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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.

And a catering worker was only supposed to get a $29 tip, but because of typo she ended up getting $29,000. She's since left the job, though those who made the mistake want the money back. We'll tell you where this cash drama is playing out and what bold move is being taken in an effort to get the goods.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET.


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  1. Diane

    Would love you to explore the growing religious groups of Muslims in NYC. Andreson, if you can send a photographer to take some photos of growing people who converted and prayed on Friday between 2-3 Pm on friday at mosque on 116 & Frederick Douglas, it would be quite a picture ! and amazing. I am sure other Mosques in NYC too.

    Also very sad to see many young prof 20's- 30's with or without jobs mostly caucasians along pubs, bars along second Avenue between 80's – 60's Streets on Saturday nights. Growing future of rehab patients.

    When it come to HEALTH CARE I have seen a clear segregate between African Americans and Caucasians. I don't see or hear much of not any Asians complaining? why?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  2. Tyrone

    Obama’s speech on Healthcare was one of the most comprehensive and inspiring speeches to date.
    I was so proud to see him finally put those conservative, racist senators in their place. They all looked like a bunch of disgruntled plantation owners. (BTW – they actually are). Sen. Joe Wilson of S.C. even snatched off his white hood to yell “You lie” to the 1st African American President of The United States. The racist could no longer contain his racism. These nazi/ neo-confederate thugs support this southern separatist during their “tea parties”, which are really nothing more than KKK rallies.
    G.W. Bush, the biggest disaster in world history, never got called a liar from either side, even though we all knew he was lying. The right-wing conservative terrorists continue to defend the dumbest president in world history and the vilest, most evil war criminal and profiteer (VP Cheney) the world has ever seen. Oh, I see…... if you’re a Republican neo-confederate conservative you can literally get away with murder. If you’re a highly intelligent black man with an Ivy League education whose agenda is to unite the planet in world peace, promote quality education for our young, and ensure that every American receives quality health coverage, he’s labeled a liar and political monster. We know who the real monsters and terrorists are. It’s probably not fair to say that all conservatives are racist; however, it is accurate (as history has shown) to state that all racist and domestic terrorists are right-wing conservatives.
    To all you Republicans of color (politics aside), the mistreatment, disrespect, and racism towards President Obama is an example of what these nazis really think of you and your family. To the nazi white supremacists, Obama’s crime is being President while Black. Thanks to the media, America is now revealing all of the nazi racist for the entire world to see. If you don’t get it by now, you never will. America, WAKE UP! Is this the world we want for our kids?
    GO OBAMA!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  3. Tom Pappas

    What is on the roof, and makes niaou, niaou. Correct, is a cat. What is hidden deep on the American soul, and coming out like a protest against this treasonous government? Is Racism ugly and dangerous!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  4. deanna

    A group of us were talking this evening about how life in general affects any paarticular subject that might come up. I think a lot of people are really hurting now, and are taking any and every opportunity available to let their anger flare.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  5. susan

    If the outburse made by Joe Wilson is racism, then what was Kanye West's crash onto the stage with Taylor Swift at the VMA?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  6. Jay

    Hi Anderson,
    I am a concerned citizen who does believe that much that occurs in America is racially motivated. My impression of rush's comments are that if all these black and latino people have healthcare and are able to be treated prior to most illness that they will become stronger than the "pure" white race and that will mean a loss of the control that white america has held since Americas discovery. I belive that the followers of rush feel like first they will get stronger then will want better education and will get smater and whites will not be able to compete. it comes down to these educated people being fearful of what they do not understand and using the fear of the under educated to continue the fear threw in some cases a very passive fear (ie the allowing law enforcement to be a sorce of violence in non white communities and calling the President a lie(which never happened with a white pres.)) , to much more aggresive hate crime activity. what America really needs os honest open dialog about what is going on in our country with out having to fear . fear of losing their job, like losing the next election or not being invited back to speak on panels on television who discuss topics like this. I hate seeing the fear in the black panelists which have to minimize their thoughts on the reality of it all and or agree with popular white media so that they can continue to support their families when clearly the Rush L of the world can say whatever they want because white is right(and includes a book deal and raise).

