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September 16, 2009

Carter: Racism Played Role in Wilson's 'You Lie' Outburst

Posted: 11:36 AM ET

art_carter_nbc(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that racial politics played a role in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress last week and in some of the opposition the president has faced since taking office.

"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American," Carter told "NBC Nightly News." "I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that shares the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans."

"That racism inclination still exists, and I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people - not just in the South but around the country - that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply," Carter said.

Michael Steele, who is the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, denied Wednesday that race is fueling protests.

"President Carter is flat-out wrong," Steele said in a statement. "This isn't about race. It is about policy."

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lindafromnewyork   September 16th, 2009 11:50 am ET

Of course Racism had alot to do with it. If not then why on earth would this idiot make a remark like that–where is the repect that goes along with being the President Of The United States. It should not matter what your race is-but obviously it does to some.


Jacquelyn   September 16th, 2009 11:53 am ET

Yes it was an issue. Bush was wrong in alot of his handling of situations and no one said a thing against him. The way things are going it doesnt seem it will end no time soon.


Rose   September 16th, 2009 12:20 pm ET

Joe Wilson is the rude extension of a public voice in America that cannot accept that an African American is now the President. Wilson is entitled to not agree with issues and there are legitimate channels to express that, but his outburst shows a defiance and respect for the President.

Even during times of a controversial war, no one behaved in such a low manner towards Bush on the House floor. Maybe it's time for Wilson to give his redneck a good scrubbing.


Rose   September 16th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

I meant: disrespect for the President (above).


lindafromnewyork   September 16th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

Bette
If an African American man had done this to Bush–The backlash would be the same of worse- I agree that not everything is about race–maybe it wasn't in this case–however–Joe Wilson could have spoken to President Obama privately–when he screamed out like that during the speech–that was publicly disrespecting the President and he would not have done if it had been Bush.


Lyn   September 16th, 2009 12:32 pm ET

Jimmy Carter has engineered a great political coup! Altho wilson was definitely out of line, now when anyone disagrees with the President's policies, they will not dare to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist. Nice move, Mr Carter!


Joe G. (Illinois)   September 16th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Crying wolf..?! Using the “Race Card” to form posses with the intent to lynch pin God fearing people..?! You see Obama.. Jessy Jackson.. Ophra Winfrey.. Snoop Doog.. I see hellish smiles from the depths of hell.


Tessa   September 16th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

I lived in the South since I was a little girl and yes racism is very strong in existence. I came from a foreign country, grew up and educated in America with two college degrees, and I speak several languages. I still suffered very degrading racist remarks at my place of employment. They bullied me and treated me as if I was not capable/no intelligence to handle a higher responsible job. I have complained to my supervisor about the verbal harassments but she never looked into it as she promised.

Yes, I do agree with Jimmy Carter about racism. America needs to get out of the sandbox and realize that America is a melting pot . The Americans' ancestors came from all over the world who migrated to America to seek a better life and future. There is no such thing as pure Americans...if you trace your ancestry..they all came from Europe, Asia, Spain, and other countries of the world..


Rose   September 16th, 2009 1:13 pm ET

Joe G: I hope you also see the hellish smiles of all those God fearing people who held a bible in one hand and held racist beliefs against African Americans in the other hand. Their smiles are blinding me along with all the fire and brimstone emanating from hell.


Raychil   September 16th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

It's definitely race. Being from the South I know how some racists feel they can take liberties saying to Blacks. This nutjob also voted to keep the Confederate flag, the ultimate symbol of segregation.

You tell 'em Jimmy Carter. Lot's of people are thinking it. You have the clout to say it.


righton   September 16th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

Hate in any form is wrong! Enough of the race card already


Lisa K   September 16th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

What are the chances that Michael Steele or most any other prominent Republican would actually support Jimmy's Carter's the claim that Joe Wilson's remark was fueled by racism?
When the Tea Party crowd waves signs picturing our President as an African Medicine Man – Michael Steele might say that means these lunatics support him – think he's going to do what medicine men do: Heal us all. Right?
Sadly , racisim is alive and well in the USA. If you want proof, read some the sickening racist AOL blogs about our President and his family.


Concerned   September 16th, 2009 1:43 pm ET

Its disgusting the way President O'bama has been treated since taking office and I do think race is playing a role. The country voted for change so why keep giving him a hard time with the healthcare stuff. We voted for change so LET IT HAPPEN! It minght not be a perfect plan but it cant be any worse than what we have going on now. Nothing is carved in stone, if it doesn't work then make more changes.


Terrie   September 16th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Righton–Yes, you can say "Enough of the race card already" but racism is rampant in this country. No matter how well educated one is and how well qualified you are in doing the job ..there is a motto that still exist "If you ain't white..you ain't right" If you don't look white American, some people and employers don't hold you in high esteem. In some places, no matter how hard a worker you are and take alot of pride in doing your job, you are passed over for a raise or promotion. It is so sad and America need to strive in eradicating racism!


righton   September 16th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

Whose motto in 2009 would that be? Many times if a white / asian / mexican person has a different opinon than an african american they are called racist. does that in any way help the situation No it just flues the flame. What Mr Wilson did was wrong but I dont think he is a racist.


Jeri   September 16th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

The dipiction of Obama as an African witch doctor is clearly racist. This goes beyond the boundaries of the usual protest images of politicians. The witch doctor image is racism – pure and simple. This is not a "race card" issue, there is racism aimed against the President for being African American.


Triny   September 16th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

This is a bunch of crap! I'm a black woman and it's so typical for these idiots on capitol hill to play the race card. While Congressman Wilson should not have made the outburst this is how he feels as does half of congress AND the senate!

