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September 16th, 2009
09:08 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Racism Fueling the Anger at Pres. Obama?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Is racism fueling the animosity against Pres. Obama? Former Pres. Jimmy Carter thinks so. That's what he told NBC Nightly News yesterday. And, just moments ago at Emory University Carter defended his comment that's sparked some heated talk across America today. Hear what he said just moments ago tonight on 360°.

We'll dig deeper on this subject with an interesting panel. Anderson will talk with Grammy award-winning singer John Legend. He saw our program last night on this topic and e-mailed Anderson and our Sr. Executive Producer David Doss, so we invited him on the program to share this thoughts. David Gergen, Roland Martin and Mississippi conservative activist Nic Lott will also weigh in on race and politics.

Do you agree with the former president? Share your thoughts below.

We've also learned that murdered Yale grad student Annie Le was strangled to death. But who did it? That's what police are trying to determine. They have a person of interest. His name is Raymond Clark. He worked at the lab where Le's body was found stuffed inside a wall on Sunday. We know more about him. Tom Foreman will share what he uncovered.

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  1. elaine

    The moment we are scolded for bringing up or confronting racism believe me we are moving backwards. To tell a former president that he was wrong for even addressing an issue is once again moving back into the dark ages, If the very probability of racism can not be mention in America we have not come as far as we hoped. I am glad he spoke and believe all responsible leadership should not ever close their eyes to even a hint of such activity among their followers. This will help keep the harmful small fringe element from thinking they have free course to incite fear using race. This is not about debate but those who abuse true debate

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Tiffany

    It is just amazing to me how some Republicans just don't want to see this as racism. The Republicans need to go ahead and face the facts that their party is filled with a bunch of hatefullness! I don't think they really care that people are acting this way. I guess they think this is civil. Republicans claim they have the following values: family, religion, etc. How can you be all about family and religion when you are constantly allowing people of your base to disrespect the President of the US, and you stand by and say it is all because of his policies. That is a bunch of bull, and everyone knows it. Christians are not suppose to judge or hate other people, and I see a whole lot of that going on in the Republican party. The reason for alot of this ignorant behavior is because of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh. These guys are a bunch of a-holes, they only preach hate on their shows.

    Looks like we are going to have to bring our troops home soon to deal with the war we are about to have here. People in the south need to stop living in the past! Things will never go back to what they use to be, so get over yourselves! I would never think about ever joining the Republican party! This is the kind of stuff they are teaching to their kids, no wonder we can get rid of racism in this country! Oops, my bad, their country!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Bobby_from_NC

    Is racism fueling the anti-Obama protest? Unfortunately, the answer is "yes." Although some have real policy differences with the president, the overwhelming majority simply cannot accept a black man as the leader of the free world and mask their racism in the guise of conservatism. A simple look at the signs held by many of the protesters reveal their true intentions of being against any and all of the President's initiatives, simply because of the melanin in his skin. Their ignorance is fueled by a steady diet of right-wing media personalities who know that certain code words will stir up crowds and advance an extreme agenda.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Butch

    There are extremist on every side, and unfortunately they get the focus. If racisim was rampant in our country, our president would have never been elected. However he was, and he is our president and the leader of our country, and we should respect him and the office. But, that does not mean we follow him as helpless sheep if we do not agree with his or his parties plan.

    I will always respect the office and the president, but I cannot accept most of the policies being proposed, because I sincerely believe they are not in the best interest of America, my childrens future or their childrens future. We have to return to a country of We the People, and not the selfish I the Person many of us have become.

    Racisim, no. However, there is a large group of Americans who are against the policies as proposed. And who knows, maybe it is the sleeping silent majority that we have all heard about

    September 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Nick Makris

    There will always be healthy criticism of any President. However, sometimes it becomes counter-productive. For instance, when FDR lead the country out of the Depression, he was branded a Socialist by those who vehemently opposed his policies.

    Jimmy Carter is correct – a certain part of the criticism leveled against President Obama is founded in racism. Just look at the posters at the Tea Party rally in Washington

    The Republican party is in shambles and has been taken over by the lunatic, conservative fringe who are fed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Those are the people who carried those disgusting posters at the rally.

    When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, he was held to a higher standard than white players. So it is with Barrack Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Terry

    I agree with some of the comments to this point, there is still racism in our country but blacks are not always the victims of racism today. I believe all races suffer from time to time including white people.

    I would hope, like your guests, that this can be put aside and a real debate about the issues take place.

