Jimmy Carter: Racism behind Joe Wilson outburst
Think baseball bat meets hornet's nest.
Nothing stirs up things more than a charge of racism. You put a high-profile figure behind the charge – like former President Jimmy Carter – and you've got front page news again.
And that's exactly what Carter is saying: Wilson's two-word bit of emotionalism last week? Racism.
"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," Carter told NBC yesterday (see video below).
"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 shared the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time ... and I think it's bubbled up to the surface," Carter said, "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."