaning way.

Disagree

  • Rosemary: In response to former Pres. Carter's remarks about the discord toward Pres. Obama being about race, this is not true. Pres. Carter is from another generation where racism was a much larger problem. This is not true today. Racism does still exist in small pockets, but the larger problem with Pres. Obama is not the color of skin; it is his infringement on the Constitution of the United States. [...]
  • Anthony: Jimmy Carter says that race is the issue. Good grief. I am sick of this liberal crap. The Democrats put an African American up as their candidate so they could use the race card anytime someone disagrees or opposes their agenda. Are you all blind to this? Try doing some journalistic work for a change. Jimmy Carter is the worse president ever to occupy the White House and you feature his words. Democrats have made one mistake. The American people are wise to this tactic and unfortunately for a future American of African descent who deserves to be president, he or she won't make it to the white house for fear of having this race crap used against them again.
  • Ginspelts: Here we go again. The healthcare reform is not going how the democrats would like so they are now making racism a big issue. They do this every time something is not going their way.

What do you think about Carter’s remarks? Is he stating a truth that Americans are afraid to acknowledge, or is this a way for the Democrats to change the subject, as some viewers feel?


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  1. Settor64

    Nothing will be done about this. ,

    October 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm |
  2. FLAPINE

    Early on in the presidential campaign I saw Sarah Palin start an ugly selfish movement with her words of hate. It is unfortunate that such an ignorant, lazy woman could have turned American down a road of disgrace. Now Rush Limbaugh, FOX news and ALL Republican representatives have picked up on her banner and have decided to way away. They all claim to love their country but look at what they have done. They have fed fears and distorted facts and are simply NOT capable of working for the good of America. Americans deserve health care, ALL Americans, not just the lucky. Why the modern day GOP can not sit down and contribute to improving the livelihood of those they represent goes beyond reason. Their agenda is solely to keep us all stupid, sick and broke so they can ride around the world, at our tax expense, with no morals and screwing anything along the way. Why would they want change when they have had an history of freely doing whatever they want to whomever they see fit?
    American voted. We wanted change. And now that change is in the air we must not back down. The GOP has told us change means death to our parents and grandparents, a new tax burden, and that government run health care is something to run from. There are times in history where government has achieved good things and has demonstrated that intervention in difficult times is a GOOD THING. Trying new ideas and changing old habits can be a good thing and I am amazed that America has lost that sense of moving towards the future. The GOP does not even try to contribute to health reform instead they tell lies and spread fear. They don't even try!! And the biggest GOP offenders are from the poorest states in the US...states that could greatly benefit from health care reform. Image if our founding fathers (and mothers) feared change. We would still be under English rule. I think Americans should stand up and be counted and work towards a future where we take care of our own, build our own products, and protect our own shores.
    Lastly we should never forget manners. We are not cavemen any longer.

    September 21, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  3. JEZEBEL58

    Way to go Dave,Kate and Nellie-I agree with you and I believe Beck and Rush needs to have jobs and the only way that is going to continue is if they have a following of hate mongers,namely the ones who call in to their shows and vent like the "gentleman"who on this site referred to Canada as the banana republic.Would it be better if the blacks all stayed slaves that way you had control and I am sure you are one of those non racist who can't wait for summer to get a tan.Mr Carter called it as he saw it and these racists should stand up and admit that this is all about the black man in the white house,instead of hiding behind the health care that they don't want and Why would Ann think the younger generation are going to think differently when their parents and grandparents are fanning the flames right now.The gentleman who said he adopted a half black little boy twelve years ago and his daughters were in tears after leaving their grandmother's home because of the "Negro" song Rush was playing about Mr.Obama.A lot of people are inflaming this and when the spit hits the fan,they are going to blame the president.Yes Bush had his share of turmoil but it did not come close to anything that I have been seeing on the networks.Some of these people needs to go to work and work twice as hard because from what I have seen over the years in jobs that I have had,its the white co-workers who don't want us to have any top level positions.I guess if we were still answering to "yes massa",the whole white world would be much happier but this is the 21st century and if these "non racist' people won't accept what they created when they brought us in bondage to the United States then they should leave it alone because God is watching and the day will come when these said people won't be able to utter a word and they are going to wonder why is God being so cruel,well they are going to have a lot of time to think about all the evil and nasty things that they have said and done because they won't be able to talk ,we are only on this earth for a short time and should be living instead of hating what we cannot control,Your troops are abroad fighting for your country and you are fighting your own people,it just goes to show what you are made of,no gratitude.A thought,maybe with all this anger and rage and racism that most of you have mustered for non whites,you should sign up to go abroad and take out the enemies,just think how good a feeling.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  4. Ann

