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Thursday, June 04, 2020

Jimmy Carter is the latest former president to speak out about the police killing of George Floyd, calling on people in power to provide more than lip service to improving what he termed "a racially discriminatory police and justice system."

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Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks. Our hearts are with the victims' families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution.

As a white male of the South, I know all too well the impact of segregation and injustice to African Americans. As a politician, I felt a responsibility to bring equity to my state and our country. In my 1971 inaugural address as Georgia's governor, I said: "The time for racial discrimination is over." With great sorrow and disappointment, I repeat those words today, nearly five decades later. Dehumanizing people debases us all; humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. The bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.

Since leaving the White House in 1981, Rosalynn and I have strived to advance human rights in countries around the world. In this quest, we have seen that silence can be as deadly as violence. People of power, privilege, and moral conscience must stand up and say "no more" to a racially discriminatory police and justice system, immoral economic disparities between whites and blacks, and government actions that undermine our unified democracy. We are responsible for creating a world of peace and equality for ourselves and future generations.

We need a government as good as its people, and we are better than this.

God bless Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-03 10:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nice words but Trump laughs at that kind of talk as he destroys America en route to tyranny and an Imperial Presidency.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-06-04 06:22 AM | Reply

Agreed #1...and I'm an atheist...

And #2, I don't think so, that is surely
what he wants, what he hopes, and
probably what he will try to achieve.
But I think the tide has turned.
He has upset too many people on the
outskirts of his party, and too many
power players within his own party.
Sure, he will maintain that core of 35-40%
that have (drunk all of the Rightwing
coolaid), but I think he will lose a good
5-10% of the people that he absolutely
cannot afford to lose. So I think it
will be nigh on impossible for him to win
the popular vote. And there are clear
indicators that his route through the
Electoral College is getting narrower
and narrower...

At least I hope that enough Americans conclude that he is a
complete and utter disaster for this nation,
on all fronts, and that it is almost impossible
to do worse in selecting another to fill the office.

And for him to win, even the Electoral College, in anything
but a razor thin margin, would be direct evidence of his
cheating on a massive scale. And the outcry would be ridiculous...

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-06-04 08:53 AM | Reply

Jimmy Carter is a good man.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-06-04 09:22 AM | Reply

Rephrased - Jimmy Carter is a good great humanitarian.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-04 09:38 AM | Reply

This has been a goal of both parties and the Democrat party in particular. Democrats have controlled most cities for decades, so who is he calling upon?

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-06-04 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Word round the campfire is President Carter is a hellion with a nail gun.

#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-06-04 12:05 PM | Reply

I smell a second, nonconsecutive term...

Move over Grover Cleveland - Jimmy's Back!

#8 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-06-04 12:20 PM | Reply

#6 is obviously still in denial about systemic racism in this country.... well, unless it is in Red states which historically have the worst abuses.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-04 12:21 PM | Reply

Corky,

Just ignore these -----------.

I'm pretty sure Visitor is just a bunch a bunch of monkeys slamming their hands on a keyboard anyway.

Eventually they'll write something provocative... Eventually.

#10 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-06-04 12:25 PM | Reply

BTW theres some new profanity for your filter message board overlords:

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#11 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-06-04 12:27 PM | Reply

I'd offer this, Democrat leadership is not interested in fixing the problem because they use it to maintain control.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-06-04 12:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#12

You having nada but rwing nonsense to offer is not news.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-04 12:38 PM | Reply

I'd offer this, Democrat leadership is not interested in fixing the problem because they use it to maintain control.

#12 | Posted by visitor_

Of course you would. you learned from your cult leader to always accuse your opponent of your own crimes.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-04 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats have controled Minneapolis from dog catcher to mayor for decades. Go ahead and blame the right wing for institutional racism.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-06-04 12:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Democrat leadership is not interested in fixing the problem because they use it to maintain control.
#12 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

LOL
Control of what?
???

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-04 12:44 PM | Reply

#15

As was already noted, systemic racism only exits in blue cities, not red states, if it exits at all to this rwinger.

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-04 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Operation Eagle Claw failed.

#18 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-06-04 12:48 PM | Reply

Go ahead and blame the right wing for institutional racism.

Institutional racism is a problem based in white supremacy, not political ideology.

If you actually thought for a second, you'd understand that.

#19 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-04 12:51 PM | Reply

Operation Eagle Claw failed.

And Carter took the L like a man, he didn't try to find a Grenada to invade in response.

Jimmy Carter is the only US President in the 20th/21st Century who never ordered a US soldier into active engagement during the entirety of his term in office. For better or worse, he practiced and lived by his convictions.

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-04 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats have controled Minneapolis from dog catcher to mayor for decades. Go ahead and blame the right wing for institutional racism.

#15 | Posted by visitor_

That's not hard to do when your party is still doing everything it can to prevent minorities from voting.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-04 01:13 PM | Reply

I don't think Democrats are white supremacists any longer. They should be able to affect change, if they wanted to, in areas under their complete control.

#22 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-06-04 01:16 PM | Reply

How old is Visitor... and does his mother know where he is?

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-04 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't think Democrats are white supremacists any longer. They should be able to affect change, if they wanted to, in areas under their complete control.

#22 | Posted by visitor_

No your party stole all the white supremacists when they realized they couldn't win elections with a platform just based on tax cuts for the rich. They needed to add hatred of minorities in order to get the votes they needed to get their tax cuts passed.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-04 01:44 PM | Reply

I don't think Democrats are white supremacists any longer.
#22 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

So then who is, Visitor_?

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-04 01:49 PM | Reply

No serious consideration of why Democrats have failed in areas they have exclusive control.

Maybe if you thought about it a little instead of reflexively blaming 'the other' you'd come up with something useful and actionable.

#26 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-06-04 03:09 PM | Reply

Maybe if you thought about it a little instead of reflexively blaming 'the other' you'd come up with something useful and actionable.
#26 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Well. Here we are. Start the conversation. What plans do you have for accomplishing something useful and actionable?

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-06-04 03:43 PM | Reply

No serious consideration of why Democrats have failed in areas they have exclusive control.

Maybe if you thought about it a little instead of reflexively blaming 'the other' you'd come up with something useful and actionable.

#26 | Posted by visitor_

It doesn't deserve any serious consideration. Unless you seriously think a democratic mayor can put an anti racism bubble around his city that will undo hundreds of years of systematic oppression. Do you think that? Because then we can seriously laugh at you.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-06-04 03:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Stop electing officials that are incumbents. The current laws enforced were written by or not fixed by the current lot.

Internal affairs and local DA must not oversee their own. Complaints against officers should be made at the court house, under the judicial branch, with a judge demanding the evidence.

No person should have to file a complaint in the officer's own home. (Ever see what happens when you go in and complain about their own?)

#29 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-06-04 03:54 PM | Reply

I like the citizens review board idea the protesters have. It seems like a pretty solid first step in solving the Quis custodiet ipsos custodes dilemma.

#30 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-06-04 04:02 PM | Reply

Here's something to continue the conversation -

It just hit me in how the culture of law enforcement needs to change. First off, police don't enforce laws as much as they apprehend suspected lawbreakers, so let's drop that terminology completely.

Local officers should all be known specifically as Peace Officers and their chief job is to help maintain or restore peace amongst the citizenry, not to project force.

Sheriffs and Constables remain who they are. School and property security officials should be labeled just that, but no longer police. State officers - whose chief jobs are traffic safety and code enforcement - are now State Safety Officers/Troopers.

Entities such as SWAT should be known as Active Crime Response Units. And that should be the only time they are called upon - during ACTIVE criminal activities.

Detectives and investigators should be labeled as such - Criminal Investigators and Regulatory officers.

The terms and the ethos of "policing" need to be retired and evolved into a true public service culture - one where common respect is both given and received by all sides - not the retributive "us vs. them" culture that now has to be excised once and for all.

POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-06-03 01:00 PM

#31 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-04 04:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Review boards need teeth. Executive branch can hide under privileges.

The board need judicial access to get records. At least an in camera review with a judge, maybe retired, that can act as viewer. If the judge refers the case to the DA, it can be to get a grand jury. That judge is done with the case.

This'll put a legal set of eyes on the case instead of allowing just the DA/mayor to decide to put it to as GJ.

They defend their own. Unfortunately, this is true amongst the three branches and your neighbors.

Nobody ever sees anything.

#32 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-06-04 04:45 PM | Reply

"Unless you seriously think a democratic mayor can put an anti racism bubble around his city"

In all seriousness they do think that.

They routinely argue gun control doesn't work because Chicago's "tough" gun laws should have ended gun violence there.

That's how willfully stupid they are!

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-04 07:00 PM | Reply

Nobody ever sees anything.
#32 | POSTED BY PETROUS

Except when a white woman sees a black man in the park.

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-04 07:01 PM | Reply

powerful people have been saying no more for a very long time

Liberal policies coming home to rest

Democrat cop

Democrat Police Chief

Democrat Mayor

Democrat City Council

Democrat Governor

Democrat State

got nobody to blame but democrats

#35 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-06-05 03:47 PM | Reply

powerful people have been saying no more for a very long time
got nobody to blame but democrats
#35 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

I guess powerful people are unable to stop Democrats, then?
You're telling us you're impotent.
You played yourself.

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-05 04:02 PM | Reply

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