In early 2006 I wrote what was, to my knowledge, the first article (at least of the past two decades) exposing Jimmy Carter as a racist. My timing was uncanny: within a few months, others started to catch on to his racism — at least against Jews — when his book Jews Suck Ass came out.

But even then, no one questioned his much hyped pro-black creds, which that same article put into question as well, mentioning a certain racist flier his 1970 gubernatorial campaign distributed. Here’s what I wrote:

In his 2004 book The Real Jimmy Carter, Steven Hayward writes that Carter’s campaign staff sent an anonymous mailer “to barbershops, country churches, and rural law enforcement officers containing a grainy photo of [his Democratic opponent Carl] Sanders, part owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, at an after-game locker room victory celebration. Two black players were pouring champagne over Sanders’s head. The Atlanta Constitution noted, ‘In the context of the sports pages, it was a routine shot … But in the context of this political campaign it was a dangerous smear that injected both race, alcohol, and high living into the campaign.’ Carter’s senior campaign aides Bill Pope, Hamilton Jordan, and Jerry Rafshoon were behind the mailing; Pope was even spotted passing out the flyers at a Ku Klux Klan rally … The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. [by attending his funeral].

“… Carter also implied that he met privately with the head of the States Rights Council, a white supremacist group, and campaigned in all-white private schools that were known as ’segregation academies,’ where he promised that he would do ‘everything’ to support their existence. ‘I have no trouble pitching for [George] Wallace [segregationist] votes and the 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.’”

In April 1976…he answered a question about integration issues, blurting out, “I see nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained.” According to Hayward, the NY Daily News buried the quote in a jump paragraph that picked up on page 134.

Last week, after Carter insulted Obama critics en masse, the world finally started to catch on to the black half of his anti-Jewish, anti-black racism. Lo and behold, an image of the above-mentioned flier — or perhaps a similar, additional racist flier from the campaign — emerged from a woman who had helped distribute it:

She wrote:

This flier was sent to barber and beauty shops, in envelopes addressed by me, when Jimmy Carter ran against Carl Sanders in the 1970 Georgia gubernatorial campaign. It is racist. Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s friend and long time associate, created it . In my naivete (I was 20), I didn’t consider the racism, instead, it was a great way to score a win against the Republican candidate. Get that? Accusing the Republican candidate of cavorting with blacks. Reverse racism?

The flier is only a historic footnote. I do not know if Jimmy Carter was even aware we were doing those things. It shows the complexity of Jimmy Carter’s character. Hans von Spakovsky, posting on The National Review Online, comments on the same. In 1956 Carter attempted to halt construction of a new black school, reacting to the segregationists who wanted to keep black and white children apart.

“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.’”

Here is the above-mentioned item by Hans von Spakovsky:

Jimmy Carter’s Race Problem

When former president Jimmy Carter accuses the opponents of Barrack Obama’s policy of nationalizing broad aspects of our economy and spending us into bankruptcy of being “racists,” perhaps he should look in the mirror. In his 1982 book, Keeping Faith, Carter disingenuously said he “was not directly involved in the early struggles to end racial discrimination.” No kidding — in fact, he directly and unambiguously supported segregation. When Carter returned to Plains, Georgia, to become a peanut farmer after serving in the Navy, he became a member of the Sumter County School Board, which did not implement the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision handed down by the Supreme Court. Instead, the board continued to segregate school children on the streets of Carter’s hometown.

As Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU’s Voting Project, relates in his book A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, Carter’s 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.”

I am not aware that Rep. Joe Wilson has ever supported segregation or engaged in the same type of reprehensible, racist behavior. The idea that opposition to Obama’s policies reflects “racism” is absurd; even the White House has rejected it. All of this raises a larger issue about Carter’s remarks. When he makes such a claim, is he projecting his own inner racial beliefs? Is he so guilt-ridden over his past racist behavior that he wants to make amends to the race-baiters that today populate the Left? Or is he just cynically helping them score political points?

To answer that question: Yes, naturally Carter is forever compensating for having been brought up a racist. But to ask another question: What took so long, Folks? Not until these people felt themselves personally smeared by Carter, as Obama detractors, did they dredge this up.

Well, I guess 40 years late is better than never, but we could have used this information earlier. (Though a reporter for the Athens Banner Herald in Georgia tried in December 2006, by interviewing Sanders about these low ploys by Carter.)

But if more people had spoken up sooner, and the world had been allowed to know that Jimmy Carter was a racist — and that this is what he spends his life compensating for — then it would have shone a light on his biases in the Middle East and he wouldn’t have enjoyed a reputation as an earnest broker. Which means he wouldn’t have been given as many opportunities to do as much damage as he’s done to the Jewish state, some of which he was paid to do by the direct disciples of the man who gave Hitler the idea to exterminate rather than exile the Jews, Haj Amin al-Husseini (mufti of Jerusalem during WWII).

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And just a post-script about Carter’s frequent references in interviews to “democratically elected Hamas,” which he says should be receiving our support as the legitimate government of the Palestinian people:

Hamas to Women: Don’t Laugh or Talk in Public