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  7. Calvin

    Anderson,

    It saddens me to consistently turn on mainstream media & witness political analyst (such as David Gergen, Candy Crowley, etc), engage in dialogue about race and ethnicity, when the reality is that none of them are experts and scholars on the subject matter. I would strongly suggest that in order to provide viewers with a well rounded comprehensive understanding of race, and how it operates in American society, to find someone who is actually a scholar/expert on the issue to be a guest on the show. Thanks!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  8. Mary

    Racist have always excist.black people is minority every where.Americains should know that all the World is watching you guys,for a powerfull contry whos controling the world ,united states dont act with the name,its seem to be divided states,can you guys just finish with the health plan.its such a easy thing to do,So many presidents try their best!!!! to change u.s.a on a good road,just accept was best for you Americains,all those people that dont want the health plan ,thats protesting in front the white house,insulting the president,have racist thoughts,i think all of you have a good health plan,money,good life leaving,stop being selfish!!!!be more loveable to those that deserve at least!!!the minimum!!!!the all world is watching the Americains

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  9. Marcy

    Mr. Cooper,

    I have a simple request. And that is, the next time the "race issue" of our President is brought up, that you remind the public that he is half white and was reared and educated for the most part by his white Mother and his white Grandparents. It seems as though this has been overlooked and not discussed by the media. And in my humble opinion, it is obviously necessary now! This comes from a Southern white woman that did, indeed, vote for President Obama and will continue to support the man that this country was in dire need of, at this most crucial time in our country's history.

    Thank you for attention to this matter.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  10. Dorothy

    There appear to be a mixture of people at this tea parties. People who will never accept President Obama and people who disagrees with him on healthcare. However, the end result is that the people who disagree with him over policy is been out shouted by those who will never accept him. If the President did everything right and got the economy back on tract and reformed healthcare, win and ended all the wars in the world, some will still not accept him. Sad but true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  11. Terrance

    Anderson,
    While most of the protest against health care reform and directed toward President Obama may not be fueled by overt racism, It would unrealistic for people to say that none of its. The fact is most people who are protesting are right winged Republican conservatives who by definition of their party affiliation would like to keep things the way they have always been: Either consciously or subconsciously they see blacks as being inferior to them. Blacks can entertain them, work for them and they may even have some blacks that they consider friends. But how dare a black man presume that he can dictate policy for them. To them it is an abomination. They may say that they are not racist and they may not even be true racist, but at the end of the day they are expressing a sentiment that has been imbedded in the very soul of America for centuries.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  12. Deborah

    Rush Limbaugh’s statement was arguably racist and he represents not the fringes, but the core of conservative White America. Rush represents, and speaks for a large majority of conservative America. Racists are not only on the fringes, nor are they a tiny minority. Check the ratings for the Rush Limbaugh show.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  13. Michael J.

    One of the major things wrong in this nation now, in addition to the unnatural scheme of globlaism, promoted by Globalist stooges like GW Bush, and his buddy, Barack Obama, is an attempt to limit speech and action.

    This is being done by disregarding our rights that are given to us by God and stated in the US Constitution. There is a conspiracy of silence and conformity being foisted upon us by the creatoin of unconstitutional laws, rules and policy based upon "that's not nice."

    Demonstrations against the current government are being quelled by charges of racism, and other deragatory comment by the media and those stooges whom they select to regurgitate those charges.

    Anti-war and anti-globalism demonstrations during the Bush regime were often quelled by arrest, or, beatings.

    Neither method is acceptable within an alleged free society.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  14. Political Psychiatrist

    Get real Anderson, what possible arguement are people putting forward about healthcare by holding up signs of Barack Obama dressed in jungle attire or calling him a nazi or fascist? If one claims they are arguing policy, what policy? Seems racist and/or hateful to me.

    Lastly, grow up. Do we really want to compare the hue and cry on behalf of former President Bush with the outrage on behalf of President Obama. You may as well say it was wrong then, so it is right now to criticize race, physical attributes...etc.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  15. Antonia Montana

    Unfortunately, Carter is on the mark. I'm around people who have jumped shipped from Hillary Clinton to Glenn Beck. Unbelievable hate toward Obama due to his skin color. I am sickened, but it is true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  16. Mike in NYC

    Actually, Tiffany, there are more blacks on welfare than whites. See USA Today, "How Welfare Reform Changed America," 7/18/2006.

