Playing the race card as penance?

September 19, 2009

Hans von Spakovsky wonders if Jimmy Carter’s disgusting accusation that most of those opposed to Obama’s policies are motivated by racism isn’t due to guilt over his own racist past:

As Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU’s Voting Project, relates in his book A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, Carter’s [school] board tried to stop the construction of a new “Elementary Negro School” in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be “too close” to a white school. As a result, “the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools.” The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter’s request because of “the staggering cost.” Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board “would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school.”

So, is America’s worst ex-president seeing racists everywhere out of guilt for his own defense of segregationism? Maybe. Regardless, it’s a disgusting insult to people legitimately concerned with the country’s direction and opposed to Obama’s policies. It cheapens the very real suffering of Blacks under slavery and Jim Crow by equating that with mere political opposition. And it’s a pea in the same rotten pod with his antisemitism.

Jimmy Carter truly is an embarrassment to his country and a disgrace to the office he once held.

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