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Earlier today, former President Jimmy Carter received widespread criticism for his remarks about South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson’s “You Lie!” outburst directed at President Obama during a healthcare speech in Congress last week. Carter stated the attack was “based on racism” and that an “overwhelming portion” of similar instances against President Obama are rooted in bigotry. “I don’t see race as an issue. It’s all about the policies that are coming out of the current administration,” said Deneen Borelli, a black conservative who spoke at the protest rally held in Washington Saturday. “I just see this as the race card being used once again to distract the American people from the core issues,” Borelli said.
The idea that race is behind criticism of Obama has been made by New York Gov. David Paterson and Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York, Diane Watson of California and Hank Johnson of Georgia, but Carter is the highest-profile person so far to push that claim. In response to Carter’s statement, President Barack Obama’s spokesman publicly disagreed with former President. Robert Gibbs who is the White House spokesman told reporters that, “The president does not think it is based on the colour of his skin.”
Obama, America’s first Black president, was steering clear of the “race” issue, weeks after he injected himself into a debate about race in Massachusetts after black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his own home on suspicion of breaking into it. What do you think? We presented the facts, what’s your conclusion?