I'm sure no one cares what my views are but I'll give them anyway. As a black woman I feel Obama is a liar. I don't trust him one bit and would never put my life or the lives of the people I care about at the hands of this administration. They have no business whatsoever getting involved in an issue where they DO NOT have professional knowledge of. If this healthcare bill passes it's the death of this country, period!


righton   September 16th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Jacquelyn . . . your kidding right?

" Bush . . . no one said a thing against him" He was called a liar on the House Floor for reports of WMD . . . look it up

while visiting Iraq not one but two shoes were thrown at him

Even today – 9 months out of office – he is still being blamed for just about everything whole in America


Jacquelyn   September 16th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

Triny

I agree with you. But there are alot of them that feels that a black president even though he is biracial should not be in control. The race thing is bothersome. Carter I am sure knows more than we do because they are behind the scenes. We are on the outside looking in.


righton   September 16th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

correction . .

wrong with america


Mary   September 16th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

Well it's about time someone had the Ba**s to speak the truth. I applaud you Jimmy Carter!! Finally someone stood and said what most of the world is witnessing.

Triny, I feel so bad that you feel that way. Politics aside , no matter what party you belong to , honey I 've had my kids watch all the Presidents before Pres .Obama and give their speeches over and over , AND ALHTOUGH we might not have voted him in ..I always respected the fact that they were Commander in chief.

I MIGHT NOT HAVE AGREED WITH their position, agendas, and politics but please agree that he at least needs repect.

We are not saying that everyone agree with his politics ,but the blatent disrespect to this President can not go unoticed !


Mary   September 16th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

Righton ,

HOWEVER (Bush) was not disrupted and called a liar at a State of the Union Adress. There are rules , LOOK it up ...

Iraq does no follow American rules, but even they have stricter laws than us

Remember it was not a congressional member throwing shoes at him ...PLz don't compare apples to oranges...

The Reporter who threw the shoe was thrown in PRISON !!
Can we suggest the same for Wilson ??


Anne   September 16th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Former President Jimmy Carter knows racism when he sees it.

I have been appalled at what I have seen happen since Obama was elected. I had no idea that these people were so full of hate.

I fear our president and our country are in danger from these people.


Anne   September 16th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Triny

I suspect you are an employee of a health insurance company. No honorable citizen would approve of someone calling the president of the US a liar while he is speaking to a joint session of Congress.

Obama has a brilliant mind and has used it to learn everything there is to know about health care from the patient up to the insurance and drug companies. He is an expert. Apparently you have not been listening to him.

This issue has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with hate against Obama for anything and everything he tries to do or say.


Roland-St George, UT   September 16th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

I'm an Obama supporter...but isn't it about time everyone stop making the accusation that whoever doesn't agree with Obama is inherently racist?? Frankly, that is just as stupid as the notion that whoever didn't agree with George W.... Bush was "unpatriotic". Conservatives existed before Obama was even born. I like Jimmy Carter's humanitarian work, but I'm a little disappointed in his lack of judgment here. Let's stop seeing things from such an Authoritarian Mindset and realize that both sides have valid viewpoints, both sides are equally dyed-in-the-wool Red, White & Blue, Yankee-Doodle American, and the only way to run the country is by working together!


Jacquelyn   September 16th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

righton

I am talking about the same House Obama was in. I know what you are talking about. This is an entirely different situation.


righton   September 16th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

Thank you! Roland


Jeri   September 16th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

Americans are free to disagree with Obama and that doesn't equate it with inherent racism. But a strong racial element does exist in protests against him. Protesting his policies is one thing. Portraying him dressed as an African witch doctor is not protest or disagreement, it's racism.


Cali MJ Fan   September 16th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

Jeri, you nailed it so correctly.

I admire and respect former President Carter for his strength and words. He is widely respected and for him to come out and say what he did yesterday should make many stand up and notice. Something tells me he might know a bit more than what we do - behind the scenes, that is.


Tessa   September 16th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

I have a friend who works with the State Dept. and sees alot of dirty politics that we the public don't get to see. Former president Jimmy Carter who has been around for a long time has seen alot behind the scenes for him to say this.

When the word racism, white Americans simply deny it and pretend it doesn't exist. I have seen it for years in which my siblings and I dealt with it for a long time. It is very painful experience to go through because there were opportunities that were denied from us and cruel and stupid remarks people would say behind our backs. My brother who worked for the county government was called every insulting names in the book by a jealous co-worker. My brother was getting alot of recognition for his work in his department and the co-worker didn't like it one bit. Finally, my brother took him and reported him to the human resources to have a very serious meeting about verbal harassments. Fortunately, the male co-worker was written up, forced to apologize in front of two big honchos, and was warned his job was in line of jeopardy.

I remembered when I just gotten out of college with a teaching degree in special education, the first thing the supervisor of special education in the county stated that I would have a problem understanding the English language and the elementary school kids wouldn't learn from me. This supervisor came from the deep south and didn't like blacks and foreigners. I was very insulted because mind you, I grew up in America, educated in exclusive American schools, and graduated with two college degrees from American universities. I was very fluent in English, Spanish, and my own native tongue to be treated in a very insulting manner.

During my first year, I was assigned to a school at the very edge of town about 35 miles one way and which was 70 miles roundtrip drive everyday for me. It was a school no one wanted because it was in a very run down and poor neighborhood.

My first principal who was white had a fit on my first day at school when.he saw that I was not an American and tried to make it hellish for me during my first year of teaching. At the end of the school year, I asked for a transfer because I didn't want to work for this principal again. I remembered he used to open my classroom door ever slowly, eavesdropped, and snooped while my classes were on session.

