Wednesday, September 16, 2009

But It's Not About Racism (The Jimmy Carter Edition) - UPDATED

This past Tuesday, former President Jimmy Carter, an old white Southern man who would probably know racism when he sees it, commented that the Joe "YOU LIE!" Wilson outburst, as well as the teabagger 9/12 demonstrations, was based in part on racial politics.

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

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

No sooner had he made that comment, the attack dogs were on the cable chatter stations to debate whether Carter was right in his assessment. Matt Lauer interviewed Michael Eric Dyson and Frank Luntz (Frank FUCKING Luntz!) as if there were equal sides to this debate. Conspicuously absent from the piece was any video or images of the racists signs being carried at the 9/12 protests. Dyson was also on Morning Joke™ where MENSA member Maria "Why Isn't 45 Year Old Anthony Weiner On Medicare If It's So Good?" Bartiromo tried to dismiss racism on the grounds that President Obama once enjoyed a 70% approval rating. Dyson astutely breaks down the arguments, but of course on the Morning Joke™ set, it falls of deaf ears.

The whole point of these most recent morning interviews was to discredit Carter's valuation, just as they attacked him for his Palestine book. They try refuting Carter's argument with no facts or images to bolster their non-racial argument from the teabaggers in DC. They discredit him and thereby try to show that race has little or nothing to do with the 9/12 marchers in Washington on Saturday who were soooo angry at the government "spending its tax dollars" that they showed up bearing signs with Obama dressed as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose, or telling him to go back to Kenya and take his "arrogent" wife with him (Arrogant... perhaps they meant "uppity"?) or calling him a "Muslim Marxist" as though no freedom of religion existed in this country, let alone probably not knowing the definition of Marxism. To them it's just another thing to repeat that they heard from "their hero, Glenn Beck."

Anyone who refuses to believe that race is not only an issue, but the main issue for the upswell in opposition is purposely ignoring what is plainly visible; the deep seated feeling that they really are racist but can't admit it. Where were these protesters when former President Bush bailed out financial institutions with $700 billion? President Obama continues the Bush policy and all of a sudden it's socialism? But you bring a sign like this to your protest?

I'd like to know how many 9/12 teabaggers "protesting the government spending" are A) Democrats and B) voted for Obama? I have more respect for David Duke than some I do for some of these teabaggers or Glenn Beck. At least Duke admits to being a racist and is proud of it.

UPDATE (9/17/09, 6:45am): Keith Olbermann takes on the race issue and backs it up with examples.


Annette said...

Great write up Carlos.. I think you hit the nail on the head. Of course it is about racism.. however much they want to protest and say it isn't.. the ones who really get me, are Steele and Christie.. the black conservatives who deny it.. How they can sit and say they don't see it is beyond me..

I watched Andrea Mitchell get pissed with Steele today over something I didn't catch all of it.. because I normally tune her out.. but I could tell she was pissed when she was talking to him and tried to see what it was about and she ended it there. Wish I had been paying more attention... lol

vyccan said...

' ... the ones who really get me, are Steele and Christie.. the black conservatives who deny it.. How they can sit and say they don't see it is beyond me..'

Annette, maybe they can deny it because it isn't directed at them ..... at the moment?

Fraulein said...

God, that is horrifying. Where did you find that picture?

Broadway Carl said...

It's been circulating for a while now, Fraulein. I've seen it at teabagger parties as well.

NowhereMan said...

Great post.Steele and Christie are just a couple of Uncle Toms who are in the republican party because they can get more attention that way.Christie was working for Cheney when voted against the ML king holiday enough said.These nuts just keep repeating the right wing talking points.Why?Because they can't think for themselves.the "arrogant wife"comment for example,is something that limpballs repeats whenever he talks about Michelle Obama and these dysfunctional douche bags treat it as a fact.If you showed up at D C rally that a racist scumbag like Glen Dreck urged you to join him,wouldn't it bother you that the man who cried about it for weeks on tv didn't attend?You and I would but no,these asshole listen to these mofos begging for more red meat to validate their racism while Dreck&limpballs laugh all the way to the bank.
The republican politicians who don't condemn all those racist signs because they are afraid of being attacked by the wingnuts are just as big a racist as they are

Amy said...

It seems like no matter what happens, there will always be an issue of racism to some degree.

emsique said...

I was raised by rednecks, and I know racism when I see it, and this stuff is racist. My dear old 81 year old dad calls our president "that n***** president". They hate the fact that a black person is president, period. The deniers are either ignorant or liars.

Broadway Carl said...

...Or ignorant liars.