It's created some stir...Jimmy Carter, True Son of the South, Hits Nail on Head by Kai Wright that says in part:
And as a result, a statement as obvious as Carter’s—that the tea-baggers hate President Barack Obama because he’s black—can be passed off as controversy in 2009.
It’s self-evident that a movement that calls the president a lying, socialist, Nazi eugenicist with a fake birth certificate is about something more than deficit spending. People don’t brandish automatic weapons and pray for the president’s death because they want to keep their employer-sponsored health plans. But to name the stalking beast is more than we can bear.
Countered by articles out there like one by Jonah Goldberg, A Tackle Box Full of Race Bait that says in part:
Meanwhile, no significant conservative politician, pundit, or intellectual has said that they object to Obama's agenda because he's black. Rather, they've said they oppose his agenda for precisely the same reasons they oppose Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's and Barney Frank's agendas. They stand athwart Obama yelling "Stop!" just as they did with Clinton and Democratic presidents before him.
Magically, the alchemic powers of Obama's black skin transmogrify the same arguments and the same rhetoric into racism. Saying "you're wrong" to a white politician is a disagreement; saying it to a black politician is like shouting through Bull Connor's megaphone.
I know some of the tea baggers, I can't say I agree with them on all of their positions, frankly a few of them scare me, but I also don't think the ones I know that dislike or even hate Obama are basing it on race. This reminds me of when I didn't support Obama as a presidential candidate, it was suggested I was racist when it had nothing to do with the color of his skin, it had do with the content of his character...Yet it was attempted to be used against me because if they could make the "racist" charge stick then it deflected any arguments I had as to why I didn't feel he was the right candidate for president. I could be ignored as a "racist" rather than have anything I said be considered.
Jimmy Carter was one of my favorite Presidents, but I can't say I agree with him on this one. If Hillary would have been elected and was trying to do the same things President Obama is? I'm willing to bet that not much would be different except that people wouldn't be as up in arms about the first woman President being attacked...