Former President Jimmy Carter, thankfully, encourages a national discussion and says what many of us have known all along: Much of the obsessive hatred and disrespect shown toward President Barack Obama is racist and comes from whites who are outraged a black man is president.
Speaking to NBC's Brian Williams, the former President said: "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. I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that shared the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans."
President Carter adds: "I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply."
Watch Carter's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP.