[First published on Mercatornet.com]
When Barack Obama’s health reform program ran into serious trouble, a number of people triumphantly threw the race card onto the table. It promptly skidded off onto the floor.
President Obama gets some credit for this wholesome outcome. Having refused to run as the “black candidate” in 2008, he has good-naturedly brushed aside such cries of racism over health care in 2009.
It is a pity others could not do the same. Instead, the stakes were dramatically raised when Jimmy Carter told NBC’s “Today” show “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… because of a 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.” Continue reading