    I'm concerned that this may be a ploy causing leaders to vote for President Obama's plan to demonstrate that they are not racist, this does us no good.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Terry

    Who is John Legend? Why does anything he has to say matter more than anyone else? Listen, the racism issue goes both ways and if there was a serious racism issue in America then President Obama would not be the president! Former President Carter was entirely wrong in pointing us in this direction. The issue is totally about not having support from all Americans!!! And that is racist?!?!?!?!?!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. olga

    In a perfect world, Racism would not exist. In "Limbergh's America"
    he'd rather have the minorities be put back in their place.
    In "Obama's America" Race would never be a factor.

    America – our history has ingrained "race" as no other in the world.
    When will we be brave enough to face it head on and get over it?

    Talk radio "personalities" continue to inflame the small minded and
    and until we take issue with these so called entertainers, this kind of thinking will continue.

    God bless the president and this country. President Obama is on the right path.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Jeff Larson

    Obama has three things going against him as far as the tea baggers, Rush Limbaugh, and other extremists are concerned, He's black, he has a muslim sounding name, and he's a democrat. Nothing Obama does will please these people. Nor do they represent the majority of the country. I wish he and the politicians and the media would realize this and quit caving into them

    September 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Jack Carter

    Since the election of President Obama, America has been on a honeymoon with the world thinking that race relations in America had completely changed. During the past eight weeks Americas true racial colors have reapeared and the honeymoon is over. Former President Carter was very correct in stating that part of the resentment towards President Obamas programs is racially motivated. I see it, hear it, and live it everyday. It is not so much coming from the youth that voted for President Obama, but the parents of those youths that create the problem. Racism will always be with us, to some degree, for it is a product of hate.

    Jack
    Greensboro, Nc

    September 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Bob Lewis

    You missed the main issue,,,,it is not race, it is the lack of RESPECT for the Office of the President of the United States. The concern is the outcome of the noise that that gets generated which results in a 400 percent increase in threats against Barach Obama and his family.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Barbara

    Racism is a factor in the opposition to President Obama's policies but fear is the biggest issue. Steele and Elder must exist on another planet if they believe differently. Bigger than racism is the fear deliberately ignited by the Republican and far right wing factions through their deliberately distorting facts and playing to the "Big Brother" boogeyman which Americans fear. Don't forget, our young people may not remember but baby boomers and those older haven't forgotten the cold war years. They're frightened of the changes in the America they grew up in. They remember parents telling about the depression. To too many, it seems that the "haves" keep on "having" and the middleclass works hard and achieves less and less.

    We can't afford to let rhetoric sidetrack the programs needed to get us back on track to a more even playing field.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Joy

    This is so racism. Wake up people and call it the truth of what it is.
    You do the entire country and all of our children a disservice by protecting the haters of black & brown people. Please, I am white and I know what this looks like. Why don't you?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  14. Laura

    On weekends last fall I volunteered to work on my local Congressman's election campaign, who is a Democrat in a "liberal blue state". One of the questions we, as campaign staff, asked when knocking on doors was "Have you decided who you will vote for as President?" I was stunned the first time, and angered several times after the first, when adults -had absolutely no embarressment or shame in saying, "Well, I hate Bush but I'm not voting for a black man!" (replace black man with ni**** on 2 occasions – a word I hadn't heard verbally expressed since the 60's when I was a child and one I had to then explain the definition of to my daughter.)

    Racism does exist. For most it's a silent held belief of hatred and ignorance that only needs a little prodding to come out of the closet as in a campaign worker asking a question with no other witnesses around, a fear-mongering former drug addict (Limbaugh) and/or alcoholic (Beck) egging on people to take to the streets with their messages of hate and ignorance paraded for the world to see.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Linda B., Ga.

    I live in Southeast Georgia and I agree with President Carter. The people here, or the majority of them HATE THE FACT that Barack Obama is our President, some have even referred to him as the Anti-Christ....these are sick mnds. I can assure you Barack did not get the majority vote down here. I am happy to say, as a White older woman that he got my vote and think he is right on track with the job so far.

    Racisim runs rampid in this country. It's a shame, because our God Lord wants us ALL to love each other, no matter what race, creed, sex etc.....Wake up PEOPLE....we are all equal in this wonderful country of ours....

    God Bless the United States of America and God Bless President Obama and his family.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Joyce from Valrico, Florida

    Who are your experts. what makes them more knowledgeable than regular people like me. Reach out to the real people and then you will see and understand the question is racism is alive in our country? The recent poll shows the opposition comes from racist. Ask us and we will tell you the truth. Try getting regular people on your show and stop getting the so called experts. Many of them perpetuate the problem.

    I'm one of the 53% who voted for Obama. I'm not going to buy into those who are disrespectful and fearful of losing assumed power simply because they are white. How sad!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Dave

    Yes, I believe it's a minority of the right that is openly racist. But the GOP is more than happy to let it spread, instill fear and bring out any embedded racism that the others have. The GOP is looking for Obamas "waterloo" for the next election. This is just one battle toward that goal and they are more than happy to use racism as long as they can keep a straight face and deny it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Victorie

    Someone once said that people in the U.S. do not want a president who is smarter than they are. President Obama is so obviously intelligent, that I cannot help but think that THAT is a big element in the terrible backlash we're seeing. Race is a factor, fear is a factor, the issues at hand are a factor, but people are also really scared and skeptical of anyone who is smart. Sad state? You betcha.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Ann

    I think people are missing the point. It's not that it's racist to disagree with Obama's policies. It's that there is a problem when people who disagree cannot do so without displaying posters of Obama dressed as an African witch doctor, making statements such as "Go back to Kenya," or questioning his birth. It pollutes and debases the debate in this country, making it harder for us to tackle our problems intelligently or to maintain a sense of commonality as a society.

    I think, however, that perhaps Carter should have let Obama handle it himself and not taken over for him. The posters and slurs speak for themselves and demean the speakers more than Obama. As your guests said, we are no longer talking about health care, and the Obama administration doesn't want the distraction.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  20. Beth Vogl

    I agree with Renee - racism in this country is insidious - what about the terrible increase in hate groups in the past couple years? Of course this issue of health care is incredibly important but until we can get to the point where we can see each other as human beings instead of reducing each other to stereotypes the future of this country is endangered, with or without healthcare. But pretending that there is no racism is just silly - just because we can't talk about it doesn't mean it isn't there....I'm just sad that we often have to give way too much attention to people who certainly don't deserve it !!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Pat | Pennsylvania

    Come on now, folks let's grow up. When is this going to end? The President, Administration, Democrats, and friends pull the "race card" anytime their positions are challenged. Conservative nutcases (Rush, Beck, etc.) pick up on it and fuel the fire.

    Issues revolve around peoples' fear that what they worked all their lives is about to be pulled out from under them. Why trivialize this with racism? Why not take the high road and address these fears with specific plans without calling this public "stupid?"

    BTW - I am a liberal Democrat

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Chris, Alabama

    39 yrs old, white male. I voted for Obama. The only thing that made me hesitant about voting for him was fearing that any time his policies/choices were questioned the race card would be played. When GWB ducked the shoe thrown at him no one said it was because he's white and no one was this upset.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Jim in Indiana

    Conservatives think they are angry, if anything were to happen to this President those of us that support him would show them a rage that would reshape this country forever. As a white man myself I know neocons talk tough but they got nothing to back it up.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Sue from Williamsport, MD

    Of course it is racism. There are some people who will never accept the fact that an African American can be smarter than they are!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Derek

    I just do not under how people can be so negative. The guy that heads this Tea Party movement is a man that remind me how it use to be back in the sixties. Back then they did not want us to have a vote. When blackman were called boy. I quess he want it to be like the good old days. Yes we have a Black Leader of the great United States and there are some people out there that make me afraid for him.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Junior

    I am a African-American of southern Indiana and I live threw a "world of hate". President carter is correct. America is not where it needs to be or should be economically or on racism. We need to unite and get out of this like adults or fall ununited and with hate is the outcome. God bless.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Shawn

    Racism definitely has some factor into Obama's presidency as people exemplify this. Look as Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck! Comments made by them are typically racist when it comes to Obama. Furthermore, the more recent Tea Party protest exemplified that racism plays a role as controversial signs were displayed and after viewing an independent video these protestors had no clue what they were protesting about. None of these protestors were having rallies when Bush was in office spending billions on a senseless war and other things such as the housing crisis.