I had a co-worker who was a former nun and worked as receptionist at a legal office. She let me know that she didn't like foreigners including Hispanics that attended our Catholic church. Hispanic people don't bother me at all because they are very devout Catholics, are very nice people, and tend to stay with their own people. She let me know that she didn't like me and was jealous of my position at the legal office and would criticize me about my expensive clothes and my glasses since I was nearsighted. She was a miserable and very critical woman who had no boundaries at all. I went through hell with this woman and fortunately, she finally retired.


Honorine   September 16th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

That's right! Racism.


medf   September 16th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

"You Lie" was the comments shouted, I didn't hear "You lie because your black" so why is racism being drafted into this..
Hugo Chavez called Obama 'An Ignorant Black" on Venezuelan TV and Obama is there shaking his hand...I guess it's only when it suits...because if I am politically correct isn't Obama a hipocrit???


Peggy in Wisconsin   September 16th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

If America would just look at themselves and the history of this Country, we might stop and think. Who took the land from the Indians? The white man. Who bought and sold slaves? The white man. Who brought this country to its knees in the 1929 depression? The white man. Who brought this country to its knees again, today? The white man. Who keeps sending all the jobs overseas? Need I go on! As I write this I become more ashamed that I am part of the white race. I believe that these bigots (of all races) are still fighting the battles of their ancestors. It has to stop, there are no battles to be won or lost. We are now a HUMAN RACE. Just because our outsides look different, we all look the same on the inside. Why is the Statue of Liberty still standing tall today? Did we not open our doors for those who wanted to be free? The movie, "A Time To Kill", I feel depicts a good many peoples views today. If a black child is raped and beaten by a white man or men, to bad for her. If her father takes justice into his own hands, give him the death penalty. If you (the jury) just close your eyes and picture the child as your child or a white child, what would you do? The ending is phenominal! Everyone lives happily ever after! However, even though it is a "movie ending", it can be that way, if we just get our heads out of our butts, look beyond ethnicity, and give everyone a chance to live the "American Dream"? Yes, put away the bad people away, but they are not all of color!

I live and work in the area where the Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, was piped. I had a guy telling me his views about who did it before anyone even knew who it was and worse yet, his ethnicity. Same with the store owner that was shot and killed less than 6 blocks away. He also made a point to add that they should keep busing the kids in to our high school and then it really will become a "ghetto" school. l was livid! Then I became ecstatic when I found out that not one African-American was part of either of these instances. I threw the ball right back in his face with "And they were all white!!!!" He seemed totally unphased by my comment, but I felt better. He has no idea of the person's background who he is talking to when he spews his bigotry. My childhood friends were black, I looked to their mother as my mother, she took me everywhere with them, all the family get-togethers, etc. I was blessed not to be raised with bigotry and hatred.

I cried with joy, as many Americans did, when President Obama was elected and he made his speech in Grant Park. I thought, yes, this is the America in which I was raised.

Lets come together as a people. Lets go after businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Lets go after businesses that send their jobs overseas. Lets work on the health care system. Lets work on changing the law to raise the enlistment/draft age to 21. Lets get our troops home! There are so many issues that need to be addressed, fixed, and turned around that we "as a people" shouldn't have time be bigots! It is a senseless waste of energy. Lets bring America back to its feet, instead of knocking it down further. Lets stop analyzing EVERY word or action that comes from the President and get on with the real issues.

Lets pick on BUSH. Isn't he, with the help of his brother, the one who "fixed" the election in 2000? What about the next one? And 9/11 "revenge", I thought he was going after Osama Bin Laden? Oh thats right, his daddy was threatened by Saddam Husein, so we'll get him instead. After he deployed all those kids to die for him! Obsurd!


Terry, TX   September 16th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

No Not Racism...yawn....just no one agrees with this president's policies...a man who has no governing experience....the black racists who no one paid attention is.....CZAR Van Jones and Rev Wright.....you want to talk about racists.....in their own words and on video....Wilson just said "you lie"...and apologized....it is over. Let's talk CZAR Van Jones and Rev Wright and Farakhan and ACORN....they ain't apologizing to no one. Distract...ridicule...isolate.....Alinsky play book....Obama taught that in his college course....hmmmm.


TJ   September 16th, 2009 6:02 pm ET

No one including the GOP congressmen called Bush a Liar after we discovered there were no weapons of mass destruction found and what about when he lied how our economy continued to thrive. We all knew that the economy was spiraling down and Bush continued to give billions of dollars to Iraq (the money that US needed to help our own American people get back on their feet)! I was so angry that he cared more about Middle East than his own people here in America. He forgot that charity begins at home not overseas.

George Bush was the one that got us into all this mess...we lost so many of our boys in this expensive war. Now, he's sitting in his laurel along with his government pension with no cares in the world while we are still suffering.

President Ohama is trying to straighten out the mess he was inherited and doing the best he can. It will take awhile to undo the 8 years of Bush administration did to our country.


Judith   September 16th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

Yes it us thanks to the GOPs across the USA,Fox Rag Show,Rush L and every radio station that is against the Demo Party but mostly a man that is half black became our President of the USA that Won the Election and didn’t win it how Bush did in 2000 in Florida.

The GOPs have been against him since Nov 8 and join together to make his life like heck along.The GOPs and their nutty friends want to keep America Divided the day President Obama sat in the seat of the Oval Office.They ban together to be a Party of No on every issue.
The GOPs say we are willing to work together but when the time comes they still make excuses.The Demo Party should do exactly what the GOPs did when they held the Seats,make deals behind close doors and vote on what the President wants.

