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September 16, 2009

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art_annie_le_yaleGet the latest on the shocking murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le. The 24-year-old bride-to-be was suffocated and her body was found stuffed behind a wall in a university lab building. Police say they are expediting tests on the DNA of the "person of interest", Yale lab technician Raymond Clark III. Le's close friends and pastor will join Larry tonight to discuss the case and their memories of Le.

PLUS Former President Jimmy Carter says racism is fueling some of the attacks against President Barack Obama. We'll tackle this debate head on and talk to people on both sides of the issue. That's all tonight on Larry King Live at 9pmET/6pmPT.

And we want to hear from you:

 

Do you think racism is fueling the attacks against President Obama?

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Billy Savely   September 16th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

Illegal Immigrant Medical Solution:
Have the Mexican Government – open 20 to 30 hospitals around the nation (at their cost) that the illegal’s that are here already, can go and get medical help and not be a burden on the US tax-payer.
Is this a viable SOLUTION?


Judith   September 16th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

Question is 'Do you think racism is fueling the attacks against President Obama'?

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.


Dethaniel , Gates . NC   September 16th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

If We teach our children correctly racism would be an issue

To: Education in the United States

Re: (Go To School or Be Cool Program) Pilot Program

Dear School Board Members,

My idea for this program came about with my wife and myself being home most schools days. Seeing children who should be in school not attending for various reasons, partying drugging and spreading stds (i.e. Out of School Suspension (OSS) or the fact that parents must work) Parents are usually the last to find out that students have been suspended in school (ISS) or Out of School (OSS) usually days later where as they the parents can’t make preparations for the children to be watched.

Dealing with the issues of discipline for school age children ISS and OSS is a worthless program it would be much better to provide them with and outlet and trade for their time of discipline i.e. (Cleaning school campus, property, painting, assisting staff with moving needs of books, tables, chair, or even janitorial duties) all while wearing a reflective vest admitting to there wrong somewhat of a scared straight program.

Understanding that students will miss curriculums taught for various reasons. I feel that a web cam placed in each course to record one instruction for each subject each day then loaded up to You tube for the student to watch at their pace and understand. This in itself will help the children with discipline problems who can’t focus in class as well as those who don’t take proper notes to the special needs student to allow for them to study at a slower pace this will also allow parents to understand what is being taught assist them in assisting their children with there studies as well as let student know that the school and its staff are there for their education.. Children, who miss school for any reason, school field trips, doctor’s appointments, or just didn’t understand while sitting in class or were distracted. This would make all subjects available 24 hrs a day and can even be put on DVD for students to check out of library.

Academic progress will be made as SAT scores will go up per student; GPA’s will go up, Higher Graduation rates, lower drop out rates. This will ensure that our student will prosper for the betterment of human kind and be completive for the future.

Sincerely,


LacrosseMom   September 16th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Sadly, tragically.... yes. I remember well the '60's and 70's when Federal Law required that ALL schools be DE-segregated, the protest by the "Tea-Party-people" reminded me of the protests against school desegregation. Same signs, same banners, the only difference is that this time, we did not see people wearing white robes and hoods.

The thing is that the far-right panders to ignorant people, people who get their "news" from AM Hate-radio, people who do not read a different point of view. The conservatives have always pandered to those who are easily frightened, who are gullible and do not discern.

Unfortunately, President Obama's Healthcare initiative WILL help those poor suckers who are protesting against it!

Everyone has the Right to protest, NO ONE has the Right to HATE. Especially those who claim to be Christian!

Read Matthew 25:36-40 "whatsoever you do to the least of these you have done unto Me, " says the LORD.


james harrison   September 16th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Recently, there was a book published titled " What America Really Wants" and this book brought out racial discussion.

In the question of this book there is another new release that answers the title question of What America Really Wants titled
" Special Delivery"

I am an author, business owner, father, and even a humbled sinner but I am here to tell you until America faces the truth then prepare for harder times ahead.

James Harrison


CJ   September 16th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Yes. It's racism.

I remember vividly during most of GW Bush's term it was nigh impossible to say anything remotely negative about the President or his actions, without being accused of being unpatriotic. It was only towards the end when the tide turned against him.

President Obama is in his first few months as President and the hatred is unprecedented. He is under greater attack in the first 6 months as President, than Bush was in his last 6 months. It's ridiculous. Who could justify that?

How can you hate someone before they've done anything, more than a man who spent 8 years misleading the American people?

Not only is it unprecedented, but he hasn't even done anything to justify it. It is one thing to disagree with his plans, another thing entirely to be as hateful and spiteful as people have been. One could possibly expect such behavior if one found out that the President had lied, committed some horrible, despicable or immoral deed. In such a circumstances the attacks might be more vicious. But this is not the situation as it stands. He hasn't done anything (yet) and as such it is completely unjustified.

There are only two things here that are UNPRECEDENTED, his skin color and the vicious attacks.

If not because of his race, then what?


Bob   September 16th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Larry, at the press conference the police chief said that they were closely monitoring a number of individuals, not just Ray Clark.


Sheryl   September 16th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I do think these personal attacks against PRESIDENT Obama have been influenced by racism. The attacks are also typical of bully mentality. It's been harder to teach about bullying in our schools this year because of the ways that our students have seen the adults acting. (Our public school district even banned us teachers from showing the motivational speech by the President.) Former President Carter is familiar with what racism looks like. I'm glad he took this stand to finally say what my colleagues and I have been saying for several months. By the way, I am a white female from the Midwest. I thought we were better than we're acting.


Bryan- Los Angeles   September 16th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Racism exist around the world.....towards blacks, whites and all others. The majority of the population elected Barrack Obama and he was a black man then. The current issues are policy based, not race based. Of course there will alway be those who taint a debate with racism....as well as sexism, but we need to move on from that and deal with the policies at hand.


eJay   September 16th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Yes it's racism, if you read the signs(Posters)


jaw312   September 16th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Yes,

There are those on the extreme right that are using racial fear as an incendiary device to ignite fear over very real important issues that need constructive debate without the racial complication.

They know that if they can demonize these issues by associating their motivation with a supposedly "dangerous" Black man. They use this ancient technique often and with great success on those that are already ignorantly underexposed racially to know any better.

After pushing this diabolical button they sit back and enjoy the show while insisting that the fervor is all policy based and has noting to do with racism. They must think that the rest of us are as clueless as their following.


Pam   September 16th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I feel President Carter is correct in his remarks about the attitudes of some of the white people of the country that President Obama is not capable to be the President because he is Black. Those racist feelings will not be erased overnight so those of us who accept him as our President do feel grateful that President Obama is intelligent and strong enough and can handle knowing that everyone has not accepted him.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think that people are falling victom to a scam created by white supremist trying to instegate a race war hey im a white guy if we dont like Obama we can vote him out in three years chill out Carter


LacrosseMom   September 16th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

BTW ....... Folks, according to the Secret Service the threats against the President of the United States are UP ........ 400%......... compared to what they were against President G.W. Bush!

400%....... hate? Ya betcha.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Agree with him or not, think he's a good or bad president or not, you cannot deny that Jimmy Carter is a very clear and careful speaker (and author actually). When he referred to racism underlying the current political tumult and characterized the target of that racism, he chose his words quite carefully:

What Carter said:

"the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama"

What the GOP wants you to believe he said:

"the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama's policies"

President Carter was referring to the excessive vehemence, virulence and vitriol consistently exhibited toward President Obama as a person. Yes, that's displayed by those opposing his policies, but in many instances it clearly goes beyond that, particularly in light of the words and tactics chosen (do you really think the "birther" tactic would find a toethold with a white POTUS? really?). You'd have to be blind or biased to deny what Carter actually said. It's palpable. The GOP wants you to believe Carter said something else so they can make a convenient argument. The media wants you to think it's an honest debate so they can draw viewers by bottomfeeding off fabricated controversies and thereby justify ad pricing. Listen carefully, pay attention, and judge for yourself.


internetfreepress.com   September 16th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST.


Bryan- Los Angeles   September 16th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

It's easy for a person of color.....any color..... to scream racism! In any debate you will find bigots. Hillary Clinton had to deal with sexism.....but she took the high road. The best thing to do is not ackowledge them...not give them air time. I was glad to hear the White House didn't agree with President Carter.


Gretchen   September 16th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Larry,remember during the election,at the mccain/palin rallies,people shouting kill him,off with his head,he's paling around with terroist,it was racism then and still it remains.We seem to forget that mccain and palin did recieve some votes and that tea party gathering in D.C was a combination of all the people who voted for them.I noticed that most if not all the angry people at the town halls and the tea party's voted for mccain and palin.The Presidents approval rating is still high,so this nonsense about a ground swell against him is ridiculously distorted.Pres.Obama is doing what he promised when he was running for office,it's just that the media keeps promoting these hateful racist people's agenda.Sometimes the media should show the people who supports the presidents agenda and the peole who are being respectful of each others opinion.You know that if this continues the ultimate result is a lot of hate crimes and some crazy person attempting to go after the President,the media have a responsibility to be fair and civil,if they want the respect ,be like walter cronkite,and leave the idiot reporting on that other net work(FOX)


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I love to watch Joe Brown but hes a judge not an investigator the criminal was a scared coward.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Honestly, the best thing the GOP could do is say "you know what, Carter is right to some extent...we condemn how far it gets taken sometimes." But they can't: they're willing to sacrifice those principles for reliance upon the financial and voting support of those people.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

"THE VAST MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST."

As unhelpful as dropping the n-bomb.


Bryan- Los Angeles   September 16th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

"The Vast Majority Of Republicans Are Racist"

a blatant display of ignorance and more hate............


Jason   September 16th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Sure it is.
The republicans lost a great deal of their "religious right" base in the
last election and as a result, the party has become desperate to develop a new game plan for 2012.
First was to install a virtually unknown black man as the new chairman of the republican party wich in and of itself was a blatantly
racial move( I still can't believe that he accepted the position in the first place).
Secondly, racists (overt or covert) still represent a substantial portion of white america. The "Jacksons" and the "Roland Martins" of the world have worked very hard to keep this ball rolling aswell.
The republicans are left with one option; rally the freaks under the ospices of healthcare reform policy and make as big a stink as possible. Given that most americans don't have a clue about the healthcare system, reform or what their situation is concerning it-
it becomes obvious that a racial component is in play.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Carter is a dangerous man


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Carter is so senile he can't even get his facts straight. The sign said "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy" not Obama.


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

If Carter wants to make these reckless accusations he better back them up with facts.


Sandra   September 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I believe racism plays a very large role in the attacks against President Obama. The disrespect and thinly veiled racist slogans such as "Taking Our Country Back" exhibited at the so-called Town Hall Meetings made it apparent many weeks ago that there was more amiss than a debate on healthcare reform. The hate spewn rhetoric of a faction of the Republican party has sadly emboldened more and more of like-minded idiots to become outrageously aggressive, disrespectful and offensive. I've been wondering how long it would take for someone to call it out, I applaud ex-President Carter. Racism is alive and thriving in the US and the sad reality is, if an African-American speaks out about it, they are dismissed as playing the "Race" card. As for our President, he has and will continue to take the high road. He is focused on passing the Healthcare Reform Bill and making a positive difference for ALL people of this nation. He can not afford to waste time focusing on the futile discussion of racism in America. It's like cheating on your spouse – those that practice it rarely own up to it.


Maggie Ramlatchman   September 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The gentleman who was just interviewed by Larry King about Annie Le read a "letter." I believe he said it was written by Annie in response to someone equating her job to animal abuse.

This letter, was not "written" by Annie. They're lyrics to one of my favorite Bob Marley songs, "Judge Not."

Great song, check it out!

~Maggie


chaney   September 16th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Bill Maher is right..... we have lots of stupid people in America..Do people think that its the disagreeing with policy that has Jimmy Carter and the rest of us crying racism.... How dumb is that?......Let me explain its the vitriolic speech, .... the signs.... its the total distortions made by Hannity....Beck....Limbaugh... .. the Socialist, Marxist, Nazi... Birther.....Bachman......Wilson .... . anyone who does,nt see racism in any of this is looking through a glass belly-button....


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Wow Larry has the biggest racist of them all Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton discussing racism! I guess he would know!


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I wonder what these left wingers would consider an acceptable way to disagree with Obama's policies that they would not consider racist.


Marta Luz   September 16th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

You bet racism is bubbling over due to Pres. Obama being a black man. I think it's so obvious. President Carter is my new hero for having the courage to speak the truth about what is going in this country today. No other President has been as disrespected as President Obama.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

all this stuff is instigated by white suppremist like Jimmy Carter.


Bryan- Los Angeles   September 16th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Bill Clinton couldn't pass health care reform..........was that race based?


Brandon   September 16th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am the generation of S.E. Cupp and I do believe there is a major element of racism, with the protests. I don't think it's everybody I do believe it is natural dissent. However, the people leading the movement should throw those wing nut fringe elements out of the movement.


Cat Neville   September 16th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Could everyone please accept and appreciate the fact that President Obama is BI-! He was raised by a white mother, white grandparents and attended white schools. In my eyes, he is half white, half black, just as I am half Italian and half Irish!!!!!!


Cat Neville   September 16th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Could everyone please accept and appreciate the fact that President Obama is Bi-racial! He was raised by a white mother, white grandparents and attended white schools. In my eyes, he is half white, half black, just as I am half Italian and half Irish!!!!!!


Anita   September 16th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Yes It is a racism. But it is nothing new. Racism does exist..


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Michael Steele was right when he said that these unsubstantiated charges of racism, "diminishes real instances of racism that still exist in this country.”


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 16th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Larry, that man is an uncle tom.

An enabler.

No, it's instigated by white supremacists like Michael Armstrong Sr.


ta   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

yes, the shift has happened in regards to race in america but there are americans who do have issues with the fact that the president is black,.individuals such as larry elders would never admit that there is a racist current or thread that is running through this healthcare debate. it's one thing to disagree with policies but to make derogatory comments pertaining to one's RACE is RACIST.


Eric Kira   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Dear Larry King,

I am a fan of your show,
However I think that your panelist Larry Elder should no longer be
invited. Anyone can see that he is paid by the right wingnuts as a cover. They can say even a negro like Elder is with us.
He has even defended the killers of an African american draged to death in Jasper, Texas.
He would defend his own mother's assassin for a buck.

No credibily


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The flat fact is... it's more the false sense of entitlement and superiority expressed at these so called tea parties by a vastly white crowd.

Those that pretend everyone else is a freeloader, and yet somehow we owe them a livin.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

"I wonder what these left wingers would consider an acceptable way to disagree with Obama’s policies that they would not consider racist."

I am starting to wonder if the GOP and conservatives can come up with one.

Why don't you start by not just putting down the witchdoctor signs and letting go of the fabrications like "death panels," but also condemning those who use those tacitcs? Or proposing serious alternatives (not 3 page budgets) instead of making token efforts and relying on criticism? I'm willing to bet we can find some level ground with the shenanigans out of the way.


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I love how these Obamabots throw insults at people because they do not possess the intelligence to defend their postion with facts.


carol kesling   September 16th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

@ judith WELL SAID !!!!!! and YES the answer is racism PLAIN & SIMPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you jommy carter for saying it the way it is !!!!!!!!!!


Meret   September 16th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mr. Elder is a notoriously disaffected member of the Black race. He refuses to acknowledge racism because then he would have to acknowledge that he is Black No mirrors in his house obviuosly.

He is a sorry excuse for a man and an even sorrier excuse for a Black man. What a Kapo in training. Thank you for calling him on his issues Larry.

He needs to see a therapist.


Shirley Schley   September 16th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Disagreement on an issue is one thing but I can't count the number of derragotary racial emails that I received on Obama from the time when he was first running for President. Comments were made in front of me and other people I know talking about Obama being killed like Kennedy. These comments were made from everyday people, not fanatics, that I would never have expected to hear this from. Tell me this isn't racist.


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry Elder is right. At least he has the courage to speak the truth.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hey AL weres Jessie does he still want to casterate Obama.


Ron from PA   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

To Ms. I.C. Cupp–I see, you say with a smirk, that Jimmy Carter is old and you and many others you know are young and more in tune with the current world, so he just doesn't get it?

Give me a break!! You are either very naive, or you are being very disingenuous. It is probably a mixture of both. Why don't you get a little more decades of experience before you spout off such ridiculous nonsense.


