Jimmy Carter, racism expert?

posted at 10:55 am on September 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, I suggested that using the new Jimmy Carter Standard for racism as a cause of criticism of political leaders would make Carter himself one of the most prominent anti-Semites in the US, after Carter’s decades-long criticism of Israel and his palling around with Hamas.  Today, Carter tried doubling down on his new standard in an address at Emory University:

Former President Jimmy Carter reiterated Wednesday that he believes racism is an issue for President Obama in trying to lead the country.

“When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds,” the Democrat who served from 1977-1981 told students at Emory University.

“I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.

“It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States,” Carter said.

It turns out that we don’t even need to speculate about Carter Standards, as David Freddoso reports for the Washington Examiner.  Freddoso perused Stephen Hayward’s The Real Jimmy Carter and discovered that Carter has first-hand experience in dog-whistle politics:

  • Carter’s top campaign staffers were spotted distributing grainy photographs of Sanders arm-in-arm celebrating with two black men. Sanders was a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and in the photograph he was celebrating a victory with two players who were pouring champagne over his head. Carter’s leaflet was intended to depress Sanders’s white vote.
  • “The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.”
  • Carter criticized Sanders, a former governor, for preventing Alabama Gov. and notorious segregationist George Wallace from speaking on Georgia state property. “I don’t think it was right for Governor Sanders to try to please a group of ultra-liberals, particularly those in Washington, when it means stifling communication with another state,” said Carter.
  • “‘I have no trouble pitching for Wallace votes and black votes at the same time,’ Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, ‘I can win this election without a single black vote.'”
  • Upon receiving the endorsement of former Democratic Gov. Lester Maddox, Carter responded by praising the life-long segregationist: “He has brought a standard of forthright expression and personal honesty to the governor’s office, and I hope to live up to his standard.” Maddox had not only refused to serve blacks in the restaurant he once owned, but he had also greeted civil rights protestors with a gun, and made sticks available to his white customers with which to intimidate them.
  • “The campaign paid for radio ads for a fringe black candidate, C.B. King, in an effort to siphon black votes away from Sanders.”
  • “Then there was the radio commercial in which Carter said he would never be the tool of any ‘block’ vote, slurring over the word ‘block’ so that it could be mistaken for ‘black.’

Sounds to me like Carter is suffering from a form of projection — at best. Maybe he feels guilt over his race-baiting tactics from his own career, and wants to alleviate it by painting everyone else as worse.

Michael Steele blasted Carter late yesterday for his remarks (via Radio Vice Online):

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Diversity of opinions dwarf diversity of ‘race’.

daesleeper on September 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Not with respect to Obama. He got a monolithic black vote — 98%. I know a guy in the 2% — he loves visiting the barber shop to talk politics, but since Obama’s election, he doesn’t any more — some other customers have gotten pretty ugly in their support of the man they view as “their” President. We’ve seen the identical thoughts come from Maxine Waters (that opposition to Obama is, ipso facto, racist), but, in the black community, the term used is not “racist” for those in the community who dissent — it’s far more pejorative.

Some of the comments here certainly bear the mark of racism, but the overwhelming number are on policy matters. Obama himself indicates that he believes this to be true (that differences with him are overwhelmingly associated with policy) as well.

Hopefully, Carter listened to the White House. When you accuse someone of having a motive they don’t believe motivates them, you don’t do anything to convert them to your cause — you just make them feel that you have no empathy for their concerns. And that’s exactly what Carter has done here.

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I once thought thought Carter was a likeable man who was in way over his head as president. Thought he was a terrible president but I respected him as a former president.

Now I see him as a pathetic, foolish old man who has, given an opportunity to be a respected elder statesman, squandered what little affection the people might have had for him through his ongoing innocuous and inane dialogue and curious coddling of terrorists.

Even the disgraced Richard Nixon was able to at least partially redeem himself and ascend from the political hell of his own making. Carter seems intent on going in the other direction.

sdd on September 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Jimmy Carter, Racism Czar

petefrt on September 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

So, the Democratic party, the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and segregation somehow figured out the the best way to enslave people these days is to make them dependent on you.
Kafir on September 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

One would think that IF they really cared about people, they would do Something different from what has been a failure all these years.

Chainsaw56 on September 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Carter, the known anti-Semite, is a bitter wretch of a human.

He realizes somewhere in his heart that he was an abject failure as a president.
Even worse for him, he knows that most people realize that he was a failure.

Imagine the bitterness that that must cause in him.
Add some senility to the mix and you get what you see.
Some elderly folks have incontinence with their bowels-
Jimmy has incontinent of thoughts and words.

justltl on September 17, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who is black, said Wednesday in a written statement that he agrees with Carter.

“During President Obama’s speech on the status of health care reform, some members of Congress engaged in a public display of disrespect,” he said.

“While one representative hurled the now infamous ‘you lie’ insult at the president, others made their lack of interest known by exhibiting rude behavior such as deliberately yawning and sending text messages.”

