Yesterday, I wrote about what I believe is willful ignorance on the part of some of the loudest and most visible opponents of President Obama and his agenda. I asked why so many people choose to believe the most terrible things, things which could be disproven by means of a simple internet search. I wondered why people who have heard the truth explained to them over and over again still refuse to believe it. Then Jimmy Carter went and offered an explanation: racism. And the whole country flipped out.
In an interview, former president Carter said,
I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American…And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the 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.
And you know what? I agree with him. Continue reading “does racism have anything to do with it?”