These dump tea Parties are made up by Fox Rag Show and organize with I think a Mark with Rush L throwing all the lies out along with the GOPs in Washington stirring up all the wackos on the right side.
Too bad the Party of No went along with Bush going to War in Iraq and they all knew it would be tough to get out.

Bottom Line when Bush was in sure the Demos boo him but had anyone in the Demo Party stood up and call him a Lier the GOPs would have been all over it saying for that Demo Senator be gone,
Period!

How many on the other side that has a voice on the radio or TV that is against Obama had stated that our President is a Racist.
After Wilson,the ones that are against Obama praised him while downing Carter for saying the truth that part of Wilson’s problem is he’s a racist.

Look at the tea bag dump parties the terrible signs that shows racism.

Wilson apologize because he was told not because he thought he did wrong.This clown and others are not helping our Country nor or troops that are away fighting for our Country.

We’re sick of hearing bs from the GOP Party.Bush threw our Country in a mess with 2 Wars along with the economy and ones going out of work,losing home,health care,gas prices that were over $4.00.
Yes it all came on Obama’s lap and he’s been dealing with it.

If President Obama would have come in and sat on his butt and did nothing ones that are against him now still would be against him.
Ones hear Michele Bachmann telling everyone to be blood brothers and slit their wrists.She’s yelling for ones to Thank God for Wilson.
Ones that have Rush L who should be tested for drugs yelling lies along with Fox Rag Show who throws are their ‘twisted stories’ out there.
Rush L tried to throw the race card out there when the one man was held by 4 pirates and to get the man Free.First Rush put Obama down for not saying nothing.Then he put him down when the seals killed 3 of them.Rush L right away about a Poor Black Young Man and the poor 3 black men trying to slam Obama again.
These are the nuts that are on the right wing that the American people and the Real Republicans who want to make the USA strong again should Fear


Teresa   September 16th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

GOP don't give a DA** about the citizens of the USA. They are nothing but greedy, arrogant, and defiant politicians who only care about their own lives and wealth. They aren't for the hardworking class folks but for the wealthy. Everytime we had a Republican president, this country faces more turmoil...Republicans are war mongers and the economy goes haywire all the time. .


Mitra   September 16th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Racism is like a disease in America and it will bring America down if it is not dealt with . For your assurance It is not about black and white.

Black with Hispanic, Hispanic to orientals........it is worse than cancer!


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Jimmy Carters remarks should go away quickly to prevent a racial uprising.


pgmom   September 16th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Hi Larry,
"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is when good men do nothing." I say kudos to President Carter for saying what everyone knows but pretends doesn't exist. Everyone is always quite happy to sweep racial bias issues under the rug, so that we could move on. Blacks are discouraged to remember the horror of slavery, while Jews are applauded for remembering the Holocaust. It seems blacks are always equating things in terms of racial bias.....I wonder why? After all, the beatings and lynchings in the 60's were all imagined by blacks! I applaud anyone (black or white) who truly wants to engage in dialogue as it relates to issues that affect us all. If this were not racial bias and just about the issues of policy then others in this country who aren't white would be just as involved, these issues can't be relevant to whites only. However lets be realistic....there is a certain sentiment empowering some folks to take off the sheets and show themselves for who they truly are. Those who wish to continue to pretend racism is not at the heart of these disrespectful out-cries directed at the President are those who will continue to do nothing so that the evil is never eradicated. Since the days of slavery and again during the sixties, there were those who knew that racial injustice was wrong but were afraid to stand up for what was right .....I guess doing nothing is what good men do in America.


INTERNETFREEPRESS.COM   September 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST.

I AM A DEMOCRAT
But, what is the point in electing more democrats in 2010 if
the devil damn democrats we now have do not have the guts
to pass some kind of health-care bill; and maybe we should be
thinking Clinton for 2012. Just trying is not good enough, Mr. President.

WAKE UP MR. PRESIDENT!

MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS STUPID TO ASK STATES TO PUT UP MONEY
TO GET FEDERAL MONEY. STATES HAVE NO WAY TO GET MONEY
EXCEPT FROM TAXES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE MONEY, AND IT SHOULD.

EVERY LITTLE COUNTRY OF THE WORLD HAS THE POWER TO
CREATE MONEY; NOT ONE OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES HAVE
THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY.

MONEY HAS TO BE CREATED BEFORE ITS EQUIVALENT VALUE
CAN BE PRODUCED. MONEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
FOR CREATING GOODS AND SERVICES.

IF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT HAD LISTENED TO REPUBLICANS, ALL
OF US WOULD BE MARCHING TO THE GERMANY GOOSE STEP.
REPUBLICANS ARE TO BE PITIED, BUT IGNORED.

WHILE THE WORLD WALLOWED IN DEPRESSION, ADOLF HITLER WENT TO GREAT EXTREMES TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE
MONEY SUPPLY; AND THEN CREATED THE MONEY NEEDED TO PUT ALL THE PEOPLE TO WORK PRODUCING GOODS AND SERVICES. MR. PRESIDENT, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALL THE POWER NEEDED TO PUT ALL THE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK OR
BACK IN SCHOOL. THIS RECESSION IS A PRODUCT OF IGNORANCE.

THE NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT NECESSARY. MONEY SHOULD BE TIED THE VALUE OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES THAT AMERICA'S HANDS AND MIND PRODUCE.

WE NEED TO GET OFF OF A GOLD STANDARD MENTALITY. WE DON'T NEED ANY OF CHINA'S MONEY. WE CAN NOT GO BANKRUPT UNLESS WE LET IGNORANCE RULE. WE CAN NATIONALIZE THE NATIONAL DEBT IF NECESSARY.


