Reader says I was attacking a straw man when I said Carter was attributing opposition to Obama’s policies to white racism
Re your entry on Carter, I don’t agree with Carter that an overwhelming proportion of anti-health insurance is informed or spurred by racism. And I certainly don’t agree it was useful for him to say so even if he thought it. This has nothing to do with that.LA replies:
You always find a little escape hatch from the truth. What do you think Carter was talking about? Four days earlier there had been this stunningly huge demonstration opposing Obama’s health plan and other policies in D.C. That was the context of Carter’s remarks. And my interpretation is backed by the fact of many columns which have said exactly that: that people oppose Obama’s policies because he’s black.LA continues:
I told you that many columns have said that people oppose Obama’s policies out of racial motives. Here, from many columns taking the same tack, is Joe Klein’s column at Time Magazine: Read it, and then tell me that the left is not saying that opposition to Obama’s policies is driven by racism. And Carter through his statements liberated this view.
I have reproduced the Klein column in the next entry.Sage McLaughlin writes:
Carter’s did not simply say that some people think a black man shouldn’t be president and that’s bad. The word he used that caused the uproar were this: “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.”LA replies:
Thank you for nailing it so well.
Here is further exchange with the reader. (The first two comments below were made before Sage McLaughlin’s comment was posted:)
Yes, Larry, some people, including Carter, are saying that some opposition to health insurance reform is because of Obama’s race. (Do you deny that?) That’s not what you said in the first post you sent me. Using a method you often do, you restated your subject’s words, except incorrectly and with no logical basis for your “in other words…” or however you phrased your insupportable extension this time. Carter didn’t say the “entire” anti-health ins reform was racist. You said it. There is no natural or fair way to read Carter to say he thought it was “entirely” racist. I try to avoid hyperventilators, but as far as I know, *no one* who supports reform has said that all opposition is racist.LA replies:
What you your talking about? There were numerous town hall meetings on Obamacare. There was a demonstration with hundreds of thousands of people in D.C. last Saturday. If you’re accusing this movement of being driven by racism, then PROVE IT. Provide evidence. Your free floating statements accusing “some” unnamed unspecified people of racism, and then somehow associating that supposed racism with oppostion to Obama’s policies, is the essence of YOUR BIGOTRY which you DISHONESTLY DENY.C. replies:
What do you mean? What your questions now ascribe to me are the opposite position of what I have sent to you today. Re-read, if you care to. Otherwise, I’m not going to take you by the hand and show you what you refuse to see.LA continues:
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