    A much greater percentage of whites pay income tax than blacks, and they foot the lion's share of the entitlement bill as a result.

    And it's whites that are being told to keep their mouths shut.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  17. jpolk

    I never heard Jimmy Carter state, "Since they don't support healthcare reform, they must be racists" but what he DID say is the people at these tea parties and city hall meetings generally showed a lack of respect towards Pres. Obama with "PERSONAL attacks"! It is one thing to disagree with the whole healthcare issue, but it is another to display signs of an African chief with African head dress (as shown numerous times on the news) while demonstrating. As far as I'm concerned, that was just as bad as calling him the "N" word! The South Carolina REPUBLICAN rep displayed his lack of respect for the President, and Congress in general when he yelled out, "YOU LIE"....I don't think it was racially motivated...but I do think a lot of the lack of respect for our Pres. is just because of the color of his skin.....I live in the south, and can feel the anger, and don't like it one bit, as I am white, and support Pres. Obama!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  18. Ed Alt in Kansas City

    I don't believe these people who say their protests are not racist, yet they do not debate the issues, they just call Obama names, sling mud, and are very disrespectful. They do not respect others views, only their own.

    Whatever happened to civility and respect in this country? Our nation's lack of respect for others is becoming more of a problem.

    If these protesters want me or the rest of the world to listen, they need to voice their viewpoints in a thoughtful and respectful manner, and they need to explain their views in a civilized and intelligent manner.

    Express your views on the issues in a civilized, intelligent and respectful manner and drop the name calling and mud slinging.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  19. Mrs. Murphy

    I personally think that all parties invovled should focus on the business at hand, and that is health care and how to fix the ecomony. There are people losing their jobs and their homes, but what is it that the news media keeps in the for front ? The negativity of persons not making any attempt to fix the problem.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  20. Virginia

    America is showing a poor face to the world with the arguing, shouting and disrespect for our President. I thought we were civilized people who could get our point across by contacting our elected officials who represent us in Congress.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  21. Hamilton C Smith

    First of all I would like to tell all Americans (rev Al Sharpton, Jimmy cater, Anderson cooper etc) that you all are a bunch of retards! We do not have a "BLACK" President! we never have yet_ and im sorry to say we may not in some time, Our president is half white and have African American .... do all you people that are to come across 'educated" realise that there is a term for Mr Obama? let me give you a clue, it starts with an "M" and ends with an "o", I wont say it here cause you all in the media, religious forum, politicians and every day Black african Americans are to retarded to admit it and now all these race cards are being brought forth? We do not have a "Black president" plain n simple, mr Obama is half white n half black yet all you Hollywood stars meadia stars entertainment stars all claimed "before he was elected" that he wasent 'black" and he didnt represent the true black african population yet now that hes been elected hes a "black president" and its about time a black man was elected?????? I can see people like Rev Al Sharpton jumpin on this band wagaon cause hes the biggest racist if Ive ever seen in my life and has no education what so ever, Jim carter was a loser as a president and yet sees our president as "black" when hes not hes oh wait – starts with a "M" and ends with a "O" ! and even putting someone like bill cosby who is the biggest black racist in the world on tv makes me sick! are you retards starting to see the "word" Im talkin about here Anderson ??????? starts with an "M" and ends with an "O" ? bet you dont even have the balls to answer me but youll put retards on national tv like you have ???? Anderson I lost all respect for you after tonight .... look up in the dictionary of a human being that is have black and half white.... then write to me the word that should be used................ its not a"Black African American" plain n simple , unless you actually think you can change the proper racial dictation of what Mr Obama currently is, all this "racism" crap is its not for any "black" president! not mine yours or any from America! hes half white/ half black and thats called starts with a 'M" and ends with an "O" ...... and noone in all radio or tv or movies or news cant see that he had 1 white parent and 1 black parent ? get back to me or i will go elsewhere provin my point to you tards at CNN.......................... I bet noone from CNN has the balls to answer this ????