Bob in Kansas City   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

It's amazing to witness the Republican Party in complete denial of what their failed philosophy has brought to America. To deny that racism exist in it's regard of elected President Obama is beyond belief. I am so glad I have never been or ever wanted to be a member of the GOP!


alison   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Duh!!!!! NO!!!!!. Well what in the world do you think it is?. Hmmm, let's see...He is the FIRST African American President 2) His name is BARACK OBAMA 3) His father was a Muslim 4) He was raised in a predominantly islaamic country. Sounds like that is a recipe for racism. Why do Americans keep acting as if they can't see through the rose coloured glasses. PEOPLE IT's RACISM. IT never left....got it


james   September 16th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I find it interesting on your TV show tonight your black female commentator said Looking at the people at the rally I wonder if they even need health care reform. Now if they were black and I said they all looked like they need jealth care, I would be called racist. Why does she get away with saying because it was mostly white that they have great health care? I think we are causing more racism than existed in recent years.What about the Black caucus, black tv, black miss america? this seems racist to me, why do we have to seperate the blacks into groups? isn't that what we got away from?
I don't think its about race, doesnt anyone talk about obama being 1/2 white? I applaud rev sharpton on his comments. Jimmy carter was a bad president, why do we listen to his rhetoric?


amitola2sky   September 16th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

grrr....why doesn't anyone talk about the "white" part of Our President?


jean   September 16th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

No President no matter who he or she is , white , black , whatever, the President of the United States should never be yelled at like that , they need our respect and support – I dont think it was a matter of racism, its a matter of Republicans and Democrats and we as the people of the United States do have a right to oppose proposed reforms without it becoming a race or gender issue – I am a Republican, but I still support our President .


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

"Michael Steele was right when he said that these unsubstantiated charges of racism, “diminishes real instances of racism that still exist in this country.”"

You mean real instances like appointing a token leader of the RNC after choosing an imbecile as your running mate in a blatant attempt to cash in on the expected disgruntlement of the portion of Clinton supporters who felt it was a woman's "turn"?


Pam   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

If this racial divide hatred is a strategy the GOP feels they can use to get back in office in 2012 they are showing just how desparate they are and how short they think our memories are. I feel any President White, Black, Blue or Green would be better than a Republican AGAIN.


Chandra   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

That Larry Elder so vehemently denies racist overtones in some of the protests focused on President Obama is startling. He strikes me as the ultimate self-loathing black man.


JT   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm watching the segment regarding Jimmy Carter and our President. I think that three fourths of the panel are diluted in theory to believe that the outburst Wilson made would have happen if we had a white president. It is that simple, regardless of issue involved, if McCain stood up there giving the same speech, well, I believe Wilson would not have said a single word more or less scream out, "you lie!"


Christine M   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

What about the founder of the "Tea Party" who said, Obama is an 'Indonesian islamist, welfare thug, racist in chief'?

What about the pictures of Obama pictured as a witch doctor?

What about Beck calling Mrs. Obama, "trash?"

What about the preacher, Pastor Anderson, of Tempe Arizona, calling for the President's death?

I am a Caucasian, former educator, mother and grandmother. I have lived long enough on this planet to know what racism sounds like.


Cherie Mathis   September 16th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why is it that congress gets to decide about our healthcare, yet they get theirs free and have excellent coverage? If medicare is so great then why don't they have medicare.


joey   September 16th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

An Acorn spokeswoman just got done saying that their organization's recent issue need to be burred so "acorn can get back to helping people of color." As long as "black America" and the left wing politicians, only care about "people of color," sadly there will always be racism in this country. Poor white kids all over rural America have been completely forgotten about and this nation has turn it's back on them, because they are not a minority. The only ones reaching out to them are the bad guys, and the KKK is the least of the groups we need to worry about that target poor white kids with their racist propaganda.


Lola Brooks   September 16th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The disrespect that so many of the far right are displaying is due to their unwillingness to deal with the facts. They are upheld by far right propaganda and unfortunately, there is no cure for ignorance. Those who support the President Obama should become more vocal like President Carter.


jeane   September 16th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It's okay to disagree. It's the words used that feel uncomfortable.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

But Carter is a disgraced president because his words and actions were tainted


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

@Sniffit, First of all I am an Independent and not a Republican or a conservative. I did not vote for GWB.

Based on your remarks you are saying just what I suspected, anyone who even disagrees with Obama on anything for any reason will be labeled a racist. Thanks for making my point!

The witchdoctor signs and the death panel people are fringe elements just like the fringe elements that had Bush Hitler signs and the crazy rantings of Wright, Pfleger, Gates, Holder, and Jones.

You might want to clean up your own house before throwing stones.


Taylor   September 16th, 2009 9:56 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.


Diana   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

If it is not racism then, it's stupidity and ignorance of the people that don't know how to complaint with out offending. Shame for America!


chandra   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry, I agree with President Carter. President Obama is being ridiculed because he is Black. They should be proud of our President for being
inteliigent, smart, and Presidential. Your lady in pearls thinks she is it! I wonder what she thinks of Glen Beck and Hannity. Arethey in her generation? As for that "Larry" person, he must be living on another planet.


PA BONNIE   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The word "Racism" keeps coming up lately, and is being introduced by Democrats and Liberals...whenever things start to turn sour for them, they always seem to play the race card....this is about bad policy, not race....he is half white after all, so it does not make sense...Jimmy Carter is an old man who was a terrible president...why would anyone listen to him.


jamilla   September 16th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry Elder is in denial. To keep skirting around specific questions with, "What about Bush" is just proving that he doesn't want to open up the discussion about the fringe racists in this country. The only reason why it's just not okay for folks to be as openly racist as they're being now is that it will just paralyze progress in this country. I can sympathize somewhat with the racist, but I put more value in the country (even the world) as a whole rather than my own personal needs. This country needs help, and I'M willing to help even though I may have insurance, a job, etc. We have to put behind us the racial remarks and the denial that prejudice even exists. How can we heal this deep wound if we keep ignoring it. It has existed wayy tooo long.


LB   September 16th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

@Sniffit, Better look out your own racism is showing.


mary   September 16th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Absolutely, these signs at the rallies are appauling. These gun carrying tpeople should be stopped. When you have a person in the joint session of the U.S. Congress shout out and address the president as a liar, it is just not acceptable at all. The security people should have escorted his ass out and not allow him back. What do you think if it were a black man shouting out to te former President Bush liar in the joint session of the US. Congress, what would have happened to him.

This Larry Elder guy is a joke, he has never approved of anything that President Obama has done or is trying to do. Now he wants to talk about where his grandfather cames from. He is one of those negros who made some type of life for himself, and he wants to forget about the suffering of the black people in this country. He is another Clarence Thomas Negro.

The President has to say he doesn't believe the reaction to his policies are raciallyy motivated, he is just that type of person, he tries to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. He is a remarkable man.

In terms of what Former President Carter had to say, he is on point, he has lived it and he is a former president, and frankly what does he have to loose by speaking out. Absoluteluy nothing.

Another joke is Michele Steele, we all know Rush pulls his chain.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I would vote for Michael Steel and im a white republican.


Christine M   September 16th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Oh, and the first president in our history was not allowed to address our students regarding the value, hard work, and rewards of education. I am sorry. My bull... detector goes off, and it screams racism.


Meret   September 16th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Michael Steele is a clown. He has turned his party into a circus.


Pam   September 16th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry Elder wants us to beleive he is color blind, well my family is mixed and I know I am color blind. But, I also know right is right and wrong is wrong and that that recism is at play here. Ignoring racism is ignorant.


cheryl   September 16th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Yes, I think racism is obviously playing a part in all the vitriol that has been hurled at President Obama. As one other person commented, the President hasn't even done anything yet to really deserve all the the anger and discontent. When people began criticizing President Bush, it was at least after he had mishandled enough issues to deserve the criticism. The Republicans have just found a way to harness racism and use it to their advantage. I admire President Carter's courage and honesty in calling them out.


russ   September 16th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

who would listen to jimmy carter about anything . To thoes who remember his administration , he held the worst record of any president since the great depression. He is right in there with the bushes as for as leader ship and credability.
And al sharpton should join jessy jackson in the ranks of rebel rouser. What we need in this country is a lot less conversation and
awhole lot more action.
A house divided against it's self . can not stand!
russ in arkansas.


michael armstrong sr.   September 16th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Your wrong AL the whites had the house for over two hundred years


tammy   September 16th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I have an immense about of respect for Jimmy Carter. I think that his comments, concerning President Obama and race are right on. I appreciate him for addressing this issue.


amt,CA   September 16th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Great show Larry. in a word "yes" I do think racism is being used against Pres Obama & really do not agree with Larry Elder, & i believe he knows it is also but for his own agenda is lieing about it.


