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September 16th, 2009
08:39 AM ET

Pres. Carter: Racism plays role in opposition to Obama

Former President Jimmy Carter says racism motivated South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress last week. He went on to say it’s also a factor in some of the opposition the president has faced. "Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care," the former president said at the Carter Center, "It's deeper than that."

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  1. Bill

    Just goes to show how out of touch Carter is with the real world. Needs to stick to his houses.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  2. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    I was born and raise in New York,spent 15 yrs in San Francisco Ca,relocated to South Carolina to assist aging grandparents. I think you should be required to get a passport for some parts of this place. Racism is so engrained they don't even know there being racist (at least thats what we expats from other parts of the country like to tell outselves)

    September 16, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  3. Charmayne

    Unfortunately, Prez Carter, is the only person of political influence who has the courage to call this spade a spade. There are certain characteristics that are indigenous to racism. And we have seen all of them on display. The blatant disrespect for the president, the fear tactics, and the extremist protests are all indicators of the mass ignorance that breeds racism and perpetuates it thru the generations!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  4. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Mr. Penut needs to keep his opinions to himself if our president starts taking advice from him then we are all doomed as far as im concerned he is the cause for the middle east turmoil for not standing up to Iran.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  5. K E Dyson

    President Carter is probably one of the last morally conscious president's of this country. This type of madness did not and would not have happened under the last president. Many people have forgetten how the country got into this shape over the past eight years. To blame President Obama is ridiculous! If he were not african-american they would all be "yes-men".

    September 16, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  6. Sherrycnm

    I was born in Oklahoma & live in Texas. I agree with Sharon, for a lot of people, racism is so deeply rooted (in their DNA) that they don't even know they are. It is alive and flourishing right now, in the South, and all over the country! Not that it matters but FYI-I'm white, female, and 47y/o.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  7. Glen Shouse Jr., Georgetown, IL

    The unfortunate truth is that prejudice to some extent is in everyone. Where do you think stereotypes come from. Most don't realize it's there. I'm not saying that this is absolutely where Congressman Wilson's actions came from, but these things are in some ways still in the minds of some in the south, especially the elders. That's where younger peoples ideals come from is their elders. If a person grows up hearing the use of the N word in reference to black people, that's the reference used in their environment. That word does arise from many of those people when angry or frustrated. I have seen white people who I never heard use that reference to black people, who have many black friends, when upset with a black person, use that word in reference to that person. I have also seen that same person angry at a white person and never resort to that offensive context, which tells me that it is not used by the true definition of the word. This is just one example of the unconscious use of prejudice, and it's use is not limited to white people.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  8. Phil obama

    Carter has now lost the last bit of credibility, AA did not elect Obama Whites did. AA always gives 95% of their votes to Dems. So Carter is saying that the White vote that gave Obama their vote & trust to run the country are bias and hate obama skin color. How stupid can stupid be.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  9. Jane, GA

    I am VERY disappointed in President Carter. We are trying to overcome these things, and then he stirs it all up again, and blaming the South? Well, I never! Has he turned Yankee in his old age?

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  10. Lewis

    I hate to play the race card, but the air is very thick in this country at this time. It's almost as if people have forgotten the previous administration that got us into this mess. That administration gets a pass where none is deserved and the Obama administration does not even get a chance. I can't remember any other recent President getting this much opposition in the first seven months of his administration. The amount of lies and grandstanding by the opposition is amazing. Shame on them all.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  11. ken

    If you carry signs saying the president is a monkey, a muslim, was born in africa, and you wave the rebel flag you might be a racist. The civil war ended over 140 years ago, move on, get over it.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  12. Randy

    Everytime someone objects Obama, the left flashes the race card. Perhaps the left is trying to establish their own "Afro-turf" movement.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  13. cyrillo

    President Cater said loudly what some people won't say.
    Since november many people who were against the election of the president did not have a platform to express their feelings and Healthcare gave them that opportunity to get out some of their racials behaviour, and we saw it all over the place. You cannot deny it . Great job President Carter

    September 16, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  14. Betty Phillips

    Hey there Jimmy!!! I am beginning to think you are more out of touch than the world realizes. I do not recall a good thing that you did during your term, please fill me in. I guess I need to go back and read up on your presidential results. I would only need a few minutes to find out that what you did was NOTHING. I think it would be more wise for you to continue with the Peanut business, we do not need you now and to be honest we did not need you when you were in the White House. I know you know that the race card is a big thing for Obama, well sorry, but he has caused it by getting all of his radical friends in there. I think they will eventually be deleted just like Van Jones was ousted. Carter please take your medication and try to keep your comments to yourself. Betty

    September 16, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  15. Mike Armstrong TX.

    You guys that are standing up for Carter evedently didnt serve time in the military under his command.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  16. B Edwrads

    Jimmy Carter who never held his tongue in frequent criticism of George Bush comes out and says the President should be shown a level of respect which he never showed to President Bush? What a total hypocrite. Now he says anyone who opposes Obama is a Racist? How typical of a liberal to believe in free speech only so long as you agree with them. When you disagree they seek to silence you in any way possible. Using race as a weapon is in fact racism. The hope that Americans are so afraid of being called racist that they will be silenced by some racist like Carter calling the majority of Americans racist is pathetic.

    It was predicted right after Obama’s election last November that the "Ace in the hole" for the Obama administration would eventually be to call anyone who opposes his agenda a racist. This prediction has come true. The idea that Republicans opposing Democratic views makes them racist is absurd. Did Democratic opposition to Republican views during the Bush administration make the Democrats racists? Obama's race is not the reason that more than 50% of America opposes his leftist agenda. When 60%,75% or more oppose Obama will we all be racists? Get real and stop pretending America doesn't see the media's use of racism as the tactic of a racist.

    The plain fact is that in the majority of cases in America today, the group that brings up racism is the group using racism as a weapon. CNN and their ilk are only too willing to "Beat the Racism Drum" to pump up ratings and perpetuate the stoking of the fires of racism. Does anyone find it strange that racism only seems to apply to treatment of blacks? Reverse racism is still racism and Carter using race as a weapon to promote his preferred agenda is blatant racism. Shame on you Jimmy Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  17. SteveG

    I have been trying my darndest to not believe the card but what else could be driving this animosity against Pres. Obama.

    If the T-baggers had been out before protesting when all the troubles and problems began and was created it would be different, but to be harping about his "policies" and wanting their country back now doesn't make sense.

    His policies, such as "cash for clunkers" where were they when Bush GAVE business owners $50-70K SUVs for free with no idea what the total cost was?

    Bush began the TARP bailout only to be extended by Pres Obama, which will probably end up as a profit for the taxpayers, since it is an investment in blue-chip companies. But all you hear is socialist, socialist.

    Where is this hate coming from? It wasn't present when we went to war w/o paying for it, just what "policies" is it that would dive to so much hate?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  18. Kari

    The hatred and opposition to George Bush demonstarted by the left was every bit as vicious as any opposition being shown to Obama. To label opposition to political views racism is in fact a racist comment and by this definition makes all Americans racists. Maybe that proves we're all created equal as the Declaration of Independence states.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  19. Wil Donnelly

    Everyone seems to be seeing this Healthcare debate as between Democrats and Republicans. From what I've seen the main opposisition seems to be senior citizens. Ironic since that is the one group that has government run healthcare, and like it, would be so opposed to everyone else having a public option. I don't think this opposition is about healthcare – it is no coincidence that they are also the same group that voted overwhelmingly for the white presidential candidate.

    Wil D.
    York, PA

    September 16, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  20. Josh Reese

    SC Rep Joe Wilson's racism originally was aimed at Mexican migrant workers, but undoubtedly former President Carter is on to something. So-called "tea party" demonstrations have had racial epithets being plastered on the signs of their members, while the group's head Mark Williams called President Obama an "Indonesian Muslim Welfare Thug".

    Since the height of the presidential campaign last fall, the GOP has allowed for (and counted on) the racial fears of Americans to become agitated, originally hoping to defeat Obama for the White House – now hoping to destroy his campaign pledge to reform Healthcare.

    Wedge issues like race, abortion, immigration: these all often relied upon by Republican advisors in order to help tip the delicate scales of power in their favor. It's despicable, and needs to be outed. Kudos to Jimmy Carter, once again.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  21. Ron

    This country has seen historical changes that have included an economic down turn in everyones life. People are afraid, it is not unusual for people to reach there on form of protectionism. Instead of our Congress coming together to solve these problems, some have manage to stir up beliefs that have us more divisive than ever before. Now if you add the views of a few that believe in racism and talk radio hosts plus a few TV host on the 24 hr channels and you have an explosive situation. Disagree with the President and his policies is ok, leave out the racist comments and you have a healthy debate.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  22. Matthew Lockard

    I strongly support Carter and respect him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  23. Dennis R

    Contrary to Mr. Carter's views, some things should be dealt with as either right or wrong, and not as a matter of race.

    Does he think Kanye West's outburst was a matter of racism? No it was a matter of stupidity, no matter his color.

    Give us a break from making excuses for everything and everyone.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  24. marilyn

    i agree with president carter

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  25. Adrienne Edwards

    Carter is right!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  26. Yooper

    If racism doesn't play a part, why does it difficult, if not impossible, to find a minority face in the opposition crowds at the tea parties and town hall meetings?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  27. Heidi

    Tony,

    If this is not racism I do not know what is, People live in a color blind society ya right.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  28. Joe McCary

    YES, President carter is on the mark! Read maureen Dowd from last Sunday. She says all that was missing from Congressman Wilson't outburst was, "You Lie, BOY!"

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  29. RONALD STEPHERSON

    I fully agree with the comments made by former President Jimmy Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  30. CAT

    I complely agree with President Carter; anyone who believes racism doesn't exist in our Country is ignorant or lying.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  31. Ronna

    Howe can a rational person see some of the racially motivated signs and pictures at rallies, read some of the e-mails going around and listen to right wing talk radio and NOT think the hate is racially motivated?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  32. Katherine

    I believe racism is very much an under the surface aspect of much of the insane socialism, muslim, taking our country away talk. The birther controversy seems to me to be a kind of racism in disguise. I don't know that all of it is conscious racism but I think it's very much there.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  33. Scott Sparks

    I agree with President Carter, it's a difficult topic to talk about but racism is alive and well throughout the US.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  34. Paul

    At Saturday's protest in Los Angeles, I saw an old man holding a poster of Obama dressed as an African tribal chief, complete with headress, spear and a bone through his nose. Enough said.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  35. Zoey Lee

    Of course there is racism. Carter just has the nerve to say it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  36. Atul Vora

    I certainly and 101% agree with President Carte's comment about President Obama and racism against him.

    Regards;
    Atul Vora

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  37. Gaelle Coicou

    Of course, there is a majority of those who oppose the health care reform are racist as evident by their signs and comments at their protests marches. The question is what is the percentage of those who are racist? 2%, 6%, 85%..there is no way to know for sure therefore it is futile to try to quantify it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  38. Jon

    Yes alot of what has been going on with the recent events involving the tea party protesters, Glenn Beck and alot of what Fox news is putting out there is fostering and advocating prejudice and bigotry. Almost all of the people protesting Obama this past weekend were white and they weren't protesting his politics. They were attacking him person and the color of his skin.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  39. Lee Ramos

    He was horrible when he was President so noone should listen to what he has to say now. That beeing said this is just another attempt to divert attention from President Obama's policies that people disagree with and turn it to race. Since this country is doomed to die because of white guilt and the way peopel play to it's strenghts is it any surprise such an inept Presdient would make these comments...I think not

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  40. Steven Cravis (San Francisco)

    It was a blatent racist display of disrespect for our first African American president.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  41. Gerald Waugh

    Jimmy Carter, should keep to peanuts and houses.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  42. Joe from NJ

    Tony,
    If these pundants really knew "normal people" they would that race is absolutelt involved. I hear it from my friends AND FAMILY,m most of whom are republicans, how the "blacks" are on the gravy train now. Obama will take care of them. I think it is sickening that people still feel that way but they do.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  43. Sammy in Memphis, TN

    Yup. There are no two ways about it - racism is at the HEART of the Republican pushback against president Obama. I have seen with my own eyes the kinds of nasty racist remarks that people on the right make. Those people should absolutely be ashamed of themselves, but sadly, they are taking this opportunity to try to make the Dems look bad.

    My view is that if independents buy this whole Republican lie, that the "Democrat party is tryin' to rustle up opposition to what good white folks want" then those indies are as bad as the racists. You read that right - if you are an independent and if you believe these sick, filthy Republican lies, then you will inherit, and deserve, whatever you vote for.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  44. RICHARD A. BIRD

    Former President Carter is right.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  45. S.

    Yes. I agree with ex-President Carter

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  46. Aaron

    Carter has repeatedly embarrassed himself and this country in the past few years. His comments detract from the real issue here, millions of us, fiscal conservatives, are appalled at the out of control spending in this country. Obama stands to drive us into debt never before seen in this country, and that is not change I'm willing to watch happen.

    For most of us, this has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with bankrupting this once-great country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  47. Ryan Ange

    70% of the world's population is at an ethnocentric developmental level or LOWER...so does racism play a role is President Obama's criticism? Studies would say: YES.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  48. Dan Klink

    While it might not be fair to label all opposition to Obama as being tainted by racism, it's fooling to think that it doesn't play a part in the national conscious. Carter is bold enough to mention it, while Steele is trying avoid the issue.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  49. Tim H

    Mr. Carter is getting senile. This is not good, as he never had much of a grasp on reality. Seriously, though, Carter is just fueling the fire in the manner of his liberal colleagues... play the race card, and some people will be too afraid of appearing racist to disagree with the democratic party line.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  50. Herman

    Yes, I agree with Carter. I have never in my 72 years seen such outrage by the wing nuts that the Republicans will not disavow. By their silence they perpetuate the racists views.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  51. Bernie- Tampa

    Tony- This country is suffering from Extremism... I see what Pres. Carter is saying, at the extreme...Look at the Tea Party March on Washington... I may be color blind, but can anyone show me any Brown, Yellow, Red or Black in the sea of protestors?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  52. james windings

    I agree with Former President Jimmy Carter on this issue. I believe it is race and not polotics and i do not agree with micheal steele.......

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  53. Matt

    Carter is completely out of line

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  54. Malcolm

    Racism does play a role. All you have to do is look at the evidence in front of you. While it does not mean that every protester is racist, it does indicate that race is still an issue in America that has not been sufficiently addressed. Michael Steele, while a great mouth piece for the GOP, is absolutely wrong on this issue. I suspect even he does not believe racism is not a factor. He often says one thing on the national stage and another in "private".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  55. Cynthia Miller

    President Carter hit the nail on the head and didn't miss. The truth hurts. If people would stop denying that there is a problem maybe we can begin to heal the problem. Maybe all white people have this problem, but don't close your eyes to the fact that it does exist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  56. Linda

    I wholeheartedly agree with President Carter. I have a large number of white relatives, whom I love dearly, who still, after all these years cannot accept a black man for president. Also, why do you think that the Tea Party bus only visited cities in the south and in western states where racism is still prevalent ??.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  57. Bob Goldson

    Yes I agree with former President Carter's statement about racism!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  58. Edward

    I agree with Carter: The high pitch opposition to the noble cause f universal health care doesn't match. Would there be people disagreeing with the particulars, of course but the level of vitriol doesn't make sense.

    This leads me to believe other issues are at play. I doubt McCain would be subjugated to birther, commie, hitler claims even though he was in fact born outside of the USA. I doubt Wilson would have interrupted Clinton even if he disagreed with him.

    This is about race and a concerted effort by many in the GOP to discredit him based on that.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  59. Claire

    I agree with President Carter. When the tea party participants can use monkey faces and other race related portrayals, what else can it be but racial in nature. It is sad that they cannot accept our President for the many qualities he has and not on racial bias.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  60. John Richardson

    I have to agree with former President Carter. I live in a mostly liberal location (Eugene, OR), but the town right next to us (Springfield) is quite the opposite. It's amazing to see and hear the differences in opinions that are only divided by a single river. The racist remarks fly so frequently that it's hard to ignore. As soon as the race card is played, it's as if logic and reason go out the window and no one can listen to the truths being told. All they hear is a "Black President" trying to run "THEIR" country. It scares me that we're still at this point in our glorious nation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  61. mary

    Tony please! I live here in the south right smack dabb in the good ole boy neighborhood....yes former Prez Carter is right! why don't you guys understand this there is a system in place that is fuled to keep the foot on the neck of the african american! this is why we dont let them know where our wealth is!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  62. Glenda

    I certainly do. I don't expect people to admit it and they aren't fooling anyone denying it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  63. doug

    Disagree with Jimmy Carter. The fact that Obama was lying and someone told him that to his face has nothing remotely due to racial considerations.
    Doug-Spring Grove, IL

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  64. Dennis Moore

    I agree with Mr. Steele and disagree with former President Carter. I do not agree with all the current adminstration policies. Does that make me a racis. I am black.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  65. JCH4K

    I totally agree with President Carter. NO ONE ever said such a thing to Bush in a similar setting, despite the fact that he was often clearly lying through his teeth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  66. Giovanna

    President Carter is right on the money.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  67. Andy

    I'm sitting here in the Atlanta Airport, and let me tell you, Carters comments are total bull. No one believes him any more anyway. If you have a policy agreement it's not a race agreement. That's plain moronic.
    Jimmy Carter vs. Michael Steele? What about having some sort of proof before you call someone a racist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  68. Mary Graham

    I think you have to call a Spade a Spade. President Carter shouldn't be afraid to speak from his own experience. This is not Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton speaking. This is from the inside! If we don't speak about it, we could end up back in the deep Sixties. So speak Mr. Carter! Bring it to the light!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  69. J Johnson

    It's and inconvenient truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  70. Jessica

    When Tea Party protesters carry blatantly racist signs, it's leaders call Obama an Indonesian Muslim and a welfare thug, and people like Rush Limbaugh spew racist ideology on their popular shows, it's hard not to see the racism. Maybe if prominent Republicans were willing to condemn the overt racism out there we could have a real discussion on the issues. The fact that they haven't makes me think that either there's more racism within the party than they're willing to admit or they have no desire to actually engage in a real discussion of issues. Both are troubling.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  71. John

    To ask whether or not race is an issue with some of the criticism of the President, one only has to look at the depictions of him with protesters...Last time I checked, no President has been accused of been an "Afro-Leninist", been made to look like a witchdoctor or generated as much hatred within the first year of his presidency without having done very much...'

    It is akin to being stared at in an elevator when you are minding your own business with women clutching their purses.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  72. Pam Brown

    President Carter is a wonderful and insightful man. Not only is he right on about the racism that permeates this country, but he has the ability to see racism in a person before that person sees it in him/herself. Thank you Mr. Carter for speaking out not just on this issue but all the important issues of these United States. Many of us are behind you.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  73. chris

    Carter should stay out of it. He should be more responsible. What good does it do by calling everyone white man a racist. I agree completely with Steele. He should know.

    Carter seems to want to stir up more racism than there already is. All this talk of racism is causing racism. The whites are tired of it already and being accused of being racists is possibly making them racists.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  74. LeAndra B

    I agree with what Carter said. I thought me and my group of friends and family were the only ones who felt this way, I'm glad a former president addressed the issue of race and the presidency, it's the elephant in the room.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  75. Ann

    President Carter was correct. What is happening/saying about President Obama is a tremendous outrage. I cannot believe the hate in this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  76. Wakefield Travers

    Of course Jimmy Carter is right. If you have seen the signs heard some of the chants then it is very clear that there is a racist element to these tea party protests. The question is whether or not the GOP is encouraging these protests for their political gain.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  77. Malcolm C

    President Cater is right! Racism is still strong in this country and to ignore this fact has been key to keeping it alive.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  78. Chase

    Just like the Tea Parties, the Democrats are trying to paint anyone that disagrees with President Obama as a racist red-neck. It's unfortunate that former President Carter fails to acknowledge the real problem of out of control spending in Washington today.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  79. Salvador

    I absolutely agree with President Carter. I commend him for saying what needs to be said. Enough of avoiding the issue. Racism is so endemic that people don't realize how it effects their actions and thinking.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  80. Don Moschberger

    Mr. Carter's comments were not political -nor did he say that all criticism of President Obama was motivated by racism. And he never identified a political party. The Republican, of course, turned his comments around as a political attack against Democrats. When Mr. Carter shares his opinions it is worth listending and engaging in debate and not trying to toss them out the window.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  81. handawordpress

    President Carter is absolutely right. It is so obvious. They are outraged about "the national debt"? Give me a break, where were they when Bush put us in this hole and crashed the whole banking system because of the conservative protection of the rich no matter how they get to be rich. They are not very bright and easily brainwashed by the right and the rich and connected.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  82. Braden Franklin

    The level of disrespect and anger toward the president implies to me that racism is a factor in the Replubican psyche. They may not even be consciously aware of this anger, but their behavior is disproportionate to the issues at hand.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  83. houdini

    Former President Carter hit the nail on the head. Misinformed Americans who went into shock for the first 6 months of Obama's presidency are just now awakening to their true hidden racism.

    The first time I saw protesters against GWB was in a Michael Moore documentary. Now we see these good old white boys carrying hideous signs and teaching their grandchildren the politics of "hate".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  84. Brian

    I think this knee jerk reaction of racism towards the President is preposterous. It was simply a frustrated member of Congress that apologized for his actions. Let's not dwell on this and move on with the business of a country with many problems.

    Brian in Virginia

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  85. Dana OH

    Former President Carter did not say everyone who disagrees with or protests against President Obama is a racist. I agree that many of the protesters are being whipped into a frenzy by race-baiting talking heads and that is the real shame.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  86. loye dice

    i agree with president carter's assessment on the fact that racism , however hidden and disguised, is the underlying cause of a lot of criticism from the american people and political leaders!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  87. Tim Williams

    I think that it does have to do with race, simply because I am certain there were many times that President Bush stood before the congress speaking on issues that many congressmen and women felt strongly about enough to scream our or possibly do worse, however they did not because they had respect for the office of the presidency. President Obama's skin color did in face play a role, Congressmen Wilson clearly thinks that african americans are not worthy of his respect even if this person is his commander and chief. This behavior is unacceptable but not surprising, the republican parties constituents are in large part uneducated low class people who are still holding on to that confederate dogma, why would the congressmen they send to Washington be any different?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  88. Tony - Miami, Florida

    Unfortunately , I do agree with President Carter. I believe racism is part some of the push back against President Obama. You need not look any further then this march on Washington this past weekend; just look at the signs people where carrying and a crowd mostly comprised of white people. this is not representative of this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  89. George Beddoe, Frederericksburg, VA

    Of course I agree with President Carter. He's dead on right. Having sat through two town hall meetings on Sep 1 and 3 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, I have first hand knowledge how deep the racial strife is.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  90. donnagoya

    Pres. Carter is admirable in having the guts to say what many of us are thinking. Pres Obama has not been afforded the civility or the common courtesies normally accorded a Pres, i.e. Wilson's outburst which is then supported by GOP, or the recent Kanye West comment which would never have been revealed in other administrations. He is definitely being treated without respect accorded those who went before him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  91. Brad

    This is a deeply racist country. We've been making progress to reduce people's fears of "the other", but for many, a black President is just to radical a change to accept. And for the most part, these individuals have no clue that their animosity rests on a basis of racism. That's how racism works.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  92. Mike in SF

    I agree with Pres Carter. I believe the ferocious opposition to Obama has become increasingly personal to him and is fueled by bigotry, racism, and the fear of loss of control of the political stage.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  93. Jason

    It has been very obvious that the GOP, especially the radical right wing of that party, is not only racist but reactionary....meaning they would sincerely like to be back in the last century. This is not only a southern mind-set, but pervades the spectrum of seperatist, and ugly politics. The racism of politics is alive and well as it was seen in President Obama's campaign and this very early part of his first presidential term. There is a division in our country and most of that polarity is based on the perception of the inequality of the races.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  94. Teri

    Is ex-Prez Carter trying to throw the focus off the real issues? America has spoken and we are not happy with the way President Obama is doing his job, plain and simple. Doesn't matter if he is black, white or orange, he just is not doing a good job! He is trying to run the country as a dictator and we are not going for it!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  95. Lynn Tolliver, jr.

    (don't read this if this is selected) Hey Tony, you know me – Lynn Tolliver – (don't read the before if this is selected to read)

    I agree with former President Carter. From years of racial bias that I have seen in my life, and being a victim of racial discrimmination, what he says has some credibility. If we didn't have racism in our history, you would be able to claim "issues only", but take a look at our past. There are worse things that have happened in the previous administration with little finger lifted. And as Carter stated, the racial issues are brought to surface. Maybe behind his comments – we can see some of those prejudice practices start to take invisibility, but I seriously doubt it.
    Thanks. Lynn Tolliver, jr. Cleveland, Ohio

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  96. Jack Martin

    I believe much, though not all, of the vocal outbursts against President Obama is racial, though they won't admit it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  97. Pam

    No..... I do NOT agree with former President Carter. Furthermore, I'm so tired of the subject of racism being brought up every time someone doesn't agree with President Obama. I don't agree with everything President Obama says. That does not mean I'm a racist. This has got to stop!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  98. Stephen Baird

    I'm not sure about Rep. Wilson's views but I have no doubt that some of those who oppose President Obama's initiatives do so because of prejudice. If you don't agree, look at some of the signs displayed at the recent Sept 12 Tea Party Express gathering in Congress. You can begin by viewing the one displaying our President as a witch doctor.
    Stephen

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  99. Frank Shew

    President Carter hit it on the head. More and more racially charged incidents are popping across the country since President Obama has been in office. Coincidence? I don't think so. While the natural instinct is to lash out against the President due to the racist denial of his Presidency, bigots are left with preying on the common citizenry and shout out silly comments like this when he is trying to address the nation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  100. a

    yes it is true ...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  101. Ann

    Jimmy Carter's wise, deliberate, sad words spoke truth. Racism is insidious, long-lasting, destructive.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  102. KAREN FROM NYC

    YESS! YES! YES! The knee-jerk racist reaction to this President taking to the air to speak to school children was the defining moment for me.
    The racism is so visceral that one parent on TV cried because her child was about to be BRAINWASHED by this President of color.
    Some Americans hold their race-I-am so close to the DNA

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  103. Nopolitic

    I strongly applaud former President Carter for telling the truth, when most people turn the other way and try to be politically correct. I always thought it was illegal to disrespect a president... If President Obama were a white man, things would have been differently. As below average as former president Bush were, no one has had ever disrespected him in this country. Thank you Mr. Carter. You surely have wings.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  104. Lorraine Johnson

    I agree with President Carter because President Obama is trying to do the right thing by trying to insure practically all Americans. But, some people are allowing their negative feelings about African Americans to get in the way of good judgment.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  105. Dan Sapp

    If former president Carter can back up his statement more power to him. People are against Obama policies because he is far left. Hopefully folks will one day get to the point when they don't name call like this simply because of policy differences.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  106. May

    Race is being used as a motivator amongst those on the fringe to link 'bad policies' by Obama to the fact that he is an African American. Health care is not about race but unfortunately there are manipulators amongst the general public that wish to use the animosity against the issue to 'prove' their ideals and values.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  107. Joseph in Los Angeles

    While racism still exist, and maybe racism is a factor with a small few. President Obama won the Presidency by a large margin. His popularity numbers are huge. He was elected and liked by most Americans, but when it comes to his policies, his numbers have gone down. People like the man, but are not liking his plans, especially with health care. As the news of some of his policies and people that he has surrounded himself comes out, the more Americans are saying wait a minute. The President ran as a centrist and has now moved to the left and this has concerned many people. While racism is a small part, this concern of the President's left movement is more of what is going on. Jimmy Carter is mostly wrong.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  108. Myra Intondi

    Tony.....I am so saddened to say that I think President Carter is right. There is so much to on Fox news that is blatent racism and reporting that is race motivated and it so unfortunate that so many of their followers are getting empowered by this. Fox will do anything to take President down. We are headed for race riots in the streets. There is nothing fair and unbiased about their talk shows, their commentators and their content. I am white and I can see this. I see it more and more every day on the news. Th very right conservatives have a growing pulpit now with a major news network and it frightens me. I thought we were so beyond this. Myra...Georgia

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  109. Joseph Borges

    I agree with former President Carter. He is telling it like it is. Of course the Republicans are going to say the Democrats are wrong. Do you actually think that they would admit to this or to anything . Lets face it. We live in a racist country. No matter how far we have come. There is still racism in America. Now more so than ever because of Obama's Presidency.
    It is just sad .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  110. Ann Marie

    Yes, I have thought from the beginning of this dicourse that race played a part in the vitriol. I also think that socio-economic classism plays as big a part. It is the underlying cancer running through this debate.

    Ann Marie

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  111. Raaj, Pappu, Chesapeake, Va

    Hell yes I totally agree with Mr. Carter. There is an inbuilt hatred amongst majority whites agst. all african amercans and they hate to see one up there as the prez. that is the sole reason for all this.

    If it was anybody but an african american up there mattes would not have come to this stage at all.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  112. Richard

    Yes racism is the motive. I argree 100% with Jimmy Carter. All the politcal attacks from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea parties are racially motivated too. If the president was white there would not be all these protest going on.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  113. John Nowak

    Former president Carter,s remarks are provacative, inflammitory and out of touch. I agree with Michael Steele, Americans disagree with policies and our objections have nothing to do with race.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  114. Bevery from NC

    President Carter has fiinally spoken the truth the manjority of us have been saying for months.

    Of course most of these hate-filled personal attacks on PRESIDENT Obama are racially-motivated. I grew up in the South too and I know racism when I see it and hear it and the tones used and the way things are said. There has been an undercurrent of it ever since McCain and Palin's hate/violence rallies specifcally held in the South.

    Notice the so-called "tea parties" are A:LL older white people who carry signs with racist words, racist pictures of President Obama with a bone in his nose, and the tea party leader, Williams, the tea party leader, has a website where he calls President Obama "an Indonesian Muslim welfare thug". These "tea parties" are not about issues. They are about pure racist outrage from white lunatics that we have a BLACK man for President.

    Republican Joe Wilson who disrespectfully and dishonorably yelled out at President Obama on the floor of the Congress is a known racist. He is a current member of the "Sons of the Confederacy" in SC which is a well-known extremist white supremist group. He was one of only 7 Republicans to vote to keep the Confederate flag as SC's state flag. He is now using his unacceptable behavior to try to raise money from the fringe Republicans. He has no business being allowed the honor of serving in Congress.

    I have personally heard everyday speech out in public where white women openly use the N-word when talking about President Obama. It's disgusting and NOT acceptable.

    Yes, sadly, President Carter is exactly right and it has taken a respected person of authority to finally say what we all have known for months.

    Republicans have intentionally stirred up racism to the point where bigots and nuts feel they can openly be racist and that it is now socially acceptable. You see NO Republican calling down these lunatic fringes of their party – the birthers, the deathers, the outright bigots as WRONG. They want hate stirred up against President Obama no matter how far it crosses the line of human decency and civility. Almost none even called down Joe Wilson for his inbelievable actions that broke every rule of Congressional decorum.

    Republicans never talk about issues. What policies do they talk about in depth? What solutions have they offered? They only criticize President Obama as a person. They give him absurd labels like "socilaist", "facist" and "Hitler". They rail against socialism but hypocritically still gladly use their government-run socialist healthcare plan they automatically receive as members of Congress. Their "base" certainly still takes and spends their Social Security checks, use Medicare, send their children to public schools etc. Most of ther "base" cannot even tell you what "socialism" means. They just parrot what they are told to say. Republican pray on their ignorance and now openly on their racism.

    The current Republican Party is not only the Party of NO, they have become the Party of Racists. How many non-whites do you see in their Party? They have no leadership willing to stand up and stop this hate-speech and fake rallies run by lunatics like tea party leader, Williams. Republicans actually fund these groups! They have no shame for what they are doing. They have no honor, no integrity, no willngness to help restore and unite this nation of diversity and care nothing about the welfare of the average American.

    Republicans have reignited racism as openly acceptable. It's disgusting.

    Thank you President Carter for finally saying what we all have seen and known for many months.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  115. Dana

    Hi Tony....Yes, I absolutely agree with Pres Carter's comments. No one is saying that ALL the rage coming from the protests stems from racism and not from ALL who are participating.... but don't be fooled...racism is alive and well in America and it's not all burning crosses, discrimination and name calling anymore. Hate runs deep in a person's soul and if stirred up......BAM!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  116. Philip

    Racism permeates all aspects of American society for us to believe that President Obama is immune is naive.

    We can easily send our young men and women off to die in Afghanistan and Iraq without question but protest vehemently against the idea of health care for all Americans. Maybe the issue is the color of the president who is promoting the policy change.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  117. james byrd

    President Carter is a Real Man

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  118. Bob

    President Carter is on the mark. I am 63 yowm retired md, lived north and south
    found Atlanta more tolerant than Chicago

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  119. AJ in Georgia

    It's amazing how the majority refuses to acknowledge the deep rooted racial issues that are so ingrained in our country. I'm greatful that President Carter had the courage and integrity to speak the truth. This country's racial issues will not go away without open dialogue and acceptance of the problems, regardless of who occupies the White House.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  120. Chris in SF

    Tony,

    There is no way that anyone can look at the racist jokes being spread around the internet by Republicans, the racist comments being posted all over the internet, and the racist signs being displayed at the tea parties and not see that some of the opposition to Obama is based on race. Just last night, you had a tea party organizer claiming that he wasn't a racist, but had posted on his Web site that he thought that Obama was an "Indonesian Muslim thug." It's ridiculous that people on the right are trying to deny this when the evidence is out there for all to see.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  121. RandomIntellect

    Racism is well camouflaged these days, just because it is not clearly seen, does not mean it does not exist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  122. Judi Haworth

    I am white and over 65 and I agree with former President Carter. More respect needs to be given to President Obama and to what he is trying to do. I think he and the Democrats deserve a chance to try their agenda. The Republicans had 8 years and we are NOT better off. We can always adjust and/or change what does not work, but we need to try to move forward.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  123. Kathy

    I do agree with President Carter. I am from the midwest and know how people think in my area. They are extremely prejudiced and often mask their true thoughts by using other arguments. But if they think they are in the right company, their true racist feelings come out. Where were the protests against excessive government spending and excessive government intervention in our lives when President Bush was in office? These same people should have been in the streets then, but they weren't. Hmmmm.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  124. Janel

    I praise former president Carter for his correct observation. How sad, but how true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  125. Mark DeKarske

    Mr. Carters' startement is crazy. Nancy Pelosi isn't black, Harry Reid isn't black.

    How do we discuss policy if you are called a RACIST for not agreeing with the President and the DNC.

    This is another Jimmy Carter cheapshot. Oh and just for the record..he is not black!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  126. Dee Burden

    How can President Carter say that of Joe Wilson? He doesn't even know him. What Joe Wilson did was rude and shouldn't be allowed.
    Why is it...that everytime someone agrees with President Obama...it's now racism???? NOT TRUE!!! They are just disagreeing!!! Who cares what former President Carter says? He was considered a bad president.

