Former President Jimmy Carter says that growing up in Georgia helped him know racism when he sees it, and what President Obama is experiencing, is definitely racism.
In addition to getting heckled from Republicans during his speech before a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives last week –a first – he has appeared on poster placards depicted as a clown, Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and an African witchdoctor; he has been hanged in effigy; and White ministers have even said to pray for his death.
"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."
Carter called Wilson's comment "dastardly" and said the president should be treated with respect.