Maybe they left out the key part but I don’t see anything about racists in these comments. Where’s the agreement with Carter? Cosby has had some good things to say to the african-American community. If he climbs onto Carter’s crazy bus, then that would be a shame.

jnelchef on September 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM

DUH! Carter was a Democrat Governor of a Southern state. Can you name one – Democrat governor of a Southern state that wasn’t a RACIST?. I don’t know if Strom Thurmond was a racist or not, but he sure was labelled as one – probably because he became a Republican when he was elected to the Senate.

Sporty1946 on September 17, 2009 at 12:39 PM

BIG MIKE!! heh heh

sonnyspats1 on September 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM

So, the Democratic party, the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and segregation somehow figured out the the best way to enslave people these days is to make them dependent on you.
Kafir on September 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

This “institutional slavery” becomes more and more obvious as the years pass and it is getting to the point where the targets of this tactic of oppression have no one to blame but themselves just as they have no one to blame for the ongoing crisis of the inner cities (twice as dangerous as Iraq at the peak of violence)but themselves.

When you have a way out and don’t take it….it is a choice you have made. Elect those who offer freedom and exercise responsibility for your neighborhoods. Those videos of ACORN demonstrates a lot about the mentality of some in the black community that NEEDS to be changed.

Goodeye_Closed on September 17, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Doesn’t the left have any compassion for how they’ve kept certain groups dependent and living perpetual poverty.

Shouldn’t they have some feelings of guilt for being the purveyors of that fate. It is they who have kept those people down – and all for a lousy vote every few years.

Don’t they have any shame?

Chainsaw56 on September 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I think Carter is actually walking back his comments from yesterday with this one. The quote from yesterday sounded to me more broad even though he didn’t specifically say “all dissenters” – but now using the “radical fringe element” phrase he narrows who he is pointing at. And that sort of takes the air out of “if you disagree with Obama, you must be a racist” argument.

JeffinOrlando on September 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Dear Jimmy,

It’s not a racist attitude that you’re seeing. It has nothing to with the color of his skin. He could be green, blue or plaid for all we care. What you’re seeing and hearing are American citizens showing their contempt for the total incompetence of not only the “First African-American” president, but his selection of tax cheats, radicals and communists that make up his cabinet and advisors. His policies of government control do nothing but reward the losers and punish the productive in our country.

And another thing Jimmy…Joe Wilson was right! Our president LIES. How can you, or anyone else, expect us to have respect for a man who shows no respect for the hard working taxpayers who pay his salary?

BTW Jimmy: You’re no longer relevant. It’s time for you to leave the stage. Don’t be afraid. Go towards the light. Hurry!

Barb Dwyer on September 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM

May Carter continue to speak, to his last breath.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2009 at 1:25 PM

This “racism” business is not off-the-cuff idiocy by a deranged anti-semite and supporter of terrorism, it is a planned and orchestrated campaigne to radicalize the American electorate and incite political violence.

By morphing political dissent into racism it makes hatred of political opponents not only acceptable but lauditory, thereby radicalizing democrats. It also provokes a strong backlash among dissenters, thereby radicalizing conservatives.

Violence is certain to follow.

The next demonstation in Washington will surely be larger and angrier than the last. Radicalized leftists will show up, shots will be fired and the ball will be rolling. Dissenters will be “enemies of the people” and everyday Democrats will cheer their incarceration. The American Republic will collapse as darkness descends on the continent.

Jimmy Carter knows exactly what he’s doing.

Mr. Obama nods in agreement.

lonesomecharlie on September 17, 2009 at 1:32 PM

I never trusted Bill Cosby. I would get emails where Cosby would have some very good advise for the African American youth, and now, he has chosen to follow Carter’s chant about RASCISM. To me, this proves that the comedian is merely another hack for the accusations of the far left. He is playing the same old race card game with no intentions of improving race relations in America.

mobydutch on September 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Of course Carter is a racism expert. He is a democrat.

daesleeper on September 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I’m new here, but I’d like to try to field these questions:

Doesn’t the left have any compassion for how they’ve kept certain groups dependent and living perpetual poverty.


Shouldn’t they have some feelings of guilt for being the purveyors of that fate. It is they who have kept those people down – and all for a lousy vote every few years.


Don’t they have any shame?

No. None at all.

That was easy.

justltl on September 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM


Terrye on September 17, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This is definitely an area where Michael Steele can bring his game.

Keep talking sir and more of the same, please.

The Ugly American on September 17, 2009 at 2:14 PM

99% of all racism is on the left and in the dying main stream media. They are the only ones that benefit from that kind of hate speech. Most on the right if they are true capitalists only see one color:green, and solar panels ain’t what I’m talking about….

adamsmith on September 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

justltl on September 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Thank you, the current discussion led me to think of those questions.
This whole thing is rather bothersome, the left has had their ‘War on poverty’ and other such dependency programs for so many years with absolutely deplorable results, and yet no one calls them on it.
This human tragedy need to be answered better than the stock ‘Well at least we leftists had good intentions’ or the ‘Those programs were underfunded’ responses.

What say ye, Leftists?

Chainsaw56 on September 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

DNC Head Quarters = Habitat for Insanity.

Geochelone on September 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Red herrings are of course….red.

Jimmy Carter is of course….racist. Always has been. I bet if you look deep into HIS past you’ll find some white sheets and pointed hoods, so if I were Obama I wouldn’t be looking at this pinhead to provide a distraction from his communist desires. All this racism as attempted distraction is going to do is ‘double down’ on zeros bid to be ejected in 2012.

Not like he’s going to be a leading candidate as it is the way he’s going at the moment. I hope he keeps right on screwing up. We don’t need him in office, and yes, we CAN fix what he’s messed up. Obamas only real value is in the fact that he displays with crystal clarity that socialist fascist liberal scumbags don’t belong in high office in this country, and no candidate in the future will be able to count on ‘white guilt’ to get them elected.

Spiritk9 on September 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Well…when Hamas, Amanidiot, Hizballlah and Al Queda all wanted Obama to win the election, was it because of his race or his policies?….Mr. Carter?? anyone??

royzer on September 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Here’s a recent e-mail exchange I had with an ex-coworker from my old company in Alabama.

THIS is the mindset that put Obama in the WH. Far more people voted for him simply because he is half-black compared to the few that voted against him because of his ethnicity.

My first e-mail:

Many of you know that I was arrested for trespassing on the campus of Notre Dame back in March with Dr. Alan Keyes for the unborn and their mothers and against our president speaking at the commencement and getting an honorary degree.

There are 88 of us that spent days in jail and now our cases are going through the court system in Indiana.

A new website has been set up to monitor and lend support to our plight and our defense.


They will be posting testimonies, photos, and other information as the days progess til our trials.

Please pray for me and the others and use the site to follow our stories and events to come.

God bless.

Her first reply:

Hello Tom,

I’ll take time to review the site you’ve provided in the evening. However, I’m a little alarmed that you’ve placed yourself amongst such radical activity. Are you opposed to the man, President Obama, the color of his skin, or just his opinions? And, were you equally opposed to George W. Bush opinions, such as fighting a ‘false war’?


My reply:


The pro-lifers I was with are all good people, salt-of-the-earth. I’m pro-life so of course I did my part to protest Obama doing the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree, since he believes not only in abortion anytime/anywhere, but also believes in letting babies die who survive abortion. I only participated in this one protest with Dr. Alan Keyes. I’m not a regular protester with Randall Terry’s group.

I’m opposed of course to Obama due to his hard Marxist past and his current policies to enlarge the federal government outside the barriers of the Constitution. He is for expanding abortion via the FOCA, using Obamacare to use tax money to push abortion, etc. His deficits this year will come out to 4 times greater than what Bush’s were in the last year. His administration is populated with scores and scores of leftists, radicals, marxists, statists, secularists and all the worst elements of the far left in this country.

For you to imply that I am against the color of his skin is GREATLY insulting. What would ever make you believe I am a racist after the work I’ve done in Huntsville helping African-Americans in my St. Vincent de Paul work and working with my AA friends at my church?

What kind of sick ideas have you got in that head of yours accusing me of being a racist. I speak limited Spanish, have a sister-in-law who is Mexicana and two nephews I game with over the net when I can, and have dated women of different ethnicities.

I’m hurt by your accusation and I expect an apology very soon or we are through.

(Regarding Bush, I was marginally against the war in Iraq due to my Burkean conservative beliefs that it would lead to an ethnic war if we knocked out Saddam and did not fill the power vacuum and the Shiite and Sunnis would fight each other. I also was against Bush because he did not fight the excessive growth in the federal government which along with Congress have messed up the budget. Of course Obama is making everything much much worse. However, I did vote for Bush in both elections. Against Gore and Kerry because both are leftists and statists who believe in taking more of our freedoms and enlarging the power of the federal government.)

Sincerely, and still your friend for the moment,


Her final reply:


My questions were just that, questions, not accusations….I apologize if you misunderstood my intent.

I didn’t ask you anything I won’t ask another friend who seemed so opposed to the President. Living in the south, almost everything has, and continues to be about race. I’ve lived my life trying to overcome the shortcomings of my ancestors, trying to see everyone as intended….red and yellow, black and white, we are all the same.


Sapwolf on September 17, 2009 at 7:02 PM

So tell me, was it racism when America tired of Carter and pilloried him from on high – just another one-term Democrat president who clearly is suffering for Lord only knows what – old buggers like him should do what other formers do – circuit yak, gardening, picking up dog poo in their back yard – such a pathetic, useless has-been….

karra on September 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Jimmy Carter is a racsit. no other possibility.

proconstitution on September 17, 2009 at 10:39 PM

I know someone who is half black and half white; When I call him racist, he says I’m half right!

Cybergeezer on September 18, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Carter’s Jedi mind trick is weak.

TwilightStruggler on September 18, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Jimmy Carter, senile old fool?

TrickyDick on September 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM