Posted by: shannynmoore | September 17, 2009

I agree with Keith Olbermann & Jimmy Carter



  1. Jimmy Carter’s getting crucified for telling it like it is. This piece leaves no doubt that racism is playing a huge role in our current political discourse.

  2. There was never any doubt that racism would play a major role in any attempt at discussion about anything. It seems that as far as the Right is concerned, if Obama said it, it must be bad.

    Another blogger has collected it all into a timeline and this is certainly worth a look. It will become readily apparent that racism was the case from the beginning of President Obama’s nomination right up to today.

    Apocalyptics Anonymous II

  3. I’m in agreement with Carter and KO. I grew up in the South and live there part of the time. Racism is still there, even though there’s a lot of denial. It’s so sad to hear people making racist comments at this point and time. I live in Colorado part of the time, wow, what a difference in culture.

  4. Racism and ignorance go together and there is an abundance of both these days. Those media personalities that feed upon and encourage this type of ignorance are the lowest of the low.

  5. Yep. It’s clear many of these folks are opportunists, letting their base feelings of having a black president turn into what is being legitimized as ‘issue’ oriented. Of course that is not the case with ALL, but it is the group easiest to be riled up by talkingheadmedia that knows how to push their buttons. It’s insidious. And the repub party is embracing this behavior knowing full well the implications.

  6. During the Bush years if you didn’t support the war you were not patriotic. It is a slippery slope to start telling people if they do not support Obama they are racist. I think racism in the US is like second hand smoke, it has been there, in our air and we have ignored it. Now it is killing us, efforts must be made to expose it. However, we can’t be careless about our efforts to rid the US of racism. We can’t just use flashy statements, flashy personalities and 30 second sound bites.

  7. I too am in agreement with Carter and KO. The hatred and violence that threaten the country is quite real and isn’t new. Race is only one aspect of that tension but that doesn’t diminish the danger that permeates today’s society.

    For those of you who have picked up this month’s Vanity Fair (you know, the one with Levi’s article) and for those of you who have not, you may want to read the article titled: Jackie, Her Loneliest Battle (regarding the book commissioned by the Kennedy’s about JFK’s assassination). What was happening in Texas at the time of Kennedy’s last visit is not that different from what we are seeing today. While it wasn’t race that fueled the fires (although it might have had a little to do with Kennedy’s Catholic background) the dangerous rhetoric of the far right was dominate in Texas (and elsewhere). There was enough hate in the air to warrant a rethink of Kennedy’s visit and he was advised to cancel his trip. Unfortunately he did not.

    • I am simply amazed how astute your readers are. I am also impressed and thankful for your collective input!

  8. What I heard former President Carter say, and Keith Olbermann agree with, was considerably different than what I heard some of the talking heads discuss.

    It seemed like Carter’s message went through the old tin-can telephone device, then got shortened to fit the time slots on the various programs.

    How could they NOT screw up the message if they’re bastardizing it like that?

  9. I too agree with KO and President Carter. As a matter of fact, I don’t give any credence to anyone on the cable news anymore except for Keith, Rachael Maddow and Ed Schultz. They not only speak the truth, but they back it up with facts and are the only ones I’ve seen that call the liars out and challenge them.

  10. Thanks for sharing. Keith, Ed, Chris and Rachel have become my teevee best friends. I was a CNN junkie for years, Desert Storm, even further on back; LDubbs and GBick, too. I was censured by CNN on a comment because I made a gross error and I thought, what an insult! Click. Little clips from Faux news don’t serve them justice. I am now a MSNBC junkie.

    I applaud President Carter for stepping forward, the peace maker. I live in the South, like my ancestors, and he is correct. Supremacy in race or faith, even gender, have the same traits. It is not a regional thing; I saw bigotry during the SP for VP rallies on teevee. The mouthpieces have been hard at work using all the tools to promote hate towards President Obama. And today, I heard pied piper RLumbough say horrendous things about President Carter. Venom. Venom.

    I found this, I thought I would share:

    1 Peter 2:12-17 KJV
    -Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
    -Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
    -Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for praise of them that do well.
    -For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
    -As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
    -Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

    “Honour” here means lamentation or wailing; a cry of sorrow. Calling out for the good of mankind, maybe?

    This is a government of laws, and not of men. As long as those laws protect individualism, they protect Americanism. I’ll stop rambling. Thanks, again, Shannyn, for all the good work you are doing.

  11. There is no doubt about it. Both President Carter and Keith Olbermann are right on point, as usual.

  12. Hello Shannyn,

    About myself –
    I’m a libertarian conservative
    I’m a tea party supporter
    I’m anti-single payer
    I watch and agree with glenn beck
    I cannot stand what Obama is doing to this country

    To sugggest the majority of us who are against Obama, are so, because of the color of his skin, is extremely disgusting.

    I know no one personally who fits this description. NO ONE.

    And let me be clear, if the whitest white man got up and promoted the same garbage obama is pushing, you would see just as many people in opposition. Take Howard Dean for example… Do you really believe there would be no push back against these far left policies if he was our president instead of Obama?

    Now of course there’s crazy people in every faction and movement. But to prop up these few nut jobs as an accurate portrayal of members of the movement is extremely disingenuous.

    Just because you don’t understand where the opposition is coming from doesn’t mean the random nutters are the movement.

