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On Tuesday night, former President Jimmy Carter spoke out against the inequalities faced within the African-American community. Marking the 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas, Carter reiterated ‘too many people are at ease with black unemployment rates that exceed the national average and schools in some places that he described as basically still segregated.’
Carter was the first speaker at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin. This is a three-day summit remembering and reflecting on the 1964 law which banned widespread discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities and against women. The celebration will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.
Even though the Civil Rights Act has made possible employment and other opportunities for African-Americans, there still lies the problem of high unemployment within this community. Carter reminded the audience that the celebration is nice, but a problem exists that is dormant.
According to February unemployment statistics, there was 12 percent unemployment in the black community compared to 5.8 percent in the white community. Let’s face it – this is a huge gap that needs to decrease.
Growing up in the state of Georgia, Carter was influenced by black culture and when he was elected governor in 1970, he fought to end discrimination. Discrimination and inequality have always been unacceptable. In addition to speaking about the black and white unemployment gap, ‘the 39th president touched on wage gaps between women and men and reiterated his support for gay marriage.’
The amount of money poured into politics and campaigns have clouded issues that need to be addressed. Carter added, ‘a lot of that money that pours into the campaigns is spent on negative commercials. So by the time the election’s over, you have a polarized Texas or polarized Georgia, red and blue states. Then, when people get to Washington, they don’t trust each other.’
Lyndon Johnson’s legacy did quite a bit for the Civil Rights struggle and victory.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama will give the keynote address.
Source: Huffington Post
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