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Former President Jimmy Carter Exposes the Ugly Face of White Racism in America Former President Jimmy Carter's remarks yesterday in the Carter Center in Atlanta puts a real face on the Illinois Democratic Primary race for governor. Just as Jimmy Carter points out, the racism that many white Americans harbor towards President Barak Obama, is evidenced by the behavior, demonstrated daily, in Illinois main media i.e. the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Chicago television and radio stations, towards William "Dock' Walls in his bid for the nomination to lead Illinois' Democrats for governor. The Illinois media does not feel that a Black man who graduated from Chicago's public schools is qualified to lead the state. They can only project a governor's race between two Irish leaders, Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes; even though fifty percent of Illinois Democratic vote comes out of Cook County and the city of Chicago. That Democratic vote is majority Black, but every article written in the Sun-Times, every article written in the Tribune, footage viewed on television or broadcast on the radio consistently fails to mention William Walls as a candidate for governor. Be it tax policy, Burr Oaks Cemetery or labor relations, it's all done with a Quinn/Hynes spin, which fails to even mention William Walls. Walls, a former top aid to Chicago's first Black mayor, Harold Washington, is a Tuskegee graduate and native Chicagoan. Walls is also a graduate of the Kent College of Law and a leading progressive advocate of reform politics. Obviously, all these salient attributes are being disregarded, simply because William Walls is a Black man, and the media is fearful of informing Illinois Democrats (particularly Cook County Democrats) that a progressive Black candidate is in the race. In this post Blagojevich era, the media is fearful of informing an Illinois Black Democratic electorate that there is an alternative to the Irish dominated Democratic machine, which has mislead the State of Illinois for the past eight years. The Chicago media was never truly comfortable with Harold Washington (the reformer) as Mayor of Chicago and did everything in its power to split and confuse the electorate following his untimely death. While editorializing for campaign reform, ethics reform and tax reform, the Chicago media really only wants reform if it's tied to white leadership. The media was willing to accept Blagojevich; who, while not Irish, represented white ethnics from Chicago's north-side; until he pissed off the south-side Irish block of the Democratic party. It was this south side Irish Democratic block, lead by Democratic Speaker of the House, Micheal Madigan, that orchestrated Blagojevich's removal as governor and replaced him with their choice of Pat Quinn (a north-side Irishman), who now is dressed up by the south-side Irish as their man for governor. This was made evident by the Cook County Democratic Party's recent endorsement of Pat Quinn for governor.
Real reform in Illinois has to come from a real reformer. William Walls is a real reformer. William Walls constantly challenges Daley's corrupt policies. He has challenged them in the courts. He has challenged them in the elections and he has all of the characteristics of a governor that's going to take on the Illinois status-quo. This includes the lobbyists, the corporations and the unions in the pocket of the corrupt Democratic machine. William Walls represents the only true change for Illinois state government, but the media has no respect for a Black man. The media does not think a Black man is qualified to run the State of Illinois. I hope soon that we see a change in this racist attitude by the media. Until then, I urge Bill Walls to keep talking to the people of Illinois - keep talking change to the people. Don't count on nor trust the media. The media is only trying to find a way to confuse the people again. Maybe, after they come up with their plan of confusion, they will begin to mention William Walls as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois.
First Jimmy Carter couldn't spot a racist at Robert Byrds birthday party! Second, Illinois has nothing to do with TEA parties or the attendees! If Illinois wants the Black candidate they will vote for him!
Sorry just was bein a little smart arse ,cuz I couldnt resist adding too your comment above...used to be a kind of a joke (and not a very good one I might add, back home ),that whenever a Politician was being dodgy , someone would say ..Well least we dont shoot our leaders
Lol@ alibi ,well all ya really need is a good lawyer as I understand thats the American way
Point being that not everyone separates the two like nicomp said. With the TEA movement there is more of a sway toward fighting and battling the issue rather than the man. (Healthcare a different story)
I dare say there are some racists around, I meet them every day of the week so a gathering with another reason for the get together probably appeals to them. The world is full of potential nazis in my experience, some of whom are prepared to voice their concerns on other topics and some of whom will mouth off at any possible opportunity to have an opinion about moslems or blacks,homosexuals, women or jews.
Life is way too short to focus on them or their vacuous nonsense, focus on making the world a better place to live in, rather than the kind of prejudice that can make it a planet you want to escape from.The next generation will have one percent less potwntial nazis if we all focus on something positive ( with the option of chanting om)
a very samll, even miniscule number of TEA partiers are racists from what I have seen and heard...that is just another distraction excuse to genuinely look at the issues and try to understand where someone is coming from.
It just amazes me how they can not talk about the issues of the issues (that the TEA partiers don't want bigger government, or more government run anything).
Why can't the democrats just address that those two issues? instead of continuing to ignore that those are the main problems.
Star Parker, Walter Williams, and Thomas Sowell columnists, and Kimberly Daniels, speaker are all successful black people who oppose Obama's policies like the rest of us who oppose them.
Condaleeza Rice (pretty sure that is not the correct spelling) and Colin Powell are two conservative, successful and black individuals.
No, it's not his race (he's half white) it's his agenda!
The first time I ever heard him speak before I'd even heard abut him I was impressed with his eloquence. His color was not even on my mind!! THEN, I learned more about him and decided, as did a large majority of Amerians, that he is not someone I would want in the white house.
It is sad that people keep trying to say, whenever someone disagrees with Mr. Obama, that they are most likely a racist. Isn't that reverse racism. I don't agree with much that our current President is proposing to do with our country--but I am quite sure that if it was Mrs. Clinton there instead of him I would still oppose most of what she would want to do also. Does this make me a misogynist? No. It only means I disagree with the right methods to make our country successful for the long term. In fact, I think Carter's comments today about why Joe Wilson said what he did were outrageous and have done more to cause hurt and anger than did the original comments by Mr. Wilson. This type of ridiculous comment is what keeps racism alive. Really, Mr. Carter, I would have expected more from you. Wilson disagrees vehemently with what Obama is proposing to do--that doesn't make him racist. It means he has a different political stance. By the way, I think what Wilson did was disgraceful just because it was disrespectful to the office. The Tea Parties are concerned about how much money our government is spending without even having the actual cash to spend in the first place. They are angry about taxation without representation. Ultimately this is what is going on in our country as each party tries to spend the money that isn't there on their own constituents and special interest groups. We are taxing our children--who aren't represented. We need to quit spending money we don't have. The only debate in Washington seems to be who we spend money on. It should be focused on should we even be spending in the first place.
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