    The presidency race also exemplified racism as people accused him of being a Muslim and requesting for his Birth certificate. No other president has ever gone through the things Obama has endured in his first year

    September 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  28. nancy - denver

    Anyone who believes that racism is a thing of the past in this country is either ignorant or a racist hiding his/her hate. Period. Wake up, people.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Toni

    Let's see what the Democrats AND the Republicans come up with as they iron out the details. I remember when Hillary tried to promote National Health Care – I don't recall anyone being as vehemently opposed to her, as they are with President Obama. The lack of respect towards the President is evident, the blatant hatred is also apparent. Many of my friends have commented on that, black and white. The president is not the Messiah, he's not perfect, but he's not an imbecile.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Joshua Reese

    Racism is definitely an accelerant for what was already flammable politics. America's two-party system has polarized tremendously over the past decade. Combine this with the fact that racism is alive and well in the hearts and minds of many millions of voters. Tea Party demonstrations bring out many conservatives legitimately cautioning fiscal spending. Unfortunately, the pro-lifers, birthers, those adamant about illegal immigration, and yes, racists, fuel the fire with wedge issues and volatile vitriol. Wilson's political capital is spent when he echoes the sentiments of his constiuents. Rumor has it their's is a racially-charged district. His outburst reflects the kerosene-enriched bonfire that Republican rhetoric has exemplified over these last couple months.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Cory

    Where are the other races (Black or Hispanic) at these Tea Party? Pres. Carter is so right.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. stella

    I total agree with Pres. Carter's remarks;
    Terrible for Americans to fight against our
    own President instead of join together to
    help our country.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. S

    Obama has made racist references against whites... he has appointed people with racist views like Sotomayor. Does he not realize he is inciting people to hate him. If this continues there will be a racial uproar like none before because he is bring racial tolerance to a new low. It isn't helping that people feel he has been decieving them & the fact that he continues to hide his birth certificate shows he has something to hide. His grandmother said before she died that she saw him born in Kenya, his own family can't keep straight what hospital he was born in. Get real that is not something one forgets EVER!!! These are just a few of the reasons people who ellected him don't trust him to speak to their kids now or why his approval rating is at an all time low.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Kenneth McDade

    I to am a southerner and proud of my heritage with the exception of racism. Racism is everywhere in the world, but Former President Carter makes it sound like all white southerners are klansman ready to attack at any moment. I dont know about his state, but we in Mississippi have been through a lot with racism and strive to make our state better. Yes, there are a few bigots here as in every state, however they are secluded to small communities or areas where they are avoided and shunned. Jimmy Carter needs to get out more and quit talking about the south as if we were raised like he and his brother Billy.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Deb in Canada

    Tax dollars for health care is not the real problem.
    what about all the $$ spent on the bloodbath in Iraq or bailouts?
    the USA health care system is barbaric.... I couldn't imagine getting sick and having to worry about going broke or bankrupt
    I hope americans know they gained back alot of respect by electing President Obama.... dont screw it up!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  36. Diane

    I think former President Carter is correct about racism because Obama became President and if Hillary Clinton had won I think it would be sexist. The Republician party is upset about loosing and they can not come to terms with what really is best for the people.
    If anyone does Insurance billing for hospitals they know what the insurance companies are doing to our people and there healthcare issues. Open up the doors about insurance reimbursements.
    People need to know what their insurance companies are doing.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  37. Vern Beard

    Every since Obama won the Democratic Primary, racist overtones became more prevalent. Since his inauguration, it has actually come to a head and is beginning to look like the danger zone to me. The Media pretends to be surprised and some won't acknowledge but what I know is that we have a lot of intelligent journalists all over the country who are fully aware of exactly what is happening. By pretending ignorance or by ignoring the signs and overtones, they are become part of the problem.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  38. Lauren

    I am white and we all bleed red and have the same genentic make-up what is the problem with these people. Hey Mari the first Tea Parties were about being over tax and then people go for there own political agenda. The one I went to anyway. Lauren Hampton Kuhn

    September 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  39. Raymond Zakhari

    The biggest failed presidency is diverting attention from the current failing presidency. The performance of the president has nothing to due with his race. His policy's would be failing regardless of the color of his skin.
    He's keeping the most controversial parts of the patriot act, he's surging troops in Afghanistan, he grows the government even faster than his predecessor, he makes many inappropriate comments and has several off color out bursts. The only thing he has going for him is the fact that he is articulate (as long as the teleprompter cooperates).

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  40. Jack, Montauk, NY

    President Carter is right, all of the arguments recently are being fueled by the opposition who are using fear and racism to instigate the protests. And the Republicans should stop it, and stop it now. They harped on the “Waterloo” comment and see it as a way to win Congressional seats in November, because the Democrats will (soon enough) start to behave the same way they did after 9/11. Why are most (all?) of the protesters white? This whole thing is awful, and anyone who claims there is no racism is just trying to keep the Republican agenda going by using these mindless fools and enraging everyone! It applies to health care, the speech to the students, the Harvard professor, the outburst inCongress...