Julie   September 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Your President is half black and half white, a point which seems to be overlooked. At what time did he declare himself a 'black' man? Do you know why he chose black over white? We would like to hear his reply.
Julie in Canada


suzan bruner   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I agree with Former President Carter's comments on the anti- African American sentiment toward President Obama. Actually, Obama is a mostly white man with black features. Don't forget his mother's family was white. Besides that point, it was mainly Southern white men who treated blacks so cruelly only 30 or 40 years ago!

Jimmy Carter has my deepest respect. I hope he keeps speaking out!


David   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Race is always present, whether it is conscious or sub conscious, it is there. However, why does the media fail to recognize Obama's Caucasian background? He's as white as he is black. Maybe it's more interesting to talk about his African roots and ignore his American origins.


L Parsons   September 16th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I live in southwest Mo. and all i hear everyday are racist remarks about our president.They are many and often,too bad to repeat. Larry Elder would not want to live here.


Tom Pemberton   September 16th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Carter is wrong. Sharpton is wrong. This is not about race. I grew up in Alabama and I can assure you that we have passed that era. I am 70 and can vouch that even though I grew up in the south, race is dead and buried.. Sharpton should leave race in the grave where it belongs.


Margaret   September 16th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I agree with Pres Carter that those people are only harassing Obama because he is black. Most of the folks marching are not very intelligent and haven't read a real book in their lives. They are being used by the republicans in DC who would not speak to them out of their element. Larry Elder is a colored man who hates himself because he is so negroid looking. He is hurt, has low self-esteem and needs to shut up and go get some therapy. Obama will continue to succeed, That little girl from the right opening her mouth needs to go play with her dolls in her playhouse. She knows absolutely nothing! Those republicans use hurt, uneducated or ignorant people to talk for them all the time.


Louisian (S)   September 16th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Former President Carter is RIGHT!


Chicago   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Racism continues to be prevelnt in American society. When Joe Wilson yelled out during the Congressional meeting - he would not have done so if he President had ben white.


Chicago   September 16th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Michael Steele is a pawn. N early every time that a matter relating to race is brought up, the Republicans trot him out. President Carter was correct about racism in America.

Racism continues to be prevalent both conscious and unconscious. When Joe Wilson yelled out during the Congressional meeting — he would not have disrespected the office of the President if the President had been white. Progress is being made, but there is a long way to go.


Carole Burton   September 16th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I think it is time to put racism to rest and this is not what this is about. Its about the debt that is being incurred for all Americans to pay for decades, Its not just healthcare its bailing out people like Acorn and AIG and its not about race. We can not tolerate anymore problems and I think President Carter is stirring the pot of the 50's and 60's and living in the past. I have no problem with Obama being 1/2 black and 1/2 white but I do have a problem with the indebtedeness we have incurred. I think we need to have healthcare reform. I think the HMO's have done a lot of harm taking the treatment of patients out of the Doctors hands and into the Insurance hands by having a person sit in their office determining the care and treatment for a patient they have never seen. I think we need to put the care back into the physicians. Hospital based physicians are told by the hospitals that they work for to put so many patients through their office a day and have all kinds of medical tests put through their hospital. Its a money thing. I don't think hospitals should dictate to the Physicians as well. But to have a government only ran healthcare is not good either, competition is always good. We have to get manufacturing/we need people to make shoes again, get our own cotton mills running again, we need to be able to have that american dream of owning our own business without a lot of government intervention. Everyone has the same opportunity its what you do with it yourself – if you make it and put the effort into it great, if you are lazy and don't want to work and pity me and don't take advantage of what is offered to you, then shame on you but don't expect everyone to take care of you. This is why so many people from other countries have come here for the opportunity they could not get in their own country and we are trying to mimic those countries – what is wrong with this picture. Its not a black/white issue its everything combined in the direction this country is headed. We don't need a dictatorship we need leadership. Need to listen to all sides not just my way or no way. Unbelievable.


Ken Johnson   September 16th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

If you don't think that people like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck use racist code words to stir up the lunatic right fringe. As well as scare old white people into believing that this black President wants to control their lives.


Magdalene   September 16th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I think former presidet Carter is right . Race did play a role in the outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress last week , If I may say so myself I beleive the KKK is very much alive and they are coming out in full force
Americans should be ashamed of themselves in this day and age to be squabbling over race, they should all be wearing PAMPERS .
I think that African Americans are too laid back and they should be more forceful , if it was the other way around and a Black man had acted the way Wilson did he woul be out of congress the same day.
SHAME ON AMERICANS FOR HAVING NO RESPECT FOR THEIR PRESIDENT THE WORLD IS WATCHING


Marie   September 16th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Jimmy Carter is right. Racism is a factor. I consider myself "colorblind" but I detect the race factors in all those Tea Party.


Gerald Jolly   September 16th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

As I watched the Tea Party March on Washington, what bothered me most was the hundreds of "PLACARDS" depicting and portraying President Obama, as a "WITCH DOCTOR" an "AFRICAN TRIBAL CHIEF" a "JOHN BROWN SLAVE" and yet we have Americans denying that racism exists in America, denouncing former President Carter and calling him a rabble rouser, among other very negative slurs.
The majority of people involved in the Tea Party protest may not have been racists, but the organizers are and have proven themselves to be racists, and it was them that fueled the furor, and hatred directed at the President.
What we are now witnessing is a complete decay of what America stands for.
"FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL"

These days as I approach my 75th year I truly thought I would never see a repeat of the biggotry, racism, and hatred that was so prevelent in the 60's

Shame on every ???AMERICAN??? that would allow themselves to be dragged down to this lowest of the low level

"WE HAVE TRULY BECOME THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD"


Judith   September 16th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

CNN and MSNBC should get together to bring all the news to the people of Truths.Fox Rag Show and Rush L are not news but twisted lies of the uninform.