    Was it racism when Kayne West ran up on stage and grabbed the microphone from caucasian Taylor West and went on about how black Beyonce was better and should have gotten the award??? I didn't see anything about RACISM in that????

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  127. Clyde Edwards, Jr

    Yes, Tony, racism is alive in the United States. I do agree with Carter's assessment of racism today. It rears its ugly head much more since Obama has been president. Instead of pushing it under the rug Carter is making a true statement even if he is a former president.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  128. steve mettner

    I think president Carter is absolutely correct. As a white male, I still see racism in both directions..white to black...black to white...
    president Obama has catalyzed it coming to the surface which I think is ultimately healthy, so that we, as a society, can take a look at it. Of course this does not mean all people are racial, but it is an element of significance still.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  129. Michael

    We have seen disagreements in D.C. before...but never any disrespect for the office of president. We all know why their is so much opposition in Washington...I'm just glad someone finally said it publicly.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  130. ANDRE

    Of course the treatment of Obama by Rep. Wilson smacked of racism.
    No other president in the history of this country was ever heckled in such a fashion.
    The fact that racism is still alive and well in this country is a fact that cannot be denied.
    Does racism play a part in every criticism of President Obama?
    Of course not.
    However, for Michael Steele to say that the Democrats are playing the race card only to "disparage those who disagree with them", is equally fallacious.
    Racism exists and the president is in the perfect position to respond appropriately to it.
    This country will learn a lot about itself in the next 3 years and hopefully will become less overtly racist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  131. Ruth

    Indeed, I do agree with President Carter. I am a white senior citizen(octogenarian) and I find it highly obvious that all this antagonism against President Obama is fueled by racism. Rush L. & his ilk are busy being paid to fan the flames and should be jailed for inciting violence. None of this can lead to any good for this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  132. Phil M

    I totally agree with Carter. Twitter isn't necessarily a news source, but if you look at what people are saying about Carter's statements, white conservatives in the south are slamming him. Yes, it's backlash, but it burns b/c it is true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  133. Dianna

    Yes, I agree with former President Carter. I am relieved that someone has finally spoken plainly about this. This no different than the opposition to desegregation in the South in the 1950's. The right wingnuts in Dixie are still just as racist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  134. Brett

    As a Georgian,I am sadly embarrassed by former (thank God) President Jimmy Carter. To add fuel to the fire by basically saying that to disagree with President Obama makes you racist is the final straw. President Carter is destroying the good that he has done in the past and will be remembered as a sad old man who sought the lime light once again.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  135. Margaret Metheny

    I agree with former President Carter on his statement that racism still exists in this country. He is a man of great integrity and insight, and his rural Georgia background has left him with a very clear view of white vs. black. If all of our politicians were of the quality of President Carter we'd be lightyears ahead of our current status.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  136. Jerry Lenhard

    President Carter is right about racism being alive. However, how come he/we NEVER talk about the black racists? I believe a bigger portion of the black community is racist against "whitey" & worse, bring their children up in that atmosphere.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  137. CECE HACKETT

    It is sad to admit that alot of racism is plaing into the oppostion to Obama Micahel Steel is a token ans he has to say that, I bet if we could read his mind he would be thinking alot has to do with Obamas race very sad No matter than other countries with this hate

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  138. Ed Houston

    For anyone to assume that this was anything other than a racist remark is laughable. As usual, President Carter cuts to the heart of the issue. Americans of all political persuasions are well aware that racism continues to be rampant. The Republican party, by it's overt support for Mr. Wilson, continues to follow it's traditions of subversively promoting racism. Shame on them and shame on Mr. Steele for agreeing to be the voice of the Republican party's usual attempts at obfuscation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  139. N Jay Gold

    Jimmy Carter over the last 5-8 years has really been slipping. I assume he is over 80. It seems every time he chooses to get his name in the main stream its about racism. The man is infatuated with racism. Its always arab/Jew or black and white.

    Usually he who has been prejudiced upon is usually the biggest bigot.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  140. Valerie Simon

    Well said President Carter!

    When republicans had control ANYONE who didn't agree with them were called not patriotic or even ANTI-American! They got away under the guise of fear– terrorism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  141. Michael

    Michael Steele is wrong!
    Anyone who thinks that America doesn't have a racial problem is in denial.
    The problem with America is that as a nation, we won't have a conversation regarding race.Maybe if we engage and teach each other the real history of this nation, then maybe we can undrestand why people react like they do.
    We are all Americans!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  142. David Everheart

    Former Pres. Carter is right on. I'm white and see it in my own community and workplace. Native to Southern Calif. I get my news from many sources.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  143. Phil Farley

    As a white guy growing up in the south but working and now living in the midwest, I can tell you President Carter is right on. There is still deep rooted racism in this country. I thought we had come a long way, but apparently not. Both whites and blacks need to practice more understanding of each other and continue to heal this divided nation. AND STOP THE MEDIA THAT CONTINUES TO BREW THIS HATE.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  144. Tracy

    I believe that President Carter is totally correct!!! Even with Micheal Steele. He is so dumb to believe that the Republican party want him to be the voice of the Party. The only reason they allow him to make commens is so that no one can cry racism on his part, because he is also black. "Wake up Steele".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  145. robin rouby

    President Carter is one of the few who has the courage to say what most of us KNOW just from talking to the Republicans around us – the truth. The Republicans have NO intention of bipartisanship, and their objections to our president's agenda are nothing more than race based demogoguery.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  146. Jeff

    Where were all these experts in race when people were disrespecting Bush? Oh, that's right it isn't racism when it goes the other way. This is just silly.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  147. Dee

    It is something we would rather not say outloud but I believe President Carter is absolutely right. What a sad situation in this great country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  148. kaye Gardner

    I truly admire President Carter for saying what all this marching and hate speech and ugly posters are about. I knew the racial divide was still among us after working in South Florida in education for 5 years. Anyone who thought we were past racial prejudice has not been listening or observing. I believe prejudice is taught and those who buy into it are almost incapable of letting that hate go.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  149. Butch

    President Obama has done more to fuel racicm in the last few months than any other factor. He has failed in my eyes to be the President he said he would be, and now people are falling back on racism as a vent for anger. I voted for Obama and I want my vote back!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  150. Barb

    Of course its true what MR.Carter said,its also refreshing to have someone with the back bone to stand up and say it outloud,people are trying to veil their dislike of him using health care,well anything he is for,but deep down its the fact that he is black,shame on all of them.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  151. Jeannie

    I absolutely agree with President Carter that racism is fueling some of the opposition to President Obama. I believe it’s fueling the fringe, not necessarily the mainstream of the Repulican party. How else can you explain the outrage over Obama speaking to schoolchildren? Bush and Reagan spoke to school kids. America needs to move past race, and the media needs to do a better job of debunking the fringe’s dishonest talking points.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  152. David

    I totally agree with the comment made by President Carter, just take a look at all the news stories of people across the country from so called religious leaders, politicians and regular joes and the seething hatred they have towards President Obama my jaw drops in disbelief that people in this day and age can be so ignorant, and believe any they are told by the religious right agenda

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  153. Troy Barber

    If a white President was proposing the same issues, do you think that kind of outburst would have happened on the floor? I do not think so.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  154. Selvin

    I applaud President Carter for having the courage to say what every sensible person who's not in denial already knows to be the truth. It's different than having someone like Al Sharpton to say those same words. As a former US President and caucasian male, his statement gives credibility to this issue.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  155. Leana Olivas

    I believe President Carter spoke the truth! It is time people get honest about what is causing the majority of the uproar every time President Obama speaks or makes any move in a positive direction.
    Why lie or cover up the racism in this country.
    Many of us hear the comments around us concerning a black man being President.
    I am an old white lady grandma...and I think it is awesome. I even changed parties to vote for him. I could take no more of the juvenile campaigning of republican party.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  156. Diane Keichinge

    I agree with Carter and thank him for being bold enough to say it.

    Because we all know this to be true. We have a black

    President get over it.

    Diane

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  157. Rex

    Hi Tony,
    Unfortunately, what Mr. Carter says is fact. I'm a white, middle aged man living in Ohio and I can certainly vouch for the fact that every President Obama hater I come across has something to say about the fact that he is black. Skirting the real issues, it always, and I emphasize always, comes down to the fact that he's black.
    If people think racism isn't alive and well in the U.S.A. they are blind.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  158. Douglas

    Jimmy Carter hit the nail on the head. When President bush was doing his deeds to get the country in the position it is in now nobody had a problem. When he used lies to take us to war, there was no tea party. When he started unauthorized telephone surveillance, there was no tea party. When he was spending Billions a month on the war in Iraq, nobody was concerned about the defecit that was being left for our kids to pay for. President Obama is at least trying to make this country better than it is and this is how THEY treat him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  159. Jill Naqvi

    I agree with Mr. Carter's sentiment...though would like to add...it seems this political racism has mutated so far that those who are opposed to President Obama are not even aware that racism is truly the underlying issue. They blatantly deny it is because of his skin color and heritage that they dislike him – they refuse to admit it is because of his race – that they disapprove of him...yet have no solid, factual reasons for opposing him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  160. Nikkia Sherrod

    President Carter has always been insightful, when it comes to the problems that plague America. He is unfortunately right on the money about America having a serious problem with President Obama because of the color of his skin and not his politics.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  161. Cliff Silvers

    President Carter is correct, racism has come to the forefront over the debate about health care and the leading proponents who have taken the lead on this is the consevative far right Republicans and those nasty and out of conrtrol so called radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. The leading Republican Senators have done nothing to stop thisother than ratchett up the noise and they ought to be ashamed of their silence.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  162. Phil Cook

    Carter was right in calling out Wilson. Republicans are doing anything they can to disrupt the conversation on healthcare.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  163. Diane

    President Carter has opened a conversation that needs to be held in a respectable manner. Many people do racist things but do not consider themselves racist. In all of my 42 years, I have never heard a person admit that they were driven by racism. They simply don't have a full understanding of what racism is so they do and say racist things. President Obama's is being targeted by racist people.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  164. Zvezdelin Tzonev

    Good Morning!
    I am agree that Racism plays role in opposition to Obama! Will take a time.
    Zev

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  165. Abraham Martinez

    Tony how can it not be racism when the leader of the tea bagers said our president is a welfare thug and he does not denotice racism at his rallys come on let's ask the really questions

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  166. Kevin

    The racism has always been there; now with such a political divide in this country it seems impossible for anyone to agree on anything. Carter just skimmed the surface of such a monumental issue in this country. We're not debating any more, we're yelling and fighting and picking sides without really considering the effects. Wilson didn't represent the people that voted for him, whether he was motivated by racism or not and that's a sign that our government is headed down the wrong path.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  167. Mary

    I respect Carter for having the guts to say what so many of us are thinking. It is really a shame that in 2009, this country is still so racist.
    I do not live in the south but I see racism every day and I am not black.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  168. Betty(VA)

    I don't know if Senator Wilson was driven by racism or not but I do know that I have friends that will not support our president because of his color. I'm not saying everyone who has issues with his policies are racists. That being said, I do believe a lot of the louder, ruder, uneducated comments are completely driven by racism. For Steele to completely dismiss Former President Carter's comments does a huge disservice to his race. Shame on those who deny this as an issue...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  169. Bill Dillon

    I agree with President Carter. I've been saying the same thing for months. I've voted in National elections since 1976 and I've never seen such vitriol toward any sitting President as I have with President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  170. RJ

    I believe there is some racisum involved. Anyone who says there isn't is living with their head in the sand. That said, alot of people aren't racist but just don't agree with the presidents policies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  171. Alex Martin

    I agree with President Carter that racism does exist. But that's not why people are disagreeing with President Obama now. Bad information coupled with Republican and Health Insurance scare tactics are causing people to be scared out of their wits. And, instead of looking at the Health Care bill, they're attacking the messenger instead of the message. People would be worried no matter what the race of the president. The insurance companies have everybody running for the hills.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  172. F

    President Carter like many of our senior citizens is not afraid o speak his mind. Michael Steele should be thankful to President Obama He is chairman of the RNC because the republican party wants to attract minorities. They are intelligent enough to put him at this post to attract the minority and younger voters, but minorities and young people are intelligent enough to recognize the game they want to play. Sorry Michael!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  173. Mike from Oak Run

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    It is rather obvious that many of the right wing protestors have demonstrated veiled and sometimes overt racism toward President Barack Obama and his family. I wouldn’t go so far as to paint all of the protestors and racist though. Some of the protestors do have some intellectually intriguing arguments. It just that the extremists are getting all of the media’s attention.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  174. Don Hibbs

    President Carter very likely understands the politics of the South much better than most. Rep. Wilson has a documented history of viewing blacks as inferior citizens. and promoting the values of the segragationist South. Put in this context, Yes, this blatent disregard for decorum is likely racial in nature.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  175. timothy l jones

    I do agree with former president carter statement. A lot of people do not want a black president and will express it any time given the chance.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  176. Bill C

    There is no doubt in my mind that racism is the primary factor for Pres. Obama's knee-jerk opposition.
    Shouting "You Lie" certainly thrilled southern racists and extreme right whites.
    More importantly (and most disheartening) is that the opposition to President Obama's speech to school children. Otherwise "normal" white people stood in angry opposition to the speech...therefore showing that racism is not just for the lunatic fringe, but is omnipresent in all classes of white people.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  177. Frederick Doolittle

    After careful analysis of the major comments made over the last 6 months it becomes evident that former President Carter is correct that there is definately an undercurrent of racial bias.

    I am writing a Book – "Anything is Possible For Those That Do Not Have To Do Iit Themselves"

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  178. Don of Iowa

    Tony, I first of all am a white male 59 years. There is little doubt the resistance to President Obama being driven by racism. I do not know how many times people have spoken out to me before knowing my political leanings here in rural Iowa and a deeply Republican area. I cannot count how many times I have heard how bad this country is doing because we now have a stupid African American as President and that he will do nothing but ruiin the country, of course the term they use for Afro-American is much ruder than the one I use here. This is very worrying to me as I see people placing their racist views about the status of our country and people, these people will do anything to discredit him and wish him to fail so badly people will never vote for a black President again and to me this is about as heinous and despicable as you can get, when you will cut off your own nose to spite your face perhaps you need to see a psychiatrist and quickly, the whole world is suffering because of your racist driven ignorance people, and the only people you are hurting are yourselves, the whole world sees how incredibly stupid the Republican party is in this country, do you really think they will trust us ever with another Republican President after this? But then again the way they are acting the Republican party is tearing itself apart piece by piece, maybe this is the best news for us all.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  179. Don Sloan

    Yes, I completely agree with President Carter. Furthermore, if there wasn't an element of Racism in the Tea Bag gatherings, why all the Racist pictures and signs? Why did so many celebrate walking and congregating with such bigotry? These were just like the symbols of White Sheets and Lynch Ropes.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  180. Suzanne

    I did not want to believe it. But after seeing and hearing the outburst on the House floor, then the things I heard from the tea party crowd, this is racism. I'm white and can't believe how these people are acting. I just have to say to Mr Steele with the RNC, sorry but you are fooling yourself into believing that these so called "Republicans" are not racist. You poor lamb. I now believe they all (Repubs) have an agenda to try to do all the harm they can to the present administration (political survivor?). I don't believe them anymore.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  181. james roberts

    republican....needs to stop this....jimmy carter is right....this despicable
    to see michael steel... open his mouth.....

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  182. EARL

    I have though that the "issues" with Pres Obama was mostly if not all based on his race. I did not want to belive this but when the same issues were presented by past presidents they were not filled with the personal attacts that Pres Obama has to endure. I also belive that the far right is doing all of this to create an air of fear in hopes gaining seats in the upcoming elections

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  183. John Roberts

    Tony,
    I whole heartely agree with former President Carter. All the e-mails I get from my Republican group, they all send racist e-mails. It is really all about the race issue. The Rebulicans have never fogiven the Democrats for running Richard Nixon out of office. They cloated with President Clinton's troubles. Most of them drink the Cool-Aid that Rush Bimbo puts out. The Tea Party is only an excuse to further spout their racist views. When you ask about George Bush, they all now claimn that they did not vote for him but rather the Party. Sounds a lot like Communist they voted the party blindly and you saw what happened there. I do not see the race issue getting any better. Only further education may help. Just my opinion.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  184. Jerome Morgan

    Wilson's comment was not intentionally racial. He probably is not aware of his internal racial feelings. What he needs to asked himself Is the the most intense issue he has heard from a President( Weapons of Mass destruction?) if not, why was this his first and the first ever outburst of this nature.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  185. Phil

    There is a great deal of disagreement that has to do with policy. However, there are racial tones to the way the differences in opinion are presented. So far, Jimmy Carter has been the most notable one to point out this very obvious fact.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  186. Mike

    If you believe everything is based in racisim then you might be a racist.
    The vast majority of Americans could care less about race. We see black and white everyday in sports and elswhere. How dare we talk about what the president said as opposed to what the congressman did not say. The president was not telling the truth of the matter. Has CNN dared to speak of that. Nope just fueled the race argument when nothing was said about race.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  187. Sand J

    I agree with President Carter....it is what they call a "white thing"...My parents said as a child to me it is the President of USA, whatever you think, as an American one do not talk about the President. One of your comment stated "Mr. Penut needs to keep his opinions to himself if our president starts taking advice from him then we are all doomed as far as im concerned he is the cause for the middle east turmoil for not standing up to Iran" so that is what we are saying for Joe Wilson.....

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  188. Tim

    Hes I agree with former President Carter. I live in the south and my whole life has been surrounded by racism. If Obama was a white they will all be dancing around him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  189. Justin

    Race has nothing to do with it. I'm a conservative, (Although not republican), and whenever I get in a discussion with a liberal and we disagree on something, it is almost a "knee-jerk" reaction for them to call me a racist. It seems they always say that when they have run out of a good argument to defend their position of more and bigger government.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  190. Vince in PA

    Closet racism is is out of the closet. Tragically, former President Carter is right on and thanks to his wisdom is willing to call it like he sees it. Why is it out of the closet? A few data points. Of course Rep Joe Wilson, it is simply repulsive to see the level of disrespect towards the President of the United States. Second, the Serena Williams backlash with the speed of her fine and rebuke is evidence. Finally, the Kanye West incident is shows a similar level of frustration between blacks and whites. We need to respect positions of authority whether the President, a line judge or a voted award winner.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  191. Michael K

    Michael Steele has demolished the same old Republican straw man.
    He is accusing President Carter of something he did not say. As such he contributes nothing to the discussion.

    President Bush earned his condemnations over eight years of diligent pursuit of policies that have left the country objectively worse off than when he came into office.

    President Obama has just started his term and already the vitriol far exceeds what his predecessor experienced. A big difference here is that far fewer people object to the current president than the previous.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  192. Barbara Kistler

    Ex President Carter is right on target with his statements on racism and the O'bama presidency. I am appalled at the amount of americans that cannot see the medical insurance issue – it is plain and simple – if you need insurance but financially cannot afford it – go with the plan – if you are secure with present coverage – continue with your insurance. our nation is considered one of the richest and leading countries. Unfortunately, ignorance is becoming a pandemic – smarten up and listen to O'bama with an open mind – wake up America!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  193. Eric

    Anyone living in Western Pennsylvania, with their eyes open, would say that racism is certainly a big part of the reason people disparage Obama. There was an effigy of the candidate hanging mere miles from home during the campaign. Kudos to Mr. Carter for having the courage to say this when everyone else wants to pretend that we have conquered racism in America. Sadly, it is still deeply a part of who we are.

    Eric
    Shelocta, PA

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  194. Dante Heinrichson

    I'm with Peresident Carter on this one.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  195. John D

    Carter was a failure as a President, because he could not grasp the feelings and concerns of the American people then. He is still out of touch today! I just cannot understand why it is that when you disagree with Obama, that you are called a racist. Harry Reid called Bush a liar. Reid did not have to apologize, nor was he censored. Is Harry Reid a Racist for calling Bush a Liar? I don't think so. What about the Mexicans and Blacks who demonstrated against Bush on immigartion and other things? Were they racist? Look in the mirror, folks. See, double standards do exist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  196. Veronica N. Dixon

    I strongly agree with former President Carter that racism plays a role in opposition to President Obama. I feel that if all races would pray for President Obama and for what he is trying to do for all races, we would all be better off.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  197. Joseph

    yes, I agree with President Carter. Race became a factor when you hold up signs that have nothing to do with the issues, use certain key words that trigger hate and seperation and treating someone like president Obama diffrently than you would normal treat any past president in a address to congress. The republicans are driving the race game in hopes it would play into people's fears because they have nothing else to work with.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  198. Glen W.

    Of course I agree with President Carter. It does not take rocket scientist to figure this one out. Example Rush Linbaugh " Obama the magic negro". The recent Tea Party in Washingto D.C. the woman who said Muslims are taking over the country. (reference to President Obama). The right wingers are bigots plan and simple. They operate on hate and emotion not fact.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  199. Mobetta

    President Carter speaks the truth. Lets have a look at all the anti Obama activity that existed long before jimmy Carter's current assessment. I have never heard any White person admit to being racist. This country has accepted White America's supposition that it isn't racist. Every hint or suggestion that white racism in this society exists, is always quieted. The reality is, this country is still steeped in racists attttudes, and in many areas across this nation, the practice of racism is still tolerated. A woman recently beaten in front of her daughter by a cowardly white man, who yelled racial slurs at her is one prime example. This country is still backstroking in its racist ways. Some progress has been made, but if a careful study of racist actions is undertaken, the obvious conclusion would be that this country willingly still holds on to many racist notions toward its African American populus.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  200. philly

    I do not agree with former president Carter. This is just another democrat using the race card. What does being a liar have to do with the color of your skin?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  201. fred goings

    I totally agree with former President Carter this society was not ready for a black president racist views from the past from negative people continues rear its ugly head.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  202. oldhippiesnevergiveup

    President Carter is exactly right. I grew up in a small town in NC during the 1950's, and I feel a similar unreasoning/intolerant environment around me. Even then, in the Jim Crow South, people insisted they were not racist! I remember it all, the identification of blacks as "other" and "not like us", as communist, socialist, etc.

    After Obama was elected, I let myself believe we had conquered racism (for the most part). My first words were, "I can die now. . ." Maybe not yet.

    Peace. Jane

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  203. Mr. A Demint

    Yes Tony it is indicative of racism and I can speak first hand because I reside in the state of South Carolina. Whites people here (not all there is a scattered few) express high disdain at the idea of black man being president and state that he is not their president. Wilson comment rallies his conservative base that spew racial slurs that I have not seen displayed by the democrats who may oppose ideas by Obama. Yet we did not have tea parties or mock pictures of President Bush, President Clinton, President Reagan, President Carter that were racial or so called Socialist. They are being true to their roots. You know a tree by the fruit it bear.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  204. Amy

    I believe that it is definitely racism that rep. Wilson displayed. At no time would he have expressed his opinion if the president bush was on the podium. It is a lack of respect not only for the president Obama but for the troops and all americans. He is our commander and chief and we all need to start remembering that! Kudos to President Carter for standing up and pointing out the obvious.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  205. Tiffany Winkler- Phoenix, AZ

    I absolutely agree with Pres. Carter. The underlying racial tones are a clear and present danger for out future. The many signs and words that were demonstrated at the 9/12 march showed us this in abundance. The so called tea party is anything but what that term suggests. They are a violent, hateful group of very uninformed Americans. and the ones who are informed and still spew these lies in order to fuel the fires should be held responsible for their actions and words. It is a dangerous thing, ignorance and when in the wrong hands can be disastrous.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  206. Erik Kurtz

    I agree with Carter. Joe Wilson's outburst was racist, and the fact that he offered an empty apology all the more lame. He is receiving donations to his campaign because of his comment, and therefore appears to be profiting from his racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  207. Deb Shaw

    I agree with President Carter that a lot of the white people in this country as closet racists. I know my daughter is married to a black man and my family hardly ever communicates with my daughter or her children, citing how "busy" they are, yet they are constantly showering attention on her cousins and their children who are white. I think many peoplel may not even realize that's what they are doing, but many more know exactly what they are doing, but ashamed to name it so they cloak it in every other reason except racism, thinking no one will guess. My test: many of these very same people would heartily approve the actions of the president right now if that president were a Clinton or a McCain. Right now there is a rift between myself and my sister because she is a staunch FOX news supporter and refuses to even have an intelligent discussion about the problems we are having, and absolutely refuses to give equal time to CNN, the Wall Street Journal, or any other news body that does not agree with Glenn Beck. They can call it what ever they want, it is racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  208. Gary Gainous

    Yes, the majority of Americans who attend these tea parties and town hall meetings are people who did not vote for President Obama, however I believe the hateful labels (Hitler, Marxist) and those who question the legitimacy of the President Birth right are indeed racist. It was quite evident when the parents and schools who not let the children listen to his education speech, something that past presidents had the privilege to provide the guidance that children need. I served in the military for 24 years and I am trouble with the current division in the country. I am not feeling proud as an African American!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  209. monica barbeau

    Bravo to past President Carter, who was bold enough to bring the issue of racism to the forefront and call it what it is!!

    It's time America deals with the realities and get down to the Business at hand!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  210. Dave from San Diego

    I agree there is a strong degree of racism in criticism of President Obama, and fear that the ultimate goal of some is to stir the hatred to the point of assassination.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  211. Ryan

    Republicans are such hypocrites. They were the ones who were against Obama's speech to schools, against Obama's health care reform by brain-washed people into believing that Obama is ruining the US, and pushed to see whether Obama had a legit birth certificate..etc. I believe there is somewhat racism from Republicans and that is a disgrace. They should grow up and begin respecting the president, for he is the president.

    "Change WE can believe in"

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  212. Carol Michigan

    Yes I agree with Jimmy Carter....Although I knew long before he said it. I live near a small town and the racists things I have heard since President Obama got elected are awful. There will always be the group of strong republicans, but there is a "new' bunch of racists that are calling themselves republicans. That is who we see at Town Hall meetings with hate signs and threats. That is who was at the White House threatening revolution. They are the ones who say "we want our country back"....And they are ugly...And it will get worse if not addressed....I as a white American do not have a solution but oh yes America this is racism. It makes me embrassed to be a white American......

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  213. Clark Maggitt

    Yes Carter is right Its The United Snakes that wrong!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  214. Sheila Macpherson

    It is apparent that much of the opposition to President Obama is fueled by whites who are fearful of a black man in such a powerful position. It started with the race to purchase guns when people saw that he had a chance to win the presidency, and has not stopped.

    Contrary to the RNC's statement, this is not to say all opposition to President Obama is racially motivated. To the contrary. There is a reasonable, intellectually motivated segment of the Republican Party whose arguments we need in order to stay a vital democracy. It would behoove these Republicans to distance themselves from the racism that the worst of their party is cultivating.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  215. aron

    The republicans are liars and most of the protests are motivated by race, take a look at some of the signs they are very racists and the..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  216. Patricia

    Jimmy Carter is right! This madness has become very racially motivated by the ugly comments, pictures and actions from the Republician Party. Thank God President Carter is bold enough to speak to it!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  217. Crigler

    Pres. Carter is absolutely right. Rush & and that other idiot are perpetuated racism. Obama inherited a deficit off the chart and Geo W inherited a surplus. How soon white AM forgets blows my mind.
    The GOP complains about the health care bill but will not offer ANYTHING that will resolved the differences they have with DMC.
    The GOP uses fear to the general public to push their own agenda, problem is, they have NO AGENDA that will help resolve AM's problems.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  218. Lisa

    Yes. Anyone who denies race doesn't play a part in this is delusional.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  219. Milani

    I completely agree with President Carter. He is the only one that is pointing out what a lot of Americans already know. All you have to do is look at most of the protestors signs and what is being stated on right wing blogs.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  220. Jane Gentile-Youd

    What color was Michael Jackson? Race is NOT the issue with Obama on ANY issue
    THE MOST CELEBRATED ENTERTANER-despite his personal problems was BLACK.
    Carter is either losing it or has already lost it.
    Secondly if you are another nationality -other than American – you should NOT serve as Presdent. President Carter thinks its okay to be "African before bieng American'/
    I don't want a POLISH-AMERICAN President, I don't want a 'HISPANIC-AMERICAN President', I want an AMERICAN PRESDENT. If Obama is African before he is American and Carter accepts his African herigage as more important than his American heritage then Carter is losing his mind. Obama is being judged by his actions and not by his color.
    Jane
    Ormond Beach

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  221. Rosa Smith

    I agree with President Carter. Racism is absolutely at the core of the bashing of President Obama. I hope Michael Steele can spend the salary he collects from the RNC because it is well-earned. Everything he says from his position as RNC chair must go against everything he really feels and really stands for. My sympathies, my brother.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  222. Michael Menchaca

    Not only do I believe racism lies at the root of opposition to President Obama, I also believe racism is quickly becoming socially acceptable as It is demonstrated by our nation's leadership. I am an American of Mexican descent living in Santa Clarita, Calif., a very conservative town near Los Angeles. Just yesterday I was called "n-–" by someone who shoved his way in front of me at the gas pump.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  223. Show

    Hi Tony,

    If we keep saying the attacks on President Obama is not race-inclined, how then do we explain the action of parents stopping their children from attending schools when the President was visiting but the same schools cancelled a field trip to welcome, attend and listen to former President George W. Bush?
    Former President Carter's statement should be taken for the credit it deserves. Firstly, as an elder stateman who has done a lot for the betterment and improvement of integration in the american society, and secondly as a white man, disparaging his comments should be seen by all humanity loving people as a fact-facing, problem-tackling statement rather than trivialise the age-long problem that is racism in the american society.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  224. cindy jolley

    First there was the intense opposition to President Obama's address to school children. I watched to speech and there was nothing political about it; it was inspiring. Then the signs with Obama dressed in feathers and a loin cloth, claiming that he is a Witch Dr. and a Muslim. I didn't want to believe that racism was at the base of all this opposition but I do now. I fear that the opposition to Obama's address to school children is going to be representative of the Republicans response to anything that Obama tries to do. It is not so much opposition to the message or the policy but opposition to the Man. And I believe that it is based in RACISM.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  225. Angela Tacoma

    Michael Steel acts as a token for the republican party, you only hear from him when racial comments have been made, and they need to attempt to play down the position, My family is very diverse in culture, even they can see what is really happening...President Carter speaks the truth, I know I lived it growing up in the south, Steel is in as much as denial as the rest of the republican party.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  226. Joseph Edgecombe, Boston

    Barack and the democratic agenda is suffering from a lack of support of american political history, we need to have an educated perspective of americas recent history (the chisholm and carter era) in order to deliver a unified solution for current affairs and plan for the furure America.

    Carter is good, But need to follow follow our original Political leader of the Change Movement – Shirley Chisholm.
    The media has done a terrible job on reporting the facts of truth about americal political history, we don't want to hear hype about obama but facts about american political progress...and historicallandmarks in time.

    The political/media neglect of shirley chisholm adds to the issues that racism is still alive and well in america.

    Washington need to address these issues in a proactive manner through the whitehouse office of urban policy/affairs and the office of domestic affairs/policy.

    America must address these issues and not try to coerce people into living in a state of denial.. denial only ruins americas international image and reputation and standing in the world, we must follow our original Political Leader on these issues Democratic Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm.

    Shirley Chisholm – Americas and Catalyst for change and the Presidential founder of the change movement in America, She has received honorary doctorates from 31 institutions.

    Barack Obamas Office of Urban Affairs – Should be dedicated or named in honor or 1972 Presidential Candidate Shirley Anita-Hill Chisholm.

    Barack Obamas – new Office of Urban Affairs – Should be dedicated or named in honor or 1972 Presidential Candidate Shirley Anita-Hill Chisholm, for her valiant and unprecedented efforts to bring change to America during the politically dramatic, pressing and critical times of the early 1970’s.

    She remains the Model Leader for many Americans across the country and across the world, but she has been practically assassinated by the American political-media complex and therefore needs to be properly recognized for hes contributions to this country and the world.

    She is the unrecognized Change Agent and Trailblazer who broke all barriers for everyone in this country – towards the creation of the country which we all enjoy today.

    She also fought for the equal rights and the equal rights amendment, It would only be right and just to complete her hard work by ratifying the equal rights amendment by amending the constitution of the United states of America…and yes the issue is an URBAN AFFAIRS and URBAN POLICY.

    Joseph Edgecombe, F.A.C.T.S. – Prgressive Assoc., Boston

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  227. Courtney

    I have lived in the south all my life and racism is alive and well here. I hear racist comments about Obama on a regular basis. I'm in outside sales and do a lot of traveling and I speak with many people a day. It's very sad, because I hear it from all kinds of people, not just the uneducated right wingers at the town hall meetings, who cannot speak full sentences but just shout out obscenities. If Micheal Steele, or any of you who have posted here are so naive to think there is not some racially backed politics, then you should spend some considerable time in the south.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  228. Alex

    Tony, President Carter is spot on in his observation. Anyone with a pulse can see that racism is the motivation for the anti Obama sentiment in this country. We saw it with the controversy over his desire to speak to our kids in school (did you hear about the school district that was allowing all of its 5th graders to go see former President Bush speak...that was no problem) and we saw it with Joe Wilson's comment during the joint session of congress. I am flabbergasted that our country is treating a smart, bright, caring president as if he is some yahoo from another planet. Unfortunately, in the long run our country will suffer because of this.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  229. Tom Gutridge

    Tony, Former President Carter grew up in the South, as did I, and he should recognize all the forms of veiled racism that Southerners and others still use. Apparently, Mr. Steele grew up some where else or has not been observant enough to know whether or not he's ever been slighted racially.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  230. Lonnie

    I agree with President Carter and I am glad someone have come out to make that statement. Now we all need to get behind President Carter and get Americans to stop this racism this is 2009 not 1955. We need to let President Obama do his job and get this county back on track. If you do not like what President Obama is doing then vote him out in 20012. We put up with President Bush for eight years now it time to clean up.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  231. mark foster texas

    president carter is correct in his accesment, now the republicans will react with outrage, saying that they dont have a racist bone in their bodies, racist bones is not the problem however racist thoughts is.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  232. Mary

    I have to agree with former President Carter and it makes me sad and embarassed for our country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  233. Rosanne Weed Ca.

    Yes I think Carter is right. How sad. Obama's supporter's need to speak up to help drown out some of the hate.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  234. rlhofer@verizon.net

    I agree with former President Carter that racism is behind much of the criticism of President Obama. Such racists are afraid to publicly make their true racist feelings known, so they make up rediculous reasons(birthers, death panels, etc) to attack Obama with. If you were to go to a bar and have a few beers with one of these people, I guarantee you will hear their true feelings as long as they think it is "off the record". NOTE: I do not think ALL people who are critical of Obama or his policies are racists, but I do believe it is a significant percentage.

