Well, it finally happened. Jimmy Carter pulled the race card. “I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”
Obviously not the people who put him (Obama) in power. OK, maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. Has Wilson ever been connected to the KKK, Neo-Nazi’s, or even been recorded telling an off color joke? Not that I am aware of. Not thrilled with his outburst, but I don’t believe it was racially motivated.
But here is my real concern: Is everybody who criticizes the president for any reason automatically a racist? Bush was criticized, and still is, and nobody said boo about it. It is the right of every American citizen to criticize those in power. We cannot be afraid to do so simply because the current president happens to be black. It is possible some ignorant mutts will do so because of race, but I dearly hope they will be in the vast minority. We simply cannot afford to automatically assume that the president is being challenged because of color and not because of the job he is doing. If we become afraid to call him on his actions then he gets free reign to commit whatever monumental stupidity he feels like. I can’t imagine any president in the last fifty years who should have been allowed to act without public scrutiny and vocal opposition. If the leader of the free world can’t take some criticism, then he is in the wrong line of work!