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  22. Pamela

    The difference Anderson between Obama and Bush is Vush is racist , and Fascist. he's killed more Black men then anyone and has ignored at best and at worst trampled and crippled the constitution – oh he's an idiot too!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  23. Michelle

    This is absurd. The tea party rally was just as much protesting Congress (almost 90% caucasian) as it was about protesting President Obama. Funny that the racist card would come from an anti-semite (President Carter) I don't think that he has earned the right to judge anyone on this issue. However- I can admit that there is always going to be fringe racists on both sides- ex) the Black Panthers and the KKK.
    I am a tea party protestor and I would personally tell anyone that I saw that was racist at a protest to get the hell out. We are protesting big government, unconstitutional czars, crazy climate laws, etc.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  24. Chris

    The fear of change always brings people to look at the base elements. In this case our president is African American encites more fear along with his pure African and Muslum back ground. But, the main issue is that change is needed for this country to progress and for the past 8 years (bush years) there has been no progress at all only wars and one of which i faught in and surrported to only find out the reason we were told to make us want to go to Iraq did not exist.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  25. Silvia Campone

    this is not about race, this is about people that have worked hard for what they have......and don't feel like they want to support the world. This is what America is what it's about...you work hard, work smart, and reap what you sow. There have been a lot of black people that worked very hard for what they have. How did Michelle and Obama get their impressive degrees? They worked their ass off. They deserve to have what they have.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  26. Sam

    So, so, so tired of this line of debate! Continually claiming that anti-Obama sentiment is rooted in racism is an excellent tactic for the Left/Democrats to take to divert attention from and minimize any real issues brought up by the opposition. Sure, some people will have problems with Obama because he's black; I'm sure there have been plenty of people through the years who had problems with previous presidents because they were white. I'm willing to bet, however, that far more people don't agree with Obama for legitimate, non-racial reasons than for reasons solely related to the color of his skin.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  27. JoshPHX

    ok Val so the complaints that republicans and independents and some on the left have nothing to do with disapproval of how the president is handling things? So because I am hispanic that doesnt approve of the direction the president wants to take us deeper in debt. That makes me a racist?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  28. diana

    ACORN ?? come on AC! start talking!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  29. Jeanette Daly

    Instead of seeking personal opinion about the displays at recent protests, a review of displays at health care protests during President Clinton's administration or other president's administration could be compared. Statistically one could determine if there is a significant difference between the displays of the two different time periods. I had the same thoughts former President Carter had the graciousness to say. His is not a novel idea.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  30. Barbara

    IMHO, Mark Williams (from yesterday's broadcast), in his own words, says "stupid things" (referring to Pres. Carter) and is a "whack job" (referring to Pres. Obama's cabinet). Until he can clean his act up, use more objective language, and stop interrupting another person's talk, please keep him off the air! (I'm interested in facts, not name-calling.) Thanks for listening.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  31. Errin Weigel

    I am Canadian and I can tell you that we are filled with disgust at the blatant disrespect and racial hate speech that is being directed toward your president. Up here we have laws against promoting hatred and that kind of crap would not be tolerated. Nor would it be tolerated in the U.S. if a white man was in office. Had anyone walked into a town hall meeting with a gun during any of the previous administrations the Secret Service would have put them on the floor and had them in handcuffs before they even got through the door. They would have been branded as terrorists and incarcerated. Your very ugly underbelly is showing America. You should be ashamed.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  32. Jan Woodson

    I have a lot of respect for Former Pres. Jimmy Carter. I agree with him that some white Americans especially conservative republicans don't want to take directions from an African American president. President Carter and his wife Rosalyn have done so much good for the world through Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center. President Carter like President Obama is brilliant. I just can't say the same for Bush, Cheney or Reagan.

    I am disgusted by the low levels of filth and ignorance from the Republican party. You lost the election because you backed a stupid president, who you did not even want to campaign for your candidates.
    He was Dick Cheny's puppet. If Republicans knew so much why didn't they embrace health care during the Bush eight years? It was more important to them to fight a war over fictional weapons of mass destruction.

    President Carter hit the nail on the head. Many white American's would love for President Obama to be a mean spirited dummy. He is instead above the fray and is taking the high road. I don't have to take the high road and feel that the name calling and mocked photos of Pres. Obama is absolutely racist.

    Racism has once again reared its ugly head. It's going to take many years for the ignorant followers of Glenn Beck and Rush L. to disappear from the political landscape. God Bless America and President Obama. Thank you, President Carter for calling the hatred we are hearing and seeing exactly what it is.
    very truly,
    Jan Woodson

    September 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  33. mindy

    "We must spread the wealth around"–President Obama
    "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need"–Karl Marx
    There is no difference in the above comments, and race has nothing, nothing to do with this ideology.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  34. Maggie

    Every one is bias about everything, to some degree.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  35. iamjoyful.1

    Johnny go! I agree with what John Legend had to say about Jimmy Carter's comment. We need to focus on the issues, healthcare, economy..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  36. Patricia

    I am a graduating senior at Norfolk State University and I'm not blind to the fact that their is racism in America. It's pitiful to me that people older than me don't want to admit what is reality. I'm sick of people brushing this issue off like everything between whites and blacks are fine, when it's not; that's why we have the racial issues we have now. I'm glad I'm not brainwashed like others and I'm glad former pres. Jimmy Carter said what he said because when my race says it, white people think we're just trying to get attention or sympathy. The White House dosen't want to admit it because of the mix races in the House and the conflict that can be stirred.
    History shows that racism tries to disguise itself any many ways. After slavery, African Americans still didn't have any rights and weren't allowed to vote. The situation with Hurricane Katrina, look how long former pres. Bush took to save those people, a week, while he was said to be on vacation during the time. The Gena 6 incident, the incident in New York where a man, on his wedding day, was shot to death multiple times by multiple police. 85% of our prisons are filled with black faces and still no one wants to believe that racism isn't a factor that is linked to our president. It is, because look how long it took for us to finally get a black president. Racism will continue to be an issue if we continue to sweep it under the rug. Health Care and this War are important issues to me, but racism will always be an important issue to me because it effects me personally. White people will never understand because they can't walk in my black brother's and sister's shoes.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  37. Terry

    It is funny that it stirs up such a hornets nest for people to disagree with President Obama when just a little over a year ago there was such hatred from so many different ethnicity's against former President Bush, but that wasn't racism, it was just because he was stupid, right? Or was it because those that hated him disagreed with him!! And whoever said that former President Carter was a good president?!?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  38. a.w.riddels biot

    It’s not the color of the bus, it’s the destination, stupid!!!

    And its really starting to piss me off that I’m being called a racist because I don’t want a ride to Cuba or Venezuela. I was hoping that Colin Powel had run for President, I would have been proud to vote for him and to have him as President of the United States. I think our country would be in a much better place right now…

    President Obama is not the problem, and neither is the color of his skin. Obama is in the front seat, but he is not driving the bus. It’s the far Left who has taken control of the Democratic Party and the National news media that is the problem. And we all owe it to our country, the founders, our children, and all the Americans that came before to prevent the stated goals of the Left from becoming our future.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  39. Wayne D Reading, PA

    Why are there only 75,000 people there stop the lies most people are for heath care and they think they speaking for America and only white people are there that is not America. This not the 1800 we have every race so every race need to repesanted.Wake people!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  40. Anna

    I think that President Carter is absolutely correct. How could America let people get away with calling their President a nazi and portray him as a Joker.He holds the highest office and therefore deserves maximum respect.I know that past presidents have had demonstrations but never on such a large scale. This in my view is totally fueled by racism. He was elected by the majority, but these people are going to give him hell especially as he is black. As for the outburst on the senate floor I think he too is racist and have problems answering to a black president.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Terry

    Again, today's racism is a 2 way street and I guarantee that it will take both sides to make it end. Quit thinking that anyone who disagrees with the President is a racist! I think if you were to ask the same people you are referring to as racist's you would find that they dislike unethical people like Christopher Dodd or Nancy Pelosi even more than President Obama!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Kevin from Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Renee from Harrisonburg, VA is right on target with the race issue - but the media is also responsible for fueling the fires by validating these nutbars.

    I shake my head as I hear some of these clowns like Nick Lott trying to protect the Republican party for their linking themselves to the likes of these nutbars. I have very conservative values and strive to be right by God's word and commandments, but I want nothing to do with a group that aligns itself with the likes of such incendiary gurus like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh (Nick Lott's comment about Rush meaning to entertain with his comments on the bus beating shows so much disrespect for a discerning populace that it is laughable).

    The Tea parties. Wonder what these folks thought about the student protesters in the 60's Do they understand to many of us that they are the Student protesters of the 60s in 2009.

    What these people and the media are doing by making such a big deal in their unrest and frustration is an embarassment to our country.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Debbie

    Let's not pretend that racism does not exist in this country. More to the point, let's not pretend that there is no racial element present in
    many of these recent protests. It seems that the 'legitimate concerns' of Americans regarding health care, unemployment, bail outs for billion dollar corporations have reached a new level in the nine months since Barack Obama was elected. George Bush was in office eight years, and I don't recall there being any controversy over him addressing school students. So please – spare me the "there's no racism directed toward President Obama" argument. There absolutely is, and will continue to be, even if it doesn't resonate with the majority of Americans. One more thing: fringe elements can be destructive, dangerous and even influential. I believe the Nazis Party began as a "fringe element."

    September 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Butch

    There are extremist on every side, and unfortunately they get the focus. If racisim was rampant in our country, then 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 party's plan.

    I will always respect the office of the Presiden and the President, but I cannot accept most of the policies being proposed. That's simply 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 10:47 pm |
  45. Tony

    Former President Jimmy Carter simply, honestly and emphatically stated what we, especially Black folks, have been thinking ( and not saying) for a very long time. Thank God for his courage to speak the truth and for speaking his mind.................something many of us are so afraid to do.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  46. Tiffany

    Mike,

    Just to let you know, there are plenty of whites on welfare! I guess you don't realize that, just like you don't want to see racism. Black people are the minority in this country, just in case you forgot that. So, I'm sure there are plenty more white people on welfare than black, but that's a secret (ha ha). Minorities pay for welfare just like whites do, I forgot I guess we don't count. People like you, like to put all the blame on the race card.

    We must just keep our mouths close, and let you guys have your say so right? WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    September 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  47. Val

    President Carter hit the nail on the head. I could not of said it better myself. It,s obvious, the Republicans has an agenda and that agenda is to see President Obama fail. At any cost. And this disrespect to the President of the United States is out of control. Calling him a lier. I could only pray for Republicans to wake up and see that todays problems is not about color, they are about the survival of this country. A country that I and others so happen to love.

    I believe President Obama is going to bring great changes to this country. Sometime, it takes time for some people to except change.
    It's true, we fall short of what we can't see. So that make us affraid of change.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  48. seawhimsy

    I made the choice two years ago to confront any person within earshot who made a racial slur. I have lived up to that resolution. I have left parties, asked visitors to leave and distanced myself from people who have racist tendencies if I fail to discourage such behavior with logic and reasonable discussion. I think some of this "shouting Out" is done because of Palin's attitude because she made it seem alright. Others, like Limbaugh, are rude and worthless to even hear. When people have tunnel vision, they should be given time out in a real tunnel. It's wrong and it's rude to belittle anyone. We can express ourselves without name-callling and racism. Let's work to stop it now.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Sonia Navarro

    Yes Racism is running rampant. He is our President and should be respected as such. If he had been white there would not have been an issue with his back to school speech. What type of example are we setting for you youth. I had hoped that when he was elected it would be a step towards unity of our people. Our Melting Pot. I am 54 years old and I cannot remember a President being treated like this. It's like People want him to fail. Don't they realize that if he fails WE fail.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Cindi from Lithia, FL

    I think a lot of people protesting against President Obama probably are very frightened. From their point of view, the economy still is limping along. They simply do not feel that the worst of the recession is over. They witnessed huge bailouts for companies that made irresponsible business decisions, but very little help for average Americans.

    That being said, some of your guests are missing the point. The Republican Party has a history of courting southern white voters with fears of African-Americans, Jim Crow laws, etc.. The birthers attempt to portray as illegitimate Obama's presidency. There is the witch doctor poster, Rush Limbaugh and the "Magic Negro" song, "I want my country back!" quote, the reprehensible "Indonesian Muslim welfare thug" comment from Mark Williams, Glenn Beck's Obama is a racist remark... Never mind that his mother was white and that he adored the white grandmother who raised him.

    The United States is supposed to have moved beyond racism, and the election of Barack Obama is supposed to show evidence of that. But racism is like a dirty little family secret. No one talks about it in polite company, but it still exists.

    We can legislate against discrimination on the basis of race. It is far harder to change long-held attitudes.

    Until we can have honest discussions about racism in the U.S., until we confront it and show it the light of day, it will continue to exist like a canker sore.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
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