    Dan

    Texas

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  235. tony mandrell

    i agree with President Carter. the reason i do is two of the people who are terrified of our black president are my parents. these people will not admit it to anyone who is not like them. the right wing talkers like rush and glen are whipping these people into a frenzy every day. i am continually worried for the safty of our president.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  236. Aaron Swepston

    President Carter is absolutely correct. As much as we would like to believe that we have risen above racism, to think that we have achieved it is a lie. We "want" to be above it, and say we are above it, but it rears its ugly head every single day in subtle as well as blatant ways. Look at the campaign; it was filled with racial innuendo, Obama is a Muslim, he's not one of us, and on and on. Complete with the token blacks thrown in to try to prove there isn't a racial element to it. Look who the GOP threw in to voice their rebuttal. You think the fact he is black, proclaiming that it is about policy no race, is a coincident? There's hundreds of GOP opponents to the health care reform, and how many are black, and how did this guy rise to the front? Race, plain and simple. President Carter speaks the truth, he says race plays a part, and then the GOP pulls a race card out of their deck to try to counter it. Shame on them.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  237. Chris

    There are most definitely racially motivated feelings of hate being expressed under the guise of political dissent. The GOP has been in the market of fear for quite awhile (ie. wars, red-scare tactics, death panels). I don't think any intelligent person would intentionally use racial epithets to further a position but the fact that protest signs accidentally end up racially disparaging shows a deep seeded racism most are not even aware.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  238. jon

    There is some truth to what President Carter says. But the democrats and blacks in general are dismissing all criticism of Obama as racist. That's not only wrong it's dangerous. There only two choices today, argree or be a racist. It makes rational discussion impossible. Washington is losing it's ability to govern as a result of this. United we stand, divided we fall. Brace yourself for the impact..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  239. Frank Geffrard

    What do you call it when parents take their school children out of class so as not to hear a speech by the president? What do you call it when people raise sign depicting Obama as a large mouth, large nose effigy? what do you call it when people like Rush Limbaugh associate the election of Obama to multi-culturalism? And is it not racism that a Congressman from Texas finds it necessary to point at the president of the United States in the middle of a speech on Capitol Hill, to call him a liar. As Maureen Dowd said, the words "You lie BOY" is not heard but understood.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  240. Paul

    Carter is beyond right. I see it with my own father. Whenever we talk about politics and he starts ragging on Obama it is easy for me to debunk anything he says about it and it only takes a few minutes of him being proven wrong before "that stupid n***** doesn't know what he's doing" ... yeah, this from my own father ... ain't progress great. I live in a rural area of NY and I hear this ALL the time. Whenever people are proven wrong with their asinine comments it always ends up in a statement like that. It is truly sad that this kind of thinking still exists in this country ... I had hoped we, as a country, had grown up ... I guess I was wrong.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  241. Bob Stewart

    President Carter is a respected, decent, and truthful man.

    He grew up and lived in the heart of the south,
    and that qualifies him to provide first hand expert opinions
    on the state of racism in the south.

    I believe he is correct and is telling the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  242. Jim Smith

    Former President Carter is absolutely right. Racism does play a role in both the intensity and the character of some, certainly not all, of those who have been so vitriolic and hateful in their opposition to President Obama personally and to his proposals. Those who have legitimate and responsible disagreements with the policies of this administration are going to be painted with the same brush as the "nut jobs" doing all the yelling.The role of the media must not be overlooked in helping to fuel many of those passions and untruths, namely right wing radio and tv personalities, for whom truth and common sense are irrelevant values.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  243. chris

    B Edwards – Well written....and true

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  244. Mike A

    Unfortunately, I think Carter is right. I think the President's race has allowed latent or repressed bigotry to surface under the guise of, or at least heightening, disparagement of his performance. Anybody that thought race wouldn't be an issue after the election is blind, unlike Michael Steele, who is a talking disaster for Republicans.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  245. SpringWolf

    I find it interesting that the Republican Party attacks the reputation of a former President, when they themselves said just a few years ago that if you disagreed with their President and the war in Iraq, you were a traitor and unAmerican. Perhaps people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks.

    Yes I agree with President Carter. And as a white American I find this expression of racism so very sad. It is obvious by the little brouhahas that have occurred thus far in Obama's term, that the discord of his presidency are based on racism. Especially when some of the things he has done (the speech to schools last week for instance) is something that many former "White" Presidents have done. Why was this one different? The only difference I see is that Obama is black.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  246. Vaughn Copey

    Tony,

    Jimmy Carter is 100% correct. As a white male, it is very apparent to me from looking at many of the gun-toting, derogatory sign-carrying individuals at the anti-Obama rallies. It is unfortunate that there is a contingency of people, mainly on the far right, who cannot accept that Obama beat McCain in the election. Even many of the leaders of these anti-Obama movements regularly post racial comments on their blogs. It is a sad state of affairs for this country.

    VAC
    Syracuse, NY

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  247. Robert McDonald

    I certainly agree with former president Carter. It seems there are those who refuse to accept a black man as President and will do everything they can to discredit him or have him fail. It is sad, because they are blinded to the fact that history is on his side and it is ineviatble that minorities will become a force to reckon with in every aspect of the American way of life. United we will stand but divided we will fall and the whole world is watching.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  248. ElleJaye

    Did not say exclusive race relations, just part of the behaviors and sentiment seem like the attitude of a racial south historically.
    Seems like the place for any anti O group finding a comfy place with kindred spirits....their support group. But really, no one would have been surprised to see white sheets somewhere at the tea party...

    Have to see it there among all the other statements and behaviors

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  249. Pat

    Although i was born and raised in the Midwest, I lived in South Georgia, like Jimmy Carter, for over 30 years. Although i don't think all the protests are based on racism, I do think some of it is. All one has to do is to look at the recent town halll meetings and the protesters. You would be hard pressed to see a lot of non-white faces in the crowd. I also think the media hype over President Carter's comments are over blown. He didn't say all the protests are based on racist, but some of them are. I agree with that.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  250. Mike in GA

    Jimmy Carter is a true humanitarian, peacemaker and moralist. His opinion is based on an exemplary life's work, not ratings.

    Of course racism plays a significant role in the current culture. Whether it personally motivates filth-mongers like Wilson, or whether the Republican Party is simply cynically manipulating the basest emotions amongst the ignorant by virulently attacking this president, the result is the same: it goes to the Republican's goal of obscuring the real debate with something pointless.

    Fix healthcare. End wars. Bring justice to the people who are victimized by Corporate evils. Stop taking the Radical Right's bait.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  251. Keith

    Absolutely.

    President Carter will undoubtedly get flak for saying so, but the truth is that the response to President Obama from the so called 'right' is largely fueled by racisim.

    Living in George Bush's home state of TX ,racisim toward Obama is so very prevalent as to make it nearly impossible to have a public discourse on politics. Especially in the Houston/College Station region. White people here are so very readily anti-Obama without even thinking about what they are supporting or even saying.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  252. cats

    African witch doctor signs mocking the President? Endless incoherent diatribes about Obama when the health care bill is written by Congress, not the President? No demonstrations by these people when Bush insisted on $900 billion in bailouts to Fmae/mac and Wall Street corporations in the final months of 2008?
    Of course President Carter is right. It is about race.
    I am a middle aged caucasion woman from Texas, in case you are curious.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  253. Milo Gray, Jr

    I do agree with Former President Carter. I believe there are people who don't believe that a biracial or black, or hispanic are qualified to lead this country. I have seen many instances, some more overt than others. I believe some people don't realize they have these feelings, and don't want to acknowledge them. I believe this countrey has come a long waty toward reducing racism, but it still has a good way to go.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  254. D

    Former President Carter is right on the money! I have family in the South that were fearful from the moment Pres. Obama was elected based on his race. Racism is still rampant among less educated Southerners and what I would call "country folk" across the country. I was born in GA and live in Arizona and I have heard the comments from white friends and family since the election. People fear what they do not know and being raised in the South, it is very common to be taught to distrust the black man. For some reason, I have never been that way and have argued my whole life against this bigotry. A person is good or bad based on themselves not the color of their skin.

    President Obama has earned his position, is a great man, and will prove them all wrong. Being a black man, he understands that racism is still rampant but he is a bigger man than that and is doing his job despite it. I could be no more proud of a president than I am him. Great man! Change is difficult and it will take a while before the less extreme racists start seeing the good that people of all colors do for this country. Some people will never burn their white sheets.
    Keep Your Chin Up Mr President!

    From D, AZ

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  255. Rob

    Tony,
    Former President Carter can be criticized for a lot of things, but one
    thing the man knows about is racism, having grown up in a racially segregated society in Georgia.
    Michael Steele, on the other hand, as the Chairman of the Republican Party wouldn't (as opposed to couldn't) recognize racism
    if it bit him on his ass! You never bite the hand that feeds you!

    Rob
    Danville, CA

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  256. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I get the eebee jeebees every time I see Carters face on the T.V. I was in the Navy and when I got back from the Iran rescue mission I went all the way to the White house just to call him a coward and Roselin heard what I said and I still stand by what I said .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  257. Jonathan, NY

    While racism does exist in this country, to say that Joe Wilson's comment was racially motivated is absurd. I am amazed that a supposedly smart man would say such a dumb thing. Furthermore, Jimmy Carter's foolish comments will do nothing more than anger those opposed to the presidents policies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  258. april

    So happy someone is finally saying that racism is playing a huge role in this backlash against the President. It's an undercurrent that runs deep and is almost palpable. I have never heard of a senator ever yelling/shouting out during a presidential speech directly addressing the President in such a disparaging manner.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  259. Art Rogers

    America became a wealthy nation through racial injustices and discrimination. Michael Steel is simply a puppet for many of them.
    President Carter, perhaps the wisest man to hold that office, has the courage and decency to speak the truth.
    America, has always had too many racist. Unfortunate it always will.
    Steele can't even speak the word integrity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  260. Fred dean Weaver Oklahoma city

    I agree with Jimmy Carter. Republicans time after time prve they are racist. Republicans has said too many racist remarks not to be racist. Republicans sould go into Congress with White Robes and White Hoods on. Im white male 62 years old and verry upset with Republicans, Lou Dobbs and Americans who are Racist, They are liars everytime they say they are not Racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  261. Malcolm C

    Remember only half of this country voted for Obama. Only a small portion less than 5% of white men voted for him..Umh! If you can treat the President with total disregard as a racist, imagine what the average black person face on a daily bases.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  262. Charles W (Atlanta)

    Jimmy Carter is right Racism still exists in this country it does not matter who you are or what position your in you can't change peoples heart only GOD can do that. And for someone to say Racism does not exist needs to come to the real world and step in a African American shoes then they will see that it still exist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  263. Alisa H

    I do agree with President Carter. But racism comes from all policital parties not just Republicans. But to ignore it like Steele did on his comment about racism just shows you that Steele truly don't want to speak about it cause he knows it's true. I would love to talk to this man and have him try to convince me that racism does not pay a part in politics.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  264. Phyllis Andrews

    It has slowly become clear to me that the town hall protests are racially motivated. People don't even realize they are prejudiced, it is so deeply ingrained. As for Mr. Steele, I suspect that deep down, he realizes the town hall protests are racially motivated too but dares not say it because he is where he is by the grace of those who are prejudiced against his group.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  265. gilbert zuniga

    I wholeheartedly agree with ex-Pres. Carter when he says that Joe Wilson's ill-timed outburst is based on racism. He should know- Pres. Carter is from the south, you know, and being white he knows how whites think, how they express their views and feelings in carefully coded subliminal messages. Add to this the fact that Joe Wilson is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy organization, which has been overtaken by the "Lunatics." What else can anyone expect? And here I thought that we were over the days of white robes and cross burning! Sincerely, Gilberto Zuniga El Paso, TX

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  266. Don of Iowa

    Kari you need to look at reality, during the Bush administration this type of political bashing by the Republican party was in full force and they bullied EVERYONE, the Democrats have done nothing at the level Republicans have stooped to, to believe otherwise is to put your head in the sand and pretend the truth does not exist, the party of hatred and disccourse and divisive tactics is none other than the party you defend.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  267. Dorothy Jacocks

    I, totally agree with former president Jimmy Carter's comment about racism in america. I don't see why anyone is shocked. Everyone knows the history of america. White people has always thought themselves to superior to blacks. Thank you Mr. Carter for calling a spade a spade.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  268. Jim Pierson

    Inevitably, fear of losing power has created a tidal wave of efete efforts to undermine our current leaders at all costs. Unfortunately, the sheep-like followers of threatened moneyed interests will not be mollified, as change must come from within. Our government, in the best interest of the majority who elected them, must move forward, not being deterred by those "nattering nabobs of negativism".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  269. ron m

    Tony, It's the White Elephant in the room and only some one like President Carter has the freedom to say what a lot of us know is going on. To be shocked or outraged by a statement like this is disingenuous.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  270. Jerry Sheehan

    YES! I agree with Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  271. Alan

    Unfortunate that it is racism is the only weapon left used by the week minded. The future is clear. We Americans want the best and no longer these older foolish individuals to continually ruin it for the rest of us. Can't wait to see a woman, Asian,Latin president

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  272. Joe

    OF course, racism is involved.

    The Republican party has taken an Aryan nation approach to their political agenda.

    RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, will find himself under the same bus that ran over Colin Powell. Steele became chairman only to act as a counterbalance to Obama.

    However, most of these GOP puppets are only concerned with how much money is in their bank accounts when they leave the stage.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  273. Armando Marquez

    President Carter is unfortunately quite right. Much of the South is still segregated with poorly funded schools for Blacks. Much of the rest of the country is still segregated also with poorly funded schools for Blacks and Hispanics based largely on economic and class differences. These "in your face" facts show that much of American is in denial, while the apologists for racists are giving subtle and not so subtle encouragement to acts like the outburst in Congress; and the more flagrant signs and posters which are euphenisms for the Black jokes.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  274. Roger

    Isn't it obvious!! I'm a white 62 year young blue collar guy. When I'm around people who I know are conservative, I hear the "N" word used. I never hear it around people whom I know to be liberal. When I relized this I saw the real difference between the two sides.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  275. pat

    Thank you Carter! You only said what not enough of us are brave enough or enlightened enough to admit. You have my up- most respect.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  276. Sherry

    Jimmy Carter is right on. People want change, but when it comes right down to it, they don't.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  277. Dan Solliday

    Racism is alive and well in America. Facing a nation led by a black man, with a black wife and black children sullying the hallowed halls of a house they long considered to be for whites only, Republicans are taking less care to cloak their racism in their criticisms of Obama. From the racially-tinged character attacks on Obama to the unhinged rhetoric of the birthers and the overall vicious and fact-free spew of reactionary cranks across the right-wing radio dial, blatant racism is replacing caution. The cries of "I want my country back" have revealed what the healthcare reform debate, for many, is really about: whites have become a minority and they are not at all comfortable with having a black man in the White house.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  278. Sandal Kelly

    People might not like the idea that President Carter was the one who exposed the truth. Yes, it is true that the white vote help put President Obama in office as our leader. It is also true that there are racists societies in our country, in our communities that resent the fact that an African American is the President of the United States and will find ways to discredit him regardless of his policies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  279. Geushia Armstrong-Forehand

    Yes, I agree with Former Pres. Carter all of the screaming and negative talk stems from racism. Its where the disparity in the white culture and the black culture come through. Its why the incarceration is what it is, the home ownership rate, the educational disparity. People of color are thought of as inferior by whites in so many ways. It is not spoken about out loud so much anymore but it is still there. The conservative movement has been preaching the return to family values movement so long. And, it has never been addressed that their call to go back in time is a call to overt control by whites of their surroundings. Back to the 1950's, which was only good for the whites the rest of America had to go to the back of the bus.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  280. Steve Gersman

    Since much of the opposition to President Obama is voiced by people either totally unaware of or disingenuous about the facts of the issues, what else can be the cause of their anger and tactics but latent racism?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  281. Naomi Cramer

    I agree with President Carter. Obama's presidency has brought out into the open the somewhat unconscious/self controlled racism even in those who would not see themselves as having those thoughts. If it was just a policy disagreement the discourse would be much more civil.
    The outrage against President Carter is just another example of the defense mechanism mode with which the opposition is deluding itself. ..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  282. CEH

    It is laughable that liberals are up in arms about "disrespecting" the President. I watched news coverage of liberal protests against President Bush. I remember the signs: "Bush: wanted dead or alive" (the word "alive" crossed out). Another sign at a pro-choice rally: "Too bad Barbara did not have a choice". These are just a few. I saw these – I don't need a blog or radio host to tell me this. At President Obama's inauguration, President Bush was booed when announced as he was taking his seat. Also at the inauguration, likenesses of President Bush being bashed with shoes were popular. There was also a movie about assassinating President Bush made while he was in office. Imagine what would happen if it were President Obama portrayed. What a double standard.

    Many who voted for President Obama are part of the recent protests. His policies are a lurch to the left in a center / center-right country. The left is playing the race card to detract from the fact that many in this country have valid concerns about this administration and the Congressional leaders.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  283. teejay

    yes Prez . Carter is 100 per cent right and i am a 49 n year old white male
    i voted for Prez Obama yet my family and kin folk fell just like prez.Carte said.and they no shy in telling you there opinion teejay from Houston Tx.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  284. Victoria Carson

    President Carter is exactly right to be direct and identify racism in America. I agree with Maya Angelou ... just because we have a black president does not mean racism is over in America. This is just the beginning of the end of this terrible national nightmare which we all have to work hard at every day to dispell – ALL OF US. I am "white" and I am ashamed when white people in America cannot recognize occult racism when they see it. In fact, lately, the "hidden racism" among whites has become so strong and prevalent that they even call people "macaca" and "tar baby" and wonder why anyone would be offended by this. Well, I wonder why they are not offended.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  285. Norman Theberge

    President Carter, a truly great man of our times, has spoken the truth.
    God bless him for this and God save us from the radical right hate groups and protect President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  286. Susan Bleiler

    I agree with former President Carter's observations. I have had the same sense given the drama I've witnessed in the last couple of months. I have no problem with vigorous debate on the issues but the language and vitrole I've heard makes me think that people's motivations run deeper and are perhaps more sinister than what appears on the surface in terms of health care and economics.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  287. Jonn McDaniel

    President Carter is correct in stating that racism still exists and must be addressed in ways that bring about education and reconciliation. However, to say that any comment that disagrees with the President is born out of racism is ignorant and promotes the very partisanship that keeps this country from finding common ground among our politicians.

    President Carter has obviously forgotten that freedom of speech is not designed to protect the right to express ideas that everyone agrees with. It is designed to protect the right to express ideas that no one agrees with.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  288. Anwar

    President Jimmy Carter is highly respected around the globe for his humanistic views and activities for the betterment of the public. Majority of people believe including myself that most of his concerns and comments are true & geniune and they are direct from the heart. I agree with President Jimmy Carter's view that Racism plays role in opposition to Obama, and I applaud him for putting the finger exactly where it hurts.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  289. Bob, Mi

    Glad to se that Jimmy is still speaking the plain truth. Everyone else dances around the topic and trys to pretent it dosn't exsist today. I've lived in the deep soulth and western Carolina's. We all new who the grand dragon was and where he lived. I see these people in all these protests.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  290. js

    Carter is right, This has never happened before,wilson is rude & crude & very southern. Steal is just a part of the party that says NO on helping the middle class,sad for our nation.
    EVERYONE I KNOW WANTS A PUBLIC OP,IN HEALTHCARE.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  291. Valerie

    I believe what the former President said, he hit it on the nail on the head. Too bad the leaders of the republican party don't denounce the kind of behavior that is shown on TV with the right wing and their little tea parties. Beck, O'Reilly, and Hannity are fueling the fire with their rhetoric. I'm a Native American and have lived in the world of racism all my life and it is still alive and well where I live. Some people just don't want to admit it, and you can't fix something you don't acknowledge.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  292. Charlie Conley

    Tony,I am 66 years old.I was raised in the south,during what was known as JIM CROW! wITH THAT SAID; I have to agree with former president Jimmy Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  293. George Brown

    Thank Heavens for Jimmy Carter! I totally agree with his comments and have been thinking for weeks that racism has to have some bearing on the attitudes of some of the Republicans, notably in the south. There is no other reason for the lack of positive action forward by the Republican Party to help return the United States to a successful future.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  294. Doris Teague

    I agree 100% with President Carter. I am proud of him for saying what a lot of us would like to say.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  295. jamie

    I agree with former President Carter. It is becoming more and more obvious as the days and weeks pass

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  296. Joyce Cunningham

    I disagree with President Carter. There are a lot of contradictions within the proposed health bill. One democratic senator pointed out that there is indeed a provision in the bill that would allow payment for abortions and he advised President Obama's staff of this. President Obama, after getting this information, again went on TV and said that it would not fund abortions. I disagree with Congressman Wilson on his outburst, but in fact, the information was not true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  297. Patrick

    I agree with President Carter. Race is playing a significant part in the oppisition to President Barack Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  298. Anthony

    yes I think president Carter is right in his remarks. of course the right wing will deny it, but racism is the driving force
    behind their opposition. they as the former president. noted
    they don't believe the
    black people are as capable as they are to run the
    country, even though bush was at best mediocre but he was
    white

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  299. Nick Dilegge

    We/ the U.S. can't afford the health care reform proposed by the administration in its present form. This isn't about race its about economics period. Carter is just joining the democrat band wagon to use race as an excuse because they are out of ideas. I don't think anyone is truely happy with healthcare as is, but there are many other proposals out there that will make more sense. I.E tort reform

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  300. GARLAND SINCLAIR

    I fully agree with President Carter. There is a lot of prejudice rearing its head after the election of President Obama. Those who do not admit its' existance is a liar.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  301. Ruffnek

    Of course it's racism, however it's clothed. What does, "Give our country back" mean? How else to explain the out-of-bounds rage? Even bad behavior of white presidents didn't get such gut-felt outbursts, claims of illegitimacy, and narrow-minded, focused attacks. This is the most wholesome we have had in the White House for decades, and the most reasoned, intelligent President as well. Some white men cannot stand a black man "above" them; I have seen this same thing in the workplace. "Code words" and obscure phrases used to object to black leadership. Ppl saying these things should seek insight into their true feelings and motives.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  302. Thomas

    Former President Jimmy Carter hit the nail on the head concerning racism in this country, the United States of America. I am a 51 year old caucasion male. This being said, so as not to think with racist thoughts that I am of color and prejudice. I believe the GOP is trying desperately to bring down President Obama as they are so scorned that an African-American could be voted in office over they're old cronies whom some try over and over and I would not vote for dog catcher! The GOP is in desperate mode, and rightly should be. Pass this health care bill without one Republican and make my day! Racist loosers, is that what you want running this great country? If you do, vote and remain Republican. Oh, did I mention, I am a former Republican! I knew a good thing when I saw and heard then President elect Obama, and changed with no regrets.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  303. Ernest

    I applaud President Carter for stating the obvious.It is about time the truth has been told.The RNC chairman is only in that position because of the Obama Presidency and should understand that.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  304. Nadeem

    President Carter specifically said it is not just the south, but all over the country and he is right. The south is anything south of the Canadian border as far as I'm concerned. Those of you who preface your argument that anyone that disagrees with President Obama is considered racist by the left is a bunch of BS and you know it. I personally don't expect everyone to agree with him because as an advid supporter I don't agree with him on every issue. The issue is the cracker class that come out with the signs, the derogatory comments, the guns and threats. Carter is right by saying there are people in this country that can't except a black man a president. And if you disagree with that then you are probably one of them or live on another planet. Yes there were many many progressive whites that were key to getting Obama elected and to them I say bravo. Its that other 30% or so of the right wing bigots that can hardly control themselves that are showing there true colors. For those of you who say there is no racism at play here, please try and real for once in your life.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  305. Joe1071

    Tony I think president carter hit a point that a lot of americans are feeling right now.It seems like when the president does something right its always wrong.People give him a chance he hasn't even been in office a year yet and they are ready to impeach him,racism a underlying tone,hmmmm

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  306. D Quinn

    I have seen it in my workplace this past week when a co-worker was asked about the President. He stated, "I don't trust Obama, and I don't think I could trust any other black man in office." Then the question was asked, "would you vote for some one like Colin Powell?" He said, "after this mess I don't think that I could ever do it." So tell me race is not an issue.

    So thank you Jimmy Carter for laying it out on the table.

    Michael Steele is serving as the GOP as a prop (the designated black guy) while Obama's in office.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  307. ADRIAN JONES

    Tony, it's obvious that these outburst and attacks are racially motivated. However, it pleases me that it's happening on this scale. The rest of America sitting back quietly watching this unfold along with the rest of the world can now see bigotry and pure racism at it's best. There won't be a need to try and dispel the myth that this country is moving beyond indifference with race. Because now they are blatant attacks. I love the fact that Michael Steele has been anointed to speak up for those who despise him for his ethnicity. Joe Wilson's outburst should have been a clue for him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  308. Dima Garcia

    Finally a politian that has the guts to say what many people know to be true. As a 72 year old former republican, I'm sad to say I thought prejudice was rapidly decreasing, but I was wrong. The KK (kloset klan) is more dangerous that the KKK because they don't hide, they
    get on TV and and the floor of congress and senate and figuratively "lynch" Pres. Obama.
    Why does the GOP now know what a proper health care program should be? Why didn't they put their own health care programs through when they had the power?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  309. Robert

    Tony,
    Being a Black man in this country working in a corporate environment. The cloud of doubt and ability questioning has always been included in job evaluations and promotion opportunities. No matter how hard I've worked or what I have achieved in terms of education. I am still not respected in certain circles. We are still not treated as equals but boogie men. OUR President wants to make this country better and is challenging the status quo by asking why and why not.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  310. harold grossnickle

    President Carter's sentiments are correct to a point – but he goes too far in applying it to a large number of Americans. Michael Steele's comments on the other hand go way too far – he especially needs to stop attacking Democrats with the race card and to start thinking about bringing all of America together at a very difficult time for all of us. I for one enjoy hearing the thoughts of prominent Americans such as Jimmy Carter – Michael – I'm smart enough to sort all this out without your over the top criticisms!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  311. Payro

    I absolutely agree 100% with the former president remarks. If a child can see this, it shouldn't be hard for adults to see it also. I pray that one day this nation (America) will one day wake up and see every individual like God sees us....no color, no creed, no nationality etc., but as souls that need a Savoir because he looks at the heart of man. That Savior is Jesus!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  312. Ed Howard

    I strongly disagree that racism has any significant part it the disagreements with what the government is trying to do (over spending, favoring the unions when helping the auto industry, taking over health care, etc.).

    Furthermore, I am embarrassed that any significant individual would make such a statement.

    Ed Howard

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  313. karinb1031

    I absolutely agree with President Carter. My very first thought after Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" during President Obama's speech was that he (Wilson) would never have done so if a white president was speaking.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  314. Abe Levy

    YES! . . . I do totally agree with former President Carter, that Wilson's remark was racist and the reprimand by congress was not enough to satisfy me!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  315. Shavonne

    I agree with former President Carter and I'm glad CNN has aired something other than dissapproving remarks against the current administration and our leader President Obama. Americans didn't stand up when Bush was feeding this country lies, but now all of a sudden we have someone that wants to help ALL people get fair treatment and all of a sudden we're united??

    WAKE UP AMERICA, as a Christian I'm the first to admit that now Christian media is pushing a message of hatred and pushing people to the point of anger and revolution toward a wrongly targeted enemy with "Healthcare" being the cover. Instead of doing what President Obama has asked and having a discussion and coming up with solutions, we're jumping on the bandwagon ranting and raving without knowing facts!

    We have really sunken to a low point when people no longer want to help but hate. I'm sorry to see people have not changed much in the last few decades but only hidden their true feelings about our many races and created personally satisfying objectives behind a mirage of money motivated and greed fueled agendas.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  316. Candida Muro

    It's foolish to make such a general statement about every single person who disagrees with the president. Some people are racist and will criticize him no matter what he does or says. Others disagree with the president because they just disagree...period. I think many people are afraid of change. President Obama represents change in a society that needs it badly. I think that once positive changes start taking place (which they will), the president's popularity will rise again.

    Candi Muro
    CT

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  317. Samanosuke

    I agree wholeheartedly. It really sickens me to see all this type of thing going on. Joe Wilson is not the only one. Hannity and O'reilly are doing their fair share hiding behind a false face of indignation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  318. Arnold Ondarza

    Jimmy Carter hits the mail on the head with his assessment of the racist tactics of the Republican Party. Nothing constructive has come out of the Republican Party in the last eight years. Fear, lies, distortion and chaos is the game plan for bubus americanus.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  319. meg

    Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. This is ridiculous! President Carter is way off base on this issue. Just because a person calls another a liar, doesn't mean that he is a racist. Could it be that President Obama was being untruthful? Has anyone tried to prove that the statements made during his speech were absolutely true? Or are we taking our attention off the ball and decided to focus on whether or not racism still exists? What a waste of time!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  320. Angela

    We all know the score, but it's nice to have someone on the national level bold enough to speak the truth. We have a long way to go before this country is rid of racism...it's the stuff this country was raised on. It will eventually be "bred out". Just as I thought I would never see a black president, I don't think we will see a resolution for this sentiment in my life time. But the day is coming when all will be considered equal. God bless you Mr. Carter for your integrity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  321. Wallace knott

    President Carter hit the nail on the head. It is my belief as an African American that President Obama would be subject to all sorts of hate due to the fact of his nationality. How else can you explain the unprecedented resistance to everything he has proposed thus far. From health care reform that would benefit millions of uninsured Americans to a speech that would encourage school children to stay in school and take personal responsibility for their future by doing well in their educational endeavors. Let me get this straight, some parents decided to keep their children out of school so the President couldn't tell them to stay in school. It's all disguised racism posing as patriotism and anyone who has experienced racism as I have recognizes the opposition for what it is. Come on let's call a spade a spade, pardon the pun!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  322. jason k sumlin

    this country was founded on slavery and people dont wont too talk about it if obama was white we would be talking about this its ok black people allready on this .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  323. Michael Rummelhoff

    If you look at the video byte from Wilson’s outburst you will see a lack of “surprise” from the senators to his left and right (literally) as if they knew in advance what was to take place.

    This is completely opposite of Beance’s response from West’s alcohol-induced stupidity, she was shocked and her li could be read as “oh my…..” and a true sense of surprise.

    Wilson was told to apologize by his party, he would not have done it on his own, his party tried to avert an incident and instead made it worse by Wilson admitting he was told to apologize and refused to do it again in the senate.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  324. Sue Zimmermann

    President Carter is correct. I have heard many people revile President Obama for no other reason thean he is black. The vehimence of these attacks against a sitting President have not been seen since Herbert Hoover was in office. As a former Republican I cannot stand behind a party that would deliberatly use such tactics and the massive protests that deny the rest of us our right to free speech because they have no program to present.
    For the record, Obama is biracial.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  325. steven

    I agree completely with president Carter. Finally somebody is willing to step out and say it. These racist hate Obama so much that they would sacrifice the country just to see him fail.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  326. Taylor

    Like Rep. Wilson, Mr. Carter was expressing his opinion. Unlike Wilson he used the proper forum without intentionally diesrepcting anybody. In regards to the lengths dems will go to disparage those who do not agree with them, it seems that is the pot calling the kettle black. The entire country has seen to what lengths the opposition has gone to disparage the current administrations policies, supporters, and the president himself.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  327. Tommy Brent

    It may not be a matter of racism, but a matter of hate alone. Hate can only be masked for so long and it's painfully obvious that there are people that just plain hate Obama. Conservatives hate change, that's why they are labeled conservatives. Obama represents change and the imminence of change frightens conservative republicans; From fear, hate emerges as the by product. Racism may play a part in this "hate", but we will never know. Does anyone honestly believe anyone in politics will openly say they are racist? I think not.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  328. Debbie

    Micheel Steel is the person / mouthpiece that's out of touch. President Carter, as an ambassador for the underclass has the living authority to call the latent truth as it is. The vitriol that gets levied at President Obama, as our nation's leader, is unprecedented–people marching on Capitol Hill with images of him with a bone through his nose. ?!! Wilson meant everything he said, and his disrespectful conduct is a vocal trumpet of the disrespect and condescension by people who have no place else to hang their frustration but on coded racism and prejudice. America, land we love, where do we go from here?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  329. Gail

    Tony: Neither one of these individuals (Former President Carter and Republican Chairman Steele) can speak for ALL people. It is just their opinion or in the case of Steele, an opinion stated by the Republican leadership. As an African American I view the behavior as one of disrespect for an African American that has always been the case for us. We go through it everyday. This is not an isolated incident. There has always been a struggle with tolerance and respect of the African American community. Steele is not going to say anything different because of who he represents and Former President Carter as he stated is speaking from what he knows and continues to hear. Anger breeds the lowest of low. What is unfortunate, that individuals are capitalizing on the anger and lack of knowledge among a small population to create the current situation. Others looking at the anti-Obama group would quickly surmise that it is a racist movement because the group is not representative of America's diverse population, thus giving rise to accusations of racism. All of us need to take a deep breath, pray, read for understanding and provide a respectful intelligent response that does not defame the character of the President of the United States or anyone that does not agree with the current issue. I cannot say this enough –We must agree to disagree in a civil and respectful manner.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  330. Don Reid

    Yes, the Republicans represent the racist white people that teach their children to hate and are grabbing onto anything to try to make a comeback.They are doing everything to stop our president from being successful.Ofcourse, they are going to say they are not racist. My parents, God Rest their Souls, always said the Republicans represented Big Business and the rich, NOW the ignorant. The Democrats represented the common working man of our Great Country.
    I love our president, we finally have someone in there that wants to help the American people, the common working man that struggles everyday.. btw , I am a southern male, 46 years old, white.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  331. D. Byrd

    I think former President Carter hit the nail right on the head! I have been around to see many presidents come and go; even the most unpopular ones, but I have never witnessed the blatant disrespect shown to President Obama. I don't think that it is a coincidence that his harshest and most illogical critics are white Americans. This is an ugly and shameful face for U.S. Americans to show the rest of the world in regard to how the first American president of color is treated.