    Racism in America is largely generational now. If you are young and just starting out, you are more likely to not consider race in your decisions. If you are older than forty, and grew up in a racist environment, that influence can still impact your decisions. Unfortunately, as human beings, try as we might to overcome those influences, whether we are black or white, they are still there.

    Time will change the way America sees race as the younger generations get older, and the older generations leave us. In the meantime, we all must do our very best to overcome impulsive responses, and look for a friend instead of an enemy.

    A neighbor out of work, with a family to provide for cannot afford health insurance. It doesn't matter what color his skin is, he just can't afford it.

    As a nation, who bailed out greedy industry after greedy industry, we are now obligated to help our neighbors who are victims of that greed. Clearly those very industries are doing nothing to aid them.

    September 17, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  5. Shame on Carter & CNN

    Like Mr. Carter, I was raised in the deep south. My father would have washed my mouth out with soap if I made a derogatory remark about African-Americans! Most everyone I grew up with was taught to respect everyone. Where is Carter's outcry for a past President who is still being mercilessly degraded? This is such hypocracy!

    Mr. Carter's comments are caustic and will inflame and cause further division. This is not presidential leadership, but someone who wishes to further an agenda.

    I didn't vote for Pres. Obama, but NOT because of skin color. His ideologies are too liberal, he is not helping to save the unborn but furthering their destruction, and his policies are socialistic.
    AND...
    Abortion IS provided for in the health bill under the "CAPP Amendment." One to $12 will go to a fund to provide for it since insurance co.s will have to provide a plan "with & without" it. CNN is NOT talking about it. Why? ACORN is another flagrant abuse of the law; the sluggish attention it gets by liberal media is shameful.

    What has happened to journalism, the search for Truth and facts? CNN, ABC, NBC are picking and chosing what to report; viewers are not gettng the whole story. You don't need an ivy league degree to see that. News media have an obligation to seek/report all the facts, not pick & chose them. They are suppose to be non-partisan. (ha).

    September 17, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  6. Dorothy Inman-Johnson

    Unless you are blind, and can't see the signs at these Tea Party rallies, you are in deep denial if you think there is no racist motive behind the very personal and hateful attacks being made against President Obama by these folks.

    And in response to the comment that former President Carter only sees racism in the behavior of these people because he is from another time, take a look at the pictures and footage from these rallies. Most of the people carrying these signs are old and white, and look a lot more like the former President than the 20 and 30 something Americans who naively would not know racism if it ran over them.

    Further, the former President is from the South, infamous for some of the most rabid racism and racial hate crimes in our history. I think I can rely more on his understanding of the mindset of the people who are spewing this hate speech against President Obama the man, not his policies, more than that of some 20 or 30 something who never experienced racism themselves, and wouldn't know it if they saw it.

    These folks probably also don't consider the minister in Arizona a racist, who has been openly praying from his pulpit for President Obama's death. The President has been in office only 8 months. What could he have possibly done in that time to make this white minister hate him so much that he asks his congregation to pray with him that the President is killed?! What we are seeing is the most blatant display of racism I have seen in our recent history, and it embarrasses, shocks, and saddens me.

    By the way, shouldn't a white pastor leading his congregation in prayer for the death of our first Black President , every Sunday, be as newsworthy as the media's fit over Rev. Wright during the Presidential campaign? Wouldn't fairness require a demand for as much of a response from leaders on the rabid right as the media demanded of Obama for any shocking statement or act attributed to the left? The media barely covered that Arizona minister's continuing hate speech against the President, which led to one of his members going to an Obama rally with an automatic weapon. What does this say about the impartiality of CNN and other news media?

    Thank God for leaders like President Carter, with the courage to call this what it is, and give voice to the feelings of many other Americans who would rather tell the truth than put on blinders.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  7. Deborah Bridges

    It's not a matter of whether Joe Wilson, or any of us, has bias, it's what are you doing with it. Are you searching your assessments to determine if they contain bias, and if so, confess and re-assess, or are you unleashing it as levels of prejudice that reveal racist or symbolic racist attitudes? Rep. Wilson's outburst, most particularly in the context / venue of its commission, certainly belies his offered explanation of emotional response, revealing all too clearly his disrespect and contempt for not only Barack Obama but his elected ascent to President of our country, and the very Office itself now that it is occupied by a person of color. To say that when we see racism, or symbolic racism –negative behaviors toward other groups of people arising from fear / resentment of interference with aspects of the culture that are familiar and comfortable to that person– that we should hesitate for even a moment to call the perpetrator out, which is all Carter and others are doing here, will only keep us taking two steps back for every step forward. This is what it is. There's no point denying it. Now, what are we going to do about it?

    September 17, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  8. Lynn

    The fact that President Obama is a mixed race man has nothing to do with why most people oppose some of his policies including another large scale government-run health program or his ability to be president. We voted him into office! He is being opposed by the content of his policies, not the color of his skin. I think Jimmy Carter is out of touch with the majority of American's who voted for a mixed race candidate to become President.

    There are people in the world who have bias against people based on their race, sex, religion, where they live, what school they go to, how much they weigh, the color of their hair, what gang they belong to and so on and so on. The face that the media and Mr. Carter chose to focus on a few extremist in the crowd and claim this position is held by the "overwhelming portion" is absurd and insulting to everyone, including President Obama.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  9. JoesLovelyMother

    Would anyone have been surprised to see white after labor day??
    white sheets that is at the tea party?

    It looked like a gathering for those of anything anti Obama

    It looked like a group of dumbbed down Americans with signs that deal directly with the fruit of the Bush Admin policies.

    They need group therapy to see that anyone would have to be fireman coming in after Bush.

    Yes there is racism here......yes the plantation owners are pissed because blacks are not qualified to be at the helm of the US

    and it was covered by the networks/media sources, what in the world is wrong with you folks saying it wasn't. Several sources were available for those who wanted to know about it....

    September 17, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  10. Kate

    I'm middle-aged, white,and female, and have lived in Georgia almost my entire life. I agree completely with President Carter's remarks. While most people will deny that they are racist, many of these same people unconsciously behave differently or have a different attitude toward African-Americans. Though it's usually covered by a veneer of civility, it's there beneath the surface - that patronizing attitude that blacks are not quite as good as whites and not entitled to the same success and respect. Some whites resent that a black man has achieved the highest status and greatest office in the land and need to "put him in his place." I think this attitude is responsible for most of the anger and fear from the left toward President Obama's policies. When these people at the town hall meetings cried, "I just want my country back," what they really meant is that they want their comfortable, familiar, *white* government and white President back. Look at the disturbing signs they carry and their stubborn refusal to accept that President Obama is a native-born American and a Christian - it's all a cover-up. They can't get away with calling the President the "n-word," so they'll substitute "Muslim" or "Kenyan" or even "Hitler" instead. It's sad, ignorant, and disgusting.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  11. DB

