The racism of the anti-Obama campaign: Carter gets it right!

September 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm (Congress, Democratic Party, Human rights, Jim D, mccarthyism, Racism, Republican Party, United States)

Jimmy Carter is often an idiot. He talked irresponsible nonsense when he compared Israel with apartheid South Africa, for instance.

But he’s surely correct when he says:

“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national programme on healthcare. It’s deeper than that. 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 racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the 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.”

And, of course, Obama – a master bourgeois politician and natural-born statesman – was very wise (from his own point of view)  to disavow Carter’s analysis.

Watch the extraordinary piece of film at the bottom of this post. It generally confirms Carter’s contention, but also contains some wonderful, unexpected moments – like when the black guy defends Mississippi and denounces the “New York liberal” who’s making the film!

Also: it’s clear that McCain was embarrassed by Sarah Palin’s thinly-disguised racism. He’s a conservative, but not a racist.

Nonetheless: there can be little doubt that the hysteria surrounding Obama’s health care plans, and the heckling he received from the Confererate  Good Ol’ Boy Joe Wilson in Congress last week, was classic Deep South racism  [Youtube=


  1. indyfromaz said,

    We are all sinners if we disagree with the “The First Black President”.
    After all, you don’t want to be a Racist now do you?
    All crimes begin with a thought. So, if you control thought, you can control crime. “Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death, Thoughtcrime is death…. The essential crime that contains all others in itself.”
    So all opposition is Racism. Racism is bad. So all Opposition is Bad.
    That is your new mantra.
    And the Ministry of Truth agrees with you, Citizen.
    So, be Happy and Rejoice, “Hope and Change” are upon us all.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    What point, exactly, are you attempting to make, “indyfromaz”? Send a coherant message and I’ll do my best to answer you. But as it is, you just come over as an apologist for Good Ol’ Boy racism.

  3. maxdunbar said,

    Thing is, whenever the American right finds itself in opposition, it goes into a beserker frenzy.

    I’d recommend reading David Brock’s Blinded by the Right which deals with his time working on various rightwing magazines (American Spectator, Washington Post) in the 1990s. The campaigns against Clinton at that time, the crazy smears and rhetoric, are almost beyond belief. They were trying to get people to believe the most bizarre things about Clinton – that he had fathered a lovechild with a prostitute, that he had got prison officers to procure convicts for his sexual purposes, that he had ordered the killing of a business associate – absolutely nutty stuff.

    The anti-Obama campaign is just this craziness, turned up to eleven. The birth certificate conspiracy is something Brock will have immediately recognised. The craziness is worse now because, from their point of view, they’ve lost – and to a black man!

    There is certainly a racist element to these protests. I would not be surprised to see an effigy of Obama being burnt or even lynched at one of these demos.

    Having said that, McCain as Jim points out was a decent guy. During the presidential debates he defended Obama against some of the nastier accusations made by Republican audience members. His concession speech was eloquent, gracious and made a point of the significance of Obama’s victory – to audience booing.

  4. Jenny said,

    I dunno, I applaud Carter’s efforts in trying to talk to hamas and his leaving of Christianity over the treatment of women.

  5. maxdunbar said,

    More on the racist elements of the anti-Obama crowd:

    Check out the placards.

  6. Andy Bowden said,

    Newsnight interview wi Spike Lee looks interesting tonight, Lee’s not taking any prisoners if this clip sums it up,

    Then again maybe his argument is a bit unfair to the large section of the anti-Obama crowd who aren’t racist but just insane, like a third of NJ conservatives who believe he is the antichrist 😀

  7. Gene said,

    Crying “racism” at every opportunity is a political dead end for the liberal Left in the US– as Obama himself well understands. And it’s not just a matter of him being a “bourgeois politician.”

    Jim Sleeper gets it right.

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