    D. Byrd
    Reidsville, NC

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  332. delia Smith

    Yes I agree with President Carter.There is definitely in some cases tones of racism. The birther groups are a prime example.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  333. Lonnie

    I agree with President Carter and I am glad someone have come out to make that statement. Now we all need to get behind President Carter and get Americans to stop this racism this is 2009 not 1955. We need to let President Obama do his job and get this county back on track. If you do not like what President Obama is doing then vote him out in 2012. We put up with President Bush for eight years now it time to clean up.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  334. Thomas Ellis

    Jimmy Carter echoed the thoughts of most Americans. I live in Louisiana, and I know for a fact that race is the driving force behind the opposition to everything this president does. They even critized his dog. The left was not worried about the budget when George Bush started this open -ended war. They were not worried about the budjet when Bush gave the Rich unfunded tax cuts. They were not worried about the right to privacy when Bush started spying on americans. when the race war destroy this country the NRC will be happy. Then they can start all over again in 100 years.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  335. Dennis Byron

    Former President Jimmy Carter is one of a few who has the courage to call a spade a spade (no pun) as it relates to the racial divide in this country. RNC's Richard Steele is a joke and no one in the black community with any sense takes him serious as he clearly was put in place to discredit President Obama with every twist and turn during his tenure as president. Say what you want about Jimmy Carter but one things for certain he has more courage in his pinky than Richard Steele has in his entire body.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  336. BJ

    It's racism. Love Jimmy carter. The most truthful person in USA.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  337. Rev Johnny Wilson

    Tony, I totally agree with President Carter. America has yet to admit that a racism problem exists in this country. I cannot count the number of white people that have approached me with the phrase, "your president. Finally after getting totally fed up with such foolishness I stated to shoot back, "If you are an American citizen he is your President as well". I think Dr. Tony Evans put it quite well in his book "Are Christians destroying America"? when he stated that the Civil Rights Movement changed some laws but not a single heart. Also, if we as Americans don't get it straightened out we will face what the Russians said in the 1960's, "One day America will fall and not a single shot will be fired". God help us.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  338. Hassan

    I do not agree with Mr. Steele.
    The poor man, doesn't even realize that his appointment was solely based on the fact that a black man won the Presidency. The Republicans are just using him as the token that he is.. Thinking blacks just follow along without doing our research. They were wrong, let's see how long Mr Steele lasts?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  339. courtesyguy4682

    Tony,
    As a hispanic man, I too have experiemced subtle racism. Looking at all these "town hall" meeting all the signs calling President Obama Hilter, Socialism, Betrayor of his country, the majority of these individuals are "white" . They are attacking President Obama on all issues. This is "bubbled up racism" as former President Carter stated in his interview. This has to be the first time a disinfrancised group have gathered to derail a Presiddent's plan. I agree that non-legal immigrant should not be entitled to "free or get insuance thru the planned clearing house". This country needs a public health plan. The majority of the opposing group are people who have the"Luxury" of a health plan and don't give a darn of the monorities that don"t.

    courtesyguy

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  340. Edwin W

    I have been aware of this for some time, so yes I agree the opposition by the right to anything President Obama wants to do is race based.
    Some where along the line some came out of there coma and discovered we have a black president. It absolutely upsets alot of people. The republicans cannot let him prevail on anything or any issue and risk strengthening his position, we might have a complete take over by black's in government.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  341. Don of Iowa

    if this type of behavior comes from serving in the military maybe we need to take a long hard look at military training and redo it from the bottom up, last thing we need is a bunch of gun toting sicko racists on our streets like those who showed up with assault rifles at the Presidents town hall meeting in Arizona, do we really wish to be like Iraq? Then grow UP!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  342. Gloria Milhoan

    I agree with President Jimmie Carter !!!
    I am 69 years old and have been following politics for 50 years...I have NEVER seen so much partisanism. I am a supporter of President Obama, but a lot of my friends are not, and the emails that are circulating are horrific...both in content and volumn.

    The GOP is loving it...whether they are directly responsible or "slyly off to the side"...they are having a field day with it all.

    I believe it's going to get worse before it gets better.
    gm

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  343. Gene

    I totally agree with former President Carter. I believe that the bulk of President Obama’s opposition is rooted in fear, due to misinformation, and his race. The fact that he is a black man makes him an easier target for the misinformation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  344. Deana

    Yes, Racism does play a huge part. If there were a white president, Mr. Wilson would not have been so forthcoming even if he had an opposition. There is definitely a lack of respect for President Obama. There have been rallys where “white” opposers can exercise their right to bear arms, but honestly should the Latinos or African Americans stand up in that manner, there would be arrests. The Republicans are seeming to push so much against the President. He is our leader and we need to stand behind him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  345. Shell2Izzo

    I wholehearted agree with President Carter! I am appalled at the racist acts and slurs against not only Pres. Obama, but African-Americans all over the country, as a result of our POTUS. My young child, attends a predominately white school, and has been forced into the reality of racism, ever since then Senator Obama's campaign. Friends that we used to have "playdates" with, started distancing themselves from us. The kids took what they heard from home, and brought it to school. That is really sad, but for years, Whites have been critical of AA's playing the race card, but it was not until Sen. Obama's candidacy and election, that many White Democrats started to see more of our reality. Yes, Randy, 95% of White Americans voted for Obama, but Pres. Carter wasn't talking about you. He didn't say that all White people are racist. He spoke the truth, in all of the craziness that has gone on since Nov. 4, 2008, was fueled by racism! Phrases like "I want my country back", are merely "code words" for "My Country" or "My America" is not to be lead by a Black man! The truth hurts, but we have to accept it and move on!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  346. Jean (Florida)

    It's clear that there's a lot racism in those oppositions against Obama. President Carter is correct to say that. He knows it as a white man. Michael Steele knows they have no respect for him in his own party because he's black. They don't look at him as a leader of the Republican party. Rush Limbaugh is. They voted for Steele just to stand him against Obama. Just like they did with Sarah Palin to put for Hillary. In the Tea Party Website they are calling Obama Indonesian born thug. Just because he's black, he's not one of them. I've got news for these people. He's black, he's the president, deal with it.

    For those who bring guns to rallies, I want to tell you that democrats also have guns. They know it's just not civil to bring them (it's not a banana country). However if you keep pushing the button, they are going to bring their own guns to the rallies and you are going to get what you've looking for. You are encouraging militia, you may get it. Just be careful what you wish for.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  347. Deborah Garcia

    I am a married, Caucasian registered nurse, age 56, living in California and am a registered Democrat. I agree with former President Jimmy Carter that racism plays a large part in the opposition to Obama's policies. I hear it in the workplace, I hear it in the beauty salon and at social events. I think that is why the country is becoming so divisive; moreso, than I have witnessed in my lifetime. I know people who will deride anything President Obama has to say regardless of content and before hearing much about it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  348. John Harris

    I agree with President Carter. When was the last time you heard officials talk about their states seceding from the Union? The Ku Klux Klowns are still fighting the Civil War! News flash: you lost! Grow up!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  349. Dwayne "Fishbone" Richardson

    I am a black male, and I have white friends who didn't vote for Pres. Obama due to his policies, not race. And I accept that on face value.

    I'm sure there are some who didn't based on race. I have a friend who's a Red Sox fan who over heard this at a game in Fenway against the Yanks back in the late 70's...

    "I don't hate Reggie because he's black, I hate him because he's a Yankee. Him being black is just a bonus." I think those sentiments can apply to this too.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  350. kathyc

    Yes Tony, you may not want to believe Jimmy Carter but unfortunately racism is out there in full force. Just come to to redneck Arizona where rush limbaugh and gun totin fools intimidate people all the time. If you think that having an African American president isn't part of the problem to those who didn't vote for him is a lie. Look at the disrespect and all the name calling they say about our president. Like it or not he is our president and he needs to be treated with respect.. People that don't believe racism is part of it need to wake up especially on the radical right.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  351. Ed Reggi

    I have lived in many places throughout the United States and I currently live in St Louis Missouri. Racism is not only alive in the south but it's here in the Midwest. After personally experiencing this summer's Town Hall Meetings first hand I must agree with President Carter. Even though I believe in the good in most people what I am seeing is fear being whipped up by conservative characters. What worries me the most is watching the next generation of young children being exposed to the fear and bigotry.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  352. Texas Pete

    I agree, because – one simple fact. Most whites believe most blacks and hispanics are without healthcare and no matter how many times the hill says "no" they believe illegals will find loop holes and get in the system. I come from a small town and if the locals are talking about these things that means so are the small towns all over America.

    They believe the white folks are already paying too much for the poor and minority's of this country and do not want to spend more money for those who are not taking care of them selves. I think we should use a VAT Tax on all products to pay for this. Unhealthy food, drinks and smokes get 28% while vegs and fruits and healthy foods have a low 5% tax. Why should unhealthy cost more then healthy foods.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  353. Colleen

    I agree with former President Carter and applaud him for stating what many are afraid to say. I firmly believe that much of the "hatred" expressed towards President Obama is racially based. I see it first hand here in Middle Tennessee. There are many here who will not accept Obama as President. They refer to him as "Your President, not mine." In this year of 2009 I find this revolting and very Un-American. What happened to respect for the President and the Office of the President? What happened to civil debates to resolve differences? I am frightened at the lack of decorum and civility on the part of our "elected" lawmakers. I will do my best to campaign against the relection of those from any party who participate or support these activities.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  354. David Grisham

    President Carter makes his observation from a position of experience and special insight into the troubled soul of America. Objections to President Obama and his policies stem from many sources, but the ugly face of racism can be seen at the basis of many. America needs to see this racism in the mirror before change is possible.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  355. R J Manceau

    Former President Carter's comments are simply absurd, offensive and yet another incindiary tactic to draw attention away from the legitimate complaints against the Obama Health Care Reform travesty.

    Many, many, good, honest people who disagree with the president's plan involving the government run public option are neither rascist (if they're white) or Uncle Toms (if they're not). Is racism still very alive? Yes of course, but it's narrow-minded to think that every thought is colour-coded.

    It's shameful that anyone who voices dissent from President Obama's plan is automatically slammed with a racist tag to draw attention away from the real problems.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  356. Nelson Roth

    I'll be up front and start off by simply saying that I am registered as a Republican only because of convenience. I am, however, both Independent and Libertarian at heart.

    With that said, I will now turn my attention to President Carter. I am just old enough to recall, with some clarity, the final years of the Carter administration. The short and sweet of it, "What a disaster!"
    Since then I've tried to keep abreast of his public proclamations.

    While he has done a good work with Habitat for Humanity I cannot say the same for his various nonsensical assertions on a multitude of topics. He would do himself well, as well as the rest of us, if he would keep his poorly thought out ramblings to himself. That is, of course, unless he is clairvoyant. In that case we'd all do well to hang on his every word. This, however, is not the case.

    Mr. Carter, if you're not part of the solution you are part of the problem. You certainly are not and you are respectively.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  357. Deb

    Yes, I agree with President Carter. The evident hatred for President Obama among many people is so visceral that it seems related to something much deeper than policies. Are all Republicans racist....of course not. But there is an ugly undertone with many of their base and I wish the Republican " leaders" could urge their supporters to at least show some dignity in their protests. Actually, the whole country needs to work on character and dignity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  358. Mary Newton in Sun Valley

    I completely agree with Michael Steele. We need to ignore these ridiculous claims of “racism” when, what we are outraged about is “our basic rights as tax payers”. If President Obama was a woman, would people who disagreed with her be called “sexist”?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  359. N Jay Gold

    Jimmy Carter over the last 5-8 years has really been slipping. I assume he is over 80. It seems every time he chooses to get his name in the main stream(maybe to sell his books) its about racism. The man is infatuated with racism. Its always arab/Jew or black and white.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  360. Vincent Church Sr.

    Carter is so right. Racism is still strong in America. There are still many White people who feel that the Black people are inferior. Now, to have a Black President makes it hard for them to except. Anything President Obama does, some White people are going to be against it just because he is Black.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  361. Lindsay Bruinsma

    Racism exists today in America. It would be overly optimistic to believe otherwise. However, to tie Republican dissent of recent politics under the Obama Administration to race is not only stereotyping Republicans as racist (in addition to the common perceptions as rich and greedy), but it is devaluing their criticisms as illegitimate; after all, racists are not typically respected within society, as they shouldn't be. Former President Carter touches on a realistic threat to Mr. Obama - an old belief that he could not perform as well as a white man - however, those who believe this are a minority, and frankly, are an embarrassment to America. I disagree that any of the recent comments made by Republicans, and particularly Congressman Wilson, should be placed in the racial context.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  362. taysha

    yes yes yes i am 1000% agree with Carte

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  363. NANCY/TULSA

    Racism is alive and well in the USA. If you notice most of the jerks from the Republican Party are from the good old South. Jimmy Carter is right on and he would know being from the South. I have never been so horrified by a group of thugs than I have been by the lastest Republican Party. Since they have lost the election they have acted like spoiled brats. This country is in a mess by the Republican started war, the Repulican deregulation of wall street and now the zip,zero,nil,goose egg help from this group of "no" not the solve the health care issue. To have a black person bring calm, caring, help, ideas, compassion, to see where the average person needs help is driving this stupid group crazy!!! I am 60-white-female-worked all my like and this group of haters have got to go!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  364. Albert Council

    Tony,

    I agree with President Carter. The continued critism and the manner in which the critism of President's Obamas policies are voiced are an indication of the racism being directed at President Obama.

    Albert Council
    Los Angeles, CA

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  365. Devon

    All you have to do is listen to the words of the Tea Party leader and the signs held by their demonstrators to see that race absolutely plays a part in how people are reacting to President Obama's policies.

    The Republican party, who have been known to play dirty politics, is playing the only card they have, relying on the ugliness of America to to obstruct any policy that would be considered a victory for the President before the mid-term elections. Whether it would benifit Americans or not.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  366. Corene Broussard

    Yes I agree with President Carter. But he did not go far enough. Race plays a part in everything in America today, even with a African American President. And now the real racist are coming out in protest of President Obama, with the excuse that they dont agree with his policies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  367. Jane White

    Yes, I agree with Carter. Joe Wilson was way out-of-line and disrespectful on the floor of Congress. He might as well have said, "You lie, boy," given this unprecedented outburst.

    If the president was a gray-haired white guy, this comment would not have occurred.

    It seems that some cannot accept the fact that a young, black man would be capable of running the country. The stodgy old attitudes of the confederacy still live!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  368. Lorraine Johnson

    President Carter is right because Congressman Wilson's outburst and disrespect for President Obama is because the President is a Black man.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  369. Bonnie J. Bohanon

    Yes, I positively believe that President Carter is correct. Racism is far from erased in this country. It can be subtly, or not so subtly veiled in the criticism of President Obama by the issues and the heat they generate with the public.

    I live in a section of the country that was settled by slaveholders seeking land; racism became embedded in the culture of this area. It is known as Little Dixie and historically, is also the home of Bill Anderson - this is part of the heritage of this area.

    People here also can be open-minded, and accept folks regardless of race, religion, sex, etc., based on the way they are treated and vice-versa - that "show-me" quality. How each of us feel about race here depends in part on how our parents felt and what was taught as a child by them.

    However, the Black folks in this town live in definite sections of town whether it be from the comfort factor of doing so, or the lack of receptivity non-Blacks project. That is reality in this, the deepest heartland of America.

    Bonnie
    Moberly, MO

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  370. Reesee

    I grew up in New Jersey, and presently reside in Georgia. Both of my parents were born and raised in Georgia, and I was born here. I recall as a young child hearing my family discuss the killing of Dr. King. My mother was hysterical. Within months my parents left this state for a LIFE in New Jersey. I say this to say, since 1999 I have been raising both of my children here. It was a good choice. Yet, today I understand my parents' fears about southerners' perceptions of black people as people. It is, (racism) more often covert, sometimes very obvious and I can understand why my parents left. If it gets any more obvious I too, along with my children will be leaving. Attack the issues not a race of people. President Carter is right, it is plain and obvious racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  371. Glen B

    I am a white female approaching retirement age. I think that anyone who believes racism has nothing to do with the animosity and viciousness displayed toward the president by a big portion of the Republican party is incredibly naive! Of course they cannot openly talk about their real reasons for questioning the president's American birth, his religious affiliation, and his love of country. Even their heroes Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh have to watch their talk there. A Republican friend of mine, senior citizen, told me she thinks President Obama has a chip on his shoulder, hates America, and is trying to get even! This is the mindset of MANY Republicans, don't kid yourself. And the really scary part of this is that many of these paranoid people are arming themselves against some sort of uprising they see coming. Why do you think there was such a huge increase in gun & ammo sales after the election? Many of them say they fear for the future of our country. I fear them.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  372. Bob Murphy

    Anyone who claims racism is not a factor in politics is in denial. Racism, like ageism, fatism, etcisms, is alive and well. And it runs in all directions. Ahh, America. We're all in a world of our own. I love it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  373. Ann M.

    I think we should be thanking Pres. Carter for finally acknowledging the giant pink elephant sitting in the middle of the room. And as for Mr. Steele's comment about how far the left will go to further their agenda, that is joke. It brings to mind the saying "the pot calling the kettle black." Whenever the GOP loses an election or doesn't get their way, they use the media to spread misinformation. Case in point, the Glenn Beck statement "the university of....uh...I can't remember the name, determined with computer counting machines that over 1 million people attended the march on Washington." Actually Glenn, official estimates put the number at about 80,000 people, if that. Nice try, but not everyone is so easily fooled. Some of us Americans actually don't believe everything we hear on TV, and try to practice critical thinking on occasion.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  374. Susan

    I receive many emails from my conservative friends that are so full of misinformation that it's just unbelieveable. The amazing thing is that no one checks for accuracy. They just drink the koolaide and pass them on. So, my point is, they don't want to know the truth, they just want to oppose President Obama and I DO think it's because he's black AND they still think he's a Muslim. OMG!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  375. Jefferson

    Racism does not have to be overt; it can be as subtle as scooting over an inch or two in the bus, or an elevator, and be committed by people who would strongly deny being racist. The United States has come a long way in doing away with obvious or public forms of racism–we did elect a black president–but there are still decades, dating back to before the civil rights movement, of cultural racism. Acts of this kind can be subconsciously motivated, unintentional, and even contrary to our own personal beliefs–remnants of an era we are still recovering from–but they still occur, and not even an elected official of the United States government is exempt.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  376. Aletha Z. McKenzie

    Former President Carter is right! of course!. The powers that used to be are so angry about finally having to be fair, that seething anger is no longer off the table for them. They are at their most desperate, and their most dangerous. Seems to me that the republican party is in some way guilty of treason. Treason of our sitting President! That is a charge I would like to see the Senate make!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  377. Abdou

    What Carter say is truth and his right,Carter is wise man.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  378. R.H.

    Sorry to say President Carter was right on with his statement hearing what is being said by people in the Panhandle of Tx.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  379. Henry Schulgasser

    It is ironic that Jimmy Carter, the most ineffective president in recent history feels it necessary to weigh in with his wisdom on the subject of racism and President Obama. I voted for and support President Obama and yet at the same time distantly recall something in our history known as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights guaranteeing free speech. I am wondering how such a small group of dissatisfied people making admittedly obnoxious references to the president translates to evidence of widespread racism in this country. I say ironic that Carter chose to speak on the subject as his views toward Israel clearly demonstrate his antisemitism. President Carter, do us all a favor and focus on Habitat for Humanity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  380. Cindy

    Praise the Lord for former President Carter!

    It is wonderful to see that at least "some" officials are willing to admit that sadly, racism is alive and well in America.
    Although everything is not racially motivated, the truth is the truth and the tea parties were based, saturated, and completely rooted in racism. I'd hoped that the election of President Obama would bring the country together instead of what is now happening before our very eyes. If the Republican leaders would begin to acknowledge such exist instead of being in total denial, perhaps we could move forward in a better manner than what is now surfacing.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  381. John

    I Agree, Carter has now lost the last bit of credibility. If you don't agree with the President’s policies that doesn't make you a raciest. I think most of the outrage is due to the high cost of all the policies being pushed by the administration. We are running higher deficits now than ever before in the nation history.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  382. Linda

    Of course it is racism, if not these same people would have been up in arms when Bush lied about WMD's and thousands of people have died over that little lie...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  383. Betty

    I totally agree with Carter. He just called the Republicans out!!
    Steele and his Republican bigots are cowards hiding behind the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  384. Jonathan K. Lee

    President Carter's comments were not entirely without merit. The level of vitriol aimed at President Obama is unprecedented, and rife with misinformation and flat out lies. Congressman Wilson's unacceptable behavior during President Obama's address last week was a clear indication that there are Americans who feel that they do not have to respect the Office of the President while it is occupied by an African-American. Have people forgotten the video of the man with the monkey doll at a McCain rally during the 2008 campaign? Have they forgotten the individuals who openly sold shirts reading "Obama in '08" with an image of a monkey with a banana in the center?

    The RNC's election of Michael Steele as Chairman was quite simply a knee-jerk reaction by the Republican party to the election of an African-American President, and a clear attempt to put a black face on the Republican Party after the horrifying and ignorant behavior of certain members of that parties base during the 2008 election.

    It still took a total of SIX rounds of voting to elect Michael Steele to the position of RNC Chairman, and Mr. Steele has been accused of not being "sufficiently conservative" by his own party.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  385. Barb

    Yes, I believe the opposition to President Obama is fueled by racism. It's no coincidence that the first time the country has a black president, is the first time someone shouted "Liar" during his presentation. With all that Pres. Bush got away with during his term; I'm surprized no one shouted out "Stupid" during one of his speeches. Give the president a a chance; a lot of what he is trying to accomplish now including health care reform; was what got him elected in the first place. People are behaving like this is the first time they are hearing about what he had planned on doing.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  386. Cynthia Ralls

    As the white mother and grandma of multi-racial children and grandchildren, YES I agree with former President Carter. He is absolutely right and the only one honest enough to come out and say it! I also share his disappointment. God Bless you President Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  387. Evelyn Swart

    President Carter is right. Sad, but true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  388. John

    If whites desagree with a black it is Raceisem. Then ther is NO comen ground for agrement and ther will alwise be friction because of race.
    Ther must be agrement on the facts and marets not the colour of Skin.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  389. Greg

    Fr Pres. Carter makes a fairly valid point. But I must say that i don't think that racism is half or a majority of the fire behind the opposition to obama's policies. As an independent i think that there are valid reasons for some of the opposition to President Obama's POLICIES (Key word POLICIES). But i feel that the moderates and those center-right in the GOP are being drowned out and alienated by the right-wing extremist.

    As both parties have their wing nuts, i believe that Obama seems like a pragmatist but his policies and ideas are being dragged down by extremist of his own party (on the left) that wants all or nothing. Then you have the right wing that disagrees with Obama just to disagree and produces little or no ideas and uses methods that have no place in politics. I find it a shame that some want to compare our president to Hitler or birthers that denegrate our sitting president and the leaders of GOP do absolutely nothing to address the extreme base.

    I've attended some rallies and have heard and seen racist themes throughout GOP events and it was sad to see. But i'll be honest its not a majority its just that this minority slice of the GOP are the ones that are beng heard and given a microphone by people like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and increasingly FOX and talk radio.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  390. John McAuliff

    I believe President Carter is correct., but it is hard to prove. Except in private conversations and at the extreme political fringe, Americans have learned it is not appropriate to use racist language.

    When I circulated through the overflow crowd of a town hall held by Representative Tim Bishop in August on Long Island, it was hard not to associate the intensity and tone of Obama opponents with people I encountered as a civil rights volunteer in Mississippi in 1964. Most of those folks aksi denied they were racist or prejudiced even as they desperately tried to maintain a jim crow system of racial discrimination.

    John McAuliff
    Irvington, NY
    Executive Director
    Fund for Reconciliation and Development

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  391. Alexander

    I am a white republican middle aged male from Virginia . I have to say that I agree with former President Jimmy Carter. I did not vote for President Obama , nor do I agree with all of his politics.
    I think that he is doing a better job than most republicans can stand.Like Limbaugh said we wanted him to fail. When I talk to my friends they always use his color as a main reason for saying he is not qualified , or they can't trust him .However being in the military , I salute our African -American President and am proud to serve for him and this great nation that he leads. God Bless America

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  392. Sean

    Growth is slow I know, but I can't help but be shocked by the lack of education in this country. I am so sad, so tired of all the Limbaugh minded Americans still in this country. Former Pres. Carter should be praised for his honesty.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  393. Shirley Parker

    I was born and raised in Texas and I would have to be blind, deaf, dumb or a lair to say racism doesn't exist. President Carter stated the truth what some people just can't handle.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  394. Adriee

    I agree with President Carter and am glad someone finally said it. I welcome the views from other groups as most of my friends are from all walks of life. I just want the truth and I am troubled that it appears our elected officials are inciting division...tea baggers, 912'rs, birthers, deathers, where do we draw the line. I often wondered if the President fails as they hope as they appear not to do anything to help America, does that mean that only a white male can be President of the United States. Will they use this to stop a woman from becoming President, or other minority groups like Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, etc. This is frightening and I have never in my life experienced racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  395. alma lewis

    I agree with the former president. If mr steele does not. See. The. Diff between black and white america maybe he need to step down himself. Even read the books on black history. I read once that until white america address the issues of black. America it will always. Be. Mr steel like most don't see. That he will become. No more since that most of. My black men or jailed or in prision. So to mr steele how does it feel to hear my president is call Obama. And all the others or stilled call former presidnts get a grip mr steele

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  396. Mark Laubach

    While I certainly would never suggest that ALL those opposing President Obama are racists (and I don't believe President Carter ever suggested this), there is a fringe element who are expressing opposition which is hateful and violent. From praying for the President's death to using degrading images on posters, racism is alive and well among a relatively small but still too large number of Americans. It's not the same overt racism of decades past, but in a way it's more sinister, hiding behind the facade of "patriotism" and "conservative values". I applaud Pres. Carter for having the guts to point out this fact. Having grown up and lived in the South during the 1930's, 40's, 50's and 60's, he knows what he's talking about!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  397. myron

    I think the comment from Former President Carter is right on target. As he stated "many white Americans" feel this way, I truly don't think all "white Americans" feel this way. Also Mr.Steele is partially right when he comments on his [ Jimmy Carter's] statement "will further divide this country". With that being said Mr. Steele's phrase about this being "about policy" I don't totally agree with his assessment.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  398. John Colson

    Right on, President Carter! Where are the republican leaders on this? Hmmmmmm, quiet.

    John

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  399. Michelle Collins

    President Carter said what so many people already know but are afraid to say. Calling the President a Lie by a member of the legislature ( white southern male) should make everyone wake up and take notice. If there were real attacks on his policy that would be one thing. The fear by some white Americans of having an African American Man as president has reared its ugly head. Anyone who lives in the south or grew up in the segregated south can smell racism a mile away. Any African American living anywhere in this country can see racism in its most hidden forms. Wake up! President Carter speaks the truth. Kudos to him for doing something the white house supporters are unwillling to do.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  400. Shirley Glaude

    I agree with former President Carter. Unfortunately racism still exists. People need to stop and smell the coffee and realize this is a new day. We finally have a president that is intelligent and who can lead this country and get us out of the mess we are in. They hate that he's an African American and that's what 's killing them. This is a new day! We need new blood in our congress with a new way of thinking to get this country on a new path. Out with the old, in with the new!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  401. Gabriela Amari

    Isn't it Obvious? Just Look at this comment:

    "Tea Party" Leader Melts Down On CNN: Obama Is An "Indonesian Muslim Turned Welfare Thug" (VIDEO)

    Between this kind of comment, the racist and hate mongering signs carried by people at Glenn Beck's "Million Moron March" Which, by the way, he didn't even show up to, and the racist remarks coming from Glenn Beck , Rush Limbaugh and their ilk, which are inciting conservatives into a frenzy of hate for the President, it is Obvious. They can deny it all they want, but that doesn't make it go away!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  402. Pgray

    Tony,
    I am a 54 year old African American with 33 years in Corporate American, whom have worked my way up the corporate ladder. I have experienced racism all my adult working life. It was a breathe of fresh air to hear Past President Carter make the statement that racism still exist in America and has bubble up more recently with the election of an African American as President of the USA. President Carter stated clearly what we truly know and experience in the African American Community, around our Country and when traveling abroad in some cases. RACISM is what will be the downfall of this great country. We as African American have been "Undervalued, Underestimated and Marginalized" as quoted by Joe Madison. Until this changes, we will continue to be disrespected like our President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  403. dan

    race baiting is a bigger problem in america than racism!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  404. Cynthia Miller GA.

    In response to "Phil Obama"
    neither Blacks or Whites put our President into office, so lets the record straight, God placed that young, intellegent, black man in that position at this time. No man could do it, with all of the hate in the world. There are just alot of haters out here and they will use all kind of excuses to explain why this man is in office. It is BIGER than mere man.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  405. Don of Iowa

    You notice the ONLY way the Republican party gets any unity anymore is when and ONLY when it plays the race card.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  406. Martha Bush

    Tony, Yes I do believe all these comments, and hatred for our Prisident are racial. I cannot believe our Country has gotten stuck in the old hatreds of the past.
    My Grandfather was 3 years old when President Lincoln was shot. His family lived in Savana, Mo. There house was burned to the ground along with 6 others, because his father voted for President Lincon. Haven't we learned to get along, in all these years.
    ( I am a white woman, 70 years old)

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  407. Steve

    I think president Carter is correct, especially in the south. I run accross people all the time that unfortunally are still full of racism. I really do believe that President Obama is trying his best to help us middle class people. Big money from large insurance companys and others are trying every minute to discredit the President and his work. It really should open the eyes of the American people, we have been took down the wrong road for so many years! Steve

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  408. Kevin

    I don't recall seeing, but a rare few, minority tea baggers at the tea party in DC last weekend. All you have to do is open your eyes to know the answer to your question. We have a long way to go as a nation towards healing race relations but it is good to see a majority of us are trying.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  409. Carol Alexander

    Yes, I believe President Carter. I live in the South and rasism is still very much alive, however, it is not always displayed openly. The Tea Party demonstration was a prime example.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  410. Texas Dem

    I agree with President Carter.

    As a junior college instructor in central Texas I come in contact with a lot of people from different racial and economic backgrounds. There is a large group made up mostly of poor whites who are blatant in their race based hatred of Obama. Hell everyone knows the whole "tea party" thing is nothing but the Klan without robes.

    Anyone who believes that much, if not most, of the opposition to President Obama is not the result of racism is either a liar or a fool.You have interviewed several of these people recently on CNN.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  411. Russell Parker Elk Grove, California

    Past President Carter was on target about racism in this country, and he was on target again that many whites in this country, believe that a black man cannot run this great nation. It it so obivous that the Republican Party has a black man, Michael Steele, as their chairman, to be used as a front. When did the Republican Chairman, a black man, became blind to racism? When he accepted Chairman of the Republican Party ?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  412. mae

    Lets face reality President Carter is correct. Racism is playing a big role in opposition to President Obama. Denial is dangerous and sick

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  413. Lucy

    Really, I feel that we need to down play racism and get to the real problem ; that is that the United States is in trouble and we all need to unite and help solve the problem.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  414. bennie sowers

    I am amazed that anyone black or white cannot see that racism is the the root cause of stagnent progress in this country. I am not surprised that M.Steele made the comments he made. he is trying to fit in where he clearly is not wanted but he is convinced that he can make a difference so he sells his soul for a political seat at the white table. blacks have taken the brunt of racism from the cradle to the grave and I don't see any change coming soon. Actually in our communities and all over the world blacks are the primary ones being shot and killed by white police white judges finish the job in the court room. there is nothing new that our President is the target of bigotry, hatred and nasty jokes America has proven to be a punative hate filled country. this country like to hurt and kill people primarily blacks check history and see the facts. I pray for peace and change that we can truly believe in.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  415. Diane

    Racism, Sexism etc.,...play a major role in politics...there have been only 2 political figures I deem honest and truly for and by the people Pres. Jimmy Carter and President Obama and I voted for both! The Rich and infamous have ruled this country long enough! Every Senator or Representative that has medical/health insurance ON THE PEOPLE (meaning paid by the people), and while over 14 million are unemployed (a conservitive number at best) and accept a RAISE should be fired....no matter what their Race!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  416. Claudia Ornelas

    That was my first thought about this scandal that it was based on “racism.” Disrespectfulness towards the president from congress…yeah strange, don’t you thing? I mean many presidents have made decisions that congress are totally in not favor for and they don’t get up from their seats to scream their anger away at them. I mean come on, just because Obama is not white. I’m Hispanic myself and I do believe congress looks down at Obama and that is just “crap” because he has proven he has the knowledge and education to be where he is at “THE WHITE HOUSE”!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  417. Janice

    It about time someone other the African-Americans are saying this, becasue its what we believe. We cannot say it out loud because they will think we are racist. We have known it and seen it, when our friends make little comments and do not realize what they are saying.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  418. N Jay Gold

    Jimmy Carter over the last 5-8 years has really been slipping. I assume he is over 80. It seems every time he chooses to get his name in the main stream(maybe to sell his books) its about racism. The man is infatuated with racism. Its always arab/Jew or black and white.

    And he is always willing to show his veiw, likes and dislikes.

    Jimmah who cays?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  419. Grant Sneed

    Tony,

    I believe Mr. Carter is 100% correct that there are still those Caucasians throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world who will always be racist. It is in man's nature to feel superior to another race. In President Obama's case (being Afro-American), it was just a matter of time when these type of people show up. Further, I fear for the Obama family since we do have those few out there that will attempt to harm him and/or his family.

    As far as Mr. Micheal Steel is concern, he doesn't know that his position is a token position and if he wants to prove that racism associated with the Obama policy isn't a political issue, show up unannounced and in plain clothes at one of these "TEA" parties with an OBama T-shirt on.

    On final note, restrict those with guns from showing up at these so called Town Hall Meetings. What type of point are they trying to make at a Health Care Reform meeting or any Town Hall meeting or TEA party? This is a CRIME waiting to happen.

    Regards,

    Grant

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  420. Sal Sanjak

    I agree with President Jimmy Carter. There are some white thugs strongly believe that none European white are not qualified to lead this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  421. S. Sanders

    I couldn't agree more with former President Carter. I was waiting to see how long it would take for the underlying reasoning behind the most disrespectful address to the President of the United States to be revealed. Unfortunately, racism is alive and thriving. We actually have parents pulling their children out of school rather than to hear our President speak to motivate them. You can't be more obvious than that. Bottom line, people have not accepted the fact that an African American male is the Chief Commander of this country. He was also disrespected by the insane pastor in Arizona. I cannot recall another Democratic President or any President for that matter, to be so disrespected. I can only pray that America wakes up before hate becomes our demise.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  422. TonyB

    I'm hesitant to label any of the elected officials (Rep or Dem) as racists without evidence. However, with it being reported of Rep. Wilson's affiliation w/ the Sons of Confederate Veterans and racist leadership within their organization, now is not a bad time to put it out there that racist views, motivations, and behavior will not be tolerated of our elected officials.