Gretchen   September 16th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Larry,the women that said playing the race card is racist to en sat that.
Yes we all must rise above the ignorance of racism. But we must understand that just like our jewish brothers and sisters,and our hispanic brothers and sisters,and all others who have been dealing with racism all their lives.As blacks we can not and should not forget the 400 years of slavery,jim crow laws,public lychings, white only signs,etc We are not playing a card to be offended by racism.It's not a card it is and was a terrible tragedy.


Lola Brooks   September 16th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I often wonder what the out come would have been if Colin Powell had ran for President?


Meret   September 16th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

President Carter is a member of international power group The Elders and his wisdom should be respected. Ignore it at your own peril.

I admire his courage and his ability to speak truth to power.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

"@Sniffit, First of all I am an Independent and not a Republican or a conservative. I did not vote for GWB.

Based on your remarks you are saying just what I suspected, anyone who even disagrees with Obama on anything for any reason will be labeled a racist. Thanks for making my point!"

Based on my comments I pointed out that civil, accurate, factually-based, honest disagreement presented and voiced in a rational, responsible, respecftul manner is welcome. I also quite obviuosly accused the GOP of failing to (a) behave in that manner ths far and (b) reign in its members who do. That's not blanket disapproval of dissent...it's objective criticism of the value of the dissent being offered.

And I apologize...but you can simply add "independent" to the list. It really isn't so much of a party thing as it is a socio-cultural thing that's found fertile ground in a particular party.


Lillian   September 16th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I totally agree with President Carter's comment, is ashamed that there are still recist people in this nation, the color of the skin has nothing to do if you're superior to your fellow countryman, this is the 21st Century, slavery was abolished! and President Obama deserves the respect of all the american citizens, he is the Head of the State, Commander in Chief and was elected to be in charge! Let him do the job he was elected to do, which by the way, I praised him for a great job he is doing!!!


Richard the Law Student and Paralegal   September 16th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Larry King, seriously, you cannot have Larry Elder on your show anymore and if I see that he is on I will change the channel because he is not real. For him not to be even a tiny bit upset at what people were saying about President Obama is not right or realistic. He is a real uncle tom and he is being paid by the right wing like that other woman mention before. Larry, I saw how mad you were when he said he was not mad and so were many of your viewers. PLease no more of this man..


russ   September 16th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Yes racism is fueling the fire, but it is comming from your guest and not near as much from the American people.


Sniffit   September 16th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

"@Sniffit, Better look out your own racism is showing."

how? admitting that cynical use of race (or sex) for political leverage is at the root of the problem...whether done as playing the race card or by combatting the accusation of racism/sexism with token efforts...it's two sides of the same coin


james harrison   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Until America learns to to get to the root of the problem and let go of our past mistakes, then America will never have REAL CHANGE in this country.

James Harriosn / Author
Special Delivery Book


Lara   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I think CNN is doing a HUGE injustice to this issue by marrying Carter's comments to the health care reform debate so closely. Carter's comments are VERY relative, but they do not apply to every Republican voting against ObamaCare... they are directed towards those at rallies holding up signs declaring 'trade Obama back to Kenya!'. You are misrepresenting this, taking it off course, creating a larger anger between the two parties which is NOT AT ALL what this country needs. Stick to the message... racism is brewing in this country, and as Carter very eloquently expressed it, it is evident in some of the most outlandish expressions of hate against Obama which stand out from any such that we've seen against prior presidents. They are not however the underlying motive behind every 'no' vote to his policies... come on... you guys need to keep your integrity on this one more than EVER.


Miko   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Why do you keep booking Larry Elder on CNN?


Frances Witteman   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Mark Williams, the spokesman for the Tea Party, calls President Obama an "Indonesion muslim welfare thug", and he has thousands of people following him around the country with racist signs. What more proof that racism is alive and well do we need. Jimmy Carter is right!


Shelia Sheckles   September 16th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Yes, I do believe that many of the protesters are racially motivated. I do not beleive that everyone who disagrees with the health care reform is racist.

For the record, President Obama knows he can not say that race is a factor. However, if he does not address this issue, he will lose many minority votes in the next term.


Lea   September 16th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Larry, I definitely believe that much of this protest against Obama is driven by racism– especially the fervor and tone. Jimmy Carter was a brave man to speak out. It's not only white people who see this–black people see it also but are reluctant to speak out lest someone accuse them of " playing the race card." You can't be human and fair,and not feel some sort of anger at the tone and fervor. And not one Republican has spoken out about this..

When will we ever have an honest conversation on this? Kudos to Jimmy Carter– we need people who are motivated by more than politics. And why do you keep inviting Larry Elder onto your show? He speaks for nobody who respects themselves. The man is a joke, unfortunately.


John Crapse   September 16th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Al Sharpton just said a white man beat up a black women in South Carolina. How about the two black kids who beat up the white kid on the school bus!!!!!!!!!


Kyrist   September 16th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Ex-President Jimmie Carter was correct!!! I grew up in the south and and thats how exactly they act. Racism still exist and it will never change!!! President Carter spoke what most racist people are thinking!!!


Arlan   September 16th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I oppose President Obama, always have, but it is about policy not pigment.


Pam   September 16th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

John legend does have a good point because we are all worked up now discussing racism and have gotten off point from the important topics of health care and the economy.


Bob   September 16th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Jimmy Carter continues to espouse radical and divisive comments in the political arena as an attempt to cloud his miserable and nationally embarassing performance as President. Larry King has now joined that radicalism and division by his unwarranted and polaraizing comments tonight. Thankfully President Obama, Larry Elder and Al Sharpton have the personal integrity and fortitude to speak the truth.


Diana   September 16th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Just wondering how many of the protesters are happy with the cost of their health insurance vs. the coverage and service they receive. They didn't say anything about in their posters, the focused it on Obama, the person they don’t like! A behavior or a third world country!


alison   September 16th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

The GOP was always racist and will continue to be racist. Period. Stop making excuses for these bigots, they are one foot in the grave anyway. This is a new era, we are faced with many more human related concerns, global warming, healthcare, the economy is not balck or white yet it affects us all. Rush Limbaugh is ignorant and an embarrasment to himself and those like him. I can't believe there is a forum for someone so vile and racist. If conservatives have a problem with that go find your own island because people of color are not going anywhere, you brought us here now don't complain because we don't pick cotton for free anymore. Wake up!


cheryl   September 16th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I have to add that we obviously can't call all the tea party protestors racists. If they can argue their point without resorting to racial epithets and insults, they have a legitimate voice in the debate. I think the health care debate is crucial to our country's survival and deserves civility from both sides.


Johanna   September 16th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

RACE IS AN AMERICAN OBSESSION!


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 16th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

and I'll apologize when Mr. Elder flies the banner of equality and demands that the tea parties continue without such signs... as no republican has done thus far.

That is the real issue we have here...

Sure they admit that it's a fringe within their party, but they do and say nothign about it. Simply admitting mistakes were made is not the same as taking responsibility fo rhandling those mistakes... >:) Just ask your poster boy Bush.


Mansoor   September 16th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Hi Larry

I just moved to Texas and I have seen well educated people over here not accepting Obama as president because he is black. They call him as Mr. Obama and not as President. They think he cannot get anything done as he is black and he is not capable of. I personally dont agree with President with his health care plan though I do believe that its a moral issue and everbody should be entitled to health care. My understanding is that people would have protested the health care initiative anyways but they would not have gone far to demonize the President if he was white.


Ron Green   September 16th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I wonder why individuals like Larry Elder, Michael Steele or Amy Holmes warrant a seat of seeming authority as a voice for the opposition. From their previous commentary, they clearly have never experienced what most people of color have experienced. Can't republicans find other black/Hispanics who actually have removed their rose colored glasses? With the VERY obvious and VERY ugly racist atmosphere we are witnessing woven into the recent town hall debacles, the Tea Party Express and their Saturday rally in D.C., and the OVERTLY racist taunt by Joe Wilson last week in the House, I'm sure that rational republicans might be able to find someone who can see what the rest of America feels and understands. It seems that the republican party is so desperate for members and attention, they have united with the John Birchers, the KKK, the Aryan Nation – as indicated by their support received from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.


Arlan   September 16th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Cheryl wrote:
"the President hasn’t even done anything yet to really deserve all the the anger and discontent."

You cannot be serious, can you? Nationalizing private companies supposedly too big to fail, all the spending, weakening our national defense by investigating those who helped keep us safe, telling us we can add 30-40 million people to the public dole for health care and SAVE money? Bigger government always means poorer quality, less efficiency, greater waste, and the death of freedom....that why people are angry, that is why there is discontent


Stephan K.   September 16th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

This absolutely racism, and my fellow Americans it is dangerous. Somehow the right as this ability to stir the pot and bring down low and frightening emotions that are totally irrelevant to debate or the subject.