Many that yell the loudest are the ones that lie and try to hide their lies and it’s sad when ones in the USA have listen to many of the GOPs who are saying Joe Wilson said what they were thinking.They Also stated he’s not racist.

The next day after Sen Wilson said he call the White House and apologize and will not again he made a statement saying he had been a Immigration Lawyer.The GOP Sentors are behind him.
Do these same Senators know that Wilson never was a Immigration Lawyer in SC but only a Real Estate Lawyer for 21 years?There is a big difference so Joe Wilson You Lied.

Bottom Line if anyone says there is no rasism they are out of touch with reality or home bound.Rush L,Glen Beck tried to use that on President Obama and now the table had turn to one Senator that lives in one of the racist States in the South.Where in small town whites think that blacks are beneath them.Many,not all feel whites are smarter than the blacks even when many whites themselves are uneducated and amount to nothing.They still argue about the Civil War.They love the tourist but do not like when people move there with their companies.

Yes ex President Carter tells it like it is.He said it’s all around the USA.

Bottom Line the people in the USA need Health Care.The 85% that are happy with their health care is less because ones are losing jobs every single day.It’s time for the people to keep their minds on the issues and not play into the hands of many of these GOPs who love to move away from it.


Taylor   September 16th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

Larry King, why do you allow that Elder guy on your show? It is very clear that he is being paid to hide his true feelings and colors. Whenever there is an issue with race, he gets dragged out into the argument. He does not speak truthfully and he is not an honest black man and does not represent the views of black people.

You have to be living under a rock not to see that President Obama is dealing with what Dr. MLK Jr. called the "White Backlash". Let's pray that this outrage does not lead to the detriment of our young and courageous President. Thank you.


Judith   September 16th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

I'm a little late but Julie from Canada if a person is half white and half black they are then black.Even if they have a small amount of black blood in them.That was already on the the Oprah Winfrey Show 4 1/2 years ago


Judith   September 16th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Elder is like Steele.Both are afraid to speak and tell the truth that racism still is going on in America today.Both are Republicans and are told they better speak if they know what's good for them as republicans.Since the campaign in 2008 between McCain and Obama ones that spoke out for Obama who supported him were thrown over by their party.Steele spoke and when Rush L said something negative about him Steele re-tracked.The GOPs feed out of the hand of Rush L.


Kay   September 17th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Larry, How about covering the Acorn sting story?? This is a big story of corruption within our government. The Racism charge is only the result of opposition to Obama's Healthcare. Certainly not a big story coming from Carter


Joseph Edgecombe   September 17th, 2009 12:52 am ET

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 future America.

Carter is good, But need to 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 American political history, we don't want to hear hype about Obama but facts about American political progress...and historical landmarks 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 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 her 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. – Progressive Assoc., Boston


Lindsey   September 17th, 2009 12:52 am ET

I wonder why everyone seems to forget President O'Bama had a white mother. He resembles her a great deal. I personally do not consider him African-American; I consider him bi-racial.

I do feel Mr. Wilson was out of line when he shouted at the President like a heathen. He holds an office where discipline, decorum, and respect should be of utmost important. Even though he apologized, it doesn't appear he was very sincere about it, given his attitude and behavior since it happened.

As President O'Bama said in his interview the other night, these problems did not happen on his watch, they happened under George Bush and the previous Congress. It's time Congress stopped sitting on their brains and started working for the people who elected them. I believe in term limits for Senators and Representatives. Maybe then they would work for their constituents.


Benita   September 17th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Larry, Thank you for putting Larry Elder in his place concerning racism...You are right that he should be angry about racism as you would be about antisemetics...Larry Elder forgets who he is, what his roots are and it has always appeared to me that he hates the fact that he was born black...Every time I see both he and Michael Steele, I see two men who are not proud of their heritage...I am a proud Black woman with a diverse circle of friends, but I never let those relationships diminish who I am


Judith   September 17th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Larry
Being that it was Joe Wilson that started this calling out that Pres Obama lied let's find out what these GOPs in Washington think about Wilson who Stated to the media the next day that he use to be a Immigration Lawyer when in fact he was a Real Estate Lawyer.

Ask these GOPs why they don't let ones in the Demo Party have hateful signs at town meetings

Most important ask the GOPs why they will not let ones have guns at their town meetings when ones had them at Pres Obama's town halls where he was speaking.

Ask Congress why they received pay raises of $4,700 at the end of Bush's term in 2008 when ones were losing jobs,taking pay cuts,lost homes, gas prices were over $4.00 and truckers were losing trucks.

Ask the GOPs why they lie they are willing to work with Pres Obama when in fact every time it is them not wanting to speak.

Ask the GOPs why they haven't put a lid on Rush L or Fox Rag Show along with every radio show to work for the American people instead of putting dollars in their wallets making them fatter by lobbyist.They
are not telling the people that go to those tea parties the truth of how much they are making.They talk about Goverment.Without Goverment
the people of 65 wouldn't be getting medicare.Kids wouldn't have ins.
Vets would have nothing even if it's not perfect.The disibities wouldn't have nothing.Nor women have the rights they have today etc,etc.

Ask the GOPs why they are not putting a lid on the mouths of other leaders of their party like Michele Bachman who told people to slit their wrists ones in Florida and around the Southern States.