    We may see elements of racism emerge from the Conservative right as that side becomes more frustrated with their powerlessness concerning changes in Washington. I believe this is inevitable, and something that will help to identify and purge these individuals from our national leadership.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  423. david santos

    People in this country have been outraged simply because a "blackman" has been elected to the "white house" this has been many whitemans worst nightmare Jimmy Carter recognizes this as do most... Obama won the election by 51% now we have 49% who didnt vote for him a I believe a good percentage of those people are hiding behind the healthcare debate to express their views...why else would their be rebel flag toting and pics of obama as a african witch doctor showing up at these debates..the republican party has never denounced these actions ...only welcomed them The black population of this country know whats up and can and do voice their concern..Jimmy Carter is the voice of the white people in this world who do not share the views of the racist whites

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  424. John Iten

    When you have no legimate arguement to support a position, drop the race card! Apparently if I disagree with my President, the fact that he is black makes me a racist. Unbelievable!
    If healthcare reform is not passed it will be the fault of the Republicans who are out to destroy Obama's admisnistration, no doubt because he is black. Wait, the Dems have enough votes to pass this without any Rep votes. Go figure. Is it not possible that most Americans are sensible, fair, honest and colorblind people? Is it so hard to believe that most of us have grown intellectually from the days of seperate buses, seperate drinking fountains, etc. and see each other as individuals rather than members of groups based on skin color? Is it not possible that most Americans are not interested in the hard right or hard left agendas but rather interested in the economic long term viability of this great nation? From most of the comments posted it would seem the fanatic few on both sides are leading the discussions and turning the arguments on most issues away from the facts. Wake up America. Stop following your favorite "journalist" and his / her opinion and start doing your own research on issues. Turn off the TV and educate yourself.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  425. cardell

    I would agree that not all of the opposition to President Obama is based on race, but you are naive, a liar or both to not realize people that people marching with signs with the president in "black face" are not motivated by race. Too bad Micheal Steele does'nt realize his "intelligence" was not the reason he was chosen to head the RNC. Who better than another man of color to denounce racist accusations.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  426. Don of Iowa

    Here Here! I agree, the WHOLE Republican party should be brought up on treasonous acts against the President of the US and ouitlawed as a political party and all it's leaders deported or incarcerated, then perhaps we could get this country back on track!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  427. chan2tou

    Michael Steel doesn't have a choice to react the way he did or he will lose his position. Rush Limbaugh put him in his place a while back and now he knows who is the boss. Rush probably wrote the comment and told him to put his name on it and publish it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  428. Sandy

    President Carter is spot on. I have been posting this opinion on my Facebook page for weeks. The terms (communist, nazi, hitler, socialist) used to describe President Obama are code words for the N word since the racists know that actual use of that word would enrage millions of Americans. Saying "I want my country back" is lunatic-speak really meaning "I want my white country back". I have heard republican politics and other refer to President Obama's appointees at "the president and HIS kind"; again code speech for racism. I am sick of it and it needs to stop and we need to move on with the important business of this country. This president is the most intelligent and genuine of my 62 year lifetime and we need to give him a chance to do great things for our country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  429. Cynthia Fletcher

    Tony, I do believe that they will not be able to turn back the clock and that itself is a big part of their fears. I do believe that we should speak out when we oppose a policy or practice exposed by our elected politician. However, the ugliness that is displayed by some individuals does reek of racism. The individuals who do racist acts or have racist beliefs will never admit to it. Therefore Mr. Carter said truly what is happening. It will be difficult for us to change these behaviors especially now when these individuals feel more threatened than they have in their entire lives.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  430. John Brown, Jr.

    I agree with former president Carter. Joe Wilson's outburst has many shades of racism. I am an African American who grew up in the south and I know the subtle signs of this dreadful and dangerous monster. I believe Joe Wilson's outburst was preplanned and not a spontaneous event. We need take our heads out of the sand and deal with reality.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  431. Chuck

    I agree with President Carters assessment in stating that racism runs a lot deeper in our society than we want to believe. Political leaders whose racist views influence their ignorant constiituency contributes to the racist sentiments expressed not only on halls of congress but also at every tea party throughout the country. They are creating a culture of hate based solely on thier deep resentment of black man running the country. This was most evident when McCain had to correct the old lady in the red dress telling her that Obama was not an Arab Muslim. Ignorance par excellence!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  432. Aaron Swepston

    President Carter is not stirring things up. he's shedding light on a persistent and insidious problem we have in this country. I'm white, and embarrassed. Carter has integrity, and a moral barometer, and the balls to say it like it is. It cracks me up that people can fool themselves about racism. This outburst by future ex-politician Joe Wilson may be considered acceptable by some "whities", and applauded as a dispute over policy, but look at the overall picture. This racial slur campaign has been going on well before Obama was elected. He's not Christian, he's Muslim. He's not "one of us". He's not an American. Where's the birth certificate. Michelle is obscene for showing her arms, or wearing shorts. Obama doesn't walk like a president, he pimps. Obama sides with blacks on welfare. It goes on and on. This is a policy issue? Yeah, right.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  433. Harvey

    Plain and simply put,RACE still matters in everyday life for people of color....The Tea Party demonstration focous' on Race as well as politics. I saw signs and graphics displaying Hatered and FEAR for our yet Historical President who displays himself as a wonderfully intelligent and compassionate figure who through NO GREED of his own is FIGHTING for fairness and liberties for all...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  434. Yaw Appiah

    I am an African living in New York. President Obama recently visited my country, Ghana. I believe there is racism still in this country but i don't think when anyone disagrees passionately with the President and his policies, the whites who are trying to inoculate themselves from being called racist should immediately jump to racism. It’s a shame but i believe we are all being hood winked because the people who are, especially the white media faking anger that others are being racist are the one's most racist of all. Believe me i am an African and i know how these people operate, its called divide and conquer they act like they don't want this rift they are creating but intentionally hype it up to divide us for the sole purpose of their agenda which is secure the so called black vote for their party most likely Democrat. I am a Democrat but this stinks and cheapens our historical plight as black people in this country..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  435. ovgal

    I totally disagree with former president Carter in his remarks about racism in reference to President Obama.

    It's always easy to "play the race card" when someone disagrees with an African American. Maybe the "whites" should come up with a euphemism when other ethnicities disagree with a white person! Labeling remarks as racist when there is disagreement with our "African American President" only fuels the fire of race problems in our country. Why not call it like it really is - the some people disagree with the policies of our President and the democrats in congress– maybe some people disagree with the health plans that have been presented– maybe some people disagree with PARTS of the health plans that have been presented.

    I think it's a cowardly way out to automatically call someone a racist just because he/she is exercising our American right of free speech - or, is that right going to be taken away from us??? I wonder . . .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  436. Tak Iwamoto

    To me it's obvious that it's racial!! You can tell by the type of criticism
    that is directed at Obama. It's never substantive, but comments like
    socialism and Hitler mustaches...Kudos to Carter for bringing the racial issue in the open and not a whispering campaign against
    Obama who is doing an outstanding job. It is unpatriotic to impede
    his efforts...remember we who opposed the Iraq invasion were
    called unpatriotic. That goes to show how warped some of the
    current opinions are...

    Tak Iwamoto

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  437. TWiliis

    First, let me say that I am one of the last to use the word "racist". I tend to view disagreements as not being racial, but being simply misunderstandings between people. And I believe most are just that.

    However, in my opinion, this is not the case here.

    The fact that Republicans deny this is racist behavior is a sign of progress. Not to long ago, people would have not felt to the need to mask their disdain.

    The question I have for the Teabaggers, Town Hall Disrupters and those bringing guns to presidential rallies is a simple one:

    Where were you when the Bush Administration grew government to records levels, squandered the surplus left by the Clinton Administration, got us in a war on 2 fronts, allowed New Orleans to languish after Katerina, Cheney held secret meetings at The White House, Alberto Gonzales fired 9 U.S. Attorneys, Scooter Libby participated in the outing of an undercover CIA agent?

    Why not the outrage then?

    The major thing that is changed is we have a new President. I believe there are some Republicans that can't sleep at night when there is a Democrat in The White House. We saw that during the Clinton Administration. Sad, but understandable. Today, we have those people and also those whose actions are amplified by the fact that the Democrat in The White House is also a Black Man.

    Now the outrage is palpable. Why?

    As I said, I am the last to come to this conclusion, but it is the only one that makes sense.

    I'm open to hearing why this not the case, but I have yet to hear it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  438. sheryl

    Anyone who says race has nothing to do with the blatant disrespect aimed at President Obama, is a racist. How in the world can you explain the hatred, lies and fear mongering.......First, he wants to kill granny and special needs children (thanks to Sarah Palin....who couldn't name a single newspaper, magazine, or book she's read..... but all of a sudden began to read the health care bill, called it a death panel, was proven wrong!) from there the fear mongering began. Common Sense makes sense! Nothing the teabaggers or birthers or whatever they want to call themselves this month, makes sense.......the GOP has shown America and Americans what they stand for........and it's not what's best for this country......it's what's best for keeping those dollars rolling in for them and their party. What sad times.......I heard about how it was in the 40's, 50's, and 60's. I see nothing different today....we still have members of congress who have strong ties to white supremacy groups.....Joe Wilson is one.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  439. CAT

    I most certainly agree with the former President Carter that "Racism plays role to opposition to President Obama. The Republicans are the main perps. in this outrageous hate towards the President. It is so disrespectful to the President when individuals call him a Liar, and I'm talking about Republican Joe Wilson.

    I say to all Republicans, to make American safe, please try to be peaceful, respectful and stop causing terror in America.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  440. Ronald Keeney

    I agree with President Carter. It is inappropriate for Mr. Steele to "disagree" with another person's life experience. Maybe he doesn't like what he heard, but as a black man, he probably lacks the cultural experience for passing such a judgment. As a white man, I can appreciate Mr. Carter's comments, as my own experiences reflect his. My yardstick is my 6 mixed race grandkids, through whose eyes, I have learned a lot about the subtle and often subconscious "racism" to which they are frequently exposed and of which I had previously been clueless. It is my opinion that the term "racism" should be replaced with "white preference," as "racism" is too non-specific. Many whites feel that to treat blacks equally would require whites to give up something and violate the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  441. richard grecni

    All though there may be some truth to what Pres. Carter said, But it has
    no place here he would not have made that comment if our Pres. was
    white or if Mr. Wilson was black?? Steal is right on target with this one!! R.G. Orlando

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  442. David

    I totally agree with the comment made by President Carter, just take a look at all the news stories of people across this country, from so called religious leaders to politicians and regular joes, and you can see the seething hatred they all have towards President Obama. My jaw drops, in disbelief that after everything we have overcome as a people, many still remain so ignorant. I dont kinow how we function as a society, with so much stupidity and ignorance in how people become brain washed, and cant seem to form their own opinion and believe everything they are told, by politically and money motivated so called leaders and hate to hear the truth, when the truth is told and thrown in their faces.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  443. Sherry

    From a white female from Arkansas I can tell you there is no question Mr. Carter is right. Kudos to him for having the courage to finally "say" it. I live with this racism every day and I know it's true. Ignorant, despicable, but sadly true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  444. Beverly Evans

    President Carter wasn't perfect either, but who do we respect most – Rep. Joe Wilson, Michael Steele, or our former president. I feel sure that President Carter is right on with his statement. I have a beloved son who has hated Obama from the beginning because he heard people say he was a muslim and he chose to believe them. Why?? He was not brought up that way!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  445. Steve in Austin

    Tony great show, again, but please follow with your guests when they open the door for tough logical follow up questions. Sometimes you let them go without closing the door on some of their comments. Diane Ream is one of the best with the zinger follow up questions. Last week you let the 2 woman regarding health care go with the very snide comment that her husband would lose their health care because the state would rather pay the 8% fine then carry insurance. Why didn't you follow up with what is the fine now if they don't carry insurance?

    President Carter's comments were right on target. Race is a major factor in the R unrest. Just look at Pat Bucannon and his everything positive that has ever happened was by a white guy. He forgot to mention that every major war was caused by a white guy.

    At the same time, Rs just can't believe that they lost the election. They are so out of touch with any common sense it is amazing that any of them were elected, except for John McCane. He is about the only R left in Washington with any common sense. So much so the R don't even like him.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  446. Gary D Bartholomew

    I, Unfortunately, must agree with President Carter. There are just too many people with deepseated racial views which show a distrust of people of color. Conversely, there are also too many people of color with the same reverse racial views. As a white american, I wish there were an easy and quick answer for these problems. I do see one ray of hope, and that is, when I have tried to look at the world thru the eyes of my two daughters (21 & 24 years of age). Their generation appears to me to not have the same prejudices of my generation, and I do not have the same prejudices of my parents generation. This is a very slow change which will continue, regrettably, all to slowly.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  447. Mary Malden

    Thanks, President Carter, I am so glad that someone spoke up about this situation,. To me it has been like reliving and going back to the old days all over again. I could not drink out of a water fountain unless it was labeled "Colored only". I could not go to a motel when traveling to long distance states to visit my Aunts and Uncle's. (We, my dad had to pull on the side of the road to try to get a little rest or sleep to continue driving on). I could not go in a restaurant to eat with my family. I remember those days and it was not a good feeling I would pray that we have come further that this. Let's examine ourselves and see if we have any of this embedded hate in us and ask God to remove it. It is unheard of, in this day and time to hear of things and see things like what is being done to try to bring this President down. Where is your shame. Wake up America this is 2009.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  448. David Baird

    Aided by circumstances and given enough time and support, Obama may turn out to be the best President since Roosevelt. Aside from racism what other explanation is there for the intensity, the decibel level, the breadth and the shallowness of the incessant criticism of Obama? As best as I can understand this type of half-subliminal racism up close, it's not so much that folks don't believe that a Black can govern effectively, it's the resentment. 'He must be stopped – he's black!'

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  449. Roberta

    Many, many people voted for Obama. Is Mr. Carter saying that these people are all racists? Mr. Wilson has/had a right to express his views albeit he did it in the wrong way. He was correct, however because even now Mexicans are abusing our health system by having babies in this country at our expense, and also using the ERs instead of a doctor. Mr. Wilson did know what he was talking about. Mr. Carter, at this point, should stick to building houses instead of getting our country in a further dispute.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  450. Leo Foday

    President Carter is correct 100%. Rep. Joe Wilson's behavior during the President's speech was based entirely on race. Wilson from South Carolina, a place where black man had fewer hopes. He's definately one of those that don't want to accept President Obama as President of United States. If he's up-set why can't he be up-set with insurance companies that are over charging and discriminating the American people.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  451. H Lee

    I went to high school in Oklahoma City and there were 3,000 students in the school consisting of grades 10, 11 and 12. I personally only remember 2 black students. I surely didn't know everyone so I will venture so much as that perhaps there were 5 or 6. And, this was core to my education throughout my youth.

    Racism, yes we had it, but we tried to be good, heck most of us did not have any bad examples of black people behaving badly except from TV. So our racism was abstract.

    I have worked all my life to rid myself of any of the vestigages of the sayings my parents used sometimes. But, I personally know my father was very good friends with several black guys.

    I am not an appologist. But, racism to me has many components and perhaps we need to expand the word to incorporate several categories or elements.

    I will give it a stab.

    1. Non adaptive racism – Someone uncomfortable with people of another group that due to age and opportunity will likey not change, however do not actively by commision or action try to injure another group.

    2. Adaptive Racism – People who are raised in a racist family or group and actively seperate themself from racist elements and likely in time will overcome most of those racist views and behaviors. These people will often help improve society and racial problems.

    3. Overt Racism – Someone who cannot see the good in another group of people of a different race and actively behaves and says harmful things to this group. Often due to the group in which they live or work and the wide spread acceptance of racism, are unable to even realize their racist leanings.

    I am not at all convinced of what is the best way to deal with this problem particularly after reading Newsweek's article this week asking us if our baby's are racist. According to the article, children have open minds in 1st grade but by the time 3rd grade rolls around, they are largely decided on how they feel about, "the other group" or outsider group. "People not like us dad."

    So it seems racism needs to be addressed as a issue to be addressed in first and second grade, if ever.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  452. Deb Childs

    Who is going to admit to being a racist? Even the KKK wore hoods so you could only see the hate in their eyes. President Carter has finally said what we all know, but don't have the credibility he does to announce and denounce it; The simple truth is that racism is being instigated by the conservative White men who hate the fact that they lost an election to a Black man. The sad thing is they probably don't even know it.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  453. Emmanuel

    we all know that president Carter said the truth,Only other racistes will deny it.Those people we see against him on tv didn't vote for him,the still angry that the lost to a black man.I'm a white re publican and I'm ashamed to listen to Rush Limbauh and see his listeners including mr.Wilson.IT'S MOST ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT'S RACE.Other countries are whatching us and how some republicans still so racists.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  454. Ty

    I do agree with President Carter to a certain extent. I do not think that the opposition that Obama is facing is due to racisim, however I do believe that there is a lack of respect for him as President because he is black. It really struck me as very strange when I received a letter from my son's school asking for my permission for my son to view President's Obama's address to children. I couldn't understand the uproar and I couldn't remember an instance where any President had to face partisan opposition to speak to the nation's children. Am I wrong?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  455. Danielle

    President Carter can only speak from his perspective – no one else has to agree or listen – I happen to share his perspective and admire his wilingess to speak his truth.

    President Obama asked for a national discussion on the issue but thus far no discussions – just an unwillingness by many of us to look at our fears and prejudices (however subtle they are) and allow those fears and prejudices to cloud our judgement and create an atmosphere of rancor and distrust.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  456. Louise

    I absolutely do NOT agree with Carter!!! This is the type of comments that continuely divide this country racially. The only people bringing up race are the democratic population. Even people who didn't vote for Obama wished him the best and were also excited about having our first black president....so if people disagree with him on policies, do not call them racist... this will only cause anger and division in this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  457. Ron

    There is no doubt that our President is the object of racism. Just as must things in our society evolve, so has racism. The old traditional racism allowed people make overt bias and racist statements including the "N" word with no fear of comdemnation. Todays "Modern Racism" is about being politically correct. Our President has been called everything except the "N" word. The President of the United States of America has been called a witch doctor, a communist, a socialist and a liar. Then to top it all many of these racist people made an issue of not wanting the President of the United States of America to talk to their children. The only people who are more racist then the people doing these things are the people who make believe it is not happening. I agree with President Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  458. Daisy

    I appreciate the fact that former President Carter, being a white man, had the backbone to stand up and speak the truth about his own race. He stands more to lose in the backlash from doing so, but he did it anyway. That takes courage and I have a new found respect for him.Lastly, I have never had any problem over the years voting a white president into office.President Obama is qualified and is doing a great job.

    Daisy

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  459. David R.

    President Carter is a life-long resident of Georgia; he knows from where he speaks. If anyone can recognize racism it's surely him. Racism is so ingrained into some people's psyche that they don't even realize it's there. When these people say they "want their country back," what they are really saying is they want back the uneven playing field they are accustom to.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  460. To Dennis Miller

    RNC Chair is getting paid "big bucks" to put his blinders on. How much are you getting paid? Cuz, as an AA, you should know that this has nothing to do about agreeing or disagreeing with Pres. Obama's policy, rather everything to do with blatent verbal attacks, disrespect, and the 400% increase of death threats being investigated by the Secret Service. Obvious you and M. Steele shop at the same store for blinders. However, should you ever decided to take your blinders off, and heaven forbid lose your source of income and healthcare, you will see just how much racism is being faced by your fellow African-American brothers and sisters.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  461. Daisy

    Yes I agree with former president 100%..The GOP has gone mad because we have our 1st Black president. Yet the chairman of the GOP a Black man, Mr.Steel, continues to turn a blind eye on his partys races actions for his own political gain..shame on you Mr.Steel.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  462. Grace

    Of course race plays a factor and the comments made by the most conservaive members of our society only give permission to the masses to react negatively to the President. Why else would you have comments that state the willingness to allow the country to fail to ensure the failure of the President. And what cowards these individuals are. Those who have deep-seated feelings relative to non-whites have always had an audience and platform to hurl comments, bu the mask being applied to statements that contain the buzz words for racism are unrelenting and, in my opinion, dangerous for the country as we try to move forward with positive change
    .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  463. Kimberlyn Long of Kentucky

    Thank You former President Carter! Yes, sir, sadly it turns my stomach & I once again have tears in my eyes to see just how in 2009 each & every person that was in that so called Tea Party wasn't in my image. The awful signs, the awful disrespect of another human being, of our president! & of the office & what it means!

    Where were the signs, when bush had gas up to 4.+.xx, where were the signs of this awful former president, who did such an awful job. 8 months he has only been in office 8 months & U ppl, feel he can clean up 8 YEARS of a debacle???

    Keep it up White America, sadly U continue 2 show the world that America is still the most RACIST country in the world.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  464. DJ in Denver

    Hey Tony,
    Looks like you shook the nuts out of the tree. Jimmy Carter is a smart man and his opinion does count. I have been trying to figure out why they put Steele into that position. If we in our every day lives haven't heard some racial slur directed toward the President then we live in a real small circle. The far right media scares me. The rest of the world thinks we are thinking about going to war with ourselves. Why can't we just get along?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  465. Beverly M. Dallas,Tx

    I'm very sad to say that I agree with former President
    Jimmy Carter. Have we not grown up yet and learned
    to accept people for character over race? I'm most disturbed
    that my children will also to deal with such madness.

    Beverly M.
    Dallas, Tx.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  466. Don Wilkinson

    I think that overtones of racism do exist in the seemingly GOP led campaign to destroy Obama's reputation. Right from the beginning when the president took office and inherited a few "Huge Problems" from his republican predecessor he had to deal with with a "Nation in Shock" from 1)our severe financial crisis and almost collapse of the National and World financial system due to deregulation and 2) two unresolved wars, that have dragged on longer than all of World War II. There has been a growing movement by the GOP, backed by it's talk circuit on National Radio and TV to undermine President Obama and blame him for 8 years of these Republican caused problems and the deficits and to reignite their base regardless if it is disrespectful to the office of the president. They blame him for the problems that they created and now all of the "radicals" in the GOP are jumping on board and it is really a sad time in America and says "a lot" about the Republican party and it's tactics. The GOP will stop at nothing to try and smear anybody. It's time for the "Fairness Doctrine" to be brought back into the media so you just can't make up things like "death squads" etc. and then shout it out to the masses to rally them.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  467. cheryl

    Tony, I agree with President Carter yes it is racism, you can't keep pretending that this is just based on President Obama's policies that's a bunch of crap.

    Racism is based on fear and people like Michael Steele don't even realize that he is being used like a piece of bubble gum, when the sweetness is gone the GOP will spit him out too.

    Jim Greer called President Obama a racist chief and a wefare thug, that's racist, the sign that said bury obamacare with kennedy that's racist, it's time to tell it just like it is and quit throwing the rocks and trying to hide your hands.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  468. JAP

    First let me say I can't believe the amount of racsim going on in this country now that we have a black president. It is a shame that these people are upset that we have a black president and by holding up racise signs and shouting USA at our president like he is not American. This looks very bad for the far right that have really good concerns of the road our country is taking. Now we know that every white person is not a racise and are concerned about the economy and the well being of our country, but there are a lot of people out there that can't take having a black leader of this country. So I say yes to Jimmy Carter you can see all that is going on. I don't think Joe Wilson's statement was racism. If you look at the Town Hall Meetings a few of the people don't even know what they are talking about. It is just pure racsim

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  469. lyn craig

    When is this "race" thing going to be over? How many years has it been since Dr. King gave his life for this cause?

    The question about our Presidents low approval ratings, possibly because he is black ( i.e. former President Mr. Carter remarks) is another D.C. trick question...

    President Clinton's "problems" were due to his infidelites, President Bush's " problems" were due to his sometimes brainless handling of major issues, and now it appears the media won't let President Obama have a questionable agenda....no, his unfavorable rating MUST be due to the color of his skin....

    Well, Tony, there are idiot's everywhere...what are we going to do..." excommunicate" them all.

    Please Mr. Newsman...give us a break! Whenever a President embarrasses "we the TAX paying people...we will complain...and it looks to me like there are many complainers. Mr Obama is just number three in the line of succession of Presidents who have embarressed this country...

    " IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR BLACK OR WHITE"

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  470. Bill

    President Carter is on target. Wilson just let his low level of respect for who this President is, over rule his level of respect for the Office of the President. Thank you again for your forthright observations, Jimmy Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  471. Gabriela Amari

    In response to "Phil Obama", The racism is Obviously Not coming from the people who voted for him! THAT is a stupid remark. It is coming from the far right, the Fringe, if you will. The Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaugh as well as the "Tea Baggers" Leader, who is one of the Worst offenders lately..Just look at what he called the President–"Obama is an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  472. Troy

    Rep Wilson is a victim of the good ole boy network. That network has been alive and well for 200 yrs. They don't even believe in people who look like them. You have to be in the club! It makes sense that the Republican party is a good fit for him even though he probably has disdain for most of them. Republican Chairman Steele is a token sellout!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  473. Millie Castillo, Ohio

    Yes, I do believe we still have an element of racism in our country and the conservative republicans are behind it. I support our right to speak up, however, if the founders of the tea party truly believed in their cause to speak up about our country, they also should have made rules that would not have allowed those racist posters that were displayed during their march on Washington. That type of behavior that was displayed during the march, only added fuel to these conservative values. That's right, I said values, because they still continue to believe that only whites can run this country. The fact that a representative from Ohio was heard agreeing with one of the "birthers", is solid proof that conservatives harbor nothing but ill-will toward anyone other than "whites".

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  474. Isabella Miram

    I fully agree with former President Jimmy Carter, who is one of the greatest humanitarians.
    The Republicans – among them very good people – are out to disgrace President Obama. The race issue plays a definite role and they will use any means, no matter how untrue, to dethrone him.
    Although I am not a Republican, correspondence from their chairman Michael Steel found my mail box, with a survey and an invitation for a donation to the Obama Agenda Survey.
    They are fear mongering and there is nothing more sinister or demoralizing than to fabricate 'dooms-day' messages.
    Political parties are only gatherings of alike-thinking people. Their ideologies I respect, but not the damages they do to the United States. The constant slogans 'Socialism' 'Communism' shows a lack of eduacation. Socialism is far from Communism. The latter was not workable as it was too absolut a concept. Social Democracy is a step towards caring for the less fortunate. Maybe we have to go this way in order to bring this country back on it's feet.
    We owe billions to China and this debt did not grow on Obama's soil. Irresponsible politics and selfishness has led the way.
    Maybe Bush was the target of critical remarks by the Left, but he pre-empted a war that was not necessary and led to the demise of this country, both financially and morally.
    We need a National Healthcare and we need it NOW.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  475. Lisa

    Wow! Pretty sad state of affairs when disagreeing with policy labels you as racist. This kind of talk has got to stop.

    The people of the US are fed up with "politics as usual." Pretty apparent in the number of people who voted during the presidential election.

    Now, instead of the change that was promised I believe that people have discovered that it is truly more of the same, but on steroids – cramming bills through that are vague and not based on detailed fixes.

    Americans are just getting louder and louder in their protests of government in general. I think that many in govt and the media fail to see the damage that was done to voters' trust when Washington pushed through TARP despite America's disagreement with it.

    The public is screaming loudly to Washington and few in Washington are listening, instead they are retaliating by dangerous name calling,

    Maybe Joe Wilson is just doing his job, listening to the people in Town Halls and taking it back to Washington.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  476. Esther

    Ex-President Carter hit the nail on the head!!! He's not blaming the South nor the majority of US citizens who voted for Pres. Obama. He's simply putting the "extent" of this anger into perspective. Unfortunately, some valid opposers to the Health Care plan have become entangled with those whose refuse to acknowledge President Obama as the President and are more than willing to capture any spotlight to gain support for their cause. Look at the "smirk" on the face of the chairman of the "tea party express". I've seen it a million times and it is very hard to hide. Unfortunately, some do not try to hide it. I thank Pres. Carter for his candor and honesty!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  477. Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.

    Since everything I post is delayed by many minutes, I will try not mentioning the name of this network.

    Listen to how you set up this straw man. Carter says racism is A FACTOR in the current reaction to Obama’s policies. Steele says it is abhorrent to say ALL the people who are upset are racist. Do you not see that there is a difference between the concepts a Factor and All? As a professor, I see that students are not able to make these easy distinctions as well as they used to. I’m pretty surprised that this Network adds to the problem. I think it is true that racism is a factor – meaning that some people are racist and this drives their actions. But it is also true to say that not all the people who are protesting are racist. Get your act together. Don’t fuel the fire!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  478. Denise

    I agree with President Carter. I was a volunteer with the Obama 2008 campaign in Northeast Ohio. I was one of the persons making calls and the racist, nasty and ignorant comments were astounding. My house was paintballed and another's property was damaged with vulgar words painted on her car. It was hard to believe this was Ohio 2008.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  479. E.M. Lowery

    Yes, indeed, I do agree with former President Carter. Those who attack him for bringing light to a dark truth should recognize that he has nothing to gain from what he has said. He is a elder citizen, not an ambitious youngster. As citizens, we should attend to the insights of our elders.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  480. Elizabeth McDonald

    There are racist in every ethnic group of society. There are racist African Americans that are intolerant of Jewish people and Caucasians . Some Asians have issues with African Americans and Caucasians and yes, some Caucasians have problems with African Americans, Asians, Jewish people etc., etc. I live in the Southern United States and I have never witnessed such an overwhelming effort from the majority of the population to heal from a history that has caused damage to people of all backgrounds from a small group of racist. In fact, there appears to be more segregation in the Northern United States which for obvious reasons creates less tension and problems as people of different socioeconomic backgrounds and races integrate and live together. Jimmy Carter's theory that those who oppose Obama's massive spending plan are acting on feelings of racism is ludicrous and absurd. In addition, it discredits good, intelligent, valid Americans that are active in the legislative process. His remarks do nothing more than create division and tension in a country that is struggling to find common ground on issues of giant proportions and a ground this entire country will live with for the remainder of history. To oppose the current health bill and search for compromise and to want to participate in the process does not make a person a racist, it makes them a patriotic American citizen. This type of division is what brought Jimmy Carter down during his presidential term and it is certainly not appreciated decades later.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  481. Becca

    To an extent, I agree with Pres. Carter over his concerns that Wilson's outburst has its roots in racism. Racism today has become so subtle that many are not aware of his or her own prejudices. I don't believe Wilson's outburst was a direct cause from overt racism, but I believe it lies in the fact that many people have, and show, a blanket disrespect for African Americans in general. Again, I don't think it was intentional, but it was due to an unconscious and more subtle form of racism that we see today- If it were a white President giving the same speech, I am sure that Wilson would have thought twice before shouting out.

    I also agree with Pres. Carter that quite a bit of public opposition towards Pres. Obama is largely due to his race. There is no reason to continually question his birth origin- if congress felt it was indeed an issue I am sure they would have further pursued it- and his religious affiliation is of no concern to anyone else. Yet, continually, we hear claims that he is not an American, that we must "regain" our country from him, that his intent is to destroy our nation, along with continuous attempts to discredit him by continually claiming he is a Muslim. I cannot even count the amount of times I have heard someone mention that they simply cannot conceive of an African American as president, or the amount of racially offensive jokes and comments I have heard slung at him. Mandy don't even fully understand his policies, and many are not even protesting his policies, but just him as a person. I am more worried by my fellow citizens and their lack of humanity and understanding than I am of our government or economy.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  482. Dennis Byron

    Former President Jimmy Carter is one of a few who has the courage to call a spade a spade (no pun) as it relates to the racial divide in this country. RNC’s Michael Steele is a joke and no one in the black community with any sense takes him serious as he clearly was put in place to discredit President Obama with every twist and turn during his tenure as president. Say what you want about Jimmy Carter but one things for certain he has more courage in his pinky than Richard Steele has in his entire body.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  483. Windy

    I am a black american,and I do not not agree with the out of control
    spending by this administration. It seems we have gone from Bush's
    train wreck, to Obama's 747 plane crash. When does this idea of
    paying back political interest groups at our expense STOP?
    Secondly, racism/hatered will always exist in one form or another
    because it is the very nature of man;however this "card" was used
    in his campaign even to the point of calling former President Clinton
    a racist,and his office is in Harlem. This is politics,forget all the
    beautiful rhetoric,he is still a politician.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  484. Tempa Coutant

    I believe that racism is alive and well. The Republican Party will stop at nothing to see that our President Obama will not suceed!
    The Town Hall meetings have been a sham with people being paid for disrupting them. The "Tea Party" people are treasonus in their portral of Obama as Hitler! They do not really care about the issues.... they just want to stand in the way of change.
    Why did the preacher who told his parisoners that he is praying for Obama's death get by without being charged with treason? If that was said of a white President the Secret Service would be all over this guy and he would be in jail. With the threats against Obama, this just adds fuel to the flames!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  485. Carole Smith

    I agree with President Carter that racism is definitely fueling so much of the degrading treatment of President Obama. It is one thing to disagree with him,but never has a President been shown this level of disrespect.As a fellow southerner, it is easy to see that white hatred against blacks is alive and well, but there are many hate groups all over the country. The southern poverty law center here in alabama has consistently shown this in its diligent tracking and mapping of them. It may be more obvious here in the south, but there is still much healing to do from this hatred in all of the U. S. This is every American's problem, and all of our responsibility. We cannot hope to rise above this hatred until we can look at it squarely in the face and call it what it is.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  486. James

    Of course race plays a major role in the treatment the President is receiving...just look at the facts that other African Americans receive regarding justice and employment. African Americans receive more time for the same crimes than Caucasions. And the unemployment rate is much higher for African Americans in every situation regardless of education. Research these facts and you will find out the ugly truth that race determines perception and thus treatment. Until we as Americans acknowledge this we will not be able to overcome this evil.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  487. Bonnie

    President Carter's remarks are right on target. Michael Steele, in my opinion, is a token black living in a fantasy world whose brilliant mind is being used to promote racism in a subtle way. He is blind as to how he is being used because he is glorifying himself as being in the spotlight and being respected by members of his party. The only reason he may have been appointed to head the Republican Party is Obama became President heading the Democratic Party, and the Republicans needed a way to attack this new administration without appearing racist or prejudice. If the Republicans can appoint a black man to head their party (when they know hearts within their party have not really changed), they can easily lodge attacks without appearing racist.

    People generally fear that which they are guilty of themselves. Fear of Obama indoctrinating our school children comes from the fact that racists are the biggest indoctrinators of young minority minds. Fear of Obama being like Hitler is due to their own Hitler-type views of race superiority. Fear of Obama "palin" around with terrorists is due to the historical fact that there were those with "white sheets" back in history who terrorized minorities and were "Palin-ing" around with home grown terrorists.

    The biggest fear is "reaping what they have sown" and their disbelief that it is impossible to have someone to run for elected office with a conciliatory and a forgiving heart of past wrongs done to his race.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  488. Warren Driver

    President Carter hit the nail right on the head. Racism in America is alive and well. Just look at the McCain – Palin campaign and many of Rush Limbaugh's comments.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  489. Gina

    The simple question to ask is: if racism were not at play, why would there still be such violent reaction to the idea that it IS at play? If it were not an issue, there is no need to defend. Instead, people would just listen and say, hmmm tell me more about what you mean. People disagree because they believe that millions of us are lying and just want to play victim. Please. What incentive do we have to lie – racism exists and motivates people to act out of fear. Fear that they are loosing control. Well, isn't that proof in itself... you can't loose something if you didn't have it in the first place, so obviously you did and now you are pissed that it seems to be slipping away... just remember... there's enough for everyone, so calm down and relax!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  490. Joshua

    Racism... Like Obama, my mother is white and my father is black and honestly I don't consider myself more of one race than I do the other. Matter of fact I hate the word race! I'm disappointed that we are still concerned with these trivial matters when there is so much more important factors for us Americans to consider and actively be involved with. We have such an inactive democracy and everything we are experiencing with our economy, international relations, health care, war etc. etc is our fault! In a democracy people get the government they deserve and for many generations we have elected officials so long as they keep the wine flowing and the circus going. Race? Our country, our rights and the very fundamentals of our constitution are in seriously being compromised and we are talking about race?

    God help us all!

    Joshua NYC

    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  491. Carrie

    I do not believe it is racist. It is a disagreement in politics. I am tired of racism being used by African Americans if someone who is white disagrees with them. You did not hear anyone calling Kanye West a racist for disrespecting a teenage white girl and you did not hear anyone calling Serena Williams a racist for yelling at the line judge. They made their apoligies and people accepted them. They were not called racist. But a white man who makes a comment, apologizes for it afterward and is called racist! That's reverse discrimination and that only adds fuel to the republican cause.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  492. mike c.

    representative wilson is a civil servant and totally accountable to the people of south carolina.his behavior seems to reflect the profile of a latent racist which is quite indiginous to that area he represents.one only has to travel through his state to view all the gated communities ,another form of segregation. since we are looking for some form of disciplinary action or punishment,the solution is simple,bring him to cleveland and dress him in a steeler's uniform and throw him in the DAWG POUND!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  493. elizabeth

    Yes...I most certainly do agree with former President Carter. Racism is very much alive and well in America. The fact that some portion of the American populace has elected an African-American to the white house cannot erace decades of legal, institutional and social racism in this country. With all the lying that occurred during the Bush administration, (ex. Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction as an excuse for invading and going to war) no public official ever publicly challenged Bush the way Nelson challenged Obama. Color is everything in America and Carter's race explanation definitely fits the the differential treatment/deference/respect accorded (or not) to these two presidents.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  494. gsdrescue

    Of course Racism is behind most of this opposition to President Obama. As you can see by the nasty comments they would like to silence those of us that speak up. The truth is that most likely many of these people don't recognize where their feelings come from and won't admit this even to themselves, but I say shame on them . They need to take a long look inward and see if they can find the truth about where their views come from . I am a white female and I was raised during segregation in the south. I had a unique vantage point by being cared for by a black lady and on many occasions riding the bus with her to town for shopping while my mother was in the hospital . It is a great shame on this country . To bad we still have people in this country that hold those kind of views.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  495. Khanh Hinh

    Thanks Mr. President Carter said out loud for the true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  496. Julie A

    Mr. Carter is right on the mark. There is a subterranean river of racism existing in this country and Mr. Steele's head must be buried in the sand.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  497. R. Richardson

    Michael Steele is wrong. The Republican Party leadership pledged to be better leaders and build bridges with American minorities. It is a shame that all of this comes at a critical time in American history. The hate element within the Republican Party is real. When we observe a Republican press conference or public gathering the attendance is almost always all white. This is a sharp contrast when we observe the same activities within the other parties. It seems very clear to me that the Republican Party has not learned a thing from their losses. What a shame for South Carolina. What a shame for America.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  498. Diane

    Hey Tony, 2 things I have to say about racism. For those of us who knew that there are so many racist people in the house and senate (thats both republican and some democrats) their dirty little secret is really finally out we now know who they are. Do these elected officials have any shame NO do they even care that we the people now know who they are another big NO. The second thing is the marjority of republicans and some democrats will fight health insurance to their last breath. We the people should be asking our elected officials this question ( just how much money is the insurance industry putting into your pockets) then we will know why these people will fight it's called follow the money. Wake up people before it is to late, no wonder most other countries believe we are so stupid, stupid is and stupid does. Diane from Calif.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  499. Mr. Robin MS

    Although I respect Jimmy Carter as a humanitarian, he was incompetent and dangerously indecisive as our President. eg Iran
    I totally disagree with President Carter's statement trying to make this a racist issue. Such statements are diversionary and smoke screens from practical realities and essential truths.
    President Obama is impulsive and totally ill prepared in his responsibilities as our nation's leader. He is protected on all sides by Sophists.

    non-partisan

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  500. Dorothy Demke

    Of course Jimmy Carter is right! It was obvious from the start of Obama's campaign. He is judged solely by the color of his skin by some people who have no interest in fact. The more intelligent and elegant our president is, the more they resent him. Just for the record, he never mentions race in attempting to combat the forces against him. Those very people – struggling with today's economic problems – are the ones who stand to benefit most from the health care plan. But they aren"t interested in facts, preferring to spend their energy on name-calling and threats of violence.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  501. eric

    President Carter rules and Michael Steele is a...

    As a white man growing up in the segregated American South , and a well known supporter of African American advancement ,President Carter has far more credibility than Michael Steele. Mr. Steele was elected tor his current post as a reaction to the election of President Barrak Obama. It's ironic that Steele won his RNC job because his chief opponent issued racially tinged Cd's slamming our President.

    I'm sure everything Mr. Steele has to say on this issue has been approved by that great supporter of African American progress, Rush Limbaugh.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  502. Mabyn Shingleton

    I agree with Mr. Steele. For former President Carter to continue to throw fuel on this racist flame is unfortunate. I bet someone will find a way to blame this on George Bush also. (I just finished reading the notes and someone did compare them – HA!) Prejudice does live within all of us...not necessarily having to do with race.

    There are racists in every party. What is even more dastardly is that this incident is getting so much media play. What a diversion! This may be the only way the Democrats can reunify their base. Create a monster.

    These posts are laughable. Let me quote Charmayne "The blatant disrespect for the president, the fear tactics, and the extremist protests are all indicators of the mass ignorance that breeds racism and perpetuates it thru the generations!" DISRESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT? Don't you think this occurred several administrations ago honey? I respect President Obama, I just do not agree with the direction he is trying to steer this country. That has nothing to do with the color of anyone's skin.

    Personally, I think people are just fed up with reckless government spending and Obama happens to be in office.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  503. Nancy Stevenson

    I agree with former President Carter, that the small group of people who have shown "extreme animosity" toward President Obama are likely racists. It is clear from their signage at these rallies – which are usually non-sensical attacks on Obama's personage and not attacks on his policy. It is the "elephant in the room" that many Republicans refuse to acknowledge, and Democrats don't want to dignify with a response. Racism is alive and well in the United States of America. We have made great strides, and Obama's election is proof of that, but we still have a ways to go!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  504. Barb

    Carter is absolutely right. I agree with those who said that racism is so ingrained in many people who don't even realize it's there. This is especially true people of a certain age. From personal experience, my mother has no idea she is racist, has friends who are black but still talks about "them" and avoids certain neighborhoods. Sarah Palin started planting the seeds during the campaign The Republican party had no intention of any kind of bipartisan cooperation from the beginning. The only thing that matters is regaining power and they will clearly stop at nothing and they will play to every fear to get there. In a way it isn't Wilson's fault – look at his history and you will see that he truely believes a black man, president or not, doesn't deserve his respect.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  505. Karen

    I agree with President Carter, he just said what so many wants to say, I lived in South Carolina all my life and it's so thick here you can cut it with a knife! It's sad to see all this anger and outburst going on in this country, what can you call it? Everything that Obama does is wrong, he's been in office 8 months and they expect him to change the world in this little time, why is he suppose to just come in turn everything around so quickly, no other President did this in 8 months! It is racism and people need to talk about it instead of hiding it their discussions at home or in the office, it's out here plain as day, look at the outburst at that happened in August with the health care, I know people are concerned but it's more tension because it is what Obama wants, we know that we need better Healthcare Insurance and no one wants to meet each other in the middle. I am so sick and tired with all this nonsense, this country will never see eye to eye on race, and that's so sad.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  506. Lisa Giddings

    We can't celebrate how far we've come as a nation, recognizing that the majority of Americans voted for a black President and then, when these SAME Americans have genuine concerns or disagreements with the policy coming out of this administration, cry out that Americans don't like the color of his skin. Many people did not agree with efforts from the Bush administration after they, in fact, voted for him. President Carter is a good man, but he is way out in left field on this one! The bottom line...when Obama ran for office, he promised to work on reform, NOT to do a government take over and bankrupt our nation. Americans are not foolish enough to ignore the fact that the deficit from the past administration pales in comparison to the current spending proposals from this administration in only a few months! What's not to be concerned about? Comments like those made by J. Carter insult and belittle everyone, including the President if he gives it any credence.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  507. Dodger

    Jimmy Carter has the guts to tell it like it is. You have to have blinders on not to see the racism displayed in the health care protests. You see it on social networking, blogs and every where else on the internet. When you call our president a monkey, muslin and yes the N word and carry signs that depict him as a African witch doctor with a bone in his nose.It is despiteful! Some people cannot deal with A black being president. I have lived in the South and racists still exist. BIG TIME.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  508. Pat Bishop

    I give thumbs up to former President Carter for speaking out on what has been going on in this country for years....Racism.. There are some who may not have thought themselves as racist before, but now that America has its first Black President, racism has reared its ugly head and bringing out the hatred that has always been in their hearts no matter how they try to diguise it... and what's even worse are those "closet racists" that are trying to encourage others to find fault with President Obama by lying on issues that are important to the health and well being of all Americans. Wake up, America!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  509. Rashid

    I think President Carter verbally said what a lot of American already know. I think a large percentage of the Tea Party movement is upset because The President is black, so they protest under the flag of patriotism – shameful.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  510. Arthur Jones

    Jimmy Carter is right and everyone knows it: To bad that Michael Steel is still in the dark ages and allowing himself to beleive that race is not an issue even today

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  511. Lee Gibvs

    Not only is color an issue, so would be...being a woman, or a Muslem or Hindu, anyone considered to be of lesser station, is fair game for small minds to put down. It is almost an unaware subliminal thing brought about by years of programming.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  512. Willa T. Wilder

    Yes, I agree with President Carter that the recent outburst of Congressman Wilson was racist, along with the many outburst coming from the so called town hall meetings. In fact, I have had to say this to the TBN television programers of the 700 Club just a two days ago. I explained to them that, "The Pat Robertson, the host, and other host of the 700 Club have been using their trusted position as religions icons, to brainwash their views to accept the racist views of those whites that have been staging these outburst of everyting the President proposes. They even make disrespectful jokes about him". Other religious progaming, like Rod Parsley's, Breakthrough has been doing the same. I withdrew my monitary support to the 700 Club, because I no longer trust in thier integrity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  513. Kathy Eaton

    Former President Carter is right on. Joe Wilson represents a southern state where racism is embedded. The tea party group has gone too far and the press is giving them too much coverage. People who question President Obama's citizenship, people who scream nazi with such anger should not be given the attention.They are being encouraged by the press. The tea party has crossed the line. If they would stick to the issues as in control adults, then they should get the coverage to voice their opinion. President Obama being called a nazi and a communist, being portrayed as a witch doctor in one picture CNN has shown. A witch doctor? This isn't about race-yeah right. Republicans are all about protecting big business such as the drug and insurance industries. How about helping people who need help.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  514. Lesley

    I do agree with former President Carter. There have been many racist attempts to undermine the credibility of President Obama. The imagery of President Obama as an African witch doctor, a life-size image of President Obama being lynched with blood dripping from his mouth, the Birther movement, the Cession movement, the fact that there is not a broader cross-section of race and ethnicities protesting, and the many other racist statements and behavior is not only evidence of racism, but is not a part of legitimate political debate. These people are a disgrace to themselves and our great nation.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  515. Angela

    Dennis...Your comments don't make you racist, just out of touch with the existence of race relations in this country. Mr. Steele just can't bring himself to believe that he's just a black stooge put up as spokesman for the GOP, to counter the black DEM president. I wonder if he goes home and watches himself on the news. Even he should be able to see how confused he appears to be.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  516. Carol Michigan

    I Obama were to "trash" this country like the Bush adminstration did, this group of racists that call themselves Republicans would get him......They are a scarey bunch, and they worry me......

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  517. carlos

    America is the most hateful country the white people has more hate for blacks .we will naver be free im shock that the C.I.A. have not paid a escape goat to kill obama.But they going to try.That is sad its to much hate in america...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  518. David McKee

    There are still an extremely low number of americans that harbor racist sentiments. I am worried that so much attention is given to dangerous thinking on the part of a few bad apples. Politicians and media alike are guilty of stoking the fires of hatred, either intentionally or unintentionally, for completely different motivations. We all need to take other peoples opinions at face value and give less credence to some extreme, rare and potentially dangerous commentaries. Although politics and politicians in general usually make me sick I think we all need to give legislatorsthe benefit of the doubt and hopefully they will do whats in the best interests of everyone.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  519. sherin

    "socialist, communist, nazi, baby eater, etc.." to the guy who has only been a help to this country since taking office. There is no other reasoning for this made-up armed anger other than what president Carter is saying. It is sad!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  520. PG Mom

    Good Morning Tony,

    I am relieved that someone is finally talking the truth and calling a spade a spade (no pun intended). President Carter has hit the nail on the head and political kiss-ups are trying to down-play what common folks know to be true. I think they don't want to agree with this lest their real thoughts become exposed. President Obama is enduring this opposition because he is black. The "White House" is trying to conduct the business of governing with dignity and so they are not responding to the obvious. In the past , disrespect for the office of the President would never have been tolerated in any form. This President is trying so hard to reach out, however the sheets have now been removed and some whites feel empowered to be disrespectful under the guise of free speech and the pretense of being angry about the issues. For 8 years money has been wasted, big government got bigger, wall street was allowed to rape us without government interference and we sunk our children and grand children in severe debt because of a war that sought someone other than the people who carried out 911, but now whites are outraged, where was the outrage then? I hope that he can close his eyes and click his heels 3 times and hope that racism is not behind this and his white counterparts are really friends!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  521. Valerie

    Jane of GA, your comment alone says it all.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  522. Ann Hollingsworth

    I agree with Jimmy Carter.
    Jimmy Carter didn't call all Tea Baggers/protesters racist but he did say that some are obviously racist.
    The truth is that some not all ( I repeat not all) are racist. The evidence is overwhelming. Just look at the photos of the crowds and the signs individuals are carrying.
    I grew up in Alabama and have spent my adult life in Tennessee. I consider myself a Christian and I am a member of a Baptist Church. I lived through hiding under my bus seat because we had "black " members on our high school dance team and the KKK was burning a cross in a field. My daughter was in highschool not long ago when over the intercom the local KKK meeting was announced.
    Does racism exist in the South? Absolutely! Those who deny it, only show their partisianship and lack of all objectivity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  523. Letitia Johnson

    President Carter is correct. I have dealt with racism in Norh Carolina all of my life. The actions of some in the Republican party, in trying to stop the President from being successful, is typical of how racism operates. Mr. Steele has his position because the President is Black. It is unfortunate that in 2009, Mr. Steele would allow the Republican Party to use him to carry out racist goals. The actions of many Republicans appear to me to be detrimental to the Country. If the President fails because of racism, we all fail.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  524. Jonathan, NY

    I am just amazed at all of the people who think that most of the opposition to President Obama and his policies is racially motivated. Does racism exist in this country? Of course. Will racism cease to exist in this country? I hope so but probably not. But for Jimmy Carter to suggest that Joe Wilson's outburst, as inexcusable as it was, was racially motivated is just perplexing. Then, for the former president to go on to say that most people who oppose President Obama's policies are racist is just completely offensive to the American public. I think the former President owes Joe Wilson and the American public an apology.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  525. Keith J

    I agree with Former President Carter . He is one of the most courageous and intelligent Presidents we've had in many years. The powers that be are not ready to have a young ,popular ,intelligent African-American as their Commander -In -Chief . The White House has never been so disrespected in all my years .
    The world is watching and when they see the division in our country, they are taking notes. We must put the racism in it's proper place and embrace our many wonderful resources as a diverse nation and rise back to prominence . God Bless America

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  526. Jeffrey

    I agree with former President Carter, racism or strong overt disrespect of the President. The congressmen, senators and political parties are out of control, they're the ones that are dividing the people. Those politicians need to leave there egos in their home states and come together and work together. (the “tea party” demonstration was a perfect example of racism for the President).
    That id..t Wilson should not be allowed to represent his state on capital hill for 60-90 days (that's punishment).

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  527. Nate

    Tony, I beleive that it is too simplistic to attribute ALL the opposition to the Obama administration to ONLY Racism, BUT, I'd be remiss to ignore the fact that the TEA Party crowd and the angry mobs at the town hall meetings where overwhelmingly WHITE! When you look at the Republicans in session, who does America see? When the angry protesters complain about policy issues like taxes, spending, bail-outs and jobs, aren't those issues that would be of concern to ANY American? Aren't latinos and blacks more burdened by such issues than whites? It seems to me that the only time that you see a minority representing the GOP, is when they get called out, and need a convientent minority person to try to convince the rest of us that they (GOP) are not as racially bias as they appear to be. Chairman Steele leading the RNC is like having Justice Clarence Thomas leading the NAACP! I beleive that theGOP is playing to the fears of the morally challenged, and stoking division when unity is needed more than ever. Thank GOD that most of the American whites are not like RUSH, DELAY, HANNITY, and Glen BECK! Whatever happened to people like DOLE, KEMP, WILLS, and George H.W.BUSH?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  528. EW

    You may not like Jimmy Carter or even what he has said about the racism factor. He is on point and absolutely right. Obama is a black man, that many racist americans did not want to be elected. He happens to be tackling two of the biggest industries that have benefitted financially for decades and have deprived hundreds of thousands of americans of essential health care. Other countries have "free" health care. 30 million americans don't have health care right now. That is going to hurt this country in the long run.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  529. Bett Wallace

    I do NOT agree with former President Carter. It is EMBARRASSING to have a former president of this great free country accuse Americans of being racists/bigots. He is way out of line in making those accusations. I can only believe he is saying what HE feels about race.

    I am over 65 and believe in equality for all Americans. My children in their 30's and 40's certainly do not have racist beliefs; my grandchildren would not have a clue about being a racist.

    This country has changed since African Americans stood up for their rights during the 1960's.

    Furthermore, I do not think of President Obama as a "black" man. He is, after all, half white. I just think of him as a very educated man.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  530. Tem

    Yes, I do agree with President Carter. After all, he's a southerner himself and he should know after many, many years of experience and living in the South what their sentiment really is. It's racism, plain and simple. White southerners fought hard to keep blacks from attending schools and just prior to that time, it was illegal to teach blacks to read! And it was not just the South. Jim Crow was the accepted national practice.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  531. R. Richardson

    Prez. Carter has the guts to say it. Rep. Wilson truly did not want to apologize because he represents a genuine element of hatred within the Republican Party that continues to go unchecked. His outburst made the Republican Party look very bad in the eyes of many African Americans. The timing of Rep. Wilson's outburst will only make it that much harder to ever believe that the Republican Party is serious about solving its problems with race and serve all of Americans.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  532. Phil

    Yes I agree with the former Pres, even though we have come along way bigotry is still alive and well, but if people keep stepping up to the plate like all the Americans who voted for our President we can stamp it out.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  533. ESTHER ESPINOSA

    Oh yeah, I strongly agree with former President Carter's comments that racial bias is a huge problem among President Obama's opponents nationwide. We now have a president with plenty of BB power (brain and ball power) addressing the challenges left behind by the last 8 years of the Republican agenda: taking our country to a senseless war thus leaving us with an unmentionable deficit and the economic crisis we are well aware of; creating enemies worldwide by their arrogant approach; ignoring the challenges we do have at home such as healthcare reform and immigration reform among others. Let's be thankful for a president who, with his humble diplomacy, has began to repair the damaging image the world had of the US. He's taking the bull by the horns with healthcare reform; has successfully started to turn the economy around; and he'll surely address a much needed immigration reform in the near future. Let's be fair and give President Obama time to resolve all the problems that the previous administration took 8 years to create.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  534. Abdourahmane

    Former president Carter he's right,he just tell the truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  535. Linda C from Valencia, Ca.

    I am very dissapointed in the comment made by former President Jimmy Carter. The majority of the American People who oppose many of the "Bigger Government" Proposals, including Health Care Reform, are of high intellegence and are truely concerned about the state of the economy and current policies. It's a cheap trick to throw out the race card and beneath the former president. Let's stick to the issues and have intellegent conversation; then maybe we will make some progress.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  536. Jaimie Bermann Ga.

    I do not agree with Jimmy Carter or any of the left on this race issue. Stop this nonsense! Who cares what someone looks like. I strongly disagree with the Presidents policies and the corruption in Washington. Does that make me a racist? I am white and live in a prodominantly black neighborhood. It is not about race!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  537. Shirley J. Roberts

    Yes, I do believe President Carter's statement...racism does play a role in the oppoition to President Obama...it has nothing to do with policy...If President Obama were white and as brilliant as he is White America would have rallied around him with all arms..Mr. Steele should be grateful to the president because if he(President Obama) were not Afro-American Mr. Steele would not be in the position he is in today...The republicans felt this a good move to place a black at the head of the republican party hoping that they would draw more blacks...however,
    most of us are not as blind as Mr. steele and see through what's going on..How long has Mr. steele been with the republican party? and if he was such a tremendous asset why did it take him so long to be recognized? It's because now they(republicans) can say: Look, we recognize our black members( ha ha).Get real Mr. Steele and be honest with yourself.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  538. Rick Hardy

    President Carter just had the guts to point out something that any of us born in areas rife with racism recognized immediately. My father used to say things like, "I have nothing against blacks, as long as they know their place. My black friends know not to come to the front door." He also supported all the symbols of the south, such as the confederate flag (like Joe Wilson), as did his racist friends. In polite company, he would not use the "N" word, but with his friends, it would be the only way he would refer to African Americans. He, too, feels President Obama is illegitimate, and would have no problem yelling out inappropriately, as Joe Wilson did, something he would never have done to a white President. I also recognize racism in a lot of the comments here, denying what President Carter said, while being fully aware of the truth therein – another tactic my father would use.

    RNC – saying you are opposing only President Obama's policies doesn't explain Wilson's outburst. It doesn't explain the nonsense about his birth certificate. It doesn't explain the signs showing Obama as the Joker, Hitler, etc. If all you were doing was protesting his policies, none of the other stuff would be necessary. Your real agenda is so obvious, you don't even see it yourselves, just like my father never sees his own racism. Thanks, President Carter, for having the guts to call all of this what it really is.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  539. Adam Jane

    As an educated person of mixed race (like Obama) I'd just like to say that Carters statements are a* and I, for once, agree completely with Michael Steele.

    I've lived in both the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest...and I've faced racism growing up so, unlike Mr. Carter, I know first hand what it looks like. And as a recipient I agree that it still runs strong in our society, and in both directions.

    That being said, I'm saddened by the fact that we've swung so far to the other end that when a non-white person says anything that another person or group objects to or disagrees with we conveniently use racism as a crutch for invalidating that objection. Frankly, its just sad, and its sad that so many people buy into this crap.

    I have quite a few white friends, all of which are not bigots, and it makes me angry to see good people afraid to voice their thoughts or tip toe around a topic for fear being branded a racist.

    I'm looking forward to the day that we grow up as a society, I thought we were there with election of this President. It seems however, that the we're not and that the petty and lazy people that still use racism as a tool to quash disagreement or debate still hold sway in our society.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  540. john carlton

    I truly believe that predjudicial attitudes prevail all over this country, the republican party and the media and lets not forget the bloggers.They have demanded more of this President in his first one hundred days than any other President in recent history and have given audience to people comparing him to apes and monkeys. If this is not predjudice i'll kiss your but in times square and give you thirty minutes to draw a crowd!!!!!!

    John

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  541. Gary Chicago Illinois

    I agree with President Carter.I was amazed when President Obama was elected never thinking in my lifetime I would see a black person elected to this office. Im 60 years old.Im proud to be an American and hope that someday soon raceism will be gone and we all live together as one people .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  542. Rick

    Isn't there a story or an example of racism on the news everyday? White cops caught on tape beating up a black person; white communites in the deep South complaining that there are hispanics everywhere in their neighborhoods; etc.
    Not every white person is racist but I have felt it from many nonetheless.
    Sorry Republicans but racism is alive and well and I believe former President Carter is right.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  543. Andre Garabedian

    President Carter hit on something that many American's seem to dismiss—especially in light of having the first African American President in history.

    Legitimate debate, and constructive disagreement with any President, member of Congress or elected official is healthy and good for America. However, republicans remaining in the House and Senate—mostly far right conservative, are disgustingly out of line—as are their supporters. They are fueling more hatred, lies and deception then at any other time in U.S. History.

    Perhaps President Carter is using the fact that republicans, conservatives and dixiecrats are using President Obama's heritage as an excuse to cite that our President was not born in the United States and therefore not qualified to be President.

    Maybe President Carter is watching CNN, and sees right wing America carrying signs displaying swastikas and our current U.S. President as Adolf Hitler. These same right wingers seem almost proud using one of histories greatest monsters and their symbol to protest the President.

    When you consider the right wing positions, and you look around their meetings and their protests—watching CNN and seeing who is at these protests—they are old, white American's. That in an of itself is not a problem. However, the people making all the noise are, in fact, monochromatic. Perhaps that is why President Carter is posing the question that race is playing a roll in American politics.

    Maybe the former President is recalling a cartoon in the New York Post comparing President Obama as a chimp/monkey to consider his view that racism is playing a large roll in the current Washington climate.

    The GOP may have had a champion in Lincoln, however the party of Lincoln, and even Rockerfeller, has been hijacked by a fundamentalist group of purist nuts, who in 8 years of governing took a $230 billion surplus and turned it into a $630 billion deficit. And, while destroying the world economy, they violated the civil liberties of almost every American through illegal wire taps and eaves dropping, not to mention the death of hundreds of thousands in Iraq—Americans and Iraqi innocents alike.

    Michael Steele comments about "…the lengths Democrats will go to disparage all who disagree with them." I find that quite stunning when you consider the facts. Mr. Steele is suffering from amnesia.

    President Carter was right to put words to what many American's have been feeling. Bravo Mr. President. Your fantastic work is an inspiration to the nation, and the world.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  544. James E. Carter

    I agree with President Carter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  545. James L

    I agree with former President Carter. racism is a component in the opposition of President Obama. No President in recent history has gone through such heavy scrutiny! The bottom line is Money&Power!, the status qou does not want to give it up and will do anything to keep it! As far as Racism is concerned, the Klan is alive and well, they have turned in there white hoods for police uniforms, senat seats and supreme court nominations.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  546. Rob Sayles

    The general answer is fairly apparent: There is a lot of predjudice in this country. It is not limited to negativity against blacks or democrats.

    However, as anectdotal and subjective as it may be, the images seen on the news of Obama's detractors seem to be mid-aged to ederly white people carrying signs branding the president as a facist, a racist, a Nazi, etc. all over what?

    Helping companies who employee a large segment of the economy stay on their feet? Maybe it was trying to hold the large financial companies responsible and introduce accountability to the people who actually underwrite their huge bonuses. Perhaps folks are upset that things are turning around in terms of the recession or that we are finally putting the troops where the terrorists who attacked our country actually are.

    I think anyone who objectively looks at the level of acrimony and vomenting about something as make-sense as health care reform wonders what the issue is with having respectful discourse.

    For those claiming Obama's ace-in-the-hole is the race card, I would say that in looking at the president's reaction to the outburst at his address he showed grace and poise. He did not attack, he accepted the apoology and urged us to move on. On most issues whether we agree or not, President Obama has been a class act. I wish those who oppose his views and direction would learn from his example and exercise some dignity while debating.

    The days of get back if ur black and white is right are done. We're all in this together and when we get back to being a great nation it will be because we all, regardless of race, took on the challenges face us head on and with unity.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  547. Raymond Zander

    Tony, I believe exactly what Carter said, because I know firsthand from hearing what people are saying out here. and it ain't pretty!! here's one comment for your taste buds to savor,... "ain't no n* gonna tell me what to do" and that was from a group of masons in Allentown Pennsylvania, I have nothing against masons mind you, but you would think that these "insightful upstanding citizens" would have a better grasp on whats good for all mankind. and could get past bigotry issues of the past.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  548. Tony Dulley

    Racism does exist. I've seen it. However President Obama has displayed a disingenuous nature. I could and would love to list the many obvious examples. This continuous racist rubber-stamping of all opposition is old. It also insults those of us with legitimate concerns, i.e. expense, possible loss of liberties, degradation of quality, etc. Mr. Carter just called some of President Obama's biggest name campaign supporters bigoted; does Warren Buffet ring a bell.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  549. david santos

    This goes out to Dennis moores comment...No one is saying that if you disagree with the policies you are a racist ..they are saying that the racist in this country are weaving their way into this debate and using it as a platform to protest the fact that their is a black man as a president...If you are a black man this should not be too hard to recognize

    September 16, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  550. eric

    People, please be aware that many of the posts being submitted with a pro-Black point of view and including poor grammar , lousy punctuation and a lack of logic are created by white conservatives.

    The aim is to make these points of view seem ignorant and misinformed. Don't be fooled by these dirty tricks.

    "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog", applies here.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  551. Carolyn

    Tony, I totally agree with the observaton by President Carter. I have continously heard and debated remarks by family and friends in opposition of almost anything proposed or done by President Obama – who I voted for and greatly respect. Most of the comments are indirectly based on his being an African-American. I am so dismayed by what is happening; it is a very negative reflection on our country and Americans in general. I am a 69 year old woman of Jewish decent and when President Obama was elected I thought "finally the racism is finished" perhaps in the next generation. I love President Obama and his family and it saddens me hear and see what's happening.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  552. Roy Williams

    I think it is a wise move for the democrats to play the racist card. Now anyone else who disagrees with the President will think twice about speeking against him. However, I personally disagree. I do not feel the the phrase, "you lie" is a racist remark but an acurate statement about his term in office thus far. First and formost his birth certificate, his lack of transparency which he promised, ballout money going to corporate bonuses....ect. When he fist came to office I was optinistic and impressed with his ability to speek so well and comforted by his promise of change. Now I realize change for the sake of change is not always for the best. At this point, all I have left in the way of feelings for this man we call the president is disinchantment and disaprointment. Yes, you lied to us Mr. President. Shame on you.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  553. Jules

    We tried to show the world that we 'America' has moved on with electing a black President and we are believing that all men are equal
    hahahaha-just because George Wallace is dead his Racist views are still alive and not just in the Dirty South! God shared his grace on
    America-but do you see it is now possible beening withdrawn!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  554. Robert Kate

    President Carter assessment of the racism that exists against this president is right on. Wilson's comments are deeply racism. President Obama's speech last week on education stirred a lot of controversy. He was clear in his vision on education but because of racism certain white people didn't even want their children to hear it because it came from a black man. They pulled their children from schools. They even televised the text and they still didn't want their children to hear the speech. It is these people who will have to account to God for their racist discriminatory life and practices. Wilson couldn't help what came out of his mouth...Why??? Because as the bible says.."From out of the heart, the mouth speaks"

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  555. Diana

    President Carter is correct. I am a white female from the south. My own family members have said "they could not stand to see a balck man in the White House or see a black woman as our First Lady". These people also claim they are NOT racist.This unfortunately is a common attitude among too many people in our country. Some feel threatened by the progress and successes of blacks in areas where blacks were never allowed to go in past history. I also believe some feel superior to others- a sad and ugly day for us all.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  556. EDWARD YOUNG

    I live in S.C. and what Pres.Carter said is nothing but the truth. How can Pres. Obama be adored by other countries around the world, but hated here in this great country The United States of America. What are we really afraid of? That giving the chance,that this afro american Pres. that we have might just get this country back on track is scary for a lot of white people. The very thought of a man of any color getting the U.S. yes us out of this rut is very alarming to some white people.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  557. Connie Ellison

    I agree, I will be 60 in October and remember well the integration days and the environment surrounding it. When integration passed, there were many that said "you can legislate laws but you cannot legislate feelings". Those feeling are still very prevalent in today's society. You need only look at the people close to you and you will see exactly what President Carter is talking about.. We all have family that can't help themselves. They are no longer as verbal as they once were and they conceal their feeling by controling their actions, but when an opportunity comes around they can hide in and express themselves, they seize it. It is predictible and you're never wrong. So yes, racism is alive and well just disguised as many things. I am grateful to President Carter for finally saying it out loud. Connie

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  558. Stephanie

    I do agree with President Carter that racism is indeed a major factor, but I'm not entirely convinced that it's as simple as some white Americans not believing that a black American could be qualified to be president. I believe, rather, that a good many of these are flat-out resentful that a black American - Mr. Obama, in particular - is so much better educated, more successful, popular, well-spoken, and, yes, qualified, than they are. It makes it so much harder for these particular whites to put President Obama and other blacks down. It would seem to me, though, that both blacks and whites can lay proud claim to Mr. Obama, who is, after all, descended from both.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  559. jesse

    President Carter is absolutely right and I applaud him for speaking the truth, sure bigotry and racism is not as blatant as it was during the jim crow days, in fact bigots have a new weapon in there arsenal it is called subtlety. Miachael Steele needs to wake up, and tell it like it is. I wonder why during this economic downturn and all downturns, it is minorities that have the highest unemployment rates, and why is that minorities suffer at disproportionate levels in all facets of America?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  560. Mary Bill

    I agree with Pres.Carter that there is racism within the opposition to
    Obama's Health Care proposal, and other ideas he has proposed.
    I had hoped our country had gotten past this type of response, but I
    believe there are people who choose not to be broader minded, and
    accept people for whom they are, and for what they work to improve/
    change the country. It is all of our people's loss when this happens.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  561. David

    Carrie, you have valid points, but when you have religious leaders, radio / television hosts, and politicians hoping President Obama fails, disrepects him in public while he is adressing congress, and hopes he dies from a disease or accuse him of not being born an American, it becomes kinda personal and racist dont you think. The attacks are personal and have nothing to do with his policies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  562. marie pierre

    At last ! It was about times that some body point at the right direction, by saying clearly that the opposition faced by mr OBAMA is due to racism.

    Former president CARTER is absolutely right. He is juste saying at loud what millions of people think.

    The racistes of this country just do not want the " the black man " to succed !

    First the closing of guantamo bay, know the the health care reform ! they just cannot bear it.

    The hatefull people should be more concerned about the forth coming judgement of Jehovah God in the very near future.

    The end of racism, hatread, and division is about to be ended very soon.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  563. Robert

    President Carter is a very honorable man.He always tell it like it is.
    It has never been about healthcare.The whole world knows what this is about.Thank you Mr President.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  564. laysa

    When a group of demonstrators call the first African-American President of the United States such things like Nazi, magic negro, witch doctor, illegal immegrant or socialist dictator... Just wondering why is the media so surpriced that an intelligent individual actually had the guts to call these "demonstrators" by what they really are; a bunch of angry racists who can't believe that Barack Hussein Obama is the president of the United States.

