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Video: Jimmy Carter on Obama-haters: "Many White People" Believe "African-Americans Are Not Qualified to Lead This Great Country"

Former President Jimmy Carter, a lifelong resident of Georgia, discussed the role of racism in the right's antipathy to Barack Obama.
 
 
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Former President Jimmy Carter, on tonight's NBC Nightly News, told anchor Brian Williams that racism is motivating much of the opposition of President Barack Obama's agenda. From the MSNBC blog, First Read:

"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," Carter said. "I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that share the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans."

Carter continued, "And that racism inclination still exists. 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. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply."

The video is here:

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.

 
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