Friday, September 18, 2009

Who's The Bigger Racist?

Jimmy Carter or Joe Wilson? Turns out it just might be Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter’s Race Problem Who knew he had such an unsavory history.
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.”


  1. Jimmy Carter has advanced in his views on race from when he was a local Georgia politician, two years after Brown v. Board, to his thinking on the subject 63 years later. Has Joe Wilson indicated that he thinks any differently about race than he did when he rebuked Strom Thurmond's black daughter for saying who her father was?

    You seem to believe that racism is some sort of permanent condition, like one's race itself. Racism on the contrary is a moral failing when it exists in individuals. Like all moral failings, it can be overcome to some extent when one recognizes the failing and tries to improve. I am willing to bet you that Carter has acknowledged that his actions in 1956 were racist. Do you think Wilson will ever admit anything he's ever said or done was racist?

  2. It is you who believes disagreeing with Obama is racist, not I. And it is you that believes Joe Wilson's rudeness stems from racism, rather than outrage, not I.

    And yes, you are correct that a person's moral thinking can change. I am willing to take that bet that Carter has acknowledged his actions in 1956 were racist because if you had read the link, you'd have realized that Carter has NOT acknowledged that his actions were racist. If he has, then good. If he has not, then Carter has no business throwing the racism charge around.

    At least Teddy Kennedy kept his yap shut during the Clarence Thomas hearings.

  3. You can claim Carter has evolved from his thinking while claiming Wilson has not. You can claim that Carter's 1993 book shows he's changed his thinking but he rather quickly played the race card which makes me suspicious he's swung to far in the opposite direction.

    Shift your goalposts on your own blog. I retract the offer of the bet becasue I had not realized I would be dealing with someone who has a chip on his shoulder. My mistake.