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  41. corvedacosta

    Racism is not fueling the animosity. Fundamental philosophies on how the country should be run is making people angry. I do believe that some cards at the tea party were racist but they are in the minority, they cannot represent the aim/purpose of what the thousands turned out for. Clearly you cannot monitor all of them but guess what the ones saying they were upset with Obama over health care are not getting the news coverage on the radical ones. What a pity? I love Obama, this health care reform was bad timing for him. He should have fixed the economy of the wars first. This is gonna be tumultuous for him.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  42. Lauren

    When will we learn that COLOR is only and outer SHELL. Lauren Hampton Kuhn

    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  43. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Hello Maureen!!

    The fact of President Obama has a formal education enabled him to exceed the boundaries of the world, world which is much more white than black, but not free him from the racism that he already must have faced a lot in life.

    What the former President Carter said, it is no lie or folly. It is a truth that hurts and is difficult to be heard and accepted. But it is real!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  44. Meera

    I think it would be safe to say racism plays a huge role. During the election campaign, many Republicans were making us of his middle name to distinguish him as being different. At the end of the day, yes

    September 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  45. Joseph,Canada

    Did you hear the neo-cons spouting their hate during the election? He's black. He's from Africa. He's a terrorist. This is racism whether you believe it or not. If you think otherwise, you are not using the entire brain given you at birth.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  46. Mike in NYC

    Looks like Carter and Obama are employing the "good anti-racist cop/bad anti-racist cop" tag team approach.

    We've got a black POTUS, discrimination has been a federal tort for decades, government at all levels and the media are pounding the anti-racist drum 24/7/365, and excuses for black social pathologies roll off the line as fast as ever. Add to these the bill for the welfare state (paid for overwhelmingly by whites), the asymmetrical nature of interracial crime (vast majority committed against whites), the lopsided application of "hate" crime statutes, etc., and what do you expect? I'm surprised the reaction has been as mild as it has been. I doubt it'll stay that way.

    The GOP leadership is scared to death of any kind of white pushback. They've got big plans for future "minority outreach." It'll be interesting to see how long they can ignore the simmering anger at their base.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  47. Harriet from Rochelle, VA

    I think that Mr. Carter is incorrect on the racism in our country is the worst with our new President. The real reason for all the vocal resentment is what President Obama is try to do to us and how much it will cost in the years to come. He has pushed his program in places that it does not belong - like the CEO of GM having to leave and also wanting to tax and spend for years to come. I think that the folks that voted for change are also upset with what he has done and are in some of the crowds we see at the gatherings. I have never seen such disrespect in our country. It is so sad and it is not because of race.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  48. Mari

    All I have to say is that when I saw the video of the Tea-Party protesters, I recalled the 60's & 70's when Federal Law required that ALL schools be desegregated. The people were out in force back then, calling our government corrupt, communist, etc. Hate filled the air.

    The leader of the Tea-party-people was interviewed by Anderson Cooper, he said on national TV, that President Obama "is an Indonesian-Muslim-socialist-thug" ....... IF this is not disrespect, not racism ... what is?

    Also, the Secret Service report that threats against the President of the United States are UP by......... 400%......... hate? Yeah...... there is hate= racism.

    May God bless, guide and protect President Obama & his family!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  49. Annie Kate

    I'm not sure about the racism charge – to me it sounds more like a pocketbook basis – they don't want to pay more than they already are to the government even if it meant benefits for themselves. Also I think some sour grapes are in there because they didn't support Obama as a candidate for the Presidency.

    The catering employee who got the 29,000 – bet he/she was surprised. What an economic stimulus for them!!

    September 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  50. Renee from Harrisonburg, VA

    I am a white woman raised in a white close-to-southern town, and now as an adult my best friend is black, and I see a lot more of the “other side” of racism now – such as how a lot of cops treat black people differently even without cause (I’ve been pulled over with a white person driving and with a black person driving and the experiences were very different).

    Americans have to admit that our country has a racist history that is not going to go away instantly.

    Even though not all of the protesters are racist, there is a certain racist/hate undertone to the anti-Obama movements as a whole that seem to go beyond what we’ve seen at protests for other presidents. Major voices of the conservative party like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh make racist statements and feed that sentiment.

    For Republicans to have their side heard, they should engage in real discussion and debate and not have huge protests where over half of the people in attendance seem to be hateful, crazy, or racist. It is giving the party a bad name, and making a lot of young people see the party as divisive and without a clear political message beyond hating people with different opinions than your own.

    September 16, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
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