    -Laysa
    Fall River, MA

    September 16, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  565. Cassandra Edwards

    President Carter is absolutely right. I admire his courage in stating the ugly truth of the matter. Mr. Steele is out of touch with reality.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  566. Angie

    The Tea Party Organizer spoke on CNN stating that the Tea Party is demonstrating on the Health Care Insurance Reform and that there was no racisim in their agenda. Yet the same Tea Party Organizer also admitted that there were some racists signs at their demonstrations BUT that he saw Nothing wrong with it. Yet no one in the Tea Party did anything to stop the Racists signs. What is wrong with this picture?
    Joe Williams, is a member of the Sons of the Confederate. They have always been racists and have a history of violent racists attacks. And since 2002 the Sons of Confederate have increased the level of racists attacks. And yet the Republicans are denying that Joe Williams verbal attack against the first Black President was the act of a racist. What is wrong with that picture?
    So to all who are looking at this with blinders on please try to remember: "Every one who does not admit to their mistakes try to correct it, are Domed to Repeat it."

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  567. Steve Mato

    You get down w/your bad self there Mr. Peanut. I guess it's true that the closer you see your mortality the less you're likely to bite your tongue! 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  568. Jackie

    I am 58 years old and have lived in the south all my life. But I must tell you, I have never seen anything like this in a long time (since the 60's). Pres. Carter is correct... this is racism at its best. Since the election, I thougt this kind of stuff was behind us, but not so. Racism is still with us. Pres. Obama is in God's hands and will be one of the greatest Presidents to have ever lived, if not the best. I will continue to pray for our President and his family in that God will continue to have a protective fence built around them. Jackie

    September 16, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  569. david santos

    Carrie I cant believe in that post... how do you even compare the two?.their was no racial content in either eppisodes..No one..black or white agreed with what Kanye had did nor serena just because their are altercations between two people who happen to be of two differant colors or two differant parties does not mean it is a racial conflict...Its the content in it that makes it a racial conflict...recognize my dear

    September 16, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  570. Deborah Morrison

    We do our country an injustice to pretend racism does not remain a significant problem in America. I believe the expression is suspiciously harsh against President Obama. I am an African American who had a conversation about the impact of race on White America's fervor against political issues presented by President Obama. She admitted to me that old racial stereotypes are playing a significant role in the level of antaganism older Caucasian Americans are expressing. Politics is complex but I believe Michael Steele is ignoring the race problem we still face (and expressed even against Michael Steele from his own Party). The ugly face of anger expressed today against a President's policies to the degree of calling him a communist or socialist has not been seen in my 58 years of living. The world is watching us. America is biased in its opinion of what's going on here because its difficult for us to admit., so we should ask other countries what they think.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  571. Keith J

    I agree with former President Carter. Check Joe Wilson's track record.He has exhibited racist tendencies for many years. He is one of the only officials to try and keep the confederate flag flying at government buildings in South Carolina .To act as though this is just an idiotic outburst with no racial overtones is just condoning Wilson's racist behavior. When will it end? Stop the denial, end racism now !

    September 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  572. Linda Daughtry

    I was born in Alabama and lived in Georgia most of my adult life. I am appalled by the recent movement in the last months of the far right. Former President Carter has called it like it is. I see this in emails that are forwarded by these ultra conservatives, I hear it from colleagues at work, and the refusal of school systems to give students the opportunity to listen to President Obama's speech. Racism is rearing its evil head again. The gathering in Washington DC last week just didn't have their white robes and hats on.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  573. fishngoddess

    My observations seem to give some credence to former Pres Carter's concern. I attended a pro healthcare reform forum in Austin, TX and a Move On bus rally in Dallas. The pro reform participants represented mainstream America and were from many ethnicities. Most protestors are white. I think Republicans need to take on this radical element in it's own party. Also, I hope the issue of race does not detract from the important work of healthcare reform.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  574. Mike

    Of course it is racism. It is one of the privileges of being very old and a former President to be able say exactly what he thinks and not be concerned with who is offended. Just because racist prejudice is no longer publicly acceptable does not mean it does not animate many minds. It will take at least two more generations before such sentiments are not significant in American politics. The Republican party has blatantly pandered to this barely hidden racism in its blanket opposition to Obama and richly deserves to suffer the consequences.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  575. Pat

    Thank you Carter for telling it like it is. I am a 61 year old white grandmother and I am so sad and so disappointed to still be on this subject in America. The lack of education, the lack of enlightenment and the amount of anger and hate that still exist will be the death of us if we don't wake up.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  576. Paige Giddings

    HR3200, as proposed prior to President Obamas speech, was extremely hard to understand and did not specifically exclude coverage for illegals. The President keeps throwing around a number that includes illegals ("47-50 million Americans without coverage"). At this point, I am not certain that Joe Wilson was incorrect in his assessment of the situation, even though he was wrong in his approach to dealing with it!
    Shame on Jimmy Carter for calling opposition of any kind 'racially motivated'! Why not just say, "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." while my future is dimming thanks to government spending gone wild. I am only 21 but feel the weight of the world on my shoulders right now because of spending I will be held responsible for, even though I am not to voice any disagreement on??? Preposterous!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  577. Mary- Georgia

    Of course, I agree, just look at the type of signs and the words being yelled out: "We want our country back", what else can that mean other than some whites think America belong to only them. This is totally ridiculous! I do believe it is only a few nut jobs out there but since some Republicans in our congress have actually perpetrated the lie that President Obama was not born in America, it only fuels the ignorance and shows proof that we need to get all the nut jobs out of congress before we can educate the people out there who are into the crazyness and don't forget the talk shows of Fox and dodo bird right wing radio hosts and newspapers. They have all made a mockery of America's government and it has been observed and blogged about from Britian and other countries. To go so far as to say that President Obama is not legally president! Please! Get over it!
    They and the nut job congressman who yelled at the president in a formal congressional setting are showing their true colors.

    Grow up- you are no longer in power. You have taken advantage of the vulnerable, backed Bush in unnecessarily killing twice as many
    people as were killed in the 9-11 attacks by pushing the Iraq war. So why would anyone in there right minds trust Republicans anymore?

    Michael Steele, wake up and realize that your position came only as token to oppose our Black President, just as the trick pulled in selecting Palin as VP Candidate was a failed attempt to draw Hilary voters. Women were able to see through that dumb move.
    She fueled these nut jobs in her campaigning and now they all belong to you Republicans.

    Because of all the big insurance dollars being stuffed in pockets,
    now they have tried to scare the dickens out of the elderly over the lies about cuts in medicare and made other unsubstantiated claims of things that are not in any healthcare proposal period.

    I thank God that the majority of whites in our country are descent and tolerant human beings who treat others as they want to be treated.
    Our president inherited too many problems for our elected officials to still be playing games and refuse to help him get us back on the right track – TIME OUT! Is this what is called democracy? I say proceed without the Republicans and continue to do what is right for our country including keeping a public option in the healthcare bill. I do not see what is so complicated about this. The President has extended his hand time after time only to have it slapped hard, I say do what needs to be done.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  578. Nicole Rosefort

    President Carter is absolutely right! More power to him for saying it like it is. If we all could do that, the world would be better off. We cannot grow, change, or have real reform without confronting the truth! Stop encouraging the demagogues, let's be real!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  579. Von Khasay

    I strongly agree with President Carter,I always wondered if that is the reason these people giving our current president hard time. Sure enough President Carter has confirmed my doubts, Grow up America!

    Von Khasay

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  580. D. Grace Monroe

    I was very pleased to hear former President Carter's remarks. I think the real issues are getting lost in the simple fact that the man mentioned "race". In this day and age, when we hear the word, it is usually dismissed as some imaginary card held by groups of people historically oppressed in this country. It is not seen as legitimate, and I think that is partly a case of complacency. Because blacks, and people of color in general, have come so far in this country, people seem to believe there aren't still issues that need to be addressed, and that problems still do not exist. I am a young black woman, born and raised in New York, and I can assure America that it is still an issue.

    I don't think it should be assumed that EVERY person against Obama is against him because of the color of his skin, but I think it is as irresponsible to completely dismiss race as an underlying issue as it is for those of us who know race is still a problem in this country to exaggerate as though it is the ONLY reason Obama is disliked.

    Two words: educate yourselves (on both sides).

    September 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  581. Anthony

    I think Pres Carter was right on target with his comments. The real problem is those racist oppositionist don't realize they ae racist. These attitudes still undermine our society and tears at the very fabric that binds us all togehter. These people are those that opose Obama and justify it by throwing the US Constitution up in our faces. I have read the constitution and I don't recall anything about Healthcare written in there. I am sure the Framers of the Constitution left issue of our times to the Executive, Legislative, & Judicual Branches as well as the States to decide what and how the Government will be involved . These oppositionist attitudes are liken to the attitudes during the slavery & racial prejudice era where the Bible was used as justification for those attitudes. These people never look in the mirror or always use blinders if they do..., They should be ashame....

    September 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  582. Marian

    Racism.. .. It is what it is. President Carter is such a genuine and courageous person as he has placed racism on the carpet for all to examine. He supports our great country and refuses to sweep one of our country's greatest downfalls under the carpet.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  583. JustMe

    To those that wrote people are stupid to think it's racism because of all the whites that voted for Obama are the ones that are stupid LOL. There were many votes for McCain/Palin and I am convinced at least some of those votes were because of race! I think it's sad people put blinders on and don't really care to know the truth about much of what goes on. Yes, a difference in policy is much of what the opposition is about but NOT all!! And if it was just a difference in policies why are so many Republicans being proven daily to spread lies along with the fear they are trying to spread? And I am a Republican but not a blind one! It's a fact that Wilson is the one that lied not Obama so what was the motive that Wilson had calling Obama a liar?? And illegals are NOT covered just because they receive emergency care at the hospital as everyone does that does not have Insurance that does not mean the illegals will be covered with health insurance! Just like everyone else that goes to the ER that is treated that do not have health insurance they will be billed and owe the money! So, just because someone is treated does not mean they are covered if health care passes. President Carter spoke the truth and all those living in areas that have experienced and still do racism knows that!! People would rather sweep it under the rug than to deal with it. President Carter has every right to call it as he sees it!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  584. Tony-Lafayette, LA

    I didn't believe that racism existed anymore, either. Then I moved to Louisiana. Every discussion I had about Obama prior to the election started with the phrase "I'm not racist..." but through the ups and downs of the discussion always ended with "...but I know how black people are". One fear was (and apparently still is) that an Obama Presidency would result in a "payback for slavery". I've heard things said that I never imagined anyone would have said for 20 or 30 years. Rest assured, passionate racial hatred is alive and well in the south. Education is the key to solving this problem.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  585. Henry

    This is a confusing time. I agree with President Carter.I receive e-mails from friends and hear friends joking about President O Bama and this is distrubing. I want to just walk away. There are so many untruths being said.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  586. Frank

    YES. President Carter is right when he said Racism is spread all through the United Statess. So many people grew up with racism and don't know the difference and don't care . They are only concerned about themselves.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  587. Don

    Carter is totally on point – 62% of Americans (so far per this poll) must think racism is over. This could not be further from the truth. Do you know that hate crimes and membership in hate groups are up all over the Country. Racism lives on today.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  588. Mari

    I am a white female and I vote both ways- I totally agree with former President Carter and good for him for coming right out and saying it. I realize that a lot of the disagreements are politics, but I sense a lot of racism and religious judgements from many on the opposition.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  589. chris

    I think CNN is racist and trying to urge it on. Did you notice that the emails agreeing with Carter really outnumber the ones against. This is a pick and choose website. Why don't you just print all of the comments and see what you get? Don't just put the ones you want to appear. put your racism aside.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  590. Fintt

    President Obama WON!! Get it, he WON. There are people in this country who can't accept a black man as President. These are the same people opposing everything he does. The bottom line is they don't want him to succeed at anything. His success would show the world that a black man is capable of leadership. Slogans such as...
    taking back America, people like us, real Americans,the tea party movement etc. are all code words for racism. I grew up black in the south (GA) during the sixties as did President Carter. He saw the same racism that I saw. so we know it when we see it.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  591. esi dawson

    pres carter is a very brave and honest am glad someone is finally bold enough to come out and say this.wilson is rascist.i think its about time we all accepted the fact that black n white can never mix, not today not tomorrow not ever.its sad though but it is what it is.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  592. Margaret

    President Carter was on target, when he said that racism still exist in this Country and some white people, do not believe that a Black Man is qualified to run this great Country. He did not say All white people, just some. I appreciate him, being honest about this, since no one else that has held his position, would acknowledge it, as if by being quite, it all would go away. Why is it that so many Republicans cannot agree with this? They seem to up hold everything that Republicans say or do against this President. Are they right and everyone else in the Country is wrong? Is everyone playing the race card if they speak out against the way this President has been treated so disrespectfully. What rock have these people been living under? If you really pay attention, when any Republican is asked wether they agree or not with the way these Tea Parties are conducted or if they think that it's ok for these radical people to paint pictures of the President or say things about the President in a racially motivated way, they change the subject. They should be calming the fire instead of lighting it up. How will this Country ever come together as a people if we do not face up to the FACT that there is a lot of work to be done on RACE?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  593. rick

    Hey Tony....
    Unfortunately what our former President said is true.
    My wife and I recently visited family in Tenn. and we heard disturbing angry and hateful racial comments about President Obama.
    Many times civil discourse on issues was impossible.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  594. Wyatt Giddings

    I go to school with, eat meals with, am friends with, hang out with, play football, do track, etc. with lots of people of color. I respect and admire them in the same way I respect and admire pale skinned folks. However, when we disagree...we disagree! How silly to insinuate that policy disapproval is 'racially motivated'. Jimmy Carter should go home and examine his own racial opinions if that is what he truly believes. Sounds more like a red herring.
    ( I am a white man talking about a white man. Is this racist too?)

    September 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  595. courtesyguy4682

    GOD BLESS FORMER PRESIDENT CARTER. All of the punits writing the absurity of "RACISM" obviosly have never experienced RACISM, Just one time for them let them be denied different things, and certainly not for just politics. Then they can say its not racism.
    There are the ones in denial.

    President Obama was elected shortly after this country's enconomy imploded. These Americans have a VERY short memory, 1st by attacking on all fronts. We as a nation did not fall off the cliff in 8 months, more like 8 years. But these punits (Repubilcans) exect miracles from President Obama. He can't pull a rabbit out of his hat!!

    Give this man our support, rather than beat him up at every opportunity.If you have a BETTER idea submit. Prez Obama has said his door is always open.

    If we were a nation as the protesters are stating that he is a Nazi and a Socialist. THEY WOULD ALL BE PICKED UP FOR TREASON AND EXECUTED. Enough said.

    Courtesyguy4682

    September 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  596. Prophetess Neal

    Does race play a part: Yes, absolutely. What is so amazing so many called themselves the people of God.
    Many times someone can have this spirit and not be aware of it until something happen to await that monster/spirit. Example, “Present Obama”

    This is also one of the reason we are having so many problems in this land and why so many people are suffering. We do not have clean hands or pure hearts. There is much blood on our hands and murder in our hearts. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    James 1:8 and 4:8

    Race also play a big part in many groups, some believe that they have a reason to hate, because they or hated, because of the color of their skin. This is also murder. God never gave anyone an excuse for this action, He said be ye angry but sin not.

    Our thought will be tried, because we do not know our own hearts, as Peter did not know what manner of spirit that was tempting him, so when these things are revealed unto us we should, “ Call upon The Name of The Lord to save us from this evil” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

    1 John 4:20 Says, If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  597. lisa howes

    Am I hearing this correctly? If I do not agree with my president's opinions/policies, I am therefore racist? Are we to assume then that anyone who disagreed with our former president's actions/opinions, was also racist? I am so tired of this issue of race being thrown at us every time someone or some group does not get their way or a differing of opinion occurs. This is not to say that racism does not exist, because it does. However, to say that I am racist simply because I do not agree with someone who is of a different background of my own is offensive.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  598. CAT

    To those who do not believe that racism plays a role to opposition of the President of the United States is sadly mistaken, and is not living in the real world. During the Tea Party that was initiated by the Republicans you clearly saw how much hate is in America and how people are totally racist. Negative pictures and signs were displayed in a racist way towards the President.

    Again, the Republicans are fueling the fire because they find it hard to believe that a Black man is President, and they are reigning terror in America. Where is the love here. Why can't people just get along so that peace will be in America.

    America is a great country, and the world looks to America to be an example but if there is so much hate, it does not look good to others on the other side of the world.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  599. P. Miller

    I agree with former President Carter 100%. Within the context of speaking openly and honestly. Blacks didn't create slavery nor did blacks organize the KKK. Many whites fell blacks aren't capable of overseeing what they consider to be a complex system ("especially a black male"). Think times have changed ? The outer shell might look nice, but when the shell is opened, its interior doesn't look so pretty. Go figure!!!!
    P, Miller Houston, TX

    September 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  600. Ann S

    It might be very hard for some to understand what racism truly is if you have not walked a mile in someone's shoes that has experienced it. I am white and it has always appeared to me that this issue goes much deeper than black/ white. The most insecure among us seem to be the most racist. The most angry and the most undereducated seem to be the most hateful and the slowest to love their fellow man. I am not talking about book educated; I am referring to enlightened. If you are religious you are not paying attention........and if there is a GOD he has to be looking down with great sadness. Sure for some it is political, but for most it is racism down to its ugly core. There is a big world out there and we are not the only people in it, nor are we the best; we are all equal. Recognize it, fight to eliminate it, come together, then sit back and enjoy the rewards.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  601. L Adams

    Steel is an embarrassment to the human race not to mention black people he is a want to be that obviously haven't looked in the mirror lately., President Carter has it right. The bigots, and racist are afraid they will lose their country which was never theirs to begin with and that they will be found out how ignorant they really are. These people are what is left of the "Neanderthals"

    September 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  602. Edgar in Florida

    I think President Carter is absolutely right on this issue and applaud him for bringing the issue to the forefront. Irrespective of what Mr. Steele says the far right will be hard pressed to characterize President Carter as a far left radical as they would if either Rev. Jessie Jackson or Rev. Al Shartpton had made a similar comment regarding this issue. I believe most Americans have their head in the sand and tend to “Wish” racism not to exist in our society. But guess what? It does. I don’t think racism will ever be eradicated I think it’s just human nature to be suspicious of those who are not like us. Also, don’t think for a second that this is a one way street, racism exists within the minority community both towards Anglos as well as to their own race and nationality. I think most Americans fell that if they click their heels three times and wish racism away, then all is well in America. This I believe is Pollyannaish.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  603. PJparker

    JOE WILSON OWES ME AN APOLOGY. I am an American citizen, and I tuned in to hear the President of the United States speak to me. I am deeply offended that anyone would disrespect the President, and disrespect me.
    What about Obama's freedom of speech? The speech was planned, arrangements were made, air time was secured, the citizens were informed of the impending message, and Goofy Wilson took advantage of everyone involved and especially the American public by hogging the venue for his own agenda.
    What about my freedom to listen? If Wilson would like to plan, make arrangements and secure air time to express his views to the American public, he could do that. He could make a youtube video. He could write a letter or email. He can exercise his freedom of speech, but to interrupt a Presidential broadcast to display his contempt for the President is outrageous.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  604. Matt, Washington DC

    I am the adopted parent of a 12 year old son who is of African American and Spanish decent. I can tell you first hand racism is alive and well. It has always been there, but when your child is affected because of it, you recognize it more. Do not let these bloggers, pundits and radio talk show host convince you of anything different. It is NOT just having a different opinion. It is young minority children being kicked out of the swimming pool at The Valley Club in Philadelphia because "a lot of ‘kids’ would change the complexion and atmosphere of the club." (Literally) My mother in-law seems to all of a sudden always be preoccupied or have a headache when I ask her to babysit. She never had this problem with my daughters who are white. My wife is so sensitive she has refused to let the children visit her parents despite my vehement disagreement. One day I went to pick up my kids from mother's and they all were sad and teary eyed. I later found out that my mother had unwittingly allowed my kids to over hear her listening to Rush Limbaugh and the "Barack The Magic Negro" song. I was so angry I was shaking violently. Good thing I have African American friends to help me with my son in times like these. I could go on and on about the various experiences but you get the point. From Pastor Anderson to Rev. Wright racism is very much alive in the US. Over the years I have recognized it is more overt in small towns, the southern US and neighborhoods like mine that are less diverse.

    Our family is a microcosm of our society. The elders are set in their ways regardless of how much it hurts the children and others like me. I worry that I may subconsciously neglect my daughters because I constantly have to address unfair treatment with my son, or that my girls are often teased because of their brother. My wife and I can't say we weren’t warned by our friends. I guess we were naive and in just as much denial as many Americans.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  605. Pierre

    President Carter hit the nail on the head with his comments. Racial problems in this great country of America will never be solved as long as people are allowed to talk about the President the way Mark Williams did and disrespect him the way Joe Wilson did.

    When you have people without morals and respect making laws and running this country race will never die and humans will not respect others races. The only things people in America care about are animals, lining their pockets and not helping their fellow American make this a better country to live in.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  606. Pastor Neal

    President Carter is one hundred percent correct, the only way we can truly change people hearts is to teach what God says about hate.

    This is murder in the sight of God. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:

    September 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  607. Shawn

    Carrie I think you might be missing the point. It's not just about that one action. Joe Wilson didn't look up at the podium and think to himself, "I hate Black people" and then open his mouth and shout, "You Lie!". It doesn't happen like that. Racism and all prejudices are so ingrained in the fiber of our being and our nation, that many people don't even know they're racist, and just accept stereotypes and subconscious attitudes and beliefs as a part of who they are. They would never label it racist. It is not overt racism. What we and Mr. Carter are referring to is this overall attitude that it's OK to disrespect the president, when in the past it has never been ok. It's ok to question his lineage and nationality and ability to do the job, when in the past it has never been done. No one openly questioned the fact that George Bush was a less than average student at Yale who only got in because of his connections. Where were the protest signs saying, "We don't want a dumb alcoholic sending our troops to war!" You didn't see anything like that. Why weren't they questioning his ability to do the job? Because his father did it? That, to me, falls under White Privilege which is also inherent to the fabric of this country and something else NO ONE wants to discuss openly. Why did Bush, and even Clinton get the benefit of the doubt? Did Republicans call Clinton names while he was addressing Congress? No. So if it wasn't done then, why is it OK now? Why is Wilson becoming a hero because of what he did? Because of the difference in beliefs about policy? I think not. I think we all know why those Confederate flags are flying in support of Wilson.

    Racists extend their cause by championing and teaching fear, highlighting stereotypes and pretending like it's really something else. When in actuality, they are afraid that this country's power is in the hands of a Black Man. As Dr. Phil says, "you can't fix what you haven't acknowledged". Most Obama supporters want nothing more than to look past the issue of race. We take offense to the phrase, "the race card". It's not something we just pull out of our back pockets when we want a pass. It just is...just like White Privilege. It just is..... I think the sooner we all accept that, the better off we'll all be.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  608. Scott

    Finally! President Carter is the only one who said it! Kudos to President Carter for coming out. I guess I have to ask, why does everyone seem so shocked by his comments? Anytime we hear the truth we start to quiver. What's more shocking is the couwardness of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus for not raising the issue before. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Republican Party has always been the party of wackos, extremeists and racists, they are becoming obsolete. No longer are they the majority, they are now the minority. Let's finally put them where they belong, out in the pasture.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  609. Fabian Bustamante

    Denning Racism is denning the History of this nation, I have the privilege of being in many different states
    and meet many different people, and I have experience racism personally, not everyone is a racist but they
    are everywhere, and they are from every ethnic background, whites, blacks, orientals, spanics, jews, you
    name it. Some people says this is just a political move but I have heard people making racist comments
    against the president, at the end racism is politics itself.
    In the other hand I thanks to ex-president Carter for having the courage of addressing this and many other
    situations that not one else dare to comment about it.
    There is not better race, there is not chosen people there is just people, and we are all different in
    every way.

    Thank you.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  610. Robert

    You are doing a great job Tony!

    Recently a man shouted out from a negative crowd in the high school bleachers during a town hall conducted by our new Senator in Oregon "GET A REAL JOB!" when a man with the official microphone noted he could not afford Health Care for his family as a self employed artist!

    The crude shouter hates blacks as well as successful artists. He learned this from his family, at high school and in his work place.

    President Carter is a world leader, not Mr. Peanut. Carter is spot on! What can we do to rectify this? We can EDUCATE our young people and hope they can pass it along to their families and on the job!

    I am retired and had a real job!

    You are doing a great job Tony!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  611. Debbie

    An Interesting Addition to the Conversation could be from the authors of "Blended Nation" released in 2008.

    "“What’s interesting with this book [with] him being elected to this White House is people think racism and racial issues don’t really exist anymore, particularly Whites. There still are a lot of issues,” said Tauber.
    Indeed, the fact that Obama has identified himself as African American has triggered a debate of sorts between the Black and mixed-race communities.
    “I think some of the mixed-race community is wondering why he can’t just call himself biracial,’’ said Tauber."

    September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  612. tony

    now that jimmy carter let the (black) cat out of the bag. foreign policy will take a hit. who will trust racist?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  613. Charles

    I agree with President Carter That racism in this country still
    exist in this country not only the south but all over the country.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  614. Jimmie Johnson

    President Carter has seen it all. He knows it when he sees it !

    Like Bill Maher has said "Not all Republicans are racist but, if you're racist you're probably a Republican."

    September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  615. Anna Marie Ferguson

    Before President Carter made his statement, I wrote an article to the Detroit Free Press on August 13th, stating the exact same thing that the President said about the outbursts around the country. I said that those loud shouts were the same like the ones we heard in Little Rock, Ark, in Boston, MA, and in Poniac, MI. However, the Free Press chose not to print it nor even to respond to me about the article. In addition, there is another article by a white writer going the rounds on the Internet that uses the same language as President Carter about the racism directed at President Barack in the guise of opposition to the health care changes. I can send you a copy of my article and of the Internet article if you're interested.
    Anna Marie Ferguson

    September 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  616. Janet Shields

    No I do not think it was racism and I wish President Carter would
    just keep his opinions to himself. The more he speaks, the more
    I lose respect for him as a former president.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  617. David Baird

    Don't understand why you did not let my comment (11:30) survive, saying that it needed moderation. I am a 69 yr. old liberal white male NYC expatriot living in Texas, surrounded by white male conservatives who talk and send me emails regularly. I spent 6 years in grad school. I did computer work on Wall Street, but have taught American History and Philosophy. Tony Harris said that white racists don't believe a Black is capable of governing. I disagreed believing I see resentment (on racial grounds) not disbelief in Obama's ability to govern. I also said that given the economic times and my perception of Obama's ability that history may ultimately decide that he may have been the best since Roosevelt. I think and read about this stuff all the time.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  618. Laurie

    I am still confused over the race issue concerning President Obama. He is after all half white (I list this first as his mother is white) and half black. I have a friend that is half Mexican (her mother is first generation Mexican American) and half white (her father is first generation Irish American) and another friend whose daughter is half white and half African American, to consider either person other than from mixed descent seems disrespectful to their family's heritage. If I were to categorize any of these persons by race I would defer to the mother's background as she was the vessel in which life grew and was first nurtured.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  619. henry vaughan

    Pres Carter is correct to say racism has it's mark on the criticisms of the current president. To deny racism is rasist in itself.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  620. John from FL

    I have read all the comments and applaud the well drafted letter of Beverly from NC. Her comment submission should be locked into the number 1 position to ensure that all who brouse the comment file will be sure to read it. It tells it all and the majority of the other comments support her position as well. Racism, Bigotry, White Supremecy, all exist across our great country, not just in the South where the hotbeds of this insanity festers.

    I also read the negative comments of the racists and rednecks. Yes, you can tell them apart from legitimate opposing views. All I can say about their text, phrasing and spelling, is; Pathetic.

    About Republican Congressman Joe Wilson. The ethics committee should at least CENSOR him, if not unseat him.

    One last comment; Michael Steele, who?

    September 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  621. Dr. Amos M.D.Sirleaf (Ph.D.)

    Dear Brother Harris:

    I am Dr. Amos M. Sirleaf, a Liberian scholar and residence of Maryland. Having lived and studied in the U.S. for many years, my perception when it comes to race relations is retrogressing every day. Case in point – I thought the election of the First Black President, Barack Obama, would have created a "change of hearts" and the history of "Jim Crowism" of the past. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. The actions and reactions of majority of the white people who voted for President Obama clearly indicate that they may have voted for the President subconsciously. Since President Obama's election to the presidency of the United States, there have been 20 daily threats against his life based on my research. I am indeed, absolutely in agreement with President Carter that the behaviors of the whites, i.e., the many threats, abuses, insults, name calling against President Obama, are on the basis of racism. Simply, because President Obama is a "Black Man". Had this been a "White President", no body would dare insult him on the "House Floor". I am also concerned about the reluctance of the security of his presidency. During my research, I read that nobody is to say anything that threatens the United States President's person or life. Individual who does that will go to jail for life. Why then, I am seeing and hearing people making threats hate criminal intents, going to President Obama's town hall meetings with guns without the security's intervention? As a matter of fact, a white religious Minister, few weeks ago, prayed with the Bible in his hand, and hoped that President Obama dies; infact dies with brain cancer like the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Why our Black leaders are not openly speaking out against these eminent threats and hate crimes against President Obama? Are we not proud to see our own as the President of the United States? Why there appears to be reluctance on the part of Black leadership to provide safety and security or voices for the brother? As an African/Liberian, I am getting motivated by the reluctance of the Black leadership to mobilize my African populace in defense of our brother only if African-American Leadership maintains a suspicion of jealousy against President Obama.

    Thanks,

    Dr. Amos M. Sirleaf (Ph.D.)

    September 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  622. Greg G

    Yes, racism in America does still exist, however simply disagreeing with Mr. Obama does not constitute racism. Did a person of race disagreeing with Mr. Bush constitute racism? I am normally considered a moderate conservative but agree with Mr. Obama on many of his initiatives. However, I would like Mr. Obama to become the strong leader that this country needs at this point in time. Mr. Obama is letting Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reed run the show, and they are doing a horrible job. Instead of trying to build bridges of consensus with the Rebublicans and ultra-liberal Democrats, they are snubbing their nose at any Republican suggestions and dismissing their ideas. Mr. Obama must bring the legislative branch of government together to accomplish the needs of the American people and tell the Democratic leadership that they are out of line!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  623. Marge

    I watch CNN and Fox. I am amazed by this outpouring of agreement with former President Carter. My grandmother used to say 'what's good for the goose is good for the gander.' Evidently that isn't the way it is anymore due to our media communication. All of you who back what he said, why didn't Mr. Humanitarian come to the forefront when Bush-bashers were all around? For eight years the office of the President was ballied around like a game of volleyball. This is not about the man but about his politics. We tend to disagree. When the office was truly disgraced (Clinton, Nixon) Carter had opportunity to speak then. The office is not in disgrace.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  624. Matt, Washington DC

    So, I'm walking down the street and someone yells out, "Hey 'expletive.' " So, I keep walking because that's not my name. If I were to turn around I would be admitting to being an 'expletive.' So, if you're tired of people bringing up the "race card." It must bother you, and if you're not racist, it should not. (so keep walking) I'm French-Canadian and it doesn't bother me one bit. To deny that racism is playing a part on ALL sides would be asinine. Where there's smoke there's fire.

    We wouldn't even be having this conversation if racism wasn't playing a part. Some of my friends who are African American would have voted for Obama even if they disagreed with his policies simply because he is black, and some did. Although they disagree, that's racism. On the other hand, my own mother in-law wont even babysit my adopted African American son who's father died for this country – a country where many people will never see him as a patriot simply because of the color of his skin. I also see the differences in the gifts given to my children of different ethnicities at birthdays and Christmas, and it's sad.

    Racism is how many people use blanket statements to refer to a particular ethnic group. I was a Republican for the better part of my life, but I in know way want to be associated with the likes of the Tea Party Express who believe they are the one's who make the money and African Americans are all on welfare. Most, if not all of my African American friends, own their own businesses and disagree with many of the President's Policies just as they did the previous administration's.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  625. Renee Wathen

    What part of President Obama in white face on signs that were displayed repeatedly on network news not racist? Cudos to President Carter for his honesty. The majority of us that voted for President Obama need to learn to shout as loud. We cannot let the loud (and looney) fringes overpower us.

    Renee
    In the minority in Alabama

    September 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  626. Nate

    Yes, I do beleive that former Pres. Carter is accurate in his observation. I think that Michael Steele and other minority puppets of the GOP should go incogmito to Jena, LA. and let some of the Good Ole' Boys give them a reality check. I'm sure that they would be embrased (around they're necks), lifted up in praise, and permitted to hang-around!! It's one thing to dissagree with someone's position on an issue, and quite another to attack the ethnicity, patriotism, race, and birthright of another American! What does watermelon e-mails, Zulu attire, super-imposed lips, and Obama is not YO MOMA have to do with the HEALTH-CARE debate? Blind people wish that they had the blessing of sight, It's a sin to have the ablility to see and deny what is obviously before you! When I see several people garbed in white sheets, I don't tell myself that it's a LINEN PARADE!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  627. chris

    If the country were in good economic stance and good policies were passed, racism probably would not be the main topic of conversation. However, because of the state we are in presently, and because of the pending health care reform, and because Obama is not as transparent as he said he would be, and because he is not living up to his promises made on the campaign trail, and because he is who he is, people will attack whatever a person is – if they really feel it or not. They just want to hurt whomever is causing the anger. If he was Chinese, Indian, or Japanese, he would be attacked. If a person is fat, or skinny or have a defect, it will be used as a weapon for hurt. GB was called "whitey" by many a black person, I'm sure. If people are not happy with a person, especially if they made promises and not do as they promised, and are pushing policies they don't want, and the ones who voted for them feel as though they were duped, then there will be attacks, and they will attack by trying to hit the most vulnerable spot of that person. I'm not saying this is right, it just seems to be how human nature is.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  628. Robert

    I know for a fact that this thing we call the far right, is absolutely racism. What amazes me is the media has been acting like their not sure what's going on. What will it take four little girls to be killed in a church basement again. I wished that white people would stand in my shoes for one week and they will see what racism is.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  629. Michael Welllington

    I don't believe Mr. Wilson's comments were racist (I am half Asian). I do believe he was out of order and showed a lack of class. However, he has apologized (although forced) to the President and that should have been the end of the matter. I think it is wrong of the Democrats to make a further issue of it once he and the President ended it. Yes, I think the Democrats need a backbone on other issues but on this one they could have moved on. The Health care is more important than giving time to a stupid comment. We all make mistakes.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  630. Berta

    isn't it interesting that when George Bush did something stupid or we did not trust his decisions, he was highly criticized, humored, on tv, and everywhere else, and some thought they had the right because he was a "republican" and wanted to spend too much, but when we disagree with Obama it is because he is black? What a joke.
    It is comments like this that help racism stay alive.
    Aren't we, Americans allowed to disagree with our government anymore?