So much to get done to make America strong again and anyone that voted for Pres Obama knows and realize our Country was in dire need of repair.Ones can't repair a Country with buttons.


#1mjfan   September 17th, 2009 1:01 am ET

well the republicans lost me with that ridiculous 'barack the magic negro' song...i've always been a proud democrat...but even i was surprsied at how low the republican party went with that.


Judith   September 17th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Kay
If you heard the story what was on Fox it was twisted and not true.
In fact Acorn is going to sue Fox about the videos.A woman that said she kill her husband never happen according to police.

Now lets face it when voting and how votes are counted.We all know how Bush won in Florida in 2000 when brother Jeb had John Robert who is sitting on the bench went to help them.

We also know how Bush won in 2004 by the Fear Card.


kareem   September 17th, 2009 1:15 am ET

why cant we all just get along?!?!?!?!

in my opinion its a long and constant struggle. for the most part the reason why it is a struggle is due to the fact that people are afraid of change and too many people dwell in the past – basically in the "what was" time frame instead of trying to make the country better. too many people are living like one group of people is superior to the other, if you think about it thoroughly a large percentage of the positive, influential civil rights activist are either dead or not being heard at all. the ones who stand up and speak on their beliefs, for a better country, are being attacked. for what exactly, its simple- for wanting a positive and EQUAL and self sustaining United States of America.

To keep it simple, this country will endure more than just racism, if people dont change.


jay.d   September 17th, 2009 1:28 am ET

did any of you live through the carter years as president? Man, to use this individual as an example of anything is about as low as one can go. This person has no credibility the same as
Sharpton.


Norman   September 17th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Mr King is it proper to call the President by his name or should they call by his title. When they say Barrack Obama or Obama, I believe the they are being disrepectful. Can someone let me know what is right.


Cozy   September 17th, 2009 1:35 am ET

I would like to put a little perspective on this whole issue.Let's start with the election,leading up to voting day massive crowds gatherd and even on election night.These crowds were not all black people,but folks of all races and background.The theme was"Change"
That right the majority voted for "Change".The President told everyone that it would not be easy and that he would need the help of thoses who truely wanted to see "Change".Remember almost half the people who voted ,did not vote for Barack Obama and the conservitives and Republicans (same poeple) were not happy to lose.On that night they fell apart,were splintered and had no leader.

In steps Russ Limbuagh and his posse of Shawn (let not your heart be troubled) Hannity,Michael Savage,Mark Levin, and a circus of others.
They begin to attack everything,every move,every appointmen.They tell you taht america as you know it is going to fall,we will be taken over,the communist are going to take over,That your grandchildrens Inhierintance will be gone and so on to many to mention.

So,many of those who voted for the president now have second thoughts,those who did not are determined to keep the status qoe,because they know if they can cause this man to fail on is plans that he will not be able to recover in time for 2010 or 2012 thus returning the power to the supremacist theory of our american history.
If you want "change" then get Involved.Acorn is not our problem,Van Jones is not our problem,Farraakan is called a seperatist what is the Governor of Texas Perry when he wants to succeed from the union,isn't that what started the civil war.


jay.d   September 17th, 2009 1:36 am ET

Rose, sounds like you have taken over for God. You may have to do the same to those racist liberals. I believe you have a hard task ahead of you.


Cozy   September 17th, 2009 1:48 am ET

This is all about power and control.During the Bush admistration there were millions of dollars made by contractors and businesses close to the administration.Innocent lives on all sides have been sacraficed in the name of freedom(who's freedom)I have never felt threaten by Saddam or any other foriegn country.They are upset with our government policies,our aggresion and takeover of soverign countries.
The bottom line is that the American people are the pawns in a very big game of political Chess,the recycling of America.We are feed all kinds of processed foolishness by all sides.I just lived through (8) years of Republican Ideas and polices who all have not yet taken effect.President Obama has only been in office (8)months and he is being micro managed.What other non Black /White president has had this kind of scrutiny.Is ther one of you that could do your job effectively under this 24 hour news cycle and someone questioning your every breath,every appointment,every word the a member of your staff has ever uttered.


Mike   September 17th, 2009 1:54 am ET

How stupid are some of you?? This has NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM. I was proud of Joe Wilson when he said those 2 words YOU LIE. I take it most of you like being lied to by not only the President but the Government as well? Lets get one thing straight I'M NOT RACIST. How many of you are so fed up of the lies you hear coming out of Washington? I know I'm SICK of it. Ever since I was old enough to understand what was going on in Washington and to this day which has been a lot of years I wanted to tell every President and the Government all you do is lie to the people were sick of it and Joe Wilson has done what I have been wanting to do for years so don't use that stupid race card it doesnt cut it anymore. Wilson reached his boiling point like most of us have. Jimmy Carter I don't know why people are listening to him? I suggest you look back to when he was President not a good President. I think all Jimmy Carter is trying to do is put the whites against the blacks or blacks against the whites how ever you want it worded. I think he wants us to go back to the 1960's when all you heard about seen on the news was the race riots. Jimmy Carter needs to keep his 2 cents to his self he blew it as a President wasn't reelected and wants to be in the spot light who knows why?


Cozy   September 17th, 2009 2:12 am ET

In regards to Joe Wilson,I heard him say out of his own mounth right after the joint session when reporters were asking him questions,and I qoute "The leadership thought I should call the white house,so I did call the president chief of staff,and he accepted my apology".Not the president himself,but someone else who was suppose to past that on. Now he has become the new "Joe the Plumber" of the right.

