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Carter is Wrong: Open Letter to Catherine Meeks, PhD Ė Commentary by Steve Scroggins, 9/30/09
The text below is an open letter to Macon Telegraph columnist Catherine Meeks, PhD., regarding her
column (9/30/09) entitled, President Carter is Right.
It seems that we'll never likely agree on the subject of racism. Racism, as your body of writing in the Telegraph documents, is so
central, so dominant in your worldview. But perhaps we could learn something of value from one another. Perhaps not.
I am white. I am male. These are strange sentences for me to write because I don't often think of it. It just is. But then there
are writers like you who keep reminding me, telling me that I'm evil, a bigot and a racist.
Based on your writings, again, I expect those facts (that I'm white and male) alone to shut your mind to any opinion I have which
contradicts yours. Due solely to the melanin deficiency in my skin, you apparently cannot conceive that I might understand the
hurt and anger that real racism inspires in you. Empathy comes in many forms; I am a human being. Therefore, I can "get it"...I can
understand on some level without being black or without being a woman.
You suggest that anyone who doesn't agree with you simply cannot face the truth. I don't fear any truth!! It was Thomas Jefferson
who once wrote, "There is not a truth existing which I fear...or would wish unknown to the whole world." I feel the same way. The
Gospel of John (8:31-32) quotes Jesus as saying, "[Y]ou will know the truth and the truth will set you free." Truer words were
Let's explore some truth, shall we?
Apparently, you cannot conceive that I might oppose Obama's policies without any regard to his race (half white). I openly
opposed the excessive
spending of the GOP Congress and then President Bush. It had nothing to do with their race or gender
or even their zodiac signs. It still doesn't.
Apparently, the fact that millions of white people voted for Obama, in many cases because he was (half) black, has escaped
your notice. I say "because" because there is no other explanation other than the fact that Obama represented himself as a
"moderate" - a lie that any rational person would reject or at least doubt based on his meager voting record
in the U.S. Senate. He promised a tax cut for 95% of Americans while proposing massive spending increases --- how is that
plausible for any thinking American of any color? Were those millions of white people afraid of change? No! I say they embraced
it---despite the obvious risks based on Obama's skimpy record and implausible promises.
How do you explain the fact that 95% of black people voted for Obama? Doesn't that constitute prima facie evidence of widespread
bigotry among blacks? To argue otherwise is to argue that 95% of blacks are liberals who favor excessive spending, government-funded
abortion, government takeovers of health care, ACORN corruption, shady associations with terrorists, communists (Ayer, Jones, etc.).
You would reject the premise that 95% of blacks are liberals and communists, wouldn't you? You wouldn't suggest that 95% of
blacks are easily duped, would you? If 95% of blacks don't support/endorse abortion and Obama's liberal agenda, then 95% wouldn't
have voted for Obama, right?...unless some other factor entered their voting decision. Could it have been bigotry?
It's the left that is trying to redefine the meaning of dissent and racism. During the Bush years, the left claimed that "dissent
is patriotism" when they disagreed with Bush war policies or spending priorities. Now, they squeal that "dissent is racism"...that any policy
disagreement is racism. That is an obvious lie that any thinking person would reject --- yet you are embracing it, nay, shouting it.
Citizenship...our Constitution requires it for eligibility. That part of the Constitution was written before anyone could imagine
a half black president. How, then, do you arrive at the conclusion that questioning his citizenship is as act of racism? The
so-called "birthers," as the left derisively calls them, are NOT trying to prove that Obama's not an eligible citizen as you
assert. On the contrary, they are asking Obama to prove he is a citizen---which is NOT an unreasonable request. It's simple
really. WHY won't he produce the document to end the controversy? WHY doesn't he authorize someone to release the full long-form
document to put that question to bed? Does he enjoy leaving this doubt? Is it a red herring issue?
I don't know, but it's a valid question that has nothing to do with race. McCain produced his documents. Are we supposed to lower
the standard because of Obama's skin color?
Carter is not correct; Carter is a buffoon who sacrifices what little credibility he had left for a few minutes in the limelight.
Perhaps he feels guilt over the racial tricks he played in Georgia to win election to Governor.
Walter E. Williams is much closer
to the truth than Carter will ever be. See his column published today.
What is amazing is that people such as you, Jimmy Carter and Leonard Pitts and others can express openly the opinion that you know
the inner thoughts and feelings of others. I know nothing about you other than the thoughts you express in writing. For me to
pretend to know all your motivations would be presumptuous, wouldn't you agree?
You wrote, "Racism is a system that is based on superiority and inferiority." Are you not arguing for your own "supremacy" over
the benighted souls who don't see truth as you do?
I don't suggest that writing about race and racism make you a racist. The racist label is so overused that it has lost its punch
and meaning in public discourse. Instead, I'm suggesting that you are a bigot. You presume to know what millions of other people
think and why--- their "systematized behavior" as you call it---is based on the color of their skin. Your thinking, as expressed
in your writing, is not only wrong, hypocritical and unfair...it's a farce.
You apparently cannot comprehend that I, and millions of others, are rightfully annoyed and offended that you presume to know
us and our motivations. Same goes for
Pitts, et al. This guilt
tripping whine of yours does nothing to me except make
me laugh...and then wonder how such beliefs came to exist. I'm confident that most thinking people will reject your ideas as
quickly as they dismissed Carter's. You make a joke of the cause you profess to hold dear. Your words mirror those of race
hustlers and demagogues.
Should we be worried that you and the racism brown shirts are giddy planning to round up and remove the racists? Get those
misnamed "Hate Crime" laws
passed and you can start jailing the people with whom you disagree----just for writing or speaking
what you consider heresy. Let's get the Obama Youth organized!
Sound crazy? No more than your rantings.
After you remove the racists, who's next? Those who oppose abortion? Those who oppose illegal immigration? Those who oppose high
taxes and spending and government bailouts? Those who defend their second amendment rights? Those who defend their country in the
Oh...I forgot, the
Department of Homeland Security
and the frauds at the
Southern Poverty Law Center already define those groups
as racists and potential terrorists. Who are the real proponents of "hate" and bigotry here?
With pity and contempt,
Author's Note: Since this letter, Dr. Meeks and I have opened an email dialogue. We'll see where it goes.
President Carter is Right
Wed., September 30, 2009
By Catherine Meeks, PhD
When President Carter named racism as a part of the reason President Obama is getting the reaction to his health insurance reform initiative, there was an inordinate amount of denial that this could have anything to do with racism from many corners of the country. But those among us who care to face the truth know that his words ring true and it grieves us deeply.
Of course, some of the reaction is about resistance to change. There is also fear about what ďchangeĒ might mean. Many of the folks who profit financially simply do not want to see their money sources affected. I said in my last column and I will say it again: Dissent is a good and positive thing in any society and especially in one that is trying to be a democracy. But some of the ways in which President Obama has been characterized and some of the things that have been said about him go beyond political dissent and would have been done in a different manner if he were not African American.
It is unbelievable that there are still folks in this country trying to prove that President Obama is not a citizen. What is that about? Perhaps it sounds as if these are simply folks who donít agree with him and are dissenting. I donít think so.
President Carter is correct. These folks are among those who cannot believe there isnít a white family in the White House. It is not helpful to bury our heads in the sand about the racial overtones that continue to surround the Obamas. Since the president represents all of us, it is very unsettling to have this kind of hatred expressed toward him because of his skin color, though the claim is that it is because of his policies lean toward socialism.
In some ways, it is very amazing to hear such rhetoric in a society such as ours, which has been bailing out defense corporations for years and continues to do so with the big contracts they enjoy. Our government has done a lot for us for a long time and will continue to do it because that is the world we have constructed.
Of course, we will have to tighten our belts. The whole world is not going to continue to help us support our extravagant habits. But the Constitution has not been changed by Obama and it will not be, so the republic is not going to down the tubes because of his policies. However, if we donít change gears and decide to work together, we might be able to injure the republic by our own behavior.
Racism is a system that is based upon superiority and inferiority. The idea of white supremacy has been around since the beginning of our country. So it is not the prejudice of one person that anyone needs to be concerned about unless that person is trying to harm someone ó as a white woman in Texas did when she went to a black womanís house and attacked her because she had moved into her whites-only neighborhood.
This kind of behavior is horrible, but it is the systematized behavior that is rooted in the idea of supremacy that causes harm to everybody. The idea that white skin is superior and there are roles and privileges reserved for folks with white skin, such as being president of the United States, is what everyone who believes in freedom has to resist.
It is important to note that talking about race and racism does not make one a racist. The belief in white supremacy and the desire to maintain it makes one a racist.
This column by Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., appears twice monthly. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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text to which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the people. They fix, too, for the people the principles of
their political creed." ---Thomas Jefferson
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