Charges of Racism, past and present.

If I asked you to name a politician who has been accused “Hitlerite racism,” who would you name?

David Duke, perhaps?

Nope. (Hat tip, Kevin Rennie)

Try “Jimmy Carter.”

“Carter incensed Jackson during his 1976 presidential campaign when the former Georgia governor declared “there’s nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained” in a neighborhood. It was as jarring a phrase then as it is now, but Carter was in search of votes among the white ethnic urban Democratic primary voters hostile to government housing programs that brought racial integration.

Pressed to explain, Carter’s venomous piety nearly ended his campaign. According to Time magazine, “Carter’s face reddened with anger, and he began to sweat. Instead of softening his language, he spoke of housing policies in terms of ‘black intrusion,’ of ‘alien groups’ and of ‘a diametrically opposite kind of family.'”

Now, to read these words, I can see how “David Duke” would be a reasonable guess, however.

So, Jimmy Carter, thirty years ago, was explicitly racist in his rhetoric,  sort of a mid-nineties Al Sharpton in white face —  openly talking in terms of “black interlopers” and maintaining the “ethnic purity” of neighborhoods.  Today, James has the gall to accuse simple opposition to the socializing of vast swaths of the US economy to be “racist.”

Were James Earl Carter even remotely correct in his assessment, I’d say that it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  Too bad Carter’s compass is so badly turned around that any opposition to Obama’s policy efforts is now racist.

UPDATE (Jim): Thought this might be an appropriate place to revisit the pompous ex-President’s classic remarks from last week.


Oh, and let’s not forget Michael Steele’s response on purely ideological grounds.


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  1. donh
    donh says:

    If blacks assume others grumble in secret old racist ideas, I say you think too highly of yourself. Your blackness is just not that important to provoke unyielding grudges. There are much bigger problems at hand. Using race to gain power is a far greater evil. President Obama preaches a false sanctimony that supporting him absolves you of your racial sin. Obamunists claim to hold the morally superior high ground on race. If you do not adore Obama , well you are just a low ignorant racist who does not deserve any representation by your government. This is a similar technique to how Germans exploited race for political gain. It is the most dangerous politics of our time. The constant cry of racism coming from the left is what I call the Dead Nazi March, a drum beat played by neo fascist tyrants… .

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