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Carter Said What Racists Wanted To Hear

From the transcript of an 2002 biography of Jimmy Carter from the PBS series, the The American Experience:

The American Experience – Jimmy Carter

(From the film’s description: “To tell Carter’s story, the documentary interviews the people who know him best.”)

Narrator: Carter’s rival for the Democratic nomination [in the race for Governor of Georgia in 1970], Carl Sanders, enjoyed a commanding 20% lead. He had the backing of the Atlanta business establishment, and the support of African Americans, voting in greater numbers since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Carter went after Sanders with a vengeance.

Carter Campaign Ad: Some candidates in this governor’s race have large campaign contributions behind them. Big money asking big favors. Jimmy Carter only has the people of Georgia…

Narrator: Carter portrayed Sanders as a tool of the Atlanta business establishment and himself as a hard-working every man.

Carter Political Ad: No wonder Jimmy Carter has a special understanding of the problems facing everyone who works for a living. Isn’t it time somebody spoke up for you?

E. Stanly Godbold: He wanted to appeal to the large middle class, blue collar type, predominantly white, and most of these people are going to be segregationists.

Betty Glad: He courted the racist vote. There were some radio ads that he ran in 1970. He said that "Unlike Sanders, I am not trying to get the" ­ and he sort of slid over whether it was "block" or "black" vote. But it sort of meant the same thing.

E. Stanly Godbold: Carter himself was not a segregationist in 1970. But he did say things that the segregationists wanted to hear. He was opposed to busing. He was in favor of private schools. He said that he would invite segregationist governor George Wallace to come to Georgia to give a speech.

Leroy Johnson: The only solace that we got and received was the fact that in private meetings, he convinced us that if he was given an opportunity he would make things better. He always come up with this question of trust. Trust me. I believe in doing the right thing.

Betty Glad: If you are really trying to accomplish good moral ends, you may have to be a low life politician to get there. And he didn’t probably like doing it that much, but he was willing to do it.

And, oddly enough, Mr. Carter is still saying what he thinks racists want to hear.

Maybe he doesn’t like doing it much, but he is willing to do it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Carter Said What Racists Wanted To Hear”

  1. stealthy says:

    You so nailed it, “Still saying what racists want to hear”. Especially when you consider his support of the PLO.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Four Hundred, Fourty-Four and no/100——————DAYS.

    Seeing the type of “statesmen” the democrats give us…..Jimmy, Bill-Jeff….and now the empty suit…..

    And after all they’ve done….and all the money spent, blacks are still over 70% of our prison population…..black on black crime has skyrocketed, black illiteracy has gone into the millions, the illegitimate birthrate among blacks is the highest in the nation. They’ve done so well to “lift them up”.

    Yes, yes, I see where the conservatives have gone so horribly wrong.

  3. proreason says:

    It’s 100% clear, the ones yelling Racist now are the real Racists.

    Of course, in Carter’s case, he is an anti-semite as well.

    But don’t condemn him too much.

    He was senile before 1976.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      “It’s 100% clear, the ones yelling Racist now are the real Racists.”

      Couldn’t agree more, Pro.

      Isn’t it sad that this gaggle of fools (including the first black/white president, o-blah-blah) is setting race relations backwards at a galloping rate(?).

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “It’s 100% clear, the ones yelling Racist now are the real Racists.”

      Absolutely. I’ve been saying it for years. With that card being played at every turn, it’s getting really worn out.

      And yes, I must be a racist for saying it. Where’s my phone book? I need to find the nearest Racist Anonymous.

  4. Confucius says:

    Only PBS would do a biography on this cornpone.

  5. ptat says:

    Leve it to Jimmah to be the first to inject race into anything. Anti semitism is racism anyway. This dolt must absolutely LOVE being wrong! Hey, Jimmah, don’t you think that Joe Wilson calling Obama a liar will incite race riots everywhere? Go on–say it! Be wrong some more….

  6. proreason says:

    70,000 or more (check out THIS picture) were Racists 9/12.


    It really chaps my ass that O’Reilly is continually reporting 70,000, and only showing the Nazi signs (even though I’m the chief proponent of fascist comparisons on this site).

    If that crowd is 70,000, then I’m a shrew looking for Drooling Barney’s butt crack.

    • catie says:

      Amen! The UK Daily Mail said upwards two million people were there. O’Reilly is in the tank for The One.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    I’m White. Therefore a Racist.

  8. bobbys says:

    This post left empty as it will be labeled Racist no matter what i write.

  9. beautyofreason says:

    Left wingers can’t be racist. Haven’t you heard? But your level of racism automatically increases if you have the following traits: low melanin concentration, preference for low taxes, dislike of bureaucratic waste, individualistic mindset, pro-America mindset.

    Can’t wait for ten years down the road when opposing Hamas may be similarly branded by the left as racist or ethnocentric. I’m waiting for Carter to moan on that one – if he has not already done so. Wright has already laid the philosophical groundwork on that tendency by claiming America deserved 9/11 as a retaliation for supposedly exporting racism around the globe. “White man’s greed fuels a world in need” right Wright?

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    See what inbreeding can lead to?

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Idiot. The more he speaks the more irrelevant he becomes. The sad, scary, or infuriating thing of it is, that people still take this man seriously as if his words were sagely advice. The old joke was that Billy Carter was always making Jimmy look like an ass. But since Billy’s dead Jimmy’s doing it all by himself.

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