Whiffs of racism in US

It has been suggested by some that the political problems President Obama is facing may be tied to latent racism. The virtually unheard of outburst by Congressman Joe Wilson does have other flavors than just disagreement.

It seems Joe Wilson’s comment is getting a lot of milage and analysis. To be frank Connecting the Dots was just going to let it go as a bad day at work for Joe. That was until we read the story below.

So the first thing we did was locate the incident and started to analyze it for what it is. The first thing we noted that the tone of Joe Wilson’s voice clearly suggests he was talking down to President Obama. Much like scolding a child who just got busted for doing something they should not be doing. It was very clearly projected as a dominant tone and not that of talking to an equal or superior. Once you add in the body language and gesture, it is clear at that moment Joe Wilson saw himself above Barack Obama. Titles and offices held were simply non existent.

To say this was racist or not is a valid debate, but the fact it was unheard of behavior in such a forum does suggest a deeper seed than just disagreement that spawned the remark. After some analysis by a site that looks at the facts, Joe Wilson’s comment “You lie” were not supported by fact. The fact was as President Obama stated. So putting aside the possibility that Joe Wilson was believing the false information and scare tactics that was being spread by people who wanted the status quo to remain, it does leave the bad taste of racism and you belong in the back of the bus attitude.

This also brings up the question of why so much false information is being spread. This is much more than has been seen in recent history. The health care bill is a work in progress and will undergo countless tweaks and adjustments to insure it is the best for all before it is inked by the President. Somehow it was presented as a done deal and people reacted as if they were being left out of the process. To have the fiery town hall meetings goes well past just telling your congressman or senator that you object or agree with a certain provision. To put it bluntly, the meetings were just short of lynch mobs.

The less than flattering photo alterations of President Obama also clearly has smells of racial division. The Adolf Hitler make over photo clearly links to discrimination by race, as does the make over photo that resembled the Joker from the most recent Batman movie. That fact that the resemblance of how blacks were portrayed in the first half of the 1900’s is no coincidence.

With this said, Connecting the Dots can strongly lean towards the conclusion that much of the friction President Obama is experiencing is tied in some way to race. The extreme bordering on violent demonstrations and imagery mimics too closely America’s racist history to be just coincidence.

ATLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”

Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, was formally rebuked Tuesday in a House vote for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress last Wednesday.

The shout came after the president commented that illegal aliens would be ineligible for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. Republicans expressed their disbelief with sounds of disapproval, punctuated by Wilson’s outburst.

Tuesday’s rebuke was a rare resolution of disapproval pushed through by Democrats who insisted that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility. Republicans characterized the measure as a witch hunt and Wilson, who had already apologized to Obama, insisted he owed the House no apology.

Wilson’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but his eldest son defended his father.

“There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body,” said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general. “He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him.”

“It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.”

South Carolina’s former Democratic Party chairman said that he doesn’t believe Wilson was motivated by racism, but said the outburst encouraged racist views.

“I think Joe’s conduct was asinine, but I think it would be asinine no matter what the color of the president,” said Dick Harpootlian, who has known Wilson for decades. “I don’t think Joe’s outburst was caused by President Obama being African-American. I think it was caused by no filter being between his brain and his mouth.”

Harpootlian said he received scores of racial e-mails from outside South Carolina after he talked about the vote on Fox News.

“You have a bunch of folks out there looking for some comfort in their racial issues. They have a problem with an African-American president,” he said. “But was he motivated by that? I don’t think so. I respectfully disagree with President Carter, though it gives validity to racism.”

Carter called Wilson’s comment “dastardly” and an aftershock of racist views that have permeated American politics for decades.

“The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state,” he said. “And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect.”


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