Desperado's post this morning about Rush Limbaugh's blatant race-baiting leads us here - to former President Jimmy Carter coming out and saying, in a way perhaps only he can, that some of the opposition to President Barack Obama is rooted in the dark southern roots of white superiority. In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, he remarked, ". . . I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of a 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 grieves me and concerns me very deeply."
Anyone who wants to be truly honest with themselves knows that in some cases this is true. In more cases than we probably want to believe. Note to conservatives: If you do or say something racist, you can't excuse it away because you decide those that call you on it are "reverse-racists", ok? Two wrongs don't make a right. You can't distribute photographs of watermelons growing outside the White House and then get upset when someone says you were racially motivated in doing so. You can't distribute photographs like this one, below, and then get upset when someone says you're racially motivated in doing so.
You can't carry signs at Tea Parties like the ones below and get upset when someone calls you out as being racially motivated.
You can't distribute cartoons that depict Obama on a Food Stamp dollar with Kool-Aid and a bucket of fried chicken and cry when someone calls you a racist for doing so!
Now, Michael Steele, Chairman of the RNC responded to President Carter by saying, "This is a pathetic distraction by Democrats to shift attention away from the president's wildly unpopular government-run health care plan that the American people simply oppose. Injecting race into the debate over critical issues facing American families doesn't create jobs, reform our health care system or reduce the growing deficit. It only divides Americans rather than uniting us to find solutions to challenges facing our nation."
Fine, Mr. Steele. If injecting race into the debate "divides Americans" and prevents us from finding solutions, then the far right needs to STOP DOING IT.