One thing to be aware of, which is true throughout fascism history. Words can kill, words create murderess atmosphere. Look at what killed Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin? please my fellow citizens take a lesson of what led to that murder and draw the right conclusions. Racism has to addressed vigorously and that's exactly what President Carter is doing. It has to be condemned everywhere.


alison   September 16th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

What are these schools going to do about surveillance? What sense does it make to have surveillance all around other than the areas in the lab that clearly needs it as many labs are usually in the basement. For the money one pays to attend this University, it should clearly not be an issue and no one should have to worry about their safety. It is absolutely ludicrous. Physical Security is important in 2009 for employees and schools. It is imperative that these areas are properly secured to ensure the safety of all. Hopefully other universities will learn form this and really do something other than say how sorry they are. This will not bring the young lady back and others who may have suffered the same fate.


Johanna   September 16th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Hi Mansoor. I agree. Presdient is not a Muslim and he was not born in Kenya. To tell him to go back to Kenya is also racist. Just as in the 60s black were told to go back to Africa. What racist bigots that still survive in Amercian-the scourge will never be remove. We are too damn selfish as white people. Thanks Tim Wise for your book, Between Barack and a hard place:Racism and white denial in the age of Obama. Great book highly recommended.


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

So, what? Now criticism of the President of the United States is RACIST!? Where does this come from? You people are out of your minds! We now have a President that can never be criticized, ever! Because if you, do you are a racist...... The entire issue of his race, from the minute the election results were final, has come from left biased media outlets who were the 1st (including CNN) to shout the headlines "First Black President." Not a word about his values, political bents or what he wants to do for this country were even close to the top of the headlines. I was ONLY about his race for a good week. Who's racist???!!!!! I'm sorry, but the man sitting in the Oval Office right now is only about himself, his power and apologizing to the world for our existence. I have no respect for a President who can't stand being an American, consistently pushes for legislation that spits on the Constitution, and will not put our national security first.


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Uh James... go back to the protests of President Bush and look at those signs .... Oh, I forgot. He is a white guy. so it was ok. Oh, and he's a Repub.... even better.


John   September 16th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

If you are poor in the U.S. It does'nt matter if you are black or white...


John   September 16th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

It's always about two classes, rich and poor. Obama talks the same way about it as any president before him. Classism not racism is the real root of the problem


als   September 16th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

President Jimmy Carter tells the truth. Republicans are spoiled little brats and cowards. GOP are sore losers and cry babies and want to take mistresss on dates with tax payers money. These people dont want to do the job they were paid to do read. I say get rid of some of them and replace them with students who love to learn.


Ron Green   September 16th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

When Larry Elder can explain where were all of these protesters when GWBush ran the country into apparent oblivion, and further, can point out even one incident where a child was taken out of school so as not to hear a speech by a president, then he might warrant a smidgen of respect. Until then, Mr. Elder needs to refocus and view what's happening objectively – and not embarrass himself in defense of clearly racist overtures and undertones. Michael Steele should try his best to understand that the statement by Jimmy Carter was not unfounded or off base. I didn't know that the republican party was intertwined with the "fringe" that Michael Griffin describes as just being part of America.


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Ron Green,

Michael Steele is a black man... and yes, Jimmy Carter's statement was completely off base. Regardless of your race.


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Did we forget (or just ignore) the affair that John Edwards had?


Political Psychiatrist   September 16th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

President Carter did not state that anyone attacking President Obama's policies is a racist. I have to question the mental or neurological health of people who think that is what he said. He said "the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama” is racist. All of the bloggers on this website have likely seen the protests and heard the comments against President Obama by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the like.

There have been teddy bears dressed to look like Obama with nooses around the necks, references to "Obama's America", pictures of President Obama dressed in jungle attire ...etc. The people who have brought these images to the electorate are racists. No amount of denial by token black republicans such as Michael Steele, Larry Elders and/or others can change this. These images have nothing to do with debating healthcare. They are only brought forth to cause the electorate to take their eyes off the issue. It is too bad the people who are filled with racial hatred and animose can't own up to it. Michael Steele and Larry Elders have never once admitted that racial hatred has been the motivation of some people's actions. This clearly elevates their thought processes to the level of delusion, that is, a persistence of a belief even when presented with evidence to the contrary. Interestingly, I sent Larry Elders an email many years ago, when he had his own show. I accused him of self loathing and self hatred when he blamed James Byrd (the African American man dragged to death in Jasper, Texas), for his own death.

Lastly, on healthcare. As a physician practicing at two hospitals closest to the California/ Mexico border–the majority of patients seeking emergency care on the taxpayers dollar are American citizens. They can not afford healthcare so they go to Mexico in the belief that it will be cheaper. It ends up costing the American taxpayor tens of thousands of dollars more when the patient comes back with the untoward results of substandard care. By that time, they have spent their cash and end up getting emergency access (EA) care. EA is funded by the taxpayer. If the patient can not afford to pay the bill we do. So there is a lready a federally funded public option for the poor; it is called the emergency room. It costs much more to have a patient get transported to the hospital by ambulance, screened by the triage nurse, seen by the ER physician, imaged emergently by the technician on call, admitted by an internist or family practioner to the intensive care unit and consulted by numerous specialist such as neurologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, and nephrologist than preventative care in a clinic or doctor's office and direct admission to the hospital when necessary.

Lets stop talking about the straw arguement that Barack Obama is "playing the race card". Barack Obama is trying to distance himself from this issue, not because it is a non-issue, but because he does not want his agenda to be derailed. Racism is not a game. Lack of healthcare is not a game.


Maxine   September 16th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Enough with all this racism.
White people get discriminated against plenty, it just isnt politically correct to talk about it.


Ron Green   September 16th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

I am very concerned that certain individuals are turning a deaf ear and putting on blinders to the obvious racism woven into the Obama protests. We should NEVER let that happen. NEVER AGAIN; NEVER AGAIN. However, it's equally important that the Obama administration not get distarcted and focus on getting that health care package (or some remnant thereof) passed so that ALL Americans have health coverage. To stymie this nation in a never-ending debate on race and its ugly ramifications would do a disservice to the task at hand faced by the Obama white house and America.


Taylor   September 16th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

Lindsay,
What planet are you living on? It is obvious that you listen too much to Russ Limbaugh and Shawn the bama Hannity. Can't you see with your eyes the monkey "animal" posters and the derogatory "Africa" comments? Are you blind, can you not see, feel and touch, or maybe rather – you have lost your soul – drinking your lattes while riding in your foreign made car (with your doors locked), listening everyday (you got to have that daily red meat) of drug Limbaugh, crash-Hannity and peck the Beck? If your thoughts represent the silent majority, the whole world is at peril and not just the US.

Please learn something from a brilliant and learned human being, the late Rev Dr. MLK Jr. and that is "God has not created any superior neither inferior races, God out of one-blood made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth".

President Obama and his family are the most valuable in our American culture. If you can't see the love in his family, then you are truly spiritually blind and sadly how great is your darkness!


Judith   September 16th, 2009 11:19 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.


Patty   September 16th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Larry,

I am CaucasIan and have lived in the South all of my adult life. I am sad to say that racism is alive and well here. My parents raised me to treat people the way I would like to be treated. Thank God for my parents. There are "Christians" that I know that are racists and that blows my mind.

I agree with President Carter.


Michael Leeks   September 16th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

The American people voted for Barack Obama to be its President Rasism against him should be out of the question. I could not imagine what would happen if Hon. Clinton would have won. Wake the "flock" up people.

Michael
Colorado Springs, CO


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Political Psych,

“the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama” is racist. – Same thing.


Patty   September 16th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

President Obama is our President. He is to be respected for the office that he holds which is the highest in the land. WHY do people call him Mr. Obama? How ignorant can you get!!!


Maxine from Canada   September 16th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Larry, I do not no were Michael Steel and Larry Elder is coming from. There reality is fictional when speaking about racism; Pres. Jimmy Carter is speaking the truth. Larry Elder you are some one the racist loves and them demonize . Very sad I feel sorry for you. Jimmy Carter did not say all of America is playing the race card. He said a small segment of American. Now every one is picking on Jimmy Carter because he acknowledges this is the problem that some republicans are pushing. Keep on speaking President Jimmy Carter God is with you. God said the truth will set them free.
Maxine From Canada


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Taylor,

I'm sorry you feel that because I do not respect the values and actions of our President, I am out out of touch (actually, not on the planet) and I don't have a soul. My spirituality comes from my faith in Jesus Christ and has nothing to do with any man, including our President. Why are they the MOST valuable? And why do I walk in darkness because I don't see that? That is super disturbing to me.

Oh, and racial epithets, undertones and all of it are wrong, wether leveled against a black or while man.


Ron Green   September 16th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Lindsay,

I truly feel for anyone who cannot undertsand the plight of others. Empathy is a human gift – one that Michael Steele failed to attain. Michael Steele is merely a mouthpiece – tossed out there to counter any criticism of the republican viewpoint – and when that viewpoint has racist overtones, Michael Steele is front and center on the tube denying and diminishing the effect of racism – ALWAYS espousing the side that believes obvious racist statements are simply innocent expressions of politics. Get real, Lindsay. Take off the veil you're wearing. Admit the truth – and don't hide behind "HOUSE___", – for lack of a better more familiar term.


Arlan   September 16th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

This is the question at the top of this blog:

Do you think racism is fueling the attacks against President Obama?

The answer has to include, yes, by a select few, not by "many, "much" or "most" as Mr. Carter said. (Yes I do realize I did not call him President, I believe that would further demean the office.)

Now I have another question, Do you think racism fueled the attack on the 17 year old white student by two black students on a public school bus? My answer: An Unqualified Yes!! But it doesn't matter because as Jesse Jackson said, blacks cannot be racist because they don't have the power to be.

The white student was probably wrong, after all he did want to sit in a seat on a bus that the other students did not want him to. Now let's see whites and blacks in a conflict over a seat on a bus, where have I heard that before? Hmmm....I guess we really have come full circle, a black man is President and whites are being told where they can sit.


TL/Huntington Beach   September 16th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

About 1.2 million years ago all people living on had dark skin. Their descendants today have the same receptor protein of today's Africans.

Their skin was dark and the intense sun killed off the progeny with any lighter skin that resulted from a mutational variation in the receptor proteins.

When humans migrated to a sun less intensive region in the north, low vitamin D3 levels became a problem and lighter skin colors started appearing.

The loss of melanin in white people is now thought to have been caused by a mutation in just one letter out of 3.1 billion letters of DNA.


TL/Huntington Beach   September 16th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

Scientists have predicted that in one million years the human population will be one race. Our skin will be medium brown and our eyes will look Asian.


Lindsay   September 16th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

Ron,

I don't not walk around with a "veil" on my eyes, actually my thinking about racism and wether it is or is not the predominant factor fueling the criticism of the President is NORMAL. Shocker. It's actually expected that the color of his skin the LAST THING ON MY MIND when I think about his values, his politics, and how I intensely disagree with all of those and his actions. What is racist, is throwing out that all of this is fueled by his skin color. That is NOT NORMAL.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 16th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

Actually, Lindsay... there's a difference. the protests agaisnt Bush and his policies are warrantes, where4as the criticisms leveld at Obama are not. Period.


Judith   September 16th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

Arlan
About the kids on the school bus this had Nothing to do with racism.
It had to do with friends.Ones want friends that they have to sit with one another regardless of what race they are.Kids in schools have different friends of all races.

Bottom Line Rush L has made remarks of President Obama for being a rasist.Beck also yelled loud and clear at times.Rush L slammed Pres Obama when the Pirates held the white man hostage
saying where is Obama (his words) he's not doing nothing when in fact Pres Obama knew everything that was going on.When the seals had kill the 3 pirates it was Rush L that started the race card once again stirring up trouble saying that Obama had 3 young black guys killed.It's time for ones to stand up for Pres Obama letting them speak so he can continue to work on issues that are important for America.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:01 am ET

and lindsay you are also missing the crux of the issue.

NO SINGLE REPUBLICAN OR TEA PARTY ORGANIZER HAS ASKED THESE "FRINGE" PROTESTORS TO STOP BRINGING THE SIGNS OR TO TAKE THEM DOWN.

Are you following along now?


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:02 am ET

Actually, if you go back and Google it, you will see some of the signs that were in Bush protests in BOTH terms we elected him in. They were pretty bad, and I'm sure I remember one with a swastika (sp?) over his head and and picture of Hitler next to it. That's pretty bad. If you listen to the most EXTREME right wing views on Obama (think, Mark Levin, for example) you will hear ZERO race epithets and all of the criticisms are based on his actions, his politics and his blatant disregard for the Constitutional boundaries of his offce.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:03 am ET

To remain silent in regards to such issues is the exact same, the equivaklent of giving consent and support.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:05 am ET

"blatant disregard for the Constitutional boundaries of his offce."?????!!!!

Are you completley mad woman? You just described Bush to a T.

I think you're just here pasting old criticisms of Bush towards Obama without support for any of them.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:07 am ET

as a matter of fact, that's what 90% of the critics of Obama now are doing. It's liek they took those criticisms from dems against Bush, replaced the name Bush with Obama, and are now parroting things they dont' understand.

At the end of the day however, Bush deserved those criticisms and Obama doesn't. Pure and Simple.


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:07 am ET

James, were you at the DC Tea Party? Did you ask?

Consent and support to what?


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:10 am ET

That's right, Obama is perfect, doesn't deserve and ounce of criticism for anything he's done so far as President.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Lindasy, you do walk around with a “veil” on your eyes, actually your thinking about racism and wether it is or is not the predominant factor fueling the criticism of the President is NOT NORMAL. Shocker. It’s actually expected that the color of his skin the FIRST THING ON YOUR MIND when you think about his values, his politics, and how you intensely disagree with all of those and his actions. What is racist, is throwing out that none of this is fueled by his skin color. That is NOT NORMAL.


Judith   September 17th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Speaking about signs.In SC this past weekend Lindsey Graham had John McCain go to Charleston to speak with him at a town meeting.It was stated No signs of any kind.

On the signs in Washington they had No Guns this time.Bottom Line
where ever the President speaks in the USA no guns should be there.
Anyone carrying a weapon should have had them taken away or remove those people.I have watch the town meetings on C-span around the Country and when ever any of the GOPs spoke no guns were insight.The GOPs won't have them even though they received dollars to vote by the lobbyist.


TL/Huntington Beach   September 17th, 2009 12:12 am ET

In United Stated, the black population is strongest in the southeast running about 54% or 22 million. The northeast is 17.8%, the north mid region is about 18% and the west is about 10%.

The U.S. has about 41.1 million blacks or 13.5%

The World's population is 6.78 billion, 840 million of that are black.

By 2060, Blacks will represent 25.38% of the world's population. Whites are on the decline and will represent about 9.76% of the world's population.

Some people speak as if there are only two races in the world. They throw this race card in every time there is conflict. People come in all colors.

People – take in to account the individual rather than judging an entire population.


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:14 am ET

I think that's called plagerism....


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Consent and support for the racist signs of Obama depicted as an African Witchdoctor. Consent of the white mongrel that decided to yell out "AFRO LIBERALISM" and "HE'S NOT MY PRESIDENT!" on one of the CNN video reports. You know that bald, white skinheaded guy 😉

Ya... there's been a Huuuuuuge uproar about all that huh? Cause you know... conservative republicans have been all over that lately haven't they?

And Obama is not perfect. Frankly I find some of his policy issues disturbing and offensive, but I'm not about to bring those up now because they have nothing to do with healthcare and are entirely seperate issues.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Actually that's called throwing your own words back at you... guess which one of us is more credible? 😉


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:17 am ET

We haven't talked about healthcare in this entire conversation! I'M the one talking about how it's not about his race and now you want to say that his policies are disturbing and offensive?! Heck yeah they are, and that's entirely the point.


Matt, Washington DC   September 17th, 2009 12:17 am ET

You can tell when the economy is bad because America’s true colors are showing. (White & Not-White). This is just like the 1930s. It’s like a bad remake of the Twilight Zone episode “Maple Street.” By this time next year, Italian Americans will be fighting with Asian and Spanish Americans, and Homosexuals will be tussling with midgets.

Contrary to what conservatives believe, people who disagree with them are also afforded an opinion in America; Even former President Carter. So, STOP trying to screw us without kissing us first. Just look at what other countries are saying about us. If you don’t travel like I do, go to the foreign news blogs. Unlike us, they don’t seem to be confused. The southern states are only hurting their tourism industry.


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:18 am ET

The one who had her own, original ideas?


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:21 am ET

Oh, and the one that doesn't have a worldview that skin color is the all motivating factor for people's thoughts and behavior.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:21 am ET

Actually, like all republicon conservatives you've taken what I've said out of context and then made a statement based on what you took out of context. I said I find some of his policies disturbing, but not his policies on healthcare. And you havent' said anything specific or original at all... you've just regurgitated Republicon hate speech.

And since you're oblivious to it... I am.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:22 am ET

That isn't what those signs say Lindsay... not at all. You're jsut deludign yoruself as usual.


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:23 am ET

What about anything I've said is hateful? Be specific.


Matt, Washington DC   September 17th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Every time someone disagrees with conservatives they’re ostracized. Look at what they did to Colin Powell and Meg Whitman, and they are Republicans. Now they’re attacking former President Carter. They believe the rest of us including Warren Buffett, the richest man in the world, are under some sort of mass delusion simply because we disagree – as if we all enjoyed being screwed by Wall Street then assuming trillions in debt to bail them out. Look idiots, NO ONE EVER said you’re racist SIMPLY because you disagree with the policies of the current administration. So, stop trying to twist and spin what’s not being said.


Judith   September 17th, 2009 12:35 am ET

As far as the racism.Who threw it out on the table first?It was the GOPs along with Rush L and Beck yelling.Now that Ex Pres Carter said something it's a biggie to all of them feeding some of the wackos on the right the red meat to believe them.

How many guns were at the GOPs town meetings?I net none.

The people that marched in Washington are the very same people that will ruin to get Health Care in for the American people and themselves.It look to me that many of them are out of work with no health care.
If the Health Care doesn't get in those same people that yell to protect the dollars for the Senators that are getting paid millions for their campaigns and other perks by voting no by the Ins Lobbyist will be thrown under the bus.
The people in America should wake up and live in reality.No jobs are safe.No health care that ones have now are safe.Each day more are getting the pink slips.Those same people will be going to the ER.
Ones say if you don't have ins go to the ER.Who pays for it.We All do.

Ones in the Senate that yell about sars.Nixion was the one that made them and Reagan perfected them.Ones that yell about Pres Obama having them are the same that thought it was great in 2003 for Bush.

When ones like Michele Bachman tell the people to slit their wrists and join together that is crazy talk.Gov Perry of Texas wanted to leave the Union which Texas by law can't.What if Mexico takes back Texas will we all have to fight for ones that are against with their lies that attack the President of America.Crazy talks of many of the Republican Leaders and one that was a runner for VP with McCain.


Dodie ~ California   September 17th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Go Jimmy Carter!!! He always says it like it is!!!


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Your hate is expressed in your non condemnation of such signs and your support for those who have also consented, as you have, by not demanding those racists idiots not take their obviously racists signs down.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Are you followibng along now?

You did not come on here and say first, and you may yet not, pretendign it's not your responsibility, and no republican ever has .. told or asked the people carrying those signs of Obama as a wirtch doctor to take them down. Period. Your hate is expressed by downplaying such things as either reverse racism, and by claiming they're not being racists.

So, to quote a guy I am certain you support... Dont' piss on my leg [about racism] and tell me it's rain.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 12:51 am ET

No tea party organizer has done that either. And they have certainly downplayed there presence there, which is an obvious sign of their obvious racist motivations. If they're okay with that type of speech, then they condone it. Period.

But hey... mroe power to em... it just makes it that much easier for opponents of their views to point out their racism.

You wanna stop being associated with racism? The Republicons and conservatives and these so called tea partiers want to be disassociated with racism?

Then all you have to do is ban such racist materials from your rallies.

But Oh shocker!... That isnt' going to happen right? Cause we "liberals" 😉 *snicker* I'm an independant and assign myself to no such thing... will only be able to pry your freedom of speech from your cold dead lips right? Bwah ha ha ha ha.


Catherine Griffin   September 17th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Yes, I think racism is fueling the attacks. And, we are lucky to have a president with integrity and the spirit to lead us through these backward attitudes.
S.E. Cupp... please don't speak for your generation, you clearly are not in touch!


Lindsay   September 17th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Dude, I don't like those signs, I don't think that disrespecting ANYONE in that way is Ok, even a man I don't happen to agree with on much. As our President, he deserves a level of respect that was completely disregarded (on various levels) by those that attended those Tea Parties with that crap.

However, what ticks me off completely is we have a President in office who has some seriously extreme views on how this country should go (views that both Dems and Repubs disagree with) and wants to steer us in that direction. Moreover, views he did not make perfectly clear to the public when he was running for office. You even agreed with me, some distrubing and offensive policies. And now, just because a few racist whack jobs, who DO NOT represent the majority view of those that organized and attended the Tea Parties, get a lot of undeserved press (mostly on left biased media outlets). the major sentiment and question posed is, "Do you think racism is fueling the attacks against President Obama?" The focus is off of his substance and on the color of his skin. That really, really sucks. Because the substance is the major issue.


Ike   September 17th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Why is it taboo for Black talking heads that are regularly on these primtime news shows to admit to the racial discrimination that still exist. Are they trying to continue to ride the conservative rigtht vehicle that is well financed. Of course any American should be outraged at discrimination whether white on black, black on white, white on brown, brown on white. Let;s evlolve and be just humans. Regardless of how we feel about our Head of State, He and the office should be treated with respect. This Elder's guy on your show tonite has a really distorted view of reality.


Jolyne Dunn   September 17th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Larry, Larry, Larry....you lied to your public! You said Dr. Oz was going to be on Wednesday night. I let my friends know about the show.
To our surprise Dr. Oz wasn't on!
We were very disappointed.

When do you plan to have him on and can we believe you?


Judith   September 17th, 2009 1:11 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.


Wendy   September 17th, 2009 1:15 am ET

About Annie Le and the possibility that here killer is an animal rights activist...

Hi Larry,

One person, two possible motives. I guess I agree mostly with the profiler from your show that the person who killed Annie Le probably acted out of anger due to rejection to his advances. However, Judge Joe Brown may not be wrong. The lab tech who took care of the lab mice may well have been an animal rights activist. He just worked there, he did not attend classes there. If you were an animal lover, you too, might want a job such as this, no? Of course, let's not convict anyone before they've had their chance to prove otherwise.

Sad and tragic story.


Terry   September 17th, 2009 1:16 am ET

I am 61 years old, a white man, and a retired (disabled) teacher. Unfortunately racism IS playing a role today. Believe me when I say that the color of a person's skin has NOTHING to do with moral fiber or brain power. Anyone who is convinced it does is ignorant of the facts!


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

After reading these post I can see why the dems will lose the 2012 elections. Before it is over the liberal dems will consume each other. Too bad I know there has to be some good ones somewhere.


Lin   September 17th, 2009 1:18 am ET

It is hard for any intelligent person to deny that a different standard is being applied by some to Barack Obama vs. George W. Bush. In Obama, we have an intelligent President who has dared to tackle, even amid controversy, serious issues confronting this country. He has offered to negotiate reasonably with others on plans that have been put forward by his administration. In other words, he IS working, and he IS keeping the American people informed. For this, he is rewarded by media coverage that often focuses on the smallest of concerns at a time when this country faces serious issues. Conversely, an entirely different standard was applied to "W." How often did the American people see him tackling the serious economic, health, education, and other issues in this country? How often did we see him intelligently engaging period? And Cheney was where? When did the media or the American people ever challenge "W" as they have Obama? When did a legislator ever publicly call "W" a "liar"? Never. So please don't tell us that Jimmy Carter is wrong–he is right on the money. If America wants to "right" this ship, we'd better start pulling together. I don't know about you, but I'm paying my legislators to work WITH President Obama and get some serious work done in Congress–and now!


Cynobia   September 17th, 2009 2:38 am ET

I believe and feel in my heart it is racism. This Joe Wilson is from a state that still flies the confederate flag over the capital. Even though there are African-Americans who have protested and are offended by it. I also looked at the individuals sitting next to him, can any of them say with a straight face, they invited an African-American over for dinner or even friends with one? As for Michael Steele they are using you and you are to blind to see, if you do one thing, they will throw you out, no questions asked. We have had 43 different Presidents and none of them have received the disrespect, name-calling, character attacks like this President. The Racist Party as I have renamed them can say its this and that, But I have been around long enough to know racism when I see it.


Clyde Duncan   September 17th, 2009 3:08 am ET

Larry, I watched your show tonight, Wednesday, and watched your assertion to your guest that if you are anti-semitic – I'm angry; then you apologized. I do not believe that you should have apologized for expressing your personal sentiments – that was the point of the discussion, in my view.

However, the race issue is a distraction, pure and simple. President Obama has made that abundantly clear over and over again. Even the Clintons attempted to shake his resolve during the primaries without success.

I believe it is time for the USA to have HealthCare for all its citizens; and I believe you wil have it this time – its time has come.

Clyde Duncan
Vancouver, Canada


James In Kamiah, Idaho   September 17th, 2009 3:19 am ET

Then only my opinion of YOU has changed slightly... not the republicans and not the GOP, and quite frankly the so called left or liberal or whatever media is reporting on it because it has become an issue, and the right leaning media is downplaying it, because they only want the surface scratched, but not the substance scrutinized.

Once again, that you have stated those signs are BS is one thing, but I also doubt you'd take the time to get in touch with the tea party organizers to ask them to ban these people from what you call legitimate protests. I could be wrong. It wouldnt' be the first time, but then... that is up to you.

However, Until Michael Steel, Larry Elder and Mark Williams stand up and renounce/denounce these extremists and ban them from their Tea Parties and political parties... they get no love.

That's what I meant when I said to remain silent is to give consent.


Cozy   September 17th, 2009 4:05 am ET

Any time race is an issuse you can be sure that the overseers will be rooled out so the right can say,"see he's black and thinks the same way,now call him racist". Being black does not mean that you are for the continued growth,education and welfare of black people.And that does not mean that you are against the positive outcomes of other people no matter their color.History show us when ever black people in america prosper so does everyone else.When white people catch a cold,black people and brown people get the flu.
So,if people would backoff and let Obama govern america could be in for a bright future.If they continue this nonsense we could be in for a big fall.It is funny,as long as the Bush administration was printing money,it was alright,but now all of sudden everybody worrying about their grandkids paying off debt.

They wern't thinking about when they were running their creditcards up thousands of dollars,and putting the kids in expensive private schools.Get a grip our kids have been given to much already that they have not earned,let them learn and earn like our generation had to do,maybe they will appreciate more and value it.


bruce tolman   September 17th, 2009 5:32 am ET

Your pathetic attempt at making a racial issue out of something that was not even close was clearly shot down by your guests comments.They showed america that your broadcast will do anything to stir up trouble in hopes more viewers will watch your show.CNN owes the people of our great country honest reporting not the garbage that you are dishing out.I urge America to tune you& your sponsors out .


Gloria Morris   September 17th, 2009 7:48 am ET

Larry,
People are not listening to former President Jimmy Carter's comments. He said, A portion of the demonstration were based on the fact that President Obama is a Black man. He is so right.
The two Black gentlement who made comments have forgotten where they came. Larry... and I did not get the name of the other. I am not talking about Roland Martin, very key and on target, nor Legend or Al Sharpton. You don't have to apologize because we all know for a fact that what Carter said is absolutely true but some Blacks feel if they deny this it will separate them from the rest of the Blacks. Any other words, they think because of their position they are on top. They are still Black.. Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly and the rest are nothing less than KKK's. Before the Republicans launched their attack on President Obama in an attempt to make him fail and bring his approval rating down, it seems as if the President would by pass this fight because the people were pretty much ok and looking forward to the President to do a good job. Let's not forget Jimmy Carter is from the South, I am too, and GA. is considered a Red-Neck State. He is right on target and correct. The people need to know the reason for the big fight. It is not Health Care Reform. It is because President Barack Obama is a Black man -a very good looking Black man and very smart. Gloria Morris


jean independent   September 17th, 2009 9:13 am ET

I was a long time democrat but am now an independent. I feel that racism exists within all races and in most countries (I have lived in 3 countries other than the US). In this country though we can only call whites racist. If a white musician jumped on stage and took away an african-americans microphone and said her video should not have won....well...that probably would have been called racist..hmmm..not so last week. I dated an african-american whose friends once told me they would date a white woman but would NEVER marry one...if i had said that i would only marry a white man..would i be called a racist??? I think racism exists within the african-american community too. I voted for Obama because I thought he was the better leader and thought (wrongly) that his ideas were more in line with my policy/issue beliefs...nothing to do with color of his skin, yet i question whether many african-americans voted for him not based on policies/political issues, but purely on the color of his skin?? Until we acknowledge that racism exists on both sides i do not believe we can move past it.


Eric   September 17th, 2009 10:05 am ET

I don't think racism is fueling the attacks against our president. I believe that one can disagree without being called a racist. Nobody in this country will agree with everything that Obama wants to do, does that mean they are racist? I think not. So why should Joe Wilson be any different? I think he is unjustly accused of racism just because he is from the south! If Al Sharpton had called Obama a liar then I guess it would have been the gospel right? C'mon people have a brain!


Anne   September 17th, 2009 10:40 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"


nardofree in virginia   September 17th, 2009 11:30 am ET

CAN A WOMAN TELL WHEN A MAN IS FLIRTING WITH HER? IS WATER WET? DO PEOPLE LIE? IF YOUR JOB HAS AN OPENING FOR A SUPERVISORS POSITION AND INSTEAD OF OFFERING YOU A PROMOTION, THEY BRING SOMEONE IN TO SUPERVISE YOU AND OTHERS, BUT THE PERSON THEY'RE B RINGING IN HAS TO BE TRAINED BY YOU TO SUPERVISE YOU, OH YEAH LET'S NOT FORGET THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. THEY'RE WHITE. RACE IS A BIG PART OF THIS COUNTRY'S PROBLEM. PEOPLE ARE MAKING THE CLAIM OF THEY DON'T WANT BIGGER GOVERNMENT. WHEN DID IT GET BIGGER, WHEN OBAMA BECAME PRESIDENT?


Terry   September 17th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

Yes racism is alive and kicking everyday. I have worked in my place of employment for five years, gotten excellent reviews, raises, and worked overtime when badly needed. Before my old gal supervisor retired, she decided her best friend who was white and who just started working for a few months to be hired to take her position. I was shocked because I was not even offered or interviewed for the job position when it came up . You see I am a member of a minority.


Eric   September 17th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

Minorities are not just racist against blacks, it is racist against gays, lesbians, muslims, Indians, any color and any belief, anything but white, red neck, proper neck, I for one have been passed up for promotion because I am not a redneck deer hunter and fisherman, and I am white! I had seniority, experience, perfect attendance for 13 yrs. But a tobacco spitting redneck, that had been there for one month got it. The supervisor hired him because it was his hunting buddy and someone he went fishing with. But, that's Tennessee wildlife for ya. No black people work there at all, typical southern workplace with no opportunity for the honest working man!


righton   September 17th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

if you act like a door mat you will be treated like a door mat

If you are the victim of hate CHECK THE PERSON/ORGANIZATION – point them out – shine the light on them – There are laws on the books to protect against hate – use them


David Beard   September 17th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

People say racism isnt a significant issue, i beg to differ! Take a look at houston craiglist and check the rants and raves column and tell African American what that is, since its not racism?


liz   September 17th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

Definitely, President Carter is CORRECT w/his statement. Anyone could see this whether it was pointed out or not. Not that the general public can be compared w/the intelligent insight of Carter. President Obama is not going to spend time on the issue nor should he.

SE Cupp's PREDICTABLE comments are wrong and her smug attitude should be saved for Fox network, if at all. Most citizens won't admit that they HATE the fact a black man is President and his black family is living in the WHITE house. SE Cupp does NOT KNOW what she denies. please.

Nancy Giles–how can you not love her!


ckelly   September 17th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

President Obama was elected by more white people in history, than any other president of the US.

Does racism exist? yes it does.

But every criticism about a black person or a person of color is not racist. Especially during these times when American taxpayer money has been doled out in the trillions to banks and corporations with millions of dollars going to bonus's for ineptitude. This money going to the rich and irresponsible while millions are out of work or have lost their homes..While I believe the health Bill and public option is a good idea for Americans-I completely understand their mistrust of this administration.

Jimmy Carter seems to have forgotten the last 8 years when Bush effigies as a Nazi; a clown; a monkey were paraded everywhere (I am no supporter of George Bush). A colleague of mine had a pull away daily calender of "Bushisms" on her desk each day taking a comment by George Bush out of context -very, funny but disrespectful towards a president. We live in Canada.

You can be a black person and be criticized independent of race. Unfortunately, a few bad apples keep the racism card alive and well. Sexism is a greater problem in our culture and it is rarely taken seriously.


HAROLD   September 28th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Now carter speaks and he said what it is.THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE MOST RACISM AND DISCRIMINATED PARTY IN THE WORLD.


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