Jason Carter on Civil Rights
Civil marriage equality, but don't tell churches what to do
Jason Carter solidified his support for marriage equality this week, first in a campaign statement and later in an interview. A campaign spokesman said that "Jason has long supported marriage equality, and has said so to anyone who asked him. He doesn't
think we should ever be in a position of telling churches what to do, but has long been on the record in support of civil marriage equality."
The statement came in response to an editorial in The GA Voice that criticized him for sidestepping the issue,
despite attending various LGBT-related events.
Carter himself later said, "I have, for a very long time, supported marriage equality. Everybody who knows me knows where I stand on the issue. I haven't had a conversion. I do think it's important for
people to know that no one in the movement is talking about telling churches what to do. But as far as the government is concerned, marriage equality is something I have believed in for a very, very, very long time since before I got into politics."
Source: The Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Aug 6, 2014
Look out for all the people, not just some of the people
"I am going to do everything I can across the state to see that you're elected." That's what U.S. Congressman--and civil rights hero--John Lewis said earlier this week about Jason Carter's campaign for Governor.
And Congressman Lewis didn't stop
there. "Jason Carter is needed now more than ever as the Governor of Georgia," he said. "Jason will look out for all the people, not just some of the people."
Those are strong words from a great man.
Source: Press release on 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website
, Feb 22, 2014
Living as minority in black Africa showed what racism meant
I had grown up with African Americans, gone to school with them and been good friends. I had walked out of my high school (which was about 50% white) with 100s of other students to protest racist remarks by a teacher. I had taken undergraduate courses
and participated in extensive discussions about race in America, in large & small groups. But until I had to live as a minority in a community where I was forced to be conscious of my race every day, I had not scratched the surface of what racism meant.
In America, like many people, I knew how to talk about racism. But I never really felt like I was living with it until I came to South Africa. Coming to an utterly race-obsessed society where people in my small group of closest friends were
harassed, where my job, my neighborhood, and my life made me constantly aware of my color, allowed me, for whatever reason, to finally look black Americans in the face and talk clearly and truthfully about race.
Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p.210-1
, Jun 1, 2003
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