    September 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  631. Michael Welllington

    A lot of people are members of different groups, such as "Sons of the Confederacy". This doesn't make them racist but just proud of their heritage. That's like saying a Mason is a Geopoliticist. Saying broad statements such as that is prejudiced itself.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  632. H. Henson

    Jimmy Carter demonstrated his total lack of leadership and understanding of his role as president while he was in the office. He was a rediculous, out of touch little man then and nothing has changed. It's OK to be ignorant but I wonder why he has to confirm that over and over by running his mouth. He can only pander to others of his ilk and has nothing of substance to offer. I made several tdy trips to DC while he was in office and soon learned not to tell anyone i was from Georgia because he was such a laughing stock there. I never heard a DC local make even one positive comment about him. Brother Billy was a loose cannon sometimes, but he was the smart one in the family. It would be nice if Carter would just hoe his peanuts and stopped pretending he matters anymore–leave the comments to those with a tad of intelligence–stop embarrasing the state of Georgia..

    September 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  633. Anna Marie Ferguson

    I agree wholeheartly with President Carter that Senator Wilson's outburst in Congress and the general hue and cry about health care reform are funneled by racism. I saw that immediately when the vitriol at those townhall meetings began, and as early as Aug. 13th wrote an article to my local newspaper likening those shouts to the same kind of reaction we saw in Little Rock, AK; in Boston, MA; and in Pontiac, MI when school integration was being proposed. That many of the protestors didn't even want to hear answers to their concerns showed without a shadow of a doubt that their reaction was not to the changes being proposed but to the President himself, even though those changes were meant to benefit the very ones who were protesting.

    And like many who supported President Obama, I, too, am saddened by the negativism, racism, really, that the Obama's presidency has generated in this country. I certainly hope that it won't take another catastrophic event to unite us as country and to remove the last vestiges of racism that still remains.

    Anna Marie

    September 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  634. Jeff

    REGARDLESS of whether you believe former President Carter is right or not, it is clear that he doesn't live up to his own standard of "respecting the office of the President".

    Am I not remembering it correctly that he went on self-appointed diplomatic missions under the Bush administration.

    That act, like this one, is not befitting an ex-President. Take a lesson from Clinton and Bush, Sr., Jimmy.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  635. Peggy Johnson

    I agree 100 percent with Former President Jimmy Carter...Congressman Joe Wilson would not have disrespected a white president. Yes he is a racist...and NO! He did not apology! Someone forcing you to apologize means NOTHING!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  636. Ken

    Why are you devoting so much time to what Jimmy Carter said? Find something more newsworthy to report. What Wilson did was wrong, but it does not make him a racist. However, stupid comments by Carter and the repetitive reporting on his comments by the media is making this a racist issue. Why not do some investigative reporting and find out if what Obama tells us is truthful or not. Forget about race, talk about truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  637. bennie sowers

    President Obama is the first non-white president EVER so if the country is as "jacked up" as the media tells us it is and the pain that we continue to suffer is due to the economic crisis or so they say.We know that blacks never stopped suffering from oppression imposed by every previous administration. President Obama has been in office for just a few months how can he be held responsible for the total mess we are faced with today !!!. thank god ALL whites are not hate mongers however there are too many who are that continue to carry the kkk torch of yesteryear. former President Carter is right in his observations that the tone is Racist toward our president however for those who agree with him its time to become a part of the solution and call out these destructive radical morons. Race is an issue that has been swept under the perverbal rug for too many decades its time to put a stop to it now not in 2014 A good starting point is to strongly discipline those in congress who disrespects the highest office in the land. Take an honest realistic look at the judicial system because lots of the continued racism is rooted in race based decisions in law enforcement and judicial halls of "no justice" for blacks. The media is also responsible for continuing to hide the real face of racism and discrimination in this country. After 400 years our first black president did not cause the disaster of this country, Greed, Power and Racism of non-blacks is responsible for whatever mess we are in. President Obama is honestly trying to fix the mess the bigots caused they should shut up and let President Obama do the best job he can. Remember he was elected President because the country was tore up from the floor up!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  638. Cynthia Miller GA.

    It really amazes me how when normal red blooded Americans speak up for right, so many (which are quite small in the wide circumfrence of this USA) thinks we are unamerican, because we don't choose to look at things through hatred glasses, They get angry and foam at the mouth and can't accept it. Hatred always bring about destruction and not necessary to those who are hated. Most times it falls back on the one who hates. Instead of us singing God Bless America, we need to sing God forgive America, because America (I'm sure) has diappointed God and unfortunately the good have to suffer with the bad. This has been a said situation we live in. I feel our President should be given respect just as all of the former Presidents. Now because President Carter spoke on what he sees and believes their are those who is putting him down, but if he went along with their way of thinking thaey would praise him. He is a true Christian and speaks up against injustice and if more people would put aside all of the hate perhapes we might have a change of having everlasting life, if not hell will be over flowing because of the lack of one small request God made of us and that is "Love One Another just as He Love us". Wake up America. I will keep all in my prayer

    September 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  639. Cherie Stewart

    What a load of crap! The outburst of Wilson has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with being a member of the Republican party. Republicans can't stand not being in charge and will do any and everything to disrupt any progress. When the house voted to "punish" Wilson every member of the house should have been for this.But this didn't happen the vote went on party lines. It has to do with decorum.
    With pride and respect.Everyone should have stood up and stated we will not stand for this....this is our President...your president..I'm ashamed of the Republican party.Ashamed of their leadership....ashamed

    September 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  640. MarieC

    I'm outraged at what Jimmy Carter had to say! Is he that stupid or just so out of touch! Obama was elected with a majority of white votes. If he was Asian, Hispanic or even white – his politics will still be off-base and wrong!!!!! People are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Does that mean everyone is racist? NO, NO NO... it means that government has grown WAY too big and needs to taken down several notches. Elected officials represent the people and aren't a special elite class who are entitled to special privileges. Lets have senators, congressmen and anyone else in political office give up the government sponsored health care! Wonder how well "Obama-care" would be received??? NO MORE SPENDING! Why are we spending so much time on revising healthcare when the economy is still in the toilet?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  641. Bobbi from Treasure Island

    Pres Carter is only saying what we all know to be true. It is sad to say that most of us see ahd hear prejudice in our lives everyday. It's time to move on in this Country and accept people for who they are and what they do, not for their race, age, sex, nationality or any other characteristic.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  642. Natalie

    President Obama is half-white, half-black. Why is everyone bringing up the race card when we should be protesting and speaking up against policies that are not helping our economy? It's just an excuse to take our attention away from our still bad economy!!!!!! Banks received the bailout but all it's done is stimulate the banks to increase interest rates and fees to screw the average person!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  643. Freda I Hall

    There was a reason that the slave owners did not want the slaves to be able to read and write. There was a reason they did not want to allow strong families to remain that way , there was a reason that the enslaved were portrayed as only semi human. It was much more comfortable for them to think of themselves as superior when these conditions could be enforced. These attitudes have been passed along all of these years to the offspring of the slave owners but also to many of the formerly enslaved . Was Pres. Carter right? Indeed he was and that is why you will hear so much squawking about how he should not have said that. It is the truth and the truth often hurts. It however should not be an excuse for these attitudes to be tolerated by reasonable people of any race. You cannot change the bigot only time and sometimes, personal growth can do that but you can refuse to be silent and ignore it when you recognize it. Do not obsess on it but know it is there and weed it out when it is. Silence does condone.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  644. Charlie

    It's amazing how folks fight facts. There is racism behind the fight to keep the confederate flag flying, behind the son's of the confederate veterans, behind the support of Strom Thurmond and the slandering of Strom's biracial daughter. Folks like Wilson may hide behind a number of different guises, but racism of many degrees, is alive and well in America.
    Kudos to President Carter for his remarks on this sad truth.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  645. Marie

    Racism is just an excuse. Wilson did disrespect the president and should be reprimanded for it. Kenye West disrespected Taylor Swift but is that ok becuase he's black man? No! Both men were wrong. The changes to eliminate racism and accept global diversity won't happen in a day, month or even the next four years. The real truth is that the economy etc is wreaking havoc on the majority of the people. Can we PLEASE move on and put our attention on the polices the administration are forcing on the American people? If it was a Bush or even Kennedy in office and the policies were the same, I would still be outraged. Government is OUT-OF-CONTROL! Remember "We The People..." if the representatives in Washington aren't doing their job, write, email, call, blog, or don't reelect them.....make your voice heard! Don't read just one newspaper or watch one news broadcast. News is biased – we've seen that with Obama and previous presidents. Go out and find out as much as possible. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! Freedom has never been free!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  646. Michael

    President Carter's comments were right on. It's about time!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  647. Arnold Sampson

    America's fixation on 'racial positioning' is sad and disheartening. There are people who cannot bear to see a black man in charge.
    They treat him like he has forgotten his 'place.' What a sickening irony. We finally have a President who cares about this country and it people and who has had the intellectual strength to take on this recession, health care costs and several other overwhelming issues. Instead of lauding him and ALL of us realizing we are all in the same boat, party dogma and racism are causing some people to talk about his 'Marxist Agenda.' Some of those same people could not spell the word, 'Marxism' if it was the $64,000 question... He has been called a 'socialist' and now a 'liar.' Outrageous! Present Jimmy Carter is right, as usual, and bless him for his courage to be
    forthright and clear headed. America wake up!!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  648. Uncle Tom

    Yes, it is unfortunate that this administration wil dig low to make white people feel guilty. All of sudden if a group of white people congregate, their racists, but if black, colored or what is it now...American Africans...form a group it's a TEACHABLE MOMENT that we should all be able learn from. Tipical Democartic noise. President Carter should be ashamed of himself for sterotyping a class of people. I guess that's ok when your PRO Obabma!!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  649. Jackson Waldfogel

    I find it strange that in the midst of all that is going wrong with a health care reform, that the majority of the American people dont want, we have famous people throwing out the racist gamecard. I am shocked that Jimmy Carter did this. What those of you have jumped on the "racist bandwagon" dont realize, you have just made President Obama's job harder yet. There is racist rhetoric cropping up all over now, just because we did not roll over and just say yes to a health care bill that will hurt and possibly cause the death of many senior citizens in the future. Some of you are so blind, because you are democrat or republican, . . yet, . . why not start looking at the big picture ? You automatically agree with your party, and you dont even do your homework. Why not dig out the truth. I dont see our media digging into the truth like they used to. Jimmy is obviously sorry for making the racial statement. I used to think he was one of the best. . . . He should band together with Jesse Jackson, . . BTW . . When is he going to jump in ????

    September 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  650. Clayton Udoh

    Simply put,the present discourse towards the President is not a highly intellectual ,respectful and informed debate about his policy. Rather it is raucous,disrespectful and downright condescending. The vitriol involved in the interactions like the Town Hall Meetings is uncalled for.
    Michael Steele was brought into the Republican party to give it a more diverse look. At the rate he is going he will be the only diverse look in the party at the end of his term.
    The ploy of high denials is not going to create any healing and he should not insult people anymore with the point that all the disrespect we have seen towards the President in recent days is all about policy.
    For crying out loud this President has been around for only 9 months.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  651. Lynn

    Racism had everything to do with Joe's comments and everybody knows it We had a president for 8 years that did nothing but make this country worst and not one time was this kind of disrepect shown toward him
    But their is power in prayer and Obama has many prayer warriors praying for him daily.
    Obama remember, no one can please everybody
    Jesus was perfect and they crucified him
    Regardless of what the Media shows you still have many many followers that will continue to support you God Bless

    September 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  652. alexlyrics

    First of all that so called black republican leader should thank Obama for giving him his job. If Obama wasn’t president, then he would not have been placed in the position that he is now. He is typical token black, and his workd should be taken as such.

    As for Joe Wilson,
    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck its a duck. Joe Wilson and his sidekicks are racist republicans. The good old south, confederate flag toting and all. Joe Wilson is a member of racist KKK groups.
    It is clear looking at his face that he is an old school southern racist. The suit he wares cannot hide his stuttering and bigotry, nor by the title he holds in office.
    Joe Wilson, his sidekick black berry liar using idiot and his tea party Klansmen are the same people who despise the president and didn’t vote for him.
    This small group is made up of the same people who simply cannot stand the fact that a black man is ahead of them, and in power. President Obama is trying gracefully not to admit that this is because of his race. I can understand wanting to believe the best in people, but when are we going to just call this like it is?????
    If Obama were white, perhaps he would have been welcomed to speak to the little white republican children??????
    Perhaps, he would not be facing resistance to a healthcare bill, which 80 % of the bill is agreed upon????
    Perhaps, the president would be able to do his job like other presidents, without 100% cock blocking from repblicans???????
    Joe Wilsons radical racist groups can be googled.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  653. Gary Shaw

    I agree with President Carter. The racism is veiled but they're all the same coupled with any excuse to blot out the light that could shine out of any efforts the current administration attempts. When I see the split window interviews on any show, any network, the side opposing the administration is seemingly implementing the same technique that is seen by the "tea party" individuals who make exaggerated and unsupported claims and then out shouting any other messages interrupting as anyone else speaks. The networks hosting the interviewing in these split windows and discussion tables are losing control of the discussions due to this over shouting and should make the speakers take turns with equal time and shut off the microphone of the others while one speaks and then allow the other to comment when it is his turn enabling us to hear every comment/opinion. What I see happening on the interviews is when a question is asked and someone is saying anything supportive of the current administration the opposing side starts shouting and interrupting. by saying anything even just repeating the speaking person's name over and over attempting to drown them out and the moderator is being too polite or passive to keep control of the "discussion" on his show. This I see on all the shows (your's at CNN, on ABC, Stephanopolis just gets this frustrated look when it happens to him, NBC, CBS, etc) to the point of looking like a concerted effort (like the "tea party" movement). I watch as many shows as I can on all networks as I believe these are important issues happening to us and want to see all the opinions and make informed decisions. When I watch Fox's shows and see anyone making a good point it seems many times the moderator is suddenly out of time and cuts them off, then moves to making comments of their network's exaggerated rhetoric. Fox's comedian Glenn Beck during his overly emotional rants seems to be borrowing/imitating early SNL John Belushi skits mocking commentary. Like a con artist, Mr Beck's also uses seemingly out of context over edited video clips with missing/or overdubbed audio portions and show the abbreviated clips while making sarcastic or misleading remarks.
    I could be wrong – but I don't think so!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  654. Shurley

    OoooOooohhhhh - NOW I get it - if you disagree with Obama and/or the democrats, then you're a racist. I believe you can thank the main stream media for making that leap.

    Here's to the death of political discourse and free speech.

    Pity - looks like liberals and the media only believe in free speech as long as you say what they agree with - anything else is racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  655. JB KS

    From a data driven standpoint, the people at the rally's by and large aren't racist. Obama won the White vote to get into office and had nearly a 70% start approval rating in January. Appproval is now 51%.

    So, if this is racist why would there be a change at all? Obama has scared the heck out of people (like me, who voted for him) with this hell bent pursuit to spend this country into the third world before the end of 2009.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  656. Mary Brooks

    President Carter eloquently articulated how racism is at the core of the resistence we are now witnessing to President Obama's administration. Not only does it run deep but I believe it is visceral and therefore even more frightening. Living in Los Angeles among loving family and friends in wonderfully diverse neighborhoods, I have too often been lulled into complacency about the state of racism in the United States. Not any more. There's still so much more work to be done.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm |
  657. Eugene R. Baten

    Most Americans know former President Jimmy Carter is right in stating that many of the derogatory comments, signs and threats directed towards President Obama and his wife are racist. However, President Obama must be the Jackie Robinson of the Presidency. He realizes that any reaction from him can jeopardize the hopes of every African American boy who now believes that he can one day be the President of the United States of America. Why? Because we have never had, do not want and we are not ready to have a serious debate about race related issues in America. As Attorney General Eric Holder stated, "We have always been and continue to be a nation of cowards".

    Eugene "Gene" Baten
    VIce Chair, Sumter County Council
    Sumter, South Carolina

    September 16, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  658. Lorraaine M Silva

    Dear Tony Harris,

    Joe Wilson apologized for his outburst. It was out of complete frustration that he did so. President O'bama did lie and in fact Joe Wilson had the proof. I yell at my T.V. when O'Bama is on and I'm not even in the Senate!
    Sincerely, Lorraine M. Silva

    September 16, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  659. Sharon Cox

    Former President, Jimmy Carter, God Bless him, has demonstrated the courage necessary to call these recent brutal and vicious attacks against our present elected by the people, President, Barack Obama, exactly what the majority of them are…RACISM! I believe that as a Nation, we will never again experience any benefits of what true health care is designed to be, or any overall sustained prosperity until we emerge from our ineffective state of DENIAL about these recent exacerbated attacks of RACISM.

    Eddie Verdoliak, with his organized 29 allies in the Chicago city council, had the courage to publicly state, that no black man will ever have power over the great city of Chicago when Harold Washington became our first black Mayor with only 25 allies.

    Nevertheless, let’s be mindful that George Bush did not come into the office of President as a result of being elected by the people. The belief that many of us had about Bush not being qualified to run our Country, proved to be true, given the huge mess that his administration left us in! We even watched Bush continue to sit in a classroom in a dazed state while our Country was under massive attacks, to say the least. But where were these so-call “simply disagreeable demonstrators” against Bush? If half of the present vicious organizers had demonstrated their ability to look past the color of our then “white” President Bush, perhaps they would have appropriately exhibited some of this so-called “just passionate disagreeable protesting” back then…and maybe we would not be in the worst mess that our great Country has experienced since the great depression! And…our new President Obama would not be faced with having to clean up the worst mess that any U.S. President has ever inherited with all of this kind of senseless opposition!

    Further, I believe that these malicious, “Anti-Obama Protestors” are clearly organized to simply keep their foot on each and every single little thing that our President does in attempt to both intimidate him, and block him from any power that comes with his title.

    Please know that I believe the majority of our white brothers and sisters are clearly not a part of these racist attacks against our President, thank God! However, these highly organized, exacerbated vicious & nasty attacks are clearly from those that are simply unwilling to except a black man as our Chief Commander regardless of how qualified he is. And these are the people that are willing to sacrifice our moving forward in any positive direction whatsoever just to accomplish this!

    Finally, the question that needs to be answered NOW is…How much more of this exacerbated anger and down-right nasty opposition that’s primarily due to mere RACISM against our newly elected President, are we as a great Nation going to continue to tolerate before standing up courageously like former President Jimmy Carter did…not only to call it “exactly what it,” but to finally say “ENOUGH?” We need to move these “progress blockers” out of the focus, and out of our way, so that the majority of us may start meeting some of our badly needed “Challenges of Change” in order to truly start shaping a far better future here in the greatest socioeconomic and advanced technological society in the world still today!

    Sharon in Los Angeles

    September 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  660. Chris

    I strongly agree with former president Carter. Republicans are doing whatever they can to avoid logical debate on an issue that must be resolved as soon as possible. People are dying as a result of the current healthcare system. Racism is just one of the many ways that the Republican party is trying to sway the public into believing that the President of the United States needs to fail. Democrats will work with the right if there is a problem to be resolved. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all. it's time to act like we are the UNITED States of America

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  661. M. J. Rahn

    I am commenting on part of this story I saw later in the day, on the Lou Dobbs Hour, but I couldn't find where else to put this comment. Of course I think anyone with a brain and a lttle honesty would recognize that some percentage of the screaming, hysterical vitriol towards anything Obama says or does is simple racism. My main point on the finish of the Carter piece was the offhand way that the reporter referred to Hugo Chavez as "the Venezuelan dictator", like, well, obviously everybody sees him and his government that way. So is CNN trying to outdo Fox News now? I don't think even the U.S. government officially refers to Chavez as a dictator, and regardless of what you think, millions of Venezuelans clearly don't. This is crass editorialism tossed blithely into what is passed off as a fairly straight news report from "the most trusted name in news." I also find it more dishonest or blind since the U.S. backed an attempt at a military coup against Chavez several years ago, and nearly every real military dictatorship in Latin America for the last 100 years was supported by or directly authored by the U.S. government. This was a bit of subliminal brain washing disguised as serious, "even handed" reportage. Can't you do better than this hogwash?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  662. Karla

    I couldn't agree more... for the record, I am a white 45 yr old female, residing in Oklahoma. I see racism on a daily basis here and it spans all socioeconomic backgrounds as well as education levels. What's even more disgusting, is to meet a racist 'christian'. WWJD? Spread hate... lies and fear? They can't handle this 'change', so it's their only option. Good thing they are now 'outnumbered'.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  663. Dan

    The only thing that is going to happen with all this race talk is a devide so deep we can not get out of. The Democrats like Carter will only help to destroy there party. I didn't vote for President Obama and he won, as an American I owe him the chance to prove himself.
    Wilson said you lie at one moment when President Obama made one statement, has any one thought that it was because he didn't believe the statement to be true?
    All of a sudden it is because of racisim. I for one am sick of the racist allegations. The President says he is dealing with things from the past administration that he is trying to fix the mess he inherited. Well the former President was white so should I accuse him of being a racist for that reason? The answer is NO........
    I don't need a college degree to understand what is going on, people are using the President to further there own objectives and in the long run there going to hurt his.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:55 am |
  664. Gloria Nwosi

    Former President Carter is the only person to say the truth. And now that he has said it, the nation should focus on other things rather than Rep. Wilson, who appears to have accomplished notoriety over a subject he supported himself a few years ago. The Old South is history. Let’s leave it there and move on. The Democrats need to get some spine back and help Obama lead this country.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:58 am |
  665. Barbara in Indianapolis

    Yes I agreed with President Carter, and so does Michael Steele. Michael Steele knows that the only reaseon he is president of the Republician party is because of President Obama.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  666. Katherine

    Pres. Carter is so right. If McCain was president and was pushing a government health plan. The republican would not have a problem. Millions of American have no kind of health insurance and can not afford one either. Must senior are on some kind for government health insurance. So what, it is health insurance which can help families find health problems quicker and get it treated quicker.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  667. Sheila Macpherson

    A. The administration is refusing to agree that Obama is facing racism. He is too smart to take that position, which would let people claim he is "playing the race card".
    He knew better than us what he was in for when he took the job. He has been black all his life and has the most educated people advising him on all of potential dynamics that his particular circumstances will create, as would any president. He also has smart people telling him to leave it alone. And he has. "He" is not "playing the race card."

    B. Nothing in Carter's speech or these comments agreeing with Carter indicate that there is a belife that ALL OPPOSITION IS RACIALLY BASED. That is as absurd as claiming there is no racism facing Obama.

    C. As a democrat, I hope the issue sparks a discussion with the Republican party. I would never associate myself with members of my party acting in such a way and would want my party to disavow its association with it. If ACORN has been doing what it appears it has been doing based on the footage put together by the "invesigators", I don't care what the investigators motive was, I don't want my party associated with that behavior. This is an issue of integrity. It is our party's resonsiblity to stand up and say define ourselves as not being in agreeance with these behaviors.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  668. V. Robinson, Nurse

    To all the people out there in these Traveling Tea Party Express groups, marching and standing with signs of discontent with the President Obama's attempt to correct the wrongs that were done to this country in the last 8 years! The rest of us are wondering where were you when the republican party was running this country into the ground and left all our lives in turmoil and some of us still wondering
    how we are going to make it. Jobs and homes are gone and a lot of us are still living day to day.
    If you are going to stand up for something , stand up and thank him
    for making the best attempt at pulling this country back together.
    The republicians have done nothing but bite at his feet like dogs.
    STAND UP AND YELL ABOUT THAT !!!!
    Healthcare reform is only part of the problem and has been part of the problem for many years !

    I don't know why this is so hard to understand !
    I'm a nurse and now work in manage care and I have seen the problem on both ends from working in the hospital and in insurance.
    I had the opprotunity to explained it to some high school students, and they understood !!
    Lets see if adults can .
    For years we've had millions of poor people admitted through he emergency room , very ill because they cannot afford insurance to prevent their illness by going to a physician's office for preventive care.
    Well, the hospital and any other facility needed must absorb the cost and increase the cost to those that pay . The Insurance company!!
    Therefore, The insurance increases our premiums.
    WE WILL PAY ONE WAY OR THE OTHER !!!
    Morally , It is better to help with a reform that gives people that cannot afford insurance preventive care in a medical office, and it may bring premiums down for those that can pay for insurance.
    BUT THERE BY THE GRACE OF GOD GO I.
    BE MERCIFUL OR BE JUDGE.
    Anyone can find themselves in the predictment of not being able toafford medical care. Especially in today's economy.
    High school student's understood this .
    To the adults in this country, What's your problem ?!

    As for all the racist comments and yelling at the President of the United States in a public forum : "You Lie !" as seen on every news
    channel in the country and the world ,and by the way I've been checking history books . I can't find where this has ever happen to any president in the history of this country.
    I have this to say about this behavior . I am concern that the republicans are behind this and playing politics, that the backlash will cause racial tensions , disruption and possibly harm and injury to people of other races.
    I was taught that ignorance is what ignorance does , and racism
    is ignorance. Didn't know that there was still so much of it in this country.
    HOW THIS MUST LOOK TO THE WORLD !, AND THEY ARE WATCHING !
    I AM VERY CONCERN THAT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR IS CONSIDER NEWS WORTHY !!
    LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING !
    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PRIVILEDGE RACE , NOT IN GOD'S EYES AND HE IS WATCHING TOO. !!

    September 17, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  669. David

    I would like to see a quick vote to see who is in favor of Former President Jimmy Carter statement. Can't wait to see the results

    September 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  670. Sheila

    You go nurse Robinson.

    September 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  671. Robert Manuel

    I believe while race is still an issue in America to include attacks against the president I do not believe this is the root of the problem. The president is trying to make changes to help the majority of Americans. In doing so a lot of people/companies who have been taking advantage of hard working americans for years are going to lose a lot of money because of these changes. These same companies have paid a lot of money (to politicians) to ensure that they are able to continue to take advantage of Americans. these politicians are now attacking the president by leading people (mostly conservative Republicans)to believe that the president is trying to hijack the country. this problem is not localized to medical insurance. Just look at what happened after Katrina thousand of people were denied there insurance benefits. I believe some americans need to start basing there opinions on facts vices what their leaders tell them to believe. I believe ANYONE who does not support a Public OPTION either does not under stand the good it would do for Americans or do not have the American people's best interest in mind.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  672. marge

    Perhaps "Nurse Robinson" was the individual that "John from FL" was referring to and he just couldn't tell. To "David", lord help us if we have to vote for Jimmy Carter again. You must not remember his presidency well. I loved his book on aging which was insightul but in regards to matter like we are speaking now, not so much.

    I agree that we should all respect our President, regardless of party affiliation. What extremists on the right or left do is W R O N G. However, there are kooks on both sides. Why wasn't Jimmy Carter defending the presidency during the Bush years? That was pretty ugly. This is a liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican argument, not a racial one. In some cases I also think it is socio-economic.

    Sheila Macphearson – I pretty much agree with you.
    Lisa Howes – I do agree with you.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  673. Elizabeth Hanson

    At Carter's age he should be scared of the President's health care plan, he could be waiting in line a long time. The sign that I saw was bury the health care plan with Kennedy. I think Senator Kennedy helped write the bill. I did think that was in bad taste and a Past President miss quoting that to make his point is in bad taste as well. I was young when President Carter was President, and I did not know anyone who thought we were better off with him . I know this hurt him because he was trying to do a good job. Sometime you fail and it seems he keeps talking to abuse all of us that did not give him a second term. There was a reason, 18% interest rates and high gas prices and 55 miles an hour on the interstate.

    September 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  674. Madison Jones

    President Carter is exactly right. There is an element of race in the anger speech, and people like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and yes even Joe Wilson are fueling it.

    The media could help by calling attention to truth, civility and not just ratings.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  675. David R.

    Agreeing with President Carter's comments does not mean you considered his presidency a positive one. Apples and oranges. I do believe President Carter is infinitely qualifies to guage racism; however, his presidency leave much to be desired. Here's the thing, many people are using the argument, "So why didn't Carter speak up when President Bush was being called names?" It's because when things were directed at President Bush they were true! When it comes to President Obama, they are lies.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  676. Bill

    Jimmy Carter expounded not so much on Joe Wilson but on anyone that differs with President Obama. Having lived through Carters presidency, I will not speak to his racial motivations, but will say that one fact does shine through. Most Americans did not think he was intellegent enough to be president and voted him out as quickly as they could. Now he wants to be the conscience of the American people. Give me a break and shame on anyone giving credibility to anything he says.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  677. Sheila

    David R. is completely right. Going back 20+ years to discuss Carter's presidency has nothing to do with what is happening today or his (learned) opinion.

    And Jane Gentile-Youd: Our president IS African American. We suddenly dropped heritage from our vernacular because we have a black president? Why? HE'S BLACK. BLACK, BLACK, BLACK, BLACK. And he will be for the next 3 years. Hopefully more.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  678. cathy--ny

    Our Pres. is American Bi-racial. He is not just black. He is half white too. People see black because The Media, in their choice of words, keep promoting it..I really believe if the Media changes the way they refer to people, it will trickle down..American Irish, American Latino, American African, American Italian, American German, American Biracial..Our standard of classification is revealed in the way we all refer to eachother and especially to our selves. We can change that. So lets begin by being American first and whatever else second and insist that we be refered to that way.
    I am of Italian heritage,and look it, but I don’t insist I be refered to as an Italian. I am American. One small step at a time will change the way we all view each other.
    I hope the intelligent News Media change their venacular.

    September 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  679. Phil Cook

    I agree with Cathy. We are all Americans and where our parents or grandparents are from is dinner conversation, it doesn't need to be a title.

    September 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  680. Paul H Stokes

    I get a little miffed when I hear people the demeaning the Carter presidency. President Carter was a very conscientious and honorable man. His presidency was a victim of the old Chinese curse. "May you live in interesting times." In the first year of his presidency there was a beige comment on the lessening of violence amongst the population. The news media speculated that perhaps it was to to this violence in the comic books and on TV. However, it was because they had been squeaky clean in his administration. Then his vice president was caught in the scandal and the vultures moved in. Did Iraq captured and imprisoned 55 members of the State Department, creating a very embarrassing state of affairs President Carter was then faced with the choice of attacking Iraq militarily wherein the 55 Americans would have been very possibly killed. Being a man of compassion that he was, President Carter exercised restraint and attempted to obtain the release of the prisoners by negotiation. As for the inflation (20% actually), this was another "Stroke of the Times". This was the epoch before Rotten Ronnie, when the labor union movement was in full power, so when Management was raising consumer prices, while Labor was countering by demanding wage increases, it created an economic seesaw as Management attempted in vain to keep a healthy gap between prices and wages. To add to the sorry situation -the Cold War was blazing hot, and Russia was backing Iran. One was wonder, what the subsequent critics would have done if they had been in his position?

    September 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  681. Chris

    Carter is a true liberal and will never admit that many of these plans of Obama are not what the average citizen wants. Even the average Democrat doesn't want their hard earned money turned into more welfare care. Carter caved in to Iran years ago just as Obama has caved in to our enemies today! Once again, we are in peril and it's from the decisions of our president -- no matter the color. Enough of using black as a crutch. Focus on the ideas, the plans, the MISTAKES.

    September 19, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  682. Karen Davis

    This comment shows that Jimmy Carter is stuck in the '60's and is no longer relevant, just as racism is no longer relevant. We've moved on. It's time to discuss real topics, not waste valuable time judging and harping on one comment. Come on, Jimmy...........we deserve more. Join the problems of today. Karen of Orlando

    September 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  683. Sheila Macpherson

    Where were all you people when Bush was allowing our markets to run with no regulation and ruining our economy, alienating our allies and having your children die for a war that wasn't necessary and that he refused to pay for with anything except cuts or raising the deficit? Now you have racist tea parties because our new president is doing something FOR our country that will help the people of America. That makes no sense. It only starts to become clear when you consider that maybe it isn't what he is doing, it is who he is. If these people weren't bothered by Bush's actions, I can't see how offering healthcare to everyone would suddenly eat at their consciences.

    You're lifetime savings came second to the deregulation that benefited only the richest and corporations. We were viewed by the rest of the world (that yes, really does exist and matter to our own well being) as Neanderthals, and last but not least, Bush used WMD and thousands of our kids lives as pawns to fulfill a plan long ago hatched by his cronies. And this war didn't even bring us jobs. And make no mistake you patriots: THOSE KIDS ARE STILL COMING HOME IN BOXES – AND YOU'RE BOTHERED BY HEALTH CARE????

    The task of cleaning up the mess left by Bush is pretty daunting. Bush refused adjust to a new global economy and look at the big picture, instead he stayed loyal the ideals of free market conservatives that were no long sustainable in a world economy. Everyone was making a fast buck and any idiot could see it couldn't last, but Bush wasn't willing to stand up and say so cus he would piss off is few, wealthy friends. I am baffled by average american who thinks the conservatives in power give a crap about them. Nievity doen't even begin to desribe it.

    And, hate to remind you, OHB's your president. For the next 4 years – at least. GOP lost their chance. Bottom line. Get used to it.

    September 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  684. Dima Garcia

    Cathy–ny My parent's generation had a saying "a drop of black blood
    makes you black, a gallon of white blood can't make you white".
    I'm a 72 year old white (nee Snyder) professional, republican (until Bush 2nd term), woman.
    I'm sorry to see how long that sentiment has survived.

    September 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  685. Suzanne

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck. Usually people who claim racism doesn't exist haven't experienced or acknowledged acts of racism during their life. What happened to the other side of Freedom of Speech? Former President Carter has the freedom as an American to speak on this issue. Whether you agree with him or not we should not ignore and discount the blatant acts of ignorance from some of the citizens of this country. Racists are social terrorist because they undermine the social structure of a country through radical means.

    September 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  686. MR.AL

    Mr carter is right Ive lived in the South for over 40 years and the Repulicans brought racisim back into the picture and also a space between the wealthy and the poor. Republicans have showed just where americans stand today and the voice of America is not of the people. Health Care is being turned into a Circus mainly because Republicans and special intrest have made it that way. And now they have pulled out the race card America saw evidence during President Obamas address to Congress thanks to repersetative Wilson and the Tea Parties Grafic signs. Mitchel Moores new movie shows just where Americans stand against Corperate America! Are the lower classes being treated fairly and with respect? Is Corperate America sucking the life blood out of Americans for exspanding their own self worth?

    September 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  687. Dana

    For those of you of all races that have never been exposed to the deep south you will never be able to phantom the acts of racism in it's entirety. President Carter has lived it and he knows it when he sees it. No disrespect to anyone. He was there as a young man and knows who starts it and how they key it going. The south has still got to get rid of the stench left over from the civil rights movement and clean up it's thought process, but until that time, people do need to speak out against it. I commend President Carter, because it takes a man to stand on what's right even when the world is having it's way. Stand when nobody else will.

    October 4, 2009 at 6:01 am |