    Some folks seem to always want everything concerning Obama to be about race. However, I don’t believe the Wilson issue had anything to do with race; his comment was definitely not acceptable whether true or false. So why does media jump all over this and on the other hand let Obama’s comment to law enforcement about the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. go unanswered when this comment was clearly about race. This was a public comment and should have been answered with a public apology to law enforcement and America; so let’s have a beer. Unanswered off the cuff comments as this only fuel the race issue in America where it acceptable for one but not the other. Carter is correct in noting the continued undercurrent of race in America; so what is he doing to change it and not exacerbate the issue with his mindless comments. Obama should understand that every word out of his mouth is open to scrutiny especially when he is in front of any media; can we all agree that KanYe was a jackass!

    September 17, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  12. Ron Sr

    I am in agreement with former President Carter,in that some of the far right conservatives are still wearing their white sheets!! I served in the Navy from 77 to 81, and had to deal with prejudism from some of my superiors because I am interracially married.Now my grown children are having to deal with rednecks while they try to make an honest living.Both my eldest an youngest son's work together, and were down in missouri at a gas station an had racist comments made to them.President Carter is RIGHT!!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  13. nellie

    This very topic is one of the main reasons why I almost cried when
    Obama announced he was running for President. Look at the time frame he has had to work with. No one could have done any better. Look at the facts, You all state these protestors are stating their opinnions about healthcare and the gov. most of them did not and do not know medicaid and social security are socialist programs. At first, I thought these people were just dumb and ignorant. I trired many reasons why some were talking idiotic, but after the school fiasco, anyone with an ounce of smartness could read between the lines. In my part of the country, 67% of the folks were McCain supporters. I am not calling all of these people racist, but that's the way it is. Look at the media , Dobbs, Hannity and Beck and a great deal of the bloggers, if this is not hate speech, then what is it? I am getting sick and tired of people stating someone is using the "race card" everytime someone doesn't agree with Obama. This is stupid, the race card is used everyday. Where were the marches, outcries, signs when George Bush single handly destroyed the U.S. not for 4 years, but 8. These people even wanted Sarah Palin for President and she could not even remember a magazine or book she had read. Come on now, it has to be racism, these folks can not, absolutely can not be this ignorant, it's not possible. Disagree , get mad at Obama, this is your right, but stating all these lies about the man is out of this world. Anti-christ, indoctrinating kids through the tv, not born in this country, ape, monkey, the other word, just look at members of congress, I hold them more responsible than Hannity, Dobbs and Beck.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  14. CAROL

    Marian Wright Edelman once wrote for Mother Jones magazine, "America's Dirty Little Secret, It Hates Children." I would broaden her remark and say that "America Hates" period

    This can proven 1/ by the popularity of the radio hate-mongers who are constantly lowering the bar in civility and 2/ by the blogs/comments on articles on the internet.

    The net is allowing people to reveal their hatefulness, which heretofore they suppressed, for, in order to reveal it, they would have to verbally articulate it. These hateful people could not do this for two reasons: they are cowards and they knew that their hateful core would be revealed and there might be repercussions. In other words, they had enough sense to keep their hatefulness to themselves.

    With the net, these hateful people can invent an avatar and write anonymously, spewing their vitriol and vile, which encourages others (using avatars) to do the same.

    Thus, hate has become viral in both senses of the word.

    Of course, hate always seeks a target and the historical targets in American are people of color and women.

    So I would say that Carter is wrong. The reactions to Obama are not due to racism....but due to an intrinsic hate....which has found its target: race.

    This is a chicken or egg issue though and the opposite could be argued as President Carter has.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  15. Jape Shattuck

    There will always be some Americans who believe that the president is critically flawed: he's too liberal, too Catholic, too old, too young, too southern, too conservative, or not white enough. If this fact is cited to invalidate any criticism of the president then we will lose the useful criticism along with the baseless criticism. But Jimmy Carter's theory is more dangerous than that. If his view wins general acceptance then it won't just invalidate the criticism, it will run the risk of preventing it. That condition is itself one of the critical flaws of dictatorships. (On a related subject, did Jimmy Carter also try to invalidate criticism of Condoleeza Rice's performance by citing racism and sexism, or did she just get what she deserved as a high profile public servant who couldn't please all of the people all of the time?)

    September 17, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  16. Alecia

    The Republicans should do the right thing and denounce their supporters who spew hate. If you want me to believe that you are not all haters, it is not enough to just say that Liberals are changing the subject, you should denouce the racist hate that dominates the Right Wing rallys for health care and the media, Stand up and denouce or we do not believe you! After all Thats What You Asked Obama To Do!

    September 17, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  17. Alex Phillips

    This is a comment by exactly the type of jackass President Carter is talking about....Case can be rested and closed now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On the flip side if this is how blacks think, then YOWZA! It’s no wonder we have never let one run the country. They’re awful.

    Dave
    Pgh.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  18. Peggy

    President Carter is correct in stating that Joe Wilson's comment was racially motivated. He pulled that stunt deliberately to impress his constiuency, who happen to agree with him. These views and these politicians who only represent some of the upper-middle class whites AND the lowclass rednecks are a throwback to George Wallace. When the civil rights bill was signed-1965- the Republican Party took over much of the South, using "states' rights" as their platform. "States' rights" is a thinly veiled excuse to return the South to segregation. Remember "separate but equal"???

    People who do not live in the South do not understand how much some white people hate and fear black people. I just happen not to be one of those. These people have allowed their politicians and the rabble rousing radio talkheads to implant this hate and fear into their heads.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  19. James

    Breaking age old propriety in our nation's capital was disrespectful to tradition and the office of the President. Affixing racial motivations to this and nearly any other statement or action critical of President Obama is destructive and, frankly, tiresome. Joe Wilson did something wrong, acknowledged his mistake, and has received forgiveness. The only reason to say anything about race is to divert attention from the real issue, the reason for the emotional outburst – the plan for "healthcare reform" isn't good.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  20. J. Cimaszewski

    Let me start by saying 2 things: 1) I have a great deal of respect for former Pres, Carter 2) Racism is alive and well in this country. However, it seems to me that the more coverage that is given to the racist minority (and I believe it is a minority) just deflects from the issues. The racist minority are simply a part of a group who disagree with Pres. Obama and the Health Care debate. If Pres. Obama were a white man they would find some other reason to attack him on a personal level. Whether Obama is doing a good job or a bad job he will be a target, and targeted on the most personal level that anyone who is unable to discourse in on an intelligent level can find. The race issue is just the opposition’s way of “hurting” the “left” as deeply as the ignorant can. Pres. Obama is our president, not everyone will agree, and those who can oppose with grace and intelligence are the only ones who should get air time, and your attention.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  21. Paulette

    President carter was able to put into words what many Americans are thinking. What a shame that we Americans cannot just support our president after an election instead of always trying to tear them down.It seems campaigning begins the day a new president takes office. I just wish we truly had a government for "we the people" and not "we the politicians".

    September 17, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  22. Becky

    His comments about race is simply untrue. I was born, reared and continue to live in SC. One of my very best friends is a lovely colored lady. Infact, we tell everyone that we are twins. Her daughter is like a daughter to me. If race is an issue, it is Ex-Pres. Carter's own personal issue. He shouldn't presume to condemn others for "racial" comments. EVERYONE should remember, that Pres. Obama IS half caucasian. How can you play the "race" card on someone who is your own race?????? Get over it people and look at the real issues. Don't twist the arguement because you really don't have good answers to the questions that Americans are asking.