How nice you disrespect the President of the United States of America and become a hereo among your party and those who want to see the presidaent fail.Former president Jimmy Carter knows the enemy,he has fought them before,he knows there tactics,he has grew up with them,has been elected by them and unelected because of them.They have an still call him on of the worst presidents ever.

The more he speaks out about issues that others turn there backs on or side with the status qoe, the more they berate him,he must feel like the abolisnist did during slavery.The only thing that is going to open americas eyes is when while we are battling each other over who's right and who wrong we are blindsided and taken over because we are not paying attention to the real issues that will destroy us from the inside like the civil war did.

The republicans loss the election,stop bickering,rool up your selves and sit down with this administration and work to make america better even if you don't like everything that they might want to do,after all is'nt that the American way,Is not That Democracy,the thing that you say youare trying to protect.Cause turnabout is fair play,and you ought to get tried of playing with americans lives.


janette tx   September 17th, 2009 2:28 am ET

Rose
Your comments are right on point.President Carter has my thanks for
speaking out and from the heart.His views are held by many whites
as well but the ones marching with ugly signs the ones with guns
strapped on at rallies the fake crying about 'I want my country back"
the ones who stole from the Indians who were here first and put
them on reservations the ones that told blacks they had to sit on
the back of the bus until ROSA PARKS refused will never change their
tunes .Thank God the dummies are out numbered !!!!!!!


janette tx   September 17th, 2009 2:39 am ET

As for Elder and Steel they're of the same thread ,,,they can trot on
and take "righton" and terry tx. .with them.


Cynobia   September 17th, 2009 3:05 am ET

I believe in my heart that this is racism pure and simple. Mr. Wilson comes from a state where the confederate flag is still flown over the capitol, even though it has been protested and found offensive by the African-Americans in that state. Just by looking at the individuals around him of the Racist-Party which is my new name for them, not one of them look like they have ever invited an African-American over for dinner or are even friends with one. Another thing Michael Steele, they are using you, let one thing go down, and you will be tossed out without a question. We have had 43 Presidents, and I don't remember such disrespect, name-calling and character attacks on any of them, like President Obama has going through. I have been around long enough to know racism when I see. I was hoping America had matured, but I see the same old thing, which disappoints me.


Sheletta   September 17th, 2009 3:11 am ET

I agree with what Carter is saying. If this was not the case the Issue of Health Care would not be such a big deal. Some feel that because he is Black that he shold not be running this Country. I really don't understand why people of the world THINK that Afro-American people can't run a world or better yet conduct business in the nature that some would have you believe. This is a History event and what Barak is trying to do I think is great. What they should be doing in being in this corner and make sure all goes well, not try to bring negative statement against him or about him. I see that he really is trying to do what is best for United States and give him the benefit of doubt. Instead looking at the color of his face.


Eric   September 17th, 2009 10:18 am ET

I am sure there are alot of racist still out there. I personally don't believe Joe Wilson is one of them! I think a person has the right to disagree with a policy without being branded a racist. That is absurd! I guess if Al Sharpton had said Obama was a liar then it would have been the gospel right? C'mon folks have a freaking clue!


Rose   September 17th, 2009 10:22 am ET

Jay.d: I can't take over a supernatural figure that doesn't exist. It was the many "liberals" who fought along side African Americans during the civil rights movement while the racists were too busy spitting on them, beating and killing them. It's the "liberals" who spoke up against racism in its many forms in the US for decades – and this includes anti-semitism as well as rights of visible minorities.


Anne   September 17th, 2009 10:41 am ET

From Carter’s Courage by Marc Hill Fox News

“Since becoming the Democratic party’s nominee last May, President Obama has been the victim of the most racist smear campaign in American political history. From the xenophobic investigations into his religious background to the moonbatish birther controversy, the right-wing political machine has gone to extravagant lengths to paint Obama as an uppity, untrustworthy, and unprincipled outsider whose very existence represents a threat to the American way of life. ”

“As a result of the right’s preemptive strike on the racial front, liberals have remained dangerously silent in the face of the most egregious acts of racism against Obama to date. It is for this reason that Representative Joe Wilson could heckle Obama during his Congressional address and only be challenged for his rudeness rather than his racism”


Rose   September 17th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

Here are some facts about race in South Carolina aka Joe Wilson territory:

African American defendants who kill whites are sentenced to death at approximately 3 times the rate of whites that kill whites, even though most murder victims in South Carolina are African American.

In South Carolina a person charged with killing a white person is 8 times more likely to be sentenced to death than a person charged with killing an African American. More disturbing, an African American charged with killing a white person is 6 times more likely to be sentence to death.

Racial bias resulted in the race of the defendant and the race of the victim as determining factors in South Carolina's decision to seek death and the jury's willingness to impose it. (Source: Counter Punch by Wendy Brinker – Project Coordinator for South Carolina Equal Justice Alliance in Columbia S.C.)


Concerned   September 17th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

It took former president Bush 4 Yrs + 4Yrs to mess up the US ,and Americans want President Obama to fix it in 9 Mths,how cruel are you people.
Sorry folks President Obama does not have a magic wand.


Cookla   September 18th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

Obama said if it was so easy it would have been sorted long ago nobody is giving him a chance and of course his colour people are against him what does it matter he can do a job has better than anybody else it is what he has learnt in all the year's he has had in politic's the same has any Congress man in America Bush a white man started the war in Irak how many people have died and now he is living the life of riley he didn't finish what he started does he really care now l don't think so now all the pressure is on Obama he has to pick up the bad decision's and try to put it right everything takes time give the man a chance for God sake he must have had the Faith from Americians to elect him President.
Cookla.


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