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Is race a major factor in opposition to president's agenda?

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - "I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem," said television commentator, Glenn Beck. "This guy, I believe, is a racist."

"If that doesn't inject race into the situation, I don't know what could be more clear," said Larry Taylor. 

Former President Carter says racial politics played a part in Senator Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst, during the president's speech to Congress last week. The former president says many in "white" America still don't think a black man is qualified to lead the country. Carter called it "abominable."

"I think a lot of people believe that, but I think it's wrong," said DeeDee Allen.

"He's black...and he's heading up the country," said Cecil Adams. "They find that, some of them, appalling."

Others say, if racism is playing a part, it's a very small one.

"The current antagonism toward the president is stemming from his current policies," said Sean Hill. "We're happy that he's black. We're glad we have a black president, but I don't think we want to foot the bill for more legislation."

"Some of the people that are claiming racist can't see why anyone would be against this man because they like his policies...and so it has to be racist," said Ashton Oravetz, the Republican Party chairman.

He says TEA parties and health care town hall demonstrations boil down to simple politics.

"It's not the color of your skin, it's the ideas," he said. "Are you for the constitution or are you not?"

But, Joanna Reagan with Texas Democratic Women says, much of that incivility is based in the fear.

"When you're fearful you become angry." said Reagan.

But, flagging it solely as racism can be inflammatory.

"This president has much more on his plate very early in his presidency," said Reagan. "He came in facing a recession that was going into a major depression. He came in with two wars. He came in with a need for health care reform."

She's confident he can handle it, even while some people's confidence...waivers.

We'd love to hear from even more of you. Just scroll down to the comments section of this page and tell us if you think race politics a major player in opposition to the president's agenda.

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