The furor began when Carter was asked in Indianapolis to explain his recent statement that there was "nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained" in neighborhoods. Carter replied that he wholeheartedly supports open-housing laws that make it a crime to refuse to sell or rent a house or apartment on the grounds of race, color or creed. But he opposes Government programs "to inject black families into a white neighborhood just to create some sort of integration." Said he: "I have nothing against a community that is made up of people who are Polish, or who are Czechoslovakians, or who are French Canadians or who are blacks trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods. This is a natural inclination."I had met Carter at the Airport in Grinnell Iowa that winter. My friend was a big Carter supporter during those Iowa primaries and had the virtually unknown Gov invited over to school to speak. He didn't impress me much then and never has since. He's as phony as a politician can come.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Jesse Jackson words on Jimmy Carter's ethnic purity remarks back in Time Magazine April 1976,