Anti-Obama vs. Anti-Black

O’Reily brought it up last night. CNN brought it up this morning. And now we all must wonder: are Republicans Anti-Black or Anti-Healthcare Reform?  And the answer, according to our highly esteemed former President Carter is that they are racists. And it’s not that  just some of them are racist, it’s that an overwhelming portion of them are racist.

“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 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’s quote pulled from CNN

This seems ridiculous. Republicans were against healthcare reform when Preisdent Clinton brought it up….but of course it is illegal to call the President a liar, as poor Joe Wilson found out, so we are forced to conclude that President Clinton was secretly black.

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Here is where I would normally insert some sort of humorous picture depicting Clinton as a rapper…but now that my racist identity has been revealed, some people might assume that I think all blacks are rappers.

Of course, this is simply preposterous. I *know* that all blacks aren’t rappers! If all blacks had that kind of money, we wouldn’t need a wealthfare system. 🙂

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3 Responses to Anti-Obama vs. Anti-Black

  1. Math Man says:

    Notice that the question: “Are Republicans anti-Black or anti-healthcare reform?” is stated as an exclusive either-or question. Any analysis based on that hidden assumption will be faulty. It is a bad question to ask.

    Carter’s quote did not assess whether the protestors are against the suggested health care reforms as well. They are. They are also against socialism, gun control, abortion, and many other things, judging from signs they carry.

    The questions of racism needs to be discussed as one of many possible concerns, not as an only concern.

    It is nice to see that a person of your age sees the racism charge as utterly ridiculous. It should be. I certainly wish it were. But as a person who has seen the Jim Crow south, and the change in Southern politics over the last half century, I see a different context.

    The protestors are not protesting only health care. In fact, if you view the signs, Health care seems to be a side issue. So, what are they protesting? It can’t be government spending and big deficits because then they would have been on the streets for at least five years. Same with big government. What is bigger than starting wars? Why protest these things now? The level of protests is not commensurate with that purported cause. What is so bad about the suggested health car changes that a person would carry an automatic weapon to a protest? It just doesn’t make sense.

    In this context, add in the “birther” movement. With virtually no evidence at all, half of whites in some states think Obama was not born in the US. They think they know more than the State Department, or the state of Hawaii on this. Why?

    A requisite condition for believing such unsubstantiated conspiracies is a strong desire to believe so — strong enough to ignore facts. Why would only whites want to believe this? Especially in the South? If you work with a coherence theory of truth (that the things that are true are consistent with each other) what other explanation pulls it together? It would be wonderful to have an alternative explanation to racism.

    Jimmy Carter is a person whose moral credentials are impeccable. He may be wrong, but he is not speaking out without careful thought.

  2. marinalee says:

    First of all, I realize that the question that began my post is fallacious. I was not looking to prove a point in this post. I was writing under the assumption that most people agreed with me: that the fact that Jimmy Carter was calling Republicans racists was generally considered laughable. I derived this opinion from watching the news, and from my liberal AP Gov teacher, who found it scary that the political divisions had degraded into race mongering. Apparently, I was wrong.

    Secondly, of course there are some racists. The number is simply much less than what President Carter was suggesting.

    Now…

    You’ve touched on a key point: protesters tend to be more Anti-Obama than anti anything else in particular. However, this is indicative of our political climate rather than of our race divisions. Obama is a polarizing president. Most of the people you are talking about probably do hate him enough to ignore the facts, whatever he does, but because they see him as the head of the Democratic Party: a liberal, not a black.

    The “birther” movement is an example of this. These people want Obama out of office no matter what…but they would have hated Hillary just as much.

    For comparison, we can look to people who protested under the Bush administration, as he was the most recent president and so served under a similar political climate. People hated him…and, like you said, for what? No matter which of his policies you disagreed with, there was really no reason for him to be impeached. Yet the Impeach Bush movement was huge! In 2007, almost 40% of the populous was in favor of impeachment.

    So to answer your question…

    What are they protesting?

    They are protesting the fact that they have a liberal leader…NOT the fact that they have a black leader.

  3. James says:

    Sorry bud, but did you ever bother to look at the signs during this protest? Here is a link, check it out. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1213056/Up-million-march-US-Capitol-protest-Obamas-spending-tea-party-demonstration.html) These signs don’t depict black men in chains with captions on the bottom reading “get back where you belong bro!” Instead these sings represent a wide range of complaints that tie together to show that government has over-stepped its bounds. Obama has promised, in his health-care reform package, that it will be made illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage and that these companies will not be allowed to set the price on their own product. Believe it or not, people who have enjoyed their right to private property for generations, might get a bit angry when the government tries to take that freedom away. This alone, the theft of American freedoms, justifies the size of these protests, even better than racism. After all, did you see any white cloaks or minorities hung outside of the white house?

    After this, you implied that this protest was not proper for the presence of a gun. So, why did he bring a gun? Some of these citizens understood that the theft of one freedom, could lead to the theft of another, like the freedom to own a gun. This also explains why there are so many complaints on all the signs, doesn’t it?

    Where was Obama born? Your right, many people still don’t really know. However, I didn’t see any signs there pleading for an answer either. Non the less, if we believe what you have said to be true, the belief in any conspiracy theory demonstrates racism. So, the theory involving “the fake moon landing” demonstrates that minorities were plotting against Nixon. The same goes for George Washington. After all, do you really think that he had wood teeth? If you are right about this kind of thing, I personally believe that Obama deserves it. His forefathers helped to make a mockery out of our first president’s dental high gene!

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