    September 17, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  23. Sandra

    President Carter is absolutely correct. He is a son of the south as I am a daughter, and we recognize racism in all of its forms. Some are obvious and many more are disguised and quite subtle . President Carter at 85, is like a 5 year old in one respect. They both tell the truth and call it like they see it. Very young people do not understand about consequences and repercussions and older people are at a point where they don,t care.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  24. keisha

    I agree with President Carter 100%. The majority of the opposition are not talking against his politics. People are calling him Hitler and signs sending him back to Kenya. Republican politicians are sending e-mails of him looking like a black monkey in a "portrait" of the presidents of the USA. Recently a republican representative on Anderson Cooper 360,was called out when he pretended he was against the president for policy reasons. Anderson asked him then why is it that you call him an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug. If these remarks are not fueled by racism, the this country is worse off than I thought.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  25. Michael James

    The problem with this is we are getting to a place where we can not disagree with any black offical with out some one pulling the race card. I am not an Obama supporter but he is the presedent and I listen to what he has to say. Some I agree with some I don't . I have not agreed with every presedent but if I or anyone wants to disagree with the hot topics we have going on these days let them. Whats the harm? A debate. Attention to the topic. Come on this is America or at least I thought it was. Loose the race card BS and keep the attention on the real issues here.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  26. Lisa

    I realize our Congress is not accustomed to outbursts such as those heard in Parliament in the UK. Additionally, I am opposed to any racial remarks being used to bolster opinions.That said, I think trying to identify every disagreement with the President as racially motivated (which is increasing lately) is reminiscent of the 1950's and the stifling of any contrary opinion by calling it Communism. This led to ostracizing, blacklisting, etc. Just because censure is now being attempted using an appropriate reason is not acceptable. To say someone is lying is not a racial slur. Furthermore, even though the outburst may be rude or unacceptable in our Congress, we are supposed to be protected in this country to be able to say anything we like, provided it is not inciting riots or the overthrow of the government by force. And of course, by attacking takes us away from the real issue of whether the statement classified as a lie was true or not. I fear where we are going if every time someone disagrees with this Administration's policy, one is labeled a racist.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  27. James

    Acting like a jackass doesn't make you a racist. Now, I'm doing what you all should try: going to work.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  28. Isabelle

    I agree with Jimmy Carter that race plays a factor in the way that Barack Obama is treated; however, calling Joe Wilson a racist is a over-simplification and dodges the real problem in our country.

    Joe Wilson is not a racist in the sense that he conscientiously believes minorities should be treated differently. His actions are rather indicative of a pervasive problem in our society of stereotyping minorities that leads to black people all around the country being treated differently (either subtly or not-so-subtly) than white people in the same position.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  29. Dave

    Carter needs to understand Obama is horrible because he's horrible...not because he's a certain race, height, weight, or whatever else.
    Playing the "race card" is so yesterday. Stop doing that and look at his policies.

    On the flip side if this is how blacks think, then YOWZA! It's no wonder we have never let one run the country. They're awful.

    Dave
    Pgh.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  30. linda of Texas

    President Carter is a brave and honest man to call this as it is.

    All the haters hide behind other reasons for their ignorance

    September 17, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  31. Delois Young

    I certainly agree with President Carter and am glad that someone had the nerve to speak the truth. Racism is alive and well now and to me even worse than in the 50's and 60's due to the hidden factors. President Obama is well qualified to lead this country but with the likes of LImbaugh and Beck stirring the pot, we will continue to see such outrageous outburst from across the country. I found it quite intereting that when Mr. Wilson was asked about President Carter's statement calling him a racist, he didn't answer the question.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  32. Alex Phillips

    If one thinks that calling a President a monkey, or ape, and challenging his American citizenship and telling him to go back to Kenya is all part of political discord then I just don't understand politics and this is a new style of politics. Depicting the 44th President as a spook is also very disprectful. Thank you President Carter for being a statesman and standing up and pointing out those obvious wrongs.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  33. Alissa

    I've just been watching the news and I am continually astounded by the ignorance of all these people who have racial issues with the presidency. Can we please, for once acknowledge that Barack Obama is not "our nation's first black president" but rather our first BIRACIAL president? He should not be judged as good or bad for our country based on his race, but rather on the way he executes presidential decisions and whether those decisions and changes will benefit ALL Americans in all walks and stages of life.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  34. Charlee

    Finally. Former Pres. Carter is right on. I have said all along that the hatred being spread is much, much too strong to be about policy. This is personal. What a shame this is in our country at this time. Just remember....you have to make someone else look bad to make yourself appear better.......

    September 17, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  35. joe m

    the flaw in carter's argument is that similar comparisons, being likend to hitler and such, were made against bush 43 by his critics. does that make those people racist? it is naive to believe that there isn't that fringe group out there that view our president's skin color as the reason for their opposition to him. but the greater part of the american public are much more influenced by their uneasiness with the continuing growth of government and increasing debt. but to lump every critic of the president into the category of racist is irresponsible and only exacerbates the situation.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  36. Gloria

    I think it's pretty obvious that race is an issue in the criticism of Obama. Now GOP wants to talk about healthcare to get Wilson off the hook.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  37. Larry Bradenton, FL

    Racism is an outward projection of a superiority complex. A superiority complex is an outward projection of an inferior mind,
    Racism hides in the mind of a man. Compassion on the other hand comes from the heart

    September 17, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  38. JEZEBEL58

    It wasn't the first time that a black man has tried his hand at running for the presidency,so the democrats didn't put a black man in the white house so they can play the race card,he had support and he ran and won but in light of this health care reform that he is trting to pass,the people have found a way to bring out what they have been hiding since November 4th.It's a sad day when we have people like Rush and the others inciting hatred.The white house said the president doesn't believe it's about the color of his skin,what else do you want him to say.For those who are saying it's not about race,well they are hiding and allowing someone else do their dirty work for them.All the signs says it all and Hitler did have a hand in murdering a lot of people and now they are questioning his citizenship,I do believe his mother was an american and now some of these people would like him to go back to Kenya,it's a little too late for that the people who took the Africans and others all those years ago should have thought about this before they ensconed them by force in the United States.I do believe we are looking at another 1960's problem,this president was given pandoras' box and I think he had an idea what was in there but not until he openend it that he knew for sure.If it was McCain who had won everyone would have been happy and I prayed for him or Hilary to win but McCain lost because of his pick.People really can't think for themselves they are looking to people like Rush and the Republicans who are trying to divide to country because of this president.These people should try to do something for themselves like trying to fix their own health care in the meantime instead of demonstrating,they are on the streets and internet wasting time because of the puppet masters.At work when Mr.Obama won,the networks would have news about him and a lot of people would change the channels and that's when I knew for sure he was going to have a lot of problems .When Mr.Obama won I wished him good luck and still do,it's too bad that Mr.Clinton couldn't have thrown his hat in the ring again.It's a sad day when we have to watch the demonstrationsall over again because of the color of skins.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  39. Donna

    Just wanted to see what the liberal media is up to. Now that I have, I would like someone to answer a question......why didn't CNN, ABC, CBS. etc cover the march in Washington DC. Did they not see 1,000,000 people. Million man march is covered. A crazy man who kills people is covered in Washington....but not this. I don't get it.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  40. Carla

    I am so tired of hearing people say that anyone defending Obama is using the race card. It is about race and that is all it is about. If people were so concerned about policy, we would have seen this outraged during the Bush years. Defend ignorance all you want. It was a dead give away when people responded the way they did about the president speaking to the schools. I am outraged at the way our president is being disrepected and it is unamerican. People like Palin and Limbaugh want be happy until they excite someone to harm the president. I believe we are headed for one the biggest race problems in this country since the 60s. I think race wasat the root of what West did to Swift. The Republicans have divided this country by race and people are acting out on it.

    Tired -In- Oklahoma.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm |