Tuesday, September 15, 2009

President Carter Calls Out Bigotry (posted on Daily Kos)

President Carter on NBC said:

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.  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 shared the South’s attuitude 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 a 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.

Expect President Carter to face a hurricane of reight-wing bloviating about his comments tomorrow.

Expect President Obama to be forced to repeat that he doesn't believe these people are motivated by racism.

President Carter understands: IT IS UP TO WHITE PEOPLE to call out racism.  Period.  Full stop.

When a black person calls out the true motivation that underlies the ginned-up anger of the Fox minions, they are discounted and accused of seeing racism everywhere.

If you are white, and you do not raise your voice, calling out this abominable prejudice and ignorance for what it is, it is assumed that you agree with the lie that racism has nothing to do with this sudden and fierce animosity towards the very idea of the United States of America.
 (Where were the calls for secession under our white presidents?)

White people have got to stand up to racism.  We must have our non-white brothers' and sisters' backs in this battle.  By not choosing a side, you are allowing the haters to claim you as their own, by default.

Which side are you on?

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