“Speaking at Rights Event, Carter Deplores Disparity” by David Montgomery

In this New York Times article, David Montgomery reveals former United States President Carter’s concerns about the mistreatment of women in America.  This is an excerpt from a recent New York Times article.  The source of this article is http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/politics/speaking-at-rights-event-jimmy-carter-deplores-disparity.html

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“Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday targeted the mistreatment of women for the next front in the civil rights movement, calling for a multifaceted attack against abuses from pay discrimination in the workplace to rape on college campuses and global sex-trafficking of women and girls.

Mr. Carter, 89, who has embraced a multitude of causes, both domestically and overseas, since leaving the White House more than three decades ago, said that America was “still falling short” on race relations despite a half-century of civil rights advances.

Speaking on the opening day of a summit meeting on civil rights in Austin, Mr. Carter cited continuing disadvantages among blacks in education, the work force and other areas, pointing out that unemployment among young blacks can often range from 25 percent to 50 percent in parts of the country.

“Too many are at ease with the existing disparity,” he said.

He also addressed what has been described as America’s latest civil rights battle by expressing support for same-sex marriage. “I don’t believe there is a difference between people because of their sexual orientation,” he said, drawing applause.

Mr. Carter was the first of four presidents to address the three-day summit meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

An array of politicians, civil rights activists, executives and musicians gathered at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum to discuss 21st-century challenges such as immigration, voting rights, race relations, gay rights and “music and social consciousness.”

Organizers have also intended the summit meeting to remind America of Johnson’s powerful legacy in civil rights in an effort to change the topic of conversation when addressing his presidency away from the turbulence of the Vietnam War.

President Obama will deliver the summit meeting’s keynote speech on Thursday after presiding over a memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood, in Killeen, Tex., to pay tribute to the three soldiers killed in last week’s shooting there. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak late Wednesday, and former President George W. Bush, who lives 200 miles away in Dallas, will speak on Thursday.

In a speech on Tuesday night before more than 900 at the library — as well as earlier on an online forum — Mr. Carter drew from themes in his new book, “A Call to Action,” which deplores the mistreatment of women in countries across the globe, including the United States.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt.  To read the full article, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/politics/speaking-at-rights-event-jimmy-carter-deplores-disparity.html