Jimmy Carter racism charges aren’t all that surprising. However, with Jimmy Carter charging racism at the core of opposition to Barack Obama, the racism charges may hit the mainstream. Carter’s theories were given out in a town hall in Atlanta, as Carter used racism as the reason that Rep. Joe Wilson made his “You lie!” comment in Congress to the President last week. But the Jimmy Carter racism theory isn’t particularly new, since pretty much every liberal and progressive has been saying it already. Carter is merely the biggest name to do it.
The Jimmy Carter racism accusations came when Carter spoke in a town-hall meeting in Atlanta, at his presidential center. On the same day that Rep. Joe Wilson was formally rebuked by the House, Carter said that racism drove his shouts at President Obama in Congress last week. In fact, the former President said that it is driving much of the opposition towards the new President.
Carter used his experiences growing up in the South as a example of how he can detect the racist patterns. But he had hope that President Obama would triumph over the “racist attitudes” from the opposition, even as the President struggles with the final stages of health care reform.
The Jimmy Carter racism accusations are mainly major because a former President made them, not because of the content themselves. Carter said nothing new that countless liberals, progressives, and anti-Republican figures have been saying for months – or perhaps from the time Barack Obama became a major political figure.
Those forces have blamed racism for such opposition as the tea party rallies, and last weeks “9/12” rally at Washington. Even in addressing the Joe Wilson disputes, Carter is only the second famous figure to call Wilson a racist.
The first one to do so was Bill Maher on his HBO show, as Maher set off his latest firestorm by saying Wilson wouldn’t have yelled “You lie” in front of Congress if Obama was white. Maher also used racism as the reason that conservatives objected to President Obama’s speech to school children, and the reason for certain headlines on the Drudge Report.
Clearly, accusations that everyone who hates the President is a racist is not new. If it is not in the mainstream already, then it is now. But now that it has come from a former President, and not just liberal activists and far-left comics, the Jimmy Carter racism charges are sure to take this debate up – or down – another level. Since Carter is already despised by many on the right, this will also give conservatives another chance to reuse their old anti-Carter complaints as well.
Huffington Post- “Jimmy Carter: Wilson’s Outburst ‘Based On Racism'(VIDEO)” www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/15/jimmy-carter-wilsons-outb_n_288003.html
Newsbusters- “Maher Charges Racism Fuels Disrespect of Obama, Sees ‘Subliminal Racism’ on Drudge” newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2009/09/12/maher-charges-racism-fuels-disrespect-obama-sees-subliminal-racism-drud
Washington Post- “Politics Digest: Jimmy Carter Says Racism Is Behind Animosity to Obama” www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/15/AR2009091503689.html