    It would be like me saying all dems are wacko 9/11 truthers. Such a suggestion would be offensive to most in the democratic party.

    Trust me, obama’s skin color has nothing to do with why we are up in arms.

    • Maybe not you but look at the posters of the people in the above video. Tell me that isn’t racially motivated. And because you don’t know anybody that is acting like that doesn’t mean that people aren’t doing those things because of the color of Obamas skin. It sounds like you’re opposition to Obama has some sense of normalcy, but for every individual like you there are 5 that are motivated by the age old racial inequalities that have permeated this nation for far too long. IMO.

      • Do you really believe these few cherry picked racially suggestive video snippets are a fair representation of all the signs at all the rallies?

        Anyone can go to a rally, take video or photos of the exceptions, and then present them to you as the norm.

        Does it not serve keith to show the most offensive posters and signs in order to bolster his position?


  13. Of course, President Carter and Keith Oberman are right. I also think the people are feeling embolden by the likes of Limbaugh and the like. They seem to believe it’s acceptable to just come out with such awful things to people they don’t even know. I’ve been surprised several times when people have started spewing their crazy and filthy thoughts.

    I believe it is ignorance. These people need to get to know people of other races and see how much they have in common. I know people here in Texas who have never entertained anyone who isn’t white in their home. I lived and worked in Los Angeles for many years, and it was a big shock when I returned to Texas when I retired. I was used to having African Americas and Mexican Americans and Asians as neighbors, friends and co-workers. Here you can go to large affairs, such as meetings, church or parties, and see only white faces. It strikes me as being very strange and certainly not right.

  14. I though Carter’s statement was profoundly stated. His book “An Hour Before Dawn’ also discusses his growing up and his reflections on race.

    Since he didn’t have a screaming fit, use filthy language and punch anybody MSM will, of course ignore his wise statement and his challange to look within our selves and our society and see the ugliness. And then try to do something about it.

  15. Corki
    “It is a slippery slope to start telling people if they do not support Obama they are racist.”

    If you have not heard Carter’s entire statement from his lips, please do. He called no one a racist. He said in a calm polite manner that there is still deep seated racisism in us still that perhaps we (as in this nation) did not realize until the presence of a Black President brought it out.
    And that we has a nation need to deal with that reality.
    He made no accusation against anyone and certainly said nothing that could be construed as, “If you oppose Obama’s politics you are a racist.”

  16. Racism is a funny thing. There I am thinking I´ve got a clean bill of health on that and then a thought, a flicker of the eye, a moment and I realize that even I am not immune. We have to make ourselves aware of the how and why it grows. Fear feeds racism. So I take my dose of anti-fear vitamins daily and I can beat it. If you don´t own up to the truth, that racism is rampant, then you will get sick and you won´t be cured.

  17. Olbermann and President Carter are on target. I don’t recall hearing them calling any one person a racist, but they did point out racist actions/behaviors. I know for a fact that the majoirty of the people I work with are against the president because of the color of his skin. I would like to think that this nation will eventualy progress past this idiotic race issue, I mean aren’t we supposed to be the shining light of democracy, the example of equality in todays world? I don’t think we’re setting a very good example for the rest of the world, but then again it only takes a few “bad apples” to spoil the whole barrel.

  18. I think this is one of the best videos to come out of that bogus march. The kid doing the interviewing, on this video, is excellent. He turns these people into fools so deftly, it’s amazing. He needs advancement to some network gig, maybe. Or maybe some of you Alaska bloggers could use his services, on an assignment basis. In any event, give this a look see. You will not be disappointed, and it’s a great laugh.

  19. Thanks for posting this youtube vid. Ignorant sheep. The republicans (and fox) must be sooo proud.

  20. From today’s McClatchy Article on “No Denying Racism…”

    “I don’t think anybody has used the symbols of race and racism to criticize this president more than the individuals on the right,” said D’Linell Finley, a political science professor at Auburn University at Montgomery. “Listen to the radio, look at the signs and listen to their individual words. It comes through both in a subtle and not-so-subtle manner.”

    The not-so-subtle incidents are numerous:

    * Last October, John McCain’s campaign ousted a Buchanan County, Va., McCain campaign official, Bobby May, for writing a newspaper column that said that if Obama were elected he’d hire rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black and change the national anthem to the “Negro National Anthem” by James Weldon Johnson.

    * Diane Fedele, who was then the president of a Republican women’s club in San Bernardino County, Calif., resigned last October after she sent out a newsletter with a drawing of Obama on a bogus food-stamp coupon surrounded by ribs, watermelon and fried chicken.

    * In May, Sherri Goforth, an aide to Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Tennessee, sent an e-mail to Republican staffers showing the first 43 U.S. presidents in stately poses, but Obama’s image, as the 44th president, was a pair of bright white cartoonish eyes on a black background.

    * In June, Diann Jones, the vice chairman of the Collin County Republican Party in Texas sent an e-mail to local Republican clubs calling a proposal for a $50 gun tax “another terrific idea from the black house and its minions.”

    * Also in June, South Carolina Republican activist Rusty DePass compared an escaped gorilla from a Columbia zoo to first lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors.

    * At an August political forum, Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas denied any racial intent when she said that the party was looking for a